August 24, 2015 [Monday] Issue #1436
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
DEAN OF AMERICA’S TV WEATHERMEN PASSES Harry Volkman studies meteorology and broadcasting at Tulsa University. After graduation, he eases into radio. In 1950, Harry joins KOTV TV in Tulsa, OK as the very first TV weatherman in the state of Oklahoma, and one of the first TV weathermen in US history. In 1959, he moves on up to Chicago, IL TV for 45 years. In July 2004, he retires from TV weathercasting. On Thursday, August 20, 2015 beloved Chicago television weatherman Harry Volkman perishes at 89.
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FLY HECKLES WEATHER FORECAST During this week’s Houston, TX weather forecast a fly lands on KTRK TV ABC CH 13 Travis Herzog’s head. Travis swings a Karate Kid swat at the fly but misses just a little bit. That’s nothing. On Monday, May 26, 2014 Clio, MI NBC Affiliate WEYI TV CH 25 Jason Adams remains calm as a bat flies through his Memorial day weather prophecy. Adams shrieks: This thing is coming at me and it’s freaking me out, but I’m gonna do the forecast anyway. Bet Ed Brandon can top both of those adventures.
H. ROSS PEROT BECOMES RADIO CONNOISSEUR Real estate developer and Chairman of the Board for Perot Systems Henry Ross Perot, Jr. is elder son of former Presidential candidate H. Ross Perot of Dallas, TX. Perot teams with Connoisseur Media management to acquire the company. Connoisseur’s 42 radio station growth focuses on its Golden Ring that surrounds New York City with clusters in Hartford, New Haven, and Fairfield County CT, Long Island (NY), Trenton (NJ), and Allentown and Stroudsburg (PA).
AL DEXTER In the Top 80 Songs in the year of my birth – 1943 – the #2 song Pistol Packin’ Mama by Al Dexter & his Troopers is ironic. In summer 1967, when I’m noon-3 pm DJ on KPCN-730 in my hometown Dallas, TX, I spin the Glen Campbell tune Too Late To Worry Too Blue To Cry written by the LATE Al Dexter. The next day when I arrive to do my radio show, Al Dexter is there waiting to let me know that he is still alive! So, Al Dexter who has a #1 song in the year of my birth, 1943, lets me know that he is still alive.
TRIVIA QUESTION: When is Amos ‘n’ Andy’s first radio broadcast? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•JANE MONREAL joins KSHB TV NBC CH 41 Kansas City, MO as weekend morning anchor. Monreal arrives from KIII TV ABC CH 3 in Corpus Christi, TX. •MIKE MASON PM Drive DJ on WMYX FM (The Mix 99.1) Milwaukee, WI moves on up to morning show co-host. •TOM GRIMM ex Active Rock WHBR FM (The Bear 103.1) Parkersburg, WV is available at firstname.lastname@example.org. •JENNIFER TAYLOR exits Tegna KENS TV CBS CH 5 in San Antonio, TX to become News Director of Tegna-owned KYTX TV CBS CH 19 Tyler, TX.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1954 PRESIDENT EISENHOWER signs Communist Control Act on August 24th that outlaws the Communist Party. •1969 IRA DEAN bass player with Trick Pony born on August 23rd in Raleigh, NC. •1978 LOUIS PRIMAJazz singer dies at 66 on August 24th in New Orleans, LA. •1989 GARTH BROOKS’ If Tomorrow Never Comes releases on August 21st on Capitol records. •1995 WINDOWS 95 debuts on August 24th. •2001 JUNE CARTER CASH has pacemaker implant surgery on August 24th.
EMAILS YES WE HAVE EMAIL
JACK PARNELL [former Program Director WHBQ-560] (Memphis, TN) Hi Jim: Thanks so much for putting the word out. I haven’t as yet emailed Ken Dowe, but I’m very familiar with his name; Jay use to talk about him all time, but didn’t say that he taught Ken a lot about radio…they remained great friends. I also got your other email with another email address on it, but I’m not on the computer that I have it on. I’m also anxious for Ken to fill me in on what the outcome was with his hiring of Jay’s son John. Thanks again, and I’ll get with Ken and the other guy whose email you sent also. Jack
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ED MILLER [Former KPCN, KFJZ, KXOL, KIXL, KAFM, KTXO, KAMC, KTLK, Texas State Network, etc] (Austin, TX) Hi Jim, Saw a mention by Bill Conway of my long lost friend Otis Tomerlin in JRRR recently, remembered by him from when he and Otis were at KOAK in Lake Charles in the 70’s. I worked with Otis on KFJZ (1270) in Fort Worth in 1980 when he held down morning drive as a jock and I was doing PM drive as an iconoclastic talk show host. Crazy guy, ol’ Otis! Never will forget the promotion for his AM program—bus bench back signs that read “Otis slept here!” That was truly a different era. Was it really half a lifetime ago? -Ed
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BILL CHERRY [Realtor – In late 1950s Music ’til Dawn host on WWL-870] (Dallas, TX) Hi, Jim and Suzie– I’m usually up by 4:30. I used to get up at this time to study when I was in college. The behavior has remained. Actually I like it. All is quiet and I usually spend the time reading. Meanwhile, you know Chuck is up, too. Bill
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JAY WALKER [CBS Radio Dallas/KJKK FM/Infinity KTSA-550/KTFM FM/Jay Walker Prod] (Dallas-McKinney, TX) Subject: “The Wrecking Crew”. Hi Jim I saw Don Sundeen’s email on “The Wrecking Crew” documentary. I can honestly say this is one of the best documentaries ever made about “The Star Maker Machine” and a behind the scenes look at the creative process involved for all those great hits of the 60’s. The soundtrack alone is well worth the ticket or the price of the DVD. When you watch “The Wrecking Crew”, you just want it to go on and on. Needless to say, it is a KEEPER. I’ll shut up so I won’t spoil the movie for others. Bottom line WATCH IT you won’t regret it. You and Suzie stay cool. Looks like this heat will be with us for a while longer. Jay Walker
DAVID FAULKNER [KTNS-1600 Plano/KFJZ-870 Ft. Worth] (Dallas, TX) Subject: KNON Must Relocate Soon. Jim, Not sure if you’ve heard, heritage community radio station KNON 89.3FM in Dallas must relocate in less than two months, but they have nowhere to go. Here’s a link to a report by David Taffet at the Dallas Voice with more info: http://www.dallasvoice.com/knon-relocate-2-months-10202204.html Peace, David Faulkner
TRIVIA ANSWER: From 1951–53 one of our all time favorite TV programs is Amos ‘n’ Andy on CBS TV. On March 19, 1928, Amos ‘n’ Andy begins its comedy series on WMAQ-670 in Chicago, IL and goes into syndication. On August 19, 1929, Amos ‘n’ Andy joins NBC network Radio. On April 3, 1939, Amos ‘n’ Andyswitches to CBS Radio until November 1960.
GLEN ASHWORTH (Lebanon, OR) Hi Jim Can I get on your newsletter list? I live in Lebanon Ore. I was on your mailing list yrs ago. I worked in radio in Albany Ore. for around 15 yrs. I found your page thorough Mike Shannon’s DFW RADIO SITE. Thanks. How have you been? Thanks Glen Ashworth
KAITLIN OLSON (August 18, 1975 – p) I think people think of Oregon as such a granola, hippie kind of a place.
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