CANCER ATTACKS RADIO VET Several years ago, Ric Lippincott steps away from the radio industry for a position at the Chicago Title & Escrow Company in Los Angeles, CA. Ric also loves to fly as a Captain with jet charter firm Chrysler Aviation. Our very earnest prayers go out to a friend of many in the radio industry, Ric Lippincott, who recovers from gall bladder surgery and prepares for pancreatic chemotherapy at Cedar Sinai Hospital. To update us, Ric’s family sets up a page for him in http://MyLifeline.org/.
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PC CAUSES COWHERD TO MOVE ON Does today’s political correctness go beyond its limits? ESPN terminates Colin Cowherd from its radio and TV programming because of his comments about Dominicans: …a third of the sport is from the Dominican Republic which has not been known, in my lifetime, as having, you know, world-class academic abilities. ESPN claims that is offensive. Colin’s new employer Fox Sports lays out $6 million per year for his new position. Fox makes no official announcement of what his new role there is.
CUBBY GOES UP, UP & AWAY WITH KOKO On Saturday, July 25, 2015, WKTU FM (103.5) New York morning co-host Paul [Cubby] Bryant decides to do something a little bit different with his attractive fiancée Hiroko [Koko] Kawaguchi. Cubby weds his fiancée 3,000 feet up, up and above planet earth in a sunset hot-air balloon wedding during the 33rd Annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning. This spectacular airborne event is a debut flight in a balloon for Cubby and Koko who first meet in May 2013.
THE MIX MIXES IT UP IN HOUSTON, TX FOR 25 YEARS Chárésé Frügé VP of Programming & OM of CBS Radio Houston, TX cluster reports that Hot AC KHMX FM (Mix 96.5) celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2015. On Monday, August 3rd Chárésé spruces up her August calendar to post a giant red “X” because that’s the day she unveils details of KHMX FM’s 25th Anniversary Bash. Frügé will also announce a new Mix morning show to replace the former team of Atom Smasher and Shawnda McNeal.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What American radio DJ popularizes the term Rock and Roll? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Gary Hamilton Saturday, August 1st. •KVET-1300 Sports Talk The Zone drops syndicated ESPN programming in the morning, including Mike & Mike and The Herd, and goes live & local with two local hosts Sean Adams and Chip Brown’s The Bottom Line from 5-10 am. •KONO-860 Cox Media former Oldies flips to Sports Talk in January of 2014 adds Walter Pasacrita to host local show to take on cross-town San Antonio, TX Sports Talk KTKR-760 and KZDC-1250.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1958 ANTI-CHINESE riot in Tibet on July 31st. •1964 JIM REEVES & manager/pianist Dean Manuel die in a single-engine Beechcraft Debonair plane crash on July 31st in Brentwood, Davidson County, TN on their flight back to Music City. •1978 ENOCH LIGHT orchestra leader dies at 70 on July 31st. •1982 RONNIE MILSAP’s Any Day Now grabs #1 in Billboard Country on July 3rd. •1994 ANNE SHELTON British singer (Glenn Miller Band) dies at 66 on July 31st. •2006 JASON ALDEAN’s single Why goes Gold on July 31st.
