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Meet The Q Crew

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John "John Boy" Isley - John Isley (born March 28, 1956) is from Graham, North Carolina. He is the host of the Big Show. Before entering comedy, he worked as a gas station attendant, but started in radio by running the tapes on his hometown radio station in 1975. One of his early radio gigs included a stint as an afternoon and evening DJ for WRJZ-AM in Knoxville, Tennessee. Isley has been married for over 20 years and has three sons. His catchphrases include "Oowa oowa oowa," "Where's my big bag?", "Love ya, mean it!", and "I care, I'm just not going to do anything about it." John Boy is an avid sports fisherman and often refers to his boat, the "Duh Huh".

Billy James - Billy James serves as the co-host. He is from Gastonia, North Carolina, and attended a technical school in Atlanta. His first radio job was at WADA-AM in Shelby, North Carolina. Billy has been married since 1986 and has two children.

The duo's radio career originally began back in 1980 on WBCV radio in Charlotte, NC, before soon after leading to national syndication (eventually being heard on over 94 stations in 26 states).

The John Boy & Billy Big Show airs Monday through Saturday, 6 am - 10 am  on Q Rock Radio (WLSQ 106.7 FM, 1240 AM and QRockRadioUSA.com.)

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Pat (J. Patrick) Milan - Pat is the original Q Crew member who did the very first afternoon drive shows at Rock 102 in Myrtle Beach, SC.  Why afternoon drive you ask?  Well that's when he got out of school - Myrtle Beach high School. - that is.

Durng his 4 years at the Q ('73-'77), Milan was sought out by Chicago rocker, WCFL.  Pat shocked the program director whe he informed him he was only 16 and needed to finish high school before he could take a job in Chicago (parents are such sticklers for education before fun!).

Pat left the Q (actually he was pushed out the door by heneral manager, Bill Hennecy) to go to journalism school at USC.  He was one of the youngest reporters ever to win an Emmy-Award at age 20.  Milan worked as a reporter for TV stations in Savannah, Orlando and Minneapolis.

You can listen to Pat Milan weekdays, 10 am - 2 pm on Q Rock Radio.

 

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Banana Jack Murphy - After a 7 year stint in Raleigh, NC radio, Jack moved to Myrtle Beach in 1989.  He replaced the legendary Q Crew jock, Freakin' Deacon, as morning man at 101.7 FM.  Murphy remained there for 12 years and two ownership changes.   In 2001, Jack  replaced Howard Stern at Wave 104.

In 2007, Murphy and his wife, Barb formed their own media company and purchased WLSC-AM in Loris.  WLSC was rebranded as Tiger Radio.  Two years later, Jack was also part of the Q Crew that created and launched Q Rock Radio, as an internet tribute station.

In 2020,  Murphy launched an FM translator, W294CW (106.7 FM) licensed to WLSC-AM and debuted the John Boy & Billy Show on WLSC Tiger Radio.   In 2023, Murphy acquired the assets of Q Rock Radio and revived its online presence at QRockRadioUSA.com. 

After completing a series of engineering requirements, the FCC granted Banana Jack Murphy Productions a construction permit to relocate W294CW to a higher tower and improve the coverage area of 106.7 FM.  On September 11, 2023, WLSC changed call letters to WLSQ and the new Q Rock Radio was launched.

While most of Banana Jack's radio career has been in morning drive, Murphy now hosts The Number One Show which airs weekdays, 2 pm - 6 pm on Q Rock Radio.   Murphy also co-hosts a daily TV talk show with Freakin' Deacon called River Talk, which airs weekday mornings at 6 on WWMB-CW21.

 

qcrew-markstewart.jpg (8444 bytes) Mark Stewart - Part of the ‘70’s Q Crew, Mark Stewart grew up in Horry County and has fond memories of his days at the home of the “Beach’s Music FM.” He not only enjoyed his weekend air shifts, but also working at remote broadcasts at waterslides and night clubs, and giving out Q merchandise along Ocean Boulevard from the “Funky Green Jeep.” Along with his radio work in Myrtle Beach and Atlanta, he has worked as a reporter and continues his career as a corporate attorney, still trying to overcome his “youthful indiscretion” at the age of 22…going to law school.
qcrew-freakindeacon.jpg (8534 bytes) Freakin' Deacon - Deacon's knack for spinning records and filling airtime has allowed him to be a radio personality on the Grand Strand for decades. He started his broadcast career at Rock 102 in the '70s and remained through the '80s. In 1984, Deacon was Billboard Magazine's Radio Personality of the Year. He's won numerous SCBA awards as well.  Moonlighting as a character actor in Television, Commercials and Motion Pictures, performing Voice-Overs, and writing and recording novelty songs are all activities that Deac enjoys.  An appearance in a music video with Alabama, who are good friends of his, was a highlight in his career.

 
Deacon currently lends his talents to create various Q Crew projects including Fireside Chat Radio and Freakin' Deacon's Retro-Mercials.


You can see Deacon every morning on River Talk, a daily TV talk show that he co-hosts on WWMB CW21. The show also airs mulitple times daily on HTC Cable Channel 4.


Deac is also an accomplished artist and has created many beautiful paintings of Myrtle Beach landmarks.

 

 

 

 

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