Jim Rose Remembers Radio November 15, 2013
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MUGGERS ROB AND BEAT RADIO HOST At 2:30 am on Thursday morning, November 7, 2013 WCCO-830 managing editor/morning news anchor Steve Murphy jogs from his south Minneapolis home to the bus stop when assailants tackle him from behind, beat him and steal his wallet and then flee the scene like the cowards that they are. ER treats the Minneapolis radio anchor for cuts to his head and a contusion to his chest wall. Murphy tells myfox9.com that as he jogs to catch the bus to go to work at 2:30 am he notices a white SUV: I had just jogged down 53rd Street and I could see the headlights behind me. I thought at the time If I see him again, I’m in trouble. I thought, this is it. Murphy gets up off the sidewalk and hurries to the bus stop where the bus driver takes him to the hospital.
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LONG TIME GOTHAM CITY RADIO HOST CALLS IT QUITS Radio Ink reports that after 40 years on the air with 35 of them in New York City plus, since 2008 as the WOR-710 morning host, John Gambling calls it quits on December 10, 2013. After he follows in his grandfather’s and father’s footsteps as morning host on WOR-710 NYC, John R. Gambling retires on December 20, 2013. Beginning in 1925, Rambling with Gambling is the longest-running radio show in America with John B. Gambling. In 1959, John A. Gambling takes over. In 1990, John R. Gambling is host after he co-hosts with his father beginning in 1985. In 2000, the third Gambling exits WOR-710 for crosstown WABC-770. In 2008, he returns to WOR-710. Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity join WOR-710 on January 1, 2014.
DALLAS, TX TV STATION HONORS LATE NEWS DIRECTOR From 1973 to 1989 Marty Haag is News Director of WFAA TV ABC CH 8 in Dallas, TX. On Monday, November 11, 2013 WFAA TV names its newsroom after late News Director Marty Haag, plus unveils a plaque with an inscription that reads: Marty personified journalism with numerous national awards. Haag sets the bar high for journalists under his watch. Former WFAA TV reporter Doug Fox says: Yes, he was challenging, he pushed hard, but that was good for all of us. That made us better, better reporters, better individuals. WFAA anchor Gloria Campos sighs: He was like a second father to me. Dale Hansen Sports anchor adds: He was far and away the best I’ve ever worked with. In 2004 Marty Haag dies at 69.
WELL I FINALLY MADE IT! On Saturday, November 16, 2013 I reach 70 years on God’s green earth! September 2014 is my 50th year in TX radio! In 1964 as a student at Elkins Institute of Radio in my home town Dallas, TX I receive a 3rd Class FCC license. Next comes Elkins Institute of Electronics that leads me to the goalpost 1st Class FCC license which makes me a combo DJ/Engineer. The very first radio DJ position on KASO-1240 in Minden, LA springboards to TX top radio stations in Austin, Waco, Dallas, San Antonio, Ft. Worth, and Houston on familiar call letters KHFI FM, KPCN, WFAA, KBUC, KBAT, KFJZ, KXOL, KITE, WACO, KBER, KBOX, KLIF, KIKK FM, KULF plus twice on KILT FM. Since May 2004 I write, edit and publish this Web column-newsletter Jim Rose Remembers Radio.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Who anchors America’s first nightly TV news program? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•KVIL FM CBS (103.7) Dallas, TX passes its annual Christmas music over to cluster mate KLUV FM (98.7) because CBS Director of Music Programming in Dallas Ron Harrell says: Christmas music is a natural fit with KLUV’s Classic Hits format. •MIKE ST PETER moves on up from VP of news at WVIT TV NBC O&O CH 30 Hartford-New Britain, CT since 2006 to GM of New England Cable News, NBC Universal’s 24-hour cable network in Newton, MA. •JIM BLASINGAME begins his two-hour program The Small Business Advocate on November 17, 1997. On Sunday, November 17, 2013 Blasingame celebrates 16 years with show #3,901.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1953 WIBW TV CBS/ABC CH 13 in Topeka, KS begins broadcasting on November 15th. •1969 MERLE HAGGARD’s single Okie From Muskogee grand slams #1 in Billboard Country on November 15th. •1971 SANDRA KIM French singer Caldarone wins 1986 Eurovision Song Contest with J’aime la Vie born on November 15th. •1989 VINCE GILL’s album When I Call Your Name releases on MCA records on November 14th. •1997 SAUL CHAPLIN West Side Story musical director dies in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at 85 on November 15th. •2003 TOBY KEITH’s single I Love This Bar grabs #1 in Billboard Country on November 15th.
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WINK MARTINDALE [Legendary TV game show host] (Los Angeles-Calabasas, CA) Subject: Keynote Speech To Veterans.doc. Just thought you might like to read my speech to 700 veterans today in La Habra, CA. God Bless Our Great Country. Wink – Keynote Speech To Veterans La Habra, CA 11AM 11/11/13. By the looks on your faces you expected Alex Trebek or Pat Sajak, right? No way. They get paid by the word. I just speak to hear your applause. (Hint, Hint). When James Gomez called me several months ago about being your keynote speaker this morning he said, “Wink you’re a good American, right”? I said “Absolutely”! He said “You believe in free speech, right”? I said “Absolutely”! He said “Good! You’re making one to the Veterans in La Habra Veteran’s Day!! So, here I am! (And honored to be here I might add).
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PAT MCGOWAN [Engineer-In-Charge NCP SS-4 New Century Productions] (Chandler, AZ) Subject: KUHF. Jim, Read with interest your mention of $$$ troubles at The University of Houston radio stations. Back in the day (’67-’70) I spent MANY UNPAID happy hours at the little closet we called home. So did others. Milt Dooley, Lyn Salerno, Rob McCain, Robb Ritchey and many more that had long successful broadcast careers among names that come to mind. These are non-commercial (ha) stations that should be staffed and run by NON-PAID students learning the craft, except for a GM and a CE. We had a budget of virtually nothing and a good radio station (then 91.3 KUHF). Paid staff layoffs. So what! Put the stations back in student hands where they belong! Paid staff? That’s called a real job with a real commercial radio station. Just my two cents worth. Best to you and Lacy. Pat McGowan; EIC NEP US Mobile Units
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LIZ PATRANELLA [Liz Houston – KTSA-550, KBAT-680] (Austin, TX) Subject: Final Reminder — SSARB Luncheon This Friday. Final reminder. This Friday, November 15, NOON San Antonio Radio Broadcasters Luncheon The Egg & I Blanco & NW Loop 410 behind Park North Mall at Blanco & Rector. No need to RSVP…if you already have, see you there. If you haven’t…come anyway! Liz
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JAY WEAVER [KLBK-1360/Lubbock, TX; KBUY-1540/Fort Worth, TX; KPCN-730; Grand Prairie, TX] (DFW-Hurst, TX) Subject: BOB SCHIEFFER Jim, I guess I don’t get it! I have watched Bob Schieffer for years, and before I watched, I listened when he was a newscaster on KXOL, here in Fort Worth. Maybe it’s his voice, I really don’t know. I just have not ever been able to find his journalism abilities to be that great and I have thought for several years the only reason he has gone as far as he has in television journalism is because he is the “last man standing’ at CBS. I guess if you have to name your school of journalism after someone, Bob Schieffer is the choice, but surely there were others who have graduated from the Texas Christian University School Of Journalism that are real journalists. Thank you for all you do, Jim. By the way, “Hello!” to Lacy from my 11 year old Chihuahua. His name is Jefferson.
TRIVIA ANSWER: In 1942, Douglas Edwards joins CBS Radio to anchor The World Today evening newscast also World News Today on Sunday afternoons. Edwards comes to CBS after his time as a newscaster and announcer on WSB-750 in Atlanta, GA and WXYZ-1270 in Detroit, MI. Douglas is America’s first television network news anchor on CBS TV’s first nightly newscast 7:30-7:45 pm from 1948–1962. Originally it has no sponsor but later Oldsmobile picks it up. Later, CBS Television News becomes CBS Evening News.
CHARLES GEORGE [ex KCHU FM] (Dallas, TX) My mother turned 83 on November 8. I was getting a lot of Spam because of Facebook, so dropped every one that I had listed as friends. I am slowly rebuilding but making sure I know them well before doing so. I like Facebook for some things. Another area talent is Lala Johnson, she does Jazz and R&B. She has a few videos on Youtube. Anyway, before I forget Happy Birthday a bit early.
WALT DISNEY (December 5, 1901 to December 15, 1966) If you can dream it, you can do it.
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