While playing the fair in Paso Robles, California; Keith Urban had American Idol alum Lauren Alaina join him on stage for “We Were Us. Since the popular single is a duet with Miranda Lambert, Keith doesn’t often get a chance to perform it. Thankfully, Lauren kills it.
BILL BAILEY FINALLY COMES HOME In 1956, as a high school student, Bill Bailey (Milton Odom Stanley) begins his TX radio career on KTAE-1260 (Taylor), on to KELP-1590 (El Paso), KATR-1030 (Corpus Christi), KIOA-940 (Des Moines, IA) and WPEO-1020 (Peoria, IL). Bill is well-known Houston, TX morning DJ on KIKK-650 and KENR-1070. For 54 years, Bill Bailey is voice of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo until he retires in 2015. On Thursday, July 28, 2017 former Harris County Precinct 8 constable Bill Bailey passes away at 78.
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GOW ADDS VETERAN SPORTS HOST Gow Media, owner of SB Nation Radio network and two sports radio stations in Houston, TX brings local Sports vet Charlie Pallilo on board. Beginning Monday, August 21, 2017 Pallilo hosts a weekday radio show on SB Nation KGOW-1560 from 11am-1pm. Charlie will also appear on ESPN 97.5 FM Mondays and Fridays from 1-1:30 pm on The Usual Suspects with hosts Joel Blank and Barry Laminack and on Wednesdays from 10-10:30 am with John Granato and Raheel Ramzanali with Del.
RIVER CITY LOSES ITS OPINION Can you name the 2nd most dangerous city in which to live? St. Louis, MO cannot even keep its own NFL team. After more than 20 years on St. Louis Talk KTRS-550, PM Drive host Frank O. Pinion (John Craddock) resigns from CH Holding KTRS-550 on September 14, 2017. Frank, who as an independent contractor wants to make it absolutely clear that he resigns from KTRS-550, not retires, and the parting is not amicable. KTRS-550 boss Mark Dorsey sighs: He’s like Johnny Carson in afternoon radio.
CARSON LOGS OFF FROM DAILY RADIO On Friday, July 27, 2017 multimedia personality Carson Daly surprises listeners when he announces on the air that he leaves his first love – radio. After seven years, Carson Daly exits his morning show on CBS Radio Top 40 KAMP FM (97.1 AMP Radio) Los Angeles, CA. The former host of MTV’s landmark afternoon show TRL, still hosts The Voice, co-anchor of The Today Show and Last Call With Carson Daly, plus, his syndicated weekend radio show, The Daly Download.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Who is the first actor to yell Hi-yo Silver on the air? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Gary Hamilton Tuesday, August 1, 2017. •JT BOSCH is new PM Drive host and Assistant Program Director of iHeartMedia Country WKKT FM (96.9 The Kat) Charlotte, NC effective August 14, 2017. •BRANDON YOUNG PD/afternoon personality on Broadway Media Country KEGA FM (101.5 The Eagle) Salt Lake City, ID succeeds Chuck Geiger as OM of Cherry Creek’s seven-station cluster plus PD of Country KYSN FM (Kissin’ 97.7) and Hot AC KQBG FM (99.5 The Bridge) Wenatchee, WA.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1955 KRNT TV CBS CH 8 (now KCCI) Des Moines, IA 1st broadcast on July 31st. •1966 LEE ANN WOMACK (I Hope You Dance 2000 CMA Song and Single of the Year) born on August 19th in Jacksonville, TX. •1978 PETE ROSE ties NL record with his 44 hit streak on July 31st. •1984 THE JUDDS’ Mama He’s Crazy is their first #1 Billboard Country single on August 4th. •1991 RUSSIA & U.S. sign long range nuclear weapons reduction pact on July 31st. •2008 ALAN JACKSON’s album Good Time goes Gold on July 30th.
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KENT BURKHART [former Radio consultant with Lee Abrams-KXOL-1360, WQXI-790, KOWH-660, WQAM-560] (Atlanta, GA) When we lived in Florida we had a fear of hurricanes I remember Andrew well. And I remember the Texas landing hurricanes that creamed rice farms including my fathers. Rations were short but we made it. Paul Berlin taught me a great deal about Joking and communication but I only got to shake his hand once not too many years ago. I am saddened about his death. Hope we can have lunch one day it would be fun. KB
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JIM BELL [KUHF FM 88.7 Morning Edition anchor since 1997-retires 2010] (Lufkin, TX) Subject: Arch Campbell. Hey Jim, Arch Campbell left WJLA in DC because he retired. Granted, a change of ownership helped him make the decision, but after 40 years and getting into his 70s, it was time to go. I worked with Arch at KTBC AM/FM in Austin back in the late 60s, where he was known for his droll sense of humor. He could find something humorous anywhere he looked, and it was huge fun working with him till he went on to greater things in Dallas and Washington. I wish him well in his retirement. Hasta La Vista. Jim Bell – Lufkin
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TONY LAWRENCE [ex WFAA-570, KPCN-730] (D/FW-Arlington, TX) Subject: The past comes alive… I was almost 14 and had a vision of being in radio. Wanted to see as much as possible. The 3900 Harry Hines is the building where 13 is located today. In fact, when WFAA came on the air in 49 their calls were KERA-TV. The old time radio/people I worked with said that once 820 was on the 2nd floor of the Adolphus and 570 was in the lobby of the old Baker Hotel. At change time the announcer had to haul ass down the stairs, across Commerce street to be on the air on 570. A piano player filled in. The XTMR for 570 was on New York in Arlington so the legal ID was “WFAA 570 Dallas-Fort Worth with studios in Dallas , transmitter in Arlington, a broadcast service of the Dallas Morning News. That was before the days of the “switcher we worked with.
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MIKE MARSHALL [former DJ on KNOK-970, KBOX-1480, KFJZ-1270, AFN-BERLIN, WFAA-820/570, KPRC-950, KXYZ-1320, KULF-790, KQUE FM, KBME-790] (Houston, TX) Seriously, try to find out from Tony Lawrence how he got into American Forces Radio as a draftee. ( I think he was the guy who mentioned that he did.) Normally you have to go through the army school for radio-TV and you only do that by volunteering. Mike
TRIVIA ANSWER: Actor George Seaton, who invents the cry Hi-yo Silver as the first actor to play The Lone Ranger on radio dies of cancer at 68 on July 28, 1979.
JOANIE GREEN [KPRC TV CH 2, KZEW FM, KFWD FM, KNOK FM, KAUM FM, KILT FM, KNUZ-1230, Metro Traffic, Houston Taping for the Blind] (Tulsa, OK) Subject: KFWD. Jim, I worked at KFWD (FM) when it was in a mobile home. It was on 360 just south of 183 while the building of DFW just north of 183 was underway. Actually, KFWD consisted of 2 mobile homes ~ one was for the air and production studios and the other was for sales and management. I worked the 6-midnight shift and when the SurTran buses would shut down for the night, they would pass by the KFWD trailers and the turntables would rumble like crazy as the buses drove by and parked behind the station. Joanie
TRENT REZNOR (lead singer of Nine Inch Nails) I think there’s something strangely musical about noise.
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Houston, Texas – Laus Deo