June 03, 2016 [Friday] Issue #1517
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
VIN SCULLY CALLS HIS LAST BASEBALL GAME In 1950, Vin Scully lands a broadcasting job with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Scully’s journey takes him from Ebbets Field to the Los Angeles Coliseum and to Dodger Stadium, where he delivers Dodger baseball to generations of fans. During 88-year-old Vin Scully’s recent visit to SoCal’s Anaheim Stadium to call the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. L.A. Angels game, Angels’ Spanish-language voice Amaury Pi-Gonzales takes a souvenir photo of the legendary voice of the Dodgers on his final game.
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WHAT IS NEXT FOR DAN MCNEIL? Dan McNeil [Mac] is a Chicago. IL radio mainstay for almost 30 years. In early March 2015 Chicago radio veterans Dan McNeil and Pete McMurray sign up to co-host mornings 5:30am – 9am on Classic Hits WDRV FM (97.1). On Thursday, May 12, 2016 his bosses tell him not to talk about Greg Solk on his show. McNeil has an intense flare-up at program director Rob Cressman. McNeil returns to the morning show on Monday, but he is no longer co-host. He only delivers periodic sports updates.
NEW TRIBUNE HONCHO LIVES LIKE A KING According to a new filing by the Tribune Publishing Board of Directors to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) new Tribune Publishing CEO Justin Dearborn relocates from Chicago to Los Angeles. Dearborn receives $262,000 in moving expenses, as well as temporary housing and a rental car for up to four months, courtesy of Tribune Publishing. In February 2016, Dearborn’s friend and business partner Chairman Michael Ferro appoints him CEO of Tribune Publishing.
THEIF STEALS 10 GIBSON GUITARS The Tennessean reports that Metro police investigate an overnight break-in at Gibson Custom Guitars. At 4:06 am, Officers respond to a report of a burglary at 1612 Elm Hill Pike, just east of Spence Lane, Nashville, TN. Hermitage Precinct detectives say that a man cuts through a fence at the back of the property and then forces his way into the building and steals 10 guitars. Anyone with information please contact police 615-862-6993 or Crime Stoppers 615-742-7463.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What is the first song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney to appear on the American record charts? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Mary [Sam] Stoddard First Female DJ in Dallas, TX Radio adds one more year on Friday, June 3, 2016. •RODGER WYLAND Albany, NY Sports Talk host leapfrogs from iHeartMedia WOFX-980 across the pond to Townsquare ESPN WTMM FM (104.5 The Team) on July 5, 2016. •ANTHONY [Roach] PROFFITTAPD/MD of Sun Broadcasting Active Rock WXNX FM (93X) Ft. Myers-Naples, FL ties the knot to the lovely Jeannine Fowler on Sunday, May 22, 2016.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1957 HOWARD COSELL’s 1st TV show is on June 3rd. •1968 JAMIE O’NEAL Academy of Country Music’s Top New Female award winner is born on June 3rd in Sydney, Australia. •1976 QUEEN’s Bohemian Rhapsodygoes Gold on June 3rd. •1989 REBA MCENTIRE marries Blackstock manager Narvel on June 3rd in Lake Tahoe, where McEntire performs at Caesar’s. •1994 WIIZ FM (98.7) goes off the air on June 3rd. •2009 GEORGE STRAIT’s album Troubadour certifies Platinum on June 3rd.
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JACK PARNELL [ex WHBQ-560 PD/DJ] (Memphis, TN) Subject: TRHoF. Thanks Jim. We’re looking forward to a week from this coming Saturday. Tennessee group is coming up on the 5th anniversary, and it’s great being a part of it. Jack Parnell-former WHBQ morning man/PD from way back in the 50s & 60s.
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ROBERT MILLER [University of East Michigan professor] (Plymouth, MI) Jim, Shoot me the name and number of the vet that’s working on Suzie. I’ll put some money in. Can’t stand to see animals suffer. Bob Miller; Plymouth, Michigan
JOHN WALTON [Walton & Johnson Show] (Houston, TX) Subject: Suzie tooth. Send a mail address…I would like to chip in. I have dogs. When I travel to Breckenridge to my house there, I pull a travel trailer for 17 hours each way because no hotel lets you stay with 5 dogs. I don’t travel without them for any length of time. Someone once asked Will Rogers if he thought dogs go to heaven… “If there are no dogs in heaven…I want to go where they go”. John Walton — Excel Media; Free FM; Walton & Johnson
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DANNY MACK MCWILLIAMS [GM KRNH FM Country (The Ranch 92.3)] (Kerrville, TX) Subject: Sad day. Jim, Just read about Mike Lawrence passing away. I am shocked and saddened by this news. My partner, Angel, and I upon Mike’s and Dana’s departure followed this beloved radio duo into the KGEE 100 morning slot. He and Dana had set a high bar, and we had to work very hard to achieve what success we had. While in the Permian Basin, I had the chance to get to know Mike, when he and Dana took the reins of the KICKS morning show, and while reading the news of his passing a couple of things came to mind. I would have to say he was not only a great radio personality but a good man to boot. He was a tough competitor with a very good heart. He always treated me well, while competitors and beyond. He even offered to help me a few years later when I was out of work, suggesting I return to the Basin. It is folks like Mike who helped make the radio years so memorable. My thoughts and prayers are with Dana and their family. “Danny Mack” McWilliams
TRIVIA ANSWER: On May 29, 1963 Del Shannon’s cover of the Beatles’ From Me to You is the first song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney to appear on the American record charts.
BILL CHERRY [Realtor, In late 1950s Music ’til Dawn host on WWL-870] (Dallas, TX) Jim, That’s troubling. What broadcasting teaches that is the most important is confidence and how to alleviate stage fright — from times when you enter a room full of people at a cocktail party, to your job interview, to speaking before an audience. I have virtually no stage fright. It sole foundation is from my radio days beginning when I was 14. I couldn’t have been nearly as successful had I had to look at people rather than just a mike when I first started. Since then, I have spoken before audiences for years, I have played the piano as a professional for more than 50 years, and on and on. What Parkland College is doing is ignoring that teaching and letting students practice preparing and speaking before audiences is what it’s all about. Who cares how many people are listening to the station? The college needs to re-evaluate that idea. I’m planning to write them and say so. Regards…hope Suzie gets well soon, Bill Cherry
BILLY JOEL (May 9, 1949 – p) Sing us a song, you’re the piano man Sing us a song tonight .
Jim Rose and Suzie
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo