May 12, 2017 [Friday] Issue #1615
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
SUZIE AND I WISH YOU A HAPPY AND SAFE MOTHER’S DAY
COAL MINER’S DAUGHTER HOSPITALIZED In the early 1960s, Loretta Lynn rises to national fame with songs like Coal Miner’s Daughter. In 1969, Country music legend Loretta Lynn is a guest on my KBUC FM/AM San Antonio, TX DJ show. Last month, Lynn celebrates her 85th birthday with two sold-out shows at the famous Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. On Thursday night, May 4, 2017 Country music Superstar Loretta Lynn suffers a stroke in her Hurricane Mills, TN ranch home. Doctors expect Loretta to make a full recovery.
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TRIBUNE FALLS UNDER SINCLAIR SABER The dark day that Tribune Media employees dread for weeks finally arrives like Darth Vader. Chicago-based Tribune Media unloads lock, stock and barrel all of its 42 TV stations (including WGN TV in Chicago), shared ownership of digital multicast network Antenna TV, cable network WGN America, Chicago cable station CLTV, almost a third of cable Food Network, and Chicago radio station WGN-720 to Maryland-based Sinclair Broadcasting Group for approximately $3.9 billion.
IS SINCLAIR FOX’S NEW CHALLENGE? The NY Times reports that Sinclair Broadcast Group’s $3.9 billion deal for Tribune Media puts Fox on notice. The Tribune buyout gives Sinclair more heft to mount a challenge to Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News. With the addition of Tribune’s 42 TV stations, Sinclair covers more than 70% of households in the United States. The Tribune buyout transforms Sinclair into the largest local broadcast owner. Sinclair may woo Fox Conservative viewership with former Fox stars like Bill O’Reilly.
CBS RADIO CUTS BIG NAMES IN BIG D As time draws nigh to Entercom’s takeover of CBS Radio, CBS whacks several familiar voices and names from powerhouse KRLD-1080 Dallas, TX. Perhaps the biggest name is Charley Jones, longtime host of Texas Overnight on KRLD-1080 and TSN. Another familiar name, J.D. Ryan, whose 17-years on CBS Radio includes Around Town and Texas Road Trippin’. Also gone are Sports anchor-reporter Roger Emrich (20-year KRLD-1080 vet) and Reporter/Assistant ND Matt Thomas (since 2006).
TRIVIA QUESTION: When is Larry King’s first Radio broadcast? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•ROBERT SIEGAL public radio icon since 1976 retires as host of NPR’s All Things Considered in January 2018. •CHADD THOMAS WPBB FM Beasley Media AC [B98.7] Holmes Beach/Tampa, FL morning host moves on up to Program Director. •WZAT FM Cumulus Media Savannah, GA flips from Classic Country NASH 102.1 to Hot AC 102.1 The Sound. •MONISHA [Mo] MANN is new 7-midnight personality on iHeartMedia Rhythmic KBOS FM (B95) Fresno, CA.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1958 DICKY DOO AND THE DONT’S single Nee Nee Na Na Na Na Nu Nu lands at #40 on May 12th. •1962 SKEETER DAVIS records The End Of The World on June 8th in RCA Studio B in Nashville, TN. •1970 ERNIE BANKS hits 500th home run on May 12th. •1984 LEE GREENWOOD’s God Bless The U.S.A. releases on MCA records on May 10th. •1992 ROBERT REED TV series The Brady Bunch dies at 59 on May 12th. •2004 GRETCHEN WILSON’s debut album Here For The Party releases on Epic records on May 11th.
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JACK PARNELL [ex PD/DJ WHBQ-560] (Memphis, TN) Afternoon Jim: Shirley and I had 2 Siamese cats, not at the same time, but our last one was with us for 19 years, and his kidneys failed, so we had to quit fighting a losing battle and have him put to sleep. That was when both our kids were still here. I’m allergic to cats anyway, so I told Shirley that I didn’t think I could tolerate another cat. Well, 4 years ago, we found a 3 week old solid black kitten in our attic, but no mama cat. You guessed it…we had to keep him…his name is Bo…short for Mr. Bojangles…we thought at first that he was feral, but he’s fine now…stays up here in the studio when I’m working. He loves to nap on the sofa…ALL DAY! Like you said we don’t know what we’d do if he leaves us. JP
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MIKE SHANNON [Navteq traffic WBAP-820/WFAA-TV] (Dallas-Mesquite. TX) Subject: DFW Broadcasters’ “Lunch Bunch” is this Saturday 5/13! We’re back with another quarterly gathering of DFW radio/TV/media-types! We’ll again converge upon Humperdink’s, 2208 Northwest Hwy between Loop 12-Walton Walker and IH35E-Stemmons in NW Dallas. The fun starts at high noon this Saturday, May 13, and will continue until 3pm or so. But feel free to drop in/drop out as you please. Your food and drinks are on you, but enlightening conversation is absolutely free! Look for us in the game room area. That’s a right turn into the first bar entrance, then another right once you’re inside the bar. And please help us to keep it a politics-free and agenda-free zone! Did you know we’re starting our FIFTEENTH year of doing these??? See you there! Mike Shannon (www.dfwRetroplex.com)
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JIM BELL [KUHF FM 88.7 Morning Edition anchor since 1997-Retired 2010] (Lufkin, TX) Hey Jim, here’s a tiny tidbit of factoid trivia about Jeopardy. For years, from 1964 thru 1973, Don Pardo introduced the host with “Now, here’s the STAR of Jeopardy, Art FLEMING! The show took a break after 1973, but Merv Griffin revived it in 1984 with Alex Trebek and announcer Johnny Gilbert. Trebek didn’t like being called the “Star” of the show because he felt the contestants are the real “stars”. He insisted that he be introduced simply as the “Host”. He got his wish and that’s the way it is. Jim Bell, who came very close to being a contestant on Jeopardy back in the 90s.
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BILL CHERRY [Realtor, In late 1950s Music ’til Dawn host on WWL-870] (Dallas, TX) Jim, I love that old radio stuff that Chuck Dunaway copies and emails to so many of us. I’m just old enough to remember 90% of the programs from back then. I got a First Phone from Elkins’ by riding the bus to and from Galveston to Houston one summer when I was about to graduate from high school. This experience taught me this: A First Phone does nothing for turning one’s pipes into replicate those of KRLD’s Mitch Carr. Neither do smoking or whiskey. It sure didn’t teach me how to repair anything. Bill Cherry
TRIVIA ANSWER: May 1, 1957 is Larry King’s first radio broadcast. Larry King on Career in Radio from 1982. (https://youtu.be/R_nZmcUkJ0Q)
CHUCK DUNAWAY [WABC-770, KLIF-1190, KBOX-1480 & KILT-610] (Houston-Katy, TX) Subject: my Rickles piece. Ray Siller and I are in almost daily contact via the internet…he listened to me in NY and wrote me so once…since then we constantly communicate via emails. He sends me stuff and I do likewise for him…this piece is timely so I thought I’d share… Chuck (http://www.breitbart.com/big-hollywood/2017/04/07/don-rickles-remembered-mr-warmth/) / (www.chuckdunawaydj.com/)
DON RICKLES (May 8, 1926 – April 6, 2017) Who picks your clothes – Stevie Wonder?
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