IT’S RODEO TIME!
OKC LOSES FIRST TV STAR
HERMAN CAIN SIGNS WITH FOX
TRAGIC LOSS OF COUNTRY SINGER
OKLAHOMA RADIO-TV LEGEND EXPIRES Danny Williams, OKC radio and TV martyr, is one of the original 15 in the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. In 1947, Danny’s career begins on an Austin, TX radio station. Since 1950, Williams is a radio-TV hero in Oklahoma City. In 1950, The Danny Williams Show debuts on WKY TV CH4 in OKC. Danny is a devout Christian since age 12. Danny is OKC’s first TV star. He plays Spavinaw Spoofkin on the Gismo Godkin Show plus Live Wrestling. In 2008, Williams retires from his morning show on KOMA FM (92.5). Phone calls flood his morning show line: We’re going to miss you, Danny. Are you really retiring, Danny? After a heart attack in October 2012, Danny Williams passes away at 85 on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.
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TRAGIC LOSS OF COUNTRY SINGERFrom 1996-97 foxy Country singer Mindy McCready has three Top 10 Billboard tunes. One of them, Guys Do It All the Time, is a smash hit at #1. But things begin to quickly fall apart for her in a huge way. She tries to run away from scandals to Heber Springs, AR, about 65 miles north of Little Rock. Her hideaway on Eden Isle surrounds her on three sides by Greers Ferry Lake, along with a forest of 100-foot-tall pine trees. Mindy has everything going for her but evil serpents are out to snare her. Ironically, Mindy is the fifth cast member of TV talk host Dr. Drew Pinsky’s Celebrity Rehab TV series who die after their appearance on the show. On Sunday, February 17, 2013 Mindy McCready puts an end to it all at only 37.
IT’S RODEO TIME! Every year about this time corporate executives and their secretaries shed their dull office duds for exciting cowboy and cowgirl Stetson hats, jeans, expensive boots and spurs because the 81st season of Rodeo Houston kicks off on Monday, February 25, 2013. We can expect about 2.35 million cowboys and cowgirls to head out to Reliant stadium for the world’s largest rodeo event – Rodeo Houston. This year’s rodeo has 28,000 volunteers. Rodeo Houston 2013 kicks off with Toby Keith followed by Alan Jackson – Armed Forces Appreciation Day, Zac Brown Band, Styx, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, The Band Perry, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, George Strait and Martina McBride. Hee haw!
TRIVIA QUESTION: What does Elvis Presley’s mother think when she first hears Gene Vincents’s tune Be-Bop-A-Lula? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Alan Shapiro on Monday, February 18, 2013. Jim McCurdy on Tuesday, February 19, 2013. Chumbe Salinas huge Willie Nelson fan finally reaches 39 on Sunday, February 24, 2013.
•HERMAN CAIN GOP presidential hopeful signs with Dial Global as a regular contributor on FOX cable news channel.
•TONY SHERIDAN lead singer on first Beatles single (My Bonnie #26-1964) dies in Hamburg, Germany at 72. The Beatles are his backing band on his early 1960s recordings.
•YOKO ONO Ms John Lennon born in Tokyo on February 18, 1933 hits the 80 mark on Monday, February 18, 2013.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1956 ELVIS PRESLEY’s single Heartbreak Hotel is his 1st Billboard Top 10 hit on February 22nd.
•1968 JOHNNY CASH proposes to June Carter on February 22nd at their performance in London, Ontario. June says yes.
•1975 DREW BARRYMORE actress in ET, Firestarter, Poison Ivy born in Los Angeles, CA on February 22nd.
•1981 CHRIS THILE mandolin player with bluegrass trio Nickel Creek is born on February 20th in Oceanside, CA.
•1992 ED MCMAHON 69 weds 37 year old Pamela Hurn on February 22nd.
•2000 PHIL VASSAR’s self-titled debut album releases on Arista records on February 22nd.
