JERRY’S KIDS ARE CRYING Born Joseph Levitch on March 16, 1926 in Newark, NJ he adopts the stage name Jerry Lewis. In 1946, Jerry teams up with nightclub crooner Dean Martin on radio, television and films until their breakup 10 years later. Dean has many hit tunes but Jerry falters as a solo act. For 40 years, Lewis gains new stardom as host of the long running annual Muscular Dystrophy Telethons. On Sunday, August 20, 2017 comedian Jerry Lewis passes away at 91 of natural causes in Las Vegas with his family by his side.
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CADILLAC JACK REVEALS SHOCKING NEWS As part of deep cuts at the CBS Radio Philadelphia cluster’s upcoming merger with Entercom, Cadillac Jack Seville leaves the Classic Hits WOGL FM (98.1) building after nine years. What horrible timing this is because Cadillac Jack Seville reports that doctors diagnose him with Stage 4 Colon Cancer: The likely survival rate for this is very low, but I have a good cancer fighting team at Abramson Cancer Center. Please pray for Cadillac Jack Seville’s healing waters to flow.
BARRETT INVADES HOUSTON RADIO Talk host Jimmy Barrett WRVA-1140 Richmond, VA morning host exits after 16 years to join KTRH-740’s Houston’s Morning News on Monday, September 11, 2017 as co-anchor with Shara Fryer 5-8 am weekdays. Jimmy replaces former KTRH-740 morning host Matt Patrick who passes away in early July 2017 from cancer. Bryan Erickson, iHeartMedia director of Programming Houston says: It’s impossible for anyone to replace Matt Patrick. I think Matt’s audience will embrace Jimmy.
MONDAY’S SOLAR ECLIPSE EXCITES RADIO LISTENERS Monday’s first total solar eclipse since 1979 is during the KFOX Commercial-Free Nine to Noon on Entercom Classic Rock KUFX FM (98.5 KFOX) San Jose, CA. At 9am PT Monday, August 21, 2017 KFOX FM launches the KFOX Total Solar Eclipse Soundtrack. How many songs do you remember that contain the words moon, stars and sun? Send us your list of songs that contain the words moon, stars and sun. How about Richie Havens’ Here Comes the Sun?
TRIVIA QUESTION: What radio station refuses to play R&B tunes by white artists? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•GENE SANDBLOOM exits his Operations Manager post at The World Famous KROQ FM (106.7) Los Angeles-Pasadena, CA since fall 1992 to move to his new home in France. •ARTIMIS former WNDV FM (92.9) South Bend, IN night DJ joins Top 40 WLMI FM (92.9) in Lansing-Grand Ledge, MI. •GEOFF SHEEN co-host of The Morning Mix on CBS Radio Hot AC KHMX FM (Mix 96.5) Houston, TX and his lovely wife Jillian are new parents for the third time! Amelia Katherine arrives on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 8lbs 6oz.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1954 MARTY JOURARD keyboardist Pop Rock group The Motels (Only the Lonely #4-1982) born August 25th. •1961 BILLY RAY CYRUS (Achy Breaky Heart #1 for 5 wks-1992) born August 25th in Flatwoods, KY. •1970 ELTON JOHN’s 1st U.S. appearance (Los Angeles) August 25th. •1983 KENNY ROGERS’ album Eyes That See In The Dark releases on RCA records August 30th. •1991 CARL LEWIS runs 100m in 9.86 seconds August 25th. •2011 LUKE BRYAN’s single Country Girl (Shake It For Me) goes Platinum on August 26th.
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MARY LYNN KNOCHELMAN [ex WCKY-1530] (Cincinnati, OH) Subject: University Public Radio Stations Go Silent. Hi Jim…Today Friday August 18, 2017 is the final broadcast for WNKU 89.7 FM. The final broadcast for WNKU 104.1 FM occurred on August 2, 2017. Northern Kentucky University sold the stations to Bible Broadcast Corp, for $ 3.9 million. Before working at WCKY AM, I was a broadcaster on WVXU-FM (as a student) when it belonged to Xavier University. A lot of my WVXU co-workers are lamenting the loss of WNKU’s Public Radio format, including WVXU’s creator Dr. James King. He told us that he and an anonymous group had unsuccessfully tried to purchase WNKU from the university. So a sad ending for a non commercial radio station (WKNU 89.7FM) that began broadcasting in 1985.
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BRAD MESSER [ex News director KILT-610/Houston, KLIF-1190/Dallas, KGB-1360/San Diego, KMET- 1490/Los Angeles, ND and Talk host KTSA-550/San Antonio] (San Antonio, TX) Subject: “Ashville”. Re. WKSF-FM, in North Carolina the town is spelled with an E — Asheville. When I did syndicated radio for Westwood One and wrote the column for Radio & Records, I had a home studio in a little house on our 27 acres in the Blue Ridge mountains about 25 miles north of Asheville (in Burnsville) so went to all those attractions and occasionally landed my (rented) Cessna there. That’s how I know about the spelling. Hope y’all don’t melt over there. San Antonio’s hitting close to 100 almost every day now, but in my suburb Garden Ridge it’s often about 5 degrees less hot (I would say “cooler” but…)
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JAY WEAVER [ex KLBK – 1360, Lubbock; KBUY – 1540, Fort Worth]; Several Other Places] (DFW-Hurst, TX) Subject: Radio Short Stories. It’s interesting how a story by someone can set another’s mind to remembering another good story. I think that’s why I enjoy spending time with folks that were in radio because the stories can go on for ever. Thanks for sharing yours! Love to talk about and tell radio stories with a group of radio guys. Problem is there aren’t too many of us around anymore. But your column keeps things headed in that direction. For that, “Thanks, again!” Jay
JIM BELL [KUHF FM 88.7 Morning Edition anchor since 1997-retires 2010] (Lufkin, TX) Subject: KIKK. Hey Jim, Best of all, at the annual Christmas party, Gloger and his wife gave out cash bonuses – a week’s pay for every year you had been there – in cash with a Christmas ribbon tied around it. Several people went home that night with several months pay – in cash. I learned later that it all came out of the station’s petty cash account, which meant the station didn’t report it to the IRS as paid salaries, and we didn’t have to report it as income. Such tax-dodgers we were. Those were the days. Jim Bell – Lufkin.
TRIVIA ANSWER: On August 19, 1955 WINS-1010 says it will not play copy white cover versions of R&B tunes. DJs must play Fats Domino’s Ain’t It A Shame, not Pat Boone’s.
CHUCK DUNAWAY [ex WABC-770, KILT-610, KLIF-1190, KBOX-1480, WKY-930 & WIXY-1260] (Houston-Katy, TX) Subject: The Greatest Top 40 Stations Of All Time! – Radio Ink If my memory is correct…My night show on WABC was rated number one in NY and Number three in Miami, Florida. I’m impressed…Chuck (http://radioink.com/2017/08/14/greatest-top-40-stations-time/)
BOBBY VINTON [Roses Are Red (My Love) #1 for 4 weeks-1962] (April 16, 1935 – p) I saw an Elvis Presley movie Jailhouse Rock, where he gets out of jail and makes his own records and takes them to the radio stations himself. And then, he puts records in the store. After seeing that, I made records and put them in stores.
Jim Rose and Suzie
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