August 08, 2016 [Monday] Issue #1536
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
TAMPA MORNING HOST TIME RUNS OUT Dave McKay, morning co-host on Dave & Veronica Morning Show on Beasley Country WQYK FM does not appear on Thursday morning, August 4, 2016. Dave is a market fixture for a quarter-century. Just after 6:30 am, a fellow WQYK FM employee who lives in McKay’s building finds him lifeless at 55. Police report no sign of foul play. Grief-stricken trio of OM Tee Gentry, PM personality Cadillac Jack and McKay’s co-host, Veronica break the tragic news of McKay’s passing to listeners.
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BAYOU CITY TV ICON EXITS AFTER 50 YEARS About 12 years before I arrive in 1978 as noon-3 pm DJ on KNUZ-1230 Houston, TX, newscaster Dave Ward moves on up as news anchor on KTRK TV ABC CH 13 in 1966. Dave’s new contract extension takes him to almost 50 years on KTRK TV. Ward believes that 50 years is long enough at one place, so he decides to retire in December 2016. The Guinness Book of World Records honors Dave Ward for his long 50 year tenure on KTRK TV. Salute!
BIG CHANGES AT US99 On Wednesday morning, August 3, 2016, after 26 years on CBS Radio-owned Country WUSN FM (US99.5), Ramblin’ Ray Stevens rejects a renewal offer from CBS Radio to accept Cumulus Media’s bid to join WLS-890 as new morning show co-host in Chicago, IL. WUSN FM management decides to fire morning show Executive Producer Katherine Murphy, plus Stevens’ co-host, Country Radio Hall of Fame 2016 inductee Lisa Dent. Also, US99.5 releases night personality, Joel [Jax] Jaxson/Lisinski.
IHEART SUES ITS BONDHOLDERS The San Antonio Express-News reports that on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, iHeartMedia files another lawsuit against its bondholders over damages caused by its previous suit over the transfer of debt. The News states: the dispute delays its ability to refinance some of its debt and that it costs more to restructure its bonds as a result. iHeart claims: the trial increases the price of the company’s debt and seeks between $100 million and $475 million in damages. And the beat goes on.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What French music director provides music for hundreds of radio shows, plus TV Superstars Ed Sullivan and Jackie Gleason? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Mike Marshall Thursday, July 28th. Charlie Cook Sunday, August 7th. Willie P. Richardson & Charles George Monday, August 8, 2016. •TONY BENNETT legendary crooner celebrates 90th birthday on Wednesday, August 3, 2016! •EDDIE HASKELL resigns as PD of Bonneville Country KYGO FM (98.5) Denver, CO on Friday, August 19, 2016. •GARY PIZZATI Cumulus Media Senior Vice President retires after a 30-year career from the company and from radio at the end of August 2016.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1956 WDIQ TV (now KMCT) PBS CH 2 in Dozier, AL begins broadcasting on August 8th. •1961 PATSY CLINE’s single I Fall To Pieces goes #1 in Billboard Country on August 7th. •1974 PRESIDENT RICHARD M NIXON announces on August 8th he’ll resign his office at noon August 9th. •1986 THE JUDDS’ Rockin’ With The Rhythm Of The Rain is #1 in Billboard Country on August 9th. •1990 IRAQ annexes Kuwait on August 8th as its 19th province. •2004 REBA MCENTIRE’s Somebody rings #1 in Billboard Country on August 7th.
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DAN MCCURDY (aka: Charlie Brown, KLIF; Dan Patrick, KBOX; WMEX, Boston, MA; Texas Radio Hall of Fame inductee, 2004) (Sherman, TX) Jim…just wanted to clear up a date in JRRR. I left KBOX in January 1967 and joined 7-Eleven’s ad agency on January 23. I left prior to the format switch to C&W. The report regarding Larry Scott’s move to KBOX in 1966 is incorrect. His appearance on 1480 was after I left.
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JAY WEAVER [KLBK-1360/KCUL-1540/KPCN-730/KBUY-1540] (DFW-Hurst, TX) Subject: KPCN Reunion. Jim, I didn’t move around much. I just stayed here and met the others as they came through on their way to where ever. Morgan Choat and I would talk about that. Just stay here and you’ll meet everybody at one point or another. Jay
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LIZ PATRANELLA [Liz Houston – KTSA-550, KBAT-680] (Austin, TX) Subject: SA Radio Hall of Fame Event – Volunteers Needed. The SA Radio Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is on Sunday, August 14, 2-5 pm. We are in need of volunteers to help that day. We need people to assist Steve Dietrick, our Refreshments Chairman, with set-up, serving and clean-up of food and drinks. You would need to arrive at 1:00 pm and plan to stay after it ends to help with clean-up. If you are willing to volunteer, please let us know by reply email ASAP. Thanks! Liz
TRIVIA ANSWER: Orchestra leader Ray Bloch born in France provides music for hundreds of radio shows, plus TV Superstars Ed Sullivan and Jackie Gleason.
CHARLES GEORGE [KC5RAI – ex KCHU FM] (Dallas, TX) I am thinking about the music on the radio. I have to admit it is more fun for me to go to the clubs to hear the music I like. I find not much of the new music appeals to me on the radio, and there are only so many times I want to hear: Sweet Home Alabama, Freebies, Stairway to Heaven, Sunshine Of Your Love, etc. The fact I can play the guitar, not about the quality, may have a part of my thinking. Though I know we now see in part and know in part. Like I wish at times Reporters got the facts correct than giving their opinions about stories. Also like when Chris Matthew’s of MSNBC has a guest and talks over them and interrupts them. I want to hear the guest not Chris Matthew. Problem is when News is more about Entertainment and Ratings.
JOHNNY CASH [Hurt – 2005] What have I become, my sweetest friend? Everyone I know goes away in the end.
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