93.1 FM WTJS is West Tennessee’s original Talk News station and “The Home of Stars and Legends”! The station, under the WTJS (The Jackson Sun) was the first radio station in Jackson, Tennessee and the entire West Tennessee area excluding Memphis and was the beacon that made Jackson, Tennessee the center hub of what is called the Golden Circle Area. In the 1930s, people listened to WTJS for farm programming, live radio shows and the latest news updates. Being a wide-reaching advertising medium, WTJS enticed listeners from 22 counties to shop in Jackson, thus the genesis of the "Hub City." WTJS was the starting point for many celebrities and newsmen who went on to larger markets.
Eddie Arnold appeared on the station frequently early in his career as did Carl Perkins and game-show host Wink Martindale.
Tom Butler was news director at WTJS before moving up to News Director with WPSD-TV in Paducah, Ky.
John Dancy, born in Jackson, cut his teeth in news reporting on WTJS after graduating Union University. Mr. Dancy went on to become Washington, D.C. reporter for NBC. He now teaches at Duke University.
Todd Starnes, also a Union University alum, was program direct at WTJS in the early 2000s and quickly moved up to be a full-time reporter for FOX Radio and frequent feature contributor for FOX NEWS.
Mike Slater's first radio job after graduating Yale was as morning show host on WTJS. During his tenure with WTJS, he became a frequent guest on Fox News, which provided greater nationwide exposure. He quickly moved up to a major market, San Diego, California, bypassing medium markets, which is an extremely rare occurrence.
Today 93.1 WTJS broadcasts live from the Old County Store in Jackson, TN with radio hall-of-famer Steve Bowers anchoring the station followed by Dan Reaves, Brad McCoy, Jimmy Duke, and George B in the afternoon. Each on the verge of becoming the next national radio host!
Madison County (97,586) Haywood County (17,596) Gibson County (49,118) Carroll County 7,833) Henderson County (27,726) Chester County (17,135) McNairy County (25,989) Hardeman County (25,401) Crockett County (14,465) Weakley County (33,296) Dyer County (37,403) Lauderdale County (26,108) Lake County (7,459) Obion County (1,039) Tipton County (61,311) Hardeman County (25,401) Decater County (11,725) McNairy County (25,989) Shelby County (935,973)
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Memphis, Lakeland, Atoka, Brighton, Burlison, Collierville, Cordova, Covington, Drummonds, Eads, Ellendale, Gallaway, La Grange, Mason, Millington, Millington, Moscow, Munford, Oakland, Rossville, Somerville, Williston, Memphis, Bartlett, Germantown = 24 Memphis Metro Cities
Ever been to a restaurant that is new to you...and it was great...and you told several family who are influencers in family, social, and career circles...they are naturally drawn to news, information, and conversation. They are also inclined to tell others about information and personal experiences. So we don't have to reach EVERYONE........we just have to reach the RIGHT ONEs....and WE DO!
Steve Bowers, who started radio in high school at WHOS-AM/WDRM-FM in Decatur, AL, ... has built a multi-decade media career in Jackson and West TN. Working primarily in news in several West TN markets, Steve came to Jackson in 1983 as part of the news team at 92.3 FM. Steve transitioned to News-Talk 101.5 FM in 1994 and then in 2017 created a new morning show, Blue Suede Forever, eventually bringing that show to 93.1 FM. In addition to radio Steve has anchored TV News with Channel 7 and Channel 16 in Jackson, authored a political column with the Jackson Sun, and worked communication with the Jackson Energy Authority and hosted and produced TV shows with JEA’s EPlusTV6. In sports Steve has been part of the Friday Night, Live high school football coverage with JEA’s EPlusTV6 since 2004 and for a decade prior was part of the football coverage with TRTV. He brings a life-long commitment to West TN and Blue Suede Forever, with unique insights into West TN news, life, history and music.
Dan started in radio in 2000 at WHBQ in Memphis and ...
created the ‘Cheap seats’ Sports program with Richard Barbara. In 2001 Dan started with WBFG/ESBN radio and later in 2001 when to work with 101.5FM. The guest list from Dan’s show over the years reads
like a who’s who from Former congressman John Tanner to Pate Manning – hall of famer. Dan helped create and made popular a digital tv network and carried 6 high school football games on Friday nights. Dan hosted a state-wide talk
show television program. Dan has been a play-by-play announcer for high school, college and professional sports for football, baseball and basketball for 20 years.
Recently Dan joined as partner with 93.1FM News Talk Radio and News Talk West Tennessee. Dan has ambitious plans to build the biggest media and marketing broadcasting company in West Tennessee.
You may listen to Dan’s new show ‘The Dan Reaves Show’ on weekdays at 8-11am on 93.1FM News Talk radio and 101.9FM/1250AM. You can also listen to Dan’s show streaming on newstalkwtn.com and watch live stream on Facebook Live, IGTV, YouTube live and other live streaming platforms.
Brad was born to be on the radio. As a youngster ...
, he would record wrestling interviews on a cassette tape. Brad would do the interview as Lance Russell AND Jerry “The King” Lawler. Brad grew up playing sports, riding and showing horses, and singing
and playing guitar. Brad’s parents and grandparents owned a grocery store in Humboldt and the plan was for him to go college, get a business degree and run the store. That all changed in 1981 at the age of 17 when Brad cracked the
mic for the first time at the radio station in Trenton. He was hooked and the grocery store was sold soon after.
After being fired for the first time in 1988, Brad went in a new direction and worked at the Courier Chronicle newspaper in Humboldt for 4 years, before returning to radio in 1992 at the station in Milan. Brad left there (after being fired for the second time) and joined WLSZ 105.3 in 1997. In 1998, “The Buzz & Harvey Show with Opie” debuted and enjoyed a very successful four year run. That’s right, Brad was Opie.
Brad left The Buzz & Harvey Show in 2002 and joined Grace Broadcasting as the morning show host on Good News 93.1, a very popular Southern Gospel station. Grace Broadcasting expanded and had stations with several different Christian formats and Brad worked them all. In 2018, 93.1’s format changed to talk and Brad partnered with John Scofield for the “Scofield & McCoy Show” until March of 2020 when “Keeping it Real with The Real McCoy” debuted in the 11-1 midday slot.
Brad has been the play-by-play announcer for Humboldt High School and Milan High School football and basketball. He has coached Little League and Sr. League baseball, City League Basketball, was on the D.A.R.E. board in Humboldt and spent one term on the Humboldt Board of Education. He is a graduate of Peabody High School in Trenton.
Brad is married to Tonya, has two grown step children and a grandson, Lincoln. In his spare time, he enjoys golf, fishing and spending time with Lincoln.
Jimmy Duke known as the “Duke of Dixie” received ... his radio handle back in 1967 when he began his radio career on WDXI and was a member of the buying group of WJAK radio Jackson in the mid 1970’s. “Radio was never my primary job, but a hobby that I loved to do!” Jimmy stated upon his return to radio on News/Talk 93.1 FM WTJS, The Talk of Jackson in 2018! Jimmy’s community service includes serving several Jackson-Madison area non-profits boards. He is also involved Jackson’s Hall Sports Hall of Fame and announcing high school sports on TRTV/EPlus TV6 for over 20 years. Jimmy was also the PA voice for Jackson Speedway and Southeast Motor Sports Park.
Larry Elders ...