Jim Rose Remembers Radio September 9, 2013


SWAMP PEOPLE ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT Duck Dynasty is the most popular Reality TV show. On Friday, September 6, 2013 cops arrest two members of another hit reality TV show Swamp People who allegedly attack a man with a beer bottle in August. The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office news release says: Roland R.J. Molinere Jr., 51, and his son, Roland Jay Paul Molinere III, 25, both of Bourg, are accused of attacking a 24-year-old man August 8 at a convenience store, hitting him repeatedly with the beverage. Both suspects booked on aggravated battery charges released on $1,000 bond. The Molineres are recurring cast members on A&E Networks Swamp People which is currently in its fifth season follows southeast Louisiana alligator hunters during the month long gator season.
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RADIO STATION SELLS FOR $10 Wanna buy a radio station? Billion dollar radio station-group acquisitions mark the 2013 summer. But the sale of low power (LP) WJDP FM Pigeon Forge, TN sets a new low price record at just $10 plus a 2003 Coachmen Cross Country motor home. The deal fits the bill for church minister seller, John Colson Dash, who wants to get out of day to day radio programming in exchange for a motor home so that he can tour America to spread the Word of God. Dash posts a message on Yahoo that he seeks to unload his radio station and needs to pick up a motor home in return. The buyer, Randall Weiss, has a yearning to launch a new Christian radio station and he has a 2003 Coachmen Cross Country motor home with 70,000 miles on it that he no longer wants. 
THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED Don McLean’s song American Pie says that February 3, 1959 is the day the music died. On a snowy February night shortly after takeoff just after 1 am about five miles northwest of Mason City Airport near Clear Lake, IA a three-passenger 1947 Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft dives and kills its Rock ‘n’ Roll star passengers 22-year-old Buddy Holly, 28-year-old J.P. [The Big Bopper] Richardson and 17-year-old Ritchie Valens. The 21-year-old pilot, Roger Peterson, also dies. Police report the airplane spins out of control during a light snowstorm. Only the pilot’s body is found inside the wreckage because the impact tosses the singers out of the plane. Waylon Jennings gives up his seat to Buddy. Tommy Allsup loses a coin toss and gives his seat to Ritchie Valens.
CRICKETS’ DRUMMER’S HOME IS RESTORED On Friday, September 6, 2013 a ribbon-cutting ceremony proudly proclaims that Buddy Holly and The Crickets drummer Jerry Allison’s childhood home moves to the grounds of the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock, TX which is the hometown of the legendary 1950s singer. Before Allison’s home where he and Holly write their first big hit record That’ll Be the Day relocates to the Buddy Holly Center, it undergoes a $148,000 renovation. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports drummer Allison and the other Crickets, standup bass player Joe B. Mauldin and singer Sonny Curtis are in Lubbock on Thursday to share their precious memories of the house.
TRIVIA QUESTION: World War II greatly curtails television. Which TV network continues extensive programming during the war? The answer appears below.


•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! *Charley Seay September 10th. *Ron Samuels September 11th. •TRNTalk Radio Network CEO Mark Masters files with FCC to block Cumulus/Dial Global merger. LISA SYLVESTER replaces Darieth Chisolm in October 2013 as co-anchor of nightly newscasts on WPXI TV NBC CH 11 Pittsburgh, PA. •MARK LEVIN Cumulus Networks syndicated host new book, The Liberty Amendments, hits #1 on three different New York Times bestseller lists. But Washington Post and Los Angeles Times ignore it. PHIL METLIN VP/News Director of WTTG TV Fox O&O CH 5 Washington, D.C. retires after 21 years.


•1957 PAUL ANKA’s single Diana hits #1 on September 9th. 1968 BUCK OWENS performs Act Naturally, Together Again, and I’ve Got A Tiger By The Tail for President Lyndon Johnson at the White House. •1971 JOHN LENNON releases his album Imagine on September 9th. 1989 KEITH WHITLEY late Country singer’s I Wonder Do You Think of Me grabs #1 in Billboard Country on September 9th. •1999 RUTH ROMAN actress in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1951 thriller Strangers on a Train dies at 75 on September 9th. 2011 LADY ANTEBELLUM’s video We Owned the Night debuts on CMT on September 9th.


