April 10, 2017 [Monday] Issue #1606
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
MR WARMTH LEAVES THE STAGE One of our all time favorite comedy legends Don Rickles is born on May 8, 1926 in Queens, New York City. For two years during World War II, Don serves in the U.S. Navy. We fans know Don Rickles as Mr. Warmth. Don’s big break comes when his insult comedy scolds Frank Sinatra during a show: Make yourself at home Frank. Hit somebody. On Thursday morning, April 6, 2017 the master of the put-down, Don Rickles, passes away at 90 of kidney failure. We salute May 8th as Don’s 91st birthday.
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O’REILLY’S RATINGS SOAR Since Fox TV’s The O’Reilly Factor‘s first air date October 7, 1996, it is the most watched cable TV news program. The O’Reilly Factor is the #1 cable TV news program at 8 PM for 10 consecutive years. Even with recent Saturday New York Times report that belittles O’Reilly, his Factor broadcast Tuesday night, April 4, 2017 captures an average of 628,000 viewers between the ages of 25 and 54, an increase of 11% from last week’s Tuesday-night audience. O’Reilly remains #1 in cable TV viewers.
CBS RADIO PULLS PLUG ON TRAFFIC REPORTS WCBS FM (101.1) morning host Scott Shannon announces that veteran NYC Traffic reporter/personality Joe Nolan leaves the show after 25 years. Joe’s last day is Friday, April 7, 2017. Nolan doesn’t really work for WCBS FM. His employer is iHeartMedia’s Total Traffic and Weather Network. CBS ends its business relationship with Total Traffic and partners with Radiant Traffic for future reports. Nolan and several other well-known voices no longer appear on CBS Radio.
HOUSTON’S MIX MIXES IT UP AGAIN On February 1, 1948, KXYZ FM (96.5) signs on. During the 1960s, it plays Beautiful Music. In the late 1960s, KXYZ FM flips to Progressive Rock Love 96 1/2 FM. In January 1971, it flips to KAUM FM. From 1980-86, KSRR FM. In October 1986, KKHT FM. In July 1990, Hot AC Mix KHMX FM. On Monday April 10, 2017 KHMX FM launches The Morning Mix with Sarah Pepper, Geoff Sheen and Lauren Kelly. Pepper comes from CBS Houston sister KKHH FM. Sheen is from San Antonio’s KTKR FM.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Who produces the first 45 rpm record? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•PAUL O’NEILL founder of Progressive Metal band Trans-Siberian Orchestra passes away at 61 on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. •AUGUSTA RADIO FELLOWSHIP buys Conservative Talk WNNG FM (99.9 The Patriot) Unadilla, GA from Georgia Eagle Media for $313,000. •KKWF FM Entercom Country (100.7 The Wolf) Seattle, WA new PD is Drew Bland. •BREITBART NEWS NETWORK adds 3 journalists to DC Bureau: Sam Chi, former RealClear Politics; Kristina Wong, former The Hill and DC policy analyst Sean Moran.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1954 KRGV TV ABC CH 5 Weslaco, TX begins broadcasting on April 10th. •1963 BILL ANDERSON’s biggest hit Still hangs onto #1 in Billboard Country on April 13th. •1975 MARJORIE MAIN actress (Ma and Pa Kettle) dies at 85 on April 10th. •1988 GEORGE STRAIT’s single Famous Last Words Of A Fool glides to #1 in Billboard Country on April 9th. •1992 SAM KINISON loud mouth comedian dies in car crash at 38 on April 10th. •2000 BRAD PAISLEY’s debut album Who Needs Pictures is his first Gold award on April 10th.
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JACK PARNELL [ex PD/DJ WHBQ-560] (Memphis, TN) Subject: Roy Mack. Jim: On Saturday, March 25, a great broadcaster, Roy Mack died in Memphis, his hometown. His real name was Roy McElwain, and he was 76 years old. He had a great career at WMPS in Memphis, and WHBQ, also in Memphis. While still at WMPS, he managed a garage band named The Devilles. Later they changed their name to The Boxtops, and Roy managed them through many hits, beginning with “The Letter”, which hit the top 10 immediately and was followed by other great sellers “Cry Like A Baby”, “Soul Deep”, “Neon Rainbow” and others. As Roy wound down on all the travels, he began producing some country records, and became very adept at that job also. Jack Parnell-former DJ/Program Director-WHBQ Radio, Memphis, TN.
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BEN HAROLD [ex KXOL-1360, KLIF-1190, KNUZ-1230, KENR-1070] (Knoxville, TN) Subject: jrrr. Hi Jim! Sorry I haven’t been in touch, feeling rather poorly. I’d greatly appreciate ALL the prayers I can get, please! It’s been a LONG time since my KXOL, KLIF, KNUZ, KENR days (plus too many more to mention). Most of us “old-timers” STILL seem to be hanging in here. Sadly, we’ve lost too many “greats” along the way. Ben Harold, Knoxville, TN.
JEFF THOMPSON [ex NBC NEWS, 30 Rockefeller Plaza-KXYZ-1320, KMSC FM, KVVV TV CH 16] (Winston-Salem, NC) Subject: Tom Ellis. Thanks so much for the update on Tom’s condition. We’ll certainly pray for him. (www.ThompsonCommunication.com)
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JASON WAYNE [ex KNOW-1490] (San Antonio, TX) Oh yes I agree 100% Jim. I was very fortunate to be able to be part of KNOW (1490), a Wendell Mayes station, for a few short years under the name of Jason Wayne. Also doing daily music chores. A great time to live in Austin !!! What a success story of a station located at 1490 AM, 1000w daytime/250w nighttime, from a 190ft. tower located way over on the east side of town. All the best to you and Suzie, jason wayne [goggans]
TRIVIA ANSWER: On March 31, 1949 after nine years of development, RCA Victor introduces the first 45 rpm record, a 7-inch wonder that promises better sound and easier playability than the current standard, the 10″ 78 rpm record which is very brittle. It competes with the Long Playing record that Columbia introduces a year earlier. The first 45 rpm is Texarkana Baby by Country & Western singer Eddy Arnold. The disc is made of green vinyl to color-code singles according to their style of music. Others include yellow for children’s songs and red for classical music.
LESLIE WAYNE HODGES [ex KCRS-550] (Lake Livingston, TX) When 99.3 FM Tyler, Longview, White Oak, Texas first came out the chute in 2003 it was The Bull put on the air by Engineer James McWain that I worked with in Midland 1971-1975 on KCRS 550 AM then again on KAGG Aggie 96 Country w/out The Bull Madisonville-College Station 1992-1993. Bizarre what is happening on the dial. Most likely so that agency advertisers like Kroger who will only advertise on radio stations that are in the top 2 or three age 19 to 37 male and female. Listening to the music of Maximum Hits 99.3 FM sounds like pimps and thugs who loot and plunder will listen to this. Thus apparently in larger enough numbers but yet do these have the buying power to support a Kroger, Dr. Pepper, Pepsi, Coke and Wrigley’s I see as big buys on Maximum Hits 99.3 FM Tyler, Longview, White Oak, Whitehouse, Texas. The music was too tough for me to listen to at 7:25 this morning. Oh still no live talent between these bongs to make a connection with me as an active listener. Leslie Wayne Hodges; Marshall, TX
ERNEST HEMINGWAY (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.
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