EMAILS YES WE HAVE EMAIL
SCOTTY BRINK [WIBG-990, KHJ-930, WOR FM, WCFL-1000, WLS-890, WRKO-680, WNBC-660] (Oklahoma City, OK) Hey Jim…It seems I’m a bit slow at email response these days. I don’t do much of it while traveling, which has been occupying the vast majority of my time lately. And that, by the way, is not a complaint. It has been a lot fun, to say the least. Monday, I hit the road again for a few weeks. This time northwestward, to cool mountains and quiet secluded beaches. Can’t wait. Thanks for doing a station count for me. Only 24? It seems like it was a hundred. I envy your having been in one area for your career. Moving back and forth across the country several times can be quite wearing. I missed a lot of that ‘home’ feeling through those years. Once I experienced it for myself, the wanderlust grew thin. But having said all that, be assured that I’m eternally grateful to have experienced the career I’ve enjoyed so much, and the people, places and events that have filled my life so wonderfully. If you think of it, please send me some easy contact info. We’re in Texas quite regularly. It would be great to meet you. I love what you have done with your blog. I don’t feel very close to the biz anymore, but still enjoy reading what you write. Thanks for being the pro you obviously are. Best, Scotty B
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CHUCK DUNAWAY [ex WABC-770, WKY-930, KILT-610, KLIF-1190] (Houston-Katy, TX) Scotty (Brink) and I were very close friends when he lived in Houston and worked at KXYZ (I think)…it was the ABC outlet at the time…Anyway, as with most radio friendships they fade…you help me keep some alive with your stuff…thanks. Chuck (www.chuckdunawaydj.com/)
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LESLIE WAYNE HODGES [ex KRCS DJ] (Lake Livingston, TX) Hi, a program director I played with on air on AGGIE 96 in College Station 1992 is having a birthday today Saturday. First let me share with you my first meeting Jim Miller getting ready to go on air at W.A.C.O in April 1976 in Waco: it is 5:56 a.m. Monday April 1976 Jim Miller comes in to W.A.C.O. control room where I had been live on air since midnight Sunday. Jim sits down at this W.A.C.O. a.m.radio console, my first meeting Jim Miller, he says to me using his right index finger writing on the console desk ” it is two U ‘s together Double U A C O. Song ends just be before 6, Jim now gives I.D. then Jim says “now from the Double U A C O news room” then the news man on the other SIDE of the glass goes right into recorded actuality that is muffled where Jim now puts his hand over his mouth showing the newsman on the other side of the glass what this actuality sounds like on the air. Today is Roger Double u Double u Double u Garrett’s birthday, Leslie
WFAA-820 In August 1967, when Charley Van hires me as a DJ on 50,000 watt clear channel WFAA-820 Dallas, TX with listeners in 38 states he makes sure to tell me to say its call letters with double U-F-A-A.
TRIVIA ANSWER: On July 10, 1954 radio station WINS-1010 in New York City hires disc jockey Alan Freed, also known as Moondog, from WJW-850 in Cleveland, OH where he invents the term Rock ‘n’ Roll. Alan Freed becomes popular when he mixes Blues, Country and Rhythm and Blues music on the radio as Rock and Roll.
JIMMY RABBITT [KLIF-1190, KVIL FM, KDOK, KCBQ, KRLA, KMET FM, KLAC, KBBQ, KHJ, KROQ] (Grand Junction, CO) “Wildlife On The Highway” returns with the best new music anywhere on the dial, and some old friends you haven’t heard from in a while. Join us NOW-4pm MDT KAFM-FM 88.1 Grand Junction/CO/USA Solar Powered Community Radio streaming for freedom (www.kafmradio.org/) Paz
CALOGERO VIZZINI [Mafia boss 1958] The fact is that in any society there must be category of persons who put things to rights again when they have become complicated.
Jim Rose and Suzie
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo
I am always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you. You, however, are only human, and you will lose sight of Me at times. I know how hard it is for you to stay focused on Me, especially when you are feeling weak or weary. So give yourself grace whenever you realize your mind and heart have wandered from Me. And waste no time in returning to Me by praising Me in thought, word, or song. Even whispering My Name-reverently, lovingly-can be worship.
Let Me have all your worries and cares. This may sound easy, but it is not; you are accustomed to worry-thoughts roaming freely in your brain. So you must train yourself to bring all your cares into My Presence, trusting Me to help you. Remember that you are never alone in your struggles: I am always aware of you and your circumstances. I can help you because I have all authority in heaven and on earth. As you come into My Presence, let go of your worries and cares-so you can cling to Me in childlike trust.
Let [God] have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you. -1 Peter 5:7 tlb
Jesus came and spoke to [the disciples], saying, All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. -Matthew 28:18 nkjv
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. -Matthew 18:1-
Garth Brooks got back in the saddle this year with his new world tour, and it’s definitely paying off. After being named the top-earning country artist of the past year by Forbes, Brooks has taken the cake for country touring revenue so far in 2015, according to Pollstar’s mid-year report.
