May 16, 2016 [Monday] Issue #1512
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
TOPEKA IS LESS RICH For 16 years, Richard [Radio Rich] Bowers and Louann Fulmer are a popular Topeka, KS radio duo. For a decade, Radio Rich and Louann co-host a show on Country WIBW FM (94.5) plus six years on KQTP FM (102.9 US103). Until Cumulus drops its axe in 2008. Joey Little, (Joey Baggz), tells The Capital-Journal: The thing about him that I noticed was his love for his listeners. He really cared about his listeners. On Tuesday, May 10, 2016 Richard [Radio Rich] Bowers passes away at 60.
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HUBBARD SENDS TORPEDO TO SOLK On Tuesday, May 10, 2016 a surprise move by Hubbard Radio President/CEO Drew Horowitz when he immediately removes its national Senior Vice President of Programming, Greg Solk. In 1977, when he is just 15 years old, Solk begins his radio career in Chicago, IL as an intern on WLUP FM (The Loop). By the time Solk is 19, he becomes Assistant Program Director. When he is just 21 years old, he is WLUP FM Program Director. In 2010, Solk is Hubbard Senior Vice President of Programming.
IHEART TRIMS STAFF MARKET BY MARKET On Monday morning, May 9, 2016, listeners to iHeartMedia-owned News/Talk WHYN-560 Springfield, MA witness iHeart’s latest guillotine. The Jim Polito show replaces the local Adam Wright and Bo Sullivan program from sister station about 50 miles away, WTAG-580 Worcester. Gradually, iHeartMedia trims its roster market-by-market over the past month or so, instead of large cuts at the end of the year. Bo Sullivan is with WHYN-560 for more than 20 years.
WEATHER SERVICE STOPS SHOUTING For more than a century the National Weather Service stops reading like angry Internet swagger. Suddenly overnight Tuesday, May 10, 2016, the National Weather Service finally stops yelling. After more than a century of weather forecasts in all capital letters, the agency publishes without all caps. During the 2013 federal budget shutdown, a forecaster at the agency’s Anchorage, AK office sends out a forecast with a hidden message in the first paragraph: PLEASE PAY US.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What is the first radio station to test for the first directional antenna in the U.S.? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•JACK KULP 18-years across the street on Entercom rival KOIT FM until he exits in June 2015 joins Carolyn McArdle as morning show co-host on iHeartMedia Soft AC KISQ FM (98.1 The Breeze) San Francisco, CA.•KNBR-680 Cumulus Sports-Talk snaps up former KESN FM (103.3 ESPN) Dallas, TX popular market vet John Lund to co-host the KNBR-680 San Francisco, CA afternoon drive show with the recently acquired Tom Tolbert. •ED BAXTER joins Talk KKSF-910 San Francisco as midday host effective immediately.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1954 WGAN TV (now WGME) CBS CH 13 in Portland, ME 1st broadcast on May 16th. •1964 BUCK OWENS’single My Heart Skips A Beat scores #1 in Billboard Country on May 16th. •1971 BULGARIA adopts it’s constitution on May 16th. •1980 ALABAMA’s first album to hit the charts My Home’s In Alabama releases on RCA records on May 20th. •1990 SAMMY DAVIS, JR. singer and actor (Golden Boy – 1964) dies at 64 on May 16th. •2010 THE BAND PERRY’s If I Die Young releases to radio on Republic Nashville on May 17th.
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DEBBY BARNES [Voice Over Talent] (Cotswolds-Oxfordshire, England) Aww…thanks for the clarification, Jim. But I think it’s prudent that I bow-out for now as I’m gearing-up for an international relocation. After living as an American in the UK for many years, the time has come for me and my family to move back home, so you caught me on the heels of taking a three month leave-of-absence. I’m a fairly ‘young VOT’ as well, and have yet to land a national spot. But I’m hoping it’ll be just a matter of time! Thanks again for inquiring, though. All The Best Now & Always, Debby Barnes VoiceOvers The Read You Need (www.debbybarnes.com)
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JAY WALKER [CBS Radio Dallas/KJKK FM/Infinity KTSA-550/KTFM FM/Own Jay Walker Prod/40 Plus Years In Radio] (Dallas-McKinney, TX) Jim Came across this bit of bad luck from last night’s storms here in Texas and north of the Red River. KHKC-FM Atoka Oklahoma took a direct hit from a tornado last night. Thankfully there were no injuries or deaths at the station, however others in the area were not so fortunate… Jay (www.kxii.com/home/headlines/Radio-station-suffers-direct-hit-by-tornado-378741341.html)
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BILL CHERRY [Realtor, In late 1950s Music ’til Dawn host on WWL-870] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio May 13, 2016 [Friday] Issue #1511. Jim, I played the piano for 6 weeks at the Blackstone Hotel across the street from the Palmer House where Mr. McNeill broadcast the Breakfast Club program in those days. That was about 1963. It was in February and very cold in Chicago. I’d walk across the street a couple of mornings a week for the broadcast. It was fascinating. Didn’t he also broadcast it on the old Dumont TV network for awhile? Bill
TRIVIA ANSWER: On May 9, 1932 WFLA-970/WSUN FM [Why Stay Up North] (97.1) Clearwater, FL tests 1st directional antenna by a commercial broadcasting station in the US.
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JOHN WALTON [Walton & Johnson Show-KKRW FM] (Houston, TX) I never met (Bill) Ham…it was Gibbons and Hill I drinking the beers with…that’s when they had no beards and cowboy hats…When I was program director of KTSA in 1980 a kid came in with a record in a cellophane sleeve on Saturday when I was in my crappy little office … “Man I’ve grown up with KTSA …play my record and I will never forget you…” I said sure kid and I tossed it on the stack after glancing at the title when he left…I never gave it another thought until about two weeks later a song title that debuted at #3 on the Hot 100 rang a bell with me…then it hit me…I dug down to the cellophane wrapped 45…”Ride Like The Wind” Christopher Cross. the next year he won 9 Grammys… I’m pretty sure he forgot me because I didn’t add it until that day…whoops…always listened to new unknowns after that…but another opportunity like that never presented itself…Lee Randle and Joe Ernest laughed their azzes off at my fumble...
VERN GOSDIN (August 5, 1934 – April 28, 2009) That just about does it.
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