November 13, 2017 [Monday] Issue #1668
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
ESPN CHOPS 100 THANKSGIVING TURKEYS Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch reports on the recent rumors that ESPN job cuts are on their way. Deitsch says sources tell him that at least 100 staffers will fly the coup after Thanksgiving. The cuts will hit positions across ESPN including front-facing TV talent, producers, executives and digital and technology staffers. The SportsCenter expects to be hit hard including on-air people. In April 2017, ESPN eliminates the positions of about 100 air personalities and journalists.
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NAHIGIAN FLYS SOUTH TO FRISCO Sports programming pro Matt Nahigian is Entercom’s KGMZ FM (95.7 The Game) San Francisco, CA new PD. Matt, most recently with Beasley Media Group programming Sports Talk WPEN FM (97.5 The Fanatic) Philadelphia, PA, is joyous about the move: San Francisco here we come! It’s such an incredible opportunity to be a part of a company that is one of the biggest and best radio companies in the country. Matt Nahigian replaces Don Kollins who exits on Thursday, August 10.
IHEART AND ENTERCOM EXCHANGE RADIO STATIONS iHeartMedia announces a radio station exchange with Entercom Communications across four U.S. markets. iHeartMedia acquires WRKO-680, WZLX FM, WKAF FM and WBZ-1030 Boston, MA and KZOK FM, KJAQ FM and KFNQ-1090 Seattle, WA. Entercom snags WRVA-1140, WRXL FM, WTVR FM, WBTJ FM, WRNL-910 and WRVQ FM Richmond and WKXJ FM, WLND FM, WRXR FM and WUSY FM Chattanooga, TN.
LIBERTY MEDIA 3Q EARNINGS INCREASE On Thursday, November 9, 2017, Billionaire mogul and chairman John Malone who controls Liberty Media, satellite radio company SiriusXM Radio, the Atlanta Braves baseball club and the Formula One racing circuit reports Liberty’s third-quarter revenue rises to $2.07 billion up from $1.39 billion. Satellite radio giant SiriusXM Group posts earnings of $183 million and the Liberty group’s Atlanta Braves baseball team records earnings of $22 million.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What singing group has the longest string of career #1s? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Jim Rose turns 74 on November 16, 2017. •TOM MAOLI successful NYC business leader and entrepreneur’s new Sunday evening call-in business Talk show Go Big or Go Home airs on WABC-770 on Sundays from 7:00-8:00pm. •PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP sells News/Talk KPAM-860 Troutdale, OR and Adult Contemporary KKOV-1550 Vancouver, WA to Intelli LLC for $1.2M. •MARK BAKER joins Warner Music Group as VP, Public Policy & Government Affairs in WMG’s New York headquarters.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1952 FALSE FINGERNAILS 1st go on sale on November 13th. •1961 JIMMY DEAN’s big bad single Big Bad John crashes #1 in Billboard Country on November 20th. •1977 AL CAPP’s final Li’l Abner comic strip (1934-77) on November 13th. •1989 VINCE GILL’s album When I Call Your Name releases on MCA records on November 14th. •1996 BILL DOGGETT R&B pianist (Honky Tonk-1956) dies at 80 on November 13th. •2004 SUGARLAND performs Baby Girl during their Grand Ole Opry debut on November 12th.
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JOE FORD [ex KLDE FM, KNUZ-1230, KILT-610] (Spring-Houston, TX) Subject: Fats Domino. My dad had a great guy, whose name was Otis Evans. Otis worked for Pop and was the guy that introduced me to the wonderful world of the blues. I was 15 years old and was attempting to copy the licks of Jimmy Reed, Lightnin’ Hopkins, BB KIng, etc. on my old Kay electric guitar. Otis took me under his wing and taught me things a little white boy would never be able to learn in the sheltered world I lived in. He said, “I’m gonna give you an education kid. Tonight I takin’ you down to The Skylark to see Fats Domino.” We walked into the Skylark Lounge in Corpus Christi, Texas, and my life changed forever. On stage was a small, good looking young man, a bit overweight, pounding a well used baby grand and blowing the roof off the place. It was the first time I’d heard “Please Don’t Leave Me”- but not the last. Fats keyboard work mesmerized me and is still a rock n’ roll standard. Over the years, he became a friend and we would sit and talk about his career. He would play a couple of bars of one of his many million sellers and make me guess the title! I loved his music so I always got it right because I was such a huge fan. I could go on and on about this kind man who epitomized the heart and soul of his native New Orleans but I’ll just let his great catalogue of music speak for itself. RIP, Fat Man…you deserve the time off. Joe Ford
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KAREN MASSEY [Duckie ex morning host on KITE-930, KXOL-1360, KBUC FM] (San Antonio, TX) Subject: KXOL Ft. Worth. Jim: What year was MIKE SHANNON at KXOL. There were some real nice guys that I worked with and have lost all contact. I would love to reconnect just to say Hi. I remember, my partner (Casey Jones) and I would talk about a club in town that we called the Stomach Pump. It was a lovely club, we just called it that. We had one jock, as cute as a little button that was a wonderful singer, I don’t remember his name. However, I would like to think he did something with his singing career. There was another chap with curly hair and again, I don’t remember his name. Would you mind putting a call out for those that worked at KXOL during 1973 or 4 thou 1976 I believe those were the years. As always, thank you. Your Radio Remembrance brings back some wonderful thoughts, especially when I see some names that I recognize or think I recognize. Hay, this old age is for the birds. Duckie ! Director of Sports Sales (www.baywoodhotels.com)
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JAY WEAVER [KLBK–1360 Lubbock; KBUY–1540 Fort Worth; Several Other Places] (DFW-Hurst, TX) In 1968, I worked at KPCN (730) for about one month. The details are that the manager at KBUY (1540), Roy Lemons fired me because he didn’t think I was knowledgeable enough about Country Music. I had been playing Top 40 and had never played Country. It was the only time I was ever “fired” in my radio career. One month later, KBUY called me and wanted me to come back. The main reason was because they couldn’t find anyone else who they were happy with, at least that’s what Bo Powell told me at the time. Bo was the one who told Mr. Lemons he had better get me back because the regulars were not going to work weekends and fill in. They were having no luck finding anyone else they were happy with, so Lemons agreed to ask me to comeback. That’s how I was told it happened. It ended up leading to a five year stint at KBUY. Jay
TRIVIA ANSWER: The Beach Boys have the longest string of career #1s from their last #1 Kokomo to their first #1 tune I Get Around 24 years and four months prior.
CHUCK DUNAWAY [ex WABC-770, KLIF-1190, KBOX-1480 & KILT-610] (Houston-Katy, TX) In 29 days I’ll be 83 years old…and I do not feel that old…as James Brown sang…”I Feel Good”…chuck
BILL CARLISLE [The Carlisles – 1951] (December 19 1908 – March 17 2003) He’s a-gettin’ too old, he’s done got too old He’s too old to cut the mustard anymore.
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