The artist has earned a whopping $79.9 million just in the first half of the year, playing 74 shows thus far. He ranks at a very close second in the overall list, behind only rock gods the Rolling Stones, who brought in $80.7 million. Brooks, however, charged an average of 2.5 times less per ticket than the Stones.
Other country artists on the top 100 list included Kenny Chesney (No. 4 with $55.8 million), Taylor Swift (No. 8 with $35.6 million), Luke Bryan (No. 12 with $25.9 million), Eric Church (No. 15 with $24.4 million), Shania Twain (No. 25 with $17 million), Miranda Lambert (No. 28 with $26 million), Florida Georgia Line (No. 30 with $14.9 million), Jason Aldean (No. 35 with $14.3 million), and Brad Paisley (No. 48 with $10.2 million).
The Garth Brooks World Tour, his first in 13 years, began in the fall of 2014 and features wife Trisha Yearwood. It’s been pulling in more than $1 million per show, with many cities having several back-to-back shows. The yearlong endeavor lasts through September 2015 and coincides with the release of his latest record, Man Against Machine, which dropped in November. His comeback single, “People Loving People,” was a Top 25 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.
Music City’s legendary honky-tonk Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge will celebrate its 55th birthday in Downtown Nashville on Wednesday, Oct. 21 with a FREE Broadway street-party. As part of the celebration, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge will feature entertainment on the outdoor Broadway stage throughout the day. The event will include performances by platinum-selling powerhouse vocalist Randy Houser, acclaimed singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson, one half of the fan-favorite Country duo Montgomery Gentry, Troy Gentry, and co-host of “America’s Morning Show” and Country star Terri Clark, with more exciting artist announcements coming soon. Kid Rock, Dierks Bentley and many more have stopped by to surprise fans at past birthday bashes. You never know who is going to drop by! For more information, please visit: http://www.tootsies.net.
“We kicked the Birthday Bash off years ago at the Ryman with Kris Kristofferson, Terri Clark, Mel Tillis and Jamey Johnson,” says Tootsie’s proprietor Steve Smith. “It’s become an annual event that everyone really looks forward to. We hope everyone will come out and help us celebrate our 55th birthday!”
About Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge:
Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge has operated across the alley from the Ryman almost continuously since 1960. Its proprietor from 1960 to 1978, Hattie Louise “Tootsie” Bess, bought the lounge called “Mom’s” and named it for herself. According to tradition, a painter mistakenly painted the exterior orchid purple. The color was never changed and became Tootsie’s signature color. Over the years, she served such famous customers as Kris Kristofferson, Faron Young and Willie Nelson when they were still up-and-coming artists, and Tootsie was well-known for her generosity toward struggling musicians. The photo and memorabilia-lined walls are called “Tootsie’s Wall of Fame.” Today, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge is a must-see Music City destination for tourists and is frequented by locals, including some of the biggest names in country music, who often drop in and surprise patrons with impromptu performances. Kenny Chesney with classic rock icon Steve Miller, Keith Urban, Kix Brooks, Montgomery Gentry, Kid Rock, Steven Tyler, Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson, Dierks Bentley and Hank Williams, Jr. are among the artists who have recently performed there. For additional information, visit http://www.tootsies.net.
– Top40 Charts
Cartoonist Jonny Hawkins drew a sketch of five board members sitting around a table at the annual church business meeting. One says, ‘I see our church’s biggest problems as communication and procrastination.’ To which a fellow board member replies, ‘I vote that we postpone this discussion till next year.’ We smile, but you know it’s the truth, don’t you?