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J.R. RUSS [Jan] (Philadelphia-Boothwyn, PA) Subject: Oscar salute. Hey Jim, This week Movie Ticket Radio is playing its second annual Salute to the Academy Awards featuring nearly two hundred Oscar nominated and winning songs and of course, great jingles from the Hollywood-area radio stations that played them. Included this year are acknowledgements of many of the nominee categories and Best Picture trailers. More contemporary songs are featured on the Movie Ticket Radio POP channel and the MOVIE TICKET RADIO CLASSIC channel features songs from as early as 1934 when the category for Best Original Song was introduced. Movie and music fans can listen at www.movieticketradio.com as well as TuneIn, Shoutcast, RadioShaker and other platforms. Thanks, J.R. Russ
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JIM BELL [KUHF FM 88.7 Morning Edition anchor since 1997-Retired 2010] (Lufkin, TX) Subject: Another Great One Passes. Hey Jim, You may or may not have ever heard of Lanier Grieg, but he was one of the original members of a group that became ZZ Top. He went on to bigger fame in the Los Angeles/Hollywood music scene, and he’s remembered as one of the most enormously talented musicians to ever come out of Houston. He passed away last week in Austin at age 64. Here’s a link to a Houston Chronicle story about him. www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Greig-early-ZZ-Top-member-dies-at-64-4284956.php Jim Bell; Lufkin
CHUCK DUNAWAY [KLIF, KBOX, WKY, WABC] (Houston-Katy, TX) Subject: Oklahoma City television and radio icon Danny Williams dies. I worked with Danny at WKY in Oklahoma City in 57-58. He was PD and did Mornings. He was especially popular because of his successful TV shows before going full time on Radio. He was one of my favorite people on earth. I loved him like a brother. We all need a friend or two like that. His widow Maureen was his rock and biggest cheer leader in his later years on radio. Chuck
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ED MILLER [ex KPCN-730/KAFM FM] (Austin, TX) Subject: Morgan Choat. Jim, A contribution to your column remembering the late Morgan Choat, whom Jay Weaver reported dead in JRRR a week ago. Noted with regret the recent passing of Morgan Choat at the age of 86 years. He and I were on opposite ends of the dial back in the early 60’s, he at 1540 KCUL and me at 730 KPCN, both in the D/FW area. We had a cordial relationship until a syndicated radio program entitled “The Story of Texas Music” that I produced in the mid-70’s (after leaving KPCN and going to KAFM, while Morgan had left 1540 and gone to KJIM). He took me to task harshly for having the temerity to include Ray Wylie Hubbard, Rusty Weir, Jerry Jeff Walker, and B. W. Stevenson as being a new part of Texas Country Music. Morgan argued, rightly as it turned out, that what they played was mostly rock and roll performed by guys with hats and boots, but wasn’t really country. We disagreed at the time, but, in retrospect, ol’ Morgan was dead right. (stay tuned for Part II of Ed Miller’s email in the next issue of JRRR)
TRIVIA ANSWER: When Elvis Presley’s mom first hears Gene Vincent’s Be-Bop-A-Lula on the radio she thinks it’s her son Elvis’ latest single. Vincent Eugene Craddock is born on February 11, 1935 in Munden Point, VA. He gets his first guitar at 12. In February 1952 he joins the US Navy. But three years later, while still in the Navy, a woman runs a red light, strikes Gene on his brand new Triumph motorcycle and smashes his left leg. He begs doctors to not amputate but has to wear a steel leg brace. By early 1956, Gene appears on WCMS’s Country Showtime. Local DJ Sheriff Tex Davis signs on as Gene’s manager. Davis meets legendary Capitol records producer Ken Nelson at a DJ convention in Nashville, TN. On April 9, 1956 Tex records Gene’s Be-Bop-A-Lula at the WCMS studios and sends a copy to Ken at Capitol records. Ken invites Gene for a recording session. Capitol signs Gene Vincent as their version of RCA’s Elvis Presley. On May 4th 1956 Gene Vincent and his Blue Caps have their historic first session at Owen Bradley’s studio. The song releases on June 2nd as Gene’s first single. By the end of the month Be Bop A Lula sells over 200,000 copies and soon goes Gold. In 1956, Gene Vincent appears in epic Rock ‘n’ Roll movies The Girl Can’t Help It and Hot Rod Gang.
