Jim Rose Remembers Radio November 25, 2013
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JFK ASSASSINATION IS A SPIRAL In the mid 1950s three Dallas Times Herald paper routes keep this school student mighty busy. However, in the 9th grade Wyatt’s grocery store offers 50c an hour as a sacker/package out boy. Each year my pay increases: 50c, 75c, 90c and by the time that I’m a senior at the brand new Kimball high school my pay leaps to $1 an hour. Wyatt’s grocery store’s address is in the 2000 block of South Beckley Avenue in Oak Cliff the home of KLIF-1190. In November 1963 the accused assassin of President JFK rents a room for $8 a week at 1026 North Beckley Avenue which is maybe 10 blocks away from that Wyatt’s grocery store. Superior insurance company offer $220 a month as a full time bookkeeper which is located on President JFK’s parade route.
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LHO KILLS A DALLAS COP While he patrols the streets of Oak Cliff, Dallas police officer J.D. Tippitt spots a guy walking on the sidewalk who matches the description of the accused assassin of President JFK. As the officer exits his squad car to question the mysterious man, his suspect whips out a revolver and shoots officer Tippitt to death. Police trace the shooting suspect to the Texas Theater on Jefferson Avenue. Over the years, many times we visit the Texas Theater to watch movies. Cops capture Lee Harvey Oswald inside the Texas Theater. Ironically, officer Tippitt along with his wife and two sons live in a new brick home not too far away from where I grow up. So, even though he is not a true Dallasite JFK’s assassin has tremendous ties to the huge Oak Cliff section of Dallas, TX.
KATIE IS A YAHOO YO-YO Katie Couric reminds us of a yo-yo that bounces back and forth on a string. The Washington Post reports on Saturday, November 22, 2013: After transitioning from the “Today” show to CBS News, and finally to ABC News, Couric is now planning a major switch to an online Yahoo show. According to another report: While Katie is renewable at its current ratings level, the cost of producing it – including Couric’s annual $20 million salary makes renewing it challenging. Broadcasting & Cable files this report on Saturday, November 22, 2013: Katie Couric is negotiating her exit from ABC News, where she serves as a special correspondent, and is headed to Yahoo.
LATEST ANDY KAUFMAN STUNT IS HOAX Cult comedy star Andy Kaufman dies at 35 of lung cancer at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA on May 16, 1984. Many years ago, Andy’s son Michael describes how he discovers that his dad plans to fake his death in 1984 and reappear on Christmas Eve 1999. Leave it to Andy Kaufman to pull off a life hoax, without even trying. On Monday, November 11, 2013 a woman who appears onstage claims to be cult comedy star Andy Kaufman’s daughter. But it proves to be another Koffman hoax. TSG reveals that the woman is a New York City actress whose real father is a Manhattan psychiatrist. Alexandra Tatarsky meets Andy’s son Michael Kaufman at a Manhattan gallery exhibit of Kaufman artifacts from the comedian’s personal life.
TRIVIA QUESTION: When does legendary TV game show host Wink Martindale exit Tic Tac Dough? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Dan McCurdyMonday, November 25, 2013. •JARED HART exits APD/Producer post of Ronn Owens program on Cumulus Media KGO-810 San Francisco, CA to join CBS Radio News/Talk WPHT-1210 Philadelphia, PA as new PD. •MIKE ST PETER rises from news VP 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. •EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION KLVS FM (K-Love 107.3) Livermore, CA applies to the FCC to glide 7 miles closer to the San Francisco Bay to boost coverage.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1958 CHARLES F KETTERING founder of Delco, longtime director of research at GM and holder of 186 patents who invents the auto self-starter dies at 82 on November 25th. •1964 CONNIE SMITH’s debut RCA single Once A Day grabs #1 in Billboard Country on November 28th. •1977 RICHARD CARLSON actor (I Led Three Lives 1953-56) dies at 65 on November 25th. •1980 KENNY ROGERS’ single Lady masters #1 in Billboard Country on November 22nd. •1998 FLIP WILSON comic The Flip Wilson Show dies at 64 on November 25th. •2004 ALAN JACKSON’s video Monday Morning Church debuts on CMT on November 25th.
