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GREEN GRASS OF HOME TURNS BROWN In 1967, just before noon, when I’m noon-3 pm DJ on Dallas, TX favorite Country radio station KPCN-730, a fella greets me at the door saying: I’m Curly Putman. I wrote Green, Green Grass of Home. Other huge hits to his credit include: D-I-V-O-R-C-E, My Elusive Dreams, plus George Jones monster hit He Stopped Loving Her Today. Curly is the inspiration for Paul McCartney’s Wings’ hit Junior’s Farm. On Sunday, October 30, 2016 Country songwriter Curly Putman passes away at 85.
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THE COOL GHOUL MISSES HALLOWEEN Since 1958, each year at Halloween, radio frightens listeners with John Zacherle’s spooky hit, Dinner With Drac (#6). American Bandstand host Dick Clark crowns John Zacherle as The Cool Ghoul. In the 1970s and 1980s, Philly native John Zacherle is also a Progressive DJ on WNEW FM and WPLJ FM in Gotham City. On Thursday, October 27, 2016, horror TV show host in both Philadelphia, PA and New York City, John [The Cool Ghoul] Zacherle passes away at 98 in NYC.
SPORTS FANS UPSET WITH NATIONAL ANTHEM PROTESTS Recent unflattering protest of America’s National Anthem by San Francisco 49er QB reaps outrage in the Sports community. Other eggheads follow suit. No coach steps forward to end this embarrassing attitude by brain dead Sports athletes. This results in declining NFL TV ratings, plus a dive in ESPN subscribers. November 2016 ratings numbers are worst in the history of ESPN’s existence as a cable company which loses 621,000 cable subscribers.
ARE YOU READY FOR TRUMP TV? After Fox News’s longtime chairman Roger Ailes resigns, atmosphere at Fox News is icy. O’Reilly, Hannity and Van Susteren contract clauses allow them to depart if Ailes leaves Fox. Greta Van Susteren is already gone. Fox News 2nd highest-rated talk show host Sean Hannity might exit to Trump TV. With one year to go before Fox News #1 Bill O’Reilly’s contract expires, will he leap to the new Trump TV? Megyn Kelly might bolt to either CNN or MSNBC. Trump TV is on a roll before it begins.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What radio show causes panic in the US? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•MACK IN THE MORNING SHOW with Mack and Nina from sister Top 40 WHYI FM (Y100) Miami debuts on WLDI FM (WiLD 95.5) West Palm Beach, FL. •CHRIS KELLOGG is new OM of Cumulus-Fort Walton Beach, FL five-station cluster: Rock WKSM FM (99.5), AC WNCV FM (93.3), Country WYZB FM (105.5), CHR WZNS FM (96.5) and News/Talk WFTW-1260. •WQKV FM Educational Media Foundation Christian AC (88.7) Rochester, IN opens with new Nautel 7.5 LT transmitter on Friday morning October 28, 2016.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1954 PHILADELPHIA A’s MLB franchise moves to Kansas City on November 4th. •1967 JACK GREENE is first Country star to appear in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 23rd in NYC. •1972 BANGLADESHadopts constitution on November 4th. •1986 KIX & BARBARA BROOKS’ first child Molly Brooks born on December 24th. •1990 IRAQ says it prepares for a dangerous war on November 4th. •2003 TOBY KEITH’salbum Shock’n Y’all releases on DreamWorks records on November 4th.
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MICHAEL O’SHEA [ex KLIF-1190 PD] (Santa Rosa, CA) Subject: KLIF (1190) and KNUS-FM. Hi Jim…KNUS (FM) played over 50 minutes of music every hour in FM clarity and KLIF (1190) and it’s “rookie PD” continued to carry 18 minutes of commercials, two 20/20 newscasts plus promos and jingles every hour and jocks were encouraged to “talk at least 30 seconds out of every break. Ken (Dowe) brought Mike Spears (Hal Martin) back from Buffalo to be PD and the young, energetic team at KNUS were the “new victors”.
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GARY DELAUNE [KYTY-810 – KLIF-1190-CH 5 KENS TV] (San Antonio, TX) Jim; I received a call from Paul, Joe’s (Long) son, that he had died and wanted me to come to the funeral. I flew to Big D and got there just in time for the services. It was the last time I saw many of those KLIF (1190) alumni. We went to Barbara and Joe’s house after the service. I had just started at KENS TV and had to do some tall talking to get off that day. Before I left KLIF, Roy (Nichols) and I made the assignments and covered all the events. But he convinced Don Keyes to pay me more money although I made more doing football for KMAE in McKinney than I did doing the Cowboys with Rick Weaver and Jay Randolph. George Smith, owner of KMAE, paid me 10 cents a mile and when I drove to Sulphur Springs or Gainesville, I did alright. GD How about the Morning News endorsing Hillary. The Dealeys are turning over in their graves. (www.garydnews.com)
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DAN MCCURDY [formerly Charlie & Harrigan-KLIF-1190/KBOX-1480 Dallas, TX/WMEX Boston, MA] (Sherman, TX) Subject: O’Reilly Out? Jim… Dan McCurdy, KLIF, KBOX – Dallas; WMEX – Boston; KLBK – Lubbock; KRBC – Abilene; 2004 Texas Radio Hall of Fame Inductee
CHUCK DUNAWAY [ex WABC-770, WKY-930, KILT-610, KLIF-1190] (Houston-Katy, TX) Subject: happy day after. Kendall really enjoys “trick or treat night mainly to see the kids in costume asking for candy. Happily, we had about twice the traffic as the past few years…good night for sure…we still have lots of candy left over which she will take to work and let the workers at Colorspot stuff themselves today. How was it at your place? Happy day after. Chuck
TRIVIA ANSWER: In 1938, Sunday evenings are prime time in the Golden Age of radio where millions of Americans turn their radios on. On October 30, 1938 Orson Welles’s radio adaptation of HG Wells’ The War Of The Worlds causes panic in the US when he convinces radio listeners that Martians indeed land in New Jersey.
CHARLES GEORGE [KC5RAI, ex KCHU FM] (Dallas, TX) Subject: The Hollow. Yesterday, went to downtown Plano and saw a play at Theater Britain. I went to the 2:30 matinee of The Hollow, Agatha Christie. There are not any bad seats. I enjoyed the show and it runs until September 25. I maybe a bit prejudice in that a relative of mine Andrew Kasten is in the play. I also have found I get the most upset when a story has both fact and fiction mixed, if totally untrue it is easy to dismiss, like why certain techniques of Subliminal Advertising in publications and movies have been banned. A Presbyterian Minister once said, “A truth that is almost true is more dangerous than one completely false.” Like today, a lady I use to have lunch dates with gets on the (b)us, while a lady I currently like was on the bus… I once took a woman I wanted to impress to a nice restaurant. The waitress says in front of her,” Is this your new girlfriend, Charles.”…. Silence is Golden…. Where the wild birds do whistle…. Pretty Saro 73 KC5RAI, Charles P. S. XEB 1220 and XEEP 1060 have putting in good signals into Dallas at Night. Hot Tamales and their red hot…. Robert Johnson
GARIK ISRAELIAN (1963 – p) The one way to discover about aliens is to tune your radio telescope and listen to the signals.
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