April 24, 2017 [Monday] Issue #1610
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
FOX TV CAVES TO AGITATORS In 1966, recording artist Napoleon XIV’s single They’re Coming to Take Me Away! is apropos for FOX TV’s latest betrayal to remove its biggest star #1 rated Talk host Bill O’Reilly with a payout worth $25 million. New York Times sets in motion a campaign by left wing Media Matters which pressures O’Reilly advertisers to exit his show. Shortly after Fox News fires 67-year-old Bill O’Reilly, President Donald Trump offers him a post to move on up in his administration.
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O’REILLY IS STILL A FACTOR After Fox News fires 67-year-old Bill O’Reilly from his prime time post, he is still a Factor because President Donald Trump offers him a post as Media Advisor. President Trump who knows that O’Reilly’s media savvy is first-rate, places him in position to work closely with Press Secretary Sean Spicer and Information and Propaganda Director Jeff Derpinger to help to improve voters’ perception of the Trump administration.
ESPN CLEARS ITS LITTER Over the past five years, ESPN network loses 12 million subscribers. In November 2016 alone, ESPN loses 600,000. In October 2015, ESPN slashes 300 jobs, or about 5% of its staff. Just in time for Disney’s second-quarter earnings tally, ESPN apparently wants to shake things up a bit. In March 2017, Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch reports: ESPN has been tasked with paring tens of millions ($) of staff salary from its payroll, including staffers many viewers and readers will recognize.
WINDY CITY TV CHANGES DIRECTION After the sale of their broadcast frequencies to wireless carriers, several Chicago, IL TV stations flip channels: WCIU TV CH 27 moves to CH 23, WCPX TV CH 43 moves to CH 34, WEDE CD CH 50 moves to CH 28, WFLD TV CH 31 moves to CH 24, WLS TV CH 44 moves to CH 22, WMAQ TV CH 29 CH to CH 33, WMEU CD CH 32 moves to CH 18, WPVN CD CH 20 moves to CH 26, WTTW TV CH 47 moves to CH 25 and WWME CD CH 39 moves to CH 20. CD is low powered TV.
TRIVIA QUESTION: When does the FCC approve FM stereo broadcasting? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! •Rebecca Kaplan Promotions Director of Country duo KPLX FM (99.5 The Wolf) and KSCS FM (New Country 96.3) tacks on newly created position of Marketing Director for Cumulus seven-station cluster in Dallas, TX. •RYAN WRECKER former PD of Federated Media N/T WOWO-1190 Fort Wayne, IN becomes new host of Overnight America on legendary CBS Radio KMOX-1120 in St. Louis, MO to replace Jon Grayson who resigns in February, 2017.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1959 WICD TV NBC/ABC CH 15 in Champaign, IL begins broadcasting on April 24th. •1968 MERLE HAGGARD’s single The Legend Of Bonnie And Clyde scores #1 in Billboard Country on April 27th. •1974 NFL grants franchise to Tampa Bay Buccaneers on April 24th. •1989 CLINT BLACK debuts on The Grand Ole Opry on April 22nd. •1996 ERMA BOMBECK humorist-newspaper columnist dies of kidney disease at 69 on April 24th. •2007 KEITH URBAN’s video I Told You So debuts on CMT on April 19th.
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CC MCCARTNEY [ex KILT-610, KRBE FM, Voice Imaging] (Nashville, TN) It was early in 1974, I was doing early nights at KIMN (950), Denver and we had one of those all glassed incased control rooms. I had a request to play Stairway to Heaven and I was about ready for a nice 6 minute break, when this loud roaring sound started to cover the sounds of my monitors. Just as I looked up, I saw an old Dodge literally in my lobby. This guy ran his car up the outside stairs and thru the plate glass windows and from my control room I was maybe 5 feet from his smoking machine. I jumped up to see if he was alright and he said “ yes **** it, I was trying to kill myself”. After a short pause I told him when John McGuiness, The GM hears about this, he may still get his wish! True story. CC McCartney
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CHUCK DUNAWAY [WABC-770, KLIF-1190, KBOX-1480 & KILT-610] (Houston-Katy, TX) Jim; Not to make you envious but…I danced with Ann Margaret in the WKY (930) studios once. Ronnie Kaye was interviewing her and I had just finished taping a kiddie TV show I was doing with Foreman Scotty…i was still in my overalls costume when I walked into the control room and there she was. I was a brassy jerk and grabbed her and (being a good sport) we swayed around the control room a bit. I remember how tiny she was. She was in town with Pat Boone doing a movie about car racing…the movie was set in Dallas, but we had a more photographic race track according to the movie guys. Ronnie loves to tell the story…me too. Chuck (www.chuckdunawaydj.com/)
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JIM SHANNON [KULF-790, WIL-1430] (Ellisville-St. Louis, MO) Subject: KOB TV. Read with interest your note on KOB-TV Albuquerque being the first TV station between the Mississippi River and the West Coast. Folks here in St. Louis are proud that KSD-TV went on the air on Feb. 8, 1947, which pre-dates KOB (April 5, 1948) by more than a year. I may be splitting hairs here, but St. Louis in on the western side of the banks of the Mississippi. Did I get you on this one? Jim Shannon
T.J. CALLAHAN [ex KILT FM 1987-2008/Metro Traffic 1985-87/WTAW-KTAW 1982-85] (Houston-Sugar Land, TX) Subject: Birthday wishes. Hi Jim, Thanks for the birthday wishes. You are so sweet to always remember me. Keep up the good work. Love Jim Rose Remembers Radio! Teej
TRIVIA ANSWER: On April 20, 1961 the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approves the GE and Zenith systems of FM stereo broadcasting.
CHARLES GEORGE [ex KCHU FM-KC5RAI] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Future Radio. I don’t think Digital will kill FM. One reason is even in Dallas there, are places Digital Signals do not as well as either FM or AM. Also with Digital persons have, to subscribe, whereas, my radios can be turned on. If anything Kills radio it will be too many stations not developing new Talent, so as to keep it Fresh and not become a bore. Like some persons still blame those no longer around. Like a Patriarch, Gerhard Schuttger, from my church I grew up in passed away. I had mixed feelings, since we often disagreed but I knew he cared a lot for others. I often am more convinced by the actions of others over what they tell me. I am not much on trying to convert those, especially those converted and older than me. I am more of the type that likes stations with: More Music And Less Talk. Though I know it was fun hearing a DJ could talk up to the vocals on the start of a song where there was an instrumental. I think those who have made a career in Broadcasting often think differently than those that have not. I maybe wrong about the future of radio, but not getting rid of the ones I own. Though may not worth anything in the future. Anyway here are some photos of what I like listening to. 73, KC5RAI, Charles George
HOMER (900 BC-800 BC) Be still my heart; thou hast known worse than this.
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