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January 20, 2014 [Monday]
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GILLIGAN ISLAND’S LOVEABLE PROFESSOR PASSES Five passengers plus one skipper and one first mate set sail for a three-hour tour but end up stranded on Gilligan’s Island. CBS TV’s Gilligan’s Island only runs for three years but it wins us over for a lifetime of syndicated reruns. Gilligan’s Island begins on September 26, 1964 when I attend Elkins Institute of Radio in Dallas, TX and ends on September 4, 1967 when I’m a DJ on Belo blow torch WFAA-820 in Big D. The passing of Russell Johnson (Professor Roy Hinkley) on Thursday, January 16, 2014 leaves two living cast members of the original seven member crew – 75-year-old Dawn Wells (Mary Ann Summers) and 79-year-old Tina Louise (Ginger Grant). Bob Denver (Gilligan) passes at 70 in 2005 in Winston-Salem, N.C.
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SANDY HOOK SHOOTER CALLS RADIO STATION Adam Lanza’s shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School causes controversy amongst the anti gun posse. Recently, a question arises: Did Lanza call a radio station before his killing spree? The Daily News reports that it has and verifies the tape of a call Adam Lanza made to Oregon University radio station KWVA-FM, using the name Greg, one year before he went on a shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The Daily News says: Lanza compares “a teenage mall shooter” to Travis, a chimpanzee who rips the face off a Connecticut woman in 2009. At one point, Lanza says: I just don’t think it would be such a stretch to say that he very well could have been a teenage mall shooter or something like that. Is this The Twilight Zone?
DALLAS, TX MAKES WAY FOR THE BERT SHOW Beginning on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 the syndicated Bert Show lands in mornings 5-9am CT on Clear Channel Adult CHR KDMX FM (102.9 Now) Dallas, TX. The Bert Show fills The Jagger Mafia’s open spot on KDMX FM after Chris Jagger jumps over to sister Alternative KDGE FM (The Edge 102.1) on January 6, 2014. The Bert Show’s distributor is Kidd Kraddick’s Yea Networks. With this move KDMX FM becomes 3rd Top 10 market affiliate for The Bert Show along with its flagship WWWQ FM (Q100) Atlanta, GA plus WRQX FM (All the Hits 107.3) Washington, DC. This also marks the first Clear Channel owned radio station that picks up The Bert Show.
DUCK DYNASTY’S RETURN SCORES BIG After Duck Dynasty’s patriarch Phil Robertson’s controversial GQ interview, its fifth season premiere on Wednesday night, January 15, 2014 draws 8.5 million viewers, down 28% from 2013’s record telecast which is the top non-fiction program in cable TV history. The one-hour episode, which is the first since Phil’s fire-eating GQ parley, averages slightly higher than the 8.4 million who tune into 2013’s finale. Duck Dynasty also dips 33% with adults 18-49 to 4.2 million and 35% with the 25-54 bunch to 4.1 million. The fifth season premiere marks the first time that Duck Dynasty suffers a year-over-year loss for a season debut.
TRIVIA QUESTION: In Johnny Cash’s hit tune Daddy Sang Bass who sings the line Mama sang tenor? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Pat McCutchin and Bob Lavine on Monday, January 20th. Richard Glancey on Thursday, January 23, 2014. •KFBK FM Clear Channel News/Talk (92.5) Sacramento, CA flips frequencies to former Classic Hits KHLX FM (93.1). 92.5 signal becomes Country (The New B92.5). •LAURIE CANTILLO WTOP FM (103.5) Washington, DC Program Director strolls down the chapel of love with radio vet Beau Phillips. •MARC HOCHMAN WAXY-790 AM Drive co-host sits out a three-month non-compete before he can utter a single word on crosstown WQAM-560 Miami, FL.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1958 KUED TV PBS CH 7 in Salt Lake City, UT begins broadcasting on January 20th. •1968 MERLE HAGGARD’s single Sing Me Back Home lands #1 on January 20th in Billboard Country. •1975 5TH NFL PRO BOWL on January 20th NFC beats the AFC 17-10. •1989 GEORGE W. BUSH’s Presidential inauguration on January 20th includes top Country stars The Oak Ridge Boys, Crystal Gayle, Moe Bandy, Randy Travis and Loretta Lynn. •1998 ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME inducts The Mama and Papas & The Eagles on January 20th. •2010 TOBY KEITH’s single God Love Her turns Gold on January 21st.
