Visit with Flannelmouth
Fultz recalls his
early radio days as 'Flannelmouth fultz'
HANOVER, Ind. (October 2002) Whether you know him
as Flannelmouth or Mr. FM, Jack Fultz has (more
than likely) made an impression on you or someone you know.
Fultz in his early radio days
His attack on the Ohio River Valley began mostly in 1967
when Fultz started WVCM 100.1 FM, one of the first FM stations in the
area. With the radio station growing rapidly, Fultz became known throughout
the Ohio River Valley for several reasons, and rightly so.
I wanted to do stuff that got peoples attention, said
Fultz when asked what his intentions were with the WVCM 100.1 FM.
Getting attention is exactly was Fultz did with live interviews and
a unique personality that brought radio to life. Being a DJ wasnt
the only position Fultz held at WVCM. He was also the station manager,
founder and president of the corporation as well as a salesman for advertisements
to keep the station running. This wasnt an easy task, since FM
radios werent the norm. People mostly had AM radios only; a select
few had FM.
Instead of giving up on the situation and the radio station, Fultz decided
to sell AM-FM radios for $20 while selling advertisements. Fultz said
people couldnt be expected to buy advertisements when they couldnt
even hear them. Even Jim Craig, founder of Craig Motors Dealership in
Madison, said, If you wanted to sell something, give it to Jack.
That was quite a compliment, but is one of many that people have about
With dedicated listeners, Fultzs radio programming
gained the trust, support and loyalty from several people in the area.
Another person Fultz made an impression on is Ron Greves, founder of
Greves Appliances in Madison.
If Jack Fultz told Kentucky and Indiana people to line up on the
bridge and jump off at 5 p.m., they would be there, Greves said
With support like that, Fultz had built a rapport for which many would
die. But in 1981 Fultz moved on to work at a radio station in Salem,
Ind. For the next 14 years Fultz remained the Flannelmouth of radio.
Not only did Fultz work in radio, he would do anything for the
station, Fultz said proudly, and he meant every word. Fultz even
went to the extent to hitchhike to Washington D.C., to try and speak
to U.S. Congress about the importance of FM radio and the ways it can
help the community.
Of course, with Fultzs outgoing personality, he ended up working
his magic and getting the chance to make his statement. It was quite
a venture, but it was one of many. He made his point about how FM radio
could help the community himself by winning awards from NBC, CBS and
many others for his work with the community.
Fultz also won the National American Legion Commanders Award for Public
Service for alerting the area when a devastating tornado ripped through
the area. People in the area also noticed and commended Fultz on his
actions within the community and the help he provided.
If there was a need, Jack was there to help, said Greves
about the way Fultz informed and helped the community.
Radio isnt the only sector that has the heart of Fultz. He is
also the Public Relations Chairman, for his third year, and Judge Advocate
for the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Local Chapter 55, a national
organization for disabled veterans. According to the DAV website, DAV
was formed in 1920, chartered in 1932 and represents nearly 2.1 million
disabled American veterans throughout the United States. The local chapter
has a membership of 197, but only 10 percent attend the meeting
regularly, said Arnold Tilley, 4th Commander and Coordinator for
the Van Program. The focus of the DAV revolves around efforts and fund
drives toward disabled veterans.
Fultz stays active by volunteering his time to fund drives, visiting
the Veterans Administration Hospital in Louisville and holding offices
within the organization.
Jack attends all meetings, and he is very supportive, said
Tilley on Fultz interaction with the DAV and support for their worthy
Recognizing that he has had many experiences, Fultz chuckled, So
many good times with so many good people.
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