April 25, 2016 [Monday] Issue #1506
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
PURPLE RAIN TURNS BLUE In 2007, Prince Rogers Nelson closes his Super Bowl XLI half time show in Miami Gardens, FL with Purple Rain. On Friday on his way back from a concert in Atlanta, Prince enters a hospital in Illinois with the flu. Prince comforts his fans: Wait a few days before you waste any prayers. On Thursday morning, April 21, 2016 Oscar-winning and Grammy-winning artist Prince known for his funky brand of Pop music passes away in his suburban Minneapolis home at Paisley Park at only 57.
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SHAWNEE COUNTRY NEWS JOURNALIST TRAVELS ON During the 1980s and ’90s, Bob Fidler is Director of Operations of local PBS television affiliate KTWU TV CH 11 in Topeka, KS. In May 2003, he joins WIBW-580 news department as News Director. In April 2012 Bob retires. Fidler wins numerous Kansas Broadcaster Association awards, that includes one in 2012 for WIBW-580’s election coverage. Bob is a mass media professor at Kansas State University. On Monday night, April 18, 2016 Bob Fidler passes away at 74.
KELLY RIPA GETS RIPPED Between 1990 and 2002, Kelly Maria Ripa first becomes known as Hayley Vaughan on the ABC daytime soap opera All My Children. From 2003 to 2006, Kelly is Faith Fairfield on ABC sitcomHope & Faith. But, Ripa is best known as co-host of syndicated morning talk show Live! with Kelly and Michael. Kelly Ripa has a total meltdown by the sudden departure of her Live co-host, Michael Strahan. In September 2016 the former Giants football star exits Live with Kelly to join Good Morning America full-time.
TEXAS RADIO STATION SALES Torey Doucette’s One Point Media snags Brokered KOLE-1340 Port Arthur, TX from Birach Broadcasting for $400,000. North Texas Radio Group purchases the CP for 98.9 in Crowell, TX from Charles Crawford for $6,000. Cornerstone Church of Wheeler, TX cedes KSNZ FM (92.9) Shamrock, TX to Gary Ware and James Turvaville’s Route 66 Media for $136,000. The purchase price includes a pardon of $52,000 of red ink.
TRIVIA QUESTION: When does the FCC approve FM stereo broadcasting? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! T.J. Callahan April 25th. Bobby Langham April 28th. Lee Abrams April 29, 2016. •KLOU FM iHeartMedia Classic Hits (103.3) St. Louis, MO hires market vet Vic Porcelli for 7 pm-midnight. •KLCK FMHubbard (Click 98.9) Seattle, WA releases PD Lisa Adams and midday personality Megan Sosne, while MD/afternoon personality Heather Lee remains as it prepares to unveil a new format. •TOM MARRBaltimore, MD 50 year talk legend signs one-year contract renewal for his daily late morning program on WCBM-680.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1956 ELVIS PRESLEY’s single Heartbreak Hotel slams #1 on April 25th. •1965 EDDIE KILGALLON keyboard player with Academy of Country Music 1998 Vocal Group of the Year Ricochet is born on May 12th in East Greenbush, NY. •1970 MELANIE releases Lay Down on April 25th. •1988 CLINT BLACK signs with RCA Records on May 2nd. •1995 GINGER ROGERS actress/dancer (Top Hat, Stage Door) dies at 83 on April 25th.•2012 CARRIE UNDERWOOD’s album Blown Away releases on Arista records on May 1st.
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JIM HALSEY [Oak Ridge Boys manager] (Tulsa, OK) Subject: Throwback Thursday. Interesting finds as we work through the Jim Halsey company archives. Cataloging the gold and platinum album awards received by our companies numerous artists that earned them. The wall of 160+ gold and platinum albums of the various artists we represented is breathtaking. Most spectacular of all is the Oak Ridge Boys plaque representing 41 million records sold recently awarded from the RIAA! As the Oaks’ manager, we were honored to receive the reflective award ourselves! Thanks Oak Ridge Boys and RIAA! Many of these albums and a lot of the Halsey Company archives are on display at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in Muskogee, Oklahoma and the Kansas Celebrity Hall of Fame in Independence, Kansas. Displays of our represented artists’ gold and platinum albums includes The Oak Ridge Boys, Hank Thompson, Reba McEntire, The Judds, Merle Haggard, Roy Clark, Lee Greenwood, Clint Black, Don Williams, Sylvia, Ronnie Millsap, Dwight Yoakam, Jody Miller, Tammy Wynette, Conway Twitty and many others. Amazing history in our 65 years in the business. Jim Halsey The Oaks’ “godfather”, circa 1995 – Oaks’ RIAA certified 41 million albums sold award – The Oak Ridge Boys , inducted into the 2015 Country Music Hall of Fame. Jim Halsey, inducted into the 2015 Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
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BILL CHERRY [Realtor, In late 1950s Music ’til Dawn host on WWL-870] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Mel Pennington! Jim, I loved Mel. He and I used to go to the black joints on West Market and listen to their great juke boxes filled with jazz and R&B. He was just out of the service and I was about 16. I didn’t know he had died. I tried to make contact with him a few years back, but he didn’t respond. Love hearing your memory. Thanks for sharing. Bill
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LESLIE WAYNE HODGES [ex KRCS DJ] (Lake Livingston, TX) Hi; In 2004 while with KMCM 96.9 \ 97.Gold station owner Tommy Vascocu [with Buck Owens backing] created a position called; “Overseer” so Program Director/PD. KMCM did not have. Today a PD is called Operations Manager is that correct, guessing cause there are computers, and technologies to manage now than the human individual element called personality and talent has pretty much been eliminated to voice tracking. in 2002 this is called “digitizing” now why do I not hear the word “digitizing” or do you know “digitizing” and “we only hire only those who can “digitize”. “Guessing they learned digitizing and were paid in a radio station while learning “digitizing”. adapting to new technologies is daily. In the 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s strange I never saw beyond Magnecord, Ampex, Sony, Spot Master, turntables, tone arms, stylus, two track carts, cassettes, Q-Tips and no grain alcohol, taking meter, readings every three hours, lowering power or raising power. Since June 19, 2016 here from my place on the lake have Streaming Client – Barix
TRIVIA ANSWER: On April 20 1961 the Federal Communications Commission approves FM stereo broadcasting.
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