Three-time Grammy winner Kenny Rogers will appear on RFD-TV’s RURAL AMERICA LIVE to discuss his life, legacy, current final world tour, “The Gambler’s Last Deal” and plans for the future. Known for his instantly identifiable raspy vocals and an extraordinary ability to vividly inhabit each song he performs, Rogers has enjoyed great success during his storied career of nearly six decades with over 120 million albums sold and 24 Number One hits. He recently sat down with RFD-TV anchor Christina Loren to tape the one hour special.
“I really enjoyed sitting down with Christina for a great conversation,” said Kenny Rogers. “She was very thoughtful in her questions. In looking back over my career as I prepare to retire from the road, it was fun for me to relive some of the moments brought up in the interview that I don’t think about all that often. I can’t thank the fans enough for all of their support. It’s allowed me to do what I love all of these years.”
“Before the cameras started rolling Kenny let me know that no subject was off-limits. As the story of his remarkable life unfolds, he fearlessly opens up about his greatest moments along with moments of weakness,” said RFD-TV anchor, Christina Loren. “I think that viewers will get a better picture of Kenny Rogers from this interview than ever before as he honestly recaps his legendary career from start to finish.”
Kenny Rogers is a legendary music icon; one of the elite few who is instantly recognized around the world. A groundbreaking recording artist, distinctive vocalist and consummate entertainer, Rogers has played to millions of fans around the globe and has charted a record in each of the last seven decades. The first country artist to consistently sell out arenas, Rogers was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013. He also enjoyed incredible crossover success — his 28 Billboard Adult Contemporary Top 10’s is sixth-best all-time, and fourth-best among men, trailing only Elton John, Neil Diamond, and Elvis Presley. Rogers’ smash hit, “The Gambler,” became a TV movie, starring Rogers himself in the title role as Brady Hawkes. The movie spawned four follow-ups, making it the longest running miniseries franchise on television and launched a second career for Rogers as an actor on television and film.
ALL TIME TOP RADIO JOURNALIST PASSES Longtime radio-TV editor of Billboard magazine’s Vox Jox column, friend to all of us in radio, Claude Hall, who coins the phrase Easy Listening in 1965 to describe the sound of WPIX FM New York City passes away on Friday, July 7, 2017. During the 1960s and 1970s, when we see our name in Claude’s Vox Jox column in Billboard magazine everyone else in radio sees it, too. Claude mentions several of my moves in radio all across Texas. Claude Hall, we miss you already.
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TEXAS RADIO PIONEER PERISHES On April 2, 1928, Stan McKenzie is born in Miami, TX. In 1948, Stan earns a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. In 1950, he moves to Seguin and becomes a radio personality, station manager and later one of the owners of KWED-1580. In 1974, McKenzie earns the Pioneer Broadcaster of the Year award. In 2010, Stan inducts into the Seguin Sports Booster Club’s Hall of Honor. On July 3, 2017 Texas radio pioneer Stanley Wayne McKenzie passes away at 89.
WMEX-1510 GOES SILENT From its beginning in the mid-1930’s and for decades to come, WMEX-1510 evolves into one of Boston, MA’s popular Pop music radio stations. In 1976, WMEX-1510 becomes the first all-talk format radio station, as well as the new flagship for Boston Red Sox. In June 2015, family-owned Daly XXL acquires WMEX-1510 from Blackstrap for $175,000. Despite a $1 million investment into a new antenna, a crucial signal problem remains. At 6pm, Friday, June 30, 2017 WMEX-1510 goes off the air.
DELILAH RETURNS TO MISSION CITY Popular nationally-syndicated radio personality Delilah with millions of listeners on over 150 radio stations is the most listened-to woman on radio. iHeartMedia AC KQXT FM (Q101.9) San Antonio, TX announces the return of Premiere-syndicated personality Delilah to its nightly lineup. Delilah inducts into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame and the National Radio Hall of Fame, plus she wins the 2016 NAB Marconi Award for Personality of the Year.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Why do The Lone Ranger producers select the William Tell Overture as its theme song? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Ronnie Raphael July 10th. Randy Brown July 11th. Don Schneider, Susie Loucks & Jim Conlee July 13, 2017. •SCOTT ADAMS exits as PD of Foster Communications Top 40 KIXY FM (94.7) San Angelo, TX after 2 1/2-years. Reach Scott at email@example.com. •BILLY VIDAL midday DJ on Entercom KRBQ FM (Q102.1) San Francisco, CA for over two years adds Music Director duties. •JENN LOPEZjoins morning host Murph Dawg on JVC Media Country WOTW FM (103.1 The Wolf) Orlando, FL.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1958 ENGLAND’s 1st parking meter installs on July 10th. (total 625) •1964 LORETTA LYNN’s twins Peggy and Patsy Lynn as a duo score several awardnominations are born on August 6th. •1974 OPEC ends oil boycott against Netherlands on July 10th. •1988 RANDY TRAVIS’ album Old 8 x 10 releases on Warner Bros. records on July 12th. •1991 GEROME RAGAL author of Hair dies of cancer at 48 on July 10th. •2003 BROOKS & DUNN’s album Red Dirt Road releases on Arista records on July 15th.
