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FORMER TEXAS RADIO PERSONALITY DEPARTS In 1970, Kevin Metheny begins his radio journey in his home state of Oklahoma as Michael Flowers on KWHP FM (97.7) in Edmund. In 1980, he becomes Program Director of WNBC-660 (now WFAN) NYC. On Monday, September 30, 1985 he fires his star talk host Howard Stern. In 1986, Kevin Metheny, exits his post as VH 1 programmer to become Program Director of Gannett Top 40 KTKS FM in Dallas, TX. His final radio position is operations manager of KGO-810/KSFO-560 San Francisco, CA. Cumulus Media confirms that legendary programmer Kevin Metheny dies suddenly at 60 on Friday afternoon, October 3, 2014.
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GANNETT BECOMES USED CAR SALESMEN Gannett Company with headquarters in Tysons Corner, VA near McLean in Greater Washington DC is the largest U.S. newspaper force in total daily circulation. In August 2014, Gannett splits its broadcasting and newspaper operations which includes 46 TV stations plus 81 local U.S. daily publications, along with its flagship, USA Today. On October 1, 2014 Gannett buys the remaining 73% stake in Cars.com for $1.8 billion. With its acquisition of Cars.com (30 million monthly views) Gannett doubles its mainframe attaché case. Gracia Martore, Gannett President/CEO, brags: We are thrilled to be the sole owner ofCars.com – a business that we know extremely well, and one with terrific growth characteristics.
KNOXVILLE, TN HAS TWO NEW RADIO STATIONS Oskie Media launches two new formats in Knoxville, TN. WVLZ is one of three Sports stations along with Cumulus Sports Animal WNML-990, WNML FM (99.1) Friendsville and rimshot WPFT FM ESPN (106.3 The Zone) Pigeon Forge. WVLZ-1180 drops its Tennessee Sports Radio format shuts down at 5:00pm on Friday, August 29, 2014 and returns on Monday, September 1st with its new Oldies 1180. Former afternoon host Jayson Swain moves to 7-10am. WKCE-1120 a 1,000 watt daytime only operation with FCC license for Maryville, TN also serves the Knoxville neck of the woods. But on Monday, September 1, 2014 at 7:00am the currently silent WKCE-1120 Maryville returns to the airwaves as Comedy Funny 1120.
NBC TV WINS FOUR STRAIGHT SUMMERS Is NBC TV back on top of the network ratings heap? Remember when NBC TV gives us favorite shows like The A-Team, Magnum P.I., The Six Million Dollar Man, Knight Rider and Star Trek? LiveTV reports: As the networks prepare for the start of the new TV season next week, NBC took another victory lap on Tuesday as it celebrated its first primetime victory in the 18-49 demo for a full television year in a decade. The Peacock seizes its 52-week crown with a strong summer. NBC TV is on top with shows like America’s Got Talent, American Ninja Warrior and The Night Shift. NBC wins in adults 18-49 to make it four straight summers of success.
TRIVIA QUESTION: How do The Commodores get their name? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Beau Renfro and Cherry Walker Friday, October 3rd. Bill Odom Monday, October 6th.Judy Nelon Tuesday, October 7th. John Hale Wednesday, October 8, 2014. •ZAC DAVIS exits WDCG FM (G105) in Raleigh, NC as new operations manager of iHeartmedia’s five-station cluster in Myrtle Beach, SC. Zac is also Program Director and morning host on Country WGTR FM (The Gator 107.9). •JUDY DEANGELIS26-year WINS-1010 New York City news anchor retires on Wednesday, October 1, 2014. •DUSTY PANHORSTAPD/MD of iHeartRadio Country KSD FM (The Bull 93.7) St. Louis, MO and his wife Ashley welcome second daughter, Henslee Ann.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1953 WTVM TV ABC CH 9 in Columbus, GA begins broadcasting on October 6th. •1966 TIM RUSHLOW lead singer of Little Texas is born on October 7th in Arlington, TX. •1973 DENNIS PRICE British actor (VIPs, Pulp,Canterbury Tales) dies at 58 on October 6th. •1984 ANNE MURRAY is only double-winner in 18th annual Country Music Association awards on October 8th at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House. •1996 TED BESSELLdirector/actor best known as the boyfriend Don Hollinger of Marlo Thomas’ Ann Marie on TV’s classic That Girl dies of an aortic aneurism at 61 on October 6th. •2005 TRACE ADKINS’ video Honky Tonk Badonkadonkdebuts on CMT on October 6th.
