Lightning 100’s 2001 Lookback


An industry article appears in “Radio & Records” revealing that several of Music Row’s top label executives admit they listen regularly to Lightning 100 and not Country radio. The reason: They’re looking to hear new music and talent to sign to their labels, and can’t find that on Nashville’s tightly-formatted Country stations.

Naked Dave (left)

Lightning 100’s 11th Anniversary celebration features local favorites Kim’s Fable, Without Ruth and Shazam at 12th & Porter.

Lightning 100’s Earth Day celebration moves to Centennial Park, where it brings in over 15,000 participants!

Lightning 100’s web site undergoes a major redesign courtesy of Kraft Technology Group.

Keith Coes and Dan Buckley with Coldplay

General Sales Manager, Robert Schiess, decides to pursue his MBA at Duke University and departs the station.

Fred Buc with Delbert McClinton

After 15 months as a Lightning 100 Account Executive, Brian Wagner exits. He would later become Marketing Manager for Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
Lightning 100 News Director Jon Wolfe wins a fellowship to study modern German media issues from the Radio & Television News Directors Foundation.

Grateful Dead Hour

Part-time air talent Jason Moon Wilkins decides to go on the road with local artist Garrison Starr. He would later become the founder and innovator of the annual “Next Big Nashville” festival.

Jeffro Tull visits the L&C Tower

Long-time WRLT air talent Rusty Miller departs.

Lightning 100 jock glamor shots 

Casey Smith

David Hall

Kerry Massey

Lt. Dan Buckley

Mary Brace

Rev. Keith Coes

Scott Neal, a sales veteran from Clear Channel/Louisville, is hired as new General Sales Manager.

What we were listening to in 2001

Pete Yorn – Life On A Chain
Train – Drops Of Jupiter
David Byrne – Like Humans Do
John Mayer – No Such Thing
Five For Fighting – Superman (It’s Not Easy)
Ryan Adams – New York, New York
David Gray – Sail Away
U2 – Stuck In A Moment
Green Day – Warning
Cake – Short Skirt, Long Jacket
Eric Clapton – Travelin’ Light
Barenaked Ladies – Falling For The First Time
Afrocelt Sound System – When You’re Falling

Brian "the web guy" is a Nashville native that grew up on radio and Grimey's New and Preloved Music. Seasoned communications professional that has immersed himself in the Nashville community while connecting local musicians, businesses, non-profits, unicorns, and transplants. Starting in 2008, Brian has worked with programming, marketing, sales, and promotion. Roles have included but not limited to copywriting, digital sales, content creation, sponsorship, video production, graphic design, booking, event creation, social media posting, and targeted ad purchasing.