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 1

File 1 – Log Cabin Democrat article on UCA archiving Bill Johnson Collection, January 2004

File 2 – “Onions In The Stew” three-act comedy presented by Conway High School senior class, April 1957

File 3 – Photos

Env 1 - A young Bill Johnson sitting and standing in a yard

Env 2 - Bill Johnson and other KCON employees on a holiday greeting card

Env 3 - Bill Johnson escorting Mrs. Cecil at Cadron Settlement Park Dedication, 1979

Env 4 - Bill Johnson (M.C.), Guy W. Murphy, Charles Blanchard at the dedication of Cadron Settlement Park, 1979

Env 5 - Rob M. McHenry, Melanie Hendricks, T. Milton Honea, Bill Johnson (M.C.), Congressman Ed Bethune, Rep. Bill Stephens, Senator Stanley Russ, County Judge Gerald Ward, Sheriff Castleberry, and Rep. Larry Mahan

File 4 – Personal correspondence, 1965-2003

File 5 – History of KCON Radio

File 6 – Two original cassette tape recordings of the oral history of KCON 1230 AM Radio Station in Conway, Arkansas recorded by Bill Johnson, November 1950 to March 1998

File 7 – Newspaper articles

File 8 – Contents of drilled Lock Box No.1200

Item 1: Articles of incorporation

Item 2: Lease November 11,1947

Item 3: Lease agreement and supplement 1966

File 9 – Conway Broadcasting Company; Frequency Allocation Survey, July 1947

File 10 – Engineering exhibit application for construction permit; proposed standard broadcast station 1230 KC 250 watts unlimited; Conway Broadcasting Co., Inc. April 13, 1948

File 11 – Federal Communication Commission application for a broadcast station license and correspondence

File 12 – Engineering Amendment; file BPH; 1458; 1000 W FM, October 1948

File 13 – Hearing exhibit no.3 proposed new station; docket no.8999, January 1949

File 14 – Piano loan agreement between Sam M. Clark, stockholder, and Conway Broadcasting Co., April 1949

File 15 – Conway Broadcasting Co. correspondence, 1948

File 16 – Conway Broadcasting Co. correspondence, 1949

File 17 – Conway Broadcasting Co. correspondence, 1950

File 18 – Conway Broadcasting Co. correspondence, 1953 - 1968

File 19 – Conway Broadcasting Co. incorporated May 19, 1947; board of directors and stockholders meetings, 1947-1962

File 20 – Conway Broadcasting Company Inc. May 19, 1947; Minutes of Directors’ Meetings,1947-1978; stockholders and directors

File 21 – Proposed site of Radio Antenna

File 22 – Ownership report; Conway Broadcasting Co., 1950

File 23 – Lumbermen’s Mutual Casualty Co.; workmen’s compensation and employer’s liability no.C 105 236,1950; schedule automobile liability policy no.9612450, 1950; American Fire and Casualty Company, 1952

File 24 – Conway Broadcasting Co. income tax returns, 1947-1957 and 1962

File 25 – Engineering report for Conway Broadcasting Co. Radio Station KCON, June 12, 1964

File 26 – Conway Broadcasting Co. Stock, 1948-1963

File 27 – Conway Broadcasting Co., Inc. Clayton stock transfer, June 1964

File 28 – Lease and Remodeling agreement between Conway Broadcasting Co., Inc. and Robert L. and Patricia W. Ott, May 1966

File 29 – Compact disc of Robert Kennedy shooting, June 5, 1968 and 1965 Conway tornado (converted from original reel to reel tapes on January 5, 2004)

File 30 – Bill Johnson – UCA Board of Trustees – January 1970

File 31 – Radio telephone third class operator permit, May 1976

File 32 – Voice of the Razorback football games, Bill Johnson, 1969 - 1987

File 33 – KCON Broadcasting Co., Inc. Articles of Incorporation, March 1980

File 34 – KCON Broadcasting Co., Inc. Board of Directors meetings, 1980 - 1985

File 35 – KCON Broadcasting Co. stockholders, March 1980

File 36 – President of KCON, Mrs. Madge Clayton’s Obituary, May 1991

File 37 – KCON closes March 10, 1998 after 49 years

File 38 – Compact disc “Sinatra Sings Rodgers and Hammerstein” 1996

File 39 – Appointment to Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board by Governor Mike Huckabee, May 1997

File 40 – Security Bank of Conway’s President and Chief Executive Officer Bill F. Johnson

End of Box 1

 

 

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