Jim Rose Remembers Radio On WHISNews21 Dec 3





picanoFLORIDA RADIO ICON IS GONE John Picano is the voice of Clear Channel WJNO-1290 in West Palm Beach, FL for years.

On Thanksgiving Day 2012 John looses his battle with lung cancer. Jim Edwards WJNO-1290 morning host tells Radio Ink: There aren’t enough positive words in the English Language to describe John Picano. He hired me at WJNO in 1984. I was working in Miami radio at the time.

John had tried two previous years to hire me away from the “big city,” but I declined until he offered me the News Director’s job. John became my best friend in the business.

I’ll never forget John Picano. He was and will always be a great friend. My heart and prayers go out to his wife and children who I know well.


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imagesCAK2ASBTMERRY CHRISTMAS! YOU’RE FIRED! In December 2011, Midwest Family News/Talk WTDY-1670 begins to simulcast what was WWQN FM (106.7). WISC TV reports that the entire local air staff of WTDY-1670/WTDY FM (106.7) Madison, WI leaves the building including morning host John [Sly] Sylvester plus 7 or 8 others. WTDY drops its News/Talk format and stunts with Christmas music. WTDY FM-AM will probably debut a new CBS Sports Radio format after the Christmas holidays. In addition to WTDY and WTDY-FM, Midwest Family owns Rhythmic CHR WJQM FM (93.1 Jamz), WJJO FM Rock (94.1), AC WMGN FM (Magic 98), Country WWQM FM (Q106.3), Spanish CHR La Movida WLMV-1480 and Oldies WHIT-1550 Hit radio all in the Madison market.



The Rolling Stones first London show in their 50 and Counting anniversary begins 30 minutes late.

Because of London’s strict sound rules, the original bad boys of Rock run past London’s 11pm curfew.

The Sun estimates the Stones’ fine is $320,000 (200,000 pounds).

The 11pm curfew causes the Stones to drop their worldwide 1965 hit (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction from their encore performance.

The Stones confuse fans when they end their show with Jumping Jack Flash instead of their usual closer (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction. However, departing fans hear Satisfaction blaring out on loud speakers at a nearby railway station.



What’s the story behind America’s 1973 hit Ventura Highway?

The answer appears below.



•PHIL DUNCAN last DJ to play music on Music radio WLS-890 before it flips to its current 24/7 talk format in 1989 retires after 17 years as Production Director at CBS Radio WUSN FM (US99.5) Chicago, IL. 

•JOHN FREDERICKS former meteorologist at Sunbelt Communications KSNV TV NBC CH3 in Las Vegas, NV died in hospice care at 57 on Friday, November 23, 2012.

•GARY MEYER hosts annual A Very Garry Christmas party on Tribune WGN-720 from 3pm-7pm on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at The Signature Room on the 95th floor of the John Hancock Building in Chicago, IL.

•LARRY WILSON former founder/CRO of Citadel Broadcasting who operates Alpha Broadcasting in Portland, OR purchases Triad Broadcasting for $21 Million.

•MEL BROOKS Oscar winning movie producer (The Producers-1968, Blazing Saddles-1974 & Young Frankenstein-1974) receives AFI Life Achievement Award in Los Angeles, CA on June 6, 2013.



•1955 KTVE TV NBC CH10 in Monroe-El Dorado, LA begins broadcasting on December 3rd.

•1960 DAVE DUDLEY is struck by a car on December 3th. He uses the $14,000 insurance company settlement to record his Classic hit Six Days on the Road.

•1973 MICHAEL O’SHEA actor as Denny in It’s a Great Life dies at 67 on December 3rd in Thousand Oaks, CA.

•1983 ANNE MURRAY’s single A Little Good News rings #1 in Billboard Country on December 3th.

•1999 MADELINE KAHN [Madeline Gail Wolfson] actress best known for her comic roles in films such as Paper Moon (1973), Young Frankenstein (1974), Blazing Saddles (1974), What’s Up, Doc? (1972) and Clue (1985) dies at 57 on December 3rd.

•2002 KENNY CHESNEY’s album No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems certifies Double-Platinum on December 2th.



