Clarksville, TN – Clarksville’s original radio station, WJZM 1400am, has transferred ownership. In a joint announcement this week, previous owner, Hank Bonecutter, said he had agreed to sell the corporation to local businessmen David Loos Jr, Greg Walker, and Mike Parchman. The sale became official on Tuesday.
“My wife and I are extremely excited about the sale,” said Bonecutter. “We have put a lot of hard work into WJZM, and this opportunity only comes along once in a lifetime to go out on your terms. I have dedicated my broadcasting career to the Clarksville-Fort Campbell community, bringing news, sports and current events to the public as reliable and credible as I can be. I think my legacy will be left on WJZM forever. I’m very excited, and proud of what I’ve accomplished.”
WJZM was the first radio station to be issued a license by the Federal Communications Commission in 1941, and broadcasts today as the only Clarksville news, talk and sports radio station. Bonecutter bought WJZM in 1994 with Jerry Baldwin and Mike Parchman from Trent Knott and Ted Young. Bonecutter then purchased all of the shares of stock in 2001 and has been the sole owner and President of Cumberland Radio Partners Inc since then.
During his ownership, the station built a new broadcast facility on Martin Street, and made improvements in it’s transmission equipment, and incorporated online and throughout all web platforms and social media.
Bonecutter has been the host of the “The Bone Show,” Clarksville’s longest running morning show, since 1994, and reports the latest local news, sports and information relevant to the area. Bonecutter also hosts “Clarksville in Review” a popular Saturday morning news broadcast featuring interviews with local politicians and newsmakers. Bonecutter is also a stand up comedian, having worked comedy clubs in Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Louisville and Atlanta. He was the creator of Comedy on the Cumberland, a charitable stand up comedy benefit in Clarksville.
Dave Loos Jr, son of Austin Peay basketball coach Dave Loos, along with Greg Walker have been a popular sports broadcasting team on the Governors Sports Network, and “Sports Talk” a twice weekly sports talk radio show. Together with Mike Parchman, they own WVRY-FM in Waverly and WQSE, both gospel radio stations.
“We’re very excited to own WJZM,” said Loos. “It’s place in the community is second to none, and what Hank’s accomplished is something that we’re excited about, and hope to build on.”
Greg Walker has been the host of “Sports Talk” that originated on WJZM, and is now heard on WVRY-FM, 105.1. Walker has also been the “Voice of the Govs” on the Austin Peay Sports Network. There are no plans to return Sports Talk to WJZM, but to incorporate both radio stations and their programming to offer advertisers great value for their investment.
Bonecutter started his career at WJZM in 1973, and has worked in Nashville at legendary radio stations WLAC, WKDF, and WKDA. He is married to Grace and has two children, Kathryn and Seth.
“I don’t plan on going anywhere anytime soon,” Bonecutter said. “As long as they want me, I’ll be there every morning trying to get Clarksville off on the right foot. I couldn’t have done it without great people working for me, and my gratitude is enormous for all of them. John Michaels has been my station manager, and he’s done a terrific job.”
The “Bone Show” also features co-hosts Eddie Owen and producer J Duncan and can be heard weekday mornings, 6:00am-9:00am. For more information, visit www.wjzm.com .