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NASH INVADES NEW ORLEANS NASHsweeps across America as a new name in Country radio. Cumulus NASH expands to more than 60 of its owned-and-operated Country radio stations. The newest Cumulus NASH entry is the former Rock WRKN FM (92.3) which leap frogs above alligators into New Orleans, LA. Rock WRKN FM (92.3) is now Cumulus Country NASH FM 92.3. This means that WRKN FM’s Rock pirates jump the ship. Like the U.S. Army, Mike McVay wants you to apply for WRKN FM’s NASH Country now vacant Program Director post at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mike also would love to hear from Country radio DJs who are in need of a new place to hang their Stetsons.
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CHINESE GRAB HOLD OF NY TIMES More and more every day, well to do foreign businesses and businesspersons gain control of American companies. Pretty soon most American trade establishments will outsource overseas which leaves their employees on the dole. Wealthy Chinese tycoon, Chen Guangbiao, who makes his fortune in waste management, mulls a bid to take over the New York Times. Chen wants to purchase the New York Times for $1 billion. Multimillionaire Guangbiao who describes himself as China’s most charismatic philanthropist sighs: the New York Times doesn’t want his cash. Chen says that Arthur Sulzberger Jr., publisher of the Times, sends him a memo that says the Times newspaper is not for sale.
THREE DALLAS, TX TV REPORTERS ON THE MOVE AGAIN Monika Diaz, WFAA TV ABC CH 8 Dallas, TX general assignment reporter since 2007, returns home to Miami, FL to help care for her stepfather who suffers from a rare brain disorder. Steve Stoler, WFAA TV reporter since 2002, exits for the director of media relations position in Dallas suburb of Plano, TX. Prior to WFAA TV Stoler spends 17 years on KDFW TV FOX CH 4 Dallas. In 1980, Steve begins his career on WCWB TV (now WMGT) in Macon, GA. Omar Villafranca, reporter on KXAS TV NBC O&O CH 5 Dallas, TX since 2008, joins CBS News as a Dallas-based correspondent at the Network’s 24-hour television newsgathering service. Previously, Omar is on KOTV TV CH 6 Tulsa, OK and KSWO TV CH 7 Lawton, OK.
POST STAMP PRICE INCREASE ON ITS WAY Are you happy with your USPS mail delivery? Is your mail carrier like a good neighbor? Unhappy with the price of a postage stamp? Well, Uncle Sam’s snail mail carrier pigeons claim that if we allow them another increase in the price of a postage stamp the service will be better. Hey, I have a bridge to sell you in San Francisco Bay. Can remember not too long ago when the cost of a postage stamp is 3c. Better buy a stash of Forever postage stamps for your letters to your favorite radio personality quick because on January 26, 2014 America’s 1st class postage stamps will leap 3c from 46c to 49c each! This increase is supposed to generate an additional $1.8 billion in revenue to make up for earlier losses.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Which TV news anchor’s experience on the streets of NYC inspires the song What’s The Frequency, Kenneth? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Howard Reynolds January 5th and Dave Tucker January 9th. •BLAKE HAYES mornings on KHMX FM CBS (Mix 96.5) Houston, TX joins Saga Hot AC WMGX FM (Coast 93.1) Portland, ME at the end of January 2014 as co-host of the Coast Morning Show with Eva Matteson. •DICK BIONDI WLS FM Radio Hall of Fame DJ hosts 14th Annual Elvis Fest salutes King of Rock & Roll Elvis Presley’s 79th birthday Wednesday, January 8, 2014. •AMANDA SALINAS University of TX grad vacates KDAF TV CH 33 Dallas, TX new assignment as anchor of Good Day Austin on KTBC TV CH 7 beginning January 20, 2014.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1956 ELVIS PRESLEY records #1 single Heartbreak Hotel on January 10th. •1960 PATSY CLINE becomes member of Grand Ole Opry on January 9th. •1976 CHESTER ARTHUR BURNETT [Howlin’ Wolf] 6′ 6″ tall 300 pound Chicago Blues singer/pianist/harmonica player on Chess records dies at 65 on January 10th. •1981 MERLE HAGGARD’s single I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink sips #1 in Billboard Country on January 10th. •1996 JIMMY JOHNSON (Dallas Cowboys) is new head coach of NFL’s Miami Dolphins on January 10th. •2010 JOHN RICH & wife Joan bear son Cash Rich on January 10th in Nashville, TN.
