May 30, 2016 [Monday] Issue #1516
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
SUZIE AND I WISH YOU A HAPPY AND SAFE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!
TRAGEDY STRIKES TEXAS HILL COUNTRY Early Wednesday, May 25, 2016 Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer reports that at 5:47 am a coworker at The Ranch Radio Group offices at 3205 Texas 16 discovers a lifeless female body where she works for about a month. Sheriff identifies the woman as 52 year old KRNH FM (92.3) host Sherry Ruth Francis. Less than 90 minutes later Kerr County deputies arrest 36 year old drug crazed San Angelo, TX resident Gilbert Manriquez who under questioning confesses to slaying the woman.
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THE BERKSHIRES MINUS MORNING HOST After he graduates from Williams College, Rick Bletaire begins his radio career 42 years ago on WBEC-1420. Following three years on WBEC-1420 in the mid-1970s, Beltaire exits the Berkshires in 1977 for WCOD FM in Hyannis, MA. In 1980, he replaces Bob Cudmore as host of WBEC’s morning show. In 1984 Beltaire joins WBRK-1340 as a member of the ownership group that buys it for $625,000. On Friday, May 21. 2016 Rick Beltaire signs off on WBRK-1340 for the final time.
HILL AND HOCH TWO-STEP UP THE IHEART LADDER Travis Hill moves on up to Director of Marketing and Promotions, and Callie Hoch propels to Regional Digital Program Director of iHeartMedia’s Central Texas Region, that includes Austin and San Antonio. Hoch commands the digital strategy of the region’s 15 brands, including their websites, social media, mobile and online presence for on-air personalities. Hill creates and delivers effective opportunities to reach consumers through iHeartMedia’s assets.
SUZIE HAS ABSESSED TOOTH! On Monday morning I have to rush Suzie back to the vet because her swollen jaw has open sores! Maybe she rubs her swollen jaw on the carpet. Vet gives her a special shot to bring down the swelling and cure her infection. He says Suzie has an abscessed cracked tooth. She will have to go to a specialist who will pull her abscessed tooth! Today’s charges are $66 on top of the already $400 vet bill. We return to the vet on Thursday. If you want to help please email us at Rosekkkj@earthlink,net.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What is the first radio station in New York City? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! C.C. McCartney May 30th. Buddy Sadler and Sonny Melendrez May 31, 2016. •CUMULUSnames 21-year radio programming pro Lance Tidwell as Cluster Operations Manager for its 7-station Kansas City cluster and the KC Chiefs Radio Network. •[John On Line] MINGIONE resigns from the morning show on Cox Media Group Top 40 WBLI FM (106.1) Nassau-Suffolk, NY to accept a Digital Video Production position at Cumulus Hot AC WPLJ FM (95.5) New York City.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1951 HERMANN BROCH Austrian writer dies at 64 on May 30th. •1966 MERLE HAGGARD records The Bottle Let Me Down on June 28th at the Capitol Recording Studios near Hollywood & Vine in Los Angeles, CA.•1977 PAUL DESMOND Jazz saxophonist dies at 52 on May 30th. •1988 RANDY TRAVIS’ I Told You So wins #1 in Billboard Country on June 11th. •1992 PAUL SIMON weds Edie Brickell on May 30th. •2012 THE BAND PERRY’s video Postcard From Paris debuts on CMT on June 1st.
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DAN HUGHES [GM WPCD FM Teaches radio broadcasting/broadcast history-Parkland College] (Champaign, IL) College Gives Up Radio Station – From Tom Taylor this morning: “Nebraska’s best alternative,” KFKX Hastings (90.1), is turning in its license next month. NBC Nebraska says students at Hastings College learned last week about the decision not to seek license renewal for the Class A facility. Journalism and Media Arts Director Chad Power says the factors include the low listenership to the student-programmed variety station, and fewer potential jobs in radio for grads. Hastings will continue to offer opportunities for podcasting and webcasting – but it won’t be doing any over-the-air broadcasting.
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DANNY MACK MCWILLIAMS [GM KRNH FM Country (The Ranch 92.3)] (Kerrville, TX) Subject: Sad day. Jim, Having been the GM for The Ranch Radio Group, until just a couple of years ago, and though I did not know her, I was shocked and sadden by the news of the murder of the 96.5 Fox morning show host, Sherry Ruth Francis, in the parking lot of the station, in Kerrville, this morning. Sherry had only been with the station about one-month. This senseless killing, and what is being called a random act of violence, reminds us that even in rural America we cannot escape violence. When I was doing the morning show on 96.5 in the fall of 2013, I worried about snakes and skunks, not so much two legged predators. Her killer, who didn’t even know her, has been caught and is charged with murder. May she rest in peace and I pray for her family. Many broken hearts in radio, today. “Danny Mack” McWilliams
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JACK PARNELL [ex WHBQ-560 PD/DJ] (Memphis, TN) Subject: TRHoF. Here in TN, we’re working hard planning for the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremonies…new members, old members, in-between members. We’re expecting sold out crowds. Jack Parnell- former WHBQ morning man/PD from way back in the 50s & 60s.
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MIKE SHANNON [WBAP-820/WFAA-TV] (Dallas-Mesquite, TX) Subject: DFW Media “Lunch Bunch” coming up Sat June 4! The quarterly Dallas-Ft. Worth Radio-TV-Media Lunch Bunch is happening once again! We’ll return to Humperdink’s on Northwest Highway and I-35E (Stemmons) in northwest Dallas, on Saturday, June 4th, 12p-3pm. Informal, pay your own way, see old friends, meet new ones and do some networking! RSVP not necessary…just show up, come and go as you please, drop in/drop out, etc. You’ll get one more reminder email before the big date. See you there! (www.dfwRetroplex.com)
TRIVIA ANSWER: On March 2, 1922, WEAF-610 owned by AT&T Western Electric is the first radio station in NYC. On November 11, 1928, WEAF moves from 610 to 660 kc.
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 love the information about Don McNeill. Bill
FRED ALLEN (May 31, 1894 – March 17, 1956) The first time I sang in the church choir; two hundred people changed their religion.
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