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CHARLES GEORGE [kc5rai, ex KCHU FM] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Claude Hall. I read on Facebook that Claude Hall passed away. I use to read Vox Jox in Billboard, would go with my father to the Library, while he was working I would read magazines and listen to recordings that the Library had. Charles George
GARY DELAUNE [KYTY-810, KLIF-1190, KENS TV CH 5] (San Antonio, TX) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio (#1631) July 07, 2017 [Friday] 89-year old Stan MacKenzie, former owner of KWED in Seguin and long-time member of the Humble Radio Network, died in Seguin Monday, July 3rd. He was the color man for more than 20 years alongside legendary Kern Tips when the Southwest Conference was at its peak. Graveside services will be held in Seguin Wed. July 12th. Gary D. (www.garydnews.com)
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KENT BURKHART [former Radio consultant with Lee Abrams-KXOL-1360, WQXI-790, KOWH-660, WQAM-560] (Atlanta, GA) Palestine. Yes, we do. My brother and law and I along with a small group of his friends. I don’t do any operations work at atl…sometimes an obvious promotion maybe once or twice a year. And we visit once a year. My brother in law has a ranch 10 miles away from Palestine in the pines…and spends the rest of his time as an attorney in Dallas and Nashville. He is a busy guy!!!! KB. PS. No we sold our Key place after 30 years of ownership and moved back to the Atlanta area where all of our kids, grands, great grands and doctors live., Hated to leave, but love living back in Georgia. (I first moved to Atlanta in 1961 as the city was beginning to be on the move. We had a lot of good people at QXI. Tony and Dr. Don Rose were a couple of favorites of mine. Along with Red, Pat Huges, Rod Roddy, Sam Hale, the Twins, Paul Drew, etc.) KB. Kent Burkhart
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JACK PARNELL [ex WHBQ-560 PD/DJ] (Memphis, TN) Subject: “Million Dollar Quartet”. Mornin’ Jim: I’m sure most people have heard about, maybe even seen the pic of “The Million Dollar Quartet”, consisting of Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash. they were, of course all 4 Sun Records talents and hot sellers, back in the mid-fifties. My wife Shirley and I attended the stage play “Million Dollar Quartet” at Playhouse On The Square in midtown Memphis. The director had gotten me to record the opening voiceover and closing voiceover (“Ladies and Gentlemen Elvis has left the building”), and we got free season tickets for the tradeout. We had seen the national traveling troupe a few years ago at our local Orpheum. It was excellent, but there were a few changes in the script at the Playhouse On The Square performance, and it was amazingly great! They used all local talent, and they played everything live…singin’, pickin’, grinnin’, jokin’, all of it, even including the Sam Phillips character. If anybody reading this should have their local playhouse perform TMDQ, by all means go get your tickets and line up…more proof that Memphis is really the Cradle of Rock, the Home of The Blues, The Beginning of Country, The Heart of Gospel, & The Sole of Soul…you’ll love it!
TRIVIA ANSWER: George W. Trendle co-owner/manager of WXYZ-1270 Detroit, MI selects non-copyrighted Classical music as The Lone Ranger theme because it is royalty-free.
JIM BELL [KUHF FM 88.7 Morning Edition anchor since 1997-retires 2010] (Lufkin, TX) Subject: Society of Houston Radio Broadcasters????? Hey Jim, in a posting about this year’s inductees into the San Antonio Radio Hall of Fame, Karen “Duckie” Massey said there is also a Society of Houston Radio Broadcasters which people can be nominated for. Really? I worked up and down the dial in Houston radio for many years and I’ve never heard of a group like that. Do you or one of our readers know anything about that? Jim Bell – Retired in Lufkin.
GORDON SMITH (May 25, 1952 – p) Radio continues to be the very best advertising music performers have. No one who ever grabbed a Grammy got there without radio.
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