Latest “Jim Rose Remembers Radio” News April 22



REMARKABLE ROCK RECORD PRODUCER LEAVES THE BUILDING Visionary record producer and engineer Andy Johns who masterminds some of our favorite all time records by Rock artists The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, The Who, Steve Miller Band, Free, Rod Stewart, Jethro Tull, Humble Pie, Ozzy Osbourne and Van Halen passes away at 61 on Sunday, April 7, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA. Producer/engineer Andy Johns comes from a family of sound engineers. His older brother is Glyn Johns (The Who, Eagles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin) and his nephew is Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon, Kaiser Chiefs, Rufus Wainwright). Recent Andy Johns efforts include Steve Miller Band’s Let Your Hair Down in 2011 plus Hard Rock Band Chickenfoot’s album in 2009.

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FORMER HOUSTON, TX TV NEWS ANCHOR RELOCATES Remember Dan O’Rourke who for 16 years is a news reporter and anchor on KPRC TV NBC CH2 here in Houston, TX? Dan ranks right up there with other KPRC TV anchors like the late Ron Stone, Bill Balleza, Jan Carson, Linda Lorelle, Bob Nicholas, weatherman Doug Johnson and sports anchors Ron Franklin and Craig Roberts. For four times the Associated Press names Dan O’Rourke Best TV Reporter in Texas major markets. In 2011, O’Rourke exits KPRC TV for a stint on KTSM TV NBC CH9 in El Paso, TX. On Thursday, April 18, 2013 TVSpy reports that Dan says goodbye to his El Paso TV fans: I love El Paso and I wish you all the very best in your lives. God bless you and your families, now and always.

IS THE TODAY SHOW A HOSTILE PLACE TO WORK? In 2011, Ann Curry joins The Today Show as co-host. For a year Ann co-anchors the floundering morning TV show beside Matt Lauer, until her ouster on June 28, 2012. JRRR uncovers a rash of behind the scenes harsh behavior. A staff member confesses: In the past, [former ‘Today’ host Katie] Couric would sometimes tease her about her clothes. One staff member recalls that a lot of time in the control room was spent making fun of Ann’s outfit choices or just generally messing with her. Perhaps, being pushed out of Today’s lion’s den is probably the best thing that can happen to Curry. The New York Times publishes a piece by Matt Lauer’s arch nemesis, Brian Stelter, titled Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV.

ROCK GROUP BADFINGER’S LATE FOUNDER RECEIVES AWARD Wales Rock quartet Badfinger begins as The Iveys with Pete Ham (guitar), Tom Evans (bass), Joey Molland (guitar) and Mike Gibbins (drums). All members of Badfinger share vocal duties except Gibbins. The group’s first hit is Come and Get It in February 1970 that reaches #7. In 1971/72 Day After Day is their biggest hit at #4 with a half million in sales. The group combats two tremendous tragedies first when Pete Ham commits suicide at 27 on April 23, 1975. After Ham dies, Badfinger disbands. In 1979, Molland and Evans reunite. On November 23, 1983 Evans takes his life at 36. The English Heritage honors the late Pete Ham who founds Wales Rock quartet Badfinger with one of Britain’s Blue Plaques.



What singers does Elvis Presley have in his juke box?

The answer appears below.


•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Ernie Phillips former Dallas, TX recording artist promoter is one year older on Monday, April 22, 2013.

•BARRY [BJ] JAMES veteran Chicago, IL radio executive longtime Program Director of WILV FM (100.3) announces his retirement to step down in May 2013.

•GEORGE PLASTER WPRT FM (The Game 102.5) Nashville, TN sports radio host 1st to emcee public event at inaugural half-billion-dollar Music City Center Sports Festival on May 31st and June 1, 2013.

•CLEAR CHANNEL SAN FRANCISCO loses 5 of its sales posse to Cumulus: Jaysson Reno, Chris Lange, Matt Hanlon, Tom Rains and Trevor Chase.


•1950 PETER FRAMPTON British guitarist and vocalist with Humble Pie (solo album Frampton Comes Alive! sells more than 6 million copies) born on April 22nd in Kent, England.

