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COUNTRY MUSIC FANS ARE HEART BROKEN Country Music Hall of Fame member George Jones, who is a master of sad Country ballads, dies at 81 on Friday, April 26, 2013 after an illness that places him in the hospital since April 18. Three favorite #1 George Jones tunes that still send chills up and down our spines are: She Thinks I Still Care (1962), He Stopped Loving Her Today (1980) and I Always Get Lucky with You (1983). For songwriters, getting a song cut by George Jones was the ultimate validation. Troy Tomlinson, CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville, TN reflects: For decades, virtually every writer who came into this town wanted to hear George Jones sing their song. Country Superstar George Jones’ first #1 tune is White Lightning’ (1958).
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GARY ALLEN IS OUT OF THE WOODS Newsradio WOOD-1300 in Grand Rapids is West MI’s news, weather and traffic station since September 16, 1924. WOOD-1300 is the oldest radio station in West Michigan and one of the oldest in the world. It signs on September 16, 1924 as WEBK until January 13, 1926 when it flips to WOOD-1300. WOOD FM (106.9) simulcasts WOOD-1300. In 1996, Clear Channel purchases the radio station. Program Director Phil Tower’s all-news morning program, West Michigan’s Morning News stars Gary Allen, Steve Kelly & John Bry. Gary Allen, who is with WOOD-1300 for the past 32 years, with 24 of them in morning drive, announces that he will retire at the end of June 2013.
AOL SHUTTERS MUSIC DIVISION In 1985, Jim Kimsey founds Quantum Computer Services as an online services company. In 1991, Quantum becomes America Online, or AOL, as a multinational mass media corporation with its base in NYC. In January 2000, AOL and Time Warner merge as AOL Time Warner. In October 2007, AOL relocates one of its other headquarters from Loudoun County, VA to NYC but continues to operate its Virginia offices. This move causes a near 40% layoff at AOL. In February 2013, AOL reports first growth in quarterly revenue in 8 years with fourth quarter revenue of $599.5 million. On Thursday, April 26, 2013 AOL shuts down its Music division and lays off its staff. AOL tweets that the entire music editorial division which owns The Huffington Post, also closes.
BOSTON TERRORIST BOMBINGS SHAKE AMERICA Pop Superstar Neil Diamond takes the city that adopts his hit tune Sweet Caroline to heart will donate all of the royalties from the song to Boston’s One Fund to help support the victims of the recent bombings. The Boston Red Sox plays Diamond’s hit Sweet Caroline at every game for over ten years. Last week, the team adds the song to the between innings music at a number of ballparks around the country in support to the city. On Saturday, April 27, 2013 Neil surprises the Red Sox and fans when he shows up unannounced to sing Sweet Caroline live during the seventh inning stretch. This sends the song back onto the charts. Sales leap 597% to almost 19,000 downloads at #33 on the Pop Digital Songs chart.
Where does Ronnie Van Zant come up with the name Lynyrd Skynyrd for his Southern Rock band?
The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Lee Abrams head honcho at THINK TeleVisual Network in Chicago, IL sets ablaze more candles than he can count on Monday, April 29, 2013.
•DENVER BRONCOS air on KOA-850 since 1969 continues NFL’s move to FM radio signs 4-year extension through 2017 to draw in younger fans with games simulcast on Clear Channel KRFX FM (The Fox 103.5).
•KJFK-1230 Lib-Talk Reno, NV that debuts in 2005 with Air America personality Al Franken pulls plug on 8-year progressive Talk format because …we simply cannot afford to absorb the loss any longer.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1956 WWBT TV NBC CH12 in Richmond, VA begins broadcasting on April 29th.
•1968 MERLE HAGGARD’s single The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde rises to #1 in Billboard Country on April 27th.
•1970 50,000 U.S. and South Vietnamese troops invade Cambodia on April 29th.
•1989 CLINT BLACK’s debut album, Killin’ Time releases on RCA records on April 29th.
•1997 KEITH FERGUSON Blues bass guitarist with The Fabulous Thunderbirds dies at 50 on April 29th. •
2011 TOBY KEITH lunges behind a bunker on April 29th when 4 mortars explode just before he appears on stage to sing for American soldiers in the Far East.
