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RADIO GIANT MEETS FINAL WATERLOO Radio legend Ron Ruth who begins his radio career in San Antonio, TX becomes a familiar face at the RAB passes away at 75 on Saturday, November 16, 2013. In 2011, Ron ends his 19 years at the Radio Advertising Bureau to become a consultant. On his way up the radio ladder in Boston, MA Ruth shares a small apartment with two other aspiring jocks, Jack Burns and George Carlin. Jack Burns replaces Don Knotts’ Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith TV show. Of course former KXOL-1360 DJ George Carlin is one of our most favorite comedians. Ron Ruth concludes: I soon realized I had no talent for being on-air, so I talked the GM into letting me sort of get into sales. Radio consultant Kent Burkhart tells Radio Ink: Ron’s smile will not be forgotten!
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SMART ALEC LOSES SHOW One might ask what accolades does Alec Baldwin possess. Exactly what are his badges of honor? Well, Alexander Rae Baldwin III is an American actor who appears on film, stage and TV sets. Alec’s performance in the 2003 movie The Cooler grants him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor nomination. From 2006 to 2013, as Jack Donaghy on NBC sitcom 30 Rock he wins two Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards. But some might label him as smart Alec because of his hot-headed actions. After his homophobic outburst at a paparazzo outside his New York City apartment, NBC cancels Alec Baldwin’s low-rated MSNBC news program Up Late. Baldwin’s last part in Up Late has a 41% drop from its October 11, 2013 debut.
MILLER’S TIME SLOT ADVANCES With the onslaught of big changes after Westwood One merges with Cumulus Media it creates a Conservative Talk syndication shuffle. In January 2014, Dennis Miller now 10am-1pm ET show moves into the 12noon-3pm day part. Dennis’ move to the new timeslot places him right up against Rush Limbaugh. Miller also gains live clearances on Cumulus KLIF-570 Dallas, TX; KCMO-710/KCMO FM (103.7) Kansas City, MO plus others. Both KLIF-570 and KCMO-710 currently air Cumulus’ Mike Huckabee from 12noon-3pm. Radio Ink reports: The Mike Huckabee Show on radio, heard three hours a day on over 200 radio stations across the country since April of 2012, will conclude its run with the end of the final show on Thursday, December 12 (2013).
RADIO FOLKS HAVE NO SECURITY Yes, we radio vets know that our times on each radio frequency are at the whims of owners and GMs who get their kicks firing radio personalities. But today we face yet another breech of our security. No one has any hint of security anymore. Our government now spies on every word that we type in our email plus our personal Web sites and places them inside a vast storage vault for possible future use against us. It takes Edward Snowden to alert Americans and the world that NSA spies on all of us. Edward is the modern day Paul Revere but he has to flee to Russia for his life. NSA’s surveillance opens the doors for storage companies like Spider-Oak who has a clever way to avoid handing over customer information through government subpoenas, or otherwise.
TRIVIA QUESTION: When does Edward R. Murrow’s first See It Now documentary news program air on CBS TV? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Dan McCurdy November 25th, Kay Clarkson November 27th and Chuck Dunaway December 1st. Salute! •CRAIG WAY afternoon host of The Sports Buffet on Clear Channel KVET-1300 (The Zone) Austin, TX is finalist in The National Sportscasters & Sportswriters Association’s Texas Sportscaster of the Year award. •ENTERCOM aces JB of the JB & Sandy morning show after 17 years on KAMX FM (Mix 94.7) in Austin, TX. •GERALDO RIVERA Cumulus talk personality exits national syndication. His 10:00 am to 12:00 noon ET program will be heard exclusively on WABC-770 in NYC beginning January 1, 2014.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1953 WSIX TV ABC CH 8 in Nashville, TN begins broadcasting on November 28th. •1961 JIMMY DEAN and comic Jack Benny in audience on November 29th for The Grand Ole Opry at Carnegie Hall with Patsy Cline, Marty Robbins and Faron Young to benefit the Musicians’ Aid Society. •1976 GODFREY CAMBRIDGE comedian actor (Watermelon Man – 1970) dies at 43 on November 28th. •1985 GEORGE STRAIT’s Greatest Hits album certifies Gold on November 22nd. •1999 GENE RAYBURN game show host on Match Game dies at 81 on November 28th. •2007 GARY ALLAN’s Greatest Hits album goes Gold on November 29th.
