NY CHIT CHAT QUEEN PENS LAST TALE Mary Elizabeth Smith’s Sweet Smell of Success begins in Fort Worth, TX on February 2, 1923. Liz Smith, good-natured Texan who is the opposite of the brutal columnist rises from a modest culture to become one of the highest-paid and most influential journalists in New York. Liz Smith, longtime queen of New York’s tabloid gossip columns also on WNBC TV, local Fox TV and E! Entertainment Television passes away at 94 on Sunday, November 12, 2017 in her home in Manhattan.
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COX CONSOLIDATES ATLANTA Beginning in 2018, Cox Media Group integrates its Atlanta, GA media operations under the umbrella of four new executives. Moya Neville is CMG Atlanta’s new VP of Sales, Donna Hall is CMG Atlanta’s new VP of Marketing, Mark Medici is CMG Atlanta’s new VP of Audience and Newspaper Operations and Paul Briggs is CMG Atlanta’s new VP of Content and Broadcast Operations. CMG EVP Jane Williams brags: This is the perfect leadership team to take CMG Atlanta into the future.
ENTERCOM NAMES FORMAT CHIEFS Michael Martin remains as SVP of Programming and Music Initiatives in Entercom’s post-merger with CBS. Entercom’s new captains include: Steve Butler, News; Mark Chernoff, Sports; Brian Kelly, Top 40; Michael Martin, Alternative; Mike Moore, Country; Diane Newman, Talk; Nikki Nite, Adult Contemporary; Dave Richards, Rock/Classic Rock; Reggie Rouse, Urban; Jim Ryan, Classic Hits and Steve Salhany, Hot AC. Chris Oliviero is Executive Vice President of Programming at Entercom.
REDS EXTEND ON POWERHOUSE WLW-700 In 1924, 50,000-watt clear channel WLW-700 broadcasts the Cincinnati Reds’ first game on radio. Since 1969, WLW-700 is the Reds’ flagship radio station. The Cincinnati Reds long, high-powered tradition on WLW-700 Cincinnati, OH continues through at least the 2022 season. The MLB team says it renews its pact with iHeartMedia News/Talk WLW-700, which expires at the end of 2017, through the 2022 season.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Who is the first musician to broadcast live music into space? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•ENTERCOM may flip CHR KVIL FM (Amp 103.7) Dallas, TX to Alternative to reach younger male audiences. Dallas is without Alternative since KDGE FM (102.1) drops Alternative after 27 years for AC (Star 102.1) in November 2016. This gives Entercom three Alternative radio stations in top five markets. •ENTERCOM & CBS RADIO merger means Country KSON FM (97.3) San Diego, CA relocates to new now secret frequency at 12:00pm Friday, November 17, 2017. Stay tuned to this Bat channel.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1957 WBOY TV NBC/ABC CH 12 in Clarksburg, WV begins broadcasting on November 17th. •1967 JACK GREENE is first Country star to appear in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 23rd in NYC. •1972 JUAN PERON returns to Argentina on November 17th. •1980 JOHNNY LEE’S Urban Cowboy single Lookin’ For Love goes Gold on November 18th. •1997 MARIO LEMIEUX enters NHL Hall of Fame on November 17th. •2004 JOSH TURNER’s Long Black Train is his first Platinum album on November 19th.
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JACK PARNELL [former Program Director/DJ on WHBQ-560] (Memphis, TN) Subject: “Million Dollar Quartet”. Afternoon Jim: Guess you knew too that he (Stan Phillips) was an announcer off and on for WREC here in Memphis. He began there as a board engineer…brilliant man. Now, his 2 sons, Jerry and Knox own & run some stations down in North Mississippi. JP
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JAY WEAVER [ex KLBK–1360 Lubbock; KBUY–1540 Fort Worth; Several Other Places] (DFW-Hurst, TX) I was hired by Jay Elston in December, 1966 at KCUL. After a three month run at KDNT in Denton where I came to D-FW from Lubbock. I knew Kurt Meir owned the station at that time and the family had sold the station to John Walton who was to take over in January, 1967 with the new KBUY call letters. In the meantime, Meir bought KJIM – 870 AM, a Fort Worth daytimer. My back up plan was to try KJIM if I couldn’t land a spot at KCUL. The new GM at KBUY was Roy Lemons. Lemons was a graduate of Texas Tech, as was I so we got along well. Within a month, about half of the staff left. Bill Mack was doing Mornings at that time, and left for KPCN. Mid-Mornings was Eddie Stewart who left (not sure where he went), but Bo Powell stayed doing afternoons with new PD Mike Bradley doing afternoon drive. The over night jock-engineer, Morgan Choat had already been there for several years and actually stayed until the 80’s when he left to go to KJIM with the Meir Family. Last I heard, Walton still owned an AM-FM station combo in Ruidoso, NM using the KBUY call letters, at 1360 AM and 105.9 FM.
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KAREN MASSEY [Duckie ex morning host on KITE-930, KXOL-1360, KBUC FM] (San Antonio, TX) Subject: KXOL Ft. Worth. When I knew Casey (Jones) he only had 2 boys. Did he have the girl before them or after them with another wife. I am sorry to hear he died. As usual what did he die of? I always want to know that question. In fact when I pass on I will have the preacher say, what I died of. It’s like a sentence that has not been finished. If somebody passes away don’t you want to know what they died of. It’s important that the people that knew you in life know how you died. It puts closure to the dead person. Anyway, enough of that, so you and I had to be in Ft. Worth about the same time and didn’t know it. I was so lonely in Ft. Worth I just didn’t have a true home base like I did in San Antonio. I liked Ft. Worth and the rodeo was the best but I really needed some true friends. Duckie ! Director of Sports Sales (www.baywoodhotels.com)
TRIVIA ANSWER: On November 12, 2005 Paul McCartney is the first musician to broadcast live music into space when he beams a segment of his Anaheim concert via NASA to the International Space Station 220 miles above the Earth.
JOE FORD [ex KFMK FM, KILT-610, KNUZ-1230] (Houston-Spring, TX) Subject: Fats Domino. Thanks, Jim. Still the best way to stay in touch with the biz is your column. Always a fan. Keep the good vibes coming.
TONY BOOTH [KLIF-1190, WFAA-570, KKDJ FM, KAYC-1450, KDOK-1240, AFKN Seoul, Korea] (Richmond, VA) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio (#1668) November 13, 2017 [Monday] Happy Birthday, Jim…hope your day and the coming year is the best ever for you!!! May it be spent in good health, much happiness and plenty of laughter.
SAM LEE [ex KLIF-1190, KXOL-1360, 99X & WBLS FM (107.5) News] (Beverly Hills, CA) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio (#1668) November 13, 2017 [Monday] Happy 74 my brother. Time is really starting to move past fast. However, your “Remember’s” makes Me remember my youth and the wonderful & talented folks whom I had the pleasure and privilege Of working with .We were a part of broadcast history. Thanks for keeping those memories alive. Lotaluv, Sam Lee, KLIF, KXOL, 99X & WBLS News.
AL PACINO [Michael Corleone] (The Godfather-1972) Just when I thought I was out…they pull me back in.
Jim Rose and Suzie
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo
Resolve: Mother’s statement has meant much to me as I have raised our family. Whenever I have felt overly busy to the point of neglecting the little joys, the expression of appreciations, the realization of how happy we are- whenever I play with the children seemed more of a duty than a privilege. I have thought of Mother’s words they have been a warning beacon that has changed my attitude toward life and toward what is valuable.