CMA LOSES ITS CROWN JEWEL Jo Walker-Meador born Edith Josephine Denning on February 16, 1924 in Orlinda, TN is the first full-time employee the CMA ever hires in the 1950s. Jo, who rises from the Country Music Association girl Friday becomes chief architect of today’s Country music industry. In 1991, Jo retires after 29 years as the CMA’s Executive Director. Early Wednesday morning, August 16, 2017 Jo Walker-Meador passes away from a stroke at 93 in Nashville, TN.
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GUAM RADIO ISSUES BOMB WARNING Everyone is on edge due to North Korean threats to fire missiles into U.S. Possession Guam’s nearby waters. At 12:25 am Tuesday, August 15, 2017 an unscheduled warning of the Emergency Alert Broadcast System triggers from KTWG-800 and KSTO FM (95.5) Agana, Guam. Local Guam residents breathe sighs of relief when the EABS alert proves to be a mistake. Guam’s homeland security adviser George Charfauros says: There is no change in threat level, we continue business as usual.
AUGUST 16, 1977 From 1973-75, I’m a DJ on legendary Top 40 KFJZ-1270 Ft. Worth, TX eventually 9 am-noon DJ. In April 1975, I move to another legendary Top 40 KXOL-1360 also Ft. Worth as MD eventually noon-3 pm DJ. In August 1976, Gene Dickerson doubles my salary to become MD eventually noon-3 pm DJ on KTRM-990 Beaumont, TX. On August 16, 1977 while I am on I-10 on my way out west to Houston, TX to be new DJ on #1 KIKK FM I hear on the radio that my favorite singer Elvis Presley passes away at only 42.
IHEART ULEASHES ITS AXE IN ASHEVILLE As iHeartMedia struggles with its $2.17 billion in debt, it slashes people from within. Latest to fall under the iHeart wrath is Roger McCoy who exits as APD/MD/PM Drive talent on Country WKSF FM (99.9 Kiss Country) as iHeart eliminates his position. Aaron Michael moves up from nights to afternoons. McCoy who arrives in Asheville in July 2013 after a 10-year stint as PD/morning personality on Media One Country WYBL FM (98.3) Ashtabula, OH is on tap. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
TRIVIA QUESTION: When is network television’s first nightly newscast? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Paul Christy & James Burton August 21st. Tommy Fontaine August 23rd. Jerome DavisAugust 24, 2017. •MIKE OLIVIERO former Promotions Director of Talk WHTP FM (102.5 The Bone) Kennebunkport, ME moves on up to Promotion/Marketing Director of WPOI FM (Hot 101.5) Saint Petersburg, FL , WSUN FM (97X) and WHTP FM (The Bone 102.5). •NANCY DYMOND is new VP/Market Manager for Cumulus Media’s 5-station cluster in Flint, MI: WWCK FM, WFBE FM, WDZZ FM, WWCK-1570 & WTRX-1330.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1959 HAWAII becomes 50th U.S. state on August 21st. •1968 TAMMY WYNETTE records Stand By Your Manat the Columbia Recording Studio in Nashville, TN on August 28th. •1972 POLICE mace Grace Slick at the Rubber Bowl when band calls cops pigs. •1982 GEORGE STRAIT’s single Fool Hearted Memory is his first #1 record on August 28th. •1993 BERNIE TAUPIN Elton John’s songwriter weds Stephanie Haymes on August 21st. •2007 CHUCK WICKS’ Stealing Cinderella debuts on Grand Ole Opry on August 25th.
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JACK PARNELL [former Program Director/DJ on WHBQ-560] (Memphis, TN) Subject: Glen Campbell. I’ve heard that about Glen…everybody who ever met him had the same things to say about him. I’m kinda surprised that he didn’t “drop by” WHBQ, but by that time, he was probably so busy that he didn’t have time. When WHBQ was in the Chisca Hotel, we had visitors often. You probably had visits during the late 50s and early 60s from Willie Nelson, who was “only” a songwriter then. He had written “Hello Walls” that Faron Young had a big hit with…both pop and country. In about 1963, he wrote “Funny How Time Slips Away”, which was also a huge hit. When he traveled, back then, he put on his 3 piece pin-striped suit, sported a ducktail haircut, very shiny shoes, and loved to take DJs out to lunch/dinner. He traveled often with a record promoter named Joe Saad, who was also from Texas, and he too was a great promoter. I think he worked for a huge label just over in AR that had many hits. It was Liberty Records, and was later bought by a big label in L.A.
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JIM BELL [KUHF FM 88.7 Morning Edition anchor since 1997-retires 2010] (Lufkin, TX) I was KIKK’s outside news reporter in the late 60s when it was still in Pasadena, and I can testify that Leroy Gloger was the most generous employer I ever worked for. He shared his success with the people who made it happen. Every month with more than 100 thousand dollars in advertising we got a 100 dollar bill and our paycheck in our pay envelope. He gave me a 200 dollar a month outside gasoline allowance and a company credit card that let me put that 200 dollar allowance in the bank. The morning newscaster, Milton Allen Graves, one of the nicest guys in the world, was trying to save money to buy a house. One morning he found an envelope in his mail cubby with a check for 5000 dollars signed by Leroy Gloger, who told Milton it was a gift to show his appreciation for his great work.
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JAY WEAVER [KLBK – 1360, Lubbock; KBUY – 1540, Fort Worth]; Several Other Places] (DFW-Hurst, TX)Subject: Radio Short Stories. Hi Jim – Awhile back , you sent out a note asking for a few “Short Stories” that we might have to share with you for your readers on “Jim Rose Remembers Radio”. I remembered this one. Hope it’s what you have in mind. The first station I worked at was KPOS – Post, Texas. The station studios were located on the main drag. Top 40, daytimer. The first day I went to work, I went “on air” and started my play list. The number one song was “Pretty Woman” by Roy Orbison. I looked for the record. No record! The station owner was standing in the studio. I told him. He said, “Just a minute!” He ran out the door and in ten minutes returned with “Pretty Woman”. I asked him where the record was and he told me “At Woolworths, down the street!”
TRIVIA ANSWER: On August 15 1948, CBS launches network television’s first nightly newscast, a 15-minute show called CBS Television News with Douglas Edwards as its anchor broadcasts at 7:30 pm and in only five eastern cities at first. In 1950, CBS Television News’ name changes to Douglas Edwards With The News.
CHUCK DUNAWAY [ex WABC-770, KILT-610, KLIF-1190, KBOX-1480, WKY-930 & WIXY-1260] (Houston-Katy, TX) Subject: request. ****Please Boycott and DO NOT use the $1.00, $20.00, $50.00 bills, as they depict slave owners on them. Please send them to me I will see to it that they are disposed of properly. Thank you, thank you, Thank you very much.****
PRESIDENT JEFFERSON DAVIS, C.S.A. [Address to the Mississippi legislature in 1881] …the contest is not over, the strife is not ended. It has only entered upon a new and enlarged arena.
Jim Rose and Suzie
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