Jim Rose Remembers Radio October 24, 2014
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WATERGATE NEWS BUSTER SUCCUMBS In summer 1976 during my time as Music Director and DJ on KXOL-1360 Ft. Worth, TX a cute young lass with mellow yellow tresses and I rush to the movie house to see Watergate exposé film All the President’s Men. The movie tags Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman). Also quite remarkable is Jason Robards Jr. as gruffy lion-king Washington Post Executive Editor Ben Bradlee who commands the paper’s Watergate coverage about President Nixon’s unchecked power. The Post’s exposure of the Watergate scandal leads to President Richard M. Nixon’s resignation. On Tuesday, October 21, 2014 legendary Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee dies at 93.
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FASHION DESIGNER TO THE STARS PERISHES Big name superstars of the stage and screen as well as First Ladies favorite fashion designer is Oscar de la Renta with his elegant red carpet gowns and evening wear. De la Renta’s path to New York’s Seventh Avenue is book worthy. At 18 he leaves his native Dominican Republic to study painting in Spain but fashion lands him on the cover of Life magazine. By 1965 he launches his own label. According to a statement from two of his company’s executives, Alex Bolen and Eliza Bolen: De la Renta died at home Monday evening in Connecticut surrounded by family and friends and more than a few dogs. Oscar de la Renta’s first wife, French Vogue editor Francoise de Langlade, passes in 1983.
TV STATION SALUTES WRONG PEYTON Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning shatters Brett Favre’s all-time passing touchdown record with his 509th career scoring pass as the Broncos pile it on the 49ers 42-17. An intern in the graphics department of KOMO TV ABC CH 4 Seattle, WA must let their fingers do the walking in the wrong place. During Breaking news on Sunday night on KOMO TV when the anchor applauds Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, on the screen flashes a picture of NBA superstar Gary Payton. Oh no! It’s Peyton not Payton! Retired New Orleans quarterback Archie Manning is mighty proud of his two sons. Peyton is Broncos quarterback and Eli guides the New York Giants.
COUNTRY LEGEND COYOYE RETIRES One of the many radio personalities that Top 40 KULF-790 Houston, TX lures in for the 6-10 pm spot during my time there in 1979 is Coyote Calhoun from Top 40 WAKY-790 in Louisville, KY. Coyote and I have one thing in common – our distaste for disco music. He desperately wants to ditch Top 40 for Country radio. Because of my many years as PD of Country radio stations here in TX, Coyote picks my brain. Calhoun beats a path back to Derby City and talks management of an auto-pilot FM station to let him hire Country DJs. For the next 35 years iHeartMedia Country WAMZ FM is the top rated radio station in the Gateway to the South. At the end of 2014, Coyote Calhoun decides it’s time to retire from radio.
TRIVIA QUESTION: How The Beach Boys come up with their name may surprise you. The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•KFOG FM Cumulus Triple A (104.5) PD Jim Richards and Entercom KOIT FM AC Lite Rock (96.5) PD Brian Figula San Francisco, CA pull Lorde’s Royals from their playlist until the end of the World Series. Go Giants, beat the Royals! •17-YEAR-OLD POP STAR from New Zealand, Lorde, scores song of the year Grammy in early 2014 for her #1 hit Royals. •KZPT FM Entercom (The Point 99.7) Kansas City, MO PD Tony Lorino ups Lorde’s Royals into mega-power rotation at the top of the hour, every hour, from 7am-7pm. In your face, Giants fans! •MANDY SCOTT midday personality on Journal KQCH FM Top 40 (94.1) Omaha, NB resigns after nearly 2 1/2 years for a new position in a larger market, details TBA. Tape and resume to PD Mark Todd firstname.lastname@example.org.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1953 KOOL TV (now KTSP) CBS CH 10 in Phoenix, AZ begins broadcasting on October 24th. •1962 KRISTEN HALL singer/songwriter founding member of Sugarland is born on October 26th in Gross Pointe, MI. •1971 TEXAS STADIUM opens on October 24th Dallas Cowboys beat New England Patriots 44-21.•1980 EDDIE RABBITT earns his first two Gold albums on October 24th for Horizon and The Best Of Eddie Rabbitt. •1994 RAUL JULIA actor in stage production of The Addams Family dies of a stroke at 54 on October 24th. •2012 RANDY TRAVIS & The Avett Brothers shoot a CMT Crossroads episode at The Factoryon October 24th in Franklin, TN that features Three Wooden Crosses, Deeper Than The Holler and Forever And Ever, Amen.
