Jim Rose Remembers Radio On WHISNews21 Oct 12



GOLDFINGER GUITARIST PICKS LAST LICK From the 1960s-70s, we hear British guitar player Big Jim Sullivan on over 40 very familiar top recording artists’ hits. Just a few of my favorite tunes with Big Jim Sullivan’s fantastic guitar playing include a hot song that I spin in 1965 on my first radio station Tom Jones’ What’s New Pussycat, Frank Ifield’s I Remember You, Peter & Gordon’s A World Without Love, The Seekers’ I’ll Never Find Another You, Los Bravos’ Black is Black, Gilbert O’Sullivan’s Alone Again (Naturally) and in 1975 on Top 40 KXOL-1360 I spin Pilot’s Magic. The list goes on and on. Australian music news Web site www.noise11.com/ reports that Sullivan plays on over 1,000 hits that include 55 #1 records from Petula Clark’s ‘Downtown’ to David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’. Big Jim Sullivan, one of the most prolific studio guitar players in British music history, dies at 71 on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 in his West Sussex home.
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SAM LEE IN SURGERY A couple of weeks ago, we receive an alarming email from former KLIF-1190 Dallas, TX newscaster Sam Lee who now resides in Beverly Hills, CA where he details the shocking news about his cancer radiation treatment & Chemo Therapy at USC Medical Center for lymph nodes in his neck. Sam’s doctor says the cancer is relatively small, we’ve found it early. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012 Sam enters USC Medical Center to begin the treatment process of killing a small bit of cancer.  Sam jokes: You may be more familiar with it as the setting for General Hospital, the TV show. They do have a new building. JRRR keeps our radio friend Sam Lee in our prayers during this difficult time. Sam’s Web site is www.NewsBeatUSA.com. Email Sam at samlee1018@live.com.

Ben Sisario

IS ROCK RADIO DEAD? Just like Queen’s hit released on August 22, 1980 Another One Bites the Dust another FM Rock radio station flips to talk. No more Rolling Stones on Merlin Rock WRXP FM. In America’s largest radio market, NYC, CBS Radio needs an FM frequency for its Sports WFAN-660 so it purchases Merlin Rock WRXP FM (101.9) for about $75 million. NY Times writer Ben Sisario sighs: Rock stations around the country have been suffering for a decade, a symptom of rock’s fading popularity as well as the rise of a more dance-oriented sound on the Top 40. Consultant Fred Jacobs disagrees: In the case of New York City, this had a lot less to do with the rock format as it did with CBS needing an FM frequency for WFAN. Sisario adds: …there is still Classic Rock, on WAXQ FM (Q104.3) in New York. A handful of rock stations in neighboring areas, like WHDA in New Jersey, reach parts of the city.


What American mayor reads comics to the kiddies in the 1940s? The answer appears below.



•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Clint Wright former CBS Radio KILT FM & KKHH FM Houston, TX Promotion Director fires up at least 39 candles on Saturday, October 13, 2012 in The Woodlands.
•KATE SCOTT Cumulus 5am-12pm sports anchor on KNBR-680 San Francisco, CA plus KGO-810 Cal college football game sideline reporter blindsided by a car that runs a red light at 40 MPH. Thank God that Kate is OK because of her helmet.
KKLB FM (107.7) Madisonville, TX upgrades to Christian AC KPWJ FM (Peace 107) Kurten, TX at 1:07pm Wednesday, October 10, 2012 to reach out and touch the Bryan/College Station market with new PD Brian Christopher.
•PEAK BROADCASTING KMJ-580 and KMJ FM (105.9) Fresno, CA revert to mostly local programming after Premiere Radio Networks yanks its Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity broadcasts in the next 90 days.
•MARSHALL ADAMS departs as PD of Cumulus new All-News 106.7 Atlanta, GA.



1953 PAULETTE CARLSON nitty gritty lead singer of Highway 101 (Rodney Crowell and Harlan Howard’s Somewhere Tonight #1-1988) born on October 11th in Northfield, MN.
•1964 WSBK TV IND/ABC/CBS/NBC CH38 in Boston, MA begins broadcasting on October 12th.
1975 CHARLIE RICH ninth annual Country Music Association award presenter lights a fire to John Denver’s envelope when he scores Entertainer of the Year on October 13th at the at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, TN.
•1989 DALLAS COWBOYS trade Herschel Walker to the Minnesota Vikings on October 12th for 12 players.
1996 TRISHA YEARWOOD’s single Believe Me Baby (I Lied) grabs #1 in Billboard Country on October 12th.
•2002 RAY CONNIFF arranger/bandleader/head of Ray Conniff Singers (‘S Wonderful 1957, Invisible Tears 1964, Somewhere My Love #9-1966) dies at 85 on October 12th.



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ED BRANDON [former long time KTRK TV Disney ABC CH13 chief meteorologist since 1972] (Houston, TX) Hi Jim, What a treat to find an e-mail in my inbox from you, personally. I read JRRR every day and it is the best compendium of items about Texas radio I’ve seen. We MUST chat sometime about the KNOW and KHFI connection we share. I was at KNOW sometime between ’66 and ’69. Started on the midnight shift. My predecessor was J. Michael Davenport, a biker with a great radio delivery. Eventually I worked mid-morning, then morning drive, at The Mighty Fourteen-Ninety. Having graduated from high school in Austin, and having hung around their studios during my junior and senior years, pressing my nose against the glass and hoping they’d invite me in, the chance to actually work there remains the most satisfying chapter of my career. More later. Ed Brandon, iPad
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DAVID FAULKNER (Dallas, TX) Subject: Unforgettable 870 KFJZ. Jim, Good to hear from you. Thanks for sharing your radio stories. Always enjoy hearing about radio as it was, especially DFW radio. I’ve been a listener in this market all my life. Been listening on my own radio since I was 7. Many great stations in DFW through the years. Peace, David
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CHUCK DUNAWAY (Houston-Katy, TX) Subject: new outlet. WHISNews21 Oct 5 was wonderfully formatted. Please allow me to agree with everyone else who has made comments on the great graphics and ease of reading. Congratulations my friend.
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At the end of June 1945, as World War II comes to a halt, during a newspaper delivery strike, New York’s boisterous Mayor La Guardia decides to read the comics to the kiddies on the radio but he has no idea how popular the idea becomes.
From 1939 to 1945, New York’s sometimes authoritarian mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia’s comic reading to the kiddies puts the legendary Edward R. Murrow’s landmark broadcast I Can Hear It Now to shame.
While the newspaper strike looms, La Guardia conducts a weekly, Sunday morning radio program on city-owned WNYC-820, Talk to the People.
It’s New York’s version of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s legendary Fireside Chats.
To celebrate its legendary mayor, the City of NY has its very own La Guardia airport.
JOANIE GREEN-GALLO (Tulsa, OK) I am astounded at all of that stuff on Facebook. Who cares that you “like” something and feel you need to “share” because you know everyone wants to know every blessed thing about you? Yikes! Is there no privacy anymore? Or better yet, discretion in one’s life? I have a Facebook page and check it once a week or every other week. I have a couple of interests outside of radio, volunteer and work part-time…that’s about it. I rely on your email because I know I can trust it. It truly is special to me. Thank you for your kind words, it means a lot and helps me keep my spirits up… Hugs to you and Lacy. Joanie
ANTON CHEKHOV (1860-1904) You must trust and believe in people or life becomes impossible.

Jim Rose and Lacy
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo

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