JOHNNY’S SEA DIVIDES On July 15, 1940 Country singer Johnny Sea is born John Allan Seay, Jr. in Gulfport, MS. Sea grows up in Atlanta, GA. His first major break arrives in 1957 when he wins a state talent show. Ironically, his runner-up is Bill Anderson. In 1967 we spin Johnny Sea’s Day For a Decision on KPCN-730 Dallas, TX. On Saturday nights we see Johnny Sea on KTVT TV CH 11’s Panther Hall broadcast. On Saturday, May 14, 2016 Grammy-nominated Johnny Sea dies when his crop duster plane crashes near West, TX.
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L. A. FREEWAY GROWS NARROW On November 6, 1941, Guy Charles Clark is born in Monahans, TX. For more than 40 years, Guy Clark is a Nashville, TN songwriting fixture. In the late 1960s, Clark moves to California, living first in San Francisco where he meets and marries his wife Susanna. Guy Clark’s pen churns out the hits like Jerry Jeff Walker’s L.A. Freeway. On June 27, 2012, Guy’s wife Susanna dies in Nashville, TN. On May 17, 2016, Guy Clark passes away at 74 in Austin, TX.
IHEART CONTINUES TO SQUEEZE iHeartMedia goes to court over its $20.9 billion debt. iHeart trims radio air staffs to as few as possible. iHeart releases Syracuse radio host Kathy Rowe after more than 30 years as PD/Morning host on WYYY FM (Y94). Radio Insight reports that when Binghamton, NY iHeart cluster OM/PD Jim Free, PD Tom Scott, Production Director Matt Guido and Office Manager Michelle Landis exit, this leaves WMXW FM morning host Lori Bradley as the only local air talent in the entire cluster.
GANNETT UPS OFFER TO GRAB TRIBUNE In late April 2016, when new Tribune Publishing Board Chairman Michael Ferro does not respond to Gannett’s offer, Gannett goes public to make sure that Board members and shareholders know about it. Media mega-corporation Gannett, based out of Tysons Corner, VA, increases its cash offer for Tribune Publishing by nearly 22.5% over its initial offer from last month. Tribune Publishing Chairman and CEO do not want to lose their grip on running the company
TRIVIA QUESTION: Where does B.B. King get his B.B.? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•CHUCK SCOTT just released from VA hospital. Let’s please keep Chuck in our prayers. •COOPER FOX is new OM of Townsquare Top 40 WMME FM (92 Moose) and Country WEBB FM (B98.5) Augusta, ME plus Brand Manager of Oldies duo Kool WJZN-1400 & WTVL-1490. •LYNDA CARTER (Wonder Woman 1975-79) receives Lifetime Achievement Award at 41st Annual Gracie Awards Gala on May 24, 2016 at Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1958 RON REAGAN radio host born on May 20th in Los Angeles, CA. •1968 GLEN CAMPBELL records Wichita Lineman on May 27th at the Capitol Recording Studio at Hollywood & Vine in Los Angeles, CA. •1972 WALTER WINCHELL columnist/narrator (Untouchables) dies at 75 on May 20th. •1984 LORRIE MORGANjoins the Grand Ole Opry on June 9th. •1995 CBS NEWS fires co-anchor Connie Chung on May 20th. •2009 DAVID NAIL (Let It Rain #1-2012) debuts on The Grand Ole Opry on May 16th.
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MATT [The Cat] BALDASSARRI [XM Satellite Radio’s 50s channel] (Salem, MA, District of Columbia) The 45 RPM single turns 67 today! RCA released the first set of 45s to the general public on March 31, 1949. Earlier in March, RCA sent out demos to record dealers to introduce them to this new microgroove format. RCA had been developing microgroove playback on vinyl discs for many years, before several of their engineers defected to Columbia, who beat RCA out of the gate with the release of their 33 1/3 LP format. This is why RCA chose to make the 45 a direct successor to the 78 RPM shellac disc. The large holes in the middle made it easy for jukeboxes and record changers to select and pick up the record and it also made it easy to hold them and carry them about. We were still a few years away from a record player that could play all 3 speeds and so the “Speed Wars” began. 45s from the early to mid-’50s are much more valuable than those issued later on in the decade, since 78s still outsold them until the crossover around 1955 or so. Happy Birthday, 45! You are still a wonderful format!
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JACK PARNELL [former Program Director WHBQ-560] (Memphis, TN) During the run of the telethon, I became friends with Gilley and Bill Anderson. Bill began as the only host, then when he had to be gone for one of them, Gilley came in, and as Bill came back, they co-hosted and did a great job. Gilley was a teeny bit hard to get to know at first, but after one particular show, I arrived at the wrap party a little early, and the only ones there were Gilley and his manager, so we talked until others began to arrive. From that point on, he and I were “buddies”. Remember Frankie Laine from the 40s and 50s? He was on one of the shows, and he and I spent about 2 hours at the wrap party reminiscing about all his great songs. I met a lot of great people there. Interesting about the Jerry Lee album cut!
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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) I’ve lived in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas, all my life and I’ve been a member of various amateur radio storm watch teams so I’ve seen a lot of storms. I sure hated to see that ‘hit’ on the little radio station up in Atoka as ‘mom and pop’ stations are endangered. We missed the storms here so all is well.
TRIVIA ANSWER: In 1950, Blues Hall of Famer/Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Riley King uses Beale Street Blues Boy as his airname as a radio DJ. King later shortens it to Blues Boy, then B.B. As a Blues singer/guitarist B.B. King enjoys many hit records that include The Thrill Is Gone (1970), I Like To Live The Love (1973),Rock Me Baby (1964), plus his first big hit 3 O’Clock Blues (1951). Blues legend BB King, whose guitar playing influences a generation of musicians, passes away at 89 on May 14, 2015.
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. Hi, Jim — Yes, I do. The first time I ever saw TV was while standing on a neighbor’s front porch and looking across the street into the living room window of the Ben Levys’ I was 10 so that was 1950. They had a brand new green pictured Hoffman. We didn’t get one until almost 3 years later. It was a 21 inch RCA and I remember my daddy saying he paid $500 for it. That was an enormous amount for my family. Oddly, I preferred radio then and I still do today. Bill
BILL HALEY (July 6, 1925 – February 9, 1981) See ya later, alligator!
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It has been confirmed that two former members of Irish Rock Band “Thin Lizzy” will be featured on the line up for the new Jericho Summer Studio Album “Night Train” which has been announced for release on the 10th August 2016, on Devil’s Blade Records.
Both Marco Mendoza and Richard Fortus who were both former members of Thin Lizzy were carefully selected for the project back in 2014. Richard Fortus best known as part of the Rock Band “Guns N Roses” and having played their track Night Train many times, has delivered some awesome guitar work on the Jericho Summer album coincidently also called Night Train.
The bass parts provided by Marco Mendoza have added a completely new vibe to the album. The album which is described as being a guitar dominant musical opus of Southern Rock/Country Rock is eagerly awaited for release.
WHISNews21 will be following up this story as and when further information is available.
– Jay Zeffin 4 WHISNews21 2016
I, your loving Savior, am also infinite God! I am omnipresent: present everywhere at once. This makes it possible for Me to go ahead of you-opening up the way-without ever leaving your side. The promise of My Presence is for all time. No matter where you go or what circumstances you encounter, I will be with you. This is the basis of your courage and confidence. Though fear and discouragement may sometimes slink into your heart, this is not their rightful home. Your heart is My dwelling place, and those hurtful emotions are not from Me. In fact, My perfect Love casts out fear. So check your heart from time to time, to see if fear and discouragement are loitering there. If you discover those unwelcome intruders, ask the Holy Spirit to function as a bouncer and boot them out! Then, encourage yourself with My promise to go before you and be with you-and let My perfect Love renew your hope.
“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. -Deuteronomy 31:8”
I bow my knees to the Father . . . that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. -Ephesians 3:14, 17 nkjv
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear,
because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love
1 John 4:18 nasb