Latest Jim Rose Remembers Radio On February 15



REALITY SHOW COPTER KILLS THREE On Sunday, February 10, 2013 in a rural area of northern Los Angeles County, CA three people perish in a pre-dawn whirlybird smash up while on location filming for a new Discovery Channel reality TV show. Los Angeles County Fire dispatcher Robert Diaz reports that the chopper ploughs into the ground around 3:40 am at the popular Polsa Rosa Ranch filming location in the tiny town of Acton. The show is listed on a filming permit as an untitled military-theme TV program. Eyeworks USA, the future show’s production company, is best known for NBC TV’s The Biggest Loser. Sunday’s tragedy is just 25 miles from a similar spot in Santa Clarita where actor Vic Morrow and two children die in a copter crash in 1982 while filming Twilight Zone movie.

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GOLDFINGER AT THE OSCARS Out of all of the Sean Connery James Bond flicks Goldfinger is by far my most favorite. The movie has just about everything we enjoy watching: fast cars, pretty girls everywhere, plus lots of action. And probably one of my most favorite songs is Shirley Bassey’s rendering of the movie’s title tune Goldfinger. Never have we ever heard a voice like Shirley’s that causes trees to fall and the ground to rumble and shake. Another of my favorite Bassey songs is I Who Have Nothing. We hear Shirley Bassey’s magnificent voice on three James Bond films Goldfinger (1964), Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and Moonraker (1979). Film lovers will hear Shirley Bassey sing Goldfinger once more on the The Oscars awards show on February 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA.

RUSS KNIGHT [The Weird Beard] In the wee hours as I write words to the next issue of JRRR, memories of great radio personalities roll across my mind since that first radio DJ position in April 1965 on KASO-1240 in Minden, LA. In the 1950s, growing up in Dallas, TX everyone listens to KLIF-1190. One of the Mighty 11-90’s most popular DJs is Russ Knight [The Weird Beard]. For Career Day at Kimball high school I sign up for Russ’ class but all of the seats are already taken. The biggest prize of them all is in 1971 when I’m a newscaster on The Weird Beard’s PM Drive DJ show on Wonderful KBOX-1480 in my home town Dallas, TX. It’s still difficult to believe that one of radio’s best personalities plus one of its nicest people Russ Knight passes away at 80 on Friday, October 12, 2012.

TRIVIA QUESTION: How many different actors portray James Bond on the silver screen? The answer appears below.


•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Robin Marshall national voiceover talent/author earlier with CBS AC WKQC FM (K-104.7) in Charlotte, NC blows out the candles on Sunday, February 17, 2013. John Jackshaw prior Houston, TX DJ celebrates his day on Sunday, February 17, 2013.

•BOBBY BONES bolts mornings on AC KISS FM (96.9) Austin, TX after 10 years for same spot on Clear Channel Country KASE FM (100.7) same city.

•AL PETERSON’s NTS Media reports that on Monday, February 18, 2013 Salem Communications tosses News/Talk KNTH-1070 Houston, TX to AM 1070 The Answer with local hot air sorcerer Sam Malone in AM Drive.


1958 JOHNNY CASH’ssingle Ballad Of A Teenage Queen grabs #1 in Billboard Country on February 3rd.

•1965 JOHN LENNON passes his driving test on February 15th.

1971 SAMMI SMITH hits #1 in Billboard on February 13th with Kris Kristofferson’s Help Me Make It Through the Night. In 1976, Warner promo friend Frank Anderson brings Sammi to my KXOL-1360 office.

1987 RICKY VAN SHELTON’s debut album, Wild-Eyed Dream releases on Columbia records on February 15th.

•1992 COPS 100th episode airs on Fox TV on February 15th.

2008 TIM MCGRAW’s CMT video Suspicions debuts on February 7th.


TOM ELLIS [Veteran WABC TV NYC & WBZ TV Boston, MA news anchor] (Boston-Cape Cod-East Sandwich, MA) Subject: BREAKING NEWS: Snow Falls on Much of the Region. You should see this mess. Trees and power lines down everywhere. We couldn’t leave the house from Friday afternoon till just before noon today. Winds up to 84mph, and heavy wet snow for almost two days weighed the trees down, so they’re lying everywhere now…along with the power and telephone and internet lines. I just got back on line late today (Monday, February 11, 2013). The ocean cut through the barrier dunes all up and down the coast, and the newspaper’s saying it might not be long before the lower Cape is cut off from the rest of us. The Governor issued a travel ban, so nothing but emergency vehicles could get on the roads. It’s not like Houston after a hurricane…but close.

