Latest Jim Rose Remembers Radio, April 1, 2013




LEGENDARY MUSIC PRODUCER PERISHES Phil Ramone, native of South Africa music producer, engineer, violinist, and composer winner of 14 Grammys dies on Saturday, March 30, 2013 in New York-Presbyterian Hospital of pneumonia after being admitted for brain aneurysm surgery. One of Phil’s Grammys is for lifetime achievement of Worldwide sales that top 100 million. Ramone’s talents take him to Rock, Jazz, Swing and Pop music with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Tony Bennett, Madonna and Lou Reed. One of the biggest names not to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Phil Ramone produces Classic albums by The Band, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Billy Joel and Ray Charles.

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TEXAS RADIO ICON ALMOST MEETS HIS WATERLOO For years we hear Jim Pruett along with Mark Stevens on KILT-610, KULF-790 and KLOL FM. Jim now is a small business owner and staunch defender of the Second Amendment. He is also a heart attack survivor. Jim Pruett remembers: On Sunday February 24th I was standing at about ten minutes to 8am there with my wife and all of a sudden, I looked at her with a thousand yard stare…flipped over, dropped to my knees and then flipped over backwards…my head narrowly missing the concrete and I was dead. Thank God that Pruett’s son Zac who is a CPR instructor for the Austin PD just happens to be right there and saves his life. Jim Pruett spends eight days in the hospital. He now recovers at home.

DEMISE OF THE LOVE CHILD In 1956 at 12, Deke Richards begins his long music career as a tunesmith. In his teens, Richards sings one of his songs for Motown honcho Berry Gordy who signs him as a writer. In 1968 Motown’s Holland-Dozier-Holland quit over a contract dispute. Gordy joins Richards with college friends Freddie Perren and Fonce Mizell as Motown’s songwriting team, The Corporation. The poets pen Love Child which hits #1 for Diana Ross and the Supremes along with their follow-up single I’m Living in Shame. They write many hits for the Jackson 5 including I Want You Back, ABC, The Love You Save. Mama’s Pearl, Sugar Daddy and Maybe Tomorrow. On Sunday, March 24, 2013 Deke Richards dies at 68 from esophageal cancer. Deke leaves behind his wife, Joan.

BIG TEX BURNS AND LOSES HIS VOICE On Friday morning, October 19, 2012 the iconic 52-feet cowboy who greets visitors to the State Fair of Texas that we all know as Big Tex catches fire and burns down to his metal structure. Big Tex stands tall for six decades. Originally, Jim Lowe long time morning DJ on WRR-1310 is the voice of Big Tex for nearly 40 years but he retires in 1997. The State Fair of TX is rebuilding its iconic Cowboy statue Big Tex to be even taller. But there’s trouble on the range. Big Tex has lost his voice. State Fair of Texas new spokeswoman Sue Gooding does not renew Bill Bragg’s contract who is Big Tex’s voice since 2002. When the State Fair of Texas opens on September 27, 2013 not only will he have a different voice, but Big Tex will be all new.

TRIVIA QUESTION: What is the story behind Bobby Hebb’s 1966 hit tune, Sunny? The answer appears below.


•BARBARA WALTERS 83 year old celebrated ABC TV News anchor and The View co-host retires in May 2013.

WHYA FM (101.1) Mashpee, MA which simulcasts sister Variety Hits WFRQ FM (Frank FM 93.5) Harwich Port, MA into Cape Cod breaks away as CHR WFRQ FM (Y101).

•GLENN BECK’s The Blaze Radio Network joins Sirius XM’s Patriot Conservative Talk channel 125 beginning on Monday, March 25, 2013.

•CHARLIE DANIELS Country legend recuperates at home with a new pacemaker implanted to regulate his heart resumes touring on April 11, 2013.


•1957 WYES TV PBS CH12 in New Orleans, LA begins broadcasting on April 1st.

1962 BILLY DEAN is born on April 1st in Quincy, FL but he tells fans that his birthday is April 2nd so they won’t think of him as an April Fool.

•1976 FREDDIE LENNON father of The Beatles John Lennon dies at 63 on April 1st.

•1984 HILLARY SCOTT female voice in multi-million selling group Lady Antebellum daughter of Linda Davis is born on April 1st in Nashville, TN.

•1997 JOLIE GABOR mother of Zsa Zsa and Eva dies at 97 on April 1st.

