Howdy Bell is no longer in Crawfordsville. He lasted a few months as general manager at those Key Broadcasting properties. When he helped put WMLF on the air in April of 1983 as General Manager, Lou Sherman did mornings, Howdy followed with an abbreviated midday shift, then Larry Scott in afternoons. Howdy stayed in that shift for a brief period...a couple months maybe. After Chagrin Valley Broadcasting sold the station to New Systems in 1984, the new gm, Ron Stratton, from Ragen Henry property WITH-AM in Baltimore, brought Howdy Bell back to co-host mornings during the month of May with Lou. After New Systems sold what had become WTUX to Panache Brodcasting (January, 1987) Howdy was re-hired to do morning sports. He retained that position until WTUX went dark on August 21st of 1992 to be reborn as WTLC-AM. Howdy's a true gentlemen and consummate professional.
> > > My dad (George L. Davis) was one of the original WIGO
> > jocks
> > > when the frequency went on the air in 1963. >
> > > When WIGO became WATI, he jumped over to WFBM 1260 where
> > he
> > > stayed for almost 7 years.
> > Sorry I missed your dad on WFBM. My main connection was
> > listening to Joe Pickett and Glenn Webber in the morning.
> > (My dad controlled the radio, and he played it full
> > I met Joe Pickett when he worked at WIBC, and I became
> > acquainted with Glenn Webber over the phone when he was
> > for the Indiana State Police. I also got to talk with Lou
> > Sherman and met Carolyn Churchman when they worked for
> > Shirk at WXLW.
> My dad held down the midday shift throughout most of the mid
> to late 60's, until Howdy Bell got the shift and my dad
> worked PT for the station. Since leaving Love 98 WXIR after
> it was sold, Howdy is now is the PD of WCVL and 2 FM
> stations in Crawfordsville.
> After leaving WFBM, my dad worked for a few months in '70
> and '71 at WGEE 1590, right before David Letterman worked
> there. Then on to better opportunities at KOY Phoenix, WOAI
> San Antonio and mornings at WGY Albany/Schenectady, NY
> The old WFBM gang still gets together once a month for lunch
> here in Indy. Out of towners like my dad and guys like
> Bernie Hermann join when they are in town. There was an
> attempt made to recreate the old WFBM (after Time-Life sold
> it). It was in 1983-86 when Howdy helped program WMLF (and
> then "WTUX") on the old WIFE 1310 frequency with a "Music of
> Your Life" format. Lou Sherman did mornings, Howdy did
> sports, but from what I heard, they could not get Glenn
> Webber to go along with it. Besides working with Shirk, Lou
> later showed up doing voice work at 1500 WBRI and Howdy
> ended up doing overnights at the reincarnation by Mary Weiss
> of Easy Listening WXTZ (at 93.9 FM) from '93-'96. From
> there, he went to WXIR and did just about everything (news,
> sports, commercial production, voiceovers, etc.). Lou is
> very much missed by all.
> The "rock 'n' rollers" of this group may not remember the
> 1260 format prior to WNDE in '73, but it had a big following
> during it's time!