July 31, 2015 [Friday] Issue #1429
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
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.
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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.
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