M03-20 – BILL JOHNSON COLLECTION

Bill Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. H.H. Johnson of Conway, graduated from Conway High School in 1957 and from State Teachers College (currently UCA) in August 1960.

Now a veteran sports writer and broadcaster, his interests in broadcasting peeked in the mid 1950’s when store owner Grant Hazelwood, who did the play-by-play for Conway Schools at that time, asked him to spot for him.  Soon after, Mr. Johnson began his radio career as an announcer at KCON, as a part time employee, in September 1958, while going to college (cited from the Log Cabin Democrat, 3/8/1998).

Soon after graduating from college, Mr. Johnson got a job in the North Little Rock School district as a faculty member, but soon realized that he wanted to focus on radio broadcasting full-time.  After starting to work, full-time, at the station in 1961, Bill asked James E. Clayton, the late owner of the station, if he could broadcast the games of the NAIA basketball tournament being held in Pine Bluff; Clayton agreed.  Bill Johnson began broadcasting the SCA and Conway High School football games in the mid 1960’s and eventually called games for UCA, Hendrix College, and the University of Arkansas (cited from Faulkner County, Its Land and People, page 174-176).

A full time employee in 1961, Johnson’s love for radio inevitably propelled him into the position of general manager of KCON in 1962.  He held this position until December 1977, when he entered the banking business and became the president and CEO of the Security Savings Bank of Conway.  In 1989, he was elected chairman of the Arkansas League of Savings Institutions.

Additionally, Bill Johnson has served in various capacities with the Conway Kiwanis Club, the Conway Development Corp, the Conway Chamber of Commerce, the Faulkner County Museum Commission, the Arkansas Higher Education Board, the Faulkner County Quorum Court, the Toad Suck Council, and the Conway Area Men’s Chorus (cited from Log Cabin Democrat, Jan. 2004).  Mr. Johnson also served on UCA’s Board of Trustees for 14 years.

Today, Mr. Johnson is still involved with broadcasting for football and basketball games.  He is currently the president of Simmons First National Bank in Conway, but he will forever be associated with the history of radio in Faulkner County.

 

Box 1A

 

File 1 – Log Cabin Democrat article on UCA archiving Bill Johnson Collection,

January 2004

File 2 – Correspondence from L.M. Rose, St. Genevieve, MO 1946 – 1948

File 3 – Conway Broadcasting Company, Conway, AR Frequency Allocation Survey, July 8, 1947

File 4 – Federal Communication Commission – Application for a Broadcast Station license and correspondence, 1947-1948

File 5 – Contents of drilled lock box #1200: Articles of incorporation; Lease November 11, 1947; lease agreement and supplement 1966.

File 6 – Conway Broadcasting Co. – Board of directors and stockholders meetings 1947- 1962

File 7 – Engineering Exhibit Application for construction permit, April 13, 1948

File 8 – Engineering amendment, October 1948

File 9 – Receipt, Clark’s Studio, May 15, 1948

File 10 – Hearing exhibit #3, proposed new station, January 1949

File 11 – Piano – loan agreement between Sam M. Clark, stockholder and Conway Broadcasting Co., April 21, 1949

File 12 – 2 original cassette tapes/1 compact disc of oral history of KCON 1230 AM radio station, recorded by Bill Johnson

File 13 – Conway Broadcast Co. Correspondence 1948

File 14 – Conway Broadcast Co. Correspondence 1949

File 15 – Conway Broadcast Co. Correspondence 1950

File 16 – Conway Broadcast Co. Correspondence 1953 – 1968

File 17 – Conway Broadcast Co. Inc. minutes of director’s meetings 1947 – 1978

File 18 – Proposed site of radio antenna – undated

End of Box 1A

 

 

Box 1B

 

File 1 – Ownership Report, Conway Broadcasting Co. 1950

File 2 – Lumberman’s Mutual Casualty Co. 1950-1952

File 3 – Conway Broadcasting Co. Income tax returns, 1947-1957, 1962

File 4 – Conway Broadcasting Co. Stock, 1948-1963

File 5 – Engineering report for Conway Broadcasting Co. radio station KCON, June 12, 1964

File 6 – Conway Broadcasting Co., Inc. Clayton Stock transfer, June 25, 1964

File 7 – Lease and remodeling agreement between Conway Broadcasting Co. and Robert L. and Patrica W. Ott, May 9, 1966

File 8 – Compact disc – Robert Kennedy shooting June 5, 1968 and 1965 Conway tornado (converted from original reel-to-reel tapes)

File 9 – Radio telephone third class operator permit, May 27, 1976

File 10 – KCON Broadcasting Co. Inc. articles of incorporation, March 1980

File 11 – Voice of the Razorback football games, Bill Johnson, 1969-1987

File 12 – KCON Broadcasting Co. stockholders, 1980

File 13 – Conway Broadcasting Co. Board of directors meetings, 1980-1985

File 14 – President of KCON, Mrs. Madge Clayton obituary, May 24, 1991

File 15 – History of KCON radio 1947 to 1998

File 16 – KCON closes, March 10, 1998 (49 years old)