JEFF MACK [McClain-KULF, KILT FM, KENR, WNOE, WYYN, KNUZ] (Cleveland, TX) Here’s one for the record books. Johnny (Shannon) called me one evening while I was on the air and ask if I would be interested in working for KILT weekends. Bob White was PD at KILT at the time. I brought an air check one Sunday afternoon and met with Bob about the weekend shift. He hired me on the spot and wanted me to break in the following weekend. You could imagine what all this meant to me at the time. Still in high school and only 17 and an opportunity to work in the big time around such great jocks like James Bond, Bob White, Bob Presley, Steve Lundy, Chuck Dunaway, Russ Knight and others. Keep up the great work my friend, Jeff “Mack” McClain
JIM GOUGH [‘Mr. Texas’-movie actor-voice actor] (Austin-Liberty Hill, TX) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio (#1174) February 18, 2013 [Monday] Noticed you mentioned Barry Corbin in the newsletter. I also was in “Urban Cowboy”. It’s become a cult movie and lots of women watch it over and over. Jim Gough
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Yesterday Billboard announced a new rule impacting their industry-standard music charts that will take into consideration YouTube views as part of the broader algorithm that determines the chart placement of songs. This is part of a bigger movement by Billboard that started in October of 2012 to update their charting to include data from the new habits of music consumers, including digital downloads and song streaming.
Billboard is now incorporating all official videos on YouTube captured by Nielsen’s streaming measurement, including Vevo on YouTube, and user-generated clips that utilize authorized audio into the Hot 100 and the Hot 100 formula-based genre charts – Hot Country Songs, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, R&B Songs, Rap Songs, Hot Latin Songs, Hot Rock Songs and Dance/Electronic Songs – to further reflect the divergent platforms for music consumption in today’s world.
Similar to the effect of the new rules implemented last October, immediate beneficiaries to the new chart rule emerged. Producer Baauer whose song “Harlem Shake” has become a viral YouTube sensation debuted at #1 on Billboard’s all-encompassing Hot 100 chart, hit #1 on the Streaming Songs chart, and went from #12 to #1 on the Dance/Electronic Songs chart. Rihanna’s “Stay” went all the way from #57 to #3 on the charts, and Drake’s “Started From the Bottom” went from #63 all the way to #10 on the strength of YouTube views.
When the new generation of Billboard rules were initially put in place, Billboard’s editorial director Bill Werde said the company was looking into including YouTube numbers in their charts, but were waiting for “cleaner data.” Apparently that cleaner data is now here, and the full spectrum of music consumers’ listening habits will now be factored into the Billboard song charts.
The next question is, what impact will the new rule have on music?
It clearly gives a huge boost to the visual format that tends to be able to react much quicker than traditional radio and has the benefit of the viral event. In fact the new rules will likely feed the viral nature of YouTube. Consumers and industry use Billboard’s charts to determine popularity, and the higher a song charts, the more attention it gets across all media formats. If a song goes viral on YouTube and charts high, it increases the chances that song will be added to radio by programmers, or played in a heavier rotation. Artists and labels who are YouTube savvy will benefit from the rule, and the ones that aren’t will find themselves at a distinct disadvantage.
What Billboard’s YouTube data does not consider is quality, and the curiosity factor. Whereas songs on the radio, or songs that people purchase are being consumed because the public has deemed them appealing, music on YouTube can sometimes go viral for how bad or polarizing or offensive it is. Take for example Rebecca Black’s “Friday.” The song would have rocketed to #1 on the charts under this rule, yet the majority of the viewers of the video drew an unfavorable reaction to it. It was the car wreck factor that forced the song viral. This means that songs could chart because the public vehemently hates them instead of universally liking them.
Billboard editor Bill Werde has said that he sees this as a problem, and is considering solutions, including making the stipulation that a song must chart on any of Billboard’s other charts before being considered.
The new rule could also impact the popularity arch. When a song or other media goes viral and becomes ubiquitous throughout culture, it tends to create a tiring factor or a backlash that is measured in strength many times by how quickly the media went viral, how widespread it is, and the polarizing nature of the content. This could result in songs becoming extremely popular for very short periods, but then being almost completely forgotten as consumers move on to the next viral craze.
The new rule also increases the technology paradigm. Since anyone can make a YouTube video, and any video has the potential to go viral, it puts power into the hands of independent artists and their fans that do not benefit from the support of the traditional music business like big stars. At the same time since there is no filter on the content, it adds to the increasing glut of music vying for consumer’s attention every day, making it harder for consumers to navigate through the music world and find quality.
