The man who gave us “Dropkick Me, Jesus ” has died. The Tennessean reports songwriter Paul Craft died Saturday after years of deteriorating health. He was 76. Paul also wrote “Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life” for Moe Bandy, “Take Another Swing At Me” for Randy Travis, “Brother Jukebox” for Mark Chesnutt and “It’s Me Again, Margaret” for Ray Stevens. Paul will be missed by all who have known him though the years, he was a great songwriter and will be remembered as one.
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ROCK SINGER DEPARTS Around Thanksgiving 1975 we DJs on Top 40 KXOL-1360 in Ft. Worth, TX spin a hot 45 rpm record by the Manhattan Transfer called Operator. It becomes one of my all time favorite tunes. On Friday, October 17, 2014 Manhattan Transfer band representative Joann Geffen has shocking news:Tim Hauser, the founder and singer of the Grammy-winning vocal troupe The Manhattan Transfer, died Thursday from cardiac arrest. In 1972, Hauser forms Manhattan Transfer in NYC. Their debut album on Atlantic The Manhattan Transfer (1975) includes their first hit the Gospel tune Operator also Tuxedo Junction which lands at #24 on the British Pop charts. Tim Hauser’s survivors wife Barb Sonnet Hauser, son Basie and daughter Lily.
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MISSING MOVIE ACTRESS LOCATED Misty Anne Upham is born on July 6, 1982 in Kalispell, MT. The actress is best known for her role in the 2008 film Frozen River, for which she receives a nomination for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female. Her film credits include: Skinwalkers (2002), Edge of America (2003), Frozen River (2008), August: Osage County (2013) and Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian (2013). On October 6, 2014 her family reports the 32-year-old Native American actress missing one day after they inform police that she is suicidal. Police spokesman Steve Stocker says they find a body in a ravine near the White River. Authorities find her purse near the body, but medical examiners must make a positive identification.
ANTAGONIST CONFRONTS REDSKINS OWNER WWXX FM Buckland, VA simulcasts ESPN DC Sports-Talk WTEM-980 owned and operated by Washington Redskins owner and Red Zebra Broadcasting founder Dan Snyder. George Washington University professor John Banshee challenges WWXX FM’s license renewal. He claims that the team’s nickname is a racial slur. Red Zebra CEO Rick Carmen responds to those objections: Our response makes clear that under the Communications Act and the First Amendment the FCC should not be in the business of censoring the content of radio stations. Any debate about the Washington Redskins’ name and its meaning should be had in the free marketplace of ideas, not in the halls of the FCC.
CHRISTMAS IS IN THE AIR It is not yet Halloween or even Thanksgiving but already at least two radio stations flip to Christmas music. For the second time since October 17, 2011 Wildwood Crest, NJ’s Radio Equity WEZW FM Soft AC (Easy 93.1) is once again the first radio station that makes the seasonal move to All-Christmas music for the Atlantic City/Cape May market. In Neon-Dayton, OH Alpha Media Modern AC WCLI FM (Click 101.5) stunts with Christmas Music as Santa 101.5 until October 16, 2014 at 10:15 am WCLI FM flips to Classic Country 101.5 Hank-FM. In 2012, KJOT FM Variety Rock hits from the 1960’s through 2000’s goes All-Christmas music for Boise, ID. Then rebrands bringing back 90’s songs into its mostly 70’s/80’s music play list.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Ever wonder why Rock star Bono always wears sunglasses? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Jerry Stern Tuesday, October 21, 2014. •SEAN SALISBURY co-host of Yahoo! Sports Radio afternoon show with John Granite on KGOW-1560 replaces Houston Chronicle columnist Jerome Solomon on ESPN KFNC FM (97.5) noon-2:00 pm with sports director Dave Tipper. •GILMA AVALOSreporter on WTVJ TV NBC CH 6 Miami, FL joins KTVT TV CBS CH 11 in Dallas, TX as weekend morning anchor. •PAUL [Neanderpaul] MARSHALL bails out as PD/Afternoon DJ on Rock KDKB FM (93.3) Phoenix, AZ after it flips to Alternative to yoke with Hubbard as 7-11pm DJ on Classic Rock KSLX FM (100.7) on October 13th, 2014 in the Valley of the Sun.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1953 WRAU TV (now WHOI) ABC CH 19 in Peoria, IL begins broadcasting on October 20th. •1967 MERLE HAGGARD wins Favorite Male Artist and Loretta Lynn takes Favorite Female Artist as Music City News presents its first annual awards on October 21st at Ernest Tubb’s Record Shop. •1973 WILLIAM SHATNERCanadian actor (Star Trek) marries Marcy Lafferty on October 20th. •1988 RANDY TRAVIS’ single Deeper Than The Holler releases on Warner Brothers records on October 21st. •1994 BURT LANCASTER rugged, athletic and handsome movie actor (From Here to Eternity 1953, Elmer Gantry 1960) dies of heart attack on October 20th at 80. •2011 THE ELI YOUNG BAND scores its first Platinum single on October 20th withCrazy Girl.
