Jim Rose Remembers Radio November 02, 2013
AFTER MIDNIGHT ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2013 WE FALL BACK ONE HOUR
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
SINGER TAKES LAST WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Since just a young child, music and radio are captivating. Many tunes win me over. Rock pioneer Lou Reed’s recordings never really ring a bell until in 1975 as Music Director of KXOL-1360 in Ft. Worth, TX I run across Lou’s RCA record Walk on the Wild Side. Its great harmony and smooth production are terrific. Never actually listen to its lyrics until years later and boy oh boy that tune really is a walk on the wild side! Many consider Rock pioneer Lou Reed as one of the most influential artists in Pop music. Lou and the Velvet Underground fuse art and music. Reed cancels five California April 2013 concert dates. In May 2013 he has a liver transplant. On Sunday, October 27, 2013 the Punk poet of Rock ‘ n’ Roll Lou Reed dies at 71.
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BETTER BE SURE THE MIC IS OFF Hello. Testing one, two, three. Gun owners know to always treat any gun as if it is loaded. Never point a gun unless we mean to shoot it. Always treat a microphone like it’s turned on. Never say anything in front of a microphone that we do not want the world to hear. Well, sometimes we slip up like when KOA-850 Denver, CO newscaster Steffan Tubbs listens to commercials behind a studio door and criticizes TV’s Snooki’s appearance with the word ugly and the f-word flies out over the air. Whoops! Somebody has left the studio microphone on! Listener’s outrage floods social media and lights up KOA’s telephone lines. KOA apologizes but like in Pop Rock band OneRepublic’s 2007 lyrics: It’s too late to apologize, it’s too late. I said it’s too late to apologize.
FORMER DALLAS COWBOY KICKED OFF RADIO Dexter Manley is a former defensive lineman for the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins. He is known for his smutty remarks. Due to what he says on Monday morning, October 28, 2013 he also is a former talk host on WTOP-1500/WTOP FM. Radio Ink reports that WTOP in Washington, DC boots Manley because of his disgusting remarks about former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman who steers the Cowboys to three Superbowl victories in the 1990s. WTOP news anchors Mike Moss and Bruce Alan challenge Dexter on his ill-bred wisecrack. Manley quickly reacts: I take that back. I apologize. His song and dance does not impress Jim Farley, WTOP VP/News and Programming, who says that Manley will no longer be appearing on WTOP.
WANNA BUY A RADIO STATION? Radioinsight reports that after it runs more than $400,000 in deficits for each of the last three years, the Santa Barbara Foundation comes to a unanimous decision in September 2013 to place KDB FM Classical (93.7) the town’s oldest radio station on the auction block. In 2003 the foundation purchases KDB FM with a donation by Michael Towbes. Tim Owens, KDB FM general manager since 2009, tells www.livemusicsantabarbara.com/ that the 87-year-old Classical music radio station only has less than 1000 of its 20,000 daily listeners as donors. It is a commercial operation but uses donations and grants to supplement its ad revenue. Santa Barbara Foundation CEO Ron Gallo says they have three serious inquiries but he doesn’t release its asking price.
TRIVIA QUESTION: How do car radios get their start? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Shadoe Stevens on November 3, 2013. •KSAS FM HeartPeak Broadcasting CHR Kiss FM 103.3 Boise, ID soon to be Townsquare Media slides to 103.5 at 5:00pm on Halloween Day 2013. •KSKI FM AAA 103.7 Sun Valley, ID moves to 94.5; KZNO FM Sports (The Zone 102.9) Jerome/Twin Falls shifts to 103.1. These moves enable JLD Media KPHD FM 97.5 Elko, NV to ease into the Boise market on 102.7 with a license for Melba, ID. •JOE KING aka Joe Elvis for over 20 years on Classic Rock WNRQ FM (The Rock 105.9) Nashville, TN out due to reduction in workforce. •SENATE confirms on Tuesday night, October 29, 2013 Tom Wheeler as FCC Chairman and Michael O’Rielly is next Republican Commissioner.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1957 KVII TV ABC CH 7 in Amarillo, TX begins broadcasting on November 1st. •1963 KENNY ALPHIN (Big Kenny of Big & Rich) born on November 1st at the Culpeper County Hospital in Culpeper, VA. •1970 KGTF TV PBS CH 12 in Agana, GU begins broadcasting on November 1st. •1983 LEE GREENWOOD after he tapes the syndicated Solid Gold in Los Angeles, CA on October 31st he gives MCA chairman Irving Azoff a tape of God Bless the U.S.A. •1999 WALTER PAYTON from Jackson State University Chicago Bears running back for thirteen seasons dies at 45 on November 1st. •2008 TRACE ADKINS single You’re Gonna Miss This goes Gold on October 31st.