2002 DIAMOND RIO’s single Beautiful Mess releases to radio on Arista records on April 1st.


CHUCK CASHMERE (San Diego-Carlsbad, CA) Subject: Tootsies. I noticed you recognizing Tooties bar in Nashville. When I was there in 98/99 or 95/96 I was amazed at the incredible autographs on Tooties old bar counter. I mean people who were in country music back in the 40’s and 50’s who hung around Tooties after it opened and left their calling card. I was back there in 2010 working on my CD Chuck Cashmere Nashville Sessions and the 1st thing I noticed upon visiting Tooties was the bar counter with those fantastic autographs was missing. Question some of your readers might be able to answer “Where is that bar counter now? I’m really curious to know. (

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JOHN HALE (Dallas-McKinney, TX) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio (#1185) March 29, 2013 [Friday] Hi Jim, Your mention of your early days in Terrell and McKinney jogged some thoughts of my early days working up in the Sherman-Denison market. Salaries back in the early seventies certainly weren’t extravagant, and I was married, with a young daughter. I think I might have been clearing a little over $500.00 a month after taxes, and my wife had a part time job working at the old Gibson’s in Sherman. I took a part time job working at a pizza place in Denison, not so much because of the extra money (It wasn’t very much.) as for the fact the place would let you make your choice of a large pizza at the end of your shift to take home. My family and I could count on having a late night pizza at least three or four nights a week. You do what you can to keep the wolf away from the door. John Hale; McKinney, Texas

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BOB ALLEN [KTRK TV ABC CH13 Sports Director for 39 years retired on Friday, January 18, 2013] (Houston, TX) When Steve Lundy went from KILT (610) to WLS (890) in Chicago, I was listening to his show that we could pick up in Nacogdoches. He was playing “Cherish” by the Association and did an amazing intro, where he got very close to the mike over the opening music bed and “From out of your past Chicago, the Association…and Cherish…” right up to the vocal…It was so good I thought I’d steal it and use it on my airshift in Nacogdoches…First thing I do is find “Cherish” put it on the turntable, get close to the mic and say, “From out of your past Chicago, the Association…and Cherish…”I was so proud of myself as I flipped off the mic switch, until I realized I was in Nacogdoches and not Chicago…Dumb adz move of the month. Bob

GARY DELAUNE [KENS TV CH5 reporter] (San Antonio, TX) Subject: Old video with your dad at the parade shooting. Detective Vick of the SAPD dug this out of the files from ‘79…If I just looked that young today…GD Shannon Delaune: Vick just ran across this and sent it over. I was 8 years old and still remember it vividly. Shannon G. DeLaune [GD’s son]; Executive Director of Sales; SWBC; San Antonio, Texas Detective Warren Vick [San Antonio PD Forgery Unit] Subject: Old video with your dad at the parade shooting. (–Sniper-fires-into-Battle-of-Flowers-crowds-128898288.html) Detective W. Vick # 2435; San Antonio Police Department; Forgery Unit

TRIVIA ANSWER: In 1963, Bobby Hebb writes his hit song Sunny about an unknown woman’s smile that lifts his spirits after his brother, Hal, dies in a knife fight outside a Nashville, TN nightclub. He records Sunny to fill space in an album at the end of a recording session. In summer 1966, Sunny lasts for two weeks at #2 on Billboard with sales of over a half million copies. Bobby is also one of the first black artists ever to appear on the Grand Ole Opry. On Tuesday, August 3, 2010 R&B songwriter and singer Bobby Hebb passes away at 72 from lung cancer. At the time of his death, BMI lists Sunny as the 18th most performed song in its catalog.

BRUCE HATHAWAY [legendary DJ on KTSA-550 & KTFM FM] (San Antonio, TX) Great stories…Keep up the good work!!

JOAN PATE-DAY [late Sam Pate’s sister] (Cedar Creek Lake, TX) Subject: Cowboy Weaver. Although he was much older than I was he always called me his girlfriend. He gave me one of his books of matches with his picture on it and said I was lucky as he usually charged 25 cents for them. He had no hair at all which was why he wore the hat. The reason I know this is because my mother refused to let him sit at our table with a hat on. (I am still that way about the hats) Is that enough for now?

LOUIS L’AMOUR (March 22, 1908 – June 10, 1988) There’s a little cowboy in all of us, a little frontier.

Jim Rose and Lacy
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo

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