Latest Jim Rose Remembers Radio On February 11




JAZZ GREAT PERISHES The legendary Donald Byrd experiences a long history as a Jazz trumpet musician. While in high school, he plays with Lionel Hampton. Donald later joins Jazz legends John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock and Thelonious Monk. From 1959 to 1976 Byrd records for Blue Note records. In 1973, he turns to R&B with his hit album Black Byrd plus he creates the group Blackbyrds who score hits with Happy Musicand Walking in Rhythm. In 1975, we DJs on KXOL-1360 spin the smooth sounds of the Blackbyrds Walking in Rhythm. After the Air Force, Donald earns a Bachelors degree in Music from Wayne State University plus a Masters from the Manhattan School of Music. On Monday, February 4, 2013 Jazz and R&B pioneer of the trumpet Donald Byrd dies at 80.

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TEEN IDOL TRIO TOURS AMERICA Do you remember teen voodoo dolls David Cassidy, Peter Noone and Micky Dolenz who cast screaming spells on young girls? Well they’re back! The former teen idols plan a 2013 American concert tour. All three teen heart throbs begin as actors. In the 1970s Cassidy stars on TV’s Partridge Family. Noone is on British soap Coronation Street before he leads Herman’s Hermits. In 1965 I spin the Hermits #1 hit Mrs. Brown You Have a Lovely Daughter on KASO-1240. In the mid-1950′s we remember watching Dolenz as Circus Boy on our black and white TV sets before he becomes one of the Monkees in the mid 1960s. The teen idol Rock trio begins their tour on March 22, 2013 in Westbury, NY through September 10, 2013 at the Clay County Fair in Spencer, IA.

THE WYEN EXPERIENCE In 1971, WYEN FM (106.7) in Des Plaines, IL signs on with Chicago as its target audience. The radio station undergoes several format changes. In 1972, WYEN FM’s Beautiful Music turns the tables over to all-request (Request Radio) and then Adult Contemporary. WYEN FM experiences more changes: WZRC (1980s-1987), WTWV (1987-1989), WYLL (1989-2000) and WZFS (2000-2004). On November 1, 2004 Univision buys WYEN FM and flips it to WPPN FM with new Spanish AC format (Pasion 106.7). During all of these changes, many of Chicago top radio personalities grace its 106.7 frequency. In early 2010, Stew Cohen begins to write his new 290 page book, The WYEN Experience, about WYEN FM’s peak years with stories and experiences from its former staff members. The WYEN Experience is available online at iUniverse and at Barnes & Noble book stores.

TRIVIA QUESTION: What two songs does Rock singer Meatloaf turn down but become hits for others? The answer appears below.


•MATT MCCLEARIN & SCOT HARRISON Sports-talk hosts escape Cumulus KTCK-1310 [SportsRadio The Ticket] Dallas, TX for Cumulus WJOX FM (94.5) middays in Birmingham, AL.

•PETE DOMINICK stand-up comedian hosts new nationwide 6-9am (ET) wake-up show on SiriusXM CH104 beginning on Monday, February 11, 2013.

•CLEAR CHANNEL flips Houston Astros play-by-play in 2013 from News/Talk KTRH-740 to Sports Talk KBME-790.

•JESSICA CRANDALL joins KTBS TV ABC CH3 Shreveport, LA as weekend anchor and weekday reporter.

•HOUSTON CHRONICLE reports that local Talk host Sam Malone ex news/talk KSEV-700 returns to Houston moonbeams via Phonoscope Cable to simulcast on an unnamed local radio station.

•LARRY GIFFORD KIRO FM/KTTH-770 Seattle, WA PD exits on Friday, March 1, 2013. Reach out and touch Larry at


•1958 WTVC TV ABC CH9 in Chattanooga, TN begins broadcasting on February 11th.

1967 LORETTA LYNN’s first appearance at #1 in Billboard is Don’t Come Home A’Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind) on February 11th. In 1969 Loretta is a surprise guest on my PM Drive KBUC FM program.

•1979 ELVIS! TV special on ABC has 43 million viewers on February 11th nearly 2 years after his death.

1982 WILLIE NELSON’s single Always On My Mind releases on Columbia records on February 11th.

•1994 SORRELL BOOKE actor as Mayor Jefferson Davis ‘Boss’ Hogg in popular TV series Dukes of Hazzard (1979 to 1985) dies of colon cancer a month after his 64th birthday on February 11th. Sorrell, son of a local physician born on January 4, 1930 in Buffalo, NY, is buried right under a tree in Hillside Memorial Park in Culver City, Los Angeles County, CA.

