May 26, 2017 [Friday] Issue #1619
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
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007 GOES AFTER FINAL VILLAIN Roger George Moore is born on October 14, 1927 in Stockwell, South London. During final year of World War II, Roger serves as a 2nd Lieutenant in Royal Army Service Corps. From 1962 to 1969 Roger is The Saint, Simon Templar. Roger Moore has the longest run as 007, beginning in 1973 with Live and Let Die ending in 1985 with A View to a Kill. Roger Moore’s final villain is as 10-year survivor of prostate cancer. On Tuesday, May 23, 2017 Roger Moore passes away at 89 in Switzerland.
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MOON NO LONGER RISES OVER TEXAS Country Radio Hall of Fame member Moon Mullins begins in radio on KLLL-1460 Lubbock, TX. Country music legend Waylon Jennings is a former personality on KLLL-1460 before he joins Rock Superstar Buddy Holly on tour. For over 50 years, listeners hear Moon Mullins on KCKN-1340 Kansas City, WINN-1240 Louisville, KSON-1240 San Diego, WHN-1050 NYC, WSM-650 Nashville, KFDI Wichita and KVOO-1170 Tulsa, OK. On Monday, May 22, 2017 Moon Mullins passes away after surgery.
THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH IS NO MORE After entertaining generations of Americans for 146 years, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus final performance is at the Nassau County Coliseum in Uniondale, NY on Sunday evening, May 21, 2017. Ringling circus’ owner, Feld Entertainment, says its show shuts down due to declining attendance and high operating costs. But, animal rights activists target the circus, saying forcing animals to perform is abuse. In May 2016, Ringling removes elephants from its shows.
NEW FORMAT CAPTAINS AT BEASLEY Chief Executive Officer Caroline Beasley announces new Beasley Format Captains: Active Rock WMMR FM (93.3) & Classic Rock WMGK FM (102.9) Philadelphia PD Bill Weston; Adult Contemporary WMJX FM (106.7) & Hip Hop WBQT FM (96.9) Boston Operations Manager/PD Cadillac Jack; Rhythmic Oldies KOAS FM (105.7) & Hot AC KVGS FM (107.9) Las Vegas Operations Manager/PD John Candelaria and Country WSOC FM (103.7) & Sports WBCN FM HD-2 (98.5) Charlotte OM/PD/DJ Stout.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What is the first radio station in New York City? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•MIKE KANNON prior 2 year co-host mornings on CBS Adult Contemporary KVIL FM (103.7) until January 2017 also 3-year DJ on Cumulus Top 40 KLIF FM (Hot 93.3) replaces syndicated On Air With Ryan Seacrest as PM Drive host on iHeartMedia Hot AC KDMX FM (102.9 NOW) Dallas, TX effective June 1, 2017. •RON KUBY liberal suddenly departs from Cumulus Media Curtis & Kuby midday show on News/Talk WABC-770 New York City due to budget cuts. Conservative Curtis Sliwa remains to host noon to 3:00 pm show solo.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1959 JOE KELLY TV host of Quiz Kids passes away at 57 on May 26th in Oak Park, IL. •1968 BRETT JAMES songwriter (Martina McBride’s Blessed) born on June 5th in Oklahoma City, OK. •1977 STAR WARS movie debuts on May 26th. •1981 THE OAK RIDGE BOYS’ single Elvira nabs #1 in Billboard Country on May 30th. •1995 ISADORE [Friz] FRELING Walt Disney animator, cartoonist (Sylvester the cat) dies at 88 on May 26th. •2007 BILLY CURRINGTON’s Good Directions lands #1 in Billboard Country on May 26th.
EMAILS YES WE HAVE EMAIL
J. R. RUSS [WAVD FM (97.1 The Wave)] (Philadelphia-Boothwyn, PA) Subject: Elkins Institute. Hi Jim, Yes, I switched cable companies and will NEVER have an email like that again. I lost a lot of contacts and websites that had that Comcast address as a “forgot password” link were a nightmare. I went to Elkins in Chicago on Central at Addison, a few blocks from Wrigley Field. The First Phone got me a few jobs early on…three, I think. After that they were non-directional, FM or were big enough where they had an engineer until they relaxed the FCC rules. Now anybody BREATHING can sign a log. Good to hear from you again. BTW, did you ever work in Buffalo? I worked with a Jim Rose there. J.R. Russ (www.jrruss.com) / (www.commercial-voiceover.com) / (www.movieticketradio.com) / (www.WCFLchicago.com)
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JACK PARNELL [ex PD/DJ WHBQ-560] (Memphis, TN) Afternoon Jim: My Shirley was named for Shirley Temple. She’s very short and very petite. She and I dated for about 3 years in high school, and when we graduated, we waited about 2 months and married. I was already in radio when we married…on the local station in our hometown of Milan, TN. We moved to Jackson, TN after having been married about 5 months, where I worked at WDXI Radio & TV. Then Wink Martindale called and asked if I’d be interested in moving to WHBQ, which was the top Memphis station. We did move of course, and when Wink left for the great move to L.A., I did the morning show, later became Program Director. As you probably know, Wink and I are still very close friends and stay in close touch. So there we are…Shirley and I were married 60 years this past August, and have lived in Memphis 58 years this past June. JP
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JASON WAYNE [ex KNOW-1490] (San Antonio, TX) A few months ago I was in Duluth, MN and in the rent car one evening listening to WOAI (1200) which came booming in more clear than local stations in Duluth !!!!! That was always a strange arrangement with WFAA/570 & 820 sharing situation. I recall a few names from that era at WFAA. Don Norman, which I have an aircheck of doing news at midnight on 570 around 1971. I also recall Charlie Van who was on KBOX (1480) then moved to 570. Arch Campbell in 1971 doing 9 to noon. Ken Benson, overnights. I also recall a very popular TV show on CH 8 on Sat. evenings called “Let me speak to the manager” hosted by head honcho Mike Shapiro. I was saddened to learn of the passing of Webb Hunt, but am not surprised. Perhaps I might be mistaken, but I think I recall a Mike Marshall on KFJZ (1270) around this same time? Possible the same person before coming to 570 or maybe after? My family were friends with Bob Gooding of CH 8 news and also Dale Milford who did weather b4 entering politics.
TRIVIA ANSWER: On March 2, 1922, WEAF-610 owned by AT&T Western Electric signs on as the first radio station in New York City. Some believe that the call letters stand for Western Electric AT&T Fone or Water, Earth, Air and Fire (the 4 classical elements). However, records suggest that the FCC assigns WEAF-610 call letters from an alphabetical sequence. WEAF-610 later becomes WNBC-660.
JUDGE JONATHAN HAYES [ex KWKH-1130, KEEL-710, WKY-930, KLIF-1190, KVIL FM, KLUV FM] (Waxahachie, TX) Your link was posted to my Facebook wall by a friend and fellow actor. He knew of my background and figured that I would like it and he was right. By the way of my 45 years in the business, 15 years were as a DJ and the last 30 as a traffic reporter.
MARGARET THATCHER (October 13, 1925 – April 8, 2013) Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.
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