Latest Jim Rose Remembers Radio For March 11
THE LATEST NEWS FROM JIM ROSE REMEMBERS RADIO March 11, 2013
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JAZZMAN BALL IS NO MORE In spring 1962 my senior year at the massive 4000 student capacity Kimball high school in Dallas, TX our ears are like magnets when our transistor radios pick up the new Jazz tune, Midnight to Moscow, on KLIF-1190. Wow! What a fantastic song that features Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen which is a Dixieland Jazz band. On May 26, 1930, Jazz trumpet player and vocalist Kenny Ball is born in Ilford, Essex, England. In 1958, Kenny Ball introduces New Orleans Dixieland Jazz to the UK. The tune shuffles up to #2 on Billboard and remains on the survey for 14 weeks. Midnight to Moscow’s original Russian title is Padmeskoveeye Vietchera. British trumpet legend Kenny Ball dies in a hospital at 82 from Pneumonia on Thursday morning, March 7, 2013.
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NEW ORLEANS RADIO PERSONALITY BEATEN AND ROBBED Helen Freund of the Times-Picayune reports that a gang assaults and robs a New Orleans, LA radio host in the central business district on Wednesday morning, March 6, 2013. Scott Paisant, host of WWL-870’s The Scoot Show says while on his way to work around 3:50 am four hooligans strong-arm and rob him. Paisant tells police that as he walks in the 600 block of Gravier Street four punks approach from the other side of the street. One of the thugs blocks his path and begins to feel his pockets. The hit man pushes him to the ground. Paisant says that while the goon kicks him several times the other three hoods stand there and laugh. The four bozos grab his briefcase and flee the scene in a red four-door car.
TV REPORTER UNDER GUNFIRE IN THE ALAMO CITY KENS TV CBS CH5 San Antonio, TX reporter Marvin Hurst is live on the scene during a standoff that involves a SWAT team plus an armed man when gunfire interrupts his report. As multiple gunshots ring out Hurst tries to keep his cool despite being close to the crackle of gunfire: As you can hear in the background as this situation is going off, that was gun fire of some sort. Something has occurred. The KENS TV photographer zooms in to reveal the silhouette of a SWAT team member who skirts the house. TV viewers are eye witnesses to the SWAT team who rushes the house in force. Less than a minute later, Cops confirm that the suspect is dead.
HOUSTON, TX SPORTS RADIO HAS NEW HOSS Big news in the shoot out at the Bayou City Sports corral. On March 25, 2013 former KQTH FM (104.1) and KFFN-1490 Tucson, AZ Program Director Ryan McCredden rides his steed into Houston as new sheriff of CBS Radio-Houston Sports KILT-610 and CBS Sports KIKK-650. McCredden eases into Gavin Spittle’s saddle who moves on up to Vice President of CBS KRLD-1080/KRLD FM Dallas, TX News/Talk/Sports reservation. This is not new territory for Spittle because previously he is APD of KRLD-1080 plus Executive Producer of the Texas Rangers Radio Network. Houston has five Sports radio stations: CBS KILT-610 and KIKK-650, Clear Channel KBME-790, David Gow’s KFNC FM (97.5) and KGOW-1560.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What’s the story behind Billy Swan’s only #1 hit record? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Andy Carr former San Antonio, TX DJ on Tuesday, March 12, 2013.
•KFNL FM Active Rock (The Bone 92.7) Fargo, ND goes dark on February 28, 2013. In March 2012, Northwestern College buys KFNL FM from Robert Ingstad’s Mediactive and assumes the format of its KRWK FM (Rock 102) after it flips to News/Talk.
•CANDY O’TERRY afternoon host/APD on Greater Media WMJX FM Boston, MA moves on up to the morning show with Mike Addams.
•TIME WARNER spins off Time Magazine to focus on its TV networks, film and TV production businesses.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1950 BOBBY MCFERRIN singer on 1989 Grammy hit Don’t Worry Be Happy is born on March 11th.
•1969 LESTER FLATT & EARL SCRUGGS Bluegrass duo split after 25 years on March 11th.
•1975 SAMMY SPEAR orchestra leader on the Dom Deluise TV Show dies at 65 on March 11th.
•1981 EDDIE RABBITT’s single I Love a Rainy Night certifies Gold on March 10th.
•1992 RICHARD BROOKS director of 1950s teen rebel movie Blackboard Jungle dies at 79 on March 11th.
•2006 DON WILLIAMS performs Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good on his final Nashville, TN concert on March 11th at David Lipscomb U’s Allen Arena.
