BEE GEES MANAGER SUCCUMBS Entertainment industry VIP Robert Stigwood, whose RSO Records label tops the charts in the late 1970s plus he manages Rock group The Bee Gees at the height of their career passes away at 81 on Monday, January 1, 2016. The Australian-born Stigwood has his hand in all facets of the industry when he produces 1970s Rock musicals Grease and Saturday Night Fever. In the early days he guides Rock groups Cream, Blind Faith, Derek & The Dominoes as well as Eric Clapton’s solo career.
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THE CBS RADIO AXE SWINGS ONCE MORE In summer 2015 CBS Radio makes severe cutbacks of veteran staff members. Out of hundreds forced out include longtime managers nationwide. On Wednesday evening, January 6, 2016 CBS Radio Chicago’s two biggest managers leave the building. CBS Radio Chicago Senior VP/MM Rod Zimmerman since 1978 exits. Also gone is Mark Day, CBS Radio Chicago VP/Director of Sales since 2002. Replacing Rod is Tim Pohlman, SRVP/MM of CBS Radio Phoenix.
BIG CHANGES AT CUMULUS CHICAGO WLS FM (97.1) Chicago, IL adds a new co-host from NYC to its morning show. Kim Berk formerly with AC WWFS FM in NYC from October 2009 until she exits in July 2015 as part of CBS Radio’s nationwide mass layoff is new co-host with Brant Miller on the WLS FM morning show. The new Brant & Kim show launches on Thursday morning, January 7, 2016. While on WWFS FM, she co-hosts with Brian Thomas, who is now Program Director of WLS FM.
LONG TIME CLASSICAL MUSIC DJ DEPARTS In 1984 North suburban Chicago native Peter Van de Graaff begins his radio career on Brigham Young University’s Classical music KBYU FM (89.1) in Provo, UT, where he attends classes. In 1988, Van de Graaff returns home to the Windy City to join WFMT FM (98.7) to host the overnight show Through The Night for the Beethoven Satellite Network. After over 27 years with WFMT FM, Peter Van De Graaff joins KWAX FM (91.1) in Eugene, OR as Music Director and morning host.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Who is the first female to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•RON HARRELL is new PD of KRWM FM (Warm 106.9) Seattle, WA effective January 18, 2016. •MIKE KELLAMS with the Chicago Tribune since November 1998, accepts the Tribune Publishing voluntary severance package Tribune offers in November 2015, but he keeps a secret until the last day of 2015. •JAY LEVINE WBBM TV CBS CH 2 Chicago, IL Chief Correspondent announces on Wednesday morning, January 6, 2016 that he steps down after 25 years with WBBM TV plus 42 years in Windy City television.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1958 ALEC ROWLEY composer dies at 65 on January 11th. •1968 CONWAY TWITTY’s Next In Line is his first #1 Country single on November 2nd. •1973 WATERGATE BURGLARS trial begins on January 11th in Washington D.C. •1986 THE BELLAMY BROTHERS Greatest Hits is their first Gold album on October 10th.•1992 PAUL SIMON opens a tour in South Africa on January 11th. •2010 CHARLIE DANIELS suffers a mild stroke on January 15th while snowmobiling in Colorado.
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FRANK HALEY [KDAZ-730 newscaster – ex KLIF-1190, KILT-610, KTRH-950, KVIL FM & KOB-770] (Albuquerque, NM) Subject: Ron Jenkins. FYI. Dallas Tornado. Did you hear about Ron Jenkins: I got this from Facebook Texas Radio Hall of Fame: TRHOF inductee Ron Jenkins (Ron McAlister) was one of the residents evacuated from the Rowlett Nursing Home and Convalescent Center for Saturday’s tornado, east of Dallas. I’ve read that the building suffered wind damage, but haven’t heard if residents were allowed to return. Ron has lived in the center for about 15 years, after a series of strokes (and eventual blindness) occurred. Hope you have a happy new year. Frank Haley
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LIZ PATRANELLA [Liz Houston – KTSA-550, KBAT-680] (Austin, TX) Subject: Reminder: Hall of Fame Exhibit Party. Reminder: Plan Now to Attend! Dedication Ceremony and Party. San Antonio Radio Hall of Fame Exhibit Dedication. Saturday, January 16, 2:00-5:00 p.m. Official Unveiling Ceremony at 3:00 p.m. 1017 E. Mulberry at Broadway Light refreshments. Music. And more! I hope to see you there. Liz
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KENT BURKHART [legendary radio programmer] (Miami/Key Biscayne, FL) Mr. Rose. When you read this you will know why Jim Phillips was president of the TAB and was selected one of the very few…less than 100 I believe…of the TAB Radio Pioneer award. He is one of the top ten Texas broadcasters ever in my opinion. Jim and I were partners in a radio station package in South Carolina. He was a talented broadcaster. He hired a lot of on air and sales talent in Texas over the years. He will be missed by those he helped…and others. Read on and let your mouth drop. Kent Burkhart. Texas Association of Broadcasters Click here: www.tab.org/convention-and-trade-show/awards/past-winners/jim-phillips
TRIVIA ANSWER: On January 3, 1987 Aretha Franklin is the first female singer to induct into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1967, Aretha’s album I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) releases. The first song a cover of Otis Redding’s Respect reaches #1 on both the R&B and Pop charts. Aretha scores her first two Grammy Awards.