End of Box 1B

 

 

Box 1C

 

File 1 – “Onions in the Stew,” 3-Act comedy presented by Conway High School Senior Class, April 11 and 12, 1957

File 2 – Newspaper, Log Cabin Democrat, “Move Underway Seeking to Block Johsnon’s Reappointment to Board,” December 1976

File 3 – 3 Photos – dedication of Cadron Settlement Park, October 14, 1972

File 4 – Compact disc – “Sinatra Sings,” Rogers and Hammerstein, 1996

File 5 – Appointment to Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board by Gov. Mike Huckabee, May 27, 1997

File 6 – Security Bank of Conway, 1990s, Bill F. Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer, 1993-1998

File 7 – Personal Correspondence, 1965-2003

File 8 – Newspaper articles, Johnson’s career, 1967-2006

File 9 – Microfiche finding aid of Bill Johnson collection

 

End of Box 1C

 

 

Box 2

File 1 – Compact disc of UCA vs. TA&I game, 1st half

File 2 – Compact disc of UCA vs. TA&I game, late in the 1st and 2nd quarter

File 3 – Compact disc of UCA vs. TA&I game, half time and 3rd quarter

File 4 – Compact disc of UCA vs. TA&I game, 3rd and 4th quarter

File 5 – Compact disc of UCA vs. Carson Newman

File 6 – Compact disc of UCA vs. Carson Newman

File 7 – Compact disc of NAIA, 1984

File 8 – Compact disc of NAIA, UCA vs. Carson Newman

File 9 – Compact disc of NAIA Championship #4, UCA vs. Carson Newman, 1984

File 10 – Compact disc of NAIA, UCA vs. Carson Newman, 1984

File 11 – Compact disc of NAIA, UCA vs. Hillsdale

File 12 – Cassette tape of Ron Marvel’s retirement news conference in the Hall of Fame Room of Estes Stadium, March 2004

File 13 – Compact disc of Ron Marvel’s retirement news conference in the Hall of Fame Room of Estes Stadium, March 2004

File 14 – Cassette tape of Head Sugarbears Basketball Coach, Checola Seals, news conference, March 2004

File 15 – Compact disc of Head Sugarbears Basketball Coach, Checola Seals, news conference, March 2004

File 16 – Compact disc of dialogue of Dr. Christie and Arkansas State Senator Guy H. “Mutt” Jones on Equal Rights Amendment, January 1975

End of Box 2

 

Box 3 – Reel-to-Reel tapes

Item #1 – UCA vs. T.A. & I game

Item #2 – NAIA  – UCA vs. Carson Newman, 1984

Item #3 – NAIA Championship Bowl game of UCA vs. Hillsdale, December 1985

Item #4 – Ron Marvel’s Retirement Conference in the Hall of Fame Room, March 2004

Item #5 – Dialogue with Dr. Christie and Arkansas State Senator Guy H. “Mutt” Jones on Equal Rights Amendment

Note: These items have been changed over to compact discs (cd’s), see Box 2.

End of Box 3

 

Box 4 – Reel-to-Reel tapes

UCA Games:

Item #1 – Blank 5” reel

Item #2 – UCA Bears vs. Elon, 5” reel-to-reel, no. 1-3

Item #3 – UCA Bears in Kansas City, 5” reel-to-reel, no. 1-4

Item #4 – SCA Las Vegas game, 5” reel-to-reel, no. 1-5, September 1973

Item #5 – UCA Bears Cheers, 5” reel-to-reel, 1975

Item #6 – Hendrix SCA game, 5” reel-to-reel, last time in the SCA gym

Item #7 – Hendrix / Harding wrap-up, Bill Johnson’s 500th Broadcast, 5” reel-to-reel, January 1974

Item #8 – Hendrix College, Fausett Hall Dedication, 7” reel-to-reel, October 1983

Item #9 – SCA game, 7” reel-to-reel

Item #10 – News cuts, 7” reel-to-reel, February-March 1981

Conway High School Games:

Item #1 – Conway High vs. Benton, AAAA State Championships, 5” reel-to-reel, November 1977

Item #2 – Conway High vs. Hot Springs, no. 1-4 (5” reel-to-reel), no. 5-6 (7” reel-to-reel)

Item #3 – Conway High vs. Morrilton, 5” reel-to-reel, no. 1-4

Item #4 – Conway High vs. Southside, 5” reel-to-reel, no. 1-4, 1977

Item #5 – Conway High vs. El Dorado, no. 1 (5” reel-to-reel), no. 2 (7” reel-to-reel)

Item #6 – Conway High vs. Springdale, 7” reel-to-reel, no. 1-2, October 1976 and February 1977

Item #7 – Conway High vs. Helena, no. 1 (5” reel-to-reel), no. 2 (7” reel-to-reel), March 1976

Conway High School Games:

Item #8 – Dialogue with Mayor for 25th Anniversary of KCON, November 1975

Item #9 – Conway High vs. Blytheville, 7” reel-to-reel

Item #10 – Conway High vs. Northside, 7” reel-to-reel

End of Box 4

End of Collection