Jim Rose Remembers Radio Today May 23, 2014
May 23, 2014 [Friday]
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TV VIDEO CAPTURES PSYCHO DRIVER While KHOU TV CBS CH 11 photojournalist Scott Stevens’ video rolls, Houston, TX man motors his car through a crowd of people outside a complex at 6060 Belarbor near South Wayside in SE Houston. The driver is the father of a man who cops accuse of killing 20-year-old Demarkus Harrison and wounding another person. Witnesses blame the shooting on escalating tension in the neighborhood. Passenger Deshonna Smith, who is the driver’s fiancée says: They came out here picking on him. This was self defense. Smith claims the victim’s family taunts her man: The man threw the bicycle. Another man came and punched him in his face. The devil has taken over this whole apartment complex. This ain’t nothing but Satan’s playground. Grandfather Paul Callis says: The night before last, they came two blocks over and shot my house up. Houston Police officer Derrick Fontenot identifies the driver as Lewis Bird Sr.
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AUSTIN, TX LOSES NEWS ANCHOR In 1966, when I’m PD/MD/DJ on KHFI FM, plus Saturday afternoons on KHFI-970, our sister TV station is KVUE TV CH 42 which evolves into the present KEYE TV. Longtime KEYE TV CBS CH 42 Austin, TX news anchor Judy Maggio retires at the end of May 2014. Maggio is on Austin’s TV beam for 33 years. Judy tells the Austin American-Statesman that she declines a generous contract extension from KEYE to stay. KEYE TV anchor and reporter since June 24, 2013 Walt Maciborski brags: She’s been coming into people’s homes for 33 years. Think about all the lives she’s touched. It’s going to be weird without her. We’re a family. We’ll have a huge hole. Maciborski, sports director Bob Ballou and chief meteorologist Chikage Windler say that they will miss Maggio when she departs next week: We’ve been through four different owners. She is the lifeblood of this station.
HAM RADIO RESCUES HOSPITAL Emergency managers who seek reliable backup communication in a crisis discover a new solution with an old technology: ham radio. Herb Schraufnagel, public safety captain with Emory University Hospital Midtown admits: It’s just another avenue, another opportunity for us to be able to communicate. Emory HealthCare is one of a growing number of hospital systems who adopt the use of ham radio. As landlines and cell towers fail, which leaves some Gulf Coast medical centers isolated from the outside world, Hurricane Katrina teaches hospital administrators and government officials a lesson. Barry Thomas, Sr., ham radio enthusiast and employee at Emory University Hospital Midtown, recalls: When power, phone and Internet services go down, a battery-powered amateur radio and portable antenna provides that crucial link to the outside world. Ham radio will never die.
WINDY CITY RADIO CELEBRATES 90 YEARS On Friday, June 27, 2014 Tribune Media unveils the WGN Radio Walk of Fame to celebrate WGN-720’s 90th Anniversary. WGN-720 spends the month of June to honor its history with several commemorative projects, videos, ‘Throwback Thursday’ social media posts and on-air programming with highlights throughout the decades. Tribune installs commemorative plaques outside the Allstate Showcase Studio at the Tribune Tower at 435 North Michigan Avenue. The Tribune Tower inspired by the Button Tower of the cathedral at Rouen, France, exemplifies the way American architects elevate office buildings to sacred status. The 2014 induction recognizes 10 beloved and legendary hosts from WGN’s long list of distinguished talent including: Jack Brickhouse, Bob Collins, Roy Leonard, Judy Markey, Spike O’Dell, Kathy O’Malley, Wally Phillips, Milt Rosenberg, Quin Ryan and Orion Samuelson.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Who is Vic Flick? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Dwight [Shotgun] Cook on Wednesday, May 21st. Richard Fogleman on Sunday, May 25, 2014. •JIM QUIRK with over 26 years experience in the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX radio market celebrates 8 years as Senior Account Manager at Cumulus Broadcasting. •MEGHAN LANE moves on up from Morning Show Producer to co-host with Mark Kaye on WAPE FM (95.1) Morning Mess. Nicole Hurtado is new WAPE FM Morning Show Producer. •ALEX STONE ABC News Radio correspondent covers wildfires burning in northern San Diego county not too far from the world headquarters of NTS MediaOnline Today. •CUMULUS flips WYAY FM (106.7) Atlanta, GA from All News 106.7 to Newsradio 106.7.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1953 WHIZ TV NBC/ABC CH 18 in Zanesville, OH begins broadcasting on May 23rd. •1961 DANA WILLIAMS bass player for Country Music Association Vocal Group award winner three times Diamond Rio is born on May 22nd in Dayton, OH. •1974 JEWEL singer, guitarist, actress, musician, sells over 27 million albums worldwide born Jewel Kilcher on May 23rd in Payson, UT. •1981 ROSANNE CASH’s Seven Year Ache on May 23rd is her first #1 single in Billboard Country. •1990 ROCKY GRAZIANO boxer/writer/actor (Mr. Rock and Roll – 1957) dies on May 22nd. •2010 FERLIN HUSKY (Gone #1-1957) inducts into the Country Music Hall of Fame on May 23rd.