2011 BRAD PAISLEY & CARRIE UNDERWOOD record Remind Me on February 11th.


FRANK HALEY [News Director KKIM-1000] (Albuquerque, NM) Subject: Former KOB TV Meteorologist dies. KOB-TV Eyewitness News 4. Sad news to share today – former KOB Meteorologist Bill Eisenhood has died. (

RED JONES [2008 Georgia Radio Hall of Fame – retires from WKNG-1060 June 15, 2011 after 63 years in radio] (Carrollton-Tallapoosa, GA) Subject: Hear More Sound from Paul Harvey, 1965: ‘If I Were the Devil’ (Warning for a Nation) He could have written this today. A must hear!!! (

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BOB ALLEN [KTRK TV ABC CH13 Sports Director for 39 years retires on Friday, January 18, 2013] (Houston, TX) In June of 69 I started at KRBA (1340) in Lufkin, then after three months moved to KEEE (1230) in Nacogdoches. I worked with my good friend from our high school days Jay Taylor, who now lives in California. Tom McLain was the program director…also on staff was Jay Davis…Dave Allen Floyd was our news director. You’re right. That may have been the most fun time when I was just learning, and Jay and myself going into the production room til all hours of the morning trying to sound like Bill Young and guys at KILT (610). Bob

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KEN DOWE [CEO Service Broadcasting #1 KKDA FM (104.5) / EVP McLendon Corp. #1 KLIF-1190] (Dallas, TX) You are too kind, Jim. Good stories. I went to Al’s (Lurie KLIF-1190) 90th birthday party several weeks ago. I knew Chet (Maxwell KBOX-1480), and most of the OLD players. It was a different time. Have you ever looked up THE GREAT DJs on the net. ( I am on there with a 30 minute monologue you might find entertaining. Keep up the fine work, Jim. Ken

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DR. JEFF CUNNINGHAM [ex KXOL-1360, KVIL FM] (Austin-Kyle, TX) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio (#1171) February 08, 2013 [Friday] Amazing how your career and mine paralleled. I went to Elkins in 1974 and got my 2nd then 1st phone licenses. I honestly do not think there could have been a more dangerous individual than me when it came to radio engineering but having that ticket opened a door to me. I got the license when I was 17 years and a few months. After getting that I was privileged to get a job as a transmitter watch at KVIL during their spring/summer push. I made some significant friends and gained an insight to the business that I likely would never have had without Ron Chapman, Mike Selden, Jack Schell and John Carter taking me under their wing. That few months matured my view of radio forever and allowed me to grow into manhood with a sincere set of skills that few young people had the opportunity to acquire in that day and time. Jeff Cunningham, DC, MA; Kyle, TX ( / (

TRIVIA ANSWER: Song writer Jim Steinman first offers Making Love Out Of Nothing At All to Rock singer Meatloaf but they do not agree on financial terms. But in 1983, Australian group Air Supply takes the tune to #2 on Billboard where it remains for 3 weeks with sales of over a half million copies. Steinman also gives Meatloaf first chance at his Total Eclipse Of The Heart. Once again they do not reach agreement. In 1983, Welsh Pop singer Bonnie Tyler takes the tune to #1 for 3 weeks with sales of over a half million. Ironically, Dallas, TX Rock singer Marvin Lee Aday aka Meatloaf has a long dry spell on hit records from 1978 until he hits pay dirt in 1993 with I’d Do Anything for Love that chimes #1 on Billboard for 5 weeks with sales of over a million copies.

JIM GOUGH [‘Mr. Texas’-movie actor-voice actor] (Austin-Liberty Hill, TX) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio (#1168) January 28, 2013 [Monday] Jim…speaking of KULF (790), I used to go there to record spots for Suburban Homes. They only paid me 25.00 a spot so I would take my worst guitar into the control room, put a leg up on the desk and start strumming and talking. The spots were almost 50 seconds of directions and not much else. I never turned down any work, but these sure weren’t my best efforts. What memories huh? Jim Gough

LAURA SCHLESSINGER (January 16, 1947 – p) Radio is in my blood.

Jim Rose and Lacy
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo

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