BIG JOHN HISTORY

img106HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR 

HISTORY OF THE JOHN TRIMBLE RADIO SHOWS

CHRISTMAS 1954- JOHN WAS  ASKED BY MRS. ALICE MONTGOMERY, HIS HIGH SCHOOL SPEECH AND DRAMA TEACHER TO DO ONE OF THE VOICES FOR A CHRISTMAS PLAY THAT WAS BROADCAST LIVE ON THE LOCAL RADIO STATION IN JOHN’ S HOMETOWN, PAINTSVILLE, KENTUCKY.

IN THE SPRING OF 1955 MRS. MONTGOMERY ASK JOHN IF HE WOULD BE INTERESTED IN DOING A ONE HOUR AFTER SCHOOL TEEN PROGRAM WITH MARY FORD, ANOTHER STUDENT OF THE CLASS. THE PROGRAM FEATURED SCHOOL NEWS AND THE POPULAR MUSIC OF THE DAY.

UNTIL THEN JOHN HAD ONLY DREAMED OF BEING ON THE RADIO WHILE PLAYING RECORDS ON HIS GRAND MOTHER’S VICTORIA ( RECORD PLAYER ) AND TALKING INTO A CAN.

JOHNNY TRIMBLE BECAME ” JOLLY JOHN” ON THE RADIO FOR TWO YEARS AS HE PLAYED PLATTERS BY CHUCK BERRY. FATS DOMINO , ELVIS AND THE ROCKABILLY AND DOO-WAP GROUPS THAT WERE POPULAR AT THE TIME

THE MORNING AFTER HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION.  JOHN WAS OFFERED A JOB IN CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA TO WORK FOR WTIP RADIO AND BROADCAST LIVE SIX NIGHTS A WEEK FROM THE ORIGINAL SHONEYS DRIVE INN RESTAURANT WHERE HE PLAYED ORIGINAL ROCK N’ ROLL MUSIC AND CHATTED WITH LISTENERS , WHO STOPPED BY THE STUDIO. FROM THERE JOHN MOVED BACK TO KENTUCKY TO WORK FOR WDOC RADIO IN PRESTONSBURG. IT WAS THERE THAT JOHN FORMED HIS FIRST ROCKABILLY BAND AND PLAYED DANCES AND RECORD HOPS IN EASTERN KENTUCKY , SOUTHERN OHIO AND PORTIONS OF WEST VIRGINIA  AND VIRGINIA.  JOHN WOULD RECEIVED 50 TO 60 LETTERS A  DAY FROM FELLOW TEENAGERS REQUESTING THEIR FAVORITE SONGS TO BE PLAYED ON THE RADIO. ( THIS WAS BEFORE TELEPHONE REQUEST).                                                                                     

TWO YEARS LATER, JOHN INTERED THE U.S. ARMY AND AFTER BASIC TRAINING AT FT. KNOX, KENTUCKY. JOHN WAS ASSIGNED TO THE LITTLE THEATRE AT FORT LEWIS ,WASHINGTON WHERE HE WORKED AS A M.C. AND STAND UP COMIC OF SEVERAL TYPES OF LIVE SHOWS AT SERVICE CLUBS AND AND MANY OFF POST VENUES SUCH AS PRISONS, HOSPITALS,VETERANS HOMES  ETC. JOHN ALSO WAS THE DRILL MASTER OF THE MOST FAMOUS DRILL AND SHOW TEAM IN THE WORLD. THE 8TH. INFANTRY “BULLETS”. HE AND HIS FELLOW PERFORMERS, CLYDE CROFT FROM MULE SHOE, TEXAS AND THOMAS WALKER OF BALTIMORE, MARYLAND WON FIRST PLACE AT THE FORT LEWIS ENTERTAINMENT CONTEST.  FIRST PLACE AT THE SIXTH ARMY ENTERTAINMENT CONTEST IN SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA AND LATER THIRD PLACE IN THE ALL ARMY (WORLD WIDE) CONTEST HELD AT FORT LEE , VIRGINIA.  JOHN WAS ALSO THE NCO IN CHARGE OF BOTH INTERTAINMENT TEAMS.  AFTER HIS SERVICE YEARS, JOHN RETURNED TO RADIO AT KYMO RADIO IN LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS. A YEAR LATER JOHN JOINED HIS FIRST FULL TIME COUNTRY MUSIC STATION WHICH WAS KBBA IN BENTON A SUBURB OF LITTLE ROCK AS THE NEW PROGRAM MANAGER AND HOST OF THE AFTERNOON DRIVE TIME SHOW.  TWO YEARS LATER JOHN WAS OFFERED A JOB AT THE FIRST ALL COUNTRY MUSIC F.M. STATION IN THE WORLD, WVHI IN EVANSVILLE, INDIANA.  JOHN BECAME THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR AND HOSTED A FOUR HOUR MUSIC SHOW SIX DAYS A WEEK AND WHILE THERE JOHN OWNED AND ANNOUNCED A LIVE MUSIC SHOW NAMED THE “COUNTRY CASTLE SHOW” THE PROGRAM FEATURED LOCAL , REGIONAL AND NATIONAL ACTS AND WAS BROADCAST EACH FRIDAY NIGHT FROM A LOCAL HOTEL.

