March 24, 2017 [Friday] Issue #1601
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
MR ROCK AND ROLL PICKS LAST GUITAR LICK Before Elvis Presley turns on audiences with his swiveling hips, Chuck Berry fires up the crowd with his loud Rock and Roll guitar and his duck walk. So inspired by Charles Edward Anderson Berry’s Classics Johnny B. Goode and Roll Over Beethoven, The Beach Boys borrow guitar licks from Berry’s Sweet Little Sixteen for their surfer anthem Surfin’ U.S.A. On Saturday, March 18, 2017 Rock ‘n’ roll legend and fan favorite Chuck Berry passes away at 90 in his home west of St. Louis, MO.
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JFK ASASSINATION JOURNALIST MEETS FINAL DEADLINE Iconic Pulitzer Prize-winning New York newspaper columnist who covers the funeral of President John F. Kennedy and corresponds with the Son of Sam killer, David Berkowitz, passes away at 86 on Sunday, March 19, 2017. Born in Queens, Jimmy Breslin toils for nearly every newspaper with a New York zip code. In November 1963, his column, Digging JFK’s grave, published in The New York Herald Tribune is one of his greatest milestones.
HECKLER LAYS ONE ON SAVAGE When Talk radio host Michael Savage, 74-year-old host of nationally syndicated Talk radio show Savage Nation dines at Servino Ristorante in Tiburon, CA with his toy poodle Teddy, a heckler badgers him with the words weener, weener apparently hinting at Savage’s legal name, Michael Alan Weiner. As Savage heads out the door, the verbal abuse turns physical when the heckler knocks Michael Savage to the floor. The local District Attorney’s Office will decide whether to file charges.
WLEE-1480 TOP 40 DOCUMENTARY In 1967, Randy Scott moves to WLEE-1480 Richmond, VA as Program Director and on-air personality. Randy remembers: From the first day I was there, I was just totally amazed. Richmond Radio Hall of Famer Kirby Carmichael says; The music, the jocks, the jingles are what made WLEE cook. Several years later, Randy Scott puts together a documentary on WLEE-1480’s Top 40 heyday to air on WCVE TV CH 23 at 9 pm Thursday, March 23 and at 9 pm Friday, March 24, 2017 on WCVW TV CH 57.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What is the fourth Southern radio station? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Larry Schwartz March 18th. Steve Kelly March 22nd. Moose Rosenfeld Friday, March 24, 2017. •WSB-750 Atlanta, GA celebrates 95th birthday as oldest broadcaster in the South launches on March 15, 1922 serves metro Atlanta area with news, weather and local information for nearly a century. •CHARLES PHILOME receives $20,000 FCC fine for operating pirate radio station on 88.7 and 90.1 from multiple locations in Margate and Pompano Beach, FL after previously being warned multiple times.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1959 IRAQ withdraws from Baghdad Pact on March 24th. •1966 BUCK OWENS kicks off concert on March 25th with Act Naturally for his live album recording in New York’s prestigious Carnegie Hall. •1976 PEYTON MANNING NFL quarterback born on March 24th. •1984 ALABAMA’s single Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler) hits at #1 in Billboard Country on March 24th. •1995 JOEY LONG Blues/Cajun guitarist dies at 62 on March 24th. •2007 KENNY CHESNEY’s Beer In Mexico eases into #1 in Billboard Country on March 24th.
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GENTLEMAN JIM CARTER [ex KCBQ-1170/KNUS FM/WFAA-570/KONO-860/KLIF-1190/KXOL-1360] (San Antonio, TX) Jimmy boy: I worked overnights on (WFAA) 570 in 1969 under the auspices of Charlie Van. When my relief would oversleep (I forget his name) I would have to flip the switch to 820 and blew air over that monster freq. until I was relieved. Fun times… Gentleman Jim Carter Boss Jock Radio DJ (retired) San Antonio Radio Hall of Fame Inductee – 2015
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CHUCK DUNAWAY [ex WABC-770, KILT-610, KLIF-1190, KBOX-1480] (Houston-Katy, TX) Subject: memory of Chuck. Chuck Berry has died as you know by now. I have several memories of Chuck. He’d come to the booking…play his set with one encore and be in his car driving out of town minutes after he left the stage…no lie it was…show up, get the money, play and be on his way to the next gig… Yes…he drove himself. No expense for a driver or limo. Much the same for David Gilmour of Pink Floyd fame. Chuck (www.chuckdunawaydj.com/)
REMEMBERING CHUCK BERRY From 1979-80, in addition to my noon-3 pm KULF-790 DJ show here in Houston, TX, Hank Moore and I host the KULF-790 Oldies show each Saturday 6 pm-midnight, plus Sundays noon-6 pm. That’s 7 days a week on the air for me but love every single minute of it. Either in late 1979 or early 1980, Hank MCs Chuck Berry’s concert in a huge Houston, TX auditorium. After his one encore, as I sit backstage, I see Chuck Berry grab a leather briefcase and rush out the back door to his car and away he goes. Not a single word to anyone. Chuck Berry has left the building. Hank says because the IRS investigates him for back taxes, he only accepts cash in a briefcase immediately after his performances. Hank says that night’s briefcase holds $10,000 in cash.
JIM SHANNON (Slota) [ex KULF-790] (Ellisville-St. Louis, MO) Subject: KULF-790. Actually Jim, during my time there, we were fairly stable with the air staff. A few people came and went. I recall only one person being fired and that was a newsman who showed up for work plastered. (And I mean plastered!) Bill Bosse was the GM during most of my time at KULF. Southern Broadcasting was the owner. Jim Shannon By the way, there is a KULF Facebook page.
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LESLIE WAYNE HODGES [ex KCRS-550 DJ] (Coldspring, TX) Hi On air in Lonnie Allsup’s KCLV 1240 AM 1974 – 1975 Clovis located in Studio City. Where Allsup’s main offices are. Leslie Wayne Hodges
TRIVIA ANSWER: On March 15, 1922 WSB-740 Atlanta, GA begins to broadcast as the fourth Southern radio station, behind the first AM station, WBT-1110 in Charlotte, NC licensed in December 1920. WNOX-990 in Knoxville, TN licensed in November, 1921 and WWL-850 in New Orleans, licensed 13 days before WSB-740 in March, 1922. They, among others, are all considered clear channel radio stations given to frequencies on which only one or two radio stations assigned to a frequency that allows full power transmission day and night. The WSB broadcast call sign stands for Welcome South, Brother.
JAY WEAVER [KLBK–1360 Lubbock, KPCN-730, KBUY–1540, Fort Worth] (DFW-Hurst, TX) Subject: Names. Hi, Jim – my apologizes to Mike Marshall! Also, “Thank You!” to Mike Marshall! The one thing that I never was good at was spelling. Ask my wife! She is my “spell checker” when I’m not on the computer. Interestingly and unfortunately, the computer doesn’t know the difference between “Marshall” and “Marshal”. At least, this one doesn’t and I never thought to check with my wife on this one! Thanks again for the spelling lesson Mike.
A. A. Milne (January 18, 1882 – January 31, 1956) My spelling is Wobbly. It’s good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places.
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