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JONATHAN FRICKE [former WSM/WSAI/KDJW/KBUY/KOKE/KFOX/KRAK] (Nashville, TN) Subject: Thanks and Happy New Year! Thanks for the birthday wishes, Jim. It was a great day. I heard from so many friends. Plus, my son and his wife along with my two grandchildren came in from Houston to help me celebrate. My daughter Heather and her husband drove over from Unionville, TN and joined in too. The whole family together. What could be better than that? Wishing you and Lacy the very best in 2014, Jim. May it be your best year yet, my friend. Happy New Year! Stay Healthy.
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JAY PENNINGTON (KXEL FM Web site) (Dallas-Flower Mound, TX) Subject: Legendary KEXL jock’s widow needs a kidney. Hi Jim, Happy New Year! Can you pass this along to your readers and listeners. Thank you sir!!!! Jay KEXL Jock Ron Houston’s widow, Sheryl, needs a kidney. Please pass the word. Ron Houston was a key player at legendary KEXL 104.5 San Antonio during the 70’s (see www.kexl.info) Later in life Ron and his wife, Sheryl, moved to Blanco, TX and Ron became a key player in helping the town of Blanco. He was Mayor Pro Tem…even did the voice overs for the Blanco grocery stores as you heard his golden voice as you walked up and down the isles. 🙂 Ron passed away in 2009 but his wife Sheryl still lives in Blanco. Sheryl, currently needs a kidney transplant and right now there is no donor. Sam Kindrick told me about this and we both want to help get the word out. Can you help Ron’s wife by either donating a kidney or telling others. Thanks! Jay Pennington Click here www.actionmagsa.com/sites/default/files/issues/JAN%202014_web_4.pdf on page 4. Thanks!! Jay & Sam (www.penningtontechnicalarts.com/KEXL)
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PAT MCCUTCHIN (Austin-Georgetown, TX) Jim, I graduated from Bryan Adams in 1960–second graduating class…lived between Mesquite and Garland on Beltline Road. I graduated from UT with a Business degree in 1963…majored in Radio/TV for two years and changed to Business. My wife and I worked in the TV Building. She did graphics for Lyle Hendricks I mostly ran camera and did studio work. I worked with Bill Arhos and was a class mate of Jeff Millar (Chronicle) and Ed Barndsteder (Ed Brandon). I also worked the last two years part-time at KHFI when Rod Kennedy owned it and played classical music on the second floor of Bill Gaston’s Boats on Lamar…weekends with an 8-hour shift…two Ampex 660’s and two turntables. Rod and Leonard Masters commentary which was usually the album cover copy. I remember playing the wrong cut one time and the phone lit up immediately. It was Leonard. He weighed over 400 pounds. Pat McCutchin
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TONY WILLIAMS [ex WKY-930/KRLD-1080/Metro Traffic] (Dallas-Richardson, TX) Subject: Christmas music. McDonald’s near me started playing Christmas music on Nov. 1, but Ronald McDonald has yet to put up the Christmas tree. Remember that man that died in a jail cell in Dallas? His father says he viewed a video of his son yelling for help, but he claims no one responded. If that is true, you were right. No one cared. He did not even get a call to anyone. His phone was out of juice. 50 Blockbuster Stores to Remain Open. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304448204579185702090813172
TRIVIA ANSWER: In the late 1980s, while he walks through the streets of Manhattan, a man approaches CBS TV News anchor Dan Rather and he shouts What’s the frequency, Kenneth? at him. It remains a mystery for the reason of the man’s bizarre behavior toward Dan Rather. But this freakish experience encourages Alternative Rock group R.E.M. to write a song with the same name in their 1994 album Monster, but, for some unknown reason, they choose to not include Dan Rather’s name in its lyrics. It peaks at #21 in Billboard’s Hot 100, #9 on UK Singles Chart, plus is the first song to debut at #1 in Billboard Modern Rock Tracks.
ROBERT TINDLE [Radio Engineering Professional] (Tyler-Lufkin, TX)Subject: KPTY FCC Activity Alert from V-Soft. Jim! The FCC granted the sale of FM KPTY to John Walton’s Excel Media Today, January 6, 2014. Closings usually occur around 45 days after FCC grant. From: FCC Activity Alert Monday, January 6, 2014 KPTY FM Winnie, TX Granted [01/03/2014] Assignment of License CDBS Facility ID: 479 CDBS Application ID: 1591243
MARION DAVIES [film actress 1917-37] (January 3, 1897 – September 22, 1961) With me it was 5 per cent talent and 95 per cent publicity.
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