April 14, 2017 [Friday] Issue #1607
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
PINE TREE STATE LOSES PIONEER RADIO PERSONALITY On Friday morning, March 17, 2017, WMME FM (92.3 Moose FM) in Augusta, ME issues an online post that mentions Don Brown is the creator of the Love Fund, plus he is on local radio for decades, that includes WABK, WKCG and, most recently, Mid-Maine’s greatest hits! WCTB FM (Cruisin’ 93.5) in Waterville. Don Brown is on the air for about 49 years. In 2006, Don inducts into the Maine Broadcasting Hall of Fame. In 2011, he receives the Citizen of the Year award from Le Club Calumet, Augusta-based Franco-American club. On Thursday, March 16, 2017, Don Brown (Don Wormwood) passes away at 77 from multiple strokes.
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NY NEWS CHANNEL BLOODBATH In May 2016, Charter Communications acquires Time Warner Cable. Through this deal, Charter captures cable TV News channel NY1. As part of a shift in direction, change hits hard on NY1 and its viewers with the layoffs of about a dozen employees. According to the NY Times, many of the victims are beloved on-air personalities: correspondent Shelley Goldberg, entertainment critic Neil Rosen, travel correspondent Valarie D’Elia, plus other familiar faces now seek other opportunities.
THE BELL TOLLS FOR 89X Canada’s Bell Media restructures. Bell closes its American office in Detroit, MI, plus it lays off most of its on-air staff on Alternative CIMX FM (89X) Windsor-Detroit. Bell casualties include longtime Cal and Co. morning host Cal Cagno and his co-host Gillian Reilly, midday personality Phil [PK] Kukawinski and afternoon talent Reed Petitpren. The only live body left on air is night DJ Mark McKenzie. Bell cuts include promotions and sales, as well for about a dozen layoffs in all.
MASON, TX RADIO FRAUD SETTLEMENT SALE Timothy Walker transfers his 50% stake in III & W Broadcasting’s Classic Rock KZZM FM (101.7) and Country KHLB FM (Lonestar 102.5) Mason TX to partner Charles Jordan III as part of a settlement over allegations that Walker embezzles money from the company. KHLB FM’s 50,000 watts, transmitting from atop our 40 story tower, covers over 5,000 square miles of the Hill Country! Our signal hits a dozen counties with +200,000 people! (http://khlb1025.com/)
TRIVIA QUESTION: What is the first radio station in the United States to have call letters that began with “W”? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Chuck Blore April 10th. Jim Mccoy April 11th. Carla Springer April 13th. Shirley Ann Repass (Rose) & Frank Haley April 15, 2017. •BRYAN MOZINA [Mo Lightning] former Talking Stick Communications Classic Hits WRSW FM (107.3) Warsaw, IN PD joins The Third String Morning Show on Long Nine WQLZ FM (97.7) Springfield-Petersburg, IL. •TRACY DAVIS former WLFI TV CBS CH 18 Producer moves on up to Assistant News Director at WMAQ TV NBC CH 5 Chicago, IL in June 2017. •BOB KEVOIAN joins Tom Griswold on WOFX FM Cincinnati, OH for The Bob and Tom Show in a Cincinnati casino features Baseball Hall of Fame member and broadcaster Marty Brenneman.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1956 AMPEX CORPORATION demonstrates 1st commercial videotape recorder on April 14th. •1964 STUART DUNCAN fiddle player with The Nashville Bluegrass Band is born on April 14th in Quantico, VA. •1978 WRR-1310 in Dallas, TX flips call letters to KAAM on April 14th. •1981 HANK WILLIAMS JR. records his single A Country Boy Can Survive on April 14th.•1995 BURL IVES Folk singer, stage, screen, radio and television actor (A Holly Jolly Christmas, Big Rock Candy Mountain, A Little Bitty Tear, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) dies at 85 on April 14th in Anacortes, WA. •2000 BILL ANDERSON and Jon Randall write Whiskey Lullaby on April 12th.
