April 07, 2017 [Friday] Issue #1605
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
ANGEL BABY HAS LEFT THE BUILDING In January 1961, the single Angel Baby by Rosie and the Originals rises to #5. Rosie is born Rosalie Hamlin on July 21, 1945, in Klamath Falls, OR. Her family moves to Anchorage, AK, National City, CA and finally to San Diego. At 14, Hamlin writes Angel Baby. Soon, Allen Freed spins Angel Baby several times per day and the song takes off like a rocket to #5. John Lennon calls it one of his all-time favorites. On Thursday, March 30, 2017 (Rosie) Rosalie Hamlin passes away in her sleep at 71.
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ST LOUIS RADIO GROUNDS AIRBORNE TRAFFIC For years, KTRS-550 and KMOX-1120 Airborne traffic updates fly together above busy roads during morning and evening rushes. Friday, March 31, 2017 is the last time that KTRS-550’s Tim Wilund and KMOX-1120’s Rodger Brand send Airborne traffic reports. This is due to the high cost of flying, plus the availability of technology on the ground. McGraw Milhaven, PD and KTRS-550 morning host says: Because of technology, you don’t need to do traffic from the air anymore.
TEXAS GAINS ANOTHER BULL After Townsquare relaunches Country KATP FM (101.9 Blake FM) Amarillo, TX as 101.9 The Bull Thursday, March 27, 2017 Townsquare does same at KWFS FM (102.3 Blake FM) Wichita Falls. The new KWFS FM (102.3 The Bull) features Bobby Bones in mornings, Dave Diamond afternoons and Townsquare’s syndicated Taste of Country Nights with Sam Alex in evenings. Former Townsquare Wichita Falls OM and KWFS FM PD Liz Ryan returns to middays from sister CHR KVRW FM (107.3) Lawton, OK.
ELVIS IS STILL THE KING On Tuesday, January 8, 1935, Elvis Presley is born in Tupelo, MS. 80-years-later, Elvis is still The King of Rock and Roll. From April 7-9, 2017 more than a dozen Elvis Tribute Artists from as far as Australia and South America recreate Elvis Presley’s look, sound and performance style during the festival’s two-day Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist contest in Franklin, TN at the inaugural Nashville Elvis Festival. One of the three judges is Elvis Presley’s friend, beloved TV game show host Wink Martindale.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What radio station claims to broadcast the first quiz show? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! John Driscoll April 6th. Bobby Reyes April 7, 2017. •DREW BLAND is new Program Director of Entercom Country KKWF FM (100.7 The Wolf) Seattle, WA, effective April 12, 2017. •MIKE JENKINS 30-year radio pro is new Alpha Media Macon, MO group market manager of Country KRES FM, Oldies KIRK FM, Christian Contemporary KTCM FM and News/Talk KWIX-1230/KWIX FM. •STEVE CORBETT PM Drive Talk host exits Entercom News/Talk WILK-980/WILK FM Wilkes-Barre, PA.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1959 OKLAHOMA ends prohibition on April 7th after 51 years. •1965 ROGER MILLER wins 5 stars in 7th annual Grammy Awards on April 13th. •1972 [CRAZY] JOE GALLO mobster honored in Bob Dylan song Joey gunned down on April 7th at his 43rd birthday party. •1985 THE JUDDS’ 1st Gold album on April 4th is Why Not Me. •1994 ARTHUR GORDON CLOUGH early member of elite BBC radio journalists dies at 59 on April 7th. •2007 LUKE BRYAN sings All My Friends Say in Grand Ole Opry debut on April 6th.
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JEFF THOMPSON [ex NBC NEWS, 30 Rockefeller Plaza-KXYZ-1320, KMSC FM, KVVV TV CH 16] (Winston-Salem, NC) Subject: Wishes for a full recovery for my old colleague, UT Classmate & Friend Tom Ellis. We went to the University of Texas in the late 1950s’, where we both studied Journalism, Radio & TV, etc. While in college, Tom & I both also worked in the local Austin, Texas media. Of course, he went back up to Boston and became a major name in the media…where my current wife of 16 years was a local viewer. Tom & I got back together only once briefly, when he came to NYC where I was working at NBC Network News…and he was considering joining ABC’s “Good Morning America…” But he didn’t take the job. and went back home to Boston. I certainly wish Tom a speedy and full recovery. – Jeff Thompson (www.ThompsonCommunication.com)
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LIZ PATRANELLA [Liz Houston – KTSA-550, KBAT-680] (Austin, TX) Subject: Memorial Gathering for Bobby Reyes. Hello, Everyone, First I want to thank Tim McKee for sending the message about Bobby’s passing to the group for me last week while I was out of town with no internet access. I have spoken to Bobby’s daughter, Layla, and she wanted me to let you all know that the family is holding a memorial gathering for Bobby next Saturday … where we can all gather to share our memories of Bobby. It is an informal gathering with no scheduled program, so please come by when you can to visit, have a snack and a drink, and remember our dear friend. This is just the kind of get-together he loved to be a part of! Saturday, April 8 – 1:00 to 4:00 pm Tomatillo’s Café & Cantina 3210 Broadway San Antonio I hope to see you there. Liz
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LIZ PATRANELLA [Liz Houston – KTSA-550, KBAT-680] (Austin, TX) Subject: SoSARB Get-Together This Friday! Final Reminder! SoSARB Luncheon & Gab Fest! This Friday. April 7. Noon. Chester’s Hamburger Co. 1006 NE Loop 410 Don’t forget to bring your radio memories and memorabilia to share. We love to see photos, hit lists, swag or other S.A. Radio stuff! And to hear your stories! SoSARB Lapel Pins and a FEW shirts for sale! Bring cash! Plus, ongoing activities and upcoming plans will be discussed such as: San Antonio Radio Hall of Fame Inductions 2017. And other stuff! And, if you haven’t already, please R.S.V.P. by reply email. See you there! Liz firstname.lastname@example.org
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WINK MARTINDALE [Host of over 20 TV game shows Tic Tac Dough 1978-85, Gambit 1972-76 (again 1980-81) and Debt 1996-98 – DJ WHBQ-560/KHJ-930/KMPC-1540] (Los Angeles-Calabasas, CA) Hi Jim! Always good to come HOME to Tennessee! I was born and raised in Jackson…just 120 miles from Nashville. As for Elvis…and the reason my wife Sandy and I are here, we’ve seen 14 excellent tribute artists. Judging this contest to determine a winner is going to be tough. They’re all that good. Best blessings, Wink P.S. Always enjoy reading your columns.
TRIVIA ANSWER: WEW-770 Saint Louis, MO claims to broadcast the first quiz show in 1923, Question Box Hour.
JIM STANFORD [Broadcast Engineering consultant April 1978–p] (Waco, TX) Hi Good to know you. I am about ten years younger but just as avid about radio. I have built many stations, mostly AM from the ground up including some complex directionals. I still consult many hi power AM’s in large markets for rf related topics. My wife and I are full time rv’ers and presently parked at our kids place just outside Houston. Jim Stanford
JOHNNY CARSON (October 23, 1925 – January 23, 2005) If it weren’t for Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of television, we’d still be eating frozen radio dinners.
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