TV MOVIE HISTORY EXPERT FILES FINAL REPORT Movie connoisseur and reporter Robert Osborne gives us film fans fascinating film history along with his encyclopedic knowledge and love of films as host of Turner Classic Movies since the cable TV programs’ beginning in 1994. On March 6, 2017, 6′ 1″ film historian Robert Osborne passes away at 84 in New York City, NY. This reminds us of Pop singer Carly Simon’s 1977 tune Nobody Does It Better.
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LONG TIME DC VOICE EVAPORATES During World War II, Fred Fiske serves as Army Air Forces radioman in Europe. For 30 years, he is AM Drive DJ on WWDC-1260 Washington, D.C. where Carroll James is first American DJ to play The Beatles I Want to Hold Your Hand on December 17, 1963. Fred completes an almost unbroken 64 year span that begins on tiny 250-watt WOL-1450 and continues until September 27, 2011 on WAMU FM (88.5). On March 2, 2017 Fred Fiske passes away at 96 in a hospice in Columbus, OH.
MUMS THE WORD ON UPCOMING ESPN LAYOFFS According to The NYPost, ESPN seeks to cut hundreds of millions of dollars from its budget. ESPN reps deny the cuts are that high. In recent years, ESPN agrees to pay the NFL an average $1.9 billion a year, up from $1.1 billion under the previous deal. The NBA gets $1.4 billion a year in ESPN cash, up from $575 million annually under the previous deal. MLB receives $75 million a year, up more than 800 percent from the $8 million annual cost in the previous deal.
IHEART NOT IF, BUT WHEN According to Variety: it is just a question of WHEN iHeartMedia declares bankruptcy and reorganizes, not IF it will do so. Clear Channel is a byproduct of President Clinton’s disastrous 1996 Telcom Law. On September 16, 2014, Clear Channel Communications becomes iHeartMedia hoping to get out from its over $20 billion dollar debt, the debt is still there and it worsens. According to Variety: many analysts expect (iHeartMedia) to declare bankruptcy in the next year or two.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What is the first Commission created to regulate radio use as the public interest, convenience, or necessity requires? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Ken Dowe March 10, 2017. •WGNA FM Townsquare Media Country (107.7) Albany, NY shakes up the market on Monday, March 6, 2017 when it acquires major morning show market vets Brian Cody and Chrissy Cavotta, who, for the past decade host The Fly Morning Rush across the street at Pamal Top 40 WFLY (Fly 92.3). •AL BROCK President/CEO of Spin Doctors Music Nashville, TN married 36 years wife Shirley passes away on Sunday night, March 5, 2017.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1950 TED MCKENNA Scottish Rock drummer with Alex Harvey Band born on March 10th. •1968 JOHNNY CASH marries June Carter on March 1st at the Methodist Church in Franklin, KY. •1971 SENATE approves amendment that lowers voting age to 18 on March 10th. •1981 EDDIE RABBITT’s dynamic single I Love A Rainy Night certifies Gold on March 10th. •1990 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site on March 10th. •2007 TRACE ADKINS Ladies Love Country Boys is #1 in Billboard Country on March 10th.
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JACK PARNELL [ex PD/DJ WHBQ-560] (Memphis, TN) Morning Jim: Have you seen the Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter & especially Obama, TRUTHS that they deported many many muslims, and NOBODY on the Democratic or Republican side even said a word about it? Not only that, but the Media Mongrels have not said a word about it either. They only print/broadcast what they like. That’s closely akin to my radio days, when Hugh Frizzell our PD at WHBQ for a few years, always told us: “When you go on the air leave your likes and dislikes of songs outside the control room door, and remember every record you play is somebody’s favorite song.” JP
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GARY DELAUNE [KYTY-810, KLIF-1190, WFAA-570/820, CH 5 KENS TV] (San Antonio, TX) Dallas memories. It was Saturday, November 5, 1960. SMU winless all season, against Texas A&M, only win 14-0 over Trinity University in San Antonio. A scheduled 2 p.m. kick off in the Cotton Bowl. I was in the WFAA newsroom across town and Kevin March (aka Ted Brown) was roaming in one of the KLIF (1190) news units. A call for a possible D.O.A at La Cabana on Stemmons. He radioed that it was a slow day so he’d check it out. He arrived with a police officer and they went to the room on an upper floor. They entered with a hotel manager and discovered the victim was on the bathroom floor blocking the door. They pushed their way in and discovered it was popular movie actor Ward Bond. One of John Wayne’s closest buddies had died of a heart attack. He was in town to attend the game after having filmed the 9th series episode of that season’s “Wagon Train”. Score of the game; A scoreless tie; One of the most popular songs on KLIF: “Now or Never” by Elvis. (www.garydnews.com)
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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, I did a few practice runs with an engineer there before the end of 1964. I got my FCC License in Jan. 1965 and didn’t need the station’s engineer or one of the licensed DJs to be there all night with me after that, but my dear friend and mentor, Hugh Lampman (the Nightlight Host I replaced), left in Dec. ’64 and I officially went on the air as “Sam” the first of January, 1965. Ironically, the fan who sent me my first “Fan Mail” at the station, Jan. 27th, 1965, just today established contact with me again…after 52 years! I’d been searching for him, but was never able to find him again until today! He had such wonderful things to say about my work as the Nightlight Host I was astonished. I am finally able to send the autographed photo he requested 52 years ago, and I am hoping to meet him and his wife for coffee soon to relive some of the memories! Interesting to hear about you and your Elkins Institute buddies. I recall having lots of listeners who also went to Elkins. Make mine a “Dublin Dr. Pepper” please? All best to you & Suzie – Mary “Sam” Stoddard TX Radio Hall of Fame’s “Sammy” Award Namesake
TRIVIA ANSWER: On March 5, 1927 the Federal Radio Commission holds its first meeting until its replacement by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 1934.
