SONGWRITER’S SONGWRITER PASSES IN TIME On April 4, 1938, Norris [Norro] Wilson is born in Scottsville, KY. Norro Wilson writes and produces hit tunes for George Jones, Kenny Chesney, Shania Twain, Reba McEntire and others. In 1973, Charlie Rich has crossover success with Norro’s The Most Beautiful Girl. Kenny Chesney sighs: He taught me so much about soul, and songs, and what it means to touch someone’s life with music. On Thursday, June 8, 2017 Norro Wilson passes away at 79 in Nashville, TN.
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A NEW MIXER IN HOUSTON, TX In January 2017, when CBS Radio Top 40 WZMP FM (96.5 AMP Radio) Philadelphia, PA flips to AC WTDY FM (Today’s 96.5), Jason Cage half of the Cage & Bex morning show as we say in radio seeks a new opportunity. Starting Monday, June 12, 2017 Jason heads to Houston, TX as new PM Drive DJ on CBS Radio Hot AC KHMX FM (Mix 96.5). Before he moves to Philly in February 2016, Cage lasts five years as night DJ on CBS Radio WBBM FM (B96) Chicago, IL.
CBS RADIO USHERS CADILLAC JACK OUT THE DOOR CBS Radio Philadelphia, PA deeper cuts in the cluster continue as Cadillac Jack Seville exits afternoons on Classic Hits WOGL FM (98.1) after nine years at the helm, along with overnight talent Ron Cade. Since 2004, Cadillac Jack moves on up from weekends/swing to afternoons on WOGL FM in September 2008 after Big Ron O’Brien passes away. Two unidentified Promotions Directors, Sales Manager, plus WXTU FM (92.5) Country DJ Jennifer Reed also move on.
ANDY & ALISON DEPART WIVK FM AFTER 20 YEARS Since July 7, 1997 Andy & Alison is Knoxville, TN’s top morning radio duo on WIVK FM (107.7) decide to exit one of the most popular morning radio shows in America. WIVK FM VP/Market Manager Ken Salyer, brags: They’ve won numerous awards, including six CMA’s for Personalities of the Year and three awards for ACM Personalities of the Year. Andy & Alison remain on the morning show while a nationwide search until WIVK FM locates a new morning show.
TRIVIA QUESTION: When do record companies begin to supply radio stations with 45-RPM singles rather than 78-RPM singles? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Ed Scarborough [Lieblick] Monday. June 12th. Ira [Eye] Lipson, Gary Bradshaw June 13th. Scott Arthur June 14th. Joel Raab June 15, 2017. •JIMMY STEELE joins Cumulus Media in Mobile, AL as Operations Manager of its five-station cluster: WABD FM, WGOK-900, WBLX FM, WDLT FM and WXQW-660. •RACHELLE FRENCH niece of Chicago, IL Superstar WLS-890 morning show co-host Ramblin’ Ray Stevens is new night host on Cumulus Country KQFC FM Boise, ID.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1954 BILL HALEY’s Rock Around the Clock originally releases on June 12th. •1968 JOHNNY CASH’s live version of Folsom Prison Blues grabs #1 in Billboard Country on July 20th. •1978 SHILOH STRONG actor (Foxfire – 1996) born on June 12th. •1981 THE OAK RIDGE BOYS single Elvira goes Gold on June 16th. •1998 THERESA MERRITT actress (Police Story – 1975) dies at 75 on June 12th. •2004 TERRI CLARK is first Canadian-born female to join Grand Ole Opry on June 12th.
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LIZ PATRANELLA [Liz Houston – KTSA-550, KBAT-680] (Austin, TX) Subject: Darrell Taylor Memorial Service. We want to let everyone know that the Memorial Service for Darrell Taylor will be held this Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Churchill Baptist Church, 12400 Vista View St. All are welcome. Interment will follow for family members at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery. Please follow the link below for more information, the full obituary, and to sign Darrell’s guest book to share your own Darrell memory. (http://www.puenteandsons.com/obituaries/Darrell-D-Taylor?obId=1891800#/obituaryInfo) Liz
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STAN DEYO [research physicist and author, former Dallas, TX Kimball high school classmate] (Pueblo West, CO) Subject: Do you remember this guy? Jim, Brilliant! It was Chuck Boyles. Thank you! I am doing a show with JB Wells tonight and I was going to mention this guy but could not for the life of me remember his name I had thought the first name was Chuck but could not finish it. I hope you are well and getting ready for the civil war that is on our horizon… . Your old (I do stress ‘old’) classmate, 😀 Stan Deyo Enterprises, LLC (http://standeyo.com)
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KEN DOWE [CEO Service Broadcasting #1 KKDA FM (104.5) / EVP McLendon Corp. #1 KLIF-1190] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Responding to your friend’s inquiry. Jim, He is probably thinking of Chuck Boyles (“The Snakepit”) on KLIF/ 1190 in the ’60s. Bill Stewart created this highly rated, flame throwing, talk show aired at 10 each evening. An unheard of and unexpected programming achievement. Chuck’s was an unruly talk program with no restraints, tossed into the middle of one of the greatest Top 40 stations of all time. Chuck was a great talent, and Bill Stewart had few peers. Just another sparkling magic act, presented by Gordon McLendon. Ken
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MIKE SIMPSON [ex KLIF-1190, KRLD-1080/FM/TV, WFAA-AM, KDSX-Sherman/Denison, KIKN-Corpus Christi, KVET-Austin, KFJZ-1270/Texas State Network and KVIL-FM 3 separate times] (Sacramento, CA) Subject: KLIF “Feisty” Talk Show Host of the mid ’60’s. I wonder of Stan might be talking about Chuck Boyles? A VERY controversial guy. I was 16 years old and working part-time for KLIF. The station anonymously received a B&W photo of Chuck, sitting at the board in the Master Control Room at Triangle Point. The pic was taken from across Commerce Street, right outside the door to “The Cellar”, a somewhat legendary and fairly “dangerous” music venue and bar. Super-imposed across Chuck’s head were the cross hairs of a gun sight! From that night forward, the curtains of the control room were drawn shut!
TRIVIA ANSWER: On June 5, 1954 Billboard magazine reports that major record labels begin to supply radio stations with 45-RPM promo singles rather than 78-RPM singles.
DON SUNDEEN [DJ/Hi Records promotion/TV ad production] (Dallas, TX) Hi Jim, just read Stan Deyo’s question about the talk show host at KLIF (1190) early on, perhaps he means Rod Roddy who went on to Fame and Fortune in Hollywood as a Quiz Show announcer. Or perhaps it was the great Ed Bush who was ahead of the curve on controversial talk radio and interviewed many Kennedy Conspiracy folks and I believe also delved into UFO’s like Art Bell, Ed though wasn’t a little crazy. Best to you and Suzi (www.thedonrocks.com) / (https://www.facebook.com/) OfficialTheDonRocksPage Twitter: @therealdonrocks
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