February 27, 2017 [Monday] Issue #1594
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
COLMES CALLS IT QUITS Alan Colmes born September 24, 1950 in NYC begins radio career as teenager on Long Island WGBB-1240 Freeport and WGSM-740 Huntington goes on to WABC-770, WNBC-660, WHN-1050, WMCA-570, WEVD-1050 New York. From 1996 to 2009, Colmes is co-host of Hannity & Colmes on Fox News Channel. He often appears on The O’Reilly Factor with his conservative sister-in-law, Monica Crowley. On Thursday morning, February 23, 2017, Alan Colmes, passes away at 66 of undisclosed illness in NYC.
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LAST SPIN FOR RED RIVER ROCK In 1959, Johnny & The Hurricanes instrumental version of Red River Valley (Red River Rock) sells more than a million copies reaches #5 in United States and #3 in Great Britain. In 1960, their version of the United States Army bugle call, Reveille (Reveille Rock), lands at #15. The band includes Johnny Paris (sax), Paul Tesluk (organ), Dave Yorko (guitar), Lionel [Butch] Mattice (bass) and Bill [Little Bo] Savich (drums). On Friday, February 22, 2017, David Yorko passes away of emphysema at 73.
NBC CELEBRATES 90 YEARS NBC celebrates its 90th anniversary. The network’s story begins with NBC radio. The NBC TV portion includes Classic series Laugh-In, Saturday Night Live, Hill Street Blues, Cheers, The Golden Girls, Seinfeld, ER and Friends. In 1923, RCA acquires WJZ-770 in Newark, NJ (now WABC) from Westinghouse and moves it to New York City. On January 1, 1927, WJZ becomes the flagship station for the NBC Blue Network. On September 13, 1926, RCA forms the National Broadcasting Company (NBC).
CHINESE BUYOUT OF DICK CLARK D.O.A. In early November 2016, Chinese real estate giant and entertainment conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group shocks the industry when it announces its intentions to buy Dick Clark Productions for the outrageous sum of $1 billion. Unnamed insiders cite: Speculation that the Trump administration will not approve the deal is not the primary reason for its breakdown. The deal has fallen apart over problems getting currency out of China and passing regulatory muster with the Chinese state.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What is the first Gold record? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Chuck Buell February 29, 2017. •MARY WALTER former prime fill-in host on FOX News Radio programs joins Brian Wilson as new co-host of Mornings on the Mall 5am to 9am on WMAL-630 Washington, D.C. •EMMIS divests itself of its cluster in Terre Haute, IN. Country WTHI FM (HI 99) and Classic Rock WWVR FM (105.5 The River) go to Midwest Communications. Hot AC WFNB FM (B92.7), Sports WFNF-1130 (The Fan) and WWVR FM (98.5) go to DLC Media.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1956 EGYPT grants female suffrage on February 27th. •1969 BRADY SEALS Little Texas keyboard player/songwriter (God Blessed Texas #4-1993) born on March 29th in Hamilton, OH. •1974 PAT BRADY Roy’s sidekick (Roy Rodgers Show) dies at 59 on February 27th. •1981 SISSY SPACEK wins Best Actress award as Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner’s Daughter on March 31st. •1991 JAMES BROWN R&B singer exits prison cell on February 27th. •2004 PAT GREEN’s Wave On Wave earns his first Gold album on February 26th.
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MARY STODDARD [Sam on KVIL FM 1964] (Dallas, TX) Subject: KVIL Pioneered The Role of Female DJs in Broadcasting in 1964. Hi Jim: KVIL REMEMBERED For Its Historical Advancement of Female Broadcasters: KVIL FM 103.7 made Broadcasting History when it was the first station in Texas to hire a Female DJ, KVIL’s Girl-Named-Sam, to take the Midnight to Dawn, “Nightlight” spot, sponsored by Braniff Airways, in 1964. KVIL will always be remembered fondly by me, as the 1st station in Dallas to hire a Female DJ (1964) to go on the air in a Major Texas Market. I consider it a great Honor to have been the one they chose for this historical event. Ours was the #1 rated show in its timeslot (Midnight to Six daily), and was featured in a national magazine’s (TV RADIO MIRROR Oct. 1965) photo shoot & article. I worked with Legendary Ron Chapman at KLIF (1190), earlier in ’64, but left when offered the job at KVIL. My friend, Ron followed me there a few years later. With Gratitude — Mary SAM Stoddard “The SAMMY” Award, TX Radio Hall of Fame, created to recognize the contributions of Women Broadcasters in Texas, since 1964. Mary Nash Stoddard
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ALLAN PECK [ex Peck & Penny KBOX-1480] (Dallas, TX) We started Peck & Penny when John Scott Trotter’s health failed. It was temporary until a new morning man could be located. It lasted 12 years! Allan
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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 moved to Houston in ’76 and went to work at KAUM, the ABC O & O. I worked there for a couple of years and Weaver (Morrow), whom I absolutely adored, would relieve me for his shift. He was so sweet to me…took me to Glenn Slade’s and made me buy a gun because he didn’t like the hours I would leave KAUM and drive myself home alone. Had some weird stuff happen with guys trying to follow me home and that sort of thing while I worked there and Weaver didn’t like that…one time, when I noticed them following me, I drove right into the Beechnut Police substation and those guys kept driving on… Take care and talk with you soon. Joan
TRIVIA ANSWER: On February 11, 1941, the Glenn Miller Orchestra receives 1st Gold record for Chattanooga Choo Choo from the 20th Century Fox 1941 film Sun Valley Serenade. On December 7, 1941, it becomes the #1 song across the United States and remains #1 for nine weeks. In 1954, Bill Haley & His Comets release their 45 single cover of Chattanooga Choo Choo on Essex Records.
CHARLES GEORGE [KC5RAI – ex KCHU FM] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Time in a Bottle. I think Censorship, even when I agree is bad. Just because I do not like what someone says does not mean they are wrong, and at times it keeps information that could help make a situation better. Also I am not much into Boycotts, since they would never know, since I tend to buy very little in the way of Clothes. I still have clothes from the 80’s. Also I still write programs for my own use in BASIC, programmers making a living probably would never use it for Commercial use. I think of a song by Jim Croce, Time In A Bottle. Also Billie Holiday, I Cover The Waterfront at times. Like I saw where Nat Hentof passed away. I liked his book, Jazz Country. Also I liked a sing but not sure who did it. It had the words: Everybody wants to live together, why can’t we live together? I am up early, could not sleep but my hours get messed up. Charles, KC5RAI
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