July 1, 2016 [Friday] Issue #1525
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
DANDY DAN CALLS IT QUITS Vergil Glynn Daniel is born on December 18, 1934, in Buffalo, TX about 135 miles north of Houston. During the Korean War, Daniel joins Armed Forces Radio. Later, KXYZ-1320 Houston and WDGY-1130 Minneapolis. In the 1960s, [Dandy Dan] Daniel, world’s most adequate swinging disc jockey, is a member of the legendary WMCA-570 Good Guys (1961-1970) in New York City. On Tuesday morning, June 21, 2016, 82-year-old [Dandy Dan] Daniel Five-Star DJ and more than just a Good Guy passes away.
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MEMPHIS SOUL MAN MEETS HIS DESTINY Soul and R&B musician Wayne Jackson who is born on November 24, 1941 in West Memphis, AR plays the trumpet in the Mar-Keys. As a member of the Stax Records house band he forms The Memphis Horns. We hear Wayne’s trumpet on recordings by Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley, Al Green, Dusty Springfield and others. Wayne Jackson passes away of congestive heart failure on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, TN.
HUGE LAY OFFS AT GREATER MEDIA Greater Media undergoes restructuring with an unclear number of layoffs. On Friday, June 24, 2016 as many as nine full time employees receive pink slips from Greater Media Philadelphia, PA. Rob Calvert, longtime Executive Producer of The John DeBella Show on Classic Rock WMGK, exits after 9 years. We still await word from Greater Media’s clusters in Boston, Detroit and Charlotte. Previously Calvert is at WOCL FM (105.9) Orlando, FL plus 9 years at WEBN FM (102.7) Cincinnati, OH.
CNN STAFF NEAR REVOLT This week’s firing of Donald Trump’s campaign manager causes ripples in the water when Jeff Zucker hires Corey Lewandowski as an exclusive CNN commentator. According to Page Six of the NY Post: CNN is facing a near internal revolt over the Corey hiring. A TV insider describes many in the newsroom as livid. Female reporters and producers especially are organizing and considering publicly demanding that Lewandowski be let go.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What is the longest-running TV variety show in US history? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Judy Salvador June 30, 2016 •DAVE WARD KTRK TV CH 13 news anchor is now Guinness World Record holder for almost a half-century of delivering news in Houston, TX. •BLOCK 37 MALL in Chicago, IL under contract to buy iconic Tribune Tower on Michigan Avenue home of WGN-720 for between $240 and $250M. •LOS ANGELES RAMS announce major ABC/Disney partnership with KSPN-710 (ESPNLA) & Entercom Classic Rock KSWD FM (100.3). KSPN-710 as Rams official home & flagship radio station.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1959 WVTV TV IND CH 18 in Milwaukee, WI begins broadcasting on July 1st. •1961 BILL ANDERSON (Still#8-1963) joins the Grand Ole Opry on July 15th. •1975 RINGO STARR and Maureen separate on July 1st.•1980 SARAH BUXTON singer/songwriter is born on July 3rd in Lawrence, KS. •1999 GUY MITCHELL Pop singer (Singing The Blues #1-1956) dies at 74 on July 1st. •2011 RASCAL FLATTS video Easy featuring Natasha Bedingfiel debuts on CMT on July 1st.
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KEN DOWE [CEO #1 KKDA FM / EVP McLendon Corp. #1 KLIF-1190] (Dallas, TX/Santa Fe, NM) Jim, Bill (Ham) was reared in Waxahachie with our friend John Borders. They went to school together until Johnny left for Baylor on a basketball scholarship. Johnny and I were close from the time he was my boss at KLIF in 1964 Dallas. Since then we had been regular luncheon buddies and fellow commiserators on business and politics, during and after the years we each owned radio stations. I knew all his Waxahachie family, and all the friend-ties, and inter-connecting relationships. Like Bill and John’s 79 year friendship. Their entire lives. Last Christmas Dottie and I received our usual gift of a box of cracked pecans from Bill at his “Lone Wolf” ranch near Austin. In early April I sadly attended Johnny’s funeral in Dallas after he died suddenly of pancreatic cancer. Bill was there. I sent Bill an email yesterday, but it had bounced back this morning. Chuck Dunaway emailed me the sad news. Now, it’s late in June. And, another too soon funeral. As friend Claude Hall says, “We come. We go.” Bill was such a wonderful fellow, and an unusually polite and respectful guy. Ken
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CHUCK DUNAWAY [ex WABC-770, WKY-930, KILT-610, KLIF-1190] (Houston-Katy, TX) Subject: This was a tragic story. He (Bill Ham) never married again. Very sad. Keep your Glock locked and loaded~ I don’t know that Bill ever truly recovered. Cecile was the High School beauty queen in Waxahachie when Bill “was not cool enough or good enough” for her and her “Good ” family… (believe her dad was FBI) vs Bill’s modest background. Cecile married the “cool” guy, moved to NYC, and the marriage failed. By the time she returned…Ta Da! Bill was famous…and rich. ZZ TOP was his gold mine. He was deliriously overjoyed when Cecile agreed to become his wife. Bill loved buying her anything she wanted. He bought her the most expensive Cadillac available. She was ecstatic. Deciding to use it to run up to the supermarket, she finished shopping and ran back to her new car…where she was suddenly accosted…taken for a ride…and murdered. Chuck (www.chuckdunawaydj.com/)
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JIM MCCURDY [ex KORQ FM DJ, KTAB-TV news anchor] (Austin-Cedar Park, TX) I wouldn’t take for the experience though! I had the Jimmy Mack Show through 1971, when I moved over to TV as main news anchor, which lasted both full and part-time for 29 years when I moved into other fields including financial and estate planning, oil and gas, healthcare and banking which bring me to today. 50 years later, I’ll be retiring at the end of this year and do some consulting after that. My wife, Tia, and I plan to do some traveling around this wonderful country of ours, and actually “rolling over instead of rolling out” in the morning. It’s been a GREAT ride my friend! Best, Jim
TRIVIA ANSWER: In September 1955, Toast Of The Town‘s name changes to The Ed Sullivan Show and becomes the longest-running variety show in US history for 23 years.
JAY WALKER [CBS Radio Dallas/KJKK FM/Infinity KTSA-550/KTFM FM/Own Jay Walker Prod/Jay Walker Audio consultant 40 Plus Years In Radio] (Dallas-McKinney, TX) Subject: On my soapbox. AMEN Brother!!! To steal an old Army advertising slogan “Radio, It’s not just a job, it’s a way of life” I’ve been fascinated with radio since I was 7 years old and first started spinning the dial on the family Zenith.
PETER BENCHLEY (May 8, 1940 – February 11, 2006) Fascinations breeds preparedness and preparedness, survival.
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