Rock legend Tom Petty has died. Petty was hospitalized on Sunday (Oct. 1) at the UCLA Santa Monica Hospital after being found unconscious and in full cardiac arrest at his Malibu home. His website confirmed his death shortly before midnight on Monday (Oct. 2). He was 66.
Petty clung to life for several hours after CBS-TV and other news outlets announced he had died. Born Thomas Earl Petty Oct. 20, 1950 in Gainesville, Florida, he was only 11 years old when he determined to make a life in music after meeting Elvis Presley on the set of Follow That Dream. Subsequently seeing the Beatles perform on the Ed Sullivan Show reinforced his musical ambitions, he told interviewers. Petty dropped out of high school at 17 to help form the band Mudcrutch, members of which would later come together as the Heartbreakers. The group released its first album in 1977. That same year their single “Breakdown” gave them their first hit.
Over the next 40 years as a bandleader, band member and soloist Petty would sell more than 80 million records worldwide. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
Known for writing such popular hits as “Won’t Back Down,” “American Girl” and “You Don’t Know How It Feels,” Petty released three solo albums and 13 albums with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. He was also a member of the 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne. Apart from performing and recording, Petty was also a producer, occasional movie and TV actor and radio host. He also performed for several charity projects, among them the Live Aid famine relief concert in 1985 and America: A Tribute to Heroes for victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
At the time of his death he had just completed the 2017 40th anniversary tour with his band The Heartbreakers with a three-night stand at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
Petty’s work has made an indelible impact on modern music, including the country genre. Chris Stapleton often credits Petty’s 1994 album Wildflowers as one that has significantly impacted his songwriting. In 1996, Petty and the Heartbreakers backed Johnny Cash on the Rick Rubin-produced album Unchained, which won Cash a Grammy for best country album.
In February, George Strait, Don Henley and Lucinda Williams were among the artists who performed at the Recording Academy’s 2017 Musicares Person of the Year honoring Petty’s contributions to music.
PLAYBOY HEFNER FOLDS Hugh Marston Hefner publisher of Playboy magazine that he founds in 1953 is born on April 9, 1926 in Chicago, IL. In December 1953, the first issue of Playboy magazine features Marilyn Monroe on its cover. In 1975, Hefner moves to Los Angeles, CA. In 1985, he suffers a minor stroke. In August 2016, Hefner sells the Playboy Mansion for $100 million. Hugh owns a burial plot in a Los Angeles cemetery next to Marilyn Monroe. On Wednesday, September 27, 2017 Hugh Hefner passes away at 91 in the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles.
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ROCK BAND KISS RESCUES HURRICANE HARVEY SCHOOL BAND On Tuesday night, September 26, 2017 at a fundraiser for Kingwood High School in Sugar Land, TX students who lose so much during Hurricane Harvey, receive a huge boost from Rock band KISS. Paul Stanley, KISS guitarist, says: Part of being as successful as we are is really about giving back. So here we are urging everybody and doing our part to make sure music and musical instruments are in the Houston schools and young people have them to play.
EVERYTHING GOES BAD AT BAD FM In May 2015, Chuck Brennan buys KCFS FM (94.5) from the University of Sioux Falls for $1.5 million. Chuck launches Classic Rock KBAD FM (94.5) Sioux Falls, SD in November 2015 as part of Badlands Pawn Shop. Chuck later pulls the plug on KBAD FM plus the remaining parts of his businesses. On Saturday, September 23, 2017, KBAD FM goes dark as Brennan shutters Badlands Motor Speedway and Badlands Gun Shop after the South Dakota Division of Banking revokes the licenses of his Dollar Loan Center.
FCC HITS PIRATE RADIO WITH HUGE FINE In 2012, the FCC first warns Fabrice Polynice and Harold and Veronise Sido about operating a pirate radio station on 90.1 in North Miami, FL and seizes their equipment. The following year, the FCC issues a Forfeiture Order against Polynice who operates Radio Touche Douce with Haitian programming from a shed on the Sidos property, who also supplies electricity and Internet. FCC agents observe it operating seven times since the first warning. FCC approves $144,344 maximum fine against the operator.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Where does Buddy Holly’s That’ll Be the Day get its name? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•KMHX FM Hot AC (Mix 104.9) Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa, CA flips to Classic Hits K-Hits 104.9. •WLOI-1540Oldies & Country WCOE FM (96.7) La Porte, IN U.S. Bankruptcy Court appoints Pittsburgh, PA media broker Ray Rosenblum to place for sale signs for their license and assets at $325,000. •DAVID DEAN transfers from iHeartMedia WNOE FM (101.1) New Orleans, LA to Country KWNR FM (95.5 The Bull) Las Vegas, NV as Program Director. •ADAMS RADIO FOX Sports WGL-1250 Fort Wayne, IN adds Dave Ramsey Show from Noon-3pm.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1959 ROD SERLING’s Twilight Zone premieres on CBS TV on October 2nd. •1964 DARRYL WORLEY’s Have You Forgotten? (#1-2003) certifies Gold born October 31st in Savannah, TN. •1970 BILLY MARTIN is new manager of Detroit Tigers on October 2nd. •1980 JAREN JOHNSTON founding member of The Cadillac Three born on October 4th in Nashville, TN. •1996 IVAN MARK WALLER mountaineer dies at 89 on October 2nd. •2006 GEORGE STRAIT raises Jamey Johnson’s Give It Away to #1 in Billboard Country on September 30th.
