Much like the famous Johnny Cash song (another member of the Opry), they’ve been everywhere, man. Throughout its rich history, the location of the Opry has been moved around a lot. In 1934, the radio show looked for a venue that would hold a bigger audience; they occupied the Belcourt Theatre in Hillsboro Village in 1934 (which still stands and shows awesome films). The show moved to the East side at Dixie Tabernacle in 1936, and enjoyed a short stint at War Memorial Auditorium before finding a longtime home at The Ryman. The golden years of classic country took place at The Ryman, hosting everyone from Patsy to a very young Elvis Presley (who was not received well – that gyrating still hadn’t caught on yet). In 1974, due to urban decay in the downtown area and skyhigh ticket demand, the Opry moved to its very own Opry House, whose design plays homage to the “barn dance” roots. These days the show splits its time between Ryman Auditorium and the Grand Ole Opry House, and we think it’s a pretty perfect system.
– Natalie Hart
60 MINUTES REPORTER’S CAR CRASHES Just before 7 pm ET, Wednesday night, February 11, 2015 longtime 60 Minutes 73-year-old correspondent Bob Simon’s Lincoln Town Car loses control southbound on New York’s West Side Highway, strikes a Mercedes-Benz at a red light and then nose dives into the median. Emergency responders find Simon unconscious in the backseat with injuries to his head and stomach. St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center pronounces TV journalist Bob Simon lifeless.
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GORE LEAVES THE PARTY Jazz great Quincy Jones discovers Leslie Gore when she is a teen. In 1963, we hear Gore’s Pop hit It’s My Party around the clock on KLIF-1190 and KBOX-1480 in my hometown Dallas, TX. Leslie follows her party tune with a string of huge hits that include Judy’s Turn to Cry, She’s a Fool, plusYou Don’t Own Me. In 1980, Gore pens songs for the movie Fame. Leslie Gore who is born on May 2, 1946 in New York City, NY passes away of lung cancer at 68 in Manhattan, NY on Monday, February 16, 2015.
YOUNGER VIEWERS TURN OFF THEIR TV SETS Those golden days of television appear to be over. During the Fabulous Fifties we kids glue our eyes to our 17″ table model TV sets to watch The Lone Ranger,Hopalong Cassidy, Milton Berle, Jackie Gleason and The Honeymooners. But time changes everything. According to The NY Post traditional TV usage falls with viewers 18 to 34 at around 4% a year since 2012. Alan Wurtzel of NBCUniversal: The use of streaming and smart phones just year-on-year is double-digit increases.
CINCY WEATHERCASTER HAS DIFFICULTIES Since he leaves WXIX TV Fox CH 19 Cincinnati, OH in 2006, Rich Apuzzo begins his own weather website, W3 Network. Recently, the former Queen City TV meteorologist receives a diagnosis of brain cancer. Apuzzo has no health insurance and needs assistance. He doesn’t want to burden his family with the high cost of his mounting medical bills. We pray for Rich Apuzzo in his time of need. You can assist Rich Apuzzo at
TRIVIA QUESTION: Who is the pioneer U.S. President who delivers the first presidential political speech on radio? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! John Jackshaw February 17th. Alan Shapiro February 18th. Jim McCurdy February 19th.Joanie Green Gallo February 21, 2015. •KXTM FM Spanish CHR (La Isla 107.7/93.5) Benavides/K228XM FM Corpus Christi, TX Cotton Broadcasting flips to Young Country 93.5/107.7. •ROB HUNTER exits Bonneville crosstown KTAR FM to become news anchor on the morning drive Mike Broomhead program, plus host the 5:00 am to 6:00 am KFYI Download show on iHeartMedia News/Talk KFYI-550 Phoenix, AZ.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1956 WOSU TV PBS CH 34 in Columbus, OH begins broadcasting on February 20th. •1962 GARTH BROOKSEntertainer of the Year born on February 7th in Tulsa, OK. •1975 BRIAN LITTRELL singer with the Backstreet Boys born on February 20th. •1985 MEL MCDANIEL’s Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On only #1 single on February 23rd. •1992 ROSS PEROT says he’ll run for President on Larry King Show on February 20th.•2012 JASON ALDEAN shoots his video Fly Over States at the Smyrna, TN Airport on February 21st.
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DAVE MICHAELS [WSAI-1360/KONO-860/KBUC FM] (Dayton-Huber Heights, OH) Jimmy Right now – a little after NOON Temp here is 6 degrees with a wind-chill of 3 Snow is on the ground – Not as much as Boston…the Ohio River is frozen. Lake Erie is eerie! Leslie Gore just died…. It’s my Party (68)…Dave
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STEVE EBERHART [KGAF-1580 GM/DJ] (Gainesville, TX) Jim, An innovator in the radio, newspaper and records industry Joe Leonard Jr. passed away over the weekend in his north Texas hometown of Gainesville. Leonard and his family were pioneers in the newspaper business, starting the Gainesville Daily Register in 1890. In 1947 they started the first radio station in Gainesville, KGAF, and operated it for many years. In the 1950s, Leonard created Lin records, an early “Rockabilly” record label with Top 10 million selling “Pledge of Love”. Leonard produced over 50 albums for major labels and film companies in the late 50s and early 60s. One of Leonard’s claims to fame included booking Elvis Presley to appear in Gainesville at the old “Owl Park” minor league baseball field for a concert. Elvis performed but few attended. A month later his contract was sold to RCA records and Col Tom Parker took over Elvis’ management. Leonard served as President of the Texas Association of Broadcasters from 1959 to 1960, Captain in the US Army in World War II and veteran of the Battle of the Bulge. Leonard retired to his hometown of Gainesville where he was still active in the community. Joe Leonard Jr. was 95.
