May 23, 2016 [Monday] Issue #1514
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
60 MINUTES IS IN MOURNING On November 8, 1931 Morley Safer is born in Toronto, Canada. In 1955, Morley is a correspondent in the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s London bureau for nine years. CBS News hires him in its London bureau. In 1965 he opens CBS’ Saigon bureau. In 1970, Safer succeeds original co-host Harry Reasoner in New York as 60 Minutes anchor. On Thursday, May 19, 2016 longtime CBS Newsman Morley Safer dies at 84 in his home in New York.
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JUDGE RULES AGAINST CUMULUS NON-COMPETE In March 2016, Cumulus Country WMDH FM (NASH FM 102.5) New Castle-Muncie, IN sues former morning co-host Amanda Rollen after she joins rival Hoosier AM/FM as Production Director of its nine radio stations in Marion and Kokomo, IN. Cumulus attorneys claim Rollen violates a non-compete clause signed in December 2012 that prohibits her from any radio station within 50 miles of WMDH FM for six months. A judge in Muncie, IN rules against Cumulus Media.
FERRO VS GANNETT It appears that the only sticking point in Gannett buying Tribune is new Chairman of the Board, Michael Ferro, who also is Tribune’s largest shareholder. In February 2006, Ferro buys the top seat with $44.4 million dollars. He is in no hurry to give up his new high profile, ego-driven power. In fact, rumors have it that Ferro brags that he will instead try to gain Gannett as his prize. But that is not about to happen because Ferro does not have $2 billion in his back pocket to snare Gannett.
TRUBUNE SHIFTS ITS IT TO INDIA In April 2016, Tribune Publishing informs its employees that over the next 18 months they will lose their jobs to Information Technology company in India, Tata, beginning this summer. This is a complete turnabout because Computerworld’s Patrick Thibodeau points out that also means Tribune Publishing will no longer write critical editorials or news articles about companies that shift work to Middle Eastern countries. Tribune employees pray that Gannett’s purchase will bail them out.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What is the first full-time Korean-language radio station in NYC? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Dwight Cook Saturday, May 21st. Richard Fogleman Wednesday, May 25, 2016. •RON MAGERS WLS TV ABC CH 7 longtime #1 news anchor retires on May 25, 2016. WLS TV salutes Ron every night beginning Thursday night through the 25th. •[COACH] LARRY PRICE at 81 steps down after 33 years as co-host of the legendary morning duo Perry & Price on iHeartMedia AC KSSK FM (92.3) Honolulu. [Coach] Larry launches a new Saturday morning Sports show with Rick Hamada on sister Fox Sports KIKI-990.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1953 U.S. SCHOOLS 1st use Cliff’s Notes on May 23rd. •1967 BARBARA MANDRELL marries drummer Ken Dudney on May 28th at the First Presbyterian Church in Oceanside, CA. •1979 TOM PETTY Rock singer files CH 11 bankruptcy on May 23rd. •1989 RODNEY CROWELL’s single After All This Time scores #1 in Billboard Country on May 27th. •1997 MEL KARMAZIN replaces Peter Lund as CEO of CBS TV on May 23rd. •2010 JOSH TURNER’s Why Don’t We Just Dance digs up Gold on May 24th.
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TOM ELLIS [Veteran WABC TV NYC & WBZ TV Boston, MA & KONO-860/KONO TV news anchor] (Boston-Cape Cod-East Sandwich, MA) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio May 20, 2016 [Friday] Issue #1513. Hi, Jim and Suzie, So very glad to have had my fun in radio in the good olde days of Classic Rock n Roll, which was brand new then. Tom
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DR. JEFF CUNNINGHAM [ex KXOL-1360] (Austin-Kyle, TX) Here is the most overused cliché of all time: Einstein said, ‘The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.’ But this totally applies to the noHeart media group’s approach to a “people” business. They get rid of people in mass quantities until even they managers are no longer needed. Then, when the ratings and income take a dive, they get rid of even more people because hey, it worked so well we will just keep doing it. That corporate culture has made their bed, to use another cliché. They cannot disappear too quickly for my taste. Jeff Cunningham, DC
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JAY WALKER [Dallas/KJKK FM/Infinity KTSA-550/KTFM FM/Own Jay Walker Prod/ Jay Walker Competitive Audio consultant 40 Plus Years In Radio] (Dallas-McKinney, TX) Subject: Speaking of Fumbles… Jim after reading Walton’s story about Christopher Cross I was reminded of one of my lesser moments in music. I was music director of a P-3 reporting station in Wichita when Gloria Gaynor’s I will Survive was being pushed. I hated that record and could not ‘hear it’ period. The record rep and I almost came to blows, complete with threats of cutting my service etc. I just could not ‘hear’ that song. Of course it went on to become one of the biggest signals of that year. I still don’t ‘hear’ it HAHA. My best to you and Suz. Jay Walker
TRIVIA ANSWER: In 1993, Infinity signs a lease agreement with a Korean programming service that makes WZRC-1480 the first full-time Korean-language station in NYC.
CHUCK DUNAWAY [ex WABC-770, WKY-930, KILT-610, KLIF-1190] (Houston-Katy, TX) Subject: memories. The Beach Boys were originally called the Pendletones, an homage to Pendleton Woolen Mills flannel shirts, a surfer-favored look that was extremely popular at the time. When Candix Records pressed the original single for the group’s first hit, “Surfin’,” the label decided to name the group the Beach Boys. The original lineup included brothers Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and friend Al Jardine. Under the artistic leadership of Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys defined surf music. Although their name changed, their look didn’t. The band continued to wear flannel plaid shirts on the covers of 45s and LPs throughout the early 1960s. I was PD’ing a station in Pittsburg with studios in McKeesport, Pa. (WIXZ)…one day Carl Wilson showed up at the studio early and stayed for lunch…then on into the late afternoon. Either he was having a good time or simply had no place else to go….we called Brian who was living on his bed at the time and did an on air interview…it was all quite nice. Memories. Chuck
BRIAN WILSON  A voice or a song can be so comforting to someone who really needs it.
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