Jim Rose Remembers Radio On February 28, 2014
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GHOSTBUSTER DOCTOR DIES Ghostbusters and Analyze This are two of my favorite movies. Harold Ramis writes and appears in the 1984 hit Ghostbusters. He also writes and directs the 1999 award winning mobster comedy Analyze This. Some of the most beloved and widely quoted comedy classics of the last thirty years include other Ramis works: Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Animal House, Groundhog Day and Stripes. Harold Ramis who plays the bespectacled sidekick to Bill Murray in Ghostbusters (Dr. Egon Spengler) dies early Monday morning, February 24, 2014 at 69 from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis. Harold Ramis’ survivors include his wife Erica, sons Julian and Daniel, daughter Violet and two grandchildren.
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SCOTT SHANNON’S FREE BIRD LANDS No more suspense! Scott Shannon joins Classic Hits WCBS FM (101.1) NYC for the morning show beginning on Monday, March 3, 2014. Shannon, who retired from Cumulus Hot AC WPLJ FM (95.5) in February 2014 takes over the morning spot currently occupied by Dan Taylor. Taylor eases into the 10am-3pm chair currently held by Ron Parker. Meteorologist Irv [Mr. G] Gikofsky and traffic reporter Joe Nolan join Shannon’s new morning show. Nolan is a longtime contributor to Scott Shannon’s show on WPLJ FM. The official announcement becomes public knowledge on Tuesday. The full press release via a Google Cache reads: CBS RADIO WCBS FM 101.1 names Scott Shannon as its new weekday morning drive host (Monday-Friday 6:00-10:00AM).
CNN CANS PIERS MORGAN On Monday, February 24, 2014 that’s the headline on clashdaily.com. Throughout America we hear a sigh of relief. This news is almost as good as receiving a big box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day! In its effort to replace Larry King, why does CNN cross an ocean for his replacement? Especially for a Britisher who doesn’t seem to like America very much plus is anti everything that American values. For three years after Piers Morgan takes over for Larry King, his Piers Morgan Live ratings hit new lows to only a fraction of viewers for his competitors at Fox News and MSNBC. That’s one down. We still have three or four more to go. What person on cable TV would you like to see be the next one to depart?
ADIOS ALEC BALDWIN More very interesting headlines from clashdaily.com: Alec Baldwin says goodbye to public life. I’ve lived this for 30 years, I’m done with it. In a long piece that appears under his byline Sunday night in New York Magazine‘s Vulture blog, the 55 year old Baldwin says that being labeled a “homophobic bigot” in the media after an altercation with a paparazzo in November 2013 was the last straw for him as a celebrity. Does this sound familiar? Alec goes on: I loathe and despise the media in a way I did not think possible. This is the last time I’m going to talk about my personal life in an American publication ever again. Remember when Alec Baldwin reportedly tells a German magazine that he will leave America if George W. Bush is elected president? He never ships out.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Who is the first to use cable to broadcast original programming as a premium TV network? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Kevin Charleson February 26, 2014. •DAVID SWARTZ lead guitarist for Dallas, TX Rock band The Nightcaps dies at 73 on February 7, 2014 in Salina, OK. •MARIA CORRALES joins KRIV TV FOX O&O CH 26 Houston, TX as multimedia journalist for the 5 pm weekday show. •MIKE BROPHEYCountry WKLB FM (102.5) Boston, MA Program Director inducts into Country Radio Hall of Fame. •WVOC-560 News/Talk Clear Channel Columbia, SC drops early evening Learfield Sports syndicated Sports Talk show in PM Drive, adds Premiere Networks’ Sean Hannity (6pm to 9pm). •THE FCC fines WLS-890 $44,000 for broadcasting 11 paid advertisements that appear to the listener to be news stories. FCC says WLS-890 does not identify the spots as sponsored programming.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1953 JIM THORPE decathlete 1912 Olympic Gold medalist dies at 64 on February 28th. •1968 JOHNNY CASH marries June Carter on March 1st at the Methodist Church in Franklin, KY. •1970 WUTR TV ABC CH 20 in Utica-Rome, NY begins broadcasting on February 28th. •1982 DON WILLIAMS’ single Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good grabs #1 in Billboard Country on February 27th. •1994 ELBERT [Skippy] WILLIAMS Jazz tenor Sax player and musical arranger dies at 77in New York City, NY on February 28th. •2009 JAMEY JOHNSON & SHOOTER JENNINGS tape a CMT Crossroads episode that includes In Color on February 27th at Rocketown in Nashville, TN.
