Jim Rose Remembers Radio January 13, 2014
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TRIBUNE NOW IS AMERICA’S LARGEST TV OWNER On Friday, December 27, 2013 Tribune Company reports that it closes on the purchase of Local TV, LLC’s complete portfolio of 19 television stations in 16 markets. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval of the transaction paves the way for a blockbuster $2.7 billion package. This transaction places Tribune Broadcasting as America’s largest commercial television station owner with a total of 39 TV stations nationwide. But due to FCC ownership regulations, Tribune agrees to immediately sell off three of the newly acquired television stations to another company. Ed Wilson’s new company Dreamcatcher Broadcasting is the buyer of these stations. Ed is previously President of Tribune from 2008-2010.
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DREW REPLACES TRISH ON US99 As we recently report in JRRR, after nearly 28 years, CBS Country WUSN FM (US99.5) Chicago, IL does not renew midday host Trish Biondo’s contract. Beginning on Monday, January 13, 2014 Drew Walker is WUSN FM’s new midday host (10:00am-3:00pm). Drew’s voice is not new to WUSN FM listeners because he moves up through the ranks. In 2004, Walker starts out as weekend/fill-in host, but quickly moves on up to full-time afternoons. In 1998, Drew moves to the Chicago area after he graduates from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance. Prior to WUSN FM, Drew is part-time DJ, promotions coordinator, plus board operator at local Windy City radio stations WZSR FM, WAIT-820, WKRS FM and WXLC FM.
NASH COUNTRY IS HOT BUT SO IS IHEART Cumulus covers Country radio with its new NASH brand. But maybe Clear Channel has a better idea. CC proclaims its first iHeartRadio Country Festival in Austin, TX on March 29, 2014 with some of Country music’s most popular singers: Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, Carrie Underwood, Jake Owen, plus others. Nationally-syndicated Country music personality Bobby Bones is the host of the big event. John Sykes, Clear Channel Entertainment Enterprises President, says: The iHeartRadio Country Festival will be live on Clear Channel’s Country music radio stations and at www.iHeartRadio.com. The first iHeartRadio Country Festival is in The Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX.
OPIE LOSES HEALTH INSURANCE The latest big news on radio and TV is the fall out of the federal government’s new health care law which places millions health insurance policy holders on the cancellation list. One of the biggest names in radio now joins the estimated 5.5 million people who lose their medical insurance coverage due to new federal regulations. This week, Anthony Cumia, of the satellite radio duo Opie and Anthony, receives a health care cancellation notice. During Friday’s radio show, Cumia tells listeners that his policy is cancelled and he must find coverage elsewhere after February (2014). A sarcastic Cumia says: Apparently, I must not have been happy with my current insurance. Because, if I was happy, I would able to keep it…but I guess I wasn’t happy.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Which TV network news anchor pens best-selling book The Greatest Generation about WWII soldiers? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Joanne Bussell Thursday, January 16, 2014. •BUEHLER & BLOOM (Julie & Geoff) Kix Media Sports Talk KXPS-1010 Palm Desert, CA pact extends [3pm-6pm] through 2014. •RICK AND BUBBA (Rick Burgess & Bill [Bubba]Bussey) Syndicated Solutionssyndicated morning show celebrates its 20th Anniversary. •MIKE LINDSLEY Sports/Talk host replaces Doug Gottlieb Show 3-6pm on WSKO-1260 (The Score) Syracuse, NY. •BRIAN LONG ex Bonneville ESPN KIRO-710 Seattle, WA senior director of programming is new Program Director of News/Talk KOGO-600 and Xtra Sports KLSD-1360 San Diego, CA.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1957 NFL PRO BOWL West beats the East 19-10 on January 13th. •1968 JOHNNY CASH records live album Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison on January 13th with remake of Folsom Prison Blues in California with June Carter, The Carter Family, Carl Perkins and The Statler Brothers. •1979 CHARLIE DANIELS hosts Volunteer Jam on January 13th. •1988 VERN GOSDIN’s album Chiseled In Stone releases on Columbia records on January 15th. •1993 SUPER BOWL XXVII Dallas Cowboys beat Buffalo Bills in Pasadena, CA on January 13th. •2006 BIG & RICH’s album Comin’ To Your City certifies Gold & Platinum on January 13th.