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DAVE MICHAELS [WSAI-1360/KONO-860/KBUC FM] (Dayton-Huber Heights, OH) Subject: Home Radio Station. JIM … I was going to KONO radio in San Antonio and I stopped by a fellow jock’s home in Dallas (Don Everharte) He worked at KPLX and we were in the car on the way to lunch and he says hear the music on my car radio? He had the AM station set above 1500 KC and then “he” came on the radio and Id’ the station! It was him, next to me in the car! Went back to his house. He had a rack of equipment in the 2d bedroom with a 35 watt exciter and Antenna on the roof. He was broadcasting his own little station throughout the Dallas area on low Power. True Story. Dave Michaels on the Road
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JEFF MCCLAIN [KNUZ, KENR, KFMK, WNOE] (Houston-Cleveland, TX) Subject: Back in the Biz. I returned to my roots in radio Saturday night September 27, 2014 on KORG-LP in Cleveland, Texas as the new station manager. The station is owned by “Operation Refuge” a non profit providing food and clothing to people in need. They have been on the air about 10 years under a contemporary Christian format. We flipped the format to Oldies 105.3, Cleveland’s Hometown Radio. With the help of Bob Edwards and a few other good friends from Houston radio of years past I am really proud of it. The music is fantastic, 50 years of R&R. Music we grew up with. We spun the same tunes on turntables on great stations all over the country including Houston. Dallas and San Antonio. We are all about serving the community and providing news and information for the Cleveland area. The community has been without any radio station serving them for over 20 years. I’m looking forward to playing radio again giving the community a station they can be proud of. Check us out. KORG-LP, 105.3 FM if your coming through on Hwy 59 or www.korglp.com/ streaming on the net. That’s good any where you are. Right now we are automated 24/7 with a live morning show coming soon. Kee; \ Jeff McClain, Legal Video Communications
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JAY WALKER [ex-KLUV HD-2/KSNN/KYNG/KEGL/WLS-FM etc] (DFW-Chambersville, TX) Subject: Just a quick howdy!!! Jim Glad you are getting WP tamed. I would not have the patience to deal with it for sure. My patience and attention span are both very short these days. Seriously, it’s too bad that Word Press does not have an “import” function so you could import straight from MS Office into Word Press. Heck even being able to import from plain old MS Notepad would be better than having to rework the entire text if you happen to make a mistake… About the only thing I have patience for and the proper amount of attention is restoration of my old (sometimes called boat anchors) Ham Radio equipment. I really enjoy making that old stuff play. My “everyday” station consists of a WRL Globe King 500 watt transmitter manufactured in 1955 and the receiver is an RME 4350 made in 1957 by, of all people, Electro-Voice. I never knew Electro-Voice was in the receiver business. I learn something new everyday…
TRIVIA ANSWER: On BBC’s Graham Norton Show U2 singer Bono confesses the reason why he always wears his funky sun glasses are not a rock-star affectation because he suffers from glaucoma for 20 years. His glaucoma condition is a buildup of pressure that can damage the optic nerve and makes his eyes sensitive to light. In 2005 Bono tells Rolling Stone magazine: If somebody takes my photograph, I will see the flash for the rest of the day. My right eye swells up but I have good treatments and I am going to be fine.