STEVE WEED [FM Operations Manager at Clear Channel Radio] (Sacramento, CA) Subject: Story Archive. Thanks for the quick response, Jim! Please do sign me up, I was not aware of your newsletter until I search for Domino (Rippy). That is sad, I worked with him way back at the start of my career in Dallas. I can’t recall his real name, but that was where he picked up the Domino Rippy handle. Thanks, Steve PS: give Lacy a scratch behind the ear for me!
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DAN LOVETT [ex WABC TV & KTRK TV sports anchor] (Houston, TX) Subject: Frost. Jim, In all of the obits I have read about the passing of David Frost, none mention the scam he was involved in, when ‘Evel Knievel attempted to jump the Snake River Canyon in September of 1974. I know, because I was there with him. Frost had been hired by Bob Arum, the boxing promoter who had put this pay-per-view telecast together. Frost would anchor the closed-circuit telecast. Astronaut James Lovell, the commander of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission to the Moon, was hired by Arum to be the analyst from NASA who would describe the rocket that would power the Evel one across the Canyon. I was hired by Arum to be the reporter on the other side of the Canyon to interview him when he landed. That interview never took place of course. I tell the whole story about this snake oil event involving Frost, Lovell and myself in my forthcoming book, “Here Now the News”…due in late October. Frost never wanted his name linked to this fraud of a sporting event and it appears never will be. I would be happy to send you the chapter on this scam if you are interested. Thanks Dan Lovett
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JIM BELL [KUHF FM Morning Edition anchor – 1997-Retired 2010] (Lufkin, TX) Subject: David Frost and Nancy Ames. Hey Jim, Did you know that one of David Frost’s regulars on That Was The Week That Was is one of Houston’s best known personalities?  Every week when TW3 was on the air, Nancy Ames opened the show singing the intro title song, and later she would sing that week’s news headlines in a very funny way and it made her famous. She was known as the TW3 girl, and she was one of the highlights of the show. Nancy has lived in Houston since the 70s, and today she and her husband Danny Ward are going strong as entertainment promoters and producers with their Houston-based firm Ward & Ames Special Events. Now you know. Jim Bell; Retired Old Coot living in Lufkin
JAY WEST [ex KILT-610/KODA FM/KRIO-910] (Houston, TX) Subject: Hi Jim, In reading comments from Chuck Dunaway in your latest newsletter, sparked a similar memory to me. My first radio job in the USA (as I was living in Mexico City) was in Mission, Texas (Rio Grande Valley) at station KIRT-am). This was 1960, and I made whopping $62.50 weekly and was living alone in The Mission Hotel for 80 bucks a month. No car. Fortunately in was just across the street from the radio station, so didn’t have to go. The station broadcast in Spanish from sign-on til noon, and in English from noon til sundown daily. I was THE only English announcer on the staff. 7 days a week. I also typed the log every day…plus wrote and recorded all English commercials. I was 19 years old and as green as they come. Interesting to me anyway!! JAY WEST
TRIVIA ANSWER: Named for Dr. Allan B. DuMont, America’s fourth television network DuMont which launches in 1946 is second to begin operating TV stations after NBC during World War II. Even with such hugely popular TV stars such as Jackie Gleason, Paul Winchell and Ted Mack host of the Original Amateur Hour, the DuMont TV network officially ceases to exist on October 10, 1955.
JOHN HALE (Dallas-McKinney, TX) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio (#1231) September 06, 2013 [Friday] Hi Jim, I got a kick out of Chuck Dunaway’s account of his first job out in Big Spring, Texas. I followed suit in early 1969, moving from beautiful Palestine, Texas out to the Permian Basin to work at KBST, and even though I worked fewer hours for a little more money, it wasn’t a whole lot easier for me. No offense to those who like west Texas, but I grew up close to pine trees and sandy land, and it didn’t take me long to discover how much I missed the piney woods. It also didn’t take me too long to find another job and move from Big Spring back east to Longview, Texas. I think west Texas is an acquired taste for some folks. John Hale; McKinney, Texas
MARKHAM SHAW PYLE (1962-p) You can leave East Texas, for Houston, for New York, or Bonn or Tokyo; but you can never quite leave it behind.
Jim Rose and Lacy
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