FIRED IRATE CUB HACK MURDERS TWO REPORTERS While 24 year old WDBJ TV Roanoke, VA news reporter Alison Parker and 27 year old cameraman Adam Ward deliver a report on live television, malcontent former dismissed WDBJ TV reporter 41 year old Vester Lee Flanagan shoots and kills the couple. Local police report that during a high-speed chase the suspected assassin Flanagan who uses on-air name Bryce Williams fires a shot to his head and crashes his car. Should reporters carry body guards as well as microphones?
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WORK PLACE VIOLENCE OR ANARCHIST? Not too long before the emergence of today’s defiant Talk radio shows plus the rise of around the clock news media, agitants incite violence against reporters. Remember back in the 1980s when extremists gun-down Denver, CO Talk radio host Alan Berg? Recently, Minnesota Public Radio host Mary Lucia has to take a leave of absence because of a chronic stalker. In times like these, talk hosts and reporters must adopt high security measures to protect themselves wherever they go.
SHOCK JOCK MARCONI ENLIVENS WINDY CITY WKQX FM’s new Program Director Troy Hanson makes a few changes. Former WKQX FM morning show co-host from its days as Q101 until it ends in July 2011, Brian Sherman, returns to WKQX FM in September 2015 as weekend host. WKQX FM, now 101WKQX, adds controversial shock jock Marconi from the Pacific Northwest as its new 7:00pm-Midnight evening host in September 2015. The real Marconi, Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937), is one of the Italian inventors of radio.
FORMER HOUSTON, TX TV ANCHOR CALLS IT QUITS Former KTRK-13 ABC CH 13 Houston, TX consumer investigator Jim Bergamo moves to Austin, TX on KEYE TV CH 42, KXAN TV CH 36 and finally KVUE TV ABC CH 24 as co-anchor of the 5 pm news with Quita Culpepper and he is KVUE TV’s medical reporter. After nine years on KVUE TV, plus 36 years in broadcasting, Jim Bergamo retires from KVUE TV on Friday, August 21, 2015. Bergamo’s new assignment is as a sales consultant.
TRIVIA QUESTION: In the original Rocky movie, what radio announcer’s voice kicks off Rocky‘s run? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Barry Kilgore Thursday, September 3, 2015. •STEPHANIE MCMASTER is new co-host ofThe Buzz Adams Morning Show on Townsquare Media Active Rock KLAQ FM (95.5) El Paso, TX. •MARK GINTHER exits Executive News Director position at KING TV CH 5 in Seattle, WA and Assistant News Director at WFAA TV CH 8 Dallas, TX to become VP of News at KXAS CH 5 Ft. Worth, TX. •TEJAS BROADCASTING of Corpus Christi, TX appoints Joe Browning [Crash Kelley] as Corporate PD.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1955 KTRE TV ABC/NBC CH 9 in Lufkin, TX begins broadcasting on August 31st. •1961 LORETTA LYNNsigns with Decca Records on September 3rd. •1976 MEXICAN PESO devalues on August 31st. •1982 AARON HENNINGSEN singer/songwriter (The Band Perry’s You Lie) born on September 3rd at Jarman Hospital in Tuscola, IL. •1991 JAN BERRY (Jan and Dean) says I do to Gertie Filip on August 31st. •2004 KRIS KRISTOFFERSON is 2004 inductee into Country Music Hall of Fame on August 30th.
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JACK PARNELL [former Program Director WHBQ-560] (Memphis, TN) I can imagine you were proud to be associated with them…had a right to be. I visited WFIL in the mid 60s, they offered me a job too, but I never told Jay. Their studios were like a space ship…even a control to “practice” in at anytime someone else wasn’t using it. If you had ideas there was plenty of ways to go in and “woodshed” them. However, WHBQ was the epitome of great people. Management, office people (even the sales department), production (people from everywhere were coming in and using our production department), and especially the on-air people…there were no egos, everybody had the utmost respect for each other, helped each other, and loved the place. Wink and I still talk a lot about what a fun place it was…about how we didn’t just play records and commercials…we DID SHOWS! JP
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JAY WALKER [CBS Radio Dallas/KJKK FM/Infinity KTSA-550/KTFM FM/Jay Walker Prod] (Dallas-McKinney, TX) Subject: KUHF nonsense. Jim I just had to respond to the asinine short sighted comment that Lisa Shumate, KUHF FM GM made regarding the transition of the Classical format to HD-2 and streaming which is so wrong on so many points. In reply I’d say I’m sure both of the HD receiver owners in the Houston area will appreciate the switch to HD-2, and of course everyone knows classical music always sounds best in low bit rate “watery” mp3 sound. Very snarky I know, but in all seriousness, Houston public radio listeners will NEVER have another once this station is sold because to paraphrase Will Rogers “They don’t make that anymore”. Once again proof too many “new” media types believe their own press releases regarding the “growing popularity, superior broadcast quality and greater efficiency of digital broadcasting”. Best to you and Suzie!!! Jay Walker
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ED MILLER [Former KPCN, KFJZ, KXOL, KIXL, KAFM, KTXO, KAMC, KTLK, Texas State Network, etc] (Austin, TX) Jim, Sorry KBAT gave Rick Marcellan the gold mine and you the shaft, but I’m sure glad he was at ‘JZ. He was the best GM I ever had. Hired me because I had a reputation as an iconoclastic troublemaker in the news biz at the time, and said he wanted me to “shake the dust off the bushes.” This was back in the days when you could still do talk and get big numbers in the Book, even in a backwards burgh like FW, without having to have the now seemingly mandatory neo-Nazi orientation.
