CADILLAC JACK IS BACK On Monday, March 27, 2017 Cumulus Country WKHX FM (Kicks 101.5) welcomes 22-year morning personality Cadillac Jack back after month-long rebirth from a heart attack. WKHX FM holds big Welcome Back Cadillac live broadcast from Carl Black Buick GMC in Kennesaw. GA. The show is packed with goodwill messages from Country music performers. Cadillac Jack who is with WKHX FM since he is 19, receives a new contract that guarantees he will be on WKHX FM for four more years.
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THEIF STEALS RADIO STATION TRANSMITTER Creek Media Classic Hits WNEX FM (The Creek 100.9) Macon-Perry, GA owner, Brad Evans, says someone enters the WNEX FM transmitter building on Highway 96 on Friday, March 24, 2017 and turns off the radio station transmitter. Evans says they get the transmitter back on and operations go back to normal. On Saturday morning, the same person steals the transmitter motherboard which shuts WNEX FM off. Evans says they get back on air just after 7 pm Saturday night.
THE POWER OF RADIO IS AWESOME On Sunday morning, March 26, 2017 a fire breaks out in the boiler room of Baker Elementary School in Richmond, VA. The smoke spreads through the building’s ventilation system, coats classrooms with soot, plus water damage from the sprinkler system. Teachers and students evacuate the Henrico County school. Summit Media Hot AC WURV FM (103.7) Richmond DJs broadcast live from the site. In less than three days, WURV FM collects hundreds of supplies and raises more than $8,000.
CUMULUS KILLS SPORTS RADIO STATION In 1933, FCC grants WENC-1420 license to serve Americus, GA. In 1934, WENC-1420 moves to Albany as WGPC-1450 as the first commercial radio station to serve Albany, GA. On January 2, 2017 a storm cuts in half Sports Talk WGPC-1450’s (The Fan) transmitter tower. Cumulus Media decides to spend cash to fix WGPC-1450’s transmitter tower is not cost effective. So, Cumulus Media gives WGPC-1450’s license back to the FCC. In effect, Cumulus kills WGPC-1450.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What is America’s first 50,000 watt clear channel radio station? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! John Driscoll April 6, 2017. •JJ RYAN former PD of iHeartMedia Country KBEB FM (92.5 The Bull) Sacramento, CA is new PD of iHeartMedia Top 40 KJYO FM (KJ103) and Country KXXY FM (96.1) Oklahoma City. •JOHN PEAKE ex iHeartMedia San Diego and Riverside SVP of Programming is new PD of iHeartMedia KOST FM (103.5) and KBIG FM (104.3) Los Angeles, CA. •BLACK DIAMOND flips WQEZ FM [Easy 95.5] Glen Arbor/Traverse City, MI to simulcast Rock WGFM FM [Rock 105] Cheboygan.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1957 U.S.S.R. performs atmospheric nuclear test on April 3rd. •1968 JOHNNY CASH marries June Carter on March 1st at the Methodist Church in Franklin, KY. •1974 GOLD hits record $197 an ounce on April 3rd in Paris. •1982 THE OAK RIDGE BOYS grab #1 in Billboard Country on April 3rd with Bobbie Sue. •1993 PINKY LEE kiddie TV host dies of heart attack at 85 on April 3rd. •2004 KENNY CHESNEY & UNCLE KRACKER’sWhen The Sun Goes Down rises to #1 in Billboard Country on April 3rd.
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TIM MCKEE [ex KONO-860, KCCW-930, KJ-97, WOAI FM, KFAN FM, Traffic Central, Magic 105/99.5 KISS] (San Antonio, TX) Subject: Bobby Reyes. On behalf of Liz and all of us with SoSarb, we are sadden at the news that San Antonio radio legend Bobby Reyes passed away last night. Our hearts go out to Eddie, Bobby’s brother, who has been by his side for many years as well as Bobby and Eddie’s entire family. There are no plans as of yet for a memorial service, we will keep you informed as we get details. We hope to see many of you next Friday, April 7th at Chester’s on Loop 410 for our meeting. I was in San Antonio radio for 27 years, 1977-2005. Blessings all, Tim D. McKee
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LIZ PATRANELLA [Liz Houston – KTSA-550, KBAT-680] (Austin, TX) Subject: Tom Ellis Address. Jim, Yes. I told Arlene you and Suzi and me and mine are praying for him and miss hearing from him via email. Perhaps we will hear from him via email before the month is up! Liz
JIM MCCURDY [ex KORQ FM DJ, KRBC-TV CH 9; KTAB-TV CH 24 news anchor] (Austin-Cedar Park, TX)Subject: Minor correction. Hey Jim, I hope you are doing well my friend! In my your recent newsletter you mentioned another fellow who replaced the late Jack Woods as Charlie Brown on the Charlie and Harriman Show at KLIF. Actually it was my brother Dan McCurdy who replaced Jack. Take care and keep up the great work you are doing with JRRR!. Best, Jim
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KEN DOWE [CEO Service Broadcasting #1 KKDA FM (104.5) / EVP McLendon Corp. #1 KLIF-1190] (Dallas, TX) Jim, I seem to remember that after Charlie and Ron left the morning show, there were a couple or more experimental “Charlie & Harrigans.” They were relatively short lived, so you are forgiven for not remembering. Gordon owned the C & H name, so he put whomever into either role. Unfortunately, no team could match the original. Ron and Jack were the sparkling stars. kd
MICHAEL O’SHEA [KLIF-1190 Dallas, TX/WLW-700/KMPC-1540 Los Angeles, CA] (Santa Rosa, CA) Subject: KLIF and KNUS-FM. Hi Jim…I was reading back issues of JRRR and having fun seeing the back and forth of the KLIF-KNUS-FM saga from the early 70’s. Ken Dowe’s recollection is spot-on (of course) as he was “on the spot” at the time. Gordon McLendon was a quiet, non-assuming individual, a true genius and a great businessman, but gentle in his own confidence and demeanor. I had a front-row-seat during this period as I was the current PD of KLIF (1190) when GBM sold the station. I recall the “big announcement” in the KLIF movie theatre on Commerce Street that Mike (Simpson) mentioned. Sincerely, Michael O’Shea; President, Sonoma Media Group; Santa Rosa, CA
JASON WAYNE [ex KNOW-1490] (San Antonio, TX) Subject: WLEE Richmond, VA. This is a Great [57 minute] tribute to WLEE 1480 in Richmond, VA., If anyone is interested. https://youtu.be/i31wA_m43lgjason goggans san antonio
TRIVIA ANSWER: On March 22, 1922, Powel Crosley Jr. and his Crosley Broadcasting Corporation broadcast as WLW-700 with 50 watts of power. In September 1922, WLW-700’s power increases to 500 watts. In May 1924, 1000 watts. In January 1925, WLW-700 is first radio station with 5000 watts. On October 4, 1928, WLW-700 increases its power to 50 kilowatts and becomes the first radio station at this power level, which still is the maximum power currently allowed for any AM radio station in the United States.
BILL CHERRY [Realtor, In late 1950s Music ’til Dawn host on WWL-870] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio (#1603) March 31, 2017 [Friday]. Hi Jim. This issue, I think, is one of your very best. You really do a good job with your JRRR. Bill Cherry
JIM LEHRER (May 19, 1934 – p) I wanted to be a bus driver when I was a kid. I look at bus driving through the eyes of a little boy. I see it as glamorous.
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