Drake Hall has been a fixture on Memphis radio for 30 years, beginning on Rock 103’s afternoon show in the late ‘80’s. A few years later he teamed with Zeke Logan for the Drake and Zeke show which aired for 12 years in afternoons and became the station’s highest rated show. It was named Memphis Best Drive Time show year after year in the Memphis Flyer’s Best Of edition and D/Z’s broadcast appearances at major concerts and numerous parties and events all over the Mid-South became legendary.
In 2005, their show had a chance to move to a new station that would feature D/Z In the Morning. Drake built the station’s music library, hired staff and went on the air in July 2005. The intent was to bring their Rock 103 audience over to their new morning show. It worked. The D/Z Show flourished and posted #1 ratings consistently for 10 years. During that time, they initiated several memorable off-air campaigns, including “The Field of Greens”, which involved the communities around Shelby Farms and Midtown Memphis in the construction of food – producing gardens for area residents. The gardens were a success and the project continued as an educational vehicle for area families that wanted to grow their own food.
The show’s next campaign was called “Blue Balls”. The balls were Christmas ornaments that were sold at various live broadcasts to benefit Project Package who used the proceeds to mail packages to American troops in the Middle East. Hundreds of the ornaments were sold over a 4 year period and the events are still talked about today.
“Free Dick” was another hit as the name might suggest. The name and the intent of the promotion are misleading but certainly got plenty of attention. For several weeks they held events where a turkey named Dick was on display. The audience was encouraged to bring food (including turkeys) to benefit families in need for Thanksgiving via the Memphis Food Bank. Support us or the bird dies. It worked. Dick lives on.
Another long time focus of the show was Literacy. Promoting the importance of reading for adults and children. Over the years D/Z interviewed some of the most well known authors and journalists in the world: David Baldacci, Carl Hiaasen, James Lee Burke, C.J. Box, Ace Atkins and a host of others, including regular interviews with Memphis reporters and journalists.
The Drake and Zeke show came to a close with the passing of Zeke Logan in 2015. His larger than life presence will remain part of the Memphis radio world for years to come.
Later this year, Drake Hall and Zeke Logan will receive the honor of a Brass Note on the Beale Street Walk of Fame.
However, this is not the end of the story. To the dismay of many, Drake decided to continue the radio show with the addition of the show’s producers Wes Yahola and Syd Nabors.
Would it work? Yes it did and it does. But after 5 more years, it was decided that they needed a new home and new direction.
They’ve found one…..and it’s going to change the landscape of Memphis radio forever.