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TOM ELLIS [Veteran WABC TV NYC, WBZ TV Boston, MA & KONO-860/KONO TV San Antonio, TX news anchor] (Boston-Cape Cod-East Sandwich, MA) Subject: JRRR. To be inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame, you first must be nominated by a fellow broadcaster, your resume, qualifications, experience and credentials are analyzed, then your nomination is voted on by a large board of fellow professional broadcasters. It’s an honest, lengthy and complicated process, and I’m proud to have been inducted in 2010.
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HENRY [HANK] WILLIAMS [KVET-1300 vet] (Austin, TX) Subject: Larry Monroe passes. KDRP and former KUT DJ Larry Monroe has died. This is a statement from KDRP: We are devastated to announce the passing of KDRP’s patriarch, Larry Monroe. He was a pillar of both the Austin and music worlds – a renowned on-air personality, a musician’s advocate, and a dear friend to all of us here at KDRP. He’s a legend, plain and simple. Larry was with KUT for 29 years. More recently on KDRP in Dripping Springs. He was 71. This news is sudden and unexpected, and at this time we do not have any further information. Please stay tuned to the radio station that Larry helped us to build for updates regarding services as they become available.
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PAUL WEYLAND [Radio and Television Media Strategist] (Austin, TX) Subject: Larry Monroe passes. What a shame. Larry had COPD and anything could have affected his breathing. Maybe the worst cedar pollen season in 20 years? I enjoyed his programs, he introduced me to a lot of artists. RIP Larry.
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LYNN WOOLLEY [former KRLD-KTEM-KNOW] (Waco-Temple, TX) Subject: GC. Gaylon Christie was my first radio hero at KTEM and a major reason that I got into the business. He was one of a kind. Many people forget that he also made records with his band The Downbeats and put on major C/W shows in the downtown Temple auditorium. He brought Johnny Cash to Temple on 11/22/63 — and I was there that night at the age of 13. I still remember what he said to open the show and Johnny sang “Remember the Alamo” in honor of Kennedy. The last time I saw Gaylon was in 2011 when, by total coincidence, we went to the same show in Branson. He recognized me in the lobby and we had a great visit. He was a wonderful radio personality, steel guitar player, and a civic leader. His full story would make a book. RIP, Gaylon. (www.BeLogical.com)
TRIVIA ANSWER: In early 1969, Johnny Cash’s Daddy Sang Bass is #1 on the Country charts for 6 weeks. Grand Ole Opry artist Jan Howard sings the line Mama sang tenor. Rockabilly legend Carl Perkins pens Daddy Sang Bass. Carl also writes and sings Blue Suede Shoes. A severe car crash almost kills him prevents Carl Perkins from his appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Instead, Elvis Presley is his replacement and becomes the undisputed King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. The lyrics to Daddy Sang Bass are true to Southern Gospel Bible Belt family sing-a-longs where family members harmonize and sing each part.
DUKE GILLELAND [Bob Wills Western Swing chat board] (Belton, TX) Subject: Gaylon Christie… Sure hated to hear of Gaylons passing. He was always highly respected in the Central Texas area not only in radio but in all fields he touched. As one of his old DJs Joe Lombardi said “Gaylon believed the community came first, unlike today’s corporate radio mindset. In March 1973, while he was manager at KTON in Belton, they chartered a bus from Belton to San Antone for a big Bob Wills tribute and benefit. Of course, with family and friends, I was on that bus for my only view of Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys together. Good Lord it was great! I always tell folks that I saw it as my senior class trip! Gaylon and KTON 940 AM made it possible. Like others such as Larry Scott, Bill Bailey, Arch Yancey, and Tom Perryman, Gaylon knew what folks and Texas Country & Western music was about. RIP old friend and spin one up there for us! Duke Gilleland; Belton, Texas
CAB CALLOWAY (December 25, 1907 – November 18, 1994) My audience was my life. What I did and how I did it, was all for my audience.
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