Febuary 06, 2017 [Monday] Issue #1588
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
SUPERBOWL WEEK IN HOUSTON, TX IS BIG TICKET ITEM On February 5, 2017 Atlanta Falcons square off against New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI inside Houston, TX 80,000 strong NRG Stadium. FOX Sports Radio 17th straight year covers build-up to the game. During week January 30 – February 3, seventy hours of Super Bowl LI coverage with The Herd with Colin Cowherd, ESPN Radio’s Mike Greenberg-Mike Golic Show and others. Super Bowl LI ticket prices reach record levels up to around $6,000.
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CBS RADIO MERGES WITH ENTERCOM CBS Radio scraps its plans for an IPO spinoff of its radio division. The big news of the day at 4am Pacific time, Thursday, February 2, 2017 is that CBS Corporation unveils plans to merge its radio division with Entercom to create a gallery of 244 radio stations that delivers a national broadcast grasp of major markets. This complex merger which makes Entercom the second-largest radio company behind iHeartMedia gives CBS shareholders 72% of Entercom’s theater of operations.
FOX SENDS FIVE TO THE SANDBOX Fox News does not renew contracts for five of its political commentators. Pulitzer-winning conservative columnist George Will (75) who feuds with Fox network’s highest-rated host Bill O’Reilly finds himself without a contract renewal. Republican strategist Ed Rollins (73) with Fox News since 2011 is out. Actress Stacey Dash with Fox since 2014 no new contract. Veteran journalist Marvin Kalb (86) and radio commentator Cal Thomas (74) also lose their Fox contracts by non renewal.
WAY TO GO KOKE Austin Radio Network officials report that popular Texas radio voice Craig Way exits KVET-1300 (The Zone) to join KOKE FM (104.9 The Horn) on February 1, 2017. KOKE FM is the flagship station for UT athletics. Way transitions into ARN’s Sports Director for all of its network stations. Craig remains the UT play-by-play authority on football, men’s and women’s basketball and baseball. Craig Way, UT’s lead radio broadcaster since 2001, is a longtime voice on KVET-1300 plus he hosts an afternoon Talk show.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What is the second-longest-running radio program in existence next to the Grand Ole Opry? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•JOHN PEAKE 25-year industry pro formerly with KRBE FM Houston, TX is new PD of iHeartMedia AC KOST FM (103.5) and Hot AC KBIG FM (104.3) Los Angeles, CA. •MARILYN RUSSELL Philadelphia, PA radio institution is new co-host of The Breakfast Club on CBS Radio Classic Hits WOGL FM (98.1) with Frank Lewis and Bill Zimpfer. Marilyn’s long-term, award-winning program Woman of the Week airs on Classic Hits WOGL FM (98.1) & sister stations Country WXTU FM (92.5) & AC WTDY FM (Today’s 96.5) every Sunday at 6:30 am.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1950 NATALIE COLE (This Will Be #6-1975) born on February 6th in Los Angeles, CA. •1968 JOHNNY CASH proposes to June Carter on February 22nd in London, Ontario. June says yes. •1975 U.S. performs nuclear test on February 6th at Nevada Test Site. •1982 WILLIE NELSON’s single Always On My Mind releases on Columbia records on February 11th. •1994 NFL PRO BOWL NFC beats AFC 17-3 on February 6th. •2001 DIAMOND RIO’s album One More Day releases on Arista records on February 6th.
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CONNELL MILLER (Bella Vista, AR) Subject: The passing of a disc jockey… Hi Jim. Hope you’re doing well and I wish you a great 2017! Just wanted to pass along the death today (1/31) of long-time country music disc jockey and promoter, Jim Kizzia (KMUS , KBIX ), at age 84 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He started in radio working for us at KMUS in Muskogee (OK) in the 1960s, with two board shifts a day playing country music (back when country WAS country!). Besides spinning platters, he was also good at spinning tales about his genre’s music biz and the people in it and was a regular feature at national disc jockey and country music conventions. I sure didn’t mind one bit taking over his shows on the few occasions when he was out of town or sick and I got to play Buck Owens, Lefty Frizzell and Ray Price instead of our main, non-rocking middle-of-the-road programming. Connell Miller Bella Vista, Arkansas
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LIZ PATRANELLA Liz Houston – KTSA-550, KBAT-680] (Austin, TX) Subject: Darrell Needs Our Dollars. An update on our friend, Darrell Taylor: Darrell is in need of financial assistance for the large medical expenses he is facing during his treatment for Stage 4 lung cancer including special equipment to drain his lung. A GoFundMe site has been set up by his friend, Becky Padilla. All funds raised will be used for Darrell’s treatments and medical needs. Here’s the link to the site: https://www.gofundme.com/dollars-for-darrell And, please continue to remember Darrell in your prayers. Liz
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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! Yes, to answer your question, I did work at KFWD (FM). I worked there right after leaving the Zoo (KZEW FM). I was working part time at the Zoo and I was offered a full-time job at KFWD doing either 6-midnight or 7-midnight (I don’t remember which) and I worked there from late ’74 into ’76. And yes, you’re right about the station being a trailer ~ only it was 2 trailer houses on 360 just south of 183 as folks were beginning construction on DFW. One trailer was for sales and administration and the other was for operations. I used to grit my teeth as the SurTran buses would come to roost on the property at night because they made the turntables rumble and skip as the buses passed by to park. Joan
TRIVIA ANSWER: On January 29, 1942, BBC Radio launches a new program called Desert Island Discs. Still on the air today, it’s the second-longest-running radio program, next to the Grand Ole Opry. The first Desert Island Discs recorded in BBC’s bomb-damaged Maida Vale studio on January 27, 1942 airs in the Forces Programme at 8pm two days later.
CHUCK DUNAWAY [ex WABC-770, WKY-930, KILT-610, KLIF-1190, WKYC–1100] (Houston-Katy, TX) Subject: Anyone Interested? A friend of mine has 2 tickets for the 2017 Super Bowl, both box seats. He paid $2,000 for the tickets, but he didn’t realize last year when he bought them that it was going to be on the same day as his wedding. If you’re interested, he’s looking for someone to take his place. It’s at St Anthony’s Church, Revere, MA at 3pm. Her name is Connie. She’s 5’6, about 130lbs, and she’s a good cook, too. She’ll be the one in the white dress. (www.chuckdunawaydj.com/)
STEPHENIE MEYER [Breaking Dawn – 2008] I’ll meet you at the altar. I’ll be the one in white!
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