The extensive collection of honors and awards keep rolling in for The Oak Ridge Boys. An official RIAA commemorative plaque certifying Gold, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum album and single sales has been awarded to the Grammy-winning group in celebration of more than 41 million album sales worldwide. A special presentation took place in New York during the legendary group’s appearance on The Wendy Williams Show.
“We love Wendy Williams and she recently invited us to perform on her high energy, nationwide show. While we were there she surprised us with a plaque recognizing 41 million sales of our albums,” says Oak Ridge Boys lead singer Duane Allen.
“It is hard to imagine that we have sold 41 million albums and that doesn’t even count the successful Gospel music days,” adds tenor vocalist Joe Bonsall. “It is humbling to know that the music we have created together has been so well received over all these years. We are very blessed but the pressure is on… 41 million albums in 41 years means we have to sell a million this year to make it 42/42 next year!!!”
The achievement comes in wake of the group’s 41st anniversary and the recent release of the new Boys Night Out CD (Cleopatra Records). It’s their first-ever live Country album featuring all their iconic hits, including “Elvira,” “Y’all Come Back Saloon,” “American Made,” and “Thank God for Kids.” The Oaks’ latest studio CD, It’s Only Natural, is being sold exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations for $9.99. It was chosen among 12 select albums for Cracker Barrel’s summer music promotion.
The Oak Ridge Boys have launched the summer leg of their 2014 concert tour with nearly 150 shows across North America. For information on a concert near you or the latest updates on the group, visit: http://www.oakridgeboys.com
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WHISNews21 Prayer Line and thoughts for yesterday, today and tomorrow by Marty Martel
Thanks for the Word of God
I thank you, loving God, that we have the Scriptures to search and may find in them eternal life;
That they are given by your inspiration in total truth, and the profit of salvation
We may gain from them. I give thanks for all those who toiled to preserve your Word
For our learning, that through patience and comfort of the Bible we may have hope and a light
Of prophecy and truth, as sure as a bright light shining in the darkness;
And that on the most ordinary day, both I and any other person who seeks you
May hear in our own tongue the mighty works you have done.
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in the interest of goodwill to all in need of a little help by the way of a prayer
There has been an enormous amount of requests to play more Mac Wiseman music on WET TV. So we decided to add this video to the playlist hope you like it. It is said that Mac Wiseman has the most identifiable voice in bluegrass ever.
June 20, 2014 [Friday]
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CASEY IS NO LONGER AT BAT Born Kemel Amin Kasem in Detroit, MI on April 27, 1932 we know Casey Kasem best as the host of American Top 40 and as the voice of Norville [Shaggy] Rogers on Scooby Doo. From 1970 until his retirement in 2009, Kasem hosts American Top 40 plus other popular countdown programs. As one of America’s most popular DJs, Casey Kasem begins his career in nearby Flint. MI before he becomes an announcer on Armed Forces Radio Korea Network in 1952. We hear Casey’s voice on radio stations in California, Ohio and New York before he launches American Top 40 in 1970. On Sunday morning, June 15, 2014 one of America’s most beloved radio voices Casey Kasem passes away from Lewy Body Dementia at 82.
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KOMO-1000 COMMENTATOR’S LIFE ENDS Known as one of The Commentators KOMO-1000 Seattle, WA Progressive Talk host Ken Schram dies after a long illness on May 29, 2014. For 35 years as one of The Commentators, Ken toils alongside Conservative host John Carlson. To celebrate Schram’s life, Sinclair conducts a public memorial, this Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 11 am at Fisher Pavilion at the Seattle Center. As an American news and radio broadcaster Ken Schram’s (December 17, 1947 – May 29, 2014) base is Seattle, WA. He is former host of local-affairs show Town Meeting plus KOMO TV CH 4’s evening news segment Schram on the Street. For several years he hosts The Commentators on KOMO-1000 Newsradio with Conservative John Carlson.
DARBY RETURNS AS TRAFFIC DODGER From 1996 until 2009, Darby Douglas is traffic reporter on KHOU TV CBS CH 11 in Houston, TX. Most recently, Darby is assistant director of operations for Total Traffic Network in the Bayou City on any one of Houston’s nine Clear Channel radio stations. In early July 2014, Darby Douglas returns to KHOU TV as morning traffic reporter. KHOU TV Executive News Director Phil Bruce marvels: Darby’s a storyteller. He loves weaving a personal yarn or two as he shares his wisdom on how to beat the latest freeway mess. We’re looking forward to having him back in the KHOU Family. Douglas replaces Katherine Whaley, who remains with Channel 11 as a reporter.
RINGO GETS BY WITH HELP FROM FRIENDS In 1967, Ringo Starr famously sings with The Beatles that he gets by with a little help from my friends. From Saturday, June 21st through Saturday, June 28, 2014 Ringo Starr uses his 1960s WLS-890 friends Dick Biondi and Clark Weber to promote his Ringo Starr Art Show With A Little Help From His Friends Benefiting The Lotus Foundation exhibit. The exhibit features hand-signed, limited-edition computer art from Hall of Fame drummer/singer Ringo Starr at the Hard Rock Cafe, 63 W. Ontario Street in Chicago, IL. Starr’s eight day art show consists of three special evening events: living legend disk jockey Dick Biondi, one-time Chicago radio megastar Clark Weber, plus Ringo Starr himself.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Ira ‘Eye’ Lipson celebrates #39 in the Grecian isles on Friday, June 13th. Gary DeLaune and Chuck Boom Boom Cannon Friday, June 20th. Traci Strunk Sunday, June 22, 2014. •MATT LAUER Today morning show host since 1997 contract extension for about $20 million per year. •VIC RATNER recently retired ABC News Radio reporter honored with Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association’s Career Achievement Award for Distinguished Reporting on Congress in Washington, DC on Thursday, June 12, 2014. •BILL KURTIS famed former WBBM TV news anchor films series of satirical commercials for Illinois Office of Tourism which now air on television and online. (www.enjoyillinois.com/tripstarters/mancation)
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1952 JOHN GOODMAN actor as Dan Conner in Roseanne born in St. Louis, MO on June 20th. •1967 DAN TYMINSKI singer and guitarist with Alison Krauss’ Union Station plus lead singer on The Soggy Bottom Boys’ I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow is born on June 20th in Rutland, VT. •1970 RAY STEVENS SHOW debuts on NBC TV on June 20th. •1983 KATHY MATTEA signs her first recording contract with Mercury Records on June 21st. •1997 LAWRENCE PAYTON second tenor and second lead singer with The Four Tops for more than four decades dies from liver cancer at 59 on June 20th. •2000 JO DEE MESSINA’s video That’s The Way debuts on CMT on June 21st.