Now let’s discuss the second step: 2) Do something today. Runner, author and cardiologist George Sheehan puts it this way: ‘There are those of us who are always about to live. We are waiting until things change, until there is more time, until we are less tired, until we get a promotion, until we settle down—until, until, until. It always seems as if there is some major event that must occur in our lives before we begin living.’ If you want to achieve your God-given dream, you can’t allow yourself to be one of those people! ‘How can I avoid it?’ you ask. By doing something that will move you forward today! You can’t fulfil your dream all at once. You have to get there in steps, and the only time you can actually take a step is—today. German philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, ‘Each indecision brings its own delays, and days are lost lamenting over lost days… What you can do, or think you can do, begin it. For boldness has power and genius in it.’ So before the sun sets today, do something that will move you further toward your dream.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me do something today that furthers what You have planned for me and stop waiting for You to reveal everything before I act. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
This is the 3rd leg of our Voyage aboard Worldwide Country Discovery 10 as we seek out friendly Disk Jockeys worldwide. This part of Discovery 10’s adventure continues with making its third landing and this time in Kokomo, Indiana to pick up Independent Superstar Dave Caley. Dave now joins Barbara Blevins, Keith Bradford, Larry M.Clark and Dan Schafer, who are now all comfortably seated in the VIP section of Discovery 10 as we prepare to lift off and continue on this our 10th adventure to seek out fame and fortune for our Discovery Voyagers.
The Captain of Discovery 10 respectfully asks that all Disc Jockey’s would consider downloading and adding the following new Hits songs to their radio playlists for airing on their exciting radio shows:
* Dave Caley from Kokoma, Indiana is now on board with his brand new radio hit, “The River”
* From Hobbs New Mexico Dan Schafer, Barbara Blevins and Keith Bradford with their newest collaboration, “Sounds Of Loneliness”
* Larry M. Clark from Pegram, Tennessee comes to you with his latest radio release, “Cant Take The Country”
We will be adding more artists to this release during the month and hope that the Disc Jockeys worldwide will find these songs worthy of their playlists.
The Captain of Discovery 10 as always thanks all Disc Jockeys and Radio Stations in advance for considering these songs for playlisting on their radio shows or stations.
– Frans Maritz for Wildhorse Entertainment
– Frans Maritz 4 WHISNews21
The Music City Ghost Allegedly Spotted this past weekend in and around Nashville
A couple of people have posted on social media sites that they spotted The Music City Ghost this past weekend in and around Nashville. One place the mysterious ghost allegedly appeared was at Nashville Shores over by the Wave Pool. I don’t know how they determined I was the Music City Ghost. My swimming trunks don’t have MUSIC CITY GHOST written on them and I certainly don’t have it tattooed across my chest. Another person said they saw me at Opry Mills Shopping mall in the I-MAX theater. Since I sat way in the back and spoke to no one I don’t know how they determined I was the ghost. I personally think these people are just trying to get publicity. It is kind of like all those folks that said they saw ELVIS at various locations throughout the years. The Music City Ghost is a live person and so far I am not a spirit that flies around Nashville in the dark that looks like a white cloud. I have a car and I pay taxes just like anyone else. In the future I will be revealing more substantiated facts about people, the city, and it’s future as I predict it. I prefer to remain anonymous at this time. I am not afraid to tell the truth and I am not afraid to voice my opinion. If you don’t like my articles then don’t read them. I am not the boogie man and I will not harm you in any way. Until next time I will sign off for now. Sweet dreams.
– The Music City Ghost [File#17] 2015
For I am your God forever and ever; I will be your Guide even to the end. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you meditate on My loving Presence-to bring your mind back to Me whenever it wanders. Encourage yourself with the words of the patriarch Jacob: Surely the Lord is in this place. Rejoice that I am your God forevermore-today, tomorrow, and throughout all eternity.
I am also your Guide. It is easy to be spooked by the future when you forget that I am leading you each step along your life-path. Ever since you trusted Me as Savior, My guiding Presence has been available to you. I am training you to be increasingly aware of Me as you go about your daily activities. You can draw near Me at any time simply by whispering My Name. Later, when you have more time, bring Me your prayer and supplication with thanksgiving. Relax in the wondrous assurance that I am your Guide even to the end.
Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love. Like your name, O God, your praise reaches to the ends of the earth; your right hand is filled with righteousness. For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end. -Psalm 48:9-10, 14
When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it. -Genesis 28:16
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4:6-7 nkjv
Like many music obsessives, Doyle Davis has a soft spot for Tuesdays. Long before he became a co-owner and “vinylist” at Grimey’s New & Preloved Music, Davis would ride his bike a mile-and-a-half every Tuesday to Sounds of Music in Jackson, Tenn., to check out the latest records to hit shelves that week.