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ROBERT TINDLE [Radio Engineering Professional] (Tyler-Lufkin, TX) Subject: Gary Ryder. Jim and Suzi! Here is an update on my friend Gary Ryder. Gary worked at several stations in Texas like KNOW 1490 in 1969 and in Houston at 104 KRBE in the late 70s. Gary may be best known for the “Live at Gilleys” nightly show on KILT 610 AM in the early 80s. Gary had moved to Florida to help out his folks but back to Texas to Conroe over a year ago now. Gary has been hospitalized with complications from throat cancer but seems to be recovering and getting better. Gary Ryder is on Facebook for those who may want to wish him well. Thanks, Robert Tindle
LESLIE WAYNE HODGES [ex KRCS DJ] (Marshall, TX) Subject: Lesley Gore, ‘It’s My Party’ singer, dies. (www.ew.com/article/2015/02/16/lesley-gore-its-my-party-singer-dies-68) Jim, Singer-songwriter Lesley Gore, who topped the charts in 1963 with her epic song of teenage angst, “It’s My Party,” and followed it up with the hits “Judy’s Turn to Cry” and “You Don’t Own Me,” died Monday. She was 68. Gore died of cancer at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan.
TRIVIA ANSWER: On December 6, 1923 U.S. President Calvin Coolidge delivers the first presidential address on radio. President Calvin Coolidge delivers what we now know as the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. Coolidge signs the Radio Act of 1927, which assigns regulation of radio to the newly created Federal Radio Commission.
DON SUNDEEN [DJ/Hi Records promotion/TV ad production] (Dallas, TX) Gary Owens was as nice a guy as anyone who ever came from Mitchell, SD, and became a star in the radio and TV worlds. Many of the folks reading this worked with Gary or were his good friends. It was in the early 70’s, I was sitting in the lobby of KMPC, a large room resembling an up-scale hotel lobby complete with nice furniture and potted plants, waiting my turn to pitch my wares. Suddenly Gary Owens exploded through the front door carrying some magazines, plopped down beside me on the sofa. He excitedly said, “Look at these,” showing me a number of copies of Life magazines from the 40’s and 50’s that he’d just picked up at the newsstand. For 15 minutes we looked at the stories, laughed at the prices in the ads and generally yucked it up. When the receptionist told me it was time to go on back, he stood up and said, “Don’t forget to put all your albums, no matter what format in my dropbox. Gary had incredibly eclectic and sophisticated taste and he wanted to know what was happening in all musical genres. I visualize him tonight cupping his right ear, taking his place at the Table of Legends in Rock and Roll Heaven. “Anyone seen Rowan and Martin?”
ARTE JOHNSON [Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In – German soldier] (January 20, 1929 – p) Verrry eenteresting.
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Make sure you don’t miss Lorrie Morgan and Vince Gill who will play themselves on an upcoming episode of the very popular ABC show “Nashville” set to air on March 4. At least these two stars are country, Nashville seems to be looking for more viewers as they have also featured Christina Aguilera on an episode of “Nashville.” I have not yet seen the episode she appeared in . Who knows maybe she even performed a country song on the episode perhaps like, “I’ll Try Country since I Lost My Pop” or “I Dont Think Pop Loves Me Anymore”, or maybe even, ‘There’s Money In The Country”. I look froward to viewing the next Nashville Show and will just keep my fingers crossed that the show will stay in “Nashville”
She may seem fresh as a daisy, but the Grand Ole Opry will reach the ripe old age of 90 this year.
George D. Hay was the most popular radio announcer in the country after his work at WLS in Chicago.George and a 77 year old fiddler, Uncle Jimmy Thompson, started broadcasting WSM National Barn Dance on November 28, 1925, which would later become the Grand Ole’ Opry.
– Natalie Hart
When you are wakeful during the night, thoughts can fly at you from all directions. Unless you take charge of them, you are likely to become anxious. Your best strategy is to think about Me during your night watches. Start communicating with Me about whatever is on your mind. Cast all your anxiety on Me because I care for you. I am taking care of you! This makes it possible for you to relax and rejoice in the shadow of My wings.
When you remember Me during the night, think about who I really am. Ponder My perfections: My Love, Joy, and Peace. Rejoice in My majesty, wisdom, grace, and mercy. Find comfort in My names: Shepherd, Savior, Immanuel, Prince of Peace. Be awed by My Power and Glory, for I am King of kings and Lord of lords. Thus you worship Me and enjoy My Presence. These thoughts of Me will clear your mind-helping you see things from My perspective-and refresh your entire being.
“On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. -Psalm 63:6”
“Cast all your anxiety on [God] because he cares for you. -1 Peter 5:7”
Because You have been my help, therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. -Psalm 63:7 nkjv
Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called. I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time-God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. -1 Timothy 6:12-16