Jim Rose Remembers Radio News May 3, 2013



O’SHEA FLEES TO THE CHANNEL ISLANDS Lawrence Amaturo recently buys five radio stations from Maverick Media in Santa Rosa, CA under its new name of Sonoma. Radio Ink reports that Michael O’Shea resigns his position as VP/GM of Saga’s Cascade Radio Group in Bellingham Washington to become the Market Manager for the newly formed Sonoma Media Partners. Mike elaborates: I’ll be joining long-time friend and associate Lawrence Amaturo, the architect of this transaction, and former owner of the stations in Santa Rosa. O’Shea is with Saga since 2008. In 1972, during my time as a newscaster in Ted Agnew’s wonderful group at KLIF-1190, Michael O’Shea is its dashing Program Director. At the time, good buddy John Butler with his deep voice is a DJ there, also.

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LIMBAUGH BACK ON TV? Do you remember when Conservative Talk icon Rush Limbaugh shines bright on both radio and TV? From 1992 through 1996, Roger Ailes produces Limbaugh’s syndicated half-hour TV show. Since Rush is 16, he has a series of DJ positions. In 1984, his talk show begins on KFBK-1530 in Sacramento, CA. In 1988, he goes national from the studios of WABC-770 in New York City. In 2012, Talkers Magazine lists Limbaugh as the most-listened-to talk show host with a weekly audience of 15 million. Latest rumor is that Rush Limbaugh might buy national TV time to reach people who do not hear his radio show. Limbaugh says one obstacle might be an aversion by the networks, which are left-leaning politically, to grant him airtime because of their disdain for him

DOG AND BETH GO ON THE HUNT! For many years one of my favorite TV programs is Dog the Bounty Hunter on cable channel A&E. Duane and Beth Chapman and family are America’s foremost bounty hunters. We fellow radio and TV broadcasters know full well that our industry is replete with politics. Variety reports that A&E declines to order additional installments of their #1 series because of production differences. It runs for 8 seasons. The final new episodes of Dog the Bounty Hunter begin airing on June 2, 2013 on A&E. CMT TV is on the fast track to beef up their cable channel so they become Dog the Bounty Hunter‘s new home with a new title, Dog and Beth: On The Hunt, plus more elaborate production techniques. Catch Dog and Beth: On The Hunt at 8/7 CT on Sunday nights.

REMEMBER WHEN? In search of electronic antiques, TWICE reporter Joseph Palenchar pays a visit to high-ceiling turn-of-the-century homes, old barns, and dark, decrepit cinder-block buildings that must have once been home to thriving commercial enterprises. What does he find? Motorola, Admiral, and Atwater Kent tabletop radios along with floorstanding Victrolas and stacks of 78 rpm records, wall-mounted hand-crank phones, a Pioneer tape deck, a VHS HQ VCR, a 1977 Sanyo 8-track player/recorder next to a stack of dusty 8-track tapes, a DOS PC and six-transistor portable AM radio. This leads us to wonder how many of our marvelous new electronic toys will soon appear in antique stores like our first iPhones, first-generation iPads, 32MB MP3 players and Plasma TVs?



What is the inspiration for the title of Procol Harum’s 1967 tune A Whiter Shade Of Pale?

The answer appears below.


•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Bugs Bunny the second fictional character to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame turns 75 on Tuesday, April 30, 2113.

•JIM JOHNSON WLS-890 Chicago. IL 45 year vet grows up listening to Larry Lujak, Steve Dahl, and John [Records] Landecker. He becomes a reporter and anchor who covers plane crashes to gangsters to corrupt politicians on WLS-890. At 69, Jim decides to retire.

•MICHAEL BAY’s 4th big-budget Transformers film contains plenty of car chases, robots and explosions to shoot in the Austin, TX area in June 2013 in the small towns of Lockhart, Taylor, Elgin and Pflugerville.


1952 KITTY WELLS during 1st Decca Records session on May 3rd lays down It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels at the Castle Studio in Nashville, TN.

•1966 WDHO TV (now WNWO) ABC CH24 in Toledo, OH begins broadcasting on May 3rd.

1971 JOHN HOPKINS bass player in CMA Vocal Group of the year in 1988 and 1989 The Zac Brown Band born on May 3rd in Gainesville, GA.

•1986 AIR LANKA Flight 512 crashes on May 3rd killing 22.

