December 09, 2016 [Friday] Issue #1571
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
LONGTIME AKRON RADIO PERSONALITY EXPIRES Canton, OH native, Jim Chenot gets his start in radio in Muscle Shoals, AL. Jim moves to radio stations in Canton, Massillon and Cleveland before he becomes one of the signature voices on the then-new Top 40 WONE-980 in midday and evening slots. Next, he joins young news reporter, Kathy Vogel, on the morning show from 1994-96 and again from 1998-2001. On Wednesday, November 30, 2016 Akron radio personality Jim Chenot passes away suddenly at 62.
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SOUTH FLORIDA AWAKES TO SHOCKING NEWS On Monday, December 5, 2016 South Florida radio listeners wake up with staggering news when morning bastion Ron Brewer, half of long-running Paul & Young Ron Show on iHeartMedia Classic Rock WBGG FM (Big 105.9) Miami announces that he takes an extended vacation after a successful 40-year radio career, with the past 26 years as half of Paul & Young Ron Show. Ron Brewer’s final broadcast with co-host Paul Castronovo is Friday, December 16, 2016.
SOUTH BAY CLASSIC ROCK KEEPS IT IN THE FAMILY Entercom South Bay Classic Rock KUFX FM (98.5 KFOX) San Jose-San Francisco, CA keeps it securely in the family with a promotion from indoors. Tim Jeffreys KUFX FM APD/MD/PM Drive personality moves on up to PD. OM Brian Figula says this eases a little bit of his programming effort, so he can now center much of his love and attention primarily on AC sister KOIT FM San Francisco, CA.
BANKRUPT CALIFORNIA RADIO STIRS UP BIDS When bankrupt KUSP FM (88.9) Santa Cruz, CA goes on the auction block to sell at $400,000, bidding drives up the price. Educational Media Foundation outbids two competing parties with its $605,000 offer. If EMF cannot complete the sale, KCRW FM in Santa Monica becomes a backup bidder to buy the assets at $600,000. Media Watch/Central Coast Community Radio fails in its bid, but hopes it can obtain a different radio frequency to serve the area.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What is the first commercially licensed radio station west of the Mississippi River? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Norm Uhl December 9th. Henry Piarrot & Rick McEwen December 10th. Ed Brandon December 11, 2016. •DELILAH Premiere-syndicated personality inducts into National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame at NAB Show Tuesday, April 25, 2017 Las Vegas Convention Center. •WEEI FM (93.7) Entercom Sports Boston, MA signs Patriots.com post-game host Rich Keefe as new afternoon co-host with Dale Arnold and Michael Holley weekdays 2-6pm beginning Tuesday, December 6, 2016.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1954 KCTS TV PBS CH 9 in Seattle, WA begins broadcasting on December 7th. •1962 JEFF BRYANT Academy of Country Music’s top 1996 and 1998 vocal group Ricochet’s drummer born on December 27th in Pecos, TX. •1971 WINGS release 1st album Wild Life on December 7th. •1982 THE OAK RIDGE BOYS’Christmas Album certifies Gold on December 27th. •1993 ROBERT GOULET has prostate cancer surgery on December 7th. •2005 DIERKS BENTLEY’s album Modern Day Drifter goes Platinum on December 6th.
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BETTY KIRKPATRICK (San Antonio, TX) Jim, What a vast and remarkable life you have lived. Duckie and I went to a party last evening and we spoke of you with fond memories. I remember when we used to go to Sunday gospel singing! I also remember when you ask me to leave the showing of the movie “Midnight Cowboy” because of the subject matter! How the world has changed! You were then and now an exceptional gentleman!
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DUCKIE MASSEY [ex KIKK FM/KIKK-650, KITE-930, KXOL-1360, KBUC, KSMG FM, KONO-860] (San Antonio, TX) Subject: Today’s Radio. It was in 1974 or 5 when KIKK was in Pasadena. It was the Jerry and Duckie Show. Jerry just did not have the pow like Garry Galligar who did the afternoons. I worked with him when we were waiting for Jerry to arrive. Garry and I clicked so well, I wish he had been my partner. I believe the PD was a guy by the name of Chris. I forget his last name but he had one arm. A really liked him, a nice guy. Duckie ! Director of Sports Sales Baywood Hotels
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JOANIE GREEN [KPRC TV CH 2, KZEW FM, KFWD FM, KNOK FM, KAUM FM, KILT FM, KNUZ-1230, Metro Traffic, Houston Taping for the Blind] (Tulsa, OK) Well, don’t say “nobody.” I vote for you every year. I’m a voting member and still have my card #00062. So, don’t feel like the Lone Ranger ~ I’ve never been nominated and look how long it took Weaver to get in…and I love JRRR. Take care…I’m heading off to bed ~ early day tomorrow. Joan
TRIVIA ANSWER: On December 7 1921 KWG (now 1230 AM) in Stockton, CA is one of the oldest broadcasting stations in America. KWG’s license issues on December 7, 1921. KWG is believed to be the first commercially licensed radio station west of the Mississippi River. Until 1988, KWG uses a T-antenna type transmitting antenna mounted on two 60-meter tall wooden poles, that makes KWG one of the last broadcast stations to use this type of antenna. The KWG transmitter location is at Weber and E Streets in Stockton for many years.
JAY WALKER [CBS Radio Dallas/KJKK FM/Infinity KTSA-550/KTFM FM/Own Jay Walker Prod/40 Plus Years In Radio] (Ft. Worth-Hurst, TX) One of the best GMs I had the pleasure to work with is Reid Reker. Reid is the rarest of the rare as he came up thru the ranks in programming, first as talent, then PD, national PD for some great groups including Fair West, Cook Inlet, CBS, before switching to sales and finally as a GM. He’s one of the very few I know of that could see the business thru the eyes of a programmer rather than a sales person. As a strategic thinker he knows how to sell, and is one of those who is far more than a gatherer of signatures and checks. Reid is one of the good ones.
MERLE HAGGARD (April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016) I live the kinda life most men only dream of I make my livin’ writin’ songs and singin’ them But I’m forty-one years old And I ain’t got no place to go when it’s over.
Jim Rose and Suzie
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo