October 24, 2016 [Monday] Issue #1558
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
RADIO’S WARE WEARS OUT In the 1960s and 1970s, Ricci Ware is just about the most popular radio DJ on KTSA-550 in San Antonio, TX. Ricci’s high powered raceway radio ads mesmerize listeners to Be there! Be there! Ware also appears on TV as a weathercaster on KSAT TV. After Ricci becomes a top morning radio voice on Country KBUC FM, he returns to KTSA-550 as a Talk host. On Friday, October 21, 2016 legendary San Antonio Rock ’n’ Roll and News Talk voice Ricci Ware passes away at 79.
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LOCAL TV SPORTS HERO’S TIME PASSES In 1979, KTRK TV Weather pro Ed Brandon, KTRK TV Sports icon Bob Allen plus KTRK TV talk hostess Jan Glenn are guests on my KULF-790 Oldies show. We have a blast. On Wednesday night, October 19, 2016, 38-year Houston sportscaster and long time friend Bob Allen passes away at 70 from cancer. In 1974, Houston native Bob Allen (Robert Alan Egalnick) joins KTRK TV for 38 years which is the longest reign of any major market TV Sports anchor in America. We are very sad.
CABLE TV MEDIA CONGLOMERATES CONSOLIDATE On February 8, 1996 President Bill Clinton signs the Telecommunications Act into law which consolidates radio. In December 2009, Comcast acquires NBC Universal and DreamWorks Animation from General Electric. On Friday, July 24, 2015, AT&T buys satellite TV provider DIRECTV for $48.5 billion. AT&T – Time Warner pact is mighty close. Will the original telecom monopoly return after the breakup of the Bell System on January 8, 1982?
ARE YOU READY FOR A NEW CHUCK BERRY RECORD ALBUM? On Tuesday, October 18, 2016, Rock ‘n’ Roll legend Chuck Berry celebrates his 90th birthday! In the 1950s we Be Bop to Charles Edward Anderson Berry’s hit tunes Maybelline, Roll Over Beethoven and Johnny B. Goode. On his birthday Chuck Berry announces to the world that he will release his first record album of new music in 38 years. In 2017, Chuck Berry fans can purchase his new record album Chuck of new material recorded and produced by Berry.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Who the first female correspondent at CBS? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•WSRV FM Cox Media Classic Rock (97.1 The River) Gainesville/Atlanta, GA APD/MD Steve Craig moves from afternoons since December 2012 to mornings. Kaedy Kiley who hosts WSRV FM mornings since 2008 shifts to afternoons. •CUMULUS MEDIA picks up syndicated Armstrong & Getty on its Talk stations on KTBL-1050 Albuquerque, NM; KMJ-580/KMJ FM (105.9) Fresno, CA; KKAT-860 Salt Lake City, UT and SportsRadio KVEN-1450 Ventura, CA.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1957 CHRISTIAN DIOR French designer dies at 52 on October 24th in Italy. •1964 ROGER MILLER recordsKing Of The Road in Nashville, TN on November 3rd. •1973 ALLAN [Rocky] LANE actor (voice of Mr. Ed, Red Ryder) dies at 72 on October 24th. •1985 THE JUDDS’ album Rockin’ With The Rhythm releases on RCA records on October 30th. •1990 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya on October 24th. •2010 DON WILLIAMS & JIMMY DEAN induct into the Country Music Hall of Fame on October 24th.
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GARY DELAUNE [KYTY-810 / KLIF-1190 / KENS TV CH 5] (San Antonio, TX) Jim; Sorry to hear about Skipper Lee. He and Charles Porter were great “voices” for the minority community in Houston. Barbra Jordan, Coach Gerald Myers (Texas Tech) and I were honored by Wheatley High School as I always spoke in the sports rally before the Wildcats won their basketball titles in Austin. So Wheatley and Yates Principals asked Skipper and I to do the last football game of segregated teams in 1968. In the days before political correctness, I said, “Now let me introduce, if you’ll excuse my reference, my color analyst today, Skipper Lee of KCOH Radio”. Skipper was laughing as he came on the air and said…”Gary…I’m truly your color man today”. Ah yes…those were the great days when PC wasn’t even in the conscience. When I announced I was leaving KNUZ, Gloria Thomas, director of the drill teams for Wheatley called me and said..”Gary..we’re going to picket KNUZ (1230) for you to say there” assured her I was leaving voluntarily. Great memories from radio of the past. GD (www.garydnews.com)
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ED BRANDON [Longtime KTRK TV CH 13 Chief Meteorologist] (Houston, TX) Subject: KULF-790 Oldies show! I DO remember. You shared Bob’s (Allen) and my love for oldies and Classic Top 40 Radio. Thanks for doing what you do to keep as much as you can from completely disappearing into the ether! Ah yes, Lennie S. Donahue (LSD)!! The Mighty Fourteen Ninety (KNOW)!! EdB
LIZ PATRANELLA [Liz Houston – KTSA-550, KBAT-680] (Austin, TX) Subject: Ricci Ware Passes Away. Hello, Sad news to share today. San Antonio Radio Icon and Legend Ricci Ware passed away yesterday morning. There is nothing I can say to add to his legacy and the large shadow he cast in the radio broadcasting industry. You can read his bio under the 2014 Inductees on the San Antonio Radio Hall of Fame website:http://sanantonioradiohalloffame.com/ricci-ware.html There are photos and an article on the Express-News website: http://www.mysanantonio.com/entertainment/article/San-Antonio-radio-legend-Ricci-Ware-dies-10060311.php I have been in touch with Trey who says “We are in the process of planning the celebration of his homegoing. Will keep you posted.” I will let you know when I know more. Please keep Ricci’s family in your thoughts and prayers. Liz
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[Gentleman] JIM CARTER [KCBQ-1170/KNUS FM/WFAA-570/KONO-860/KLIF-1190/KXOL-1360] (San Antonio, TX) Subject: Long time San Antonio legend passes… Hi Jim: Ricci Ware, long time San Antonio radio legend at KBUC and KTSA passes away at age 79. Ricci was a larger than life individual who was loved by all who knew him. He will be sorely missed. Funeral arrangements are pending. Ricci is survived by a son Trey, who is also a San Antonio radio staple and legend in his own right and currently on the air at KTSA. Gentleman Jim Carter/San Antonio, Texas. Boss Jock retired
TRIVIA ANSWER: Journalist Nancy Dickerson, the first female correspondent at CBS, reports for NBC News from 1963 to 1970. Nancy is the mother of current Face The Nation host John Dickerson. On October 18, 1997 Journalist Nancy Dickerson, passes away at 70 after a stroke.
L. J. CORMIER [Texas Cruise Ship Shuttle] (Houston, TX) Subject: Veteran Beaumont/Port (Arthur) Broadcast Executive passes. (http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/beaumontenterprise/obituary.aspx?pid=181871251) Thanks, L. J. Cormier Houston
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW (1807-1882) When a great man dies, for years the light he leaves behind him, lies on the paths of men.
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