October 30, 2017 [Monday] Issue #1664
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
AIN’T IT A SHAME THAT FATS LEAVES US Since as far back as we can remember, we listen to the wonderful good time Rock and Roll tunes of Fats Domino like Ain’t It a Shame, Blueberry Hill, Blue Monday, Walkin’ to New Orleans and others. On February 26, 1928 Antoine (Fats) Domino, Jr. is born in New Orleans as the eighth of nine children in a French Creole family. On Tuesday, October 24, 2017 we lose The Big Beat of Rock and Roll legendary Fats Domino at 89.
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HARVEY FLOODS TOM FONTAINE’S HOME Very early Sunday morning we discover that Hurricane Harvey floods former KILT FM colleague Tom Fontaine’s home in Dickinson, TX. Tom loses everything, even his two cars. Tom is unable to make it to KENR-1070. He is on a long waiting list for a rental car. We must get ourselves in gear to help Tom Fontaine get back on his feet again. Please send what you can to Tom Fontaine’s fund at https://www.youcaring.com/tomfontaine-949562/donate/general. We thank you for your help.
ROCK RADIO IN DECLINE During the 1950s, when we are kids, we have only two choices in each market for our favorite Top 40 radio station. By the 1990s, Rock radio eases from Top 40 into different segments. So, instead of two Top 40 radio stations that play Rock music, we now have 4 or 5. Rock radio divides itself into too many variants. No more double digit Top 40 ratings. In 1976, when I’m MD/DJ on Top 40 KXOL-1360 Ft. Worth, TX it flips to Country. In 1981, when I’m a DJ on Album Rock KILT FM Houston, TX, both KILTs flip to Country.
WACHS EXITS WFOM-1230 According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Rodney Ho, the afternoon dynamic duo of Larry Wachs and Bob Whitfield on Dickey Broadcasting Sports Talk WFOM-1230 [The Fan 2] Atlanta, GA comes to an end. WFOM-1230 owner David Dickey searches for a new show partner for Wachs on the refurbished Regular Guys show (2:00 pm to 4:00 pm) on WFOM-1230. Dickey says he wants to build a show around Whitfield with maybe the addition of local programming to WIFN-1230 as The Fan 3.
TRIVIA QUESTION: When does the first two-sided vinyl record go on sale? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•BRUCE KELLY Phoenix AM Drive décor for 16 years joins Grenax Broadcasting of Flagstaff/Prescott, AZ as Program Director of its four-station cluster: Country KSED FM (107.5 KOLT), Classic Rock KWMX FM (96.7 The Wolf), Classic Hits KFLX FM (Rewind 92.5), K281BE FM (Rewind 104.1) and News-Talk KBTK FM (97.1 The Big Talker). •THE FITZ SHOW native Texan syndicated afternoon drive Country program joins KBYB FM (Hot 101.7/99.3) Texarkana, TX plus KTKU FM (Taku 105) Juneau, AK and KGTW FM (106.7 Gateway Country) Ketchikan, AK.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1952 CLARENCE BIRDSEYE sells 1st frozen peas on October 30th. •1960 MERLE HAGGARD releases from San Quentin Prison on November 3rd. Prison officials allow him to finish final two years on parole. •1974 MUHAMMAD ALI KOs George Foreman on October 30th in 8th round in Kinshasa Zaire. •1986 LYNN ANDERSON’s Rose Garden is her only Platinum album on November 21st. •1991 CLINT BLACK (34) weds actress Lisa Hartman (29) on October 30th. •2002 RASCAL FLATTS’ album Melt releases on Lyric Street records on October 29th.
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BILL CHERRY [Realtor, In late 1950s Music ’til Dawn host on WWL-870] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Galveston, TX! Jim and Suzie- Thanks for watching my stuff. TV is very hard. I never mastered it. Talking to a lens “eye” is even harder than I would have ever imagined. I think that’s why “now ah days” people being interviewed are captured from a profile rather than looking directly into the camera. Lots of people pronounced Galveston like your dad did. I’ve not heard anyone do it in awhile, but that doesn’t mean it’s extinguished. I’ve not been “home” since we moved to Dallas almost 13 years ago. I miss it so, but like you, we have to mind our money. Boarding three animals, chancing driving our 2001 Suburban there and back, and paying for hotel and meals will be pretty darned steep. Bill
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LIZ PATRANELLA [Liz Houston – KTSA-550, KBAT-680] (Austin, TX) Subject: SoSARB Christmas Party – Save the Date! Save The Date! SoSARB Christmas Party Sunday, December 3, 2-6 pm La Bona Vida Event Center 11135 Wye Dr. at corner of Perrin Beitel We have a bunch of beer and sodas left over from the Hall of Fame event..so we decided to have a Christmas party to drink it up! We will return to the event center where we held the Hall of Fame event, which is a wonderful venue. Once again, the owner is offering it to us just for the cost of turning on the electricity. I will be sending out more details shortly. Put It On Your Calendar! Hope to see you there. Liz
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CHUCK DUNAWAY [ex WABC-770, KILT-610, KLIF-1190, KBOX-1480, WKY-930 & WIXY-1260] (Houston-Katy, TX) Subject: question. Today you referenced (Cousin) Bruce Morrow…did he mention in his book that he got the WABC (770) time slot when I quit…it took WABC six months or maybe more to get my replacement after I resigned in Hal Neal’s office…Chuck (www.chuckdunawaydj.com/)
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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.
TRIVIA ANSWER: On October 21, 1908 the Columbia label advertises the first two-sided vinyl record on sale in an ad that runs in the Saturday Evening Post.
CHARLES GEORGE [kc5rai, ex KCHU FM] (Dallas, TX) I like Ice Cream, there is a Mexican place with Dulces. I like best the Fresa con Crema. I find it interesting listening to Music and programming, often the way advertising is more overt/covert depending the Market. Like at 64, not ready to think about One Step Beyond. Like I never knew Perry Mason had been on the Radio. I still remember Florence Henderson being the Hostess/Emcee of the Bell Telephone Hour on TV. Not much Classical Music on Radio/TV as in the past. 73, Charles George, KC5RAI
FRANZ SCHUBERT (January 31, 1797 – November 19, 1828) Some people come into our lives, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same.
Jim Rose and Suzie
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