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JACK PARNELL [ex WHBQ-560 PD/DJ] (Memphis, TN) I remember hearing about Elkins, although I didn’t know much about them. My former studio business partner had gone there and gotten his first. I never had an actual license; I got a 3rd class radiotelephone permit, which was obtained by merely filling out an application. I think it was actually used more by military radio operators, but it did give djs authority to read the transmitter readings and fill out the log. I’m surprised I didn’t really go ahead and get a first phone. I’ve been into ham radio since I was 14, plus I was a radio operator in the Civil Air Patrol up in my hometown. Interesting about the $65/week; that’s what I made in 1957 at WDXI in Jackson, TN. When I started at WHBQ, I was disappointed that they would only pay me $75/week, but I knew it would get better…after 6 months at WHBQ, they doubled my pay.
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BLAKE LINDSAY (Dallas-Addison, TX) Subject: Some of the Best Pipes I’ve Ever Heard, has Left The Building. Hi, Jim. Jaan McCoy passed away yesterday, in the air chair at AM-770-KAAM. I understand he still performed weekend shifts there. He is also part owner in AM-1400 in Greenville TX. He worked the 12:00 to 6:00 PM shift for a good long time. It was mostly voice tracked, as so much is these days. I sure like those golden pipes heard on AM-1310 for years, along with AM-770. Jennifer and I are glad you still come through for us twice a week on your stories, emails and more with Jim Rose Remembers Radio. (www.blazinblake.com)
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DON SUNDEEN [former KCOH-1430 OM/PD/DJ-Hi Records promotion-TV ad prod] (Dallas, TX)‘Wikipedia on “It’s Later Than You Think.” The most popular version of the song, recorded by Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians, was made on November 27 (some sources give November 28), 1949. The recording was released by Decca Records as catalog number 24825. The record first reached the Billboard charts on January 13, 1950 and lasted 19 weeks on the chart, peaking at #10. Another recording, by Doris Day, was made on January 13, 1950 and released by Columbia Records as catalog number 38709. Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra made a recording on February 2, 1949 which was released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-3375. In 1963 Prince Buster recorded a Ska version which was released by Blue Beat records as a B-Side.’
TRIVIA ANSWER: In November 1961, California Rock band The Pendletones record Surfin’ on Hite Morgan’s Candix Records. After Candix presses the records someone discovers that a young promotions worker, Russ Regan, changes the The Pendletones’ name to The Beach Boys to tie the group in with other surf bands. This huge mistake enrages Brian Wilson and Mike Love who write Surfin’. But with a limited budget, Candix cannot reprint the record’s labels. So, the The Beach Boys’ name remains. Regan’s blunder proves to be a massive goldmine for The Beach Boys.
CHARLES GEORGE [ex KCHU FM] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Its Elementary. The place where KSKY was on Bruton now has an Elementary School being built on the site. KSKY now has moved to Balch Springs from what I have been told. I once visited KSKY studios in The Stoneleigh Hotel on Maple, I liked seeing their pipe organ. I did this while I was a volunteer at KCHU. I would listen to local radio if they were more creative, also I am not the age that they want, since I am retired and not as affluent as those in North Dallas, Plano, etc. and not as influenced by ads. For now I like Spotify. I paid for a premium membership so as not to get the advertisements. I also tend to be free form in my approach to listening: Classical, Jazz, Blues, Folk, etc. My mother bought me a copy of a book to read and listen to the CD with it: The Southern Journey of Alan Lomax, Tom Piazza, Library Of Congress. A book for anyone interested in Folk Music. I recently visited the Texas Gardens at Fair Park. Charles George KC5RAI
ERNEST HEMINGWAY (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.
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