June 23, 2017 [Friday] Issue #1627
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
TEXAS DJ AND NEWS REPORTER ENDS HIS JOURNEY Born Clyde Larry Fitzgerald in October 1937, the Texas radio news reporter and DJ attends the University of Texas at Austin with aspirations of becoming a broadcast journalist. His radio career includes San Marcos, Fort Worth and Dallas, plus Austin, TX first TV station KTBC TV CH 7. From 1995 to 2003, Larry witnesses 219 executions as spokesman for Texas Department of Criminal Justice. On Monday, June 12, 2017 Larry Fitzgerald passes away at 79.
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LAST POLKA PARTY FOR DULUTH RADIO LEGEND Longtime Duluth, MN radio personality Pat Cadigan hosts KDAL-610’s morning show with Rik Jordan from 1982 until Jordan’s retirement 26 years later. Pat continues in the morning show with various co-hosts. Pat the Cat is one of the first radio DJs to spin Rock and Roll in the area. Cadigan also hosts Saturday morning Midwest Polka Party and performs for 13 years with the Chmielewski Fun Time Orchestra. On Monday morning June 12, 2017 Pat Cadigan passes away at 81.
INNES MOVES ON UP HOUSTON’S LADDER iHeartMedia Houston, TX announces new weekday lineup for SportsTalk KBME-790. With the departure of Lance Zierlein from mornings, The Josh Innes Show moves on up from afternoons 2-6pm since October, 2016 to 6-10 am. Along with Matt Thomas at 12-3pm and In the Trenches with Koch & Kalu at 10-12noon, fantasy football expert Jayson Braddock joins hosts Adam Clanton and Sean Jones on The Bottom Line during the afternoons.
COUNTRY RADIO DROPS SINGER EATS CROW Up and coming foxy Country singer Lindsay Ell dates one of the most powerful DJs in Country music, Bobby Bones, who hosts a popular syndicated morning show. CBS Radio KNCI FM (105.1) Sacramento, CA removes Lindsay from Brad Paisley’s tour on Friday night because Ell’s boyfriend is morning host Bobby Bones on rival iHeartMedia KBEB FM (The Bull 92.5). On Friday evening, KNCI FM releases a statement to The Washington Post that calls Ell’s cancellation a bad decision.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Who is the first female to induct into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Bob Shannon & Kathleen Haas June 23rd. Corey Foley & Ed Stern June 24, 2017. •GEORGE GIMARC renews Dallas, TX former Alternative Rock The Edge online-only via Vokal as Fuzz Box on June 30, 2017. •ALLY & ANDY (Ally Butler and Andy Davis) depart mornings on Country WDSY FM (Y108) Pittsburgh, PA as CBS Radio continues its cutbacks. •WENDY RICE ends three-decade era as she hosts her final Saturday Morning Flashback show from 8am-noon on CBS Radio Triple A WXRT FM (93.1) Chicago, IL.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1956 NERVOUS NORVOUS’ single Transfusion peaks at #8 on June 23rd. •1963 JOHNNY CASH’s single Ring Of Fire burns a hole in #1 in Billboard Country on July 27th. •1979 THE KNACK Rock group releases My Sharona on June 23rd. •1984 RICKY SKAGGS’ Uncle Pen releases on Epic records on June 25th. •1996 NINTENDO 64 goes on sale in Japan on June 23rd. •2000 JO DEE MESSINA’s video That’s The Way debuts on CMT on June 21st.
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MIKE SHANNON [Navteq traffic WBAP-820, WFAA TV CH 13] (Dallas-Mesquite, TX) Subject: Barry Kilgore dead! Hi Jim, Sad to report that TX radio pro Barry Kilgore has died. He was working for KLDE near San Angelo and was discovered by the station’s owner Monday morning (6/19). Here’s a piece from his LinkedIn page listing many of his former stations: “I’ve worked successfully at too many radio /TV stations to mention them all but notably in the 1980’s, 90’s & 2000’s, KTRH, KQUE FM, KNUZ AM, KRBE AM/FM (all in Houston). In the 1970’s I was Program Director/Afternoon Drive personality at #1 rated KHFI-FM (Austin’s Super Rock K98 !!), KOKE AM/FM, Austin when we won the Billboard Magazine Trendsetter of the Year Award and was Program Director/Morning & Afternoon Drive personality KTEM in Temple, Texas. Before that I worked as Production Director & Afternoon Drive Personality at KEFM & KEEE in Nacogdoches, Texas. I worked for J.C. Stallings, the stations owner and former President of the National Association of Broadcasters. J.C. brought in people like Charlie Van Dyke, Paul Kirby (both from Chicago radio WLS & WCFL respectively) and Bill Young of KILT Houston to teach me how to be. Great learning experience.” (www.dfwRetroplex.com)
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LESLIE WAYNE HODGES [ex KCRS-550 DJ] (Coldspring, TX) Hi Leslie Here. What can you tell me about Barry Kilgore death in Eldorado? How did you know of Barry’s death? So far see nothing on the Internet. Sent from my iPad Leslie Wayne Hodges
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CHUCK TILLER [ex DJ on KNUZ-1230, KILT FM] (Houston, TX) Subject: Barry Kilgore (passing). Hi Jim, I saw this posted on line from Mike Shannon: “Currently, I do the Morning Show M-F at KLDE FM 104.9 Eldorado, 105.3 San Angelo & globally at http://184.108.40.206:8000. It’s a great company run by Danny & Paula Boyer. Smart dedicated folks.” Chuck Tiller Operations Manager AM1070 “The Answer” KNTH; 100.7 “The Word” KKHT; Business 1110 KTEK Salem Communications
DANNY RAY BOYER [owner of KLDE FM] (Eldorado, TX) Subject: Barry Kilgore’s Death. Jim, I wanted to let you and your many readers know that Barry Kilgore passed away Monday morning here at KLDE – Oldies 104.9 in Eldorado. Barry was a dedicated employee and loved playing the Oldies for the many folks that listened to him every morning in San Angelo and surrounding towns here in West Central Texas. Danny Ray Boyer
TRIVIA ANSWER: On June 3, 1987 The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducts its first female artist, The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.
DALE TURNER [Former Disney Lyric Street and RCA Nashville label exec] (Nashville-Kingston Springs, TN)Subject: A New Book Hi Jim, my friend Jonathan Fricke suggested I reach out to you and let you and your friends know about my new book, “Turner’s Big Radio & Record Adventure” (think Pee Wee Herman). Jonathan and I worked together at WSAI in Cincinnati when he switched formats to ‘Country Fresh’. I spent a couple of years in Texas in the early 70’s at KITY San Antonio and KRIO McAllen. The second half of my life was in the music biz as a record promoter in Nashville for RCA and Disney’s Lyric Street. You can pick a copy of my book on amazon.com and half of my royalties will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. And you can hear old airchecks of some of my radio gigs on my website thedaleturner.com Thanks and God Bless you for all you do in support of radio. Dale Turner
ROBERT DUVALL (Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore Apocalypse Now 1979) I love the smell of napalm in the morning.
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