ALL THE NEWS FROM JIM ROSE REMEMBERS RADIO October 29, 2012
Alan most recently co-creates and executive produces with Ajay Sahgal the upcoming midseason CBS comedy series Friend Me. But he exits the show for unknown reasons. Kirschenbaum and Sahgal experience success in May 2012 when their Friend Me is one of only two CBS comedy pilots that lands series pickups.
Kirschenbaum, who is the son of comedian Freddy Roman, previously co-creates and executive produces with Greg Garcia the long-running CBS sitcom Yes, Dear. He also is involved in Garcia’s My Name Is Earl and Raising Hope. Alan’s survivors include a wife and daughter.
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FEDS BUST IOWA PIRATE RADIO The FCC nabs a buccaneer who operates a pirate radio station not on the east coast in Florida or New York but in Iowa City, IA. The radio pirate operates slightly off of the standard FM dial at 87.9 MHz.
Agents from the FCC’s Kansas City office shut down the broadcasts on that frequency plus they tag Thomas Costa of Iowa City IA as the radio pirate. FCC agents trace the pirate signal to a residence that houses Costa’s rented basement room.
The busted radio pirate admits that he sets up the radio station with a chimney-mounted antenna, but he admits that he does it not for his own benefit but for several unnamed individuals. Costa says they paid him to house the station, and he in turn used the money to pay rent to his landlord.
ROCK LEGEND STILL ROLLS OVER BEETHOVEN On Saturday night, October 27, 2012 the Rock Hall of fame in Cleveland, OH honors Chuck Berry at the State Theater. At 86, music legend Berry promises a Rockin’ comeback with six new songs, some written 16 years ago.
Berry brags: They might be old, but they are the same type of music that I have been playing. Berry still performs monthly at a club in suburban St. Louis, MO offers advice to performers: Keep rocking, keep rocking. That’s two words. Next word is: Be kind to your fans.
To mark the American Music Masters award presentation, the Rock Hall features a special exhibition with Berry items that include his stage clothes, a guitar and his 1958 Chess Records recording contract. The Rock Hall’s new library and archives contains Berry items like his 1964 British tour program plus a 1968 handbill from his appearance with the Grateful Dead.
What is the first Rock ‘n’ Roll song to hit the American charts?
The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•WGN-720 Tribune News/Talk Chicago, IL adds a new weekly segment starring producer Jeff Hoover whose zany characters and witty writing makes the popular WGN Morning News morning show special and unique.
•KEZW-1430 Entercom Nostalgia Denver’s Memory Station Denver-Aurora-Littleton, CO is the largest radio station in America to be powered by the sun with 40 solar panels.
•BEASLEY BROADCAST promotes overnight and weekend DJ Tim Conlon to Music Director of Country WKIS FM (99.9) Boca Raton, FL.
•LINCOLN FINANCIAL MEDIA Oldies KRWZ-950 that simulcasts on 103.1 FM in Denver, CO launches The New Comedy 103.1 on translator K276FK powered by KYGO-HD2 and streams online at www.cruisinoldies950.com/.
•CBS TV & Yahoo in talks to baptize syndicated news magazine The Insider with new look as omg! NOW which is Yahoo’s online celebrity gossip page.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1956 CHARLEY PRIDE Country hit maker of the 1960s and 1970s pitches four innings of shutout baseball when the Negro League All-Stars beat the Major League All-Stars 4-2 on October 29th.
•1963 ADOLPHE MENJOU suave and debonair movie actor in Front Page (1931) and A Star is Born (1937) dies at 73 on October 29th.
•1972 BRAD PAISLEY Country singer, songwriter and guitarist, Grand Ole Opry member and CMA Entertainer of the Year born on October 28th in Glen Dale, WV.
•1987 WOODY HERMAN clarinetist, saxophonist, Big Band leader of the Thundering Herd and composer dies at 74 of cervical cancer on October 29th in Cedar Sinai Medical Centre.
•1990 VINCE GILL’s first Gold album on October 29th is When I Call Your Name.
•2004 VAUGHN MEADER comic/musician record album spoof of President John F. Kennedy (The First Family – 1962) dies at 68 on October 29th.
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STEVE MOORE [Russ Knight The Weird Beard’s son] (Westport, CT) Subject: Thanks for Remembering Russ “The Weird Beard” Knight. Dear Mr. Rose, Thanks very much for covering the passing of my father in your internet column. I’m sure you know as well as anyone that when the microphone was on, The Weird Beard was bulletproof; when it was off, it was a different story.