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BEN HAROLD [ex KXOL-1360, KENR-1070] (Knoxville, TN) Subject: thanksgiving. hi jim, i just wanted to take a moment to personally wish you and lacy girl a very happy thanksgiving. remember the “good old days” when NO stores were open on thanksgiving? this part (below) you can use in the newsletter, if you want, because it really has stuck with me through all these years: Throughout my career, I can’t remember NOT working at some radio station on Thanksgiving or Christmas. However, one of those Thanksgivings is happily stuck in my memory. It happened at KXOL 1360-AM during the top-40 days. I, sadly, can’t recall the jock’s name I was doing news for, but we were tagged with working the midday/afternoon shift that day. A woman listener called in to say that she was bringing us some food, since we had to work on the holiday. I guess we figured it was going to be a turkey sandwich or something. When we answered the door, she hauled in a HUGE Thanksgiving spread, including a whole turkey, with ALL the trimmings. WOW! What an outstanding memory…AND…it happened at KXOL! best regards, old friend, and please pet lacy girl for me! ben
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CHUCK DUNAWAY [previous DJ on WABC-770, KLIF-1190, KBOX-1480 & KILT-610] (Houston-Katy, TX) Subject: memory. Jim; My birthday is a couple of weeks after yours so…Happy birthday my friend…you’re still a young man from my perspective. I noted all the memories of the day Kennedy was shot in Dallas and my memory is about the same as most of those. My bigger memory is after the shooting of Kennedy and the way I came to be mentioned in the Warren commission’s report. I was home watching TV when Jack Ruby was telecast, live on Dallas TV, shooting Lee Harvey Oswald. Jack was a frequent visitor to KLIF (1190) and most of the Jocks knew him well. I immediately recognized Jack, as the shooter. Ken Dowe dropped by the house moments later and I told Ken that I just witnessed Ruby shoot Oswald. Ken was called before the commission and told them the story. That’s how my name got into in the commission report. Chuck
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BILL BRAGG [Voice of BIG TEX 2002-12] (Dallas-Richardson, TX) Subject: KPCN MEMORIES. Hi Jim: First, Happy (belated) Birthday! And your great articles always make my day; Thanks so much! The note from “The Big R” Randy Ryder of KPCN, brought back a flood of fond memories! “Command Ranch Radio” (as Shooting Newton” would say) was my first job in Radio. I was working at the all new KTVT (TV) Dallas studios during week days and pulling weekends at KPCN. When KTVT started building that Studio, I would stop by every day; because I lived nearby. I soon learned what time the “Big Wigs from Ft. Worth” would make their daily inspection; and I was always there to beg for a job! WOW, that was 42 years ago! *** YESTERDAY USA *** 24/7 OLD TIME RADIO SHOWS LIVE SHOWS AT 10:30 PM EST. *** 31 years of 24/7 Service *** (www.yesterdayusa.com)
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 Turtlecreek. I returned to my desk, turned the volume up on my little radio and heard “shots fired on the motorcade” The following days were unbelievable! Jim Gough
TRIVIA ANSWER: On November 18, 1951 the legendary Edward R. Murrow televises his first See It Now documentary news program on CBS TV with a larger staff and better facilities than Douglas Edwards’ news program. From 1952-1955, the 30 minutes See It Now runs sometimes in regular timeslots. But until 1958 it occasionally airs in other time slots as special programming. See It Now plays off the success of Edward R. Murrow’s radio show, Hear It Now, on Fridays at 9 pm from December 15, 1950-June 15, 1951.
MICHELLE DEAN PLUNK [late Jim Travis’ daughter] (Marble Falls, TX) Hi Jim, Thank you Jim Rose for your wonderful input on your Jim Rose Remembers radio!!! 😉 I enjoy reading! (www.pamperedchef.biz/mdeanplunk) / (www.marykay.com/mplunk)
MARCEL PROUST (July 10, 1871 – November 18, 1922) Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
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