SILENCE THE LAMB One of the most chilling, frightening movies of the 1990s is filmmaker, producer and screenwriter Robert Jonathan Demme’s Silence of the Lambs in 1991. Anthony Hopkins’ portrayal of the scary Dr. Hannibal Lecter is unbelievable. Jonathan Demme born on February 22, 1944 in Baldwin, NY who reaches his pinnacle with comedy films Melvin and Howard, Swing Shift, Something Wild and Married to the Mob passes away at 73 of esophageal cancer on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.
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ESPN CRACKS ITS BULLWHIP On Wednesday, April 26, 2017 ESPN’s rash of cuts stun the sports media world like popular Western motion picture star of the 1940s and 1950s Lash LaRue’s bullwhip. Zap and you’re gone! Longtime NFL reporter Ed Werder, who covers the Dallas Cowboys during his 17 years with ESPN is among the first to announce he is let go. Others include Jason Stark, Talk show host Danny Kanell, NFL analyst Trent Dilfer and longtime ESPN host Jay Crawford.
IT’S A TOUGH DAY AT THE Q Brian Zepp and Terri Traen exit PM Drive on Cumulus Classic Rock KQRS FM (92.5) Minneapolis, MN. Terri Traen is with KQRS for 27 years and is Tom Barnard’s former longtime morning co-host. On Monday afternoon, April 24, 2017 KQRS tweets a photo of the duo along with this message: It’s a tough day here at the Q when we have to say goodbye to two friends and coworkers. We wish Zepp & Terri nothing but the best. Spencer Tracy in the 1955 movie tells it all: It’s a bad day at Black Rock.
EMMIS UNLOADS $80M The Indianapolis Business Journal reports that lenders pressure Emmis to shed $80 million worth of its radio assets in order to pay down its debt. This comes as the result of recently renegotiated terms with lenders JPMorgan Chase Bank and Bank of New York Mellon. Emmis Communications owns 19 radio stations in five markets: New York, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Austin, and Indianapolis. The IBJ reports that as of February 28, 2017 Emmis’ total debt is $221 million.
TRIVIA QUESTION: TV series Richard Diamond, Private Detective‘s secretary, Sam, uses what actress’ beautiful legs on screen? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•IHEARTMEDIA signs five-year extension renewal to Elvis Duran on WHTZ FM (Z100) New York City since 1996 and syndicated nationally since 2009 by Premiere Networks on nearly 80 radio stations. •ALEXANDER C. TAYLOR great-grandson of Cox founder Gov. James M. Cox is next President/Chief Executive Officer of Cox Enterprises, effective January 1, 2018 to succeed current President/CEO, John Dyer, who retires in December 2017 after 40 years with Cox.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1957 LARRY KING’s 1st radio broadcast on May 1st. •1962 JOHNNY CASH plays Carnegie Hall on May 10th in NYC. •1979 ELTON JOHN is 1st Pop star to perform in Israel on May 1st. •1982 ALABAMA’s single Mountain Music zooms to #1 in Billboard Country on May 1st. •1990 SUNSET CARSON one of our favorite cowboy actors (Bandits of the Badlands, Rough Riders of Cheyenne) dies at 62 on May 1st. •2008 GEORGE STRAIT’s album Troubadour goes Gold on May 1st.
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TOM ELLIS [Veteran WABC TV NYC / WBZ TV Boston, MA & KONO-860/KONO TV news anchor] (Boston-Cape Cod-East Sandwich, MA) Subject: alive! Hi, Jim and Suzie, My sincere thanks to all my friends who prayed for my recovery. I’ve not had a final word yet on whether the cancer is gone, but I’m optimistic that all’s well. Meanwhile, I’m doing my best to gain back some weight, and to gain some strength. Best, Tom
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RITA KRESS [one of my 1990s KILT FM fans] (Oak Park, FL) Do not have Windows 10 heard too many bad things about it so as long as I can I have windows 7. Always wanted to retire in Florida since I saw it on a trip back in 1975, never thought I would be able to afford it. But just came in time 4 yrs ago, when the housing industry was down, before all the prices are going sky high again here. Weather also changed in Houston, got much colder in the winter than when I had first came in 1978 and very much wetter. Houston believe or not had the climate of Florida then. I first lived in Clearwater in a condo, I remodeled it, held it for a while until the prices were sky rocketing in the area and flipped it so I could buy a house. I am now out in the country in the middle of orange groves in a small town called Avon Park which is in the center of the state sort of east of Sarasota. Where I live now I have 1/4 of an acre of land, corner lot, forest on all other sides any neighbors are across the street from me. Moved here in February and home prices have climbed 25% and still rising. You have come a long way into being computer savvy guru, I was impressed when you started your newsletter and knew how to set everything up.
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JASON WAYNE [ex KNOW-1490] (San Antonio, TX) Oh my…what a transition to KPCN (730)…from KHFI (FM). I just looked up the coverage of 730Kc. and what a daytime signal…all the way South to Temple and North to Norman, OK. !!!! Quite a coverage area…and almost to Longview & Abilene, East & West! Was Bill Mack there at this time? was this the station Eddie Childs owned? I did not ever work with Ed Brandon, but am well aware of who he is and his tenure at KTRK CH 13 in Houston. Many from my day at KNOW (1490) remember him and how popular he was.
TRIVIA ANSWER: On April 24, 1949, Dick Powell begins a four-year run as Richard Diamond, Private Detective on NBC Radio. In the late 1950s, Powell’s company, Four Star Television, produces a TV version with star David Janssen. His secretary, Sam, is shown only from the waist down to display the beautiful legs of actress Mary Tyler Moore. The October 1964 issue of TV Radio Mirror magazine features KVIL FM’s all night DJ Girl Named Sam which is Mary Stoddard.
CHUCK DUNAWAY [WABC-770, KLIF-1190, KBOX-1480 & KILT-610] (Houston-Katy, TX) When we had Willie at our Live concerts on KFM in Dallas…the hard part was closing the shows as Willie, once on stage, seemed to play forever…repeating song a few times during the set…once Ray Wylie Hubbard and Rusty Weir got up and jammed with Willie and the concert lasted over three hours…we were live on the air and being a Sunday…we let the bands play on…fun days…”Outlaw Days” were fun days…where have all the “Outlaws” gone? Chuck (www.chuckdunawaydj.com/)
WILLIE NELSON (April 30, 1933 – p) When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.
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