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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 (Dunaway) is up, too. Bill
TRIVIA ANSWER: Radio legend Don Cannon does Philadelphia, PA morning radio since 1969 on Top 40 WIBG, WIP, WFIL, WIFI and WSNI. From 1990 until he retires in 2004, Don is the morning man on WOGL FM (98.1). In the original Rocky movie, when the morning alarm clock goes off for Rocky’s run, it is Don Cannon’s voice on the radio.
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Multi-Platinum-selling country music artist Scotty McCreery was recently interviewed by legendary radio and TV personality Charlie Chase for Premiere Radio Networks’ “The Crook and Chase Countdown” syndicated radio show. Among their topics of conversation was McCreery’s new song “Southern Belle,” which is available for purchase now and will impact country radio on Aug. 31. It is the first single from the Platinum-selling artist’s upcoming new album due out in early 2016. The up-tempo tune was written by Sean McConnell and Jason Saenz and produced by Frank Rogers.
The Mercury Nashville / 19 / Interscope recording artist scored two consecutive Top 10 hits (the Platinum-certified “See You Tonight” and the Gold-certified “Feelin’ It”) from his last album, See You Tonight, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. It was the ACM and CMT Award winner’s third album to debut at No. 1 on a Billboard chart following his Platinum-certified first album Clear As Day, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart and featured two Platinum-certified singles (“I Love You This Big” and “The Trouble with Girls”) and his Gold-certified album Christmas with Scotty McCreery, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Holiday Albums Chart. For more information and tour dates, visit www.scottymccreery.com.
– Posted by Country Girl CMTT
Wino’s Wont Need Licences To Beg For Money But Nashville’s Finest Street musician Will Need To
The Music City Ghost [File #30] 2015: I just heard on the news they are going to try to stop pan handling and street musicians from asking for money in downtown Nashville. One area is so bad they have now posted a police presence from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM to try and control the amount of people on the streets looking for a handout. The commentator said they are getting more and more aggressive with their approach to people walking downtown as less and less people tend to carry around cash. In the distance of 2 blocks it is nothing on the weekends to see 25 or more musicians performing on the sidewalk or alley ways, hoping the folks walking by them will toss some money into their guitar case or tip jar. If this all comes to be the future of the downtown lower Broadway district it is going to change the entire complexion of Nashville. The Honky-Tonk District that tourists from all over the world flock to annually will no longer witness some very talented musicians performing on the streets trying to earn a living. I don’t see how a struggling musician singing his heart out for those that wish to listen can be compared to a Wino begging for change so he can buy another bottle of wine but once again this new legislature is not my doing. Can it be that the street musician in the very near future will have to purchase a vendors license? You can sell hot dogs or other desired items to the pedestrians on the sidewalks and it is all legal as long as you display your vendors license. I suppose it is possible you will soon see a copy of the street musician’s vendors license hanging off the neck of his guitar.
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THANK YOU, JESUS for the earthly angels that minister to me every day. Thank You for family and friends who share my joys and sorrows and uphold me in prayer. Thank you for all who give assistance unasked…the man who spent over an hour locating a tire for my grandson’s car…a woman in the fast food line who glimpsed my tears and whispered, “I’ll pray for you”…the motel maid who provided a special breakfast for a sleep-late child. Open my eyes to see the pain and needs of those I meet each day, Lord. Open my heart and hands to be willing and ready to offer a kind word, practical help, or prayers. – Penney Schwab
GOD is our refuge…We will not fear, even though the earth be removed…
The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved…
”Be still and know that I am God”. Psalm 46:1-2,6,10