Latest Jim Rose Remembers Radio May 26, 2014
May 26, 2014 [Monday]
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FORMER TX TV NEWS DIRECTOR PERISHES In 1986, Mike George begins his career on KBTX TV in Bryan-College Station, TX as an anchor, reporter and executive producer. In 1992, he joins KVUE TV ABC CH 33 in Austin, TX for four years as executive producer and news manager. After KVUE TV, George is managing editor of WXIA TV NBC CH 11 in Atlanta, GA and News Director of KVBC TV NBC CH 3 in Las Vegas, NV. From 2008 to 2013, 51 year old Mike George returns as News Director of CBS affiliate KBTX TV CH 50 far north of Houston in Bryan-College Station. In 2013, he retires. On Sunday, May 18, 2014 former KBTX TV News Director Mike George is found dead inside his home. According to KBTX TV, no foul play is suspected in the cause of his death. KBTX TV’s statement: From the family at KBTX TV, our thoughts and prayers go out to Mike’s family outside of our halls, which were made immensely better because of him.
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AND THE FIRE RETURNS Over the Memorial Day weekend, the best way to practice fire safety is to make sure that a fire doesn’t break out in the first place. If a fire does happen, firefighters better make sure that it is completely extinguished before they head back to the fire station. Tony Geftos, reporter for WTVG TV ABC CH 13 in Toledo, OH reports on the scene about a man who leaps out of his window to escape a fire that he says is set by an intruder who also assaults him. Firefighters put out that fire and then leave the scene. A few hours later, during WTVG TV’s morning show, while Geftos talks about the initial fire, the flames return. During his report, Geftos drops his mic and bangs on doors and yells fire. Firefighters see Geftos report on the fire on TV and return to put the flames out one more time.
THIEF SWIPES WILLIE’S ARMADILLO While audience members meet and greet Country music legend Willie Nelson after his March 31, 2014 concert at the Westin Lake Las Vegas resort his stuffed armadillo that serves as an on-stage mascot disappears. Westin Lake Officials say Willie’s critter, Ol’ Dillo, vanishes into thin air. Westin marketing director Matt Boland says Nelson’s crew calls in the middle of the night while on the road. They ask the resort to scour surveillance footage after Nelson’s mascot goes missing. The following morning, Boland says when he is outside the hotel an apologetic man drives up and hands him a shoebox along with instructions to return it to Nelson. Boland says that he returns Willie Nelson’s prized armadillo to the singer while still on the road in California.
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND RADIO FORMAT FLIPS Over the Memorial Day weekend, several radio stations receive new starts. On May 23rd: Alternative WXXR FM (X95.9) Terre Haute, IN flips to Classic Country WDKE FM (Duke FM 95.9). Former Christian AC WSRM FM (Life FM) Coosa/Rome, GA stunts with All Johnny Cash and flips to Classic Country Southern 93.5. WHTI FM (100.9) Richmond moves to Soft AC Easy 100.9. WBUH FM (89.1) Brewster, MA launches simulcast of WBUR FM (90.9) Boston-Cape Cod. On May 22nd: WNOW FM (92.3 Now) New York relaunches its CHR format as 92.3 Amp Radio. WMEX FM (88.7) Edgartown, MA signs-on as WMVY FM’s AAA format in Martha’s Vineyard as MVYradio. On May 21st: Alternative K256AE FM (Project 99.1) Provo, UT flips to New Country 99.1. On May 20th: KPTE FM (92.9) Durango, CO signs-on as AC 92.9 The Point.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Where does Rock group The Bee Gees get their name? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Ed Salamon on Friday, May 23, 2014. Brad Witt on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. •KROI FM (92.1) Houston-Seabrook, TX; KQTH FM (104.1) Tucson, AZ; KOA-850 Denver, CO and Mile High City sister Talk KKZN-760 add Wall Street Journal Radio Network’s MarketWatch reports. •SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RADIO buys KLFH FM (89.5) Ojai, CA from Logos Broadcasting Corporation for $800,000. •JOEY HORTA exits KGBT TV CBS CH 4 in Harlingen, TX to join KSEE TV NBC CH 24 in Fresno, CA as morning anchor. •JENNY DOREN night reporter on NewsChannel 8 Washington, DC’s only 24-hour cable news channel and WJLA TV ABC CH 7 joins WFAA TV ABC CH 8 in Dallas, TX as digital journalist.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1959 JOE KELLY TV host of Quiz Kids dies at 57 on May 26th in Oak Park, IL. •1968 GLEN CAMPBELL records Wichita Lineman on May 27th at the Capitol Recording Studio at Hollywood & Vine in Los Angeles, CA. •1973 THE BEATLES’ album Beatles 1967-1970 snares #1 on May 26th. •1981 ALABAMA’s Feels So Right snags their first Gold album on May 27th. •1993 CARLETON MORSE radio dramatist who creates longest-running soap opera in American radio history One Man’s Family dies at 91 on May 26th. •2002 ELTON JOHN & RYAN ADAMS come together on CMT Crossroads on May 26th with their versions of Jim Reeves’ He’ll Have To Go plus Jerry Lee Lewis’ Great Balls Of Fire.
