Sir Bernard -
Knight of the Turntable
As the motorcade left the airport,
a light airplane took off towing a huge banner emblazoned with
"Welcome to Knoxville, Sir Bernard." That plane
flew over the city every morning for the following week. My
arrival was early on Saturday afternoon, and the first engagement was
as guest of honour at a massive garden party - followed by a banquet
that evening. My head didn't stop spinning.
|t was on the
30 minute drive into Knoxville that Don dropped the bombshell
- I was going to present the breakfast show on Monday morning!
I said don't be ridiculous, I'm a complete novice, only to be
told, it didn't matter, as long as I sounded British and
that's all they needed. In the early hours of the
morning, WNOX was heard by all the neighbouring states and
they had done an amazing job promoting my arrival so the
audience was massive - I was quaking in my boots. Somehow, it all
worked and my feet never touched the ground for months.
invited to MC so many events, especially the preliminary rounds of
Miss America. Every county in the state held pageants.
With so much publicity, I began to attract the attention of national
did a three page spread on the British DJ taking the country by storm.
For two years I lived with two personalities, I think it was the only
way I kept my sanity. As Bernie Quayle I watched in amazement
the incredible rise to fame of Sir Bernard.