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BOB GREEN [ex PD/DJ KULF-790, WKNR-850, WQAM-560] (Houston, TX) Subject: where radio’s going” from Bob Green. Hi Jim: Don’t wish to give you more comments than you could ever wish to read…but the attached (from 2010) does address your “where’s radio going” subject. In 2010 I did a session at Houston’s JCC about radio. The 70 people who attended weren’t radio people, but they seemed to enjoy my perspective on the subject. It wasn’t in script form, but one of the attendees was taking a court reporting class, and was kind enough to get it in the form attached. It also had an audio component (not included here). I still feel that the observations are true today. Thanks Jim, Bob Green (former KULF, WKNR, WQAM and others)
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STANLEY TEATER [ex KTEM-1400] (Austin-Cedar Park, TX) Subject: Verle Freeman (BJ Adams). I worked at KTEM (1400) from early 1973 until spring 1976 when I moved into television. Yes, I remember Lynn (Woolley) well. For most of my time in Temple I believe he was working at WFAA (570) in Dallas. At one time while I was working in Austin television I seem to remember Lynn starting a one-man ad agency. In fact, unless my old mind is playing tricks on me he pitched me once. Verle was a good friend. I was operations manager and he was production director at one point. It’d be great to touch bases with him. I’ll give the email a shot. Thanks.
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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) We spent the summer in Italy with my family and I went to work full time at HE (Home Entertainment) on Kirby. I did weekends for six years at KPRC, in fact, I played the last record there before they switched to talk, then did nights at KQUE for nearly 14 years while I worked days at HE. I managed to pay the bills and send three girls all the way through Catholic school and college. Mike
LIZ PATRANELLA [Liz Houston – KTSA-550, KBAT-680] (Austin, TX) Subject: SoSARB Luncheon in One Week. Society of San Antonio Radio Broadcasters ONE WEEK AWAY! PLEASE R.S.V.P. TODAY! Fall Get-Together … Lunch … and Gab Fest! Friday. October 6. NOON. CHESTER’S HAMBURGER CO. in the Private Dining Room 1006 NE Loop 410 between Broadway & Nacogdoches on South Side of 410 @ N. New Braunfels. SoSARB Lapel Pins, SA Radio Memories books, and a couple of shirts for sale! Bring cash! Ongoing activities and upcoming plans will be discussed … and lots of talk about the good old days of radio! Bring your tales and memorabilia! If you haven’t already, please R.S.V.P. by reply email. (email@example.com) Liz
TRIVIA ANSWER: On September 23, 1957 Buddy Holly & the Crickets That’ll Be the Day claims #1. The song’s title is from a phrase that John Wayne uses in the film The Searchers.
LESLIE WAYNE HODGES [ex KRCS-550 DJ] (Lake Livingston-Cold Spring, TX) Hi Leslie here; Lee Jolly on air on KBZB (Odessa, TX) 1960’s and early 1970’s. Jay Brit was Honey B on KBZB in Odessa in the 1960’s and early 1970’s 10pm to 2 am. When the person scheduled could not make it in. I returned to Houston April 1988 after being in air on KBIM Roswell (NM) then KLEA Lovington (NM) where I walk into the Woodchase Apartments at 2900 South Gessner and surprise there is Jay Britt Manager of Woodchase Apartments. My covered parking could walk out look up and see the que lights flash from the KRBE control room. KROGER then was right there I called my kitchen. All this at Gessner and Westheimer Later just south of my Woodchase Apartment will eventually be a location for KSEV AM 700 where Wishnow was on air live from there at midnight. Ed Brandon was on air afternoons during this time where I meet Ed just getting off his shift hurrying out the front door as he had just returned to being on air on KTRK Channel 13 Ed; friendly as he said “got to get to Channel 13, now”.
ROBIN WILLIAMS (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) Why do they call it rush hour when nothing moves?
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