Jim Rose Remembers Radio Good Friday Mar 25, 2016
March 25, 2016 [Good Friday] Issue #1497
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
MOUNTAIN STATE RADIO VOICE FADES Jim Forbes who is born on November 5, 1952 in El Dorado, KS becomes a disc jockey on WKEE FM (100.5) Huntington, WV, WTCR FM (103.3) Huntington, WV plus various other radio stations. Jim is an avid UK basketball fan. His father James Forbes, Sr.; and step father Tom Bias precedes him in death. On Saturday, March 19, 2016 Jim Forbes of South Point, OH passes away at 63 in King’s Daughters Medical Center, Ashland, KY.
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WESTWARD HO THE WAGONS During the late 1950s, one of the most popular TV Westerns is Wagon Trainthat goes on the air on September 18, 1957 with Ward Bond as wagon master Major Seth Adams and Robert Horton as scout Flint McCullough. Wagon Train tells the tale of the adventures of a wagon train as it makes its way from Missouri to California. On March 9, 2016, Robert Horton who is born on July 29, 1924 in Los Angeles, CA dies at 91 in a rehabilitation clinic in the same city.
DJ SAVES RADIO STATION On Friday, February 26, 2016 when the high voltage transformer in WNTR FM’s transmitter fails, Entercom AC WNTR FM (107.9 The Mix) Indianapolis, IN switches over to emergency back-up power to avert an off-air catastrophe if they do not locate a replacement transformer. The part is nearly 700 miles away in Wichita, KS, a ten-hour drive from Indianapolis. When Mix Morning co-host Tom Davis gets off the air, he speeds to Wichita and returns with the lifesaving transformer.
TV WEATHER REPORTER REMEMBERS TURBULENCE Lisa Patton is chief meteorologist at WKRN TV CH 2 Nashville, TN. Lisa remembers her 1992 trip to the Navy aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy as the highlight of her 25 years at WKRN News 2. The Navy straps Patton into a seat that faces backward. The military jet encounters weather turbulence that lasts more than 90 minutes. Lisa sighs I got a little airsick. Lisa Patton who starts in 1991 as a WKRN TV reporter and weekend meteorologist retires at 54.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Who is the quizmaster on radio’s original $64 Question (Take It Or Leave It)? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Waltraud Hofmeister March 25th. J.D. Adams March 26th. Kelly McClain March 27, 2016.•CHRIS REESE starts Monday, March 7, 