1967 HEATH WRIGHT lead singer of Ricochet (Daddy’s Money #1 for 2 weeks – 1996) born on April 22nd in Vian, OK.

•1974 BARBARA WALTERS shifts to news co-anchor of NBC’s Today Show on April 22nd.

1989 CLINT BLACK debuts on the Grand Ole Opry on April 22nd. •1991 JOHNNY CARSON announces his The Tonight Showretirement on April 22nd.

2000 GEORGE STRAIT’s single The Best Day snags #1 in Billboard Country on April 22nd.


CONNELL MILLER (Branson, MO) Subject: My wire recorder… Hi Jim, Joan Pate-Day probably has a few younger folks scratching their heads when she mentioned wire recorders. I still have my Webcor wire recorder my dad gave me in the early 1950s. The last time I used it was at a classmate’s birthday party in 1957 when I recorded his band. The “Marksmen” was a pretty good three-piece group from our Dallas school, with two of its members going on to great careers in rock and roll – Steve Miller – guitar and vocals – was the birthday boy, with Boz Scaggs playing bass. To work, my wire recorder would need refurbishing, but I’ve often wondered if that spool of wire that’s on it still has the Marksmen rocking out on that afternoon at Steve’s house! Take care Jim, and give Lacy a pat on the head for me… Connell

DAVE MICHAELS (Dayton-Huber Heights, OH) Subject: FYI (Jim in Houston). You mentioned “Jonathon Winters” …did you know he is from Dayton, Ohio (related to the Winters’ Bank people)? Not many people do! I know you are a stickler for the details! Cousin Billy; KQRO, KBUC, KONO, WONE, WTUE, WHIO

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JOHN HALE (McKinney, TX) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio (#1191) April 19, 2013 [Friday] Jim, You may have already gotten this email from Liz Patranella…if not, veteran San Antonio radio personality Don Couser has passed away. Our beloved friend, Don Couser, passed away last night. I spoke with his friend, Carl Wigglesworth, who said that Don passed at 1:00 a.m. today. He had not been well for the past 6 months and died from complications of dementia. At Don’s request, he will be cremated and his ashes distributed in the mountains of Colorado by his children. There will be no public memorial ceremony. Please remember Don and his children in your prayers. John Hale; McKinney, Texas

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HENRY LAROCCA [ex KTRM/KAYC/KLVI] (Beaumont, TX) Good morning Jim, Good to see you are with us…and yes the old KTRM studios near Parkdale mall in Beaumont are long gone…funny thing every time I’m at the intersection. My radio tunes its self to 990 and starts picking up old broadcast shows of Baxter, The Big Bopper, Buddy Johnson, Robert x Brown…then there is lots of R F and hums…sure glad I was given the chance to work radio with you and all the rest of those legends. I miss all my radio friends. Sent from Yahoo! Mail on Android

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DUKE GILLELAND [Bob Wills Western Swing chat board] (Belton, TX) Subject: New KTON In Temple… Jim, In ’70 we moved to Temple and I listened to WBAP & KTON night and day. 1973 was my senior year. Gaylon Christie and KTON put together a charter bus to San Antone for the Bob Wills birthday party at the Municipal Auditorium on March 6th. A bunch of us went. I always tell folks that was what I consider my “senior trip”! I always appreciated Gaylon for putting that trip together in ’73. Duke

TRIVIA ANSWER: Elvis Presley’s juke box located in a pavilion near his Graceland swimming pool contains records by Jerry Lee Lewis, Sammy Davis Jr., Tom Jones and many others. But none of Elvis Presley’s own songs are ever included in his own personal juke box collection.

DUSTY BLACK [Clear Channel GM KPEZ FM/KASE FM/KHFI FM/KFMK FM] (Austin, TX) Subject: Dusty Black. Jim, I hope you are doing great. I sure would like to get on your mailing list. I worked in Texas Radio from 1972-2006, in Dallas, Houston and Austin. My contact information is below. Best regards, Dusty Black; Austin, Texas

PAUL HARVEY (September 4, 1918 – February 28, 2009) Now you know the rest of the story…Good day.

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