EMAILS YES WE HAVE EMAIL JACK PARNELL [ex PD/DJ WHBQ-560] (Memphis, TN) Subject: Roy Mack. Thanks Jim…I always enjoy your articles too. Strangely, he died on Saturday the 25th, and none of us knew about it for nearly a week. About 3 years ago I called to ask if he could come to one of our WHBQ Radio & TV get together…his wife answered and said his health was bad and he had gone to the doctor at that point. When I finally got on the internet after hearing that he had passed, I found out that his wife Sandy had died just after I talked with her about the gathering. You’re right; the older we get the faster our friends go. JP
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SAMANTHA WASHINGTON [ex KNOK-970, KXOL-1360 DJ Reuben T Mad Lad’s widow] (Houston-Missouri City, TX) Subject: Reuben T (mad Lad) Washington. Jim, thought you would like to know that Reuben passed away march 16th. Sorry I failed to contact you, but I was completely out of everything mindwise. I still can’t adjust. Call if you like. Sam (poopsie)
CHUCK DUNAWAY [WABC-770, KLIF-1190, KBOX-1480 & KILT-610] (Houston-Katy, TX) Subject: Berry died. Chuck Berry died…the first time Kendall and I saw each other was at a Chuck Berry concert in Austin…she was in the front row and I was in the side balcony box. I remember looking down as she was looking up…how ‘bout dat.. (www.chuckdunawaydj.com/)
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MIKE CANNON [KSBJ FM, ex KENR-1070, KILT-610, KIKR-1450 and KPRC-950] (Houston-Cleveland, TX)Howdy Jim. It’s been a while since I checked in with you so I thought I’d say hello. I hope you’re doing well. I’m still cranking out Telephone On-Hold Messages and doing Voice-Overs through my company Studio Productions and staying busy chasing the grandkids (and Granny) around. I’m also back on the air! I was approached by KSBJ late last year about doing some part-time work for them and am doing Saturday afternoons Noon-6 and filling in when there is a need. It’s great to be back with my first love even through the old dog had to learn some new tricks…WHERE ARE THE TURNTABLES AND CARTS??? It is great to be back on the air and wonderful to have such a ministry opportunity given to me. I joked with the PD when he asked me if I had an aircheck. I said “yes, but you don’t have anything that’ll play it!” The last time I jocked was 1989, but it’s like riding a bicycle in many respects. I began my career doing weekends as the youngest DJ on the air in Houston and I guess I’ll check out as the oldest! but, like we’ve always said…it’s way better than a real job. Take good care Jim, Mike PS. We appreciate and reward referrals! CLICK http://unbouncepages.com/referralform/ to make a referral. mike cannon STUDIO PRODUCTIONS 713-222-1492 ext 3 800-818-2347 ext 3 www.messageonholdnow.com See our Blog Like our Facebook Page Follow us on Twitter Connect on LinkedIn When business is “on the line” turn hold time into SOLD TIME
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KAREN [DUCKIE] MASSEY (ex morning host on KXOL-1360, KBUC FM) (San Antonio, TX) Subject: Society of San Antonio Radio Broadcasters. Jim: Greeting from San Antonio. After all these years I finally went to the Society of San Antonio Radio Broadcasters luncheon/meeting. I was in awe of all the Radio Royalty that was at that meeting, not to mention the ones that did not turn up. I saw the name tags on the table. Spoke to Jerry King (KKYX Radio) at the meeting, who happened to mention that the only time we really all get together is at funerals. Wow what a thought. Well, before it’s my turn (I wonder if anyone will turn up) I am actively going to seek another radio gig, preferably country. Hay! English people love country music as well, you know. Anyway my dear, hope all is well and have a great week. By the way, have some old pictures of you when we went to Uvalde for Johnny Rodriguez home coming. Duckie! Director of Sports Sales Baywood Hotels (www.baywoodhotels.com)
TRIVIA ANSWER: On April 4, 1922 WAAB, Baton Rouge, LA is the first radio station in the United States to have call letters that began with “W”.
CC MCCARTNEY [ex KILT-610, KRBE FM, Voice Imaging] (Nashville, TN) Subject: CC McCartney. Bill young gave me that name when I got to KILT (610), I said call me anything, just sign that contract. CC McCartney
IRA [Eye] LIPSON [ex PD/DJ KZOO FM] (Dallas, TX) Subject: The ZOO returns. Some fun news for old ZOO fans. http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2017/03/24/ready-zoo-freak-dallas-best-rock-station-returns-28-years-plug-pulled Ira “Eye” Lipson Certified Media Hotshot Dallas, Texas USA http://www.Lipsonworks.com
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