Latest News From Jim Rose Remembers Radio Dec 14
THE LATEST NEWS FROM JIM ROSE REMEMBERS RADIO December 14, 2012
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
BEATLES INDIAN SITAR ACE IS GONE In 1965, the Beatles lead guitarist George Harrison chums around with sitar musician Ravi Shankar who becomes a hippie music icon. Harrison proclaims Ravi Shankar as the godfather of world music. Ravi plays a four-hour set at the Monterey Pop Festival in addition to the opening day of Woodstock. The first time a Rock band plays the sitar in one of their songs is George Harrison on the Beatles tune Norwegian Wood from their 1965 album Rubber Soul. Ravi’s sitar style explodes in many late 1960s Rock records. Ravi Shankar dies at 92 in San Diego, CA on Tuesday, December 11, 2012.
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BOORTZ CALLS IT QUITS IN AGGIELAND On inauguration day 2013, longtime radio personality and Aggie alum Neil Boortz retires. In September 2012 Neal says that he will broadcast his next-to-the-last show in Bryan/College Station, TX. Boortz says that he chooses to end his radio career where it begins on WTAW-1620. Boortz beloved chair jazzed up with the Texas A&M logo goes on the auction block to raise money for Atlanta’s Children’s Cancer & Blood Disorders Center. Bryan Broadcasting says: When I heard the chair was on their auction block, knew it had to come home to WTAW and Aggieland. And so, we bid high and often and today the chair sits prominently in our studios. Neil’s syndicated talk show ends on January 21, 2013, replaced by former presidential candidate Herman Cain.
AUSTRALIAN RADIO PRANK GOES PLANK Two Australian radio DJs are the talk of the world when their prank goes awry. Mel Greig and Michael Christian of 2DayFM pranked the hospital where pregnant Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton stays. They fool the nurse who answers the phone but because of world wide embarrassment she takes her own life. How tragic. Radio Ink’s Brian Glicklich reports: Broadcast attorney David Oxenford…advice for those…thinking that was a good idea…even before the unexpected terrible outcome was known, it was very clear that this broadcast was not the type of gag that US broadcasters should imitate. Greig and Christian beg forgiveness on Australian TV’s A Current Affair and Today Tonight. What do you think about this radio prank that ends in death?
TRIVIA QUESTION: What is the biggest selling album in the US that doesn’t make it to #1? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Tony Bridge good friend 2010 Texas Radio Hall of Fame inductee moves up another notch in the age chart on Monday, December 17, 2012.
•SALEM catapults commanding 100K Conservative Talk WMUU FM (94.5) into Greenville, SC with a galaxy of stars as Salem’s 26th News Talk station.
•WTOP FM (103.5) Washington, DC Program Director Laurie Cantillo and morning co-anchor Mike Moss volunteer to ring the Christmas bells at Salvation Army red kettles at its annual Red Kettle Campaign outside a supermarket in suburban Bethesda, MD.
•DAVID COURTNEY big voice of Los Angeles sports for 23 years plus public address announcer of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings dies at 56 on Thursday, November 29, 2012.
•DON IMUS reups with Cumulus WABC-770 NYC from 6am to 10am through 2015. Imus In The Morning syndicates to all 50 states.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1952 KROD TV (now KDBC) CBS CH4 in El Paso, TX begins broadcasting on December 14th.
•1963 HANK WILLIAMS JR.’s first recording session on December 11th at age 14 in Nashville, TN features his dad’s hits You Win Again, Your Cheatin’ Heart, Cold, Cold Heart and I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.
•1977 SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER starring John Travolta premieres in New York City on December 14th.
•1988 WAYLON JENNINGS has triple bypass surgery on December 12th at Nashville, TN’s Baptist Hospital.
•1998 NORMAN FELL actor as Mr. Roper on hit TV series Three’s Company dies of cancer in Los Angeles, CA at 74 on December 14th.
•2001 KID ROCK Rock-rapper performs with Hank Williams Jr. on December 14th at Grand Ole Opry House TV studio in Nashville, TN taped for cable TV show CMT Crossroads.
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DAVE MICHAELS (Dayton-Huber Heights, OH) Subject: “Rocky’s Christmas Tree”. In the 70’s & 80’s WSAI 1360 Radio had a Security Guard at the front gate. His name was “Rocky” in uniform (no weapon)! He was on duty from dark until 5am the next day. Cincinnati winters can be brutal and Rocky used to drink a little while on duty to stay warm and make it though the night! One morning before Christmas day; the News Dir. came into the station lobby and found The Big Christmas tree on the floor and “Rocky” was in the middle of it – tangled up in lights & tinsel passed out sleeping! That ended Rocky’s career there and a new Electronic Gate was installed! Goodbye to my friend and fellow Patriot! “Rocky” (real name withheld) Dave Michaels
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JOHN WALTON [Walton & Johnson Show-KKRW FM] (Houston, TX) …in 1973 I actually worked for McLendon (Bart not Gordon) on KNUS the FM for a short time on the all night show…I never got to meet The Old Scottsman…I also worked some all nights at KILT…that’s how I first met Jim (Pruett) and Mark (Stevens)…and later they hooked us up with our first agent (Saul Foos) who we had right until the year he went to prison in Florida for running a Ponzi scheme on all of us
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BOB GRANT [Robert Hanger] (San Angelo-Abilene, TX) Subject: JRRR Issue 1154, 12/10. Jim: Your mention of Rolling Stones peaked my interest, Their next appearance on Ed Sullivan Show was Nov. 23, 1969, performing a medley. Ironically, I drove clients in a stretch-limo for my co. to Rolling Stones concert, Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ on Nov. 7, 1997 as nearly 45,000 attended. How do I recall the date? Glad you asked; the Limo windshield sign is still in my office-museum to this day! BOB & Sonny Lee.
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TONY BRIDGE [2010 Texas Radio Hall of Fame inductee] (Fort Worth-Benbrook, TX) Subject: KLUE RADIO BURNS THE BEATTLES RECORDS. Back in the middle 1960’s. the Beatles stunned the nation by saying “their singing group was more important than God.” In the East Texas Bible Belt, KLUE (pronounced “clue”) in Longview received hundreds of protest calls. Our big Rock Station sprung into action, promoting a giant bonfire on which to burn their records. Listeners brought timbers for the fire, which made it huge and seen for miles from atop KLUE’s Signal Hill. Police and Sheriff forces cut off entrance of crowds at 3,000. To the blare of Rock Music the fire was lighted and the Beatles music was destroyed much to the glee of a crowd of every age. Covered by numerous TV stations, Several Newspapers and the Associated Press, it became a worldwide event. The story even made the magazine “Uncut” the UK’s leading Rock publication. My friends at KLIF, KBOX, KFJZ, and KXOL in the Multiplex, I’m told, turned green with envy. Moral: “Don’t ever count out the Little Guys.”
TRIVIA ANSWER: Led Zeppelin’s Classic 4th album released on November 8, 1971 Led Zeppelin IV sells more than 23 million copies but stalls for four weeks at #2 on Billboard’s Hot 200 chart. Www.Ultimate-Guitar.com reports: Not only does the album have no title, but there is no writing on the front or back cover, or even a catalogue number on the spine. ‘Led Zeppelin IV’ is the third best-selling album of all time in the U.S. According to www.Billboard.biz. In 2011 ‘Led Zeppelin IV’ returns to the chart for the first time since 1987. Led Zeppelin IV album contains such Classic hits as Black Dog, Rock and Roll and the epic eight-minute Stairway to Heaven. A 2005 audience survey by Classic Rock FM station Q107 Toronto, Ontario pins Led Zeppelin IV its #2 best Classic Rock album of all time. In 2006, Classic Rock magazine’s 100 Greatest British Albums poll ranks the album #1. In 2006, Guitar World 100 Greatest Albums readers’ poll votes it #1.
CASEY JAMES [Putnam] (Houston, TX) I need to buy you lunch some time Jim and pick your brain. I wanna write a book about the wild days of the 79 KULF penthouse in the Central building in late 70s. It would make WKRP look like church camp.
JIM GOUGH (Austin-Liberty Hill, TX) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio (#1154) December 10, 2012 [Monday] Jim…it’s always good to hear the story about the Lone Ranger and the car dealership. Clayton was a great guy and I’ll never forget working with him selling Ford trucks. Happy Holidays, Jim Gough
CLAYTON MOORE [‘The Lone Ranger’ TV series 1949–1957] Hi-yo, Silver, away.
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