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JAY WEAVER [KCUL-1540, KBUY-1540, KRLD-1080] (D/FW Metroplex-Hurst, TX) Subject: Morgan Choat. It is with great sadness that I tell you that Morgan Choat has passed away at 86 years of age. I had the pleasure of working with Morgan for seven years while I was at KCUL/KBUY from 1965 to 1972. Morgan was the Chief Engineer for the station, but his first love was “on air” work doing the all night show at the station. He was doing his show when I got there and was there when I left. Kurt Meer, who owned the station, told Morgan if he would get his First Class Engineer’s License, he would guarantee him a job with the station as long as he owned it. Morgan had been at the station since he was 30 years old. He later followed Meer to KJIM, Fort Worth as Program Director and Chief Engineer for Meer. Later, he went to KXOL, Fort Worth, KYAL, McKinney and KBEC, Waxahachie. Morgan was ill for awhile and spent some time away from radio, but came back to KCLE, Cleburne. He worked for M & M Broadcasting at several of their stations, including KCLE, KFWT, Glen Rose, KHFX, and KJZA, originally Mineral Wells. His last stop was KCLE (again), but soon after he got back there, they decided to go to a Gospel format, so Morgan left radio in June of 2007 after just over 50 years in D/FW Metroplex radio! Morgan leaves behind his wife, Dorthea and his loving family.

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HANK [Henry] WILLIAMS [ex KVET-1300] (Austin, TX) Subject: KLBJ-AM reporter dies following car crash. KLBJ-AM reporter Barb McCarley has died following a car crash Tuesday. By Gary Dinges American-Statesman Staff A longtime reporter for 590 KLBJ-AM has died from injuries she sustained in a car crash, station management said Wednesday. Barb McCarley was in one of the station’s news vehicles when the head-on collision happened just before noon Tuesday on FM 2222 near Mesa Drive in West Austin. (

CHUCK DUNAWAY [KBOX-1480, KLIF-1190, WABC-770] (Houston-Katy, TX) Subject: Ken Dowe? Jim I hired Ken when I was PD at KBOX (1480) to come from San Diego to do the morning show. I wish I could take more credit for his illustrious career but he did it all on his own….him and Granny (Emma). Ken and Dottie remain close friends to this day. Wonderful folks, but alas I have no stories to submit

MONTE NENNIG [owner of ADaBoy Advertising] (Houston-Spring, TX) Just a little success story of mine that I wanted to share. Please note, I could not have achieved this honor without you, my outstanding contacts on LinkedIn. My Part in LinkedIn’s 200 Million Member Milestone. Hurray! I have one of the top 5% most viewed @LinkedIn profiles for 2012.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Who is the first ever James Bond in a movie? No, it’s not Sean Connery. On October 21st, 1954 Ian Fleming’s first ever James Bond is actor Barry Nelson in a black and white hour long CBS TV special. In 1962, Sean Connery is 007 in Ian Fleming’s 1958 novel Dr. No, plus four more times in From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball and You Only Live Twice. In 1964, Roger Moore is James Bond in an episode of comedy show Mainly Millicent. In 1967, David Niven is a retired 007. In 1969, Australian model George Lazenby is Bond in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. In 1971, Connery returns in Diamonds Are Forever. In 1973, Christopher Cazenove is James Bond on BBC. From 1973-1985 Roger Moore is 007. In 1983 Sean Connery returns in Never Say Never Again. From 1986-1989, Timothy Dalton is James Bond. From 1995-2002, Pierce Brosnan is 007. From 2006-2012 Daniel Craig plays James Bond in Casino Royale (2006). On July 27th, 2012, Daniel appears beside the Queen during the Olympics opening ceremony in celebration of 007’s 50th anniversary and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

IRA [Eye] LIPSON [former KZEW FM PD] (Dallas, TX) Subject: When Dallas Rocked. Hi…Denson Walker (WFAA radio GM) moved over to the personnel department when John Dew came in as WFAA GM. Funny to think of the WFAA-FM Shaefer automation system being high tech at the time.

WARREN G. BENNIS (March 8, 1925 – p) The (radio) factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment.

Jim Rose and Lacy
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo

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