August 22, 2016 [Friday] Issue #1540
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
POLITICAL TALK HOST’S LAST EDITION The McLaughlin Group’s social page informs readers: For 34 years, The McLaughlin Group informs millions of Americans. Now he has said bye bye for the last time, to rejoin his beloved dog, Oliver, in heaven. Jesuit priest-turned-presidential speechwriter who we know best as host of the long-running political discussion show The McLaughlin Group, John McLaughlin passes away at 89 on Tuesday afternoon, August 16, 2016. The McLaughlin Group debuts on New Year’s Day, 1982.
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BIG WIND STRIKES TULSA In August 1996, legendary Larry Scott becomes overnight host on then Country blow torch KVOO-1170. At midnight, May 15, 2002 KVOO-1170 flips to KFAQ. Scripps Talk KFAQ-1170 Tulsa, OK zonks morning co-host Eddie Huff, morning anchor Richard Linihan & production director Terry Cooper. After one year as PD of CHR KHTT FM (K-Hits 106.9), John Roberts hits the fire escape. Mid-day talent Tabatha Grammer propels to assistant PD. Nighttime personality Aly Presser moves on up to mornings.
TULSA EXPERIENCES MORE WIND CHANGE The foxy Kristina Carlyle is new APD/MD of E. W. Scripps Country KVOO FM (98.5) Tulsa, OK. In May 2016, Kristina escapes the iHeartMedia Country KTGX FM (106.1) lair. She last meets up with current Scripps OM Steve Hunter on Cox Media Today’s Country KWEN FM (95.5) Tulsa. Her vast radio experience also includes eight years at Cumulus Country KRST FM (92.3) in Albuquerque, NM.
OLD MUSIC OUTSELLS HIP HOP RAP FLAP For the first time in U.S. history, catalogue albums outsell new releases. Catalogue albums are records that release more than 18 months ago. According to Nielsen’s annual year end music report, catalogue albums outsell current releases by 4.3 million copies, something never before seen in the music industry. Judging by Record Store Day’s annual parade of reissues, record labels notice this new trend, too. In 2016, vinyl records are a hot commodity.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Who replaces Casey Kasem as host of American Top 40? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Tom Fontaine August 23rd & Jerome Davis August 24, 2016. •SKIP MAHAFFEY cuts and runs on September 1, 2016 as host of Wake Up With The Wolf morning show since December 2014 on Cumulus Country KPLX FM (99.5 The Wolf) Dallas, TX. •RADIO ADVERTISING BUREAU (RAB) Dallas, TX office moves after 22 years to a brand new location in nearby Irving, TX effective Tuesday, August 2, 2016. •JOHN DENNIS exits Entercom Sports-Talk WEEI-850 Boston, MA immediately due to health issues.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1956 ELVIS PRESLEY begins filming The Reno Brothers (Love Me Tender) on August 22nd. •1960 COLLIN RAYE (In This Life 1992-#1) born Floyd Collin Wraye on August 22nd in DeQueen, AR. •1975 MCNICHOLS SPORTS ARENA opens in Denver, CO on August 22nd. •1989 CLINT BLACK’s first Gold album Killin’ Time on September 24th. •1990 PRESIDENT BUSH calls up military reserves on August 22nd. •2003 DIERKS BENTLEY’s self-titled debut album releases on Capitol records on August 19th.
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BILL CONWAY [ex PD/OM Entercom KOIT FM] (San Diego, CA) Subject: Elvis death day. Hey Jim, Your note in the 8/15 newsletter about hearing of Elvis’s death while driving to Houston to work at KIKK reminded me of that day. I was PD & PM Drive at KWIC-FM in Beaumont and was on the air when my Morning guy Steve Golden called the hotline to tell me that the TV stations were breaking in saying Elvis Presley had died. I went to the AP teletype and the story was just printing. We only had a few Elvis records so our GM the legendary Terrell Metheny went to record stores and K Mart and bought every record he found. Our midday guy Jay Michaels went into production and put together a 2 hour special and we played Elvis songs through the following weekend. That was part of what was great about radio back then. Bill Conway=
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JIM BELL [KUHF FM 88.7 Morning Edition anchor since 1997-Retired 2010] (Lufkin, TX) Subject: Baby the rain must fall. Hey Jim, Steve McQueen’s vocals were dubbed by Billy Strange, a songwriter and musician who wrote songs for Elvis Presley and others and arranged and played guitar on records by Nancy Sinatra and the Beach Boys among others. Former Limeliter Glenn Yarbrough had a hit recording of the title song. And if you look closely at the scene in that honky-tonk where Steve McQueen is lip-synching that song you’ll see Glen Campbell playing backup guitar behind McQueen. So sad to know that he has Alzheimer’s. Jim Bell; Lufkin
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BILL BRAGG [Voice of BIG TEX 2002-12] (Dallas-Richardson, TX) Hey Jim! I was sad to see your mention of Pete Fountain’s passing! I did a series of Shows (I don’t think they ever decided on a Name before the Project was canceled) with Pete Fountain, Woody Herman and Dave Brubeck at the Dallas KTVT Studios on North Central Expressway. I was sitting in the Break Room when Pete Fountain walked-in and helped himself to a cup of our (terrible) coffee. When he asked “where do I pay?”; I smarted-off and announced “It’s a Tin Roof”! And when he asked what I meant, I said “It’s on the House”. Being the nice guy he always was; he laughed out loud all the way back to the Studio! Bill Bragg (www.billbragg.com) 47 years in Radio & TV Broadcasting The Voice of BIG TEX 2002-2012 The State Fair of Texas
TRIVIA ANSWER: On August 14, 1988 Shadoe Stevens replaces Casey Kasem as host of American Top 40. Casey Kasem exits American Top 40 over contract concerns with ABC.
CHARLES GEORGE [KC5RAI – ex KCHU FM] (Dallas, TX) Subject: KNUS. I remember when KNUS (FM) was across the street from Tithes (Ed: Titche’s) on Elm. Also the McLendon Theaters were next door. I was a defector I preferred KFJZ 1270 at times to KLIF or KNUS. In the 70s enjoyed Jim Thomas on KFJZ not sure is he still around? At night use to like Tom Donovan, WHAS 840. I am not sure but both Music and Radio take up a lot of my time, the other is being a Rail fan. I wish Age of Steam had not left Fair Park for Frisco. Been putting me a CD together of me playing songs about trains. KC5RAI, Charles
TAHIR SHAH (Arabian Nights – Caravan of Moroccan Dreams) There is nothing like a train journey for reflection.
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