1993 CHARLEY PRIDE Country music legend joins the Grand Ole Opry on May 1st.

•2007 WALLY SCHIRRA NASA astronaut dies of a heart attack at 84 on May 3rd in La Jolla, CA.


MICHAEL O’SHEA [Former Pres/GM Cascade Radio Group-New Pres/MM of Sonoma Media] (Santa Rosa, CA) Hi Jim…Yep, its been a busy April for me…as I’m leaving Bellingham, WA (and Saga) for a terrific opportunity as President and Market Manger of Lawrence’s Amaturo’s newly purchased five station group in Santa Rosa, California. Lawrence engineered a terrific buy back of the stations he owned 15 years ago, and has invited me to be his operator. I’m looking forward with working with the excellent staff that the seller, Maverick Media, has put together. The moving truck is here now loading…and I’ll be in Santa Rosa meeting the team there on Wednesday with Lawrence. Great market…wonderful new LOCAL ownership…and we’re for sure doing LOCAL radio. Thanks, Jim…Sincerely, Michael O’Shea

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JAY WEST [KLIF-1190/KILT-610] (Houston, TX) Subject: first day back to civilization. hello…on a dreary thunderstormy day here. it is Saturday April 27. first time on computer. I can’t tell you how blessed I am to have so many dear friends. I am typing with my left hand only, so pardon my mistakes. I only wish I could contact each of you individually, but don’t have the stamina. had surgery on left foot about two weeks ago after a billion medical tests. synopsis…left foot amputated partially, only have half of left foot now. procedure was successful after seeing my surgeon yesterday. not able to put any weight bearing on foot yet,thus very, very difficult to maneuver. this, with a severely sprained right arm from fall has made life for me difficult. your prayers were heard, as I faced a possible amputation on left leg up to knee, but was not necessary. I am recouping at home, with home health care. god bless you all for your responses and well wishes. I’m drained from typing so I’ll sign off now, but will be in touch soon. oh, surgeon says I may start walking with special brace in about two weeks. for now it’s wheelchair city. God bless, and I love each of you. JAY WEST

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JIM GOUGH [‘Mr. Texas’-movie actor-voice actor] (Austin-Liberty Hill, TX) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio (#1194) April 29, 2013 [Monday] It was sad to hear of the parting of George Jones, one of the last REAL country singers! I was in Nashville in the 80’s to do commercials for Blazer Financial Services of Miami. I had to take a guitar and sing for a bunch of salesmen from Blazer. Late in the evening one of them said, “Jim you know all the country stars, let’s go to Printers’ Alley and catch George Jones”. I’d never been there but the desk clerk gave me directions. We found George’s club and some lesser known singer was on the stage. The Blazer guys were getting drunker by the minute and finally George came in. I went over to him and asked him to sing before the loud bunch of drunks tore the joint down. Old George said, “Well I guess I could do that for another Texan”! George was one of a kind and will be missed by all of us ‘Hill-billies”. Jim Gough

TRIVIA ANSWER: British Rock band Procol Harum releases their debut song, A Whiter Shade of Pale, on May 12, 1967. The single leaps to #1 in the UK Singles Chart on June 8, 1967 and remains there for six weeks. With very little promotion, the tune reaches #5 in the U.S. A Whiter Shade Of Pale being one of the anthems of the 1967 Summer of Love, is one of less than 30 singles to sell over 10 million copies worldwide. Over 900 other artists record Procol Harum’s 1967 hit A Whiter Shade Of Pale. Co-writer Keith Reid confesses to website www.songfacts.com that he comes up with the song’s title after he overhears someone at a party who says to a woman, You’ve turned a whiter shade of pale.

ROBERT TINDLE [Radio Engineering Professional] (Tyler-Lufkin, TX)Subject: David Anderson 40th Anniversary in Radio! Thank You! Jim! Thank You so much! I have been in Radio 38 1/2 now! Next year we will celebrating your Golden Anniversary! Be sure to let us know when it happens, that is News!! I have been doing consulting work and hopefully will announce a surprising new major market FM Radio Station Very Soon! Keep Tuned! Thanks and take care! Robert Tindle

JIMMY KIMMEL [late night TV host] (November 13, 1967 – p) I want you all to know that if the North Koreans launch a nuclear missile tomorrow, I’m really glad we had this time together.

Jim Rose and Lacy
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo

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