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ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY MISSES RADIO LEGEND Massena, NY first settles in 1792 by French lumberjacks gets its name from General and Marshal of France during Napoleonic Wars, André Masséna. Listeners hear local radio legend Sandy Cook for 42 years. The former voice of WMSA-1340 Sandy Cook who often sings The Star Spangled Banner before games passes away at 61 on Thursday, September 29, 2016. Todd Truax WMSA-1340 PD morns: Sandy is on the radio for 42 years. Huge part of the community.
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I WISH I WERE AN OSCAR MAYER WIENER Chicago, IL native Richard Trentlage writes some of the most famous jingles we ever hear on radio and TV including National Safety Council’s Buckle Up For Safety, Buckle Up! Dawning in 1963, Richard’s most famous jingle Oh, I wish I were an Oscar Mayer wiener, that is what I’d truly like to be airs for 53 years. On Wednesday, September 21, 2016, former adman with McCann-Erickson and D’Arcy, Richard Trentlage, passes away at 87 of congestive heart failure in Libertyville, IL.
CBS RADIO HONCHO REMAINS Kevin Weatherly (Anthony DiNozzo) who is with CBS Radio for almost 25 years, signs multi-year contract renewal as Senior Vice President of Programming, CBS Radio and PD of The World Famous KROQ FM (106.7), Top 40 KAMP FM (97.1 AMP Radio) and Adult Hits KCBS FM (93.1 Jack FM) Los Angeles, CA. Weatherly responds: I’m grateful to CBS Radio for their support throughout the years and for letting me continue to do what I love doing.
THE NEWS IS OUT ALL OVER TOWN! Politico reports that Gannett which owns USA Today, plus more than 100 other media properties, buys America’s second-largest newspaper chain Tribune Publishing now known as Tronc for about $19 per share. Gannett’s plan to save the dying print newspaper is to scale quickly, cut costs and bring on the digital talents needed in today’s media market. In early 2016, Gannett buys Journal Media Group for $280 million, which swells Gannett’s number of newspapers to 107 in the US.
TRIVIA QUESTION: When does the World Series broadcast over radio for the first time? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Bobby Rich October 3rd. Bill Odom October 6, 2016. •CHRISTIE MATTHEWS Group PD of Saga Radio Jonesboro, AR retires after 26 years. Surprise! Surprise! Ms. Matthews returns to the Jonesboro cluster middays on her former station Country KDXY FM (104.9 The Fox). •CUMULUS MEDIAClassic Rock KQRS FM (92.5) Minneapolis, MN adds Emmy winning sportscaster/NFL sideline reporter Michele Tafoya as new co-host of KQ Morning Show weekdays 5:30-10am on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1959 MARIO LANZA Opera singer dies at 38 of a heart attack on October 7th. •1967 TAMMY WYNETTE’s I Don’t Wanna Play House is her first #1 single in Billboard Country on October 14th. •1979 U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear test on October 7th. •1981 T.G. SHEPPARD’s Party Time grabs #1 in Billboard Country on October 10th. •1992 ED BLACKWELL New Orleans, LA Jazz drummer dies of kidney problems on October 7th. •2013 FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s video Stay debuts on CMT on October 7th.
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JIM HALSEY [Owner of Jim Halsey Company – Oak Ridge Boys manager] (Tulsa, OK) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio (#1552) October 03, 2016 [Monday] Always a good read !!! Thanks, a regular reader. The Oak Ridge Boys, inductees in the 2015 Country Music Hall of Fame. Jim Halsey, inductee in the 2015 Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
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LIZ PATRANELLA [Liz Houston – KTSA-550, KBAT-680] (Austin, TX) Subject: SoSARB Luncheon Next Friday. Society of San Antonio Radio Broadcasters Luncheon. Reminder! R.S.V.P. Today! Fall Get-Together … Lunch … and Gab Fest! Friday. October 7. Noon. New Location!! Fuddruckers, 8602 Botts Lane on Loop 410 Between Nacogdoches & Broadway on North Side of 410. Look for it behind the San Antonio Credit Union. Come One! Come All! See You There! Let’s talk about the good old days of radio—bring your stories and memorabilia! I await your email RSVP replies! (email@example.com) Liz
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DAN MCCURDY [formerly Charlie & Harrigan-KLIF-1190/KBOX-1480 Dallas, TX/WMEX Boston, MA] (Sherman, TX) Subject: O’Reilly Out? Thanks for accepting my message, Jim, and for the heads-up on my upcoming ‘double dip’ into your limited space! I certainly understand content limits, having had to face that truncated beast thousands of times during my copywriting daze! BTW, I wanted to send a note to Kenny Dowe for his kind acknowledgement of my earlier apology, but alas, I have not written him since my last ‘puter perished, his address being a part of that lost cause. If you have his address, I sure would appreciate you passing it along to me. Again, thanks for everything — not the least of which is serving steady duty as archivist for radioheads spread to the four corners of the planet. Best to you and Suzie, Jim. Dan McCurdy; Sherman, TX
TRIVIA ANSWER: On October 4 1922 the first World Series broadcast on WJZ-770 (WABC-770 NYC) Newark, NJ and WGY-790 (WGY-810) Schenectady, NY.
CHARLES GEORGE [KC5RAI, ex KCHU FM] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Radio Daze. I still enjoy listening to Radio, just not as much. I have noticed a station on 1300, Radio Mexicana. I am not sure has a Country Radio Station in Austin gone Spanish? I enjoy the Big Band music at times on 1220, XEB, gives me a chance to practice my Spanish. I like it even though the station can be heard on TuneIn. With the HD channels, I have thought of putting on my own show of Folk Music. But I would probably be the only listener. I noticed KRLD 1080 is in HD, but they only show their ID in text. HD on AM seems like a waste. If a Reader in DFW wants a used Martin Guitar, I have one. I paid $800 with case but then it was used when I bought it. I play my other Guitars more and they are not as well thought of but I like them better. I would ask $200 in Cash that they donate to the Publisher. My number is (214) 388-3242. KC5RAI, Charles Email: KC5RAI@gmail.com
JEAN SHEPARD (November 21, 1933 – September 25, 2016) When life has ended, my time has run out My friends and my loved ones, I’ll leave them no doubt. But one thing for certain, when it comes my time I’ll leave this old world with a satisfied mind.
Jim Rose and Suzie
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo