August 3, 2015 [Monday] Issue #1430
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
ROSE GARDEN FLOWER DROOPS One of our favorite singer-songwriters is Joe South. Some of our favorite Joe South tunes are The Games People Play, Walk A Mile In My Shoes, Don’t It Make You Want To Go Homeand Rose Garden. Lynn Anderson’s version of Rose Garden is #1 Billboard Country 5 weeks, #3 Billboard Hot 100, plus #1 in Cash Box & Record World Pop & Country singles charts. On Thursday night, July 30, 2015 Country singer Lynn Anderson dies at 67 of a heart attack at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
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RECORDS LANDECKER SPINS LAST RECORD Is Cumulus in a state of change for the sake of change? On Friday, July 31, 2015 legendary Chicago, IL air personality John Records Landecker exits his 8-11pm spot on Cumulus Classic Hits WLS FM. Beginning in 1972, we hear Landecker as the night Rock and Roll Hall of Fame DJ on WLS-890 where he rules the Windy City ratings roost for a decade. John Records Landecker’s marvelous 40-year radio career on Chicago’s airwaves ends on Friday night with his final show.
CULULUS RESUMES ITS GAME OF SHUFFLE Brian Thomas Cumulus Corporate Program Director and PD of NASH FM flagship Country WNSH FM (94.7) New York City changes locales as new PD of Cumulus Classic Hits WLS FM (94.7) Chicago, IL. Ironically, both radio stations possess same frequency but many miles apart in different cities. WPLJ APD John Foxx, who programs WNSH FM preceding Thomas’ appearance, is Acting PD for WNSH FM while Cumulus goes on a fishing expedition for a permanent replacement PD.
CBS RADIO CONTINUES TO TRIM ITS TREE CBS Radio thins out its forest with mucho gusto. New COO Scott Herman reports that KYW-1060 Philadelphia, PA VP/GSM David Yadgaroff moves on up to SVP/Market Manager in the Birthplace of America. He succeeds Marc Rayfield, who replaces Herman as SVP/Market Manager of CBS Radio New York. As Joe Bell and Dave Robbins hit the exit ramp, veteran manager Steve Carver returns to CBS Radio as SVP/Market Manager of its Miami and Orlando clusters.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What is the significance of the legendary HOLLYWOOD sign? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•MIDWEST COMMUNICATIONS introduces Classic Country KMJO FM (104.7 Duke FM) to Fargo, ND. •JIM INGSTAD’s Radio FM Media flips Willie 1660 KQWB-1660 West Fargo, ND to Fox Sports 1660. •SHANE and KIANNE PRILL’s Air Capitol Media Group sells AC KHLT FM (99.7 Lite FM) Belle Plaine/Wichita , KS back to previous owner Dan Smith for an undisclosed amount. •BRETT HARRIS former iHeartMedia KRBB FM (B98) Wichita, KS morning host exits KHLT FM to host mornings on Envision Hot AC KKGQ FM (Q92.3).
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1953 FRANK BLAIR becomes news anchor on NBC TV’s The Today Show on August 3rd. •1966 DEAN SAMSLonestar’s keyboardist (Winners of ACM Best New Group or Duo for 1995) born on August 3rd in Garland, TX.•1970 NFL’s 4 day strike ends on August 3rd. •1985 ALABAMA’s Forty Hour Week (For A Livin’) nudges its way to #1 in Billboard Country on August 3rd. •1991 PAN AM GAMES open in Havana, Cuba on August 3rd.•2003 BROOKS & DUNN’s Red Dirt Road wins #1 in Billboard Country on August 2nd.
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MIKE KELLAM [ex KHFI FM/KHFI-970, NBC WMAQ-670 engineer] (Estes Park, CO) Subject: KHFI’s TV station in 1966. Hi, Jim! Good to hear from you. Hope I can come by again sometime, but it may be awhile. KHFI AM-FM-TV (KHFI stood for Kennedy Heard Features, Inc. – Rod Kennedy, a local promoter in Austin who previously owned the FM station). I believe that Rod Kennedy continued to own some small interest in the Southwest Republic Corporation. In 1966 the TV station went on the air as Channel 42. It was a project of the Southwest Republic Corporation, a group rumored to be Republicans. Southwest Republic acquired an AM station at 970 AM, whose call letters I cannot recall, and changed them to KHFI-AM. The venture brought Ridge Radney, TV program director, from KPRC-TV, Channel 2, in Houston, along with Al Beck as chief engineer, who hired me shortly after TV went on the air. Dan Love was the General Manager, and I believe that he had some broadcasting history in Austin prior to the Southwest Republic project.
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JACK PARNELL [former Program Director WHBQ-560] (Memphis, TN) Anita (Wood) was a beautiful girl. I think I only met her once, and she was also extremely nice. I grew up in Milan, TN, which is near her hometown of Jackson, TN. I was senior in high school when I began at WKBJ in Milan. Interestingly, she turned Elvis (Presley) down when he asked her for their first date. She already had a date for that night, and told him straight out that she was NOT going to break it. She went on to marry a pro football player, and I can’t remember his name…I think he died quite a few years ago. JP
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JANET LYNN [fine Texas Western Swing Hall Of Fame singer] (Austin, TX) Working with Johnny (Gimble) was also very different. He came from the days where female singers were a “feature” and not a front person. So he’d call me up for 2-4 solo songs and expect me to be “on” right out of the chute whether I had any warm up or not. Of course, he called upon me to sing the specials and was asked to sing his compositions on the ACL TV show. The point is he surrounded himself with good people, took young people under his wing, and allowed them to shine. I was one of the lucky ones to go to the School of Gimble. Dayna Wills, Bob Will’s niece, is a close friend, and she said today that she knows “Johnny and Uncle Bob are already sharing fiddle licks and stories.” And let’s not forget that Playboy magazine once said Johnny was “the best d*** mandolin player in the world.” And he was amazing on mando. I hope this tells you a bit more about Johnny and the good man, family man, he was. Johnny swings with wings! Blessings to all as I know he would want to be remembered so fondly. Janet Lynn Member of Texas Music Hall of Fame, 1999 Member of Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame, 2000.
TRIVIA ANSWER: On July 13, 1923 real estate firm Woodruff and Shoults erects landmark HOLLYWOOD sign to promote new housing development in Los Angeles, CA. The HOLLYWOOD sign overlooks the community spells out its name in 50-foot (15-meter) high white letters originally says HOLLYWOODLAND. The real estate firm does not intend for the huge sign to be permanent. But, it quickly becomes an internationally recognized landmark. In 1949, they remove the last four letters LAND to make it simply HOLLYWOOD.
CHUCK DUNAWAY [ex WABC-770, WKY-930, KILT-610, KLIF-1190] (Houston-Katy, TX) I rode the train home to Scarsdale (NY) with Jack Lescoulie (NBC TV’s Today show) when I worked at WABC and he departed at White Plains (NY). He always made a deal of being on the train so he’d be noticed. He had some really big teeth. Memories. Chuck (www.chuckdunawaydj.com/)
ERLE STANLEY GARDNER (July 17, 1889 – March 11, 1970) It’s a d*** good story. If you have any comments, write them on the back of a check.
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