JAY WEAVER [KCUL/KBUY-1540, KPCN-730] (Fort Worth, TX) Subject: Re: Bo Powell. Hi Jim – I just wanted to get back to you and tell you about the memorial service for Bo Powell. It was put together by Johnny Seay, the country singer from some years back. It was in the old Northside Coliseum, now called the Cowtown Coliseum, down in the arena. A preacher, who’s name I didn’t get, and Johnny Seay did a very fine job honoring Bo’s memory. A few other people spoke about Bo, one of which was Bill Mack. Bill told a few stories and had some very nice things to say about Bo. There was a slide show and a prayer in Bo’s memory. It was very nice, about 150 people, to remember the man, Robert “Bo” Powell. Jay Weaver
TERRY PRATCHETT (April 28, 1948 – p) Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken?
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Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.The woman apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this green thing back in my earlier days.”
The young clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.” She was right — our generation didn’t have the green thing in its day.
Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were truly recycled. But we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.
Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags, that we reused for numerous things, most memorable besides household garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our schoolbooks. This was to ensure that public property, (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribbling’s. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. But too bad we didn’t do the green thing back then. We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right. We didn’t have the green thing in our day. Back then, we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throwaway kind.
We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts — wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right; we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.
Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana.
In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubblewrap.
We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she’s right; we didn’t have the green thing back then.
Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power.
We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn’t have the green thing back then.
Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.
But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the green thing back then?
Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart-ass young person.
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Country music’s all-time most successful male singer began his career in the U.S. Army. George Strait enlisted in 1971, and while stationed in the Army he began performing with a group called Rambling Country. He married Norma soon after and they had their first kid by 1972. Upon being honorably discharged in 1975, Strait went to college and earned a degree in agriculture from Southwest Texas State University, which is now Texas State. While he still does farming and cattle raising at home outside of San Antonio, the singer’s real degree was earned in the bars and clubs of Texas, and eventually, Nashville.
If You Stop To Listen You Will Hear Amazing Stories Of Life As Told By Strangers
“I saw this elderly gentleman dining by himself, with an old picture of a lady in front of him. I thought maybe I could brighten his day by talking to him. As I had assumed, she was his wife. But I never expect such an interesting story.
They met when they were both 17. They dated briefly, then lost contact when he went to war and her family moved. But he said he thought about her the entire war. After his return, he decided to look for her. He searched for her for 10 years and never dated anyone. People told him he was crazy, to which he replied “I am. Crazy in love”. On a trip to California, he went to a barber shop. He told the barber how he had been searching for a girl for ten years. The barber went to his phone and called his daughter in. It was her! She had also been searching for him and never dated either.
He proposed immediately and they were married for 55 years before her death 5 years ago. He still celebrates her birthday and their anniversary. He takes her picture with him everywhere and kisses her goodnight.
Some inspiring things he said;
“I was a very rich man. Not with money, but with love”
“I never had a single argument with my wife, but we had lots of debates”
“People are like candles. At any moment a breeze can blow it out, so enjoy the light while you have it.”
“Tell your wife that you love her everyday. And be sure to ask her, have I told you that I love you lately?”
Be sure to talk to the elderly. Especially strangers. You may think that you will brighten their day, but you may be surprised that they can actually brighten yours.”
I am as near as a whispered prayer: listening attentively even to your softest utterance. People who are in love like to be near each other-usually as close as possible. Often they whisper words of endearment to each other, words that no one else can hear. This sort of closeness, with hushed words of love, is always available to you in your relationship with Me. I am near to all who call on Me, even if your call is the faintest whisper. This promise is for all who call on Me in truth-who know Me as the Truth.
Of course, I respond also to silent prayers, but whispering your words can help you feel closer to Me. Hearing your own voice-however faintly-reinforces your connection with Me. It strengthens your awareness of My unseen Presence and draws you into My loving embrace. Although I rarely speak audibly to My children, you can hear My gentle whispers in your heart. Hear Me saying, I am with you. I love you. I will never leave you or forsake you.
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. -Psalm 145:18
Jesus said to [Thomas], I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. -John 14:6 nkjv
No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. -Joshua 1:5
The Lord said, Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by. Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. -1 Kings 19:11-12