ONE YEAR LATER JOHN WAS OFFERED A JOB AS MUSIC DIRECTOR AND AFTERNOON SHOW HOST ON KMO RADIO, THE “COUNTRY GIANT” IN THE TACOMA / SEATTLE , WASHINGTON MARKET. JOHN TRIMBLE AT THIS POINT BECAME “BIG JOHN ‘ TRIMBLE BECAUSE OF THE THREE ON AIR D.J’S NAMED JOHN “BIG JOHN” WAS ABOUT 3 INCHES TALLER THAN THE TWO OTHER JOHN’S.  JOHN OPENED A BOOKING AGENCY AND BROUGHT MANY OF THE TOP RECORDING ARTIST TO PERFORM IN THE NORTHWEST. JOHN LATER WAS SELECTED AS THE HOST OF A  ALL NIGHT SHOW DIRECTED TOWARD TRUCKERS , WHO WERE TRUCKING THROUGH THE NORTHWEST AND THE NAME ” BIG JOHN ” WAS PERFECT FOR THIS KIND OF PROGRAM.                                                                                                                                                                             

AFTER SIX YEARS ON KMO JOHN WAS OFFERED A JOB WITH KGA IN SPOKANE, WASHINGTON.  KGA WAS A 50,000 WATT CLEAR CHANNELL STATION AND WAS HEARD FROM THE GREAT DIVIDE TO THE PACIFIC OCEAN AND FROM THE MEXICAN BORDER TO NORTH ALASKA.  AFTER A YEAR OF DOING THIS VERY SUCCESFUL SHOW JOHN WAS OFFERED A JOB BROADCASTING LIVE SIX NIGHTS A WEEK FROM KELLY’S TRUCK STOP ON I-20 OVER 50,000 WATT KWKH IN SHREVEPORT, LA.  THIS SHOW WAS HEARD IN MOST OF THE USA AND MANY SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRIES. JOHN BECAME A NATIONALLY KNOWN RADIO PERSONALITY WHILE AT THE STATION.  AFTER THREE YEARS. WALT WILLIAMS, PROGRAM DIRECTOR OF WRVA , ANOTHER 50.000 WATT STATION COVERING 38 STATES , EASTERN CANADA AND SEVERAL SOUTHEASTERN COUNTRIES FROM RICHMOND, VIRGINIA WALKED INTO THE STUDIO ONE NIGHT AND OFFERED JOHN A JOB BROADCASTING SIX NIGHTS A WEEK FROM THE HUGH JARRELL TRUCK STOP IN DOSWELL 23 MILES NORTH OF RICHMOND. THIS JOB LASTED 18 YEARS. JOHN THEN MOVED TO FULL TIME COUNTRY MUSIC STATION WXGI IN RICHMOND AS A SHOW HOST AND PROGRAM DIRECTOR. TODAY JOHN BROADCAST FROM HIS BACK YARD STUDIO IN VARINA , VIRGINIA ON WCLM RADIO IN RICHMOND AND ON bigjohntrimble.com 24 / 7 WORLD WIDE.