Latest Jim Rose Remembers Radio June 28, 2013



CNN SHUTS DOWN RADIO On April 1, 2013 Dial Global ceases its distribution of CNN Radio’s twice-an-hour newscasts and instead begins to carry NBC News. The CNN radio news center continues to create original audio news content for other distribution channels like podcasts. But on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 CNN Radio brings to an end its Walkman air beam production as it terminates its radio division. CNN issues a press statement: The company completed a review of its radio business and has made the decision to cease production of CNN Radio podcasts, effective immediately. This sudden closure affects about 12 CNN staff members. CNN claims that it reassigns a few ousted radio staff members elsewhere inside the company.

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PACIFICA RADIO FIRES ENTIRE STAFF Radio Ink reports that listener-sponsored Pacifica Public Radio WBAI FM (Your Peace & Justice Community Radio Station 99.5) NYC fires its entire staff with their last day on Monday, July 15, 2013. Radio Ink notes that WBAI FM experiences money troubles, specifically missing its June 2013 Empire State Building rent payment. The Pacifica radio station delivers its layoff notices by certified mail. What a way to go! According to an online report, WBAI FM employees are to receive severance pay. WBAI General Manager, Berthold Reimers, says he signs a lease for a floor of the building at 388 Atlantic Avenue for a rent of $4,800 a month and will move to that location once all of the cabling, phone lines, etc. are fully installed.

14 YEAR TALK CONTRACT NOT RENEWED Jim Villanucci, 14 year mid-morning host on Cumulus heritage Talk KKOB-770 Albuquerque, NM survives the non renewal of his long time contract with a quick leap frog way up north to News/Talk KXL FM (101.1) Portland, OR as its new afternoon drive host. Jim receives what he says is a little help from his friends in the industry – some of whom he had never even met in person. Villanucci admits that when he loses his post on KKOB-770 he is scared and experiences some rough stuff emotionally but now he is grateful. Villanucci tells Talkers that he is grateful and ‘happy’ to now be working with a new team at Larry Wilson’s Alpha Broadcasting hosting the late morning show on news/talk KXL, Portland, OR.

WEST TEXAS TV MAKES CHANGES KTXS TV ABC CH 20 which covers Abilene-Sweetwater-Brownwood, TX has a few newsroom changes. Jason Goodwin moves on up from Assistant News Director to News Director to replace George Levesque who is ND since 2007. Levesque rises to KTXS TV managing editor and anchors the 10:00 pm newscast beside Wayne McCormick. KTXS TV VP/GM Albert Brown brags: George has been an outstanding leader for KTXS News and now he will be able to use that same leadership to KTXS News at 10. Braid Blanks vacates the 10:00 pm news anchor spot to Levesque’s former place next to McCormick on the 5:00 pm news. She continues to anchor the 6:00 pm news. KTXS TV adds meteorologist Anthony Domol who is a graduate of Michigan State University.

TRIVIA QUESTION: Who plays detective Boston Blackie in the early 1950s TV series? The answer appears below.


•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Guy Zapoleon President of Zapoleon Media Strategies radio consultants on Thursday, June 27th. Barry Kaye King Kong radio DJ plus Judy Salvador Sunday, June 30th.

•WIOU-1350 Kokomo, IN drops local talk shows with hosts Rob Rupe and Peter Heck plus syndicated Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh to flip to ESPN national Sports feed on July 1, 2013.

•BRUCE BRADLEY former KMOX-1120 St. Louis, MO host from 1986 to 1992 dies at 79 on Saturday, June 22, 2013. Previously Bruce is on WHN-1050, WNEW-1130 and WYNY-1450 NYC, WCAU-1210 Philly, WBZ-1030 Boston and WROW-590 Albany.


•1951 AMOS ‘N’ ANDY premieres on CBS TV on June 28th.

1966 MERLE HAGGARD records The Bottle Let Me Down on June 28th at the Capitol Recording Studios near Hollywood & Vine in Los Angeles, CA.

•1975 LEE TREVINO lightning strikes famous Texas golfer on June 28th at Western Open.

1980 THE OAK RIDGE BOYS single Trying To Love Two Women nails #1 in Billboard Country on June 28th.

•1992 CALIFORNIA rocks with 2 earthquakes on June 28th which includes the 3rd strongest in U.S. history at 7.4 Magnitude.

