Latest Jim Rose Remembers Radio News for March 25



SILICON BEACH LOSES WEATHERCASTER KFMB TV CBS CH8 San Diego, CA weathercaster for more than three decades, Doug Oliver, dies of complications of old age at 90 on Friday, March 15, 2013. Doug is born on February 21, 1923 in Lynn, MA. As a graduate of Lynn English High School, for a short time he attends Business College. He switches over to a Boston radio announcing school. In 1943, Oliver joins WLAW-680 (now WRKO-680) as a radio announcer in Boston suburb of Lawrence, MA. In 1952, his golden voice relocates to San Diego, CA to host KCBQ-1170’s morning show, Kaffee Klatsch. And then the Slumber Busters wake-up show on KFSD-1450. In 1961, Oliver joins CBS affiliate KFMB TV where he remains 32 years as its lead weathercaster.

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MUSIC EXITS MUSIC CITY In 1958 Music Row is born with WSM band leader and music director Owen Bradley’s Quonset Hut recording studio. The Tennessean reports: Over the past decade, several Music Row labels, studios and related businesses have relocated to other areas of Nashville or to surrounding communities, causing a noticeable change in the area’s look and feel. Mary Hilliard Harrington’s house in the Music Row neighborhood serves her well for six years. Her company, The Green Room PR, triples in size with Country stars Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean and Dierks Bentley as clients. Harrington relocates her firm to an address in the emerging SoBro neighborhood. Other studios soon follow, along with music publishers and record labels.

FCC FINES RADIO STATION OVER ITS CONTEST Sometimes when a radio station runs a contest it loses. Recently, the FCC issues forfeiture order against Soft Rock WMJX FM (Magic 106.7) Boston, MA for its basic contest rule requirement that both the prize and the conditions surrounding the prize, must be accurately described. In over 300 contest promotions, WMJX FM announces its grand prize: …choice of a Mercedes Benz Z300W, an Audi TT 2.0 front wheel drive roadster, or a Toyota Prius hybrid, from Prime Motor Group with no fine print gimmicks. But what WMJX doesn’t mention is that the actual prize is a two-year vehicle lease and the winner has to meet certain credit requirements in order to be able to enjoy the lease. Ow!

BEANTOWN TV ANCHOR EXITS Boston, MA TV morning meteorologist Melissa Mack’s resume includes stints on WJW TV Fox CH8 in Cleveland, WYTV TV Fox CH33 in Youngstown, OH plus WTAP TV NBC CH49 in Parkersburg, WV. Just over three years ago Melissa arrives on CBS O&O WBZ TV CH4 as a morning meteorologist. But at the end of Friday morning’s March 22, 2013 newscast Mack remarks about her departure from WBZ TV: I don’t have to get up at 1:45 in the morning. So I have to be honest with you I threw my alarm clock away this morning. WBZ TV anchor Kerry Connolly says Mack is leaving for another opportunity. Melissa signs off her last forecast with this statement: It’s been great. But the butt crack of dawn just hasn’t worked for me.

TRIVIA QUESTION: Why are there no drum tracks in Neil Diamond’s 1960s hit Cherry, Cherry? The answer appears below.


•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Waltraud Hofmeister on Monday, March 25, 2013. J.D. Adams & Jay Noble on Tuesday, March 26th.

•MATT PATRICK Clear Channel KTRH-740 plus KPRC-950 Houston, TX Talk host fills in for Bill Cunningham on Premiere Network nationally syndicated Live on Sunday Night, its Bill Cunningham program on Sunday, March 24, 2013.

•WLS NATIONAL BARN DANCE celebrates 89th Anniversary on Saturday night, March 23, 2013 benefit for the National Radio Hall of Fame in actual studio where history-making national radio show once originates on 3rd Floor at 1230 West Washington Boulevard in the Windy City.


•1955 BILL HAYES’ Ballad of Davy Crockett is #1 for 5 weeks beginning on March 26th.

•1968 KENNY CHESNEY one of Country music’s biggest hit makers who wins Entertainer of the Year gold stars plus sells out stadiums is born on March 26th in Knoxville, TN.

•1973 NOEL COWARD British playwright (Brief Encounter – 1945) dies at 73 on March 26th in Blue Harbor, Jamaica.

•1983 JOHN ANDERSON’s single Swingin’ takes #1 in Billboard Country on March 26th.

•1992 TRISHA YEARWOOD’s self-titled album is her first Platinum disc on March 26th.

•1993 LUIS FALCO choreographer in Fame dies at 50 on March 26th.


DAVE MICHAELS [WSAI-1360/KONO-860/KBUC FM] (Dayton-Huber Heights, OH) Subject: Another Cold day in Ohio. JIM We even had snow flurries today. I want spring & summer. Ha ha! I am working on a NC-303 Receiver. The thing is a Monster. Weighs 60 lbs. All metal. Has 13 tubes. Big power transformer and lots of guts under the hood. I have it on its side, and checking old Caps for failure. I cleaned the Tuning Metal Caps with a spray…that was the easy part. I am trying to rid the thing of some unwanted HUM in the Receive. It covers 550kc to 32megs…full General Coverage receiver. A Boat anchor as they Call them. I’m not 25 years old anymore!!!!!!!! SO on a cold day that is what I am working on. Winds were so strong Yesterday here, my 35 foot antenna on the Patio was swaying (3) feet in either direction. Thank GOD its Fiber-Glass. Last night I was working on it – around 2am – listening to George Noory on Coast to Coast. The old Art Bell show. Making home made Texas Chili for supper tonight. What’s NEW with you JIM? Dave

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MARY STODDARD [‘Sam’ on KVIL FM 1964] (Dallas-Frisco, TX) Subject: Monday’s Newsletter. Hi Jim, Wanted to thank you for the lovely blurb in your Jim Rose Remembers column of Monday’s Newsletter. Very surprised, pleased and grateful to you. I’m having so much fun with the video you linked to, because it features Charlie Van Dyke, as a teen DJ weekends at KVIL. He was my good buddy and actually introduced me to my future husband, Mike Stoddard (who’s also pictured on the video at his job on AFRTS in Okinawa Japan the year before he came back to the states and we met) in the KVIL Control Room one Saturday afternoon when I was picking up my mail at the station. And, the rest is history! Thanks again, Jim. Really appreciate you! Let’s keep in touch. All Best, Mary Sam Stoddard (KULP/WACO/KORC/KLIF/KVIL/KSKY/USA Radio/RealTalk Network) (

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LIZ PATRANELLA [Liz Houston – KTSA-550, KBAT-680] (Austin, TX) Subject: San Antonio Radio Reunion Lunch – April 19. Come One! Come All! R.S.V.P. TODAY! Society of San Antonio Radio Broadcasters Spring Get-Together, Lunch, and Gab Fest! Friday, April 19, NOON NEW LOCATION! Grady’s 6510 San Pedro Ave at Jackson-Keller San Antonio, TX 78216. We’ll be in the private dining room. The Grady’s menu has a variety of delicious items. Our thanks to Mark Carrillo for making arrangements with Grady’s. Plans for the Society of San Antonio Radio Broadcasters will be announced and discussed. Be there to hear all about it and share your ideas for the group. WE ALSO ENCOURAGE YOU TO BRING RADIO MEMORABILIA AND STORIES TO SHARE! Please R.S.V.P. by reply email so we can provide a head count. If you can’t come, but would like a short message read to the group, please email the message to me and I’ll read it at the luncheon. I look forward to seeing everyone…and hopefully some who haven’t been able to join us before. I await your email RSVP replies! Liz

TRIVIA ANSWER: Originally, Neil Diamond’s hit Cherry, Cherry has no drum track because they record it as a demo with no intentions as a single release. In later sessions producers add drums and horns but not one of those tracks sounds as good as the original demo tape. In 1966, Cherry, Cherry becomes Neil Diamond’s first big hit when it peaks at #6. In 1969, Neil Diamond scores his first Platinum recording with Sweet Caroline at #4. Neil’s next single Holy Holy also goes Platinum. Diamond’s first #1 hit is Cracklin’ Rosie also a Platinum disc. In 1972, Song Sung Blue grand slams #1 with Platinum sales. But his biggest recording is his duo with Barbara Streisand on You Don’t Bring Me Flowers that hangs on to #1 for 2 weeks with Platinum sales.

CHARLES GEORGE [ex KCHU FM] (Dallas, TX) Hi, I tend to be like a monkey, if I see some one else try something that I want to do… I don’t always succeed but at least I have fun trying. My biggest problem has always been Math, so whenever I find a Math book that I find helpful, I get a copy if possible. My latest treasure: Numbers and Other Math Ideas Come Alive, Theoni Pappas, Wide World Press. Charles George, KC5RAI

CHUMBE SALINAS [avid Willie Nelson fan] (Benavides, TX) Subject: Old radio DJs… Yeah, I remember hearing all the stories by my radio friends of the goings on at the time and in their past jobs. I was around a lot of that by association! But like Chad and Jeremy used to sing, “they say all good things must end someday, autumn leaves must fall!” Loved radio back then! I feel sorry for those that didn’t get a chance to experience it. Take care, Jim and Lacy. Chumbe

LEWIS CARROLL (1832-1898) Oh, ’tis love, ’tis love that makes the world go round.

Jim Rose and Lacy
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo

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