Dad went through the many ups and downs that are endemic to the radio industry, and his desire to move away from the on-air personality aspect and into management didn’t make things any easier. While he was a great PD, his true calling and talent was on the airwaves, and by the time he figured that out, too much time had passed for him to make much headway. He quietly retired from the business in 2000 or so, after making a bunch of stops at WAKE, KLIF, KILT, WXYZ, WCUE, WHK, KBOX, KLZ, WAKR, WHK (again!), WNEW, WDJZ, WICC, WELI…and maybe some others that I just can’t remember now.
I don’t know if you and I had ever met during my Dad’s time at KBOX, but I sure remember the station, and how my brother and I used to play in the hedges that spelled K-B-O-X outside. But thanks again for your kind words about my Dad, they’re greatly appreciated. He was still groovy up until the day he died. Stephen Moore
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JAY WEST [KILT-610 DJ December 1971-August, 1976] (Houston, TX) Subject: Recent newsletter. JIM: Thanks for including me in your newsletter in the story about Russ Knight. Correction:::you had me listed as working at KLIF, Dallas. Never been there. I visited once when I was in Dallas at PAMS Jingle company having some radio station id’s recorded. I was kindly given the station tour, but that’s it. My background as follows. XEL, Mexico City (1 1/2 yrs.), KRIO-am McAllen, Tx (11 years of which 6 of those yrs. were as PD), KILT-am (Houston- 5 yrs.), KODA-fm (1 1/2 yrs). Retired from radio. Owned Jay West Productions (Houston), a commercial recording studio 28 years. That’s it, Jim. Just so you know. Thanks, JAY WEST
CONLEY RICHARD BRIMAGE [Kimball high school class of 1962] (Houston, TX) Jimmie, Great to hear from you. My wife and I went to the (Kimball high school 50th) anniversary and it was a gathering of senior citizens. We had a great time. The only sad moment was when I looked at the board with all those who couldn’t come because they had passed on. Far more than I thought there were. I enjoy looking in on your letters about music, dj’s and old radio programs and stations. Keep up the good work. Conley
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TRIVIA ANSWER: Although we remember them as the pioneering Rock ‘n’ Roll band Bill Haley And His Comets originally they are Country band The Saddlemen. Bill Haley And His Comets record Crazy Man, Crazy which is the first Rock ‘n’ Roll song to hit the American charts. In 1954, their Shake, Rattle and Roll reaches #7 with sales of over a half million copies. In summer 1955, Haley and his Comets slam the #1 post with (We’re Gonna) Rock Around the Clock which hangs on tight for 8 weeks with sales of over a half million copies.
The teen rebel movie Blackboard Jungle starring Glen Ford features the song. See You Later Alligator levels off at #6 in 1956 with sales of over a half million copies. Bill Haley is born William John Clifton Haley, Jr. on July 6, 1925 in Highland Park, MI. He dies of a heart attack on February 9, 1981 in Harlingen, TX. In 1987, Bill Haley inducts into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
.CHUCK JOSEPH [ex DJ on KILT FM/KILT-610] (Houston, TX) Good Morning Jim and Lacy!! Hope you are doing well! I’ll work on a good story that is G rated! I’m feeling better after my injections. The side effects kick my butt but I’ll be OK and stay positive! It keeps me going in my old age! Have a great day my friend and give Lacy a treat for me!
TOBE HOOPER (January 25, 1943 – p) You need an R rating because without one, you can’t advertise and the film won’t get shown.
Jim Rose and Lacy
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo
Just as the last issue, foremost in my mind at this time, is the danger our great country is in. We must all get out and vote before or on November 6th. Bill and I voted this past Wednesday. as we were going on a short trip to Florida to see our former doctor there.
I’m pleased to say that the song my friend and co-writer, Rhonnie Scheuerman, wrote (LET’S MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN), is still getting an abundant amount of airplay both in the US and aboad. It was #12 right after it was released on both the Top 50 & Top 100 Airplay Direct charts. Many of you have commented that it is the perfect pre-election song. We appreciate that and because of it’s worldwide appeal plus the fact that it offers hope & a solution to the problems in today’s world, was why it was being released again last month to radio on WHP #136; also on a compilation CD for the Christian Market – Tunesville Express#7 I was pleased to learn today that Gary Bradshaw released it again on his just released WHP POLITICAL “MEANINGFUL” DIGITAL COMPILATION VOL.2 Link to download on Airplay Direct .
Your Voting for America’s Comeback Team (Romney/Ryan)is a big step to get us back on track! GOD BLESS AMERICA!!
Click on this link to Watch great video Frans Maritz made of the song!