PHOTO INDEX: A COOKED TURKEY, A WILD TURKEY AND "TOMMY FEATHERS" AKA RON ALLEN, TRACKSIDE ANNOUNCER FOR THE WARM TURKEY TROT.
THE TURKEY TROT
One of the enduring memories of WARM Radio in the 60s and early 70s was the WARM Turkey Trot. Again, this was a vintage WARM contest. Creative, funny, imagnative and cheap. Once or twice an air shift, a fake horse race, featuring turkeys would circle an imaginary track in a wild race to the finish. The race featured 6 or 7 galloping turkeys with handles like "West's Wishbone", "Steven's Stuffing", "Gilbert's Gobbler", "Karlson's Cranberries", "Stewart's Stringbeans" and "Allen's Apple Pie". Ron Allen, featured as "Tommy Feathers" did a race call and had the birds racing for their lives. A listener would call in, be put on the air and pick a personality/turkey in the race. If the turkey won, the caller would get a frozen turkey. If they lost, as happened a great deal of the time, they recieved a "Frozen Radio Dinner". The Turkey Trot was a mainstay of WARM Radio from the middle of November (just after Veteran's Day) to the big American feast day. It is fondly recalled as one of the best promotions and memories of WARM Radio during Thanksgiving.