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JIM SCHUTZ (Atlanta, GA) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio. Hi Enjoyed your site Jim Rose Remembers Radio. I was stationed at Fort Hood Texas from Mid 1964 to mid 1966. KBAT (680) San Antonio was my favorite station. It came in strong during daylight hours. I was from Baltimore where we had WFBR 1300 and WCAO 600. KBAT was a touch of home in Texas. I will never forget it. Thanks for the Memories. Jim Schutz
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DAN LOVETT [ex WABC TV & KTRK TV sports anchor] (Houston, TX) Jim, I had the OFC Lunch (old farts club) and some 30 guys showed up at the Taste of Texas last Tuesday. The list was a good one, Paul Berlin, Chuck Dunaway, Arch Yancey (who played the first Beatles record in Houston on KNUZ) Jim Carola, Barry Warner, Art Casper, Chris Chandler (now 82…he was the first TV host of live at five on channel 2) Doug Johnson and Ed Brandon…Gene Arnold, Dave Ward, John O’Rielly, Rick Hartley (100 Club), Elvin Bethea and Dan Pastorini of the Oilers, Joe Ford (you are never bored with Joe Ford), R.B. McEntire, Paul Orseck…was a great gathering…sure would like to have you join us sometime. Thanx and sunshine to ya Dan Lovett
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CHUCK DUNAWAY [ex WABC-770, WKY-930, KILT-610, KLIF-1190] (Houston-Katy, TX) Subject: KDOK? Never did Tyler or any of the other East Texas towns. One of my best friends, Jimmy Rabbit, is one of those Tyler guys. (Bill) Young really likes Jimmy too. He’s my buddy and we’ve shared many of great adventure together. Take care. Chuck
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MIKE BRAUN [ex KWTX-1230 Waco, TX] (Ft. Worth, TX) Subject: Former radio person dies. Jim, I’d like to pass along another recent death of someone connected to Texas broadcasting. Hazel Birma Bowen, 94, of Hurst, Texas, passed away Feb. 15. Her obit in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Feb. 19) notes she began a career in radio at WBAP (probably in the late ’50s). Later, she joined the Star-Telegram as personnel manager and worked at the newspaper for 24 years. Maybe some of your readers will remember her. Mike Braun, Fort Worth (ex-KWTX-AM/FM, Waco, 1975-1979)
TRIVIA ANSWER: Who in their right mind will pay money to watch TV? Who will pay for a bottle of water? Today, Americans pay an average of $90 a month to watch cable TV programs which we cannot live without. Today it is fashionable to carry a plastic bottle of water that we purchase at the local grocery store. In 1965, Charles Dolan builds first urban underground cable television system in the United States called Sterling Manhattan Cable. Time-Life, purchases 20% of Dolan’s company. In summer 1971, Dolan debuts cable-originated television service The Green Channel. Dolan and Time-Life executives rename it Home Box Office. On November 8, 1972 HBO launches. As of August 2013, HBO’s programming is available to approximately 32,445,000 television households.
CHUMBE SALINAS [avid radio and Willie Nelson fan] (Benavides, TX) Subject: Thanks you! 🙂 Thanks for the greetings on tomorrow’s newsletter, Jim! That’s very sweet of you!!! Hope you and Lacy are doing good and survived the winter. As for me, I’m real glad to hear the birds singing their spring songs now!!! Any winter that lasts more than 3 days is too long for me! 🙂 God bless! Chumbe
ROBERT DUVALL [Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore in ‘Apocalypse Now’] I love the smell of napalm in the morning.
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