February 06, 2015 [Monday] Issue #1379
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
BAYOU CITY TRAFFIC ANCHOR YIELDS On Friday night, January 30, 2015 KTRK TV ABC CH 13 Houston, TX Traffic Reporter Vikki Taylor passes away from cancer. Her birth name is Vikki Cummings Taylor Rosenkranz. She also subs for Don Nelson in weekday KTRK TV newscasts. Taylor is former helicopter traffic reporter on KRBE FM. Vikki Taylor’s insurance does not cover the extensive costs of her medical treatment. KTRK TV establishes a GoFundMe page for donations. (http://www.gofundme.com/g2fyu4)
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SHOOTER ALMOST NIPS TV REPORTER IN THE BUD TVSpy reports that while WCHS TV ABC CH 8 Charleston-Huntington, WV Eyewitness News reporter Sean Delancey follows up on a shooting that happens Friday night near Young’s Department Store on the west side, while his camera rolls, someone fires multiple shots towards him and the woman that he interviews. Delancey says: When I heard the first shot, my whole body went stiff because you can hear that zip. Cops search the area where four males flee the scene.
LONG TIME KTRK TV PERSONALITY CALLS IT QUITS For nearly 40 years we enjoy Don Nelson’s humor on KTRK TV ABC CH 13 Houston, TX. Don is an all-around TV guy. In the mid-1970s, he co-hosts KTRK TV’sDialing for Dollars. He shifts gears into Good Morning Houston. Nelson hosts that show with the attractive Jan Glenn. In 1979, Ed Brandon, Bob Allen and Jan Glenn pay a visit to my Saturday night Oldies show on KULF-790 where we have an absolute blast. At the end of February 2015 Don Nelson retires.
IS THE PARTY OVER FOR RADIO SHACK? Founded in 1921 Radio Shack begins as a mail-order retailer for amateur ham-radio operators and grows into a chain of over 5000 stores. Originally, Radio Shack offers electronic items that we cannot find anywhere else. But, a tug-of-war with a slew of electronic vendors crushes its customer base. In a bankruptcy pact, Radio Shack plans to shut down its almost-century-old retail chain, sell half its store leases to Sprint and shutter the rest. Somebody please rescue Radio Shack.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Where does radio serial The Green Hornet originate? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•MIKE FELGER & TONY MASSAROTTI WBZ FM (98.5 The Sports Hub) CBS Boston, MA 2-6 PM Drive Sports/Talk hosts since 2009 sign multi-year contract extension. •IHEARTRADIO is belle of the ball at recent International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV on major players deals with Google, Sony, LG, DISH, TiVo, QNX & Clarion. •CHRIS SARGENT Operations Manager of Mapleton Communications Medford, OR group adds Regional Programmer duties. Salute Chris ChrisSargent@radiomedford.com.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1959 EDWARD R. MURROW interviews Fidel Castro on February 6th. •1960 JIM REEVES’ single He’ll Have To Go rings #1 in Billboard Country on February 8th. •1974 DUTCH speed limit set at 100km on February 6th due to oil crisis. •1980 THE OAK RIDGE BOYS’ Leaving Louisiana In The Broad Daylight grabs #1 in Billboard Country on February 9th. •1995 BEACHBOY Brian Wilson weds Melinda Ledbetter on February 6th. •2011 THOMPSON SQUARE’s self-titled album releases on Stoney Creek records on February 8th.
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DAVE MICHAELS [WSAI-1360/KONO-860/KBUC FM] (Dayton-Huber Heights, OH) Subject: Super Bowl. Don’t care about it – don’t follow NFL at all. I like Ohio State football (College you know) I went to Miami U. of Ohio and some Quarters at SMU – BA degree – had I stayed in all the Programs – lost interest though…thought I knew more than some of my Professors. I don’t think Broadcasting can be taught by anyone – YOU have to go out and do it. Dave
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TOM ELLIS [Veteran WABC TV NYC, WBZ TV Boston, MA & KONO-860/KONO TV news anchor] (Boston-Cape Cod-East Sandwich, MA) Hi, Jim and Suzie, Lots more snow today here, and Boston has set a snow fall record for any ten day period in its weather history. And another storm approaches for later in the week. I had to go all over town today to find more snow/ice melt…and bought the last 6 bags I could find at any of the stores. It’s been brutally cold and icy/snowy…and a hard freeze (minus 7 wind chill) tonight. Tom
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JOANIE GREEN-GALLO [Longtime Houston, TX DJ/traffic reporter] (Tulsa, OK) Oh, Jim… Thank you ~ you are so kind! Well, I didn’t know any of that before I moved here, and it just sort of comes with the territory, I guess. And hey…the day we stop learning… Philbrook truly is a beautiful place and it comes across as a quiet, beautiful place abounding in graciousness and class without being overbearing, unapproachable or ostentatious, even though, to many, it probably is…and to think someone lived there 85 years ago…wow.
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JAY WEAVER (KLBK–1360, Lubbock; KBUY–1540, Fort Worth) Subject: Bob Botik. Jim, just a short note on the death of Bob Botik who died on Saturday, January 31. Bob worked for several years at KXOL in Fort Worth after attending TCU in Fort Worth where he majored in Communications. He did the all night show for several years at KXOL before leaving and moving to Austin where he worked at KNOW. After radio, he worked in Austin as a Radio Consultant. Before TCU, Bob went to high school in Fort Worth at Laneri High School where he and I first met, as I also attended Laneri. I graduated with Bob’s older brother, Charles from Laneri.
TRIVIA ANSWER: On January 31, 1936 The Green Hornet radio serial debuts on WXYZ-1270 which is the same Detroit, MI radio station where its offshoot programs The Lone Ranger and Challenge of the Yukonspring up. On April 12, 1938 WXYZ-1270 airs the series on the Mutual Broadcasting System radio network. From November 16, 1939 to September 8, 1950 The Green Hornet moves to NBC Blue and its replacements the Blue Network and ABC. In the 1940s, The Green Hornet character appears in film serials. In the 1960s,The Green Hornet is a network television program, plus many comic book series from the 1940s on. In January 2011, there is a Green Hornet feature film. From January to August 1948, its sponsor is General Mills. In its brief 1952 run Orange Crush is its sponsor.
BILL CHERRY [Realtor, in late 1950s Music ’til Dawn host on WWL-870] (Dallas, TX) Hi, Jim You’ll remember Don LeBlanc who worked Houston stations for years. Got a note that he celebrated his 82 birthday early this week. When I first heard him I was in high school and he was working for KTRH. He was about 25. Most recently he was a well-known voice at KODA. Bill Cherry
MINNIE PEARL (October 25, 1912 – March 4, 1996) Gettin’ married is like a tub of hot water. When you get used to it, it’s not so hot.
Jim Rose and Suzie
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