Clarksville, TN’s long-running news-talker WJZM-AM, has been sold by its longtime owner Hank Bonecutter to a trio of local partners. The new owners include sports talk and broadcasting personality Greg Walker, center, David Loos, another prominent local voice in the sports broadcasting realm; and Mike Parchman, who also O&Os a local Funeral Home.
Bonecutter is expected to remain on air at WJZM to do his morning show, The Bone Show, and Clarksville In Review, a Saturday public affairs showcase. He said the local offer to buy WJZM was one he couldn’t refuse.
“I’m continuing on with the morning show and all of my local programming,” Bonecutter told The Leaf-Chronicle. His lengthy career at WJZM began in 1973, and he’s worked there on and off ever since. In 1994 he became its owner and the station was moved from Madison Street to its current headquarters at 925 Martin St.
The deal closed on Tuesday.
Under the new ownership, Loos is President/GM, Walker is vice president, and Parchman is secretary-treasurer. WJZM will continue to occupy its current studios.
Walker, Parchman and Loos previously bought Solid Gospel WVRY-FM, heard in about 28 counties, based in White Bluff, TN, and licensed to Waverly, TN; and the partnership has WQSE-AM radio, also a gospel station.
“We’re not going to make any major changes in WJZM from the beginning. We’re going to come in and take it kind of slow,” Walker said.
SportsTalk, at one time heard on WJZM, has moved to 105.1 FM where it will stay, Walker and Loos both added. The owners are also currently incorporating play-by-play coverage of games involving the University of Tennessee, the Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Braves, local high schools, as well as the APSU Govs.