WINK MARTINDALE [network TV game show host] (Los Angeles, CA) Good morning Jim: Many thanks to you for your very nice note, and request. I enjoy reading your column on a regular basis. As the old Carly Simon song of the seventies goes, “nobody does it better”. I would be delighted to share my thoughts and memories with you. Did you have in mind a phone interview? Or if it would be easier I could e-mail you a past interview or two I’ve done, which you could take from as you saw fit. If a phone interview would be your preference, with the holidays upon us already, would the first week or two in January work for you? My phone number is xxx-xxx-xxxx. You can call me at your leisure and we’ll set this up. In the meantime, I’d like to wish you and Lacy the Merriest of Christmases and Happiest of Holidays. Best blessings, Wink


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JOAN PATE-DAY (Cedar Creek Lake, TX) Subject: Wink. Looking up the lyrics to Deck of Cards, I ran across Wink Martindale. Remember him? He was one of the great hosts on Television. Quite handsome and his picture looks even better of him today. We all should age so well. By the way, my Christmas shopping is done, wrapped and paid for. While everyone was buying power ball chances I was shopping.


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tonyTONY BRIDGE [2010 Inductee-Texas Radio Hall of Fame] (Fort Worth-Benbrook, TX) Tony Bridge Reflects on Radio. As a High School student in Marshall, Texas, a trip to Dallas always included a visit to the WFAA Early Bird Show. After WBAP rang its Cowbell at 6:59am ending the stock reports and such, the shared 820 frequency switched to WFAA. At that point in time all big coverage stations had their own studio orchestra. So the music played as Announcer Norvell Slater introduced funny man Jimmy Jefferies and the day’s talent. So the day began in the Penthouse Studios high atop the Santa Fe building downtown. Little did I know then that during my senior year at SMU, I would receive a paid internship at Belo’s WFAA and the Dallas Morning news, writing feature stories for the paper and rewriting wire copy to localize the stories for radio. Also, writing news that would show up on the American Airlines sponsored electric sign that circled the First National Bank. When an American Airliner crashed and many passengers killed, it never occurred to me that the sponsor would be offended. What an uproar. Had not the News Director been an earlier member of the same SMU Fraternity as me, I would have been terminated immediately. Lesson learned at an early age. Always look after your sponsors’ best interest. It served me well during my 60 year radio career. Next time: International news when KLUE Longview burns the Beatles’ records.


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DR. BRUCE NELSON [KFTX FM 97.5 GM/AM Drive DJ Retired on 12/31/2010] (Corpus Christi, TX) Subject: RE: Jim Rose Remembers Radio (#1151) November 30, 2012 [Friday] RIP Earl “Speedo” Carroll. As much as I love “Speedo” my personal favorite was always “Peek-a-Boo. I remember when it first came out and then playing it again at KNUZ after the switched to “Your one and Oldies Station” Dr. Bruce


STEVE RICH [Lewis] (Dallas/Plano, TX) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio (#1151) November 30, 2012 [Friday] I see the mention of Bud Buschardt in your news letter. I worked weekends along with Bud on ABC’s Star Station in Dallas 96-99…Bud moved over to the Star Dust format as PD and I moved over to Real Country fir evenings… I first worked weekends at KWKH about the time Jody Carter exited for Amarillo. Vernon Kay took overnights briefly and then Kitty Ledbetter (Ms. Kitty) did overnights very briefly and then I took overnights early 79…left for KEBC, Okc 12/79 thru 8/85. Steve Rich; Plano, Tx.




In California there is no such roadway as Ventura Highway.

But there is a Ventura County in California and Highway 101 runs through it.

In 1973, Pop-Rock group America reaches #8 with their tune Ventura Highway.



JOANIE GREEN-GALLO (Tulsa, OK) OH!!! I LOVE THE PUN!!! That reminds me of Laugh-In where they had a shot of Flip Wilson bare-chested from the waist up and he had string of pearls around his neck. He deadpans into the camera, “What else do you wear with basic black?” Joanie


FLIP WILSON (December 8, 1933 – November 25, 1998) The devil made me do it.


 Jim Rose and Lacy
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo

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