With encouragement from WNKU alumni Eric Kuckels I started hosting evening music program on Monday and Tuesday in the fall of 1991.
The Jelly Pudding Show was created by Frank Wood, Jr. in the 60’s for air on the new classical station owned by his father. That station was, of course, the now legendary WEBN. The Jelly Pudding Show aired in the early morning hours and presented deeper album cuts from popular artists. The show with its album-oriented format became so popular that it eventually led to WEBN changing from a mostly classical format to an album rock station. As that happened, the Jelly Pudding name went away for a number of years until the new owners of WEBN purchased 92.5 in the mid nineties and the show was revived on Sunday nights with host, Mary Peale.
For years, the Real Mary Peale hosted the legendary Jelly Pudding show Sunday nights on 92.5 the Fox. In 2008, the owners of the Fox decided they couldn't afford Mary any longer. Hey, you pay for what you get, right? So, we invited Mary to join WNKU's Saturday line up, already chock full of radio legends Brian O'D, Little Steven, and Mr. Rhythm Man. Of course, we can't afford Mary either, but she seems to like us anyway.
I was born in Paris, Tennessee, in the last year of World War II. My father and my uncles were all away at War, and I was the only distraction from bad news my family had in those years. I loved music and would jump up on my rocking horse and rock when it was time for Noontime Neighbors. My family was the family in the valley who sung. If you had a graduation, wedding, birthday party, funeral, you called my family, and some configuration of them would show up and perform for that event. The way I grew up was very different from the way the other jocks grew up, I'm sure, and sometimes it makes me feel negative about myself and my accent and my culture, but that is all I have.