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JACK PARNELL [former Program Director WHBQ-560] (Memphis, TN) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio (#1253) November 22, 2013 [Friday] Afternoon Jim: Still enjoying tremendously your remembrances of radio, and attached is an article that appeared in the Memphis Commercial Appeal, our hometown, and formerly Wink Martindale’s hometown, that “on this day, 1954, Wink Martindale was ready for a parade…etc.” Dunno if you print that many pix, this one came from the “Memphis Memories” section of the Commercial Appeal. Jack Parnell-Memphis.
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DANNO WOLKOFF [owner/founder/P/CEO of Envision Radio Networks] (Cleveland, OH) Envision Pushes More Cheer – Program syndicator Envision Radio Networks says it has added affiliates in Champaign, Ill., Davenport, Iowa, Denver, Green Bay, Wis., Lexington, Ky., Little Rock, Ark., Madison, Wis., Paducah, Ky., Seattle and Springfield, Ill., for its 10-hour Christmas series, “The 100 Greatest Christmas Hits of All Time.” TV game show host Wink Martindale will host the series. The 100-song lineup “is based on data compiled by Billboard Magazine and listings of the Christmas tracks most played on radio over the past decade. This compilation includes hit singles as well as classic tracks from the most-loved and best-selling Christmas albums of all time,” a release explains. Songs include oldies from Bing Crosby to recent cuts from the cast of “Glee.” Envision says the program is available on a cash basis. Danno Envision Radio Networks
RANDY RYDER [The “Big R” KPCN] (Mansfield, TX) Subject: Happy Birthday! “Happy 70th Birthday”, Jim, I will be right behind you on Dec. 16 for my 70th. We sure had some great times (KPCN-730) and I really miss all my good ‘ol buddies. I really enjoy reading your news letter. Thanks for being a great friend, a “voice from the past” The “Big R”!!! Randy Ryder; Mansfield, Texas USA
KPCN-730 In summer 1967 when I’m the noon-3pm DJ on KPCN-730 in my home town Dallas, TX Randy Ryder and I have lots of fun with our female admirers who call us each day. One day Randy, who goes on the air at 3 right after me, has Mary on the phone. She calls me each and every day. Ryder tells Mary that I’m in the KPCN control room. She and her girlfriend want to take me for a joy ride in their sports car. They motor out to KPCN’s studios. Boy oh boy what a joy that ride is!
JIM GOUGH [‘Mr. Texas’-movie actor-voice actor] (Austin-Liberty Hill, TX) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio (#1253) November 22, 2013 [Friday] I was working as an art director for a Dallas Agency the day JFK was killed. Like so many I was standing on the street while the motorcade passed at the corner of Lemmon and Turtle creek. I returned to my desk, turned the volume up on my little radio and heard “shots fired on the motorcade” The following days were unbelieveable! Jim Gough
TRIVIA ANSWER: Wink Martindale’s first break in television is as host of WHBQ TV CH 13 Memphis, TN kiddie TV show Mars Patrol with Tiny the Clown (Dr. Ray Hill, a professor at Southwestern) plus Mr. Magic (Dick Williams who also hosts TV show Magicland) with slight-of-hand for the kiddies. Wink later hosts CBS TV’s game show Tic Tac Dough for its first 7 seasons that premiers in September 1978. Wink’s final episode of Tic Tac Dough is on May 24, 1985 with contestant Gisele Perez. Martindale exits TTD to host his new TV show, Headline Chasers. On June 2, 2006, Wink Martindale receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
WINK MARTINDALE (Los Angeles-Calabasas, CA) Jim and Lacy: Geez! That was a long time ago!!! lol!!! Some days I can’t recall my name, much less such a date! I would think it had to be in ’53. Wish I could help. HAPPY THANKSGIVING to you both. Keep up your SPECTACULAR daily work. Best blessings, Wink
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TONY WILLIAMS [WKY-930/KRLD-1080/Metro Traffic] (Dallas-Richardson, TX) Subject: TRHOF voting. What if only the board of directors voted on inductees from air checks and/or resumes submitted by those nominated by the board. People who have never been in radio should not be voting. When I was looking at the TRHOF FB site which I first saw last night one of the inductees was a traffic reporter apparently his entire time in broadcasting. I can say it since I was one part-time, but traffic reporters are the bottom feeders of broadcasting.
JOSEPH STALIN (December 21, 1879 – March 5, 1953) He who votes does not have the power – he who counts the votes has the power.
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