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CHUCK CASHMERE (San Diego-San Marcos, CA) Hi Jim it’s great to be healthy and doing the things I like. I’ve been keeping up with you. Sorry to see so many of our radio stalwarts falling by the wayside. Glad to read Chuck Dunaway made it thru his operation and thanks for keeping us updated. Just wanted you to know I’ve released my latest single “Scary Movies,” It’s upbeat and fun and unashamedly an attempt to be commercial. I’m proud of it. The tracks were done in Nashville and post production here. Scary Movies complete 0003 say “hello,” to all even this home video is almost good.
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CHARLES GEORGE [ex KCHU FM] (Dallas, TX) I hope you get everything to work with your column. I find that I still like listening to the Radio, actually as soon as I got my radio, I quit looking at TV as much. Why I don’t have Cable, and yet AT&T and others keep trying to push it. Like I use to go swimming but I don’t as much as I use to, and the pools that I use to are gone are boarded up. Also I never liked Bowling but liked to go with friends sometimes, those places are gone. I want to wish you the best in the New Year. Charles George KC5RAI
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JAY WEST (Houston, TX) Subject: correction. Hey Jim, No big deal…but in this week’s newsletter, you had a quote from Leslie Wayne Hodges that the Chiffons recorded “Our Day Will Come”. According to my memory, it was Ruby & The Romantics who had the hit. Not trying to be picky…but true to form. Keep up your good work, Bro’. — JAY WEST
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DON SUNDEEN [former KCOH-1430 OM/PD/DJ-Hi Records promotion-TV ad prod] (Dallas, TX) Hi Jim, hope you are well. Please pass on my email address to Clay Gish. I lost track of him years ago, and I don’t know if he’s aware our mutual friend Lee Arbuckle has passed away. You’re doing a real service to us old timers and it’s much appreciated. Sent from my iPad
TRIVIA ANSWER: R&B vocalist Brook Benton scores over 50 Billboard chart tunes as an artist, plus he writes hit songs for other performers. One of my all time favorites is his It’s Just A Matter Of Time in 1959. In 1970, Benton records Rainy Night in Georgia written by Tony Joe White in 1962. Tony Joe says when he gets out of high school he becomes a truck driver for the highway department in Marietta, GA. When it rains you do not have to go to work. You can stay home and play your guitar. So when he moves to Texas about three months later, those thoughts cause him to write Rainy Night in Georgia. One of the finest versions of Rainy Night in Georgia is a You Tube duet between Conway Twitty and Sam Moore. It will make your toes tingle.
CHET MAXWELL [ex GM at KBOX-1480, KILT-610, KENS-680] (San Antonio, TX) Hi Jim, Do you have any suggestions for finding these two beautiful, 6 mos. old Akita pups a good home. They are brother and sister, so it will be best if they stay together, Thanks for your help. Chet
DR. JEFF CUNNINGHAM [ex KXOL-1360] (Austin-Kyle, TX) It shouldn’t be too hard to find a family that will take two Akitas. those are amazingly loving and friendly dogs. Let me know if I can help further. Jeff Cunningham, DC, MA; Kyle, TX
CASEY KASEM (April 27, 1932 – June 15, 2014) Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.
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( PLUS WORDS from the BIBLE)
The disciple Peter was a man of great faith and bold action. But as readers of the New Testament know, his brash style sometimes led him to make humiliating mistakes. More than once, this disciple had to wear the label of “miserable failure” rather than that of “obedient servant.”
We can all relate when it comes to falling short of expectations. Obedience to God is a learning process, and failure is a part of our development as humble servants. When we yield to temptation or rebel against God’s authority, we realize that sin has few rewards, and even those are fleeting.
Failure is an excellent learning tool, as Peter could certainly attest. Through trial and error, he discovered that humility is required of believers (John 13:5-14); that God’s ways are higher than the world’s ways (Mark 8:33); and that one should never take his eyes off Jesus (Matt. 14:30). He took each of those lessons to heart and thereby grew stronger in his faith. Isn’t that Romans 8:28 in action? God caused Peter’s failures to be put to good use as training material because the disciple was eager to mature and serve.
God doesn’t reward rebellion or wrongdoing. However, by His grace, He blesses those who choose repentance and embrace chastisement as a tool for growth.
We would probably all prefer to grow in our faith without ever making a mistake before God’s eyes, but we cannot deny that missteps are instructive. Failure teaches believers that it is much wiser and more profitable to be obedient to the Lord. That’s a lesson we all should take to heart.
GOD is our refuge…We will not fear, even though the earth be removed…The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved…”Be still and know that I am God”.