December 23, 2016 [Friday] Issue #1575
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
LAST CONCERT FOR ELVIS PRESLEY PROMOTER One of Hawaii’s most influential figures in the entertainment industry, Tom Moffatt, begins his radio career as a DJ during the 1950s and ’60s. As part of Hawaii radio history, Tom is on KGU, KIKI, KHVH and as a member of KPOI’s Poi Boys. Moffatt assists Elvis Presley’s manager Colonel Tom Parker in all of his Hawaii appearances all the way to his satellite telecast Elvis Live From Hawaii. On Monday night, December 12, 2016 Tom Moffat passes away at 85 from prostate cancer.
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KEY WISCONSIN RADIO VOICE SIGNS OFF Milwaukee radio Talk host Charlie Sykes as a leading voice in Conservative radio helps promote Republican political agenda in Wisconsin but is outspoken against Donald Trump. As a leader in the #NeverTrump ruckus, Sykes gains national attention. He tells National Public Radio’s Michel Martin that his resistance to Trump draws public hostility. On Monday, December 19, 2016, Milwaukee, WI Conservative Talk show host Charlie Sykes retires after 23-years on WTMJ-620.
MURPHY EXITS WLS FM AGAIN Few celebrities are bigger in Chicago, IL than radio Superstar Robert Murphy. For a decade in the 1980s and early 1990s listeners hear Murphy on WKQX FM (Q101), WXXY FM (now WVIV FM), WKQX FM/WWWN FM (later WIQI FM). Robert’s first stint on WLS FM in 1994 as a talk show host until its format flip less than a year later. Murphy’s third return to Chicago radio in less than three years on WLS FM is through the end of his contract which expires on December 31, 2016.
ROANOKE RADIO LOSES NAMESAKE For 14 years, Danny Meyers hosts of CHR WXLK FM K92 Mornin’ Thang in Roanoke, VA with co-hosts Danny and Zack. Earlier, Meyers lasts 4 years on WPLJ FM (95.5) in NYC. On Monday, December 19, 2016 Danny tells the world that he will exit WXLK FM. He does not reveal his future plans. Meyers farewell show with co-hosts Danny and Zack airs on Wednesday morning, December 21, 2016. On January 9, 2016, co-hosts Zack Jackson and Monica Brooks relaunch the morning show as their own.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Who is the first American Disc-Jockey to air a Beatles record on radio? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Michelle Dean Plunk December 24th. Robert Tindle December 25, 2016. •WGN-720 News/Talk Chicago, IL fires one of the most highly-respected radio commercial creators with WGN-720 for nearly 7 years, Jason Skaggs, due to a another round of budget cutbacks. •ADAMS RADIO announces new name for Adult Contemporary WWFW FM (Soft Rock 103.9) as 103.9 Sunny FM. •RICK EVERETT new iHeartMedia North Florida RVP/Programming as Chris Kampmeier retires.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1951 BELGIAN’s last locals finally get electricity on December 23rd. •1960 CHUCK MEAD guitarist and one of two lead singers in BR549 born on December 22nd in Nevada, MO. •1975 CONGRESS passes Metric Conversion Act on December 23rd. •1988 GEORGE STRAIT’s Baby’s Gotten Good At Goodbye releases on MCA records on December 26th. •1991 NY DAILY NEWS publisher Kevin Maxwell resigns on December 23rd. •2006 SUGARLAND’s single Want To goes #1 in Billboard Country on December 23rd.
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BUD BUSCHARDT [WFAA TV CH 8 Director, KVIL FM, ABC sat radio DJ] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Sammy Alfano. Jim, A friend of mine sent this to me from The Houston Chronicle: Record/talent promotion man, Sammy Alfano of Katy, TX died in his home on December 10, 2016 at age 72. In 1967, he moved to California where he worked for ABC Records, Capitol and Elektra-Asylum. He was one of the top record promotion men in the business. He worked with The Eagles, Jackson Browne, Eddie Rabbit and many others. Sammy returned to Houston in 1980 where he established Sammy Alfano Promotions. It was then that he discovered artists Clint Black and Clay Walker among others. I’m sure many of the DJ’s and MD’s across the country will remember him. Nice guy. I knew him from his days at Lamar High School where he was in my sister’s homeroom. R.I.P. Sammy. Bud
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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. Just like we found in broadcasting, no good will come from allowing IP and telecom companies to merge into megacorps will do nothing but slow or kill development of better faster cheaper service. I live in the country and there is not ANY broadband provider in my area other than WISP (wireless internet service providers) Back in 1954 the government had to force Ma Bell to provide rural telephone service since Ma Bell didn’t think it was cost effective to run lines out in the country which brought us the Rural Telephone Administration followed by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) in 1954.
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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 worked part-time for KNUZ radio for over 10 years. I loved playing the oldies. I volunteered every week for 17 years at Houston Taping for the Blind (they are now known as “Sight Into Sound.”) I had a weekly one-hour radio show titled, “Tales of Suspense!” and I read creepy stories and books for that. We also did “Short Story Theater” where I got one lady to find us material that was out of copyright; I would get local radio/TV talent to read the parts and we’d read it between the 6 & 10PM newscasts at Channel 2 in the production studios. Channel 2 would record it, I’d edit it at home in our audio studio we had. Ch 2’s audio man, Bobby, would create music for it as well as special sound effects and Taping would air the finished productions. It was like old time radio dramas…they were really great. I also filled in and read news for Taping if they happened to have someone call in sick or was on vacation. Take care and talk with you soon. Joan
TRIVIA ANSWER: On December 17, 1963 Carroll James Jr. is the first American Disc-Jockey to air a Beatles record on radio station WWDC-1260 in Washington, DC. two months before the Beatles appear on the Ed Sullivan Show. Carroll plays I Want To Hold Your Hand, which his stewardess girlfriend, brings back from the UK. But D. L. MacLaughlan, a Beatles researcher at UCLA, uncovers a playlist from WLS-890 in Chicago, which plays Please Please Me in February 1963. The Beatles and Capitol invites Carroll James Jr. to be the master of ceremonies at The Beatles’ first American concert at the Washington Coliseum. Carroll James Jr. passes away from cancer in 1997.
BLAKE LINDSAY [ex KHFI FM, KBTS, KTSA-550, KTFM FM, KLUV FM, KODZ FM & KISS FM] (Dallas, TX) Only in TX can it be 70 degrees on a December Saturday afternoon at 12:00 then drop to a very chilly 20 freezing degrees at 12:00 midnight. Dropping 50 degrees in 12 hours is interesting indeed. I’m trying to avoid that word brutal. Blake Lindsay
JOHN STEINBECK (02/27/1902 – 12/20/1968) I have said that Texas is a state of mind, but I think it is more than that. It is a mystique closely approximating a religion.
Jim Rose and Suzie
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo