Latest Jim Rose Remembers Radio On April 26



THERE GOES THE SUN The first performer at the three-day 1969 Woodstock Festival, folk singer and guitarist Richie Havens, dies of heart attack at 72 on Monday, April 22, 2013. Originally, Havens is to go on fifth but is bumped up because of travel delays. Michael Lang, Woodstock Festival producer, says in his book The Road to Woodstock that he chooses Havens because of his calm but powerful demeanor. Richie’s performance lasts for over an hour because the next acts have not yet arrived. In an interview with NPR, Havens sighs: So I’d go back and sing three more. This happened six times. So I sung every song I knew. Richie’s website mentions that he has kidney surgery in 2010 but he never fully recovers. Richie Havens’ biggest hit record is Here Comes the Sun (#16-1971).

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TRIPLE NEWS EVENTS WREAK HAVOC ON DALLAS, TX RADIO The Boston, MA terrorist bombings last week combine with an arrest in the murder case of a District Attorney and his wife in nearby Kaufman County, TX plus the deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, TX are major breaking news stories that deploy an almost military-like arsenal of news and human resources for top news radio outlets WBAP-820 and KLIF-570. Tyler Cox PD/OM of NewsTalk WBAP-820 Ft. Worth & News & Information KLIF-570 Dallas tells NTS MediaOnline: We began platooning our reporters with overlapping shifts so our coverage never lapsed. We balanced our coverage on both WBAP and KLIF.

CLASSIC ROCK RETURNS TO JERSEY SHORE On July 4, 1976 Top 40 WJRZ FM (100.1) debuts in Manahawkin, NJ. WJRZ FM keeps its CHR/Hot AC format until it flips to Classic Hits in 1992, but soon WJRZ switches back to CHR. In December 1998, WJRZ flips to Country as Jersey Shore Country. Its Country format has a mixed reaction and fails to attract enough listeners to survive. In June 2000, WJRZ FM catapults to Oldies as Oldies 100. In 2002, its ownership changes to Greater Media. WJRZ FM eases out of Oldies 100 to re-brand as WJRZ FM The Greatest Hits Of the 60’s & 70’s. In early 2008, its logo switches to Jersey’s Greatest Hits. On Monday, April 22, 2013 to complete its radio merry-go-round, WJRZ FM returns to Classic Hits.

MYSTERIOUS LIGHTS SPOTTED OVER TAMPA, FL While out walking his dog, WFLA TV CH8 Meteorologist Brooks Garner takes pictures of unexplained lights flying in what appears to be formation over the skies of Tampa. Garner tells TVSpy: What was it? I can’t say for sure. I speculate it was of a very ‘terrestrial’ origin – probably Chinese floating lanterns – but I was too far away to be sure.  Can his observation of those sinister sightings be the reason that the wide-eyed meteorologist flees WFLA TV in Tampa, FL for Houston, TX affiliate KHOU TV CBS CH11 in May 2013? Space City offers many bizarre big top spectaculars for Brooks to behold. Just ask our buddy former long time KTRK TV CH13 weather guy Ed Brandon because he is an eye witness to Houston’s history in the making.



Why does The Beatles 9th record album contain just a plain white jacket?

The answer appears below.


•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! T.J. Callahan KILT FM traffic voice of the 1990s fires up more than two dozen candles on Thursday, April 25, 2013.

•KKYX-680 Classic Country San Antonio new simulcast on 150 watt KKYX FM (104.9) Mendoza, TX to cover northern & central parts of Alamo City causes Clear Channel to strike back with a simulcast of Classic Country KRPT FM (KBUC 92.5) Devine on 93.3 in McQueeny.

WINS-1010 reporter Glenn Schuck plus NBC News producer Bob Windrem induct into student-run WSOU FM (89.5) Hall of Fame at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ.

•SAMUEL FOSTER35-year-old promotions person at Cox WZZK, WBPT and WZNN Birmingham, AL loses control of his Mazda Tribute, strikes another vehicle, leaves the road and flips. He dies at UAB Hospital.


•1956 EDWARD ARNOLD actor who appears in over 150 films (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939) lifelong conservative Republican and staunch anti-Communist plus MC of 1938 radio program, The Chase and Sanborn Hour, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 66 on April 26th.

1968 TIM WOMACK singer/guitarist with Sons Of The Desert (debut album produces hit single Whatever Comes First #10-1997) born on April 23rd in Brownwood, TX.

•1977 STUDIO 54 famous New York disco opens on April 26th.

1980 DOTTIE WEST’s single A Lesson In Leavin’ rings #1 in Billboard Country on April 26th.

•1997 JOEY FAYE Fruit of the Loom grapes vaudeville comic dies at 87 on April 26th.

2005 MICHAEL BRITT Lonestar guitarist and wife, Rene, produce daughter, Hillary Quinn Britt, on April 25th.


WINK MARTINDALE [TV game show Hall of Fame/7 year host of Tic-Tac-Dough/2006 star on Hollywood Walk of Fame/former morning DJ on WHBQ-560 Memphis, TN] (Los Angeles, CA) Jim: Many thanks for the kind words. And YES. charter.netis still my e-mail address. I’m simply using the one I gave on the show for listeners to the program in case they want to comment. My best to you and Lacy. You column is always so interesting and up-to-date. Don’t know how you find the time to do it…so well. Best blessings, Wink

JACK PARNELL [former DJ on WHBQ-560] (Memphis, TN) Subject: Where I got JRRR. Jim: I got JRRR from my good friend Wink Martindale…and I love it! Jack Parnell

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LYNN WOOLLEY [KRLD-KTEM-KNOW-KUT] (Waco-Temple, TX) Subject: Don Couser. Jim, When I was growing up, I haunted the two downtown record shops in Temple: The Disc Shop and “The House of Sound” owned by two deejays, Gaylon Christie and Bill Harrell. Radio stations from all over Texas would send stacks of their surveys to the stores. I always picked them up and I kept many of them. I have one in near-mint condition from the week of Sept. 7, 1963 featuring “San Antonio’s Seven Good Guys.” The number 1 song at KONO was “Blue Velvet” by Bobby VInton. The Seven Good Guys were: Howard Edwards – AM drive, B. Marc Sommers – Late morning, Jerry Miller – noon- 3pm, Don Couser – 3pm-6pm, Don Green – early evening, Mike Scott – 9pm-midnight, Al Newman, Jr. all nights. If you have a copy of my book “The Last Great days of Radio” the survey is reproduced on  page 14. I never met Don Couser, but have always known of him because of this survey. My condolences to his family. Lynn (

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JIM GOUGH [‘Mr. Texas’-movie actor-voice actor] (Austin-Liberty Hill, TX) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio (#1192) April 22, 2013 [Monday] Jim…I remember well that the album “The Texas Playboys for the Last Time” was released in 1973. Wills had suffered a couple of bad strokes and had to be wheeled into the session in a wheelchair. He could hardly do his famous ‘ah-ha”. He passed away shortly thereafter. Not many of the original Playboys are still with us. Herb Remington still plays but the great Johnny Gimble is in pretty bad shape. Jim Gough

TRIVIA ANSWER: When The Beatles discover that fellow UK band Family has an LP on the market with a similar title, Music in a Doll’s House, they scrap the title of their ninth album, A Doll’s House. After a few design problems, The Beatles’ double disc issues inside just a plain white jacket with the words The Beatles. Fans begin to call it The White Album. Paul McCart­ney remem­bers: That was the ten­sion album. We were all in the midst of that psy­che­delic thing, or just com­ing out of it. In any case, it was weird. There was a lot of fric­tion dur­ing that album. We were just about to break up, and that was tense in itself. Cult leader Charles Man­son uses the term Hel­ter Skel­ter from the LP’s song of the same name to per­suade mem­bers of his fam­ily to in his mind jus­ti­fy the mass mur­der of 26-year-old movie actress Sharon Tate and her entourage on August 9, 1969 in her husband movie director Roman Polanski’s rented home on Cielo Drive in Benedict Canyon, CA. The Beatles White Album is also their first recording fol­low­ing the death of their man­ager Brian Epstein on August 27, 1967. The two-pocket vinyl record goes on to become The Beatles best sell­ing album ever with over 20 mil­lion in sales.

GEORGE SCHANK [KSBJ FM engineer] (Houston-Conroe, TX) Subject: Beaumont radio. I’d like to invite Henry LaRocca to contact me. Robert X Brown was my first GM/PD at KNRO in Conroe. I ran into him, working middays at KAYC; when I interviewed for an engineering job there. George Schank

GORDON JUMP [Arthur ‘Big Guy’ Carlson – ‘WKRP In Cincinnati’ 1978-82 – Thanksgiving] As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.

Jim Rose and Lacy
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo

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