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CHUCK CASHMERE (San Diego-San Marcos, CA) Hi Jim it’s great to be healthy and doing the things I like. I’ve been keeping up with you. Sorry to see so many of our radio stalwarts falling by the wayside. Glad to read Chuck Dunaway made it thru his operation and thanks for keeping us updated. Just wanted you to know I’ve released my latest single “Scary Movies,” It’s upbeat and fun and unashamedly an attempt to be commercial. I’m proud of it. The tracks were done in Nashville and post production here. Scary Movies complete 0003 say “hello,” to all even this home video is almost good.
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KENDALL DUNAWAY [Chuck’s wife] (Houston-Katy, TX) Subject: Just checking in. Jim: Chuck is back in the hospital (9 nights) for blood clots that travelled from his leg to his lungs. He experienced his first ride in an ambulance when he passed out on the way to the car. We should be home tomorrow, May 19th. Thanks for checking on us and Chuck will write when he gets home. -Kendall
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ED MILLER [ex OM/PD/ND KPCN-730 Dallas] (Austin, TX) Subject: JRRR. Ten years! Your JRRR column has lasted longer than the radio careers of a lot of your respondents. Here’s to Ten More Good Years for JRRR. Keep it up, brother. We need you, now more than ever! Ed Miller
JOHN HALE (Dallas-McKinney, TX) Hey Jim…hope this finds you and Lacy doing fine. Jeez, time passes. I didn’t realize you’d been doing the newsletter for a decade, but congratulations on the milestone. You provide an invaluable service for those of us who were in the broadcasting business, and for those who would have liked to be in it. Thanks for your hard work! John Hale
FR. BOB TOMLINSON (Jacksonville-Lake Striker, TX) Subject: 10 years. Congratulations on 10 years Jim. Here’s to 10 more. Tomlinson
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CLAY GISH [former KRBE FM PD] (Knoxville, TN) Subject: Newsletter Sign-up. Hey guys, I have been seeing some of your newsletters remembering radio. My name is Gishelle Diva Gish but your readers will probably remember me as “Brother Clay” Gish, the Program Director who took KRBE Houston from 19th position (Winter 1974) to #1 in Houston; becoming the first contemporary station in America to obtain #1 ARB Market share; and along the way knocking Bill Young’s KILT-AM out of the top spot in Houston.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Victor Harold Flick born on May 14, 1937 in Worcester Park, London, UK known as Vic Flick is a British session guitarist most famous for playing the guitar riff in the James Bond Theme. He recently sells his cherished 1961 Fender Stratocaster on Pawn Stars for $55000. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s we hear Vic’s guitar on many recordings with artists like Dusty Springfield, Tom Jones, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Peter and Gordon, Nancy Sinatra, Burt Bacharach, Henry Mancini, Shirley Bassey, Paul Anka, Herman’s Hermits, hundreds more. Most James Bond movies including Goldfinger, plus Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night, also The Pink Panther, The Ipcress File, Midnight Cowboy and many more contain Vic Flick’s fantastic guitar playing.
LESLIE WAYNE HODGES [formerly KCRS-550] (Marshall, TX) Jim, yes received and liked reading what I sent you on my meeting Larry West then nine months later Duck Dynasty becomes a Dynasty for A & E Cable Television with Larry West daughter Missy A principal in this. Liked reading what you added Missy said about she and Jase Robertson. Live strong and prosper Jim, Leslie Wayne Hodges from my cabin in the woods.
JASE ROBERTSON [Duck Dynasty TV Show] We were hoarders before hoarding was cool.
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