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RED JONES [2008 Georgia Radio Hall of Fame – retired from WKNG-1060 [W] June 15, 2011 after 63 years in radio] (Carrollton-Tallapoosa, GA) Subject: my wife. This is to close friends many of whom met my wife Betty or knew her from long acquaintances. Her battle with cancer ended today, Sunday, at 1:27 pm and Heaven gained another resident. In her 81 years she touched the hearts and life of so many. We both had lost mates so it was widow meeting widower and three and a half years of togetherness was a blessing from God. Love your partner in marriage and make the most of every day. Good reading is 1 Cor 15/35-58. Red Jones
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DR. JEFF CUNNINGHAM (Austin-Kyle, TX) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio (#1246) October 28, 2013 [Monday] Well, I am a member of the TRHOF and I am totally in agreement with the notion that JR should be in the hall. I have nominated and voted for him in the past and will do so again! Jeff Cunningham, DC, MA Kyle, TX (www.zoesplaceclinic.com / www.myspace.com/drjeffcunningham)
JOE FORD [former KILT-610/KNUZ-1230] (Houston, TX) Subject: TRHofF. Hey Jim, Good luck to you for induction. If I were to be in the state for this years ceremony, I would welcome you with open arms. It’s about time your name is added to the TRH of F. Your tireless efforts in front of the computer keep the rest of us connected to all things we love and hate about radio! Your impeccable resume certainly makes you more than qualified for a standing ovation when your name is called! Also, the fact that you give us this well researched column each week, free of charge, is quite remarkable. Give Lacy a big ol’ belly rub and keep up the good vibes. Joe Ford (Texas Radio Hall of Fame-2003)
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LIZ PATRANELLA [Liz Houston – KTSA-550, KBAT-680] (Austin, TX) Attention! Attention! Change of Venue for Luncheon! Same day and time: Friday, November 15, Noon New Venue: The Egg & I Blanco & NW Loop 410 behind Park North Center at Blanco & Rector 210-366-9000 Grady’s started charging for their meeting room, so we have sought out a new place. We’ll be in the private meeting room. The restaurant serves a full breakfast menu at lunch and also a lunch menu with a selection of soups, salads, and sandwiches (and fish tacos!). Thanks to Mark Carrillo for doing the research to find us a new place and for making arrangements with The Egg & I. Reminder: Ongoing activities for SSARB will be discussed, including plans for our display at the South Texas Popular Culture Center. Be there to hear all about it and share your ideas with the group. Thanks to those who have already replied … but if you haven’t, please R.S.V.P. by reply email. See you there! Liz
TRIVIA ANSWER: In the beginning, car radio sales are difficult because they cost 20% of the price of a brand-new auto. In 1930, during the Great Depression Paul Galvin, owner of Galvin Manufacturing Corporation, loses money. In 1933, things improve when Ford offers Motorola radios installed at the factory. In 1934 Galvin strikes a deal with B.F. Goodrich Tire Company to sell and install car radios in its chain of tire stores. By then the price of the car radios drops to $55. In 1936, Galvin introduces push-button tuning. In 1947, the name of the car radio company officially changes from Galvin to Motorola.
MICHELLE DEAN PLUNK [late Jim Travis’ daughter] (Marble Falls, TX) Subject: Jim Travis’ services. Thank you and sorry for the delay… I was in Round Rock most of yesterday and had to mow and clean a house… Have 2 houses to mow and one to clean today! Trying to get my life back on track and so far behind. 🙁 This rain made the grass Grow! lol… My dad is 73. He would have been 74 next May. thank you for doing that for me… Hope he has a good turn out. Have a FABULOUS day!!! Michelle
EDGAR BERGEN (1903 – 1978) Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?
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