July 14, 2017 [Friday] Issue #1633
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
BAYOU CITY TALK HOST CEASES TO EXIST Sad news to report. Not long after KTRH-740 Houston, TX morning drive personality Matt Patrick (Michael Ryan) ceases his cancer treatment, on Sunday, July 9, 2017 Matt Patrick passes away at 58 in Katy, TX. This heartbreaking news combines with Matt’s six-year anniversary on iHeartMedia News/Talk KTRH-740. Matt’s co-host Shara Fryer, plus his many friends, request prayers for God to bless and strengthen Matt Patrick’s family at http://ihe.art/yEJWnpX.
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SCULLY RECEIVES ESPY ICON AWARD For the past 67 seasons as play-by-play voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the legendary Vin Scully calls it quits when the 2016 season ends. Vin’s career with the Los Angeles Dodgers is the longest reign of any broadcaster with a single professional sports organization. On Wednesday, July 12, 2017 on ABC TV at the 25th ESPYS, host Peyton Manning awards Vin Scully with the ESPY Icon Award at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater.
FOX SUSPENDS ANOTHER NEWS ANCHOR In a seemingly never-ending series of harassment allegations, Fox Business News removes Charles Payne off the air indefinitely on Thursday, July 6, 2017. A female political analyst who is a frequent guest on Fox files allegations of sexual misconduct in June 2017 to the law firm that investigates harassment claims for Fox. Charles Payne, who hosts nightly FBN program Making Money, criticizes media outlets that hate President Trump put out twisted stories on me.
CBS RADIO IS NO MORE After CBS CEO Scott Herman exits, Entercom President/CEO David Field posts new Entercom/CBS Radio top brass: Susan Larkin (Regional VP), JD Crowley (EVP-digital); Mike Dee (President-Sports), Michael Doyle (Regional President/President Sales Operations), Ruth Gaviria (CMO), Weezie Kramer (COO), Chris Oliviero (EVP Programming), Pat Paxton (President Programming), Bob Philips (Chief Revenue Officer), Rich Schmaeling (Chief Financial Officer) and Andrew Sutor (SVP/General Counsel).
TRIVIA QUESTION: When does the first photo go across the Atlantic ocean by radio? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Ringo Starr celebrates his 77th birthday on Friday, July 7th. Bob Hamilton July 9th. Jennifer Wilde & John Wright July 15th. Tweed Scott July 16, 2017. •DAN HALYBURTON 40-year radio veteran, Falls Media Group VP, elects to 2017-2018 Country Radio Broadcasters Board of Directors. •DENNY LOGAN’s Logan in the Morning returns to Fort Myers Broadcasting AC WINK FM (104.1) Ft. Myers, FL. •THE FCC deletes the license of Gospel WKMB-1070 Stirling, NJ due to non payment of fees.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1955 BRENT BOZELL Conservative Journalist born on July 14th. •1961 PATSY CLINE records Crazy on August 21st at the Bradley Film & Recording Studio in Nashville, TN. •1973 CLARENCE WHITE guitarist with The Byrds dies in a car crash on July 14th. •1983 ALABAMA’s single The Closer You Get gains #1 in Billboard Country on July 16th. •1993 ROBERT [Bob] STRONG actor in Outlaw Riders (1971) dies on July 14th. •2007 BIG & RICH’s Lost In This Moment grabs #1 in Billboard Country on July 21st.
EMAILS YES WE HAVE EMAIL
BILL GARDNER [former Drive Time Personality on KVIL FM, KCBQ-1170, KSAN FM, WFIL-560, KOOL FM] (Las Vegas, NV) Hey Jim….Hello from Las Vegas! Thanks for sharing the sad news regarding the Friday passing of Claude Hall. As they used to say, I heard it first here on Saturday morning thanks to you. So glad that I had the chance to visit Claude Hall and get to know him better earlier this year. In town for a radio event earlier this year, my old pals Joey Reynolds and “Shotgun Tom” Kelly surprised me with a call me at home one night. The next day, Joey called Claude, and convinced this very private man to let us come over to his home here in Las Vegas. He was a very gracious host to the three of us for the evening. We even reminisced about winning our prized Billboard Magazine Major Market Air Personality of the Year awards long ago, and what a memorable thrill that was. You could tell from the whole evening’s conversation, just how much Claude loved radio and the people who were part of it. He and Joey Reynolds were almost like family. And I join you in saying I miss him already. I’ve posted a picture of the four of us on my web site as this week’s “New, Old Radio Picture.” www.billgardnerontheradio.com Bill Gardner
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MICHAEL CASTILLO (Houston-Sugar Land, TX) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio (#1632) July 10, 2017 [Monday] yep sad about wmex (1510), i know Jimmy Jay
JIMMY JAY [ex WMEX-1510 DJ] (Quincy, MA) Subject: WMEX-1510. Jim, Growing up as a kid I fell asleep listening to WMEX on my transistor radio. It was the great Arnie Ginsburg Show. I always wanted to be a WMEX good guy. I first met him when I was a preteen and my parents took me to the radio station. To this day we are friends. I had him on the last show before we signed off. Can you imagine how I feel now, I wanted to be a WMEX good guy and never thought I would be the last. Jim Callahan the other last Good Guy and I are now, speechless. Jimmy Jay (http://www.rewindshow.com/Podcasts/GordonWallerSpecial.mp3)
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TOM ELLIS [ex WABC TV NYC, WBZ TV Boston, MA; KONO TV San Antonio, TX news anchor] (Boston-Cape Cod-East Sandwich-Newton, MA) Hi, Jim, Your JRRR #1632 mentions the death of Stan McKenzie, former owner/GM of KWED (1580) in Seguin. When I was working at KVET (1300) in Austin, while also completing my last semester at the University of Texas in January of ’58, Stan asked the director of Radio House at the University to recommend someone to work on air for him at KWED. Luckily, my name was suggested, and Stan offered me the job, which I accepted. Soon I was signing on KWED at daylight Sunday through Friday mornings. What I really want to say is that in my almost 60 years of on air Radio and Television experience, I never had a better boss than Stan McKenzie. He was kind, gentle, full of life, generous and encouraging…and I never saw him without a smile on his face. Simply put – he was the best. Tom
TRIVIA ANSWER: On July 6, 1924, in an experiment, the first photo goes across the Atlantic ocean by radio from the United States to England.
TONY LAWRENCE [ex DJ on WFAA-570 & KKDA-730] (D/FW-Arlington, TX) Subject: The past comes alive… I never saw one but Denson Walker related the one (temper tantrum) about the production when he was still a salesman. The first time I met Ted (Cassidy) he had to use only three fingers to shake my hand. He could sit up straight at the console and slip start the back turntable while still on mike. I still have dreams about WFAA (820-570) and probable always will.
COLONEL WALTER E. KURTZ (Apocalypse Now – 1979) I watched a snail crawl along the edge of a straight razor. That’s my dream; that’s my nightmare. Crawling, slithering, along the edge of a straight razor… and surviving.
Jim Rose and Suzie
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