FOX LOSES ITS SHINE On Monday, May 1, 2017 FOX News announces the exit of one of its co-Presidents, Bill Shine, who is a holdover from the Roger Ailes era. Suzanne Scott becomes President of Programming and Jay Wallace moves on up to President of News. Shine, veteran newsman and longtime lieutenant of FOX former chairman Roger Ailes who hits the door amid a scandal in July 2016. FOX News appears to be serious about its pledge to overhaul its cachet. But does FOX News also sway from its Conservative direction?
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HANNITY IS UPSET On Monday night’s program, FOX News host Sean Hannity replies to rumors that he might exit FOX because of network co-President Bill Shine’s sudden departure. At the end of his program, Hannity says: by the way, thank you to all our friends in the media that were tuning in tonight, maybe for the first time. And all the lies you’ve heard about me are not true. Earlier in the day, The Daily Beast, reports that Hannity is in talks to end his show quickly, with a final appearance coming as soon as this week.
IS THERE A NEW FOX ON THE HORIZON? On Wednesday morning, April 19, 2017 Fox News cuts ties with its biggest star in its 20-year history Bill O’Reilly America’s #1 most watched figure in cable TV history. His replacement is Tucker Carlson. Rumors rise of the launch of a rival to Fox News Network grow stronger each day. Mediaite’s Rachel Stockman reports: a well-placed source close to the proposal told the outlet that serious discussions are underway to create an alternative conservative cable network.
IHEART IS GONNA SINK OR SWIM In 1972, banker Lowry Mays and car dealer B. J. [Red] McCombs found Clear Channel Communications and go on a non-stop radio station buying spree. In 2008, buyout firms Bain Capital and Thomas H. Lee Partners acquire iHeartRadio for $24 billion. On September 16, 2014, iHeartRadio rebrands as iHeartMedia and faces bankruptcy over its $20 billion debt. In March 2017, iHeartMedia launches a pair of debt exchanges to cut its debt. Creditors oppose iHeart’s debt overhaul. What’s next?
TRIVIA QUESTION: Who is the first host of TV’s quiz show Jeopardy? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•RYAN SEACREST (42) joins nationally syndicated Live with Kelly Ripa in new studios at WABC-TV as new co-host of the show Regis Philbin makes famous on Monday, May 1, 2017. •STEVE PLESHE returns to PD chair of Cumulus Country KSKS FM (93.7 Kiss Country) Fresno, CA after an eight-year absence. •SIRIUSXM launches first-ever official All Beatles radio channel on May 18, 2017 exclusively on SiriusXM. •WBAP-820 Dallas, TX celebrates 95 years on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 making it one of the oldest radio stations in Texas.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1954 DAVID KEITH actor (Back Roads – 1981, Firestarter – 1984) born May 8th in Knoxville, TN. •1969 MERLE HAGGARD records Workin’ Man Blues on May 16th in the Capitol tower in Hollywood, CA. •1970 THE BEATLES release album Let it Be on May 8th. •1982 WILLIE NELSON’s single Always On My Mind smashes #1 in Billboard Country on May 8th. •1994 ANDY ROONEY delivers 500th commentary on 60 Minutes on May 8th. •2001 CLINT BLACK and Lisa Hartman Black have first baby girl, Lily Pearl Black, on May 8th.
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TONY BOOTH [KAYC-1450, AFKN [Seoul, Korea] 1968, KDOK-1490, KLIF-1190, WLEE-1570] (Richmond, VA) Thanks Jim. Didn’t realize you are in Houston. I am in Richmond, Virginia but it all started in 1962 at KFTV in Paris, Texas. I was 13, a freshman in hi school and took JR Horne’s afternoon show who took off to Austin to enroll as a freshman at UT/Austin. I did four years at the hometown station and, upon graduation in 1966, Al Caldwell hired me at KAYC, Beaumont. I did afternoons there til the end of 1967 when I was drafted into the military. I was stationed in Seoul, Korea and did ‘Good Morning, Korea’ for two years. Tony (Tony Booth’s Solid Gold Sunday Night on WBBT-FM [Big Oldies 107.3])
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JAY WEAVER [KLBK–1360 Lubbock; KBUY–1540 Fort Worth] (DFW-Hurst, TX) Subject: Look Magazine. Hi Jim – For your consideration: Hi Jim! I read with interest your Trivia Question in the May 5, 2017 edition of Jim Rose Remembers Radio. During my stay at KBUY in Fort Worth, my wife worked at the Dallas office of Look Magazine and on one occasion we had the pleasure of dining at the Chaparral Club in 1970 at the top of Southland Center where Look Magazine’s Dallas office was located. It is interesting that Look predicted that TV would overshadow radio in three years, but Look never saw their demise ten years after that date. My wife sat right there in the Dallas office as she and her boss Lockwood B. Segar saw Look crash in 1971 and almost didn’t know what hit them. Fortunately, my wife found another job quickly and our Life kept going.
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IRA [Eye] LIPSON [ex PD KZOO FM] (Dallas, TX) Subject: The ZOO returns. 73 was a big year for both of us. I created and programmed the Zoo while also serving as PD of WFAA AM. At the ZOO I was PD, operation manager, promotions director and in charge of all outside advertising. And I also did some fill-in DJ work. Busy crazy rewarding days. Ira “Eye” Lipson Certified Media Hotshot Dallas Texas USA http://www.Lipsonworks.com
JIM STANFORD [Broadcast Engineering consultant Apr 1978–p] (Waco, TX) Call signs you may have heard of: KCBS / KRQR – SF, Ca. WCNN / WALR -Atlanta, WYLD AM FM New Orleans, WWFE (am) WRHC (am) Miami, WQUE AM FM New Orleans. These are all places I have either been Chief or staff engr or DE. My client list is way too long to be included here. It spans over 20 states And Mexico. The Miami stations are clients and have been for 20+ years. I am also the go to guy in engineering circles across the nation for questions on vintage transmitters as I have worked on most that are post WW II. Your history is much longer than mine and more colorful. I can tell stories all day. Warmest regards Jim
TRIVIA ANSWER: Art Fleming is the first host of TV’s quiz show Jeopardy. Art appears as supporting actor in hundreds of roles in episodic TV, plus he hosts a daily radio talk show on KMOX-1120 St. Louis, MO from 1979-92. Art Fleming born on May 1, 1924 in the Bronx, NY passes away from pancreatic cancer at 70 on April 25, 1995.
CHARLES GEORGE [ex KCHU FM-KC5RAI] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Heard it through the Grapevine. I kept think of thinking of a song done by Maurice Chevalier on an album my father had : Please Don’t Talk About Me When I Am Gone. I noticed how many Radio/TV stations have sensationalized the problems of Erin Moran. Do they do the same for Alex Jones, Sean Hannity. I do believe The Word Of God about what it says about Judgment. I recently was testing my radio and to my surprise was able to bring up the 2 Meter Repeater in Grapevine. Turns out my QSO was with a former announcer in KCLE. 73, KC5RAI
DEAN MARTIN (June 7, 1917 – December 25, 1995) If you can’t say anything real nice, It’s better not to talk at all is my advice.
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