“There was no Internet; there was no list you could look at,” Davis tells the Scene. “The way you found out what came out every week was because you went to the record store and looked at the new release display or talked to the guy behind the counter.”
On July 7, that Tuesday tradition for record buyers ended, rescheduled as part of the music industry’s new policy of releasing all new music — streaming, digital downloads, CDs and vinyl — on Fridays.
The first Global Release Day, on July 10, ended the longstanding practice of the Tuesday street date in the American record industry. For the first time in decades, U.S. record stores opened on a Tuesday without a new stock of new releases.
“This was the weirdest Tuesday in my life,” Davis said.
The universal release date is billed as a defense against piracy. Before this year, worldwide release dates varied from Friday through Wednesday, a practice that doesn’t make sense when someone in Australia or Germany can upload new tunes to BitTorrent on Friday, making them available days before they go to market stateside the following Tuesday.
For independent record stores, the switch swipes away a key day for sales. The Tuesday street date gave record stores a critical mid-week sales bump. The most passionate record buyers would pick up the latest release on a Tuesday or a Wednesday, and record stores would ride that wave into the weekend.
Even if organizing all new releases onto a single day worldwide makes sense for some retailers, making release day a Friday is another sign that the independent physical business is an afterthought for the modern music industry.
“Tuesdays can be as good as a weekend,” says John Moore, co-owner of The Groove in East Nashville. “I don’t see that happening anymore.”
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry — an English organization that advocates for the recording industry — claims consumer research indicates customers are most interested in buying new music on weekends.
The IFPI also stated Global Release Day would help artists “harness social media to promote their new music.” Major retailers and streaming services like Spotify endorsed the move, but organizations representing independent record stores like Grimey’s and The Groove were vocal in their opposition.
“I don’t think this was a decision to help businesses like ours,” Moore says. “I don’t think we were a factor. I think it’s going to have a negative effect on us. I really hope not. I would be pleasantly surprised if it helped us.”
Monday is usually the worst day of the week for record stores, and thus becomes the ideal day for discounts and specials. Eliminating Tuesday as a weekly event could sabotage weekday sales.
“Monday is bad, and there’s nothing on Tuesday bringing people back in,” Davis explains. “Most retailers are worried about a whole week of Mondays going into your weekend.”
The switch has forced Davis to shuffle staffing shifts — the store’s assistant manager used to receive shipments on Monday evenings, now he’s doing that on Thursdays.
And as vinyl becomes the lifeblood format for stores like Grimey’s and The Groove, having new releases on time — whether it’s a Friday or a Tuesday — is always a question mark; vinyl can often lag behind releases on CD or digital formats due to limited resources in pressing.
If an order is incomplete or goes to the wrong store for a Tuesday release, retailers at least have time to rectify the situation before the weekend rush. Now they could do that on Saturday — for an extra fee.
“I’m not going to try to solve all that,” Davis says. “We’ll get what we get on Fridays. If they’re on point and get us the stuff they’re supposed to, we’ll have it. If not, we’re going to message to all our people that everything that’s supposed to be here will be here by Tuesday the following week.”
The music industry, though, is throwing record stores a bone with “vinyl Tuesday.” Major labels plan to release vinyl reissues and special editions — like the forthcoming Replacements reissues — on Tuesdays.
“If they can put out some quality titles that people are excited about, that might compensate for switching things around,” Louis Charette, co-owner at The Groove, tells the Scene.
For now, tourist traffic, in-store performances and doing business in a robust touring market for artists will insulate Nashville record stores from losing a key sales day, Davis says. But record shops in other cities might not be as lucky.
“Record stores are resilient,” Davis explains. “They’ve gone through all of this competition from the big boxes undercutting them, to the Napster era and iTunes era, and all of that was supposed to be the death of the record store, and vinyl came back and independent record stores have come back. I think we’ll survive no matter what.”
– Nashville Scene