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BILL CONWAY [Former PD/OM Entercom KOIT FM] (San Diego, CA) Subject: Charlie Van, Tony Lawrence pranks. Jim This is a follow-up to Bud Buschardt’s comments. While still a student at North Texas, I started as a week end part timer at WFAA-FM in 1970 working for Grady Royster and then weaseled my way onto the AM side as well. Bobby Brock was already in Sales so Tony was Van’s partner in pranks. For one they would go into the studio when a Jock was out and switch the monitors and VU meters to audition mode making it look and sound like nothing was on the air. Then watch through one of the big windows as the Jock returned and panicked rushing to the board thinking “Dead Air!” Another favorite also involved the jock leaving the studio. While he was gone Charlie or Tony would squirt shaving cream in the ear piece of the Hotline handset which was below the counter and out of sight. Then later they would call the hotline, the jock would grab the receiver to answer quickly and get an earful…of shaving cream. Often provoking and obscene exclamation the included the name of one of the prankster. Bill Conway
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DAN LOVETT [ex WABC TV & KTRK TV sports anchor] (Houston, TX) The new year brings this invitation…time for the OFC to gather…TUESDAY FEB. 18…11:30am $25. Most likely Ed Hendee’s Taste of Texas on I-10 near Beltway 8 (Houston, TX). Location to be confirmed this week. Need a head count…so let me know if you can make it. Dan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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LYNN WOOLLEY [KRLD-KTEM-KNOW-KUT] (Waco-Temple, TX) Sometimes I wonder what it takes. I’ve been in a small market for a while, but I worked 3 years at WFAA 570, 2 years at KRLD doing mornings with Dick Wheeler, Alex Burton and Frank Glieber. I worked two years at KAAM 1310. I’ve worked Austin — KNOW 1490 with Mike Lucas and David Kline. I did PM drive in Austin at KTAP 970. Did mornings in Killeen-Temple at KTEM and KPLE — morning drive on WACO 100 and WACO 1460. Back in Austin I designed and anchored the morning news block for Ron Rogers at KVET 1300. I’ve done a political talk show now for 17 years — now heard on KTEM, KVOP, KCRS, KWBC and KBBW. I’ve guest hosted multiple times on KLBJ, WBAP and KSEV. I have guest hosted for Mike Gallagher and Roger Hedgecock – both national shows. I was host of the Children’s Miracle Network telethon on KCEN-TV for 22 years. I have written 3 books about broadcasting — one “The Last Great Days of Radio” is a memoir about Texas radio. I write a column (currently) for the Dallas Morning News. I have been guest panelist on CNN. I’ve won AP awards and a Dallas Press Club KATIE. To my knowledge, I’ve never been nominated. I repeat. What the h*** do you have to do? Maybe we all should send in our bios. I have very little idea what other folks have done in this business unless I know them and have followed their careers. (www.BeLogical.com)
TRIVIA ANSWER: Tom Brokaw, NBC Nightly TV News anchor from 1982 to 2004, brags that, out of all his accomplishments, he is most proud of his books about the greatest generation who he says are the soldiers that fight in World War II. Brokaw is the only person to host all three major NBC News programs: The Today Show, NBC Nightly News and, briefly, Meet the Press. When Tom Brokaw bids farewell to his TV audience on his last night on December 1, 2004, he says: That’s Nightly News for this Wednesday night. I’m Tom Brokaw. You’ll see Brian Williams here tomorrow night; and I’ll see you along the way.
MIKE BRAUN [ex KWTX-1230] (Ft. Worth, TX) Subject: KWTX-FM anniversary. Jim, Here’s an upcoming radio station milestone: KWTX-FM (97.5), Waco, celebrates its 43rd anniversary next month. The station began broadcasting on Dec. 17, 1970, from a very small control room (about as big as a walk-in closet) inside “Broadcast Center” at 4520 Bosque Blvd. in Waco. The FM station shared the building with KWTX-AM (1230kc) and KWTX-TV (Channel 10). The radio and television facilities moved from Bosque Blvd. to a new building at 6700 American Plaza in 1986. The Bosque Blvd. building later became Oakcrest Funeral Home. KWTX AM and FM were sold to GulfStar Communications in 1996. The stations are now owed by Clear Channel Communications and are located at 314 West State Hwy. 6 in Waco. KWTX-TV was sold to Gray Communications in 1999 and remains at 6700 American Plaza. Mike Braun, Fort Worth (KWTX-AM/FM, 1975-1979)
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