December 19, 2016 [Monday] Issue #1574
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
THICK RUNS THIN Alan Thicke born Alan Willis Jeffrey on March 1, 1947 in Kirkland Lake, Canada dies of a heart attack on December 13, 2016 while playing a game of hockey with his 19-year-old son, Carter. TMZ reports that EMR rushes Alan to Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center near the Burbank, CA skating rink. Alan’s ex-wife, singer and actress Gloria Loring, confirms his passing. The Canadian actor, songwriter, game and talk show host plays Jason Seaver, the father on ABC TV’s Growing Pains.
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DR. BOMBAY CASTS LAST SPELL Bushy-whiskered character actor, Bernard Fox, born Bernard Lawson on May 11, 1927 at Port Talbot, West Glamorgan, Wales, UK. In 1953 he appears in Make Room for Daddy, also Mr. Malcolm Merriwether on The Andy Griffith Show (1960). During the 1960’s he is a familiar face on TV: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964), Bewitched (1964), McHale’s Navy (1964), Hogan’s Heroes (1965), Columbo (1971) and M*A*S*H (1972). On December 14, 2016 Bernard Fox passes away of heart failure at 89.
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE TAKES OVER CHRISTIE’S OFFICE Chris Christie, once one of Republican Party’s brightest stars, virtually assured a position in a Donald Trump administration. Instead, after he loses the VP slot, Christie also loses leadership of Trump’s presidential transition team. CBS New York reports that WNYM-970 (The Answer) New York, NY host and Saturday Night Live alumnus Joe Piscopo strongly hints that he just might run to succeed Chris Christie as governor of New Jersey in 2017.
FOX SUPER BOWL LI SPOTS COST MORE THAN $5M In 2014, NBC asks $4.5 million for Super Bowl commercials. It takes until just a few days before its 2015 broadcast of Super Bowl XLIX to sell out its inventory. According to Variety, Fox wants to push the cost of advertising in Super Bowl LI up to more than $5 million per 30-second spot, which sets a new record. One Variety source, who is familiar with the negotiations, tells the paper that Fox Sports in some cases seeks $5.6 million or higher.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Who patents the first loudspeaker? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Derrill Holly & Gary Allyn December 21, 2016. •AL PETERSON says goodbye to NTS MediaOnline after 10 years. •CHRIS CANTY former New York Giant joins WEPN FM (98.7) New York Hahn & Humpty’ Show. •WMAL-630/WMAL FM Cumulus (105.9) Washington DC moves Larry O’Connor to PM Drive. •KFXX-1080 (The Fan) raises more than $173,000 for Special Olympics/Oregon 6th annual Radiothon. •IHEARTMEDIA Columbus, OH flips Alternative Rock WXZX FM (The X ) to Sports/Talk 105.7 The Zone.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1955 CARL PERKINS records Blue Suede Shoes on December 19th. •1962 BRENDA LEE suffers a minor eye injury and her hair singes when she tries in vain to rescue her poodle, CeeCee, from a house fire in Nashville, TN. •1978 FRANCE performs nuclear test on December 19th. •1985 THE JUDDS’ single Have Mercy blesses #1 in Billboard Country on December 28th. •1991 BORIS YELTSIN takes control of Kremlin on December 19th. •2004 TIM MCGRAW’s Back When slams #1 in Billboard Country on December 18th.
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JAY WALKER [CBS Radio Dallas/KJKK FM/Infinity KTSA-550/KTFM FM/Own Jay Walker Prod/Jay Walker Competitive Audio consultant 40 Plus Years In Radio] (Ft. Worth-Hurst, TX) Subject: AT&T – Time Warner merger. Merging the two largest internet/cable TV companies will not do any good for the consumer for several reasons. When a company is the only game in town there’s no reason to improve performance or rates. As I said… “…monopolies stifle technology which is why the US does not even show up in the top 10 list of average internet connection speeds. We rank BELOW ‘techno giants’ Romania, Mongolia, Peru, Mexico, and so many others. Our average peak connection speed in the US is 57.3mb which 20% of the US can achieve compared to Singapore where it’s 135.7mb.” The previous paragraph should piss you off. The US ranks BELOW Romania!!!! And it’s all because lack of competition has killed the incentive to be ‘better’.
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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) Hi Jim, I spent 17 years at CH 2, KPRC. I started out in the newsroom on the assignments desk, then was asked to be newsroom secretary. I went with Stone when he was cutting back and was doing the Ron Stone Show and moved out of the newsroom into the Production Dept. I was then given a chance to write and produce “Houston Country Tracks” for the station and we had musical acts coming in every week. I also wrote and produced segments for “Teenz on TV” and “The Eyes of Texas.” Then, when Post-Newsweek took over, I was almost out of a job. I was brought back from the Jaws of Unemployment by being offered the Engineering Secretary job, which I took. That was when we were going through the changeover from an analog to digital signal and our division was one hopping department trying to make that happen smoothly. We were one of the nation’s early stations to do that because of the size of the market and how the FCC was starting the rollout of markets by size. I remember helping coordinate the buying of over 80 monitors for the newsroom’s back wall. Even though I don’t work there anymore, I’m still a member of “The Channel 2 Crew” and get newsletters and they have a picnic every year that I’m invited to…one of these years I’m going back to go to it! I just like keeping up with them and still being included. Take care and talk with you soon. Joan
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LIZ PATRANELLA [Liz Houston – KTSA-550, KBAT-680] (Austin, TX) Good news delivered from Roger Allen about Bruce (Hathaway)….he writes: Talked with him yesterday. Doctors will tell him today if he can put pressure on his foot. If so, he’ll have two more weeks of rehab and hopefully out of there. I will let you all know when I get further news. Merry Christmas! Liz
TRIVIA ANSWER: On December 13, 1816, Ernst Werner von Siemens is born in Lenthe, today part of Gehrden, Germany in the German Confederation. On December 14, 1877 German inventor and industrialist Ernst Werner von Siemens patents the first loudspeaker. Siemens’s name becomes the SI unit of electrical conductance, the siemens. Ernst also is the founder of the electrical and telecommunications company Siemens. Ernst invents a telegraph that uses a needle to point to the right letter, instead of using Morse code.
FRANK HALEY [KDAZ-730 newscaster – ex KLIF-1190, KILT-610, KTRH-950, KVIL FM & KOB-770] (Albuquerque, NM) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio (#1572) December 12, 2016 [Monday]. Jim, just read you latest JRRR… saw the mention of me by Mike Simpson, Do you have an email address for him, I like to drop him a note. Thanks, and Merry Christmas to you and your doggie… Frank Haley KDAZ Albuquerque
DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS JR. (December 9, 1909 – May 7, 2000) I was only saying to the Queen the other day how I hate name dropping.
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