BILL CHERRY [Realtor, In late 1950s Music ’til Dawn host on WWL-870] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio (#1596) March 06, 2017 [Monday]. Love Joanie Green’s memory, and I remember those radios. They were especially good at locating skip. Regards, Bill Cherry
WALTER CRONKITE [CBS Evening News anchorman for 19 years 1962–1981] (November 4, 1916 – July 17, 2009) And that’s the way it is.
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The country superstar met her likeness in Las Vegas ahead of REBA, BROOKS & DUNN: Together in Vegas, the longest running country music residency ever at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Her wax figure served as the real Reba’s stand-in during her sound check while Madame Tussauds Nashville captured the fun moment here (view below).
The figure, which will be featured in the finale of the attraction on a replica of the Grand Ole Opry stage, depicts Reba mid-performance, allowing guests to step into the music with the country icon. Her figure will be outfitted in a stage outfit Reba wore while singing her megahit—and signature encore— “Fancy.” To ensure an exact likeness, Reba loaned her dress, shoes and jewelry to the costume department of Madame Tussauds who recreated the outfit capturing every minor detail, from beading to contour.
Last fall, Madame Tussauds Nashville hosted a social contest where fans nominated the artists they would most like to see take the stage at the attraction. Reba was overwhelmingly named the winner of the contest—a true testament to her dedicated following throughout the years and diverse projects. The mogul and mom has become a household name with a successful career that spans across music, television, film, theater and retail.
“I tried to find differences between me and the figure and there weren’t any,” said Reba McEntire. “I’m really blown away with how great it looks, it’s like looking in a mirror.”
Each Madame Tussauds figure is truly a work of art, involving teams of professional artists and sculptors who spend months on extensive research and take more than 300 measurements to recreate world-famous icons to achieve the kind of astonishing realism that has been at the heart of the 250-year Madame Tussauds legacy.
With a completely different concept, the attraction in Nashville will be the company’s first offering in the U.S. that focuses solely on music icons that have shaped America’s musical landscape. Guests are encouraged to have fun with the famous stars from musical genres such as Country, Rock n Roll, Blues and Pop.
Reba is a natural fit for the music focused attraction, having achieved a rare pinnacle with 35 #1 singles and over 56 million albums sold worldwide, in addition to major accolades from the AMA, ACM, CMA, GRAMMY Awards and more. Her inspirational double-disc album SING IT NOW: SONGS OF FAITH & HOPE (Nash Icon Records/Capitol Christian Music Group) debuted with a multi-week run atop both the Billboard Country and Christian/Gospel charts, maintaining her record for the most Top Country Albums No.1s among women and only the second artist to have a chart-topping album in each of the last four decades with her 13 summit.
Additional figures hitting the stage at Madame Tussauds Nashville include Beyoncé, Billie Holiday, Blake Shelton, Bob Dylan, Carrie Underwood, Ella Fitzgerald, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Kenny Rogers, Little Jimmy Dickens, Louis Armstrong, Luke Bryan, Miley Cyrus, Minnie Pearl, Rayna Jaymes & Deacon Claybourne, Rihanna, Stevie Wonder and Taylor Swift. More artists will be added to the bill within the coming weeks.
Fans can save $5 off the regular price by purchasing early bird tickets to the attraction.
– CMTT – Mainphoto: Photo Courtesy of Madame Tussauds