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DAVE MICHAELS [WSAI-1360/KONO-860/KBUC FM] (Dayton-Huber Heights, OH) Subject: Jim Rose Radio. Jim: way back in 1986 Memphis in May Festival I was middays at WMC 790 and was asked to go get George Jones out of his touring Bus and walk him up the back steps of the stage and than Introduce him to the crowd. Knocked on door and this guy in the band said come on in – I did, George said come on over and have a drink, and I did. We had Jack on the rocks (no Coke) and than I walked him to the stage – he sang all his hits perfectly. He was feeling no pain! Dave Michaels WMC, KBUC, KONO
GEORGE JONES INTERVIEW In 1969 when I’m PD/MD/PM Drive DJ on KBUC FM-AM in San Antonio, TX George Jones and his new wife Tammy Wynette are in town to appear at the San Antonio Rodeo. George and Tammy enter the KBUC remote broadcast studio for their live on the air interview. George rushes up to my mic as if the music should stop to allow him to talk on the radio. Mention that that I have many commercials. Let’s get them out of the way so we can have plenty of time to chat. George eases over to a back chair and sits down. Tammy Wynette remains at my side. Finally, I say that in 60 seconds our radio interview will begin. He ignores me. It’s down to 30 seconds. He doesn’t budge. We are 10 seconds away. He doesn’t bat an eye. Like a charging lioness, Tammy rushes over to George, grabs him and shoves him over to my side just in time for our radio interview to begin. George Jones is smooth as silk. What a blessing! Tammy saves the day.
DAVID FAULKNER [KTNS-1600 Plano/KFJZ-870 Ft. Worth] (Dallas, TX) Subject: George Jones (Note Two). Jim, Here’s a link to a good article about George Jones: www.wsmv.com/story/22087106/country-legend-george-jones-dead-at-81 Peace, David Faulkner
LIZ PATRANELLA [Liz Houston – KTSA-550, KBAT-680] (Austin, TX) Subject: SSARB Meeting Report. Dear Radio Friends, For those of you who were unable to join us last Friday at Grady’s, you missed a very special get-together. We had a large turnout (32) which included several guests, first-timers and new faces…all of whom we are glad to welcome to the group! The highlight of the luncheon was the impromptu memorial for Don Couser. Don’s attorney, and former S.A. broadcaster, Michael Black, joined us, talked about Couser, and showed us some old photos and a dance poster of Don’s. Then I told a story about Don and asked others to share theirs. I also brought copies of Don’s bio that he and I wrote for his induction into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame and the story he wrote about how George the Duck came to be. More news on SSARB plans and activities coming soon. Liz
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ROBERT TINDLE [Radio Engineering Professional] (Tyler-Lufkin, TX)Subject: David Anderson 40th Anniversary in Radio! Hello Jim! I would like to say Happy 40th Anniversary in Radio this week to my good friend David Anderson who was my first Program Directors at the radio station that we both started at, KLUF 1420 AM in Lufkin, Texas! David went to Beaumont with Al Caldwell and then to Austin at several stations there the last 30 plus years! He recently reunited with Bob Cole and Jim Ray and is once again morning sidekick and newsman for Retro KOKE-FM in Austin, Texas! Thanks, Robert Tindle
TRIVIA ANSWER: Southern Rock band head Ronnie Van Zant dreams up the name Lynyrd Skynyrd from Leonard Skinner, his P.E. teacher who rides shotgun on Robert E Lee high school’s policy against boys with long hair. In the course of time, the band develops a mutual bond with Leonard and asks him to introduce them on stage at a concert in Jacksonville, FL. On October 20, 1977, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s chartered Convair CV-300 runs out of fuel and crashes in a forest in Gillsburg, MS. Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines, assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, pilot Walter McCreary and co-pilot William Gray die on impact. On September 20, 2010 Leonard Skinner, who inspires Southern Rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, dies of Alzheimer’s at 77 at St. Catherine Manor in Riverside, FL.
JOHN HALE (McKinney, TX) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio (#1191) April 19, 2013 [Friday] Jim, I got the chance this week to do something that’s probably old hat to you. I took the A-train down from Denton to Dealey Plaza to see for the first time the Sixth Floor museum at the old School Book Depository, the grassy knoll and the infamous picket fence, and to take the trolley tour of the sites related to the JFK assassination. It took me fifty years to actually visit the sites, but I could still feel the history, and the sadness over the President’s killing, despite the passage of all of those years. I remain convinced that the facts behind the assassination aren’t known, despite the Warren Report, and I still think it’s very important that someday they become known. I also think that visiting the site is something everyone should get the chance to do. John Hale; McKinney, Texas
ECCLESIASTES 1:9 (New International Version) What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.
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