Jim Rose Remembers Radio This 8th Day Of March
THE LATEST NEWS FROM JIM ROSE REMEMBERS RADIO March 8, 2012
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
ROCK GUITARIST PASSES British Rock guitarist founder of the band Ten Years After, Alvin Lee, dies at 68 unexpectedly from complications following a routine surgical procedure on Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Leo Lyons, former band mate, confirms Lee’s death. In 1967, Nottingham, England-born guitarist Lee founds Rock group Ten Years After. In 1969, after Lee’s rousing performance of I’m Going Home at Woodstock, the band’s popularity soars. In 1975, Alvin leaves Ten Years After for a successful solo career where he records with Rock stars George Harrison, Steve Winwood and others. During his 45-year career, Alvin Lee releases more than 20 albums. In August 2012, Alvin releases his latest effort, Still on the Road to Freedom.
TOP RECORD MUSIC PRODUCER IN HOSPITAL Legendary music producer Phil Ramone is in a New York City hospital after he suffers an aortic aneurysm. Doctors place the 71-year-old Ramone in critical care for the condition where the aorta is in danger of rupturing. Phil has 33 Grammy nominations plus 14 awards. Songs produced by Phil Ramone that I spin on the radio all across TX when they are new: Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head (BJ Thomas 1970), If You Could Read My Mind (Gordon Lightfoot 1971), Kodachrome (Paul Simon 1973), Phoebe Snow (Poetry Man 1974), Gone At Last (Phoebe Snow/Paul Simon 1975), Afternoon Delight (Starland Vocal Band 1976), Just the Way You Are (Billy Joel 1977), My Life (Billy Joel 1978) and Honesty (Billy Joel 1979).
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WALTON & JOHNSON REPLACEMENT FOUND About three weeks before Christmas 2012, Walton and Johnson’s political incorrectness blended with Classic Rock tunes vamoose from KKRW FM (The Arrow 93.7). John Walton and Steve Johnson’s AM Drive radio show syndicates on radio stations in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia and Virginia but the dynamic duo remains silent on Houston, TX airwaves. In December 2012, Clear Channel places an ad in an entertainment and media industry job site for Walton and Johnson’s replacement. Up pops 57 year old Shock Jock J.C. Corcoran a 29 year vet on St. Louis, MO radio. On Monday, March 18, 2013 J.C. Corcoran brings his borough banter to KKRW FM from 5:30-10 am, plus as a contributor on Talk KTRH-740 and Talk KPRC-950.
SPRING FORWARD FALL BACKWARD Daylight Savings Time is on Sunday, March 10th, 2013. On Saturday night before we go to bed we Spring Forward by setting our clocks ahead one hour. That way we will hopefully wake up on time Sunday morning to attend church.
LOOKING FOR LOVE IN THE RIGHT PLACE Johnny Lee sings Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places, Radio in Tampa, FL has its Bubba the Love Sponge, but of all things Wal-Mart emerges as the best place to look for love. According to a new study by Psychology Today, in 15 states, more people thought they saw their future spouse at a Wal-Mart than anywhere else. Researchers discover that Wal-Mart is the most popular place for people to find love at first sight. Guess that they never visit the Wal-Mart at Westheimer and Kirkwood here in Houston, TX because it’s like a circus parade. Those same researchers say that in New York, the subway is frequently cited for making connections. And in California, it’s the gym. This is an indication about how absurd research studies can be.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What British singer is the first artist to cover a Beatles’ song? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•VALERIE HARPER who plays Rhoda Morgenstern on TV’s The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spinoff Rhoda has terminal brain cancer.
•WMVP-1000 ESPN Chicago, IL releases longtime afternoon co-host Harry Teinowitz at end of Carmen, Jurko & Harry show on Friday, March 1, 2013.
•ERIC CLAPTON 67 year old Rock legend reveals to Brian Hiatt of Rolling Stone on Monday, March 4, 2013 that he will stop touring at 70: I won’t stop playing or doing one-offs, but I’ll stop touring.
•CBS TV Super Bowl XLVII ads earn record $240M – pays $220M to air the game – makes profit with pre- and post-game programs.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1959 KUAT TV PBS CH6 in Tucson, AZ begins broadcasting on March 8th.
•1964 THE STATLER BROTHERS open a Johnny Cash concert in Canton, OH on March 9th when The Man in Black is late. For the following eight years The Statler Brothers are on tour with the Johnny Cash concert series.
•1972 THE GOODYEAR BLIMP’s 1st flight is on March 8th.
