Joe Nichols sat down with Robin Meade to talk about his crazy viral success with his countrified remake of “Baby Got Back.” Apparently, this all started as a fan prank. “I don’t know what popped in my head, but one day I said let’s do something ridiculous,” Joe said and started playing the song. “Joke was on me because the band started playing it.”
TAMPA TALK HOST HAS HEART DIFFICULTY The title of legend belongs to longtime Florida radio morning host Tedd Webb. From 5-9 am, Tedd whose birth name is Henry Ruiz co-hosts the AM drive show on News Radio WFLA-970 with Jack Harris. A week ago, 68 year old Tampa Bay radio Talk host Tedd Webb, who has a history of heart issues, enters St. Joseph’s Hospital with congestive heart failure. WFLA-970 station manager David Bell tells the Tampa Bay Times: We want him to do what is best for him.
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DEES COASTS TO KOST While iHeartMedia AC KOST FM (103.5) Los Angeles, CA morning host Ellen K has wrist surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from a snowboarding accident, the legendary Rick Dees former KIIS FM Los Angeles, CA personality once again cracks the morning mic in the City of Angels as he sits in for Ellen K. While Ellen recovers in her home, the Ellen K In The Morning show experiences a variety of familiar and talented guest hosts each day with Rick Dees kicking it off on Monday morning.
DUDLEY & BOB CELEBRATE 25 YEARS On August 12, 2017 The Dudley & Bob with Matt Show mornings on Emmis Classic Rock KLBJ FM Austin, TX celebrates 25 years on the air at Austin’s Paramount Theatre. The special program honors show founders Dale Dudley and Bob Fonseca. The event features a dedication from Austin’s mayor, along with performances by comedians and local music acts. In 2007, The Dudley & Bob with Matt Show receives nomination for Marconi Award for Medium Market Personality of the Year.
MAZE IS ON THE BEACH On Thursday, March 17, 2016, Adams Radio Group names radio veteran Johnny Maze as new Program Director of WZBH FM (93.5 The Beach) and Classic Rock WGBG FM (98.5) in Salisbury-Ocean City, NJ. Ron Stone, CEO of Adams Radio Group brags: Johnny is the final piece of the puzzle. Guess that the puzzle plays out when Johnny says: I am officially on the beach! As of today, I am no longer with ‘93.5 The Beach’ in Salisbury/Ocean City. Reach Johnny at email@example.com.
TRIVIA QUESTION: When does radio ban The Beatles records from airplay? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Charlie Cook August 7th. Charles George and Willie P. Richardson August 8, 2017. •JEREMIAH CROWE rises to Program Director of Cumulus San Francisco Sports-talk duo KNBR-680 & KNBR-1050. •ROBIN ROTH APD former evening talent on Midwest Television Variety Rock KFMB FM (100.7) moves up to the vacated mid-day spot. •DAVE STEWART latest CBS Radio departure from the merger with Entercom exits the overnight show on Classic Hits WCBS FM (101.1) New York City since December 2012.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1953 EASTERN AIRLINES enters jet age with Electra prop-jet on August 7th. •1969 IRA DEAN Trick Pony bass player born on August 23rd in Raleigh, NC. •1970 CHRISTINE MCVIE joins Fleetwood Mac on August 7th. •1988 WILLIE NELSON is first artist ever to have an album (Stardust) to spend 10 years in Billboard Country for 520 weeks beginning on August 13th. •1994 1ST TELEPHONE link between Israel and Jordan on August 7th. •2012 JASON ALDEAN’s video Take A Little Ride premieres on CMT on August 10th.
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WALT PINTO [WLML FM (100.3) Palm Beach, FL middays] (Hartford-Cobalt-Middlesex County, CT) Neil Young, who I worked with many years ago, forwarded me your column, yesterday. I hadn’t seen or heard of it until then, but it looked great. Yes, it’s WLML, and I VT it from here. It’s owned by Dick Robinson, who founded CT School of Broadcasting in the mid 60’s. I met him in ’67, when I joined WDRC in Hartford. 3 years later, ran his schools for 3 years and went back into radio. We’ve been friends for all this time. Have a great weekend. wp
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JIM BELL [KUHF FM 88.7 Morning Edition anchor since 1997-retires 2010] (Lufkin, TX) Subject: Bill Bailey and KIKK. Hey Jim, this says a lot about the late Bill Bailey and how he turned KIKK AM and FM into a Country Music powerhouse. Bailey was one of the great Houston DJs before he hooked up with the Rodeo. He broke into Houston radio around 1960 at the old 790 KTHT AM, playing the popular MOR music of those years. His real name was Milton Stanley, and after bouncing around small markets for several years, he walked into KTHT one day asking for a job. The station had just hired another deejay named Bill Bailey and had promoted him heavily to Houston listeners. After two weeks, that Bill Bailey quit. Milton Stanley walked in looking for a job the same day, and after doing an audition tape, he was offered the job but he had to use the air name Bill Bailey.
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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) I wasn’t a jock at KBOX (1480). I was a student in the Radio-TV department at TCU in the spring of 1960. The phone rang in the dept. head’s office. He wasn’t in so I answered it. It was Ray Carnay, the ND at KBOX looking for a weekend news person. I jumped in my car and headed straight over there. He gave me some copy to read, not on tape, in front of him. To my surprise he hired me. I had no experience in radio news gathering or writing. I started immediately. My mentor was an old Dallas newsman named Dick Moore. I was there a couple of months when John Box came down from St. Louis, heard me and told Ray to fire me. I wasn’t surprised because I knew was over my head, but the experience led to Dave Naugle hiring me for part time news at KFJZ and when I returned from the army in January, 64 I became a full time jock until I went to WFAA in March, 67. Mike
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TRIVIA ANSWER: On August 4, 1966, some radio stations ban The Beatles records in response to John Lennon’s controversial claim that The Beatles are more popular than Jesus.
LESLIE WAYNE HODGES [ex KRCS-550 DJ] (Lake Livingston-Cold Spring, TX) Subject: Lee Douglas KLIF (1190) and WFAA (570). Is this the Lee Douglas on KLIF 1190 then WFAA 570 in 1968? Lee Douglas, July 1975 (source Pat Riley) Lee Douglas doing middays at 99X. The station as has a “Count The Music” contest going and a bell in the studio that Lee makes good use of while sort of kidding about it being a chime (a reference to Musicradio WABC–a major competitor). Lee became the program director of WXLO in September 1975. After 99X, Lee moved to WPEZ/Pittsburgh, then to WHB/Kansas City, then to KXOK/St. Louis where he went from program director to general manager. He has since moved on to various other stations including WCZY/Detroit, KHIT/Seattle, WOFX/Cincinnati and Salt Lake City.
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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