November 14, 2016 [Monday] Issue #1564
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
MAN FROM UNCLE IS ETERNAL Actor Robert Vaughn we remember as Napoleon Solo in NBC TV’s spy drama The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (1964-68) is an eternal 007 spy agent par excellence. Great movies like Bullitt(1968) and The Magnificent Seven (1960). Fans place flowers on Robert Vaughn’s Hollywood Walk of Fame Star in Hollywood, CA to celebrate the release of his 100th motion picture. Suave, sophisticated movie and TV actor Robert Vaughn passes away at 83 from acute leukemia at 7:30 am Friday, November 11, 2016.
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SONG POET EXPIRES On September 21st, 1934, singer and songwriter Leonard Norman Cohen is born in Westmount, Quebec. Over a more than 45 year musical career, Leonard writes scores of songs for Folk singers, Rock, Pop, Country and even Rhythm and Blues performers. Cohen is among a small group of influential singer-songwriters of the 1960s and 1970s who influence Bob Dylan. Singer – songwriter for five decades, Leonard Cohen, passes away at 82 on Thursday, November 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA with no further details.
CHINA SELLS PIRATE CDS The Wall Street Journal reports that even in this digital era, there are plenty of music fans who still purchase old-fashioned compact discs for more than $10 each. But, the money that shoppers spend on CDs lately doesn’t necessarily go to the artists and record labels who create the music. Pirates flood the market on Amazon.com, plus other online retailers, with counterfeit CDs from China. In August, 2016 Recording Industry Association of America finds out of 194 CDs delivered, 44 are fake.
BLACK SABBATH NEARS ITS END In 1968, British Blues Rock band Black Sabbath forms in Birmingham, England with Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward and lead singer Ozzy Osbourne. Black Sabbath are pioneers of Heavy Metal music. MTV calls them the Greatest Metal Band of all time. VH1 places them second in 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock list. After nearly 50 years, Black Sabbath begins its final tour in Houston, TX at 7:30 pm in Toyota Center on Thursday, November 10, 2016. (www.houstontoyotacenter.com/)
TRIVIA QUESTION: What is the first All Disco radio station? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•JEREMIAH WIDMER previous afternoon host on AC WDOK FM (Star 102.1) since July 2013 joins co-hosts Jeff Kurkjian and Aly Tanner on CBS sister Hot AC WQAL FM (Q104) Cleveland, OH morning show. •SHANNON HOLLY & FISH depart morning show on CHR KDWB FM (101.3) St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN. Crisco, Dez & Ryan fill their vacancy. •ADAM BAIN, Twitter Inc. Chief Operating Officer who builds Twit’s business model exits just as Twitter addresses slowing revenue growth.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1957 HENRY AARON wins NL MVP on November 14th. •1968 CHRIS CAGLE Academy of Country Music Top New Artist nominee born on November 10th in De Ridder, LA. •1973 JIM PALMER is AL Cy Young winner on November 14th. •1980 BARBARA MANDRELL AND THE MANDRELL SISTERS debuts on NBC TV on November 18th with guests Dolly Parton & John Schneider. •1994 STS-66 Space shuttle Atlantis 13 lands on November 14th. •2009 JASON ALDEAN’s video The Truth premieres on CMT.com on November 12th.
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MIKE KELLAM [KHFI FM/NBC/WMAQ-670] (Estes Park, CO) Hi, Jim! Very sorry to hear about Ricci Ware’s passing. I taught high school in San Antonio in 1965 and 1966, and, when not in the classroom, had KTSA on the radio all the time. I saw Ricci in action when at KTSA for a promotion for a school project. His style, at that time, reminded me of Bruce Morrow (Cousin Brucie) of WABC, whom I had seen in action in August of 1965. Ricci went on to become a legend in San Antonio and will surely be missed. After leaving San Antonio, I went to work at KHFI AM, FM, TV, and then got to listen to and work with Jim Rose! Wow, has it been that long? Time marches on! Love your column, Jim! Mike Kellam; Ex KHFI AM, FM, TV, Austin, Tx, WMAQ 670 AM, TV Ch. 5, WKFM. 103.5, Chicago.
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MIKE MARSHALL [KFJZ-1270, KQUE FM, KULF-790] (Houston, TX) Subject: KULF. I’m sure Jim Shannon is referring to an earlier period at KULF than when I was there, probably just after they changed the call letters. I was hired by PD Bill Wamsley in mid 1974. He needed an all-night guy, which I really wasn’t interested in, but he assured me it was only until a daytime shift opened up. That never happened, (well, actually the shifts opened but he never gave one to me) so I left in June of 1976. When I started, the line up was Jim Tate, mornings, Jim Heath, Joe Bauer, Gary Ryder and me. I even had an all night newsman, Sam Putney. Imagine any station doing that these days. Robert Knowlton and Jim Guidry were on the news staff and Kay Henderson did traffic. Of those, I only know that Tate, Knowlton and Guidry are gone, Jim Guidry just recently. Mike Marshall
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LIZ PATRANELLA [Liz Houston – KTSA-550, KBAT-680] (Austin, TX) Subject: Hall of Fame Event Next Week! Reminder: Plan Now To Attend! Dedication Ceremony and Party San Antonio Radio Hall Of Fame Exhibit Dedication Saturday, November 19, 2:00-5:00 p.m. Official Unveiling Ceremony at 3:00 p.m. South Texas Popular Culture Center 1017 E. Mulberry at Broadway Light refreshments. Music. And more! I hope to see you there. Liz
TRIVIA ANSWER: In June 1978 when radio executive David Rapaport visits New York’s Studio 54 discothèque, the huge crowd impresses him. David buys 200 disco records and takes them to Spanish-language WHOM FM (92.3). At 6 pm, July 24, 1978 WHOM FM flips to Disco-based Top 40 format as Disco 92. In Fall 1978, WHOM FM rises from Worst to First ejecting WABC-770 from its 18-30 demographic. By 1979, Disco music becomes top radio format all across America. KRLY FM (93.7) Houston, TX becomes #1 as Disco 94.
CHARLES GEORGE [ex KCHU FM-KC5RAI] (Dallas, TX) Subject: 93.1. I just heard several spots for businesses in Longview. So I think I am getting KTYL, Tyler. I just slightly moved my antenna and the station came up while others faded. Also a station with American Family Radio is drowning out KETR 88.9, I think it is Waco. Now if I could get some stations from Austin and Houston. I have heard stations in the past from Austin on 100.7, 93.7, 90.5. And have heard a station with Surf Music on 104.9 from Houston. Though they came in best around Christmas. 73, Charles, KC5RAI
CHARLIE DANIELS (October 28, 1936 – p) Trump is gonna take a heck of a pay cut.
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