2005 GEORGE STRAIT’s album Somewhere Down In Texas releases on MCA records on June 28th.


BRUCE ELROD [Cash Box & Record World owner/publisher] (Ridgeway, SC) Subject: Bobby “Blue” Bland 1930-2013. Bobby “Blue” Bland, the blues and soul whom this writer best remembers for his late 1961 pop hit, “Turn On Your Love Light,” died Sunday (June 23, 2013). He was 83. Bland had 35 hits on the Cash Box pop chart from 1960 to 1974. Only three of them, though, made the top 40. “Ain’t Nothing You Can Do” reached #16 in 1964; “Call On Me” was #29 in 1963; and “Turn On Your Love Light” reached #27, and sounded like this… Jerry Lee Lewis, Bob Seger, Bill Black’s Combo, the Human Beinz, Oscar Toney Jr., Edgar Winter, the Rascals, the Grateful Dead and Van Morrison are among the acts to have recorded “Turn On Your Love Light.” According to Wikipedia, Bland was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Blues Hall of Fame in 1982. He received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. Bland recorded at least 27 albums and had at least 63 songs make one R&B chart.

WHEN A BLUEBIRD FALLS Here’s something to brighten your day. (

JONATHAN FRICKE [Ex KBUY Fort Worth/KOKE FM-AM Austin/KFOX Los Angeles/KRAK Sacramento/WSM Nashville/WSAI Cincinnati] (Nashville, TN) What a beautiful story. Thanks Jim for sending it. Hope all is well with you and Lacy. Jonathan

ROBERT MILLER [University of Michigan professor] [Bob] (Detroit/Plymouth, MI) Thanks for reminding us how animals feel and have emotions like the rest of us. Hopefully it might help us have a little more compassion for creatures we share the planet with and cut them some slack. \ Bob

JAMES MARVELL [Mercy lead singer – ‘Love Can Make You Happy’ 1969] (Tampa, FL) That’s something else!

PARRIS AFTON BONDS [Noted fiction writer] (Dallas-Allen, TX) Thank you for sharing, my friend! Beautiful story. Parris Afton Bonds; Namesake of the Parris Award ( / (

DR. BRUCE NELSON [KFTX FM GM/AM Drive DJ Retired on 12/31/2010] (Corpus Christi, TX) Good way to start my day…Thanks for sharing!!! DrB (

ROBERT TINDLE [Radio Engineering Professional] (Tyler-Lufkin, TX)Thank You Jim! Robert Tindle

WENDEL HULSE [Attorney] (Dallas-Grand Prairie, TX) Beautiful message, Jim. Thanks. Wendel

JERRY HEILMAN [DJ on KJCS FM] (Nacogdoches, TX) Thanks, Jim. Made my day and maybe my whole week.

MARY STODDARD [‘Sam’ on KVIL FM 1964] (Dallas-Frisco, TX) Beautiful, Jim. Wonderful reminder of God’s love for us and ALL his precious creatures! Always a favorite hymn for me, as well! — Best 2U & Lady Lacy, M.S.

DAVE MICHAELS [ex WSAI-1360/KONO-860/KBUC FM] (Dayton-Huber Heights, OH) VERY NICE JIM —– my wife almost cried You old softy –you Dave 

JO BUSSELL [ex KLDE FM/Mix 96.5/Metro Traffic/Clear Channel/Atlanta’s Z93 and V103] (Houston, TX) Amen. Thank you so much for sending.

CHET MAXWELL [former GM KBOX-1480] (San Antonio, TX) Beautiful and sad!

PAUL CHRISTY [Houston radio staple for over 20 years] (Houston, TX) Too heartbreaking! PC

JIM GOUGH [‘Mr. Texas’-movie actor-voice actor] (Austin-Liberty Hill, TX) I saw that…really something! Jim Gough

TRIVIA ANSWER: In 1949, our family moves into a brand new white frame house in probably one of the very first sub-divisions far southwest of Dallas, TX. We are way out in the country. Soon, dad buys us a new 17″ Truetone table model TV set from Western Auto which is a giant screen back then. Can remember seeing the very first I Love Lucy show in 1951. One of my favorite TV shows is Boston Blackie starring Kent Taylor as Boston, Lois Collier is Mary, Frank Orth is Inspector Farraday plus Whitey their doggie. Boston Blackie is a syndicated detective cop series that airs from 1951-53 with 58 exciting 30-minute episodes.

ROBERT TINDLE [Radio Engineering Professional] (Tyler-Lufkin, TX)My best gigs was Engineer and DJ at KIXK 106.1 in Dallas and KHYI Y95/KODZ Oldies 94.9 in Dallas with Wolfman Jack before making the rounds at most of the stations in Houston as Engineer! I also worked in Austin, Beaumont, Bryan and Laredo, Texas, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Little Rock, Arkansas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana! You should post your Radio career timeline maybe on your 50th (anniversary-2014), I know it would be interesting! Keep Tuned! Thanks and take care! Robert Tindle

ZIG ZIGLAR (November 6, 1926 – November 28, 2012) Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.

Jim Rose and Lacy
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo

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