August 15, 2016 [Monday] Issue #1538
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
TN RADIO HOST SUCCUMBS About 80 years ago Doris Freeman begins her career as a feature radio singer and tap dancer. Doris Cousin Tuny Freeman who hosts her own children’s show on Jackson, TN’s WDXI-1310 is one of the first females to induct into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame. In 1948, she is Jackson’s first female radio advertising executive. A Cousin Tuny saying is on a picture frame at the Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse. Doris Freeman passes away at 91 on Saturday, August 6, 2016.
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IS MEGYN NEW QUEEN BEE OF FOX NEWS? Syracuse University’s communications program rejects Megyn Kelly, so she majors in political science instead. News veteran Brit Hume gives Megyn’s audition tape to FOX News Chairman Roger Ailes. Kelly gets her start on Bill O’Reilly’s Factor. With her boss Roger Ailes gone, plus her contract expires in 2017 will Megyn Kelly remain as Fox News megastar Queen Bee? JRRR predicts that Megyn Kelly remains as Fox News prime-time news anchor but at more money.
TX TV STAR GOES DIM Established San Antonio, TX resident, Spurs fan and former Fiesta parade Grand Marshal, Thomas Gibson, loses his 11-year co-starring role as one of the leads on CBS TV series Criminal Minds. The dismissal follows a two-week suspension over an alleged physical run-in on the CBS set after he supposedly kicks co-executive producer Virgil Williams. Gibson undergoes anger management counseling after he hits assistant director Ian Woolf. The popular crime TV series Season 12 debuts on September 28, 2016.
AUGUST 16, 1977 IS A VERY SPECIAL DATE On August 16, 1976, as I motor along on I-10 on my way to new radio DJ position on KIKK FM in Houston, TX believe that I hear shocking news in amongst AM radio crackle. Yes indeed, The King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, leaves the building for the final time. During my time as a DJ on both KIKK FM and KIKK-650 in early 1978 we move into our new 2-story building on Gulfton in SW Houston, TX just off I-10. Later, I move over to KNUZ-1230 as noon-3 pm DJ.
TRIVIA QUESTION: When is The Beatles last tour of the U.S.? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Keith Bilbrey [Larry’s announcer and sidekick on Larry’s Country Diner TV Show] August 14th. Chuck Scott August 18, 2016. •ERIC TYLER succeeds Jason Cage in prime time 7-midnight on CBS Radio Top 40 WBBM FM (B96) Chicago, IL. •STEFAN CARPENTER is new afternoon drive DJ on Cumulus Country KSKS FM (93.7 Kiss Country) Fresno, CA. •AJ MCCLOUD exits his position as APD/MD of iHeartMedia Country WDRM FM (102.1) Huntsville, AL after a decade of service.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1957 THE EVERLY BROTHERS record Wake Up Little Suise on August 15th at the Methodist TV, Radio & Film Commission studios in Nashville, TN. •1965 THE BEATLES play to 55,000 on August 15th at Shea Stadium. •1977 ELVIS PRESLEY dies in Graceland Mansion bathroom on August 16th in Memphis, TN. •1987 U.S. beats Cuba in Pan-Am baseball on August 15th. •1997 LEANN RIMES’ single How Do I Live goes Gold on August 26th. •2008 JERRY WEXLER dies at 91 of congestive heart failure in Sarasota, FL on August 15th.
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KEN DOWE [CEO Service Broadcasting #1 KKDA FM (104.5) / EVP McLendon Corp. #1 KLIF-1190] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Dan’s article in today’s issue. Jim, Dan’s a fine friend of many years. However, as decades pass “war stories” are often embellished until too often they become truly tall tales. Because I was a part of the actual narrative from Dan’s story, I feel compelled to defend Gordon and succinctly (hard for me) report the actual facts before this canard circulates any more than it has already. Gordon had no thought what-so- ever of suckering anyone with KLIF. He was in fact merely selling off all his assets and exiting the radio business. He had first sold KABL in San Francisco for the same 10+ million dollar price (cash) he was paid for KLIF/1190. The Fairchild people were fine folks, and hardly “suckers.” Nor, did Gordon “relish the idea of selling for a princely sum, and then taking the FM across town and beating their brains out.” He was not an “evil genius,” but an extraordinary business man who sold a prized property for a handsome (and fair) sum for a profit. Just as he had done with KABL in San Francisco. And, to further correct, KLIF’s call letters were never “KROW-FM.” KROW were the original call letters of KABL, which Gordon first purchased as KROW, located on Crow Island, and licensed to Oakland, CA.
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JIM MCCURDY [ex KORQ FM DJ, KTAB-TV news anchor] (Austin-Cedar Park, TX) I started in radio at KRBC AM in Abilene in 1966 when I was a freshman in college. I moved over to KNIT AM/FM about 6 months later and had my shows through 1971 when I moved into TV. I was news anchor for KRBC-TV NBC affiliate through 1978 then moved over to KTAB-TV (CBS) in 1978 through 1995. I worked part time at the TV station as I was involved in my other businesses including insurance and estate planning, oil and gas industry, oilfield casing and tubing business, and directing biz development for an outpatient rehab facility in Abilene while keeping the weekend news anchor position at KTAB.
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JIM BELL [KUHF FM 88.7 Morning Edition anchor since 1997-Retired 2010] (Lufkin, TX) Subject: Miami? Hey Jim, from what we’re hearing about life in south Florida with the Zika virus and the mosquitoes that carry it, I’m not inclined to think Dave Hill really wants a gig in Miami these days. Just sayin’. I sure ain’t going there for ANY reason. Jim Bell – retired and living in the Piney Woods.
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TRIVIA ANSWER: On August 11, 1966 The Beatles begin their last tour of the U.S.
CHARLES GEORGE [KC5RAI – ex KCHU FM] (Dallas, TX) My old phone went bye, bye. So went and got this one. My phone number is still the same. I also have been experimenting with a 5-element beam on 2 Meters, a Diamond Antenna. I bought from Ham Radio Outlet in Plano. I have used it for SSB and to enhance Simplex Contacts. Charles, KC5RAI
MARGARET HEFFERNAN (1955 – p) The cell phone has become the adult’s transitional object, replacing the toddler’s teddy bear for comfort and a sense of belonging.
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