It’s important to clarify that this rule will not necessarily include every single video on YouTube. The audio has to be “authorized” in a way that Neilsen can verify the song and sync it up with other data.
What should artists do to take advantage of the new rule? Any song that an artist or a label wants to release as a single now must be accompanied by a YouTube video, even if it just includes a static picture or lyrics. Those views will be necessary to compete with the other songs in the charts.
When Billboard made their initial changes in October 2012, there was a small, but fervent backlash from some fans and artists who felt they would be hindered by the new rules, especially the rule that considered crossover radio play in Billboard’s genre charts. Some of the concerns voiced at the time came to fruition. Others did not. Like with Billboard’s other new rules, it will take time to determine this rule’s full impact. But for the first time since the dawning of the digital age in music, virtually all of the avenues that consumers use to enjoy music will be factored into the charts; charts that history will use to gauge the popularity, importance, and impact as song had on us at any given time.
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Seek My Facemore and more. You are really just beginning your journey of intimacy with Me. It is not an easy road, but it is a delightful and privileged way: a treasure hunt. I am the Treasure, and the Glory of My Presence glistens and shimmers along the way. Hardships are part of the journey too. I mete them out ever so carefully, in just the right dosage, with a tenderness you can hardly imagine. Do not recoil from afflictions, since they are among My most favored gifts. Trust Me and don’t be afraid, for I am your Strength and Song. My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek.
—Psalm 27:8But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
—2 Corinthians 4:7“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.”
—Isaiah 12:2I am ever so near you, hovering over your shoulder, reading every thought. People think that thoughts are fleeting and worthless, but yours are precious to Me. I smile when you think lovingly of Me. My Spirit, who lives within you, helps you to think My thoughts. As your thinking goes, so goes your entire being.Let Me be your positive Focus. When you look to Me, knowing Me as God with you, you experience Joy. This is according to My ancient design, when I first crafted man. Modern man seeks his positive focus elsewhere: in sports, sensations, acquiring new possessions. Advertising capitalizes on the longing of people for a positive focus in their lives. I planted that longing in human souls, knowing that only I could fully satisfy it. Delight yourself in Me; let Me become the Desire of your heart.“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”—which means, “God with us.”
—Matthew 1:23Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.
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WHISNews21 Prayer Line and thoughts for this Thursday ending February 21, By Marty Martel..
Continue to keep in your thoughts and prayers Grand Ole Opry and Hall of Famer Jean Shepard.
Marty, I am going for surgery and extraction of a deep molar by a great Oral Surgeon on Saturday Morning……He is Dr. Robin Daniels, and here is the reason for having this done……there is a virus abcess deep in the gum at the very end of one of the two large roots, and my regular dentist Cordell Chaffin instructed me to have it removed right away, because if the infection should get into my blood stream……..It could very well be fatal. Please add me to your prayer partners, and ask our great Savior to come to our rescue……Thank you Marty and everyone else that you call on, to please pray that all will go well, and God Bless you for your petitions to our Lord! Sincerely, Don Chapel
Marty, I am asking for prayers for my daughter, Debbie. I just found out yesterday that she has been having leg pain for 3 months, but yesterday morning it was very painful and swollen. She went to the ER. They took xrays and found a spot on the bone. And told her that a spot on the bone like that usually is bone cancer. The Dr said she needs an MRI, but she has to go to her primary Dr, etc, etc. Need lots of prayers!!! – Maggie
WHEN YOU KNEEL TO PRAY: Our sad world needs a lift today; Remember when you kneel to pray To ask Our Blessed Lord, above, to shed His mercy and His love. Crime is rampant everywhere and hard times have brought despair; Dread diseases known to some can’t easily be overcome. The homeless line our city streets and even the strong admit defeat; Smiles are few and far between, life seems to have lost its sheen. Drought and floods have left their mark and our children fear the dark; Wars which we can’t understand wreak havoc on a foreign land. Gloom and misery fill the air, non-believers fail to care; Only God can end our plight, so trust and pray with all your might – Catherine Janssen Irwin
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