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CHUCK CASHMERE [former KNUZ-1230 DJ] (San Diego-Carlsbad, CA) Subject: The past. Hi Jim, Today I read about Gayland Christy who I’d consider a friend even though I’ve not seen him in fifty years. Gayland was the only PD to play a record that I’d recorded back in 1959…it actually became local hit. He played it frequently during the time I was stationed at Fort Hood. Some of the guys had the really small transistor radios with them when we were in the field and figured me to be some kind of celebrity. On being relieved from the US ARMY I dropped by KTON to say goodbye and thank them for the radio play. Gayland and I had talked radio and he mentioned an opening at KTEM which I auditioned for and got hired. My first job out of the Army. He certainly deserves the honor of the Country Music Radio Hall of Fame. I attended all of the Country music shows he promoted during my tenure at KTEM. Is Gayland still alive. He was/is a great guy. [www.chuckcashmere.com]
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LIZ PATRANELLA [Liz Houston – KTSA-550, KBAT-680] (Austin, TX) Subject: DJ Reunion Lunch – News! Dear Jim, Thank you for including the SA group in your newsletter. I am sure any editing you do to the message will be more than fine. I will remind the group about JRRR and suggest more folks subscribe and submit information. We will stay in touch. Hope you and Lacy have a great St. Patty’s Day and a Blessed Easter. All the best, Liz
LYNN WOOLLEY [syndicated Conservative Talk host on KTEM-1400] (Waco-Temple, TX) Subject: Gaylon Christie. By the way, KTON 940 is defunct. But the old KMIL and later KTAE, 1330, in Cameron will be moving to Temple with greatly increased power and the call letters will be KTON. (www.BeLogical.com)
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TONY BRIDGE [2010 Texas Radio Hall of Fame inductee] (Fort Worth-Benbrook, TX) Subject: What about the future of radio? The Nation bought in to the “Next Big Thing.” TV was just making inroads, but Radio didn’t roll over dead as many thought they might. Instead Radio went on the offense, spending money for talent, all live, money for contests, and new equipment with all the bells and whistles. In East Texas our stations became the minor leagues, teaching the basics plus a strong work ethic and plenty of mentoring to make it successful. My stations in Marshall and Longview, Dana Adams in Tyler, and J.C. Stallings in Nacogdoches joined in. These Minor League young people were made ready for the Big Leagues in Dallas-Fort Worth, New Orleans, Chicago and many other markets. It was done once and it can be DONE AGAIN. Perhaps different style music, but the excitement and the desire to succeed as in the 50s. Where are all those guys to day, and how did they turn out? Find out in part two next time. Tony B.
JIM GOUGH [‘Mr. Texas’-movie actor-voice actor] (Austin-Liberty Hill, TX) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio (#1176) February 25, 2013 [Monday] I know what you mean man! I was hired to do “Texas USA” on KRLD in Dallas in 1995. I had great guests and got tons of fan mail..then they got a new PD and the jerk replaced me with a restaurant show. That’s when I found out there’s no security in the radio business! Best, Jim Gough
TRIVIA ANSWER: In 1974, a church style organ blasts Country singer/song writer/producer Billy Swan’s single I Can Help to #1. That RMI organ is a wedding gift from husband/wife singer/song writer duo Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge. The song swings and sways like a wonderful roller rink tune. It sure sounds great when we spin I Can Help on Top 40 KFJZ-1270 in Ft. Worth, TX. Billy Lance Swan is born on May 12, 1942 in Cape Girardeau, MO. As a child, Billy learns the drums, piano and guitar. He begins to write songs. In 1962, R&B artist Clyde McPhatter records his Lover Please, which Billy writes when he is in a local band. McPhatter’s Lover Please rises to #7 on the Pop chart. In 1969, Billy produces Tony Joe White’s Top 10 hit Polk Salad Annie. He plays bass guitar in Kris Kristofferson’s band. In 1974, he signs a contract with Monument Records. His first album is the Rockabilly tune I Can Help which tops both the Billboard Hot 100 and Country charts. Today, the very talented Billy Swan is a back up singer and session musician.
JOAN PATE-DAY [late Sam Pate’s sister] (Cedar Creek Lake, TX) Subject: Cowboy Weaver. He was a tight wad. And I do mean tight. Once we drove from Oak Cliff to Kellers in South Dallas to get a burger because they sponsored his program and he could get them free. Once we went to a fancy restaurant and he asked how much a bowl of chili cost, then asked a half bowl, then asked if he could just get a half cup.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (1706-1790) A penny saved is a penny earned.
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