November 25, 2016 [Friday] Issue #1567
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
60 YEAR RADIO HOST PASSES INTO THE NIGHT For more than 60-years, longtime Vermont morning host Don Mullally wakes-up listeners on WSTJ-1340 in St. Johnsburg, VT. Generations of youngsters listen to Don Mullally if snow causes school closure, plus his timely reports from the county fair. Up until three weeks ago, Don is still on the radio until he becomes ill. On Friday, November 18, 2016, local radio legend Don Mullally passes away at 88 in the early morning hours at Dartmouth Hitchcock Memorial Hospital.
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AFTER 52 YEARS PLANTE RETIRES On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley toasts Bill Plante at a packed Mexican restaurant in Washington, D.C. after a remarkable 52-year career. At 78 for CBS, Bill Plante covers five consecutive presidencies and works with nearly a dozen different co-White House correspondents. According to Vanity Fair, Lesley Stahl jokes: He’s outlasted about 300 CBS News presidents. Scott Pelley opines: He’s integrity wrapped in talent wrapped in grace.
WHO IS HIGHEST PAID TV HOST? If you guess that Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly heads the earnings list, not so, because Fox News’s longtime #1 host ranks third with a measly $18 million salary. The highest-paid TV News Host is Sean Hannity at $29 million. Number two is Matt Lauer of NBC’s The Today Show at a whopping $22 million annually. Shepard Smith is seventh at $10 million a year. The Kelly File host Megyn Kelly comes in fifth with between $10 and $12 million annually.
CHANGE OF GUARD AT DALLAS, TX TALK RADIO Tyler Cox, longtime PD of Cumulus Media News-Talk duo WBAP-820 & KLIF-570 Dallas, TX retires on December 2, 2016. Kevin Graham relocates to Big D from Boston, MA where he is Brand Manager of Entercom WEEI-850/WEEI FM (93.7) and the Red Sox Radio Network and Sports Radio Format Captain for Entercom as WBAP-820 & KLIF-570’s new PD. Prior to that, Graham is PD/afternoon host on Cumulus Sports KFNZ-1320 (KFAN) Salt Lake City, UT.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What is the first FM radio station in the United States to broadcast in stereo? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Dan McCurdy [Dan Patrick KLIF-1190] November 25, 2016. •WQQO FM Cumulus Hot AC (Q105.5) Toledo, OH ups John [Johny D] DiModica to PD and Russ Ryder to APD to replace Tim Graves who continues afternoons on Q105.5. •CUMULUS MEDIA persuades Bill Kelly to end brief retirement to become VP/Market Manager of Cumulus’ eight-station cluster in Youngstown, OH. •IHEARTMEDIA Columbus, OH flips Alternative Rock WXZX FM (The X) to Sports/Talk as Sports Radio 105.7 The Zone.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1959 GERARD PHILIPE French actor as Don Carlos in El Cid dies at 36 on November 25th. •1967 THE OSBORNE BROTHERS’ single Rocky Top releases on Decca records on December 25th. •1976 THE BAND’sfarewell concert at SF’s Winterland Ballroom on November 25th. •1989 TAYLOR SWIFT multi-Platinum singer born on December 13th in Reading, PA. •1990 LECH WALESA wins Poland’s 1st popular election on November 25th. •2008 ZAC BROWN has Lasik eye surgery in Atlanta, GA on November 25th.
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JIM BELL [KUHF FM 88.7 Morning Edition anchor since 1997-retires 2010] (Lufkin, TX) Subject: Look at the bright side. The Obamas have at least one bright spot in their future. Come January, they won’t have to live in public housing anymore. And taxpayers won’t have to pay their rent anymore. Jim Bell, Lufkin
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CHUCK DUNAWAY [ex WABC-770, WKY-930, KILT-610, KLIF-1190] (Houston-Katy, TX) Subject: I was once a DJ. Now we have a DJ in the white house…Donald J. Trump
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LINDA DUKESLAW [Linda Wallace Voice over artist] (Oceanside, CA) 🎉 Happy Birthday!🎉🎈🎈
KAREN [DUCKIE] MASSEY [ex KITE-930, KXOL-1360] (San Antonio, TX) Happy Birthday if it was not for facebook I would have not known that. Have a great day
JIM MCCURDY [KRBC-1470; KNIT-1280; KTLC-100.7; KRBC-TV; KTAB-TV] (Austin, TX) Subject: Happy Birthday!! Hey Jim….Happy belated birthday my friend! Another loop around the Sun and a new notch on the Tree of Life :o) Jim McCurdy
GEORGE SCHANK [KSBJ FM engineer/KUHA/KUHF FM engineer] (Houston-Conroe, TX) Subject: Happy Birthday! Hope you’re celebrating a healthy and happy birthday, Jim! Thanks for keeping the radio press going. George Schank TRHoF Class of 2016
JEFF THOMPSON [NBC NEWS, 30 Rockefeller Plaza] (Greensboro/Winston-Salem, NC) And I hope you have MANY more really great ones, Jim! Happy Birthday! – Jeff Thompson
BEN HAROLD [ex KXOL-1360/KBUY-1540/WBAP-820/KENR-1070] (Chattanooga, TN) Subject: happy birthday! happy (probably belated) birthday, my dear friend! you and Suzie are always in my prayers! been Harold
JAY WALKER [CBS Radio Dallas/KJKK FM/Infinity KTSA-550/KTFM FM/Own Jay Walker Prod/40 Plus Years In Radio] (Ft. Worth-Hurst) Subject: Belated Birthday Wishes… Jim, sorry I’m late, but congratulations on a successful completion of another lap around the Sun. Happy Birthday and thank you again for all you do. Jay Walker
TRIVIA ANSWER: On June 1, 1961 at 12:01 AM (EDT), WGFM FM (now WRVE) Schenectady, NY is the first FM radio station in the United States to broadcast in stereo.
PAT O’BRIANT [KTYL AM/FM Tyler, KZPS FM Dallas/Ft. Worth, WQSM FM Fayetteville NC, KQUS FM Hot Springs AR, KEWL FM (KOOL-FM) Texarkana, TX; KLBL FM (104.5) Hot Springs, AR and KMJI FM Texarkana] (Hot Springs, AR) Happy Birthday!!
JAN CASE [late 2009 Ed Case’s wife] (Houston-Katy, TX) Happy birthday, Jim!! Thanks for all the updates on radio people!!! Have a great day!
GEORGE SCHANK [KSBJ FM engineer/KUHA/KUHF FM engineer] (Houston-Conroe, TX) Happy birthday, Jim! 🙂
JERRY STERN [CEO/GM Galveston Community Radio-KHJ-WBNS] (Houston-Galveston, TX) Happy Birthday Jim, make it a great day!
GEORGE BURNS (January 20, 1896 – March 9, 1996) I was brought up to respect my elders, so now I don’t have to respect anybody.
Jim Rose and Suzie
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo