July 07, 2017 [Friday] Issue #1631
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
WHERE IS JEFF AND THE SHOWGRAM? On Tuesday, June 27, 2017, San Diego, CA radio listeners hear Jeff and the Showgram. But, on Wednesday, KYXY FM (96.5) suddenly cancels their show. KYXY FM removes without warning a beloved radio program on San Diego’s airwaves for nearly 30 years without a trace. Tommy Sablan co-host of Jeff and the Showgram confirms to NBC 7 that KYXY FM cancels their radio show. In 2016, The Jeff and Showgram Show inducts into The National Radio Hall of Fame.
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FOX FIRES ANOTHER EXECUTIVE Fox employees keep their heads close to the ground due to all of the recent firing episodes. Latest Fox executive to head out the door on Monday, July 3, 2017 is Fox Sports Programming Director, Jamie Horowitz, over sexual harassment claims. Eric Shanks, Fox Sports President, issues an email to employees: Everyone at FOX Sports should act with respect and adhere to professional conduct at all times. These values are non-negotiable.
NOW RADIO ARRIVES IN THE ALAMO CITY Matt Martin, President of iHeartMedia Austin/San Antonio, TX rebrands KXXM FM as 96.1 NOW, San Antonio’s No. 1 Hit Music Station. KXXM FM kicks it off with a full weekend of commercial-free music that evolves into The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show from 6–10 am, Michelle Fay middays 10 am–3 pm, The Russell Rush Show 3–7 pm and EJ nights from 7 pm–midnight. Russell Rush, KXXM FM Program Director proudly exclaims: 96.1 NOW revolutionizes San Antonio radio!
CBS RADIO ROLLS OUT MORE AXE CHOPS Recently, CBS Radio drops afternoon personality Cadillac Jack, overnight talent Ron Cade and longtime PD Anne Gress. Well, CBS Radio’s evil ways are not yet complete. On Thursday morning, June 29, 2017 CBS Radio Classic Hits WOGL FM (98.1) Philadelphia, PA cuts loose The Breakfast Club co-host Frank Lewis after 15 years. Meanwhile, CBS Radio cluster vet Marilyn Russell rides solo in AM Drive. In December 2016, CBS Radio drops longtime host Valerie Knight after 15-years.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What is the first 24/7 All-Sports Radio station? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•BRIAN PHILIPS hangs it up as President of CMT after 16-years with the network. •FRANK TANKI General Manager of TV Land assumes bonus GM duties of CMT. •AMANDA SILAY Promotion Assistant of Events is new Station Promotion Manager of KDKA-1020/KDKA FM. •TONY MASCARO Cumulus News-Talk WPRO-630/WEAN FM (99.7) Providence, RI Program Director exits. •PACIFIC PIONEER BROADCASTERS honor legendary sportscaster Al Michaels on Friday, June 16, 2017 at the Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City, CA.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1959 JESSICA HAHN 5’4″ model/actress born on July 7th. •1969 MERLE HAGGARD’s single Workin’ Man Blues scores #1 in Billboard Country on August 16th. •1976 NORMAN FOSTER Director (Zorro TV Series) dies at 75 on July 7th. •1987 HANK WILLIAMS JR.’s album Born To Boogie releases on July 7th on Warner/Curb records. •1997 JERRY DOGGETT sportscaster (Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers), dies at 80 on July 7th. •2006 ERIC CHURCH’s debut album Sinners Like Me releases on Capitol records on July 18th.
EMAILS YES WE HAVE EMAIL
DERRILL E. HOLLY [ex KIKK FM] (Arlington, VA/Washington, DC) Subject: word of a radio death. Hi Jim, not sure you saw this. For radio friends in Texas, back East, in Cleveland, Pittsburgh and elsewhere. Carl Conner has passed away. Many of us from Cleveland will remember Carl from the old days. He was one of several of us who started out as kids just hanging around stations to learn from the jocks. He passed away after a long illness in Houston, June 26. J Thomas Smith, formerly of KMJQ shared information on his memorial service: Carl Conner’s “Celebration of Life” will be held next Saturday, July 8, 2017. Viewing 10:30 am; Celebration 12:00 noon at First Metropolitan Church, North Houston, Texas
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JOHN FLETCHER [Fletcher Consulting] (DFW-Hurst, TX) Subject: God Bless the USA! Good Monday morning. How do we fully pay homage and express our emotional attachment to the Greatest Nation on Earth? I recall a moment during my radio career, when I served on the board of the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville and attended the conference several years. This one time several months after Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” had come out and had been #1, we were in the opening session of the Country Radio Seminar when a presenter reached a breaking point. Without a single pause, from behind us we heard the brass of a military marching band starting to play the intro to the song. It was spine-tingling as the sound moved from behind us to our side and then in front of us. They played a longer than normal intro and then, to our surprise… Lee Greenwood himself walked behind them singing the song. Talk About Emotion. Talk About Pride In Being An American! There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
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LIZ PATRANELLA [Liz Houston – KTSA-550, KBAT-680] (Austin, TX) Subject: S.A. Radio Hall of Fame 2017 Inductees. The San Antonio Radio Hall of Fame Selection Committee is pleased to announce the 2017 Hall of Fame inductees. Following nominations from SoSARB members, selections were made based on career information provided for each nominee. The committee has chosen a group of inductees who once again represent diverse aspects of the San Antonio Radio industry. San Antonio Radio Hall of Fame 2017 Inductees: Roger Allen, Jud Ashmore, Pat Boyette, Aurora Cantu, Bill Dante, Ricky Davila, Albert Flores, Jim Forsyth, Sonny Melendrez, Hector Reyes, Pat Rodgers, Darrell Taylor. My thanks to the SoSARB members who sent in names for consideration and to my fellow Selection Committee members for their assistance: Roger Allen, Jerry King, Elizabeth Ruiz and Jim Sharon. All of us who were ever a part of the Radio Broadcasting industry in San Antonio are proud of the legacy our efforts created. Anyone who grew up in this part of Texas since the 1950s remembers the impact radio had on our lives. It is a pleasure to be able to recognize the people who made that era possible. Liz
KAREN [Duckie] MASSEY [ex morning host on KXOL-1360, KITE-930, KBUC FM] (San Antonio, TX) Subject: Society of San Antonio Radio Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Jim: I have nominated you for the Society of San Antonio Radio Broadcasters Hall of Fame. If anyone deserves it you do. All the years you have given to San Antonio and Houston radio. There is a Society of Houston Radio Broadcasters as well, you know. Perhaps some of your old Houston listeners and now readers can nominate you in Houston. The more the merrier. Good Luck I am rooting for you. Duckie! Director of Sports Sales Baywood Hotels
TRIVIA ANSWER: On July 1 1987 At 3:00 pm Emmis WFAN-1050 New York City becomes the first 24/7 All-Sports Radio station. On October 7, 1988 at 5:30 pm, Emmis WNBC-660 flips to WFAN-660.
CHUCK DUNAWAY [ex WABC-770, WKY-930, KILT-610, KLIF-1190] (Houston-Katy, TX) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio (#1629) June 30, 2017 [Friday] Paul Berlin played Doodie Woo a lot on his “Dinner date” show. I was a senior at Austin high here in Heavenly Houston….loved it then and love it now…chuck
BIG JOE TURNER (#1 R&B hit 1954) Shake, rattle and roll! Shake, rattle and roll! Shake, rattle and roll! Well, you won’t do right To save your doggone soul.
Jim Rose and Suzie
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo