May 15, 2017 [Monday] Issue #1616
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
CANCER TAKES LONGTIME DALLAS, TX NEWSCASTER Longtime Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX newscaster/reporter John Pendolino is born on April 9, 1953 in Massillon, OH. John is a 1971 graduate of Central Catholic High School. He gains a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from the University of Akron. John is on KLIF-1190/KPLX FM from 1985 to 1995, WBAP-820 from 1995-2013, Total Traffic, KLIF-570, plus, newscaster on KRLD-1080. On April 30, 2017 John Pendolino passes away at 64 from esophageal cancer in Arlington, TX .
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MICHAEL TRAVELS LONESOME HIGHWAY LAST TIME From 1969-70, one of our favorite TV programs Then Came Bronson that stars Michael Parks as TV’s first easy rider, Jim Bronson, who quits his job and rides the highways looking for adventure on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Michael’s theme song Lonesome Highway makes #20 in Billboard. Michael Parks with more than a hundred film and TV roles for more than 50 years passes away at 77 on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA.
SEAWEED ENDS 44 YEARS IN THE BAY San Francisco Bay Area radio icon Steve Seaweed, a fixture on local airwaves for the last 20 years in middays on Cumulus Classic Rock KSAN FM (107.7 The Bone) San Francisco, CA retires after 44 years on the air. Steve’s final broadcast is Friday, June 30, 2017 from 10am-3pm PT. In 1972, Seaweed has his New Year’s Eve debut on KLRB FM (101.7) Carmel, CA. Steve’s voice appears on KRQR FM (97.3 ) San Francisco and KLLC FM (97.3) before he returns to KSAN FM for good in 1997.
PRO GUN TALK HOST’S SAFETY IN QUESTION Conservative pro gun radio Talk show host Dana Loesch, who also is a spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association, plans to do her show live in front of an audience at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, MO on May 19, 2017. But because anti gun protesters attack several Conservative speakers around the country in recent months, concerns for her safety forces her to now broadcast live from the local KSGF-1260/KSGF FM (104.1) studio without a live in person audience.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What is the longest tenure for an M.C. of a network entertainment program? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Beverly Bremers [Don’t Say You Don’t Remember #15-1972] March 10, 2017. •TERRI ANN SCHLESSER renews her contract as co-host of the Jason & Terri Ann Morning Show on iHeartMedia Soft AC KSOF FM (Soft Rock 98.9) Fresno-Dinuba, CA. •COREY FOLEY & MITCH ELLIOTT are new hosts of the Alpha Media Triple A KINK FM (101.9) Portland, OR morning drive show effective May 2, 2017. Foley is most recently on CBS Radio Country KILT FM (100.3 The Bull) Houston, TX.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1954 KGLO TV (now KIMT) CBS CH 3 Mason City, IA 1st broadcast on May 15th. •1969 HEE HAW replaces controversial Smothers Brothers Show on CBS TV on June 15th. •1970 THE BEATLES’ last LP Let It Be releases in US on May 15th. •1980 ALABAMA’s single Tennessee River releases on RCA records on May 16th. •1994 ROYAL DANO character actor (Outlaw Josey Wales – 1976) dies of a heart attack at 71 on May 15th. •2013 ZAC BROWN BAND’s video Jump Right In debuts on May 17th on CMT TV.
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DAVID HOUSE [Former Ft. Worth Star-Telegram Senior Editor] (Ft. Worth-North Richland Hills, TX)Subject: Carolyn Babin passed away. Jim, I received sad news that Carolyn Babin passed away Thursday, May 4. Thought you and your readers would want to know. Many may remember her. I understand that, at her request, there will be no funeral. She was a charming pistol. Very pretty, smart and vivacious. She was with stations in the Houston, Texas, and Shreveport, La., markets for many years before she retired in 1978. She left KCIJ in Shreveport in 1954 to work briefly in New Mexico then moved to Baytown, Texas, where she managed KRCT, then back to Shreveport and KCIJ then to KENT and KEEL there. She was Faron Young’s fiancé 1950-51. Broke off that ill-starred relationship then dated the Louisiana Hayride’s Tommy Trent for a while. Dated Elvis 1955-56 and was good friends with many country stars before marrying her husband, Frances. Carolyn and Frances have resided in Waskom, Texas, for many years. She was a friend of my mother’s (Jewell House) and was a great help as I researched mother’s career in country music to pull together http://www.jewellhousetribute.com. God grant Carolyn rest and joy. David House – Freelance Writer Member: SPJ, SPJFW
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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: The Breakfast Club is a long-run morning variety show on NBC Blue Network/ABC radio (and briefly on television) originating in Chicago, IL with host Don McNeill from June 23, 1933 through December 27, 1968. McNeil’s 35½-year run as host remains the longest tenure for an M.C. of a network entertainment program, that surpasses Johnny Carson (29½ years) on The Tonight Show and Bob Barker (34⅔ years) on The Price is Right.
JASON WAYNE [ex KNOW-1490] (San Antonio, TX) Very interesting information as I am sure those were exciting days at KPCN (730). Any word about Bill Mack and health issues as I must think he might be close to 80 ? Maybe ? I was also wondering if you ever hear from Web Hunt, a long-timer at KQUE-FM, who did overnights until the format change to Mexican? KQUE-FM was a great station I enjoyed listening to I can only recall a few names from that time period…like Paul Berlin, Gary Hoffman, Mike Marshall, and afternoons with “Gary & Cindy”. I talked many times with Web Hunt until we lost contact after the format change, maybe some 20 years ago?
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