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CHUCK CASHMERE (San Diego-San Marcos, CA) Subject: Fires. Jim, we’re thru the worst part of the current fire situation. Good for the next week unless some idiot decides to warm his sleeping bag because of cooler weather. Came within a mile of our place so once again I’m grateful. I’m a member of Texas Radio Hall of fame and you can count on my vote. Take care and pet Ms. Lacy for me. CC
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JOAN PATE-DAY [late Sam Pate’s sister] (Cedar Creek Lake, TX) Subject: anniversary. Come Wednesday May 14/ 2014, 6:10 PM my Bill and I will have been married 59 years. That my friend is a BIG HOWDY DOO. I was still in school when we married and after the ceremony all we could afford (being short of moola) to eat afterwards was a hamburger, fries and root beer from the Pig Stand on Forest Ave. We vowed to have that same meal each anniversary, which we have done. On our renewed vows at 50 we had the local Dairy Queen fix up the party room like a church and afterwards our son bought all in attendance our traditional meal. I sometimes wonder if any couple now days could start married life off on twenty bucks and think they owned the world having each other.
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JIM MCCURDY [ex WRR-1310, KRLD-1080, KXOL-1360, KORQ FM, KTAB-TV news anchor] (Austin-Cedar Park, TX) I’m proud that my brother was inducted because of his time as Charlie Brown on the Charlie and Harrigan Show with Ron Chapman, and his work at KBOX and other stations. He deserved it and so do you. It’s apparently gone downhill since his induction about 10 years ago. Thanks for all you do to keep us seasoned broadcasters in the loop! My Best, Jim
TRIVIA ANSWER: We often hear DJs on the radio refer to Rock group The Bee Gees as The Brothers Gibb. But members of The Bee Gees say that is not the origin of their name. They take their name The Bee Gees from two friends that help them out in their early days by the names of Bill Goode plus disc jockey Bill Gates. Hence The Bee Gees.
DAN MCCURDY (Sherman, TX) Subject: KLIF – Charlie & Harrigan. Jim…sure wish you had come down to Triangle Point in Dallas while I was there at KLIF…I’d have been GLAD to give you the cook’s tour! Ron Chapman and I (The Charlie and Harrigan Show) scored a 54-share (AQH) in the fall of ’64, an astounding t54% of the radios in use during morning drive in D/FW were listening to KLIF when that audience rating came out! At that time, Dallas and Ft. Worth had, I’m guessing, about 45 radio stations. All AM, no known local FM broadcasting outlets then. Nowadays, with approx. 75 or more AM and FM stations, the #1 station in the MetroMess Survey Area does quite well indeed to score a 2% share…3% is ‘Second Coming’ time…mercy! they even throw office parties when a station pulls down a fat 1% AQH share! The ole ‘radio pie’ today has some super-skinny slices! Like Twiggy-thin! How times and radio have changed! No more ‘local feel’ or ‘air personality’ angles for terrestrial radio. And local ‘show prep?’ Whoa! That disappeared back when us oldsters knew Moby Dick as a sardine! Keep up the great ‘reconnection and memory-jogger service’ that JRRR truly is! Bestooya, Jim and Lacy, Dan McCurdy – KRBC – Abilene; KLBK – Lubbock; KLIF, KBOX – Dallas; WMEX – Boston; Inductee, Texas Radio Hall of Fame in 2004.
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