Marcg 20, 2017 [Monday] Issue #1600
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
MARV ALBERT’S LONG TIME CO-HOST ENDS CAREER On Monday night, March 13, 2017 the voice of basketball Marv Albert learns that John Andariese, his longtime broadcast partner both on television and radio, passes away in his home in Florida after a long battle with dementia. Marv remembers: He was one of the nicest people I have ever been fortunate enough to know. John Andariese, for 12 years MSG Networks television analyst alongside Albert. Also, the NY Knicks analyst for nearly 35 years, passes away at 78.
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MEREDITH & DOUG MAKE MAGIC IN ALBUQUERQUE Cumulus Media announces two programming changes on KMGA FM (99.5 Magic FM) in Albuquerque, NM. Doug Durocher joins KMGA FM as Morning Co-Host with Meredith Dunkel after 10 years as Morning Host on KCXX FM in Riverside, CA. Bryan Simmons’ radio career spans many years in Los Angeles, CA; most recently, CBS Radio KTWV FM and prior to that, longtime PM Drive Host on iHeart Media KOST FM Los Angeles also joins KMGA FM as Program Director and PM Drive Host.
NEWS TALK RADIO IS TOPS Nielsen: News/Talk grabs highest millennial ratings in five years. Radio ratings giant Nielsen Audio January 2017 PPM survey indicates the News/Talk radio format registers its best numbers in the 18-39 demographic since November 2012. Nielsen reports that AQH share in the demo is 4.9% in the January 2017 survey. That beats January 2016’s 4.1% share. The Nielsen News/Talk format in the PPM markets also includes about 50 public radio NPR affiliates.
CLASSIC ROCKER REDUCES POWER Classic Rock WERV FM (95.9 The River) Aurora, IL listeners may notice a little static and a weaker signal for the time being. Due to some issues with its transmitter, Classic Rock WERV FM has to cut back approximately 30% of its normal power that weakens its signal. Station owner Alpha Media informs the FCC about its reduced power, plus the reasons behind it. WERV FM engineers hope to fix WERV FM’s signal problems and have its transmitter back to full power as soon as possible.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Who does world’s first play-by-play broadcast of a professional hockey game? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Billy Thorman March 6th. Tammie S. Webb March 23, 2017. •WLUP FM (97.9 The Loop) Chicago, IL celebrates its 40th anniversary on March 14, 2017. •STEVE GRANATO joins Renda Broadcasting as PD of its four-station cluster in Ft. Myers-Naples-Marco Island, FL •DREW OLSON Brew City Sports media personality takes over the midday show on iHeartMedia Sports Talk WOKY-920 (The Big 920) Milwaukee, WI effective Wednesday, March 1, 2017.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1956 TUNISIA gains independence from France on March 20th. •1963 JOHNNY CASH records Merle Kilgore’s Ring Of Fire on March 25th at the Columbia Recording Studio in Nashville, TN. •1977 PREMIER INDIRA GANDHI loses election in India on March 20th. •1981 WILLIE NELSON’s Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground nabs #1 in Billboard Country on March 21st. •1993 MORTON DOWNEY, JR. weds Lori Krebs on March 20th. •2002 ALISON KRAUSS + Union Station’s album New Favorite goes Gold on March 20th.
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JACK PARNELL [ex WHBQ-Memphis DJ and PD] (Memphis, TN) We came to Memphis, I at WHBQ, in 1958. I was offered a job shortly before WHBQ, in Chattanooga, but turned it down. I do know where Pulaski, TN is; in the early 60s, Shirley had a brother who was assistant headmaster of a military academy on a mountain just southwest of Pulaski. We usually would drive from here to hwy 64, then take it to the Sewanee Military Academy, which also had a college there. Enjoyable trips. We’d go through some of the caves between there and Chattanooga. I’m sure Interstate 40 hadn’t been built yet…by the time I-40 was built, he and his family had moved to just below Nashville, and he had become headmaster of a military academy there. We also had friends later with whom I’d worked at WDXI in Jackson, TN. back in 1957 and early 58…George and Dot Wyatt…he looked like Rock Hudson and sang like Bing Crosby…really!. His wife was a Liz Taylor lookalike. At one time George became a big big name in country radio as “George Lewis Wyatt The Third”, on the bit country station in Birmingham. Shortly after that, they moved to Chattanooga and he worked in radio there for awhile, then bought a radio station in Pulaski. He died a couple of years ago where he had retired on a ranch he owned between Chattanooga and Knoxville. JP
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JAY WEAVER [KLBK–1360 Lubbock, KPCN-730, KBUY–1540, Fort Worth] (DFW-Hurst, TX) Yes, Sir, Jim – My interview with him (Tex Ritter) may well have been in 1967. I really don’t know. Tried to see if I could find out then he was Grand Marshal of the Fort Worth Fat Stock Show and Rodeo, but research turned up nothing. By the way, Mike Marshall contributed a nice piece in the last newsletter mentioning when was at KULF – 790 in Houston doing an all night show. He mentioned his “all night newsman” Sam Putney. Well, Sam is now here in Dallas/Fort Worth doing news on WBAP (820) and KLIF (570). Still doing News and sounds good! Jay
TRIVIA ANSWER: On March 14, 1923 Pete Parker of CKCK-620 in Regina, Saskatchewan does world’s first play-by-play broadcast of a professional hockey game where Edmonton beats Regina 1-0.
MIKE MARSHALL [ex WFAA-570, KQUE FM] (Houston, TX) Subject: My name. Jim, I just have to comment on two of the messages you published in the March 17 JRRR. Jim Shannon commented on my post about KULF in the 70’s and spelled my name with one “l”. An official or law enforcement officer like a federal marshal or Marshal Dillon or a fire marshal is always spelled with one “l”. The name, like mine or Chief Justice John Marshall, is always spelled with two “l”s. Jay Weaver made a very common mistake, of which I am understandably sensitive, by saying that Tex Ritter was the Grand Marshall of the Fort Worth Rodeo parade. It happens all the time. I was recently sent some photos of my high school in Fort Worth’s homecoming parade with a big sign on one of the car doors that read, “Grand Marshall”. Mike (Two Ls) Marshall
MARK TWAIN (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910) Anyone who can only think of one way to spell a word obviously lacks imagination.
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