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DAVE MICHAELS [WSAI-1360/KONO-860/KBUC FM] (Dayton-Huber Heights, OH) Subject: Tomatoes & Radio. Summer vacation 1959 I would wait until Mr. Wesoloski went to work. I climbed over the brick wall behind his garage & into his garden. I took out my trusty Barlow knife and while holding one of his beautiful Home Grown tomatoes – I would cut slices & eat them. There are no better tasting tomatoes than FREE tomatoes. I did this many times over my summer vacation. Life was good. Under the covers at night in bed I listened to radio ( WBAP – WBZ – WLS ) with my flashlight. Someday – I too was going to be on the radio. Dave Michaels KQRO KBUC KONO
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TONY WILLIAMS [WKY-930/KRLD-1080] (Dallas-Richardson, TX) Subject: Kevin Metheny, KGO program director. Have you seen? Metheny and I both worked at WKY. He also programmed WNBC and many, many other large stations around the country. He is the one who fired Howard Stern.
BOB GRANT [Robert Hanger] (San Angelo-Abilene, TX) Subject: Jim Ed Brown. FYI…9/30 announcement: Jim Ed: “Some of you may have heard various rumors since I have had to cancel a few shows over the past few weekends. To clarify and put those rumors to bed, I wanted to just come out and explain what is going on. Two weeks ago, I was diagnosed with lung cancer. At that time, I was in shock and scared as I didn’t know what that really meant. After testing, the doctors have asked me to take the next 4 months off from touring and to focus on chemotherapy and radiation treatments to shrink the cancer cells. I will keep you all updated on the progress. I am forever grateful for the love, support, and prayers during this time.”
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JAY WALKER (DFW-Chambersville, TX) Hi Jim! I know Len’s son Chuck quite well. I spent a number of hours helping him rebuild the place. I was chief at KRLD-FM and was able to donate a PR&E BMXIII-22 console to the station, an STL, and I did his audio processing as well. He’s the loudest cleanest 250 watt AM you’ll hear around these parts. In addition to having been talent in radio I was chief at KRLD-FM/KYNG/KJKK for 20+ years until stage 4 lymphoma took me out of the game. As I say “I’ve retired to leave the race to younger faster rats” HAHA… Again thank you for the weekly “snapshot” of the industry, your work is appreciated as well as enjoyed… 73 Jay
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MIKE MARSHALL [WFAA 570/820-KPRC-950-KQUE FM] (Houston, TX) There was an ad in the Morning News for the station (WFAA 820/570) showing pictures of the air staff…except me and Rex who worked all night. I guess nights didn’t count as real radio. I remember a meeting in Charlie’s office where he said “If you guys were any good, you should be getting offers.” A week later I got a call from Buddy Holiday at KPRC. Ironically I came to KPRC to do 4-7 afternoons. I was so happy to get off nights after five years but within months they hired a new 4-7 guy from Fort Worth and bumped me back to 7-midnight. Mike Marshall WFAA 570/820 1967-69
TRIVIA ANSWER: In 1967, at Alabama’s Tuskegee Institute, six students decide to merge two local bands, The Mystics and The Jays. Observers confess that one of the group members tosses a dictionary into the air. When it unfolds, he points to a word on the page and that word is Commodores.
JAY WALKER (DFW-Chambersville, TX) Jim all I can say is dogs are good judges of character so that would explain why the doggies reciprocate feelings of affection towards you They “know” what’s in your head and heart…
STANLEY COREN (January 1, 1942 – p) The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that you will not come back when you go out the door without them.
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