•1982 THE OAK RIDGE BOYS single Elvira goes Platinum on March 8th with a shipment of 2 million copies.
•1992 22ND EASTER SEAL TELETHON happens on March 8th.
•2011 SARA EVANS album Stronger releases on RCA records on March 8th.
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FRANK HALEY [KKIM-1000 News Director] (Albuquerque, NM) Subject: KKOB axes another long time talk host… ‘Villanucci no longer with KKOB News Radio Friday afternoon. Thursday was his last day. Over the past couple of years, many hosts have left the Albuquerque airwaves. So what is the future of local radio? Some said the loss of a long time personality is a big one and could definitely affect how many people tune in, but not permanently. “It’s just change and change is, it’s hard at times. You know, it’s hard not to hear your familiar voices but, you know, it’s change,” said Paula Maes of the New Mexico Broadcasters Association. Albuquerque has lost some big names from the airwaves; some forced out, like Tony Lynn from the Big-I 107.9 and John Forsythe from KOB-FM. “It used to be all local programming. Just the evolution, the technology, everything has changed,” said Maes. Despite the changes, Maes said local radio isn’t going away yet.’
CHUCK CASHMERE (San Diego-Carlsbad, CA) Subject: The past. Hi Jim, I read your column today 3/4/2013. The past jumped right out at me. First I’m awfully saddened to read about Bonnie Franklin. I did scene work with her back in the late 60’s at the Company of Angels theater workshop in LA. She was wonderful to work with, energy, beauty and a great sense of humor. Her TV show was one of the few I made an attempt to watch even though other folks whom I’d been associated with had their own shows in those days. (www.chuckcashmere.com)
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BOB GRANT [Robert Hanger] (San Angelo-Abilene, TX) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio (#1178) March 04, 2013 [Monday] Jim: Just learned that rec. artist, Jewel Akens, died @ 72 in L.A., on 3/1; Born in Houston, he had a giant record, “The birds And the Bees,” to #3 on charts, Feb. 1965. His follow up record, “Georgie Porgie” went to #65, late in ’65. I read somewhere his Mom expected a daughter! Bob & Sonny Lee.
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LIZ PATRANELLA [Liz Houston – KTSA-550, KBAT-680] (Austin, TX) Subject: DJ Reunion Lunch – News! Hello! Plans for the Spring “DJ Reunion Lunch” are currently underway. We will meet in mid-to-late April and we are currently looking for a new location. I will email you when the details are finalized. In the meantime, I wanted to bring everyone up to date on what is happening with the group. What started out as 3 people having lunch has grown to a roster of 85 former employees of radio stations in San Antonio. And those numbers continue to grow. the group has decided to get organized. We are now officially known as the Society of San Antonio Radio Broadcasters (SSARB). Everyone who is currently on our roster is considered a member. Our committee currently consists of me, Mark Carrillo, Paul Kirby, Bruce Hathaway, Steve Sellers and Roger Allen. If you are interested in joining the committee or volunteering to help out on a project, please let me know! We will be in touch soon with more details…and we will talk about some of our ideas in April. I look forward to seeing you then! Liz
TRIVIA ANSWER: Kenny Lynch, born March 18, 1938 in Stepney, London, England is an English singer, songwriter, entertainer and actor. In the 1960s, Lynch appears in many variety shows. In the early 1960s, Lynch is one of few black singers on the British pop scene. Kenny has several 1960s UK hit singles including two Top Ten hits: Up on the Roof (December 1962) and You Can Never Stop Me Loving You (June 1963). In early 1963, British singer Kenny Lynch is the first artist to cover a Beatles’ song when he records Misery but the tune fails to make the Pop chart. During a tour with Helen Shapiro, the songwriter offers to help Beatles members John Lennon and Paul McCartney in the writing of From Me To You. When the song doesn’t appear to be going anywhere, Kenny declares: Well, that’s it. I am not going to write any more of that bloody rubbish with those idiots. They don’t know music from their backsides. And the rest is history.
ROBERT TINDLE [Radio Engineering Professional] (Lufkin, TX) Jim! Thanks for posting the Jerry Helm story (JRRR #1162) in your newsletter! I knew him personally! I am 57 now and looking back there are so many friends that were younger than me and have been dead for years it is just scary!!! I was about to write to you when I saw the next newsletter post! Thanks, Robert Tindle
MILES DAVIS (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) A legend is an old man with a cane known for what he used to do. I’m still doing it.
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