MIKE BRAUN [ex KWTX-1230 DJ] (Waco, TX) Subject: KWTX-FM celebrates 45 years. Jim, I intended to sent this note in December, but the month got away from me. KWTX-FM (97.5) Waco, celebrated 45 years in December (1970-2015). In the beginning the station aired “The Golden Sound” — mostly instrumentals — Percy Faith, Andre Kostelanetz, Ferrante and Teicher, Mantovani, etc., – and a few vocals from the likes of Perry Coma, Jerry Vale, Frank Sinatra, etc. “97.5 on your FM dial in stereo” was very popular throughout Central Texas back in the day. And it’s where I got my start in radio thanks to Dave South (program director, now Texas A&M sports announcer), the late Frank Fallon (station manager), and M.N. Buddy Bostick (president and general manager of KWTX) — all of whom gave a young broadcasting novice the opportunity of a lifetime to spin records and talk on the radio. By the way, Mr. Bostick was station manager of KWTX-AM (1230) when it signed on in 1946. He celebrated birthday number 97 this past year. Best wishes, Mike Braun, KWTX-AM/FM, 1975-1979
SATCHEL PAIGE (July 7, 1906 – June 8, 1982) Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it don’t matter.
Jim Rose and Suzie
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo
Read to stand at the Pearly Gates and meet her Maker, and Rory is at peace with his bride leaving this world. He knows she waited so she could delicately prepare his heart to let go. And now, here I sit beside my dying wife.
I don’t say those words lightly. As a matter-of-fact, I haven’t said them at all. But my beautiful bride has said them to me in these couple of days. Her pain and discomfort has continued to increase daily and so has the morphine to help her be comfortable. The dosage she’s needed to keep the pain away has quadrupled in the last four days. I’d like to tell you that she’s doing great and is going to beat this thing. But I can’t.
Yesterday with tears in her eyes and mine, Joey held my hand and told me that she has been having serious talks with Jesus. She said she told him that if He’s ready to take her… she’s ready to come home. All of this after reflecting on the couple’s song “When I’m Gone.” Our ‘make-believe’ song and video seems to be coming true. Some call it ‘life imitating art’. I don’t. I call it God. He knew I would need her to tell me goodbye… not just once, but a thousand times. And I’d need to know that no matter how much time passes, that she loves me still. And He made it so that if I needed to be reminded of her beautiful life and heart and voice… she would only be a ‘click’ away.
Am I angry at the irony of the song? No. How could I be? How many men who are losing the woman they love get a gift like that? None that I know of. Joey and I have asked to have “When I’m Gone” added to our new “Hymns That Are Important To Us” album that’s coming out in a couple of weeks in Cracker Barrel and most other places all around the country. It’s not a classic hymn, but to us it is. It is a very special song, filled with hope and love. And in time, I believe it will have the power to help heal a million broken hearts… Even mine.
I’m still praying for a miracle for Joey + Rory, but it’s becoming clear that God has other plans. Maybe THIS is the miracle. Maybe he is using Joey and Rory as a way to make all of us turn towards Him.
Maybe these people are a shining example of how to live and die as a child of God. God bless you both!
– Posted by TawnyTucker CMTT
“Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for,
it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. Matthew 18:19
They came to Him, bringing a paralytic, who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic…‘arise, take up your bed…’’ (Mark 2: 3-11). We learn from this man’s story that some people are incapable of getting to Jesus on their own; their condition makes it impossible. Notice three important things here: 1) It took four people with faith to do it. Spiritual synergy works miracles, so look for some prayer partners to stand with you. Jesus said, …‘If two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.’ 2) They refused to let the crowd stop them. The crowd had its own agenda. Some were curious, some were critical, and some were sincere seekers. In order to bring your loved one to Jesus, you’ll have to overcome anything and anybody who stands in your way. 3) They ‘raised the roof’. Stand on God’s promises, lift your voice in prayer, ‘raise the roof’ if you have to, but don’t give up. Jesus didn’t disappoint them, and He won’t disappoint you either. It’s hard to pick up the weight of another person, but if you hold up your end of the deal God will hold up His. Don’t give in to weariness or discouragement. Don’t stop until you get them to Jesus.
David Bowie Passes From Cancer At 69. Days after releasing a critically acclaimed album on his 69th birthday, innovative rock legend DAVID BOWIE passed away after an 18-month battle with cancer, his manager confirmed to the L.A. TIMES. A statement posted on his FACEBOOK page said: “DAVID BOWIE died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”
AirplayExpress is proud to release its very first Radio Airplay Compilation CD to Radio Worldwide With some of the greatest artists of all time, Pat Boone, Ernest Tubb and Ernie Ashworth. Also on board are International Superstars Keith Bradford, Linda Welby, Mike Contoni, Larry M Clark, Charlie Painter and Charlotte Bradford joining us on this our first AirplayExpress Adventure
AirplayExpress launches it’s very first Express link to Radio and DJ’s worldwide. As we blast off on this exciting Voyage seeking out friendly DJ’s across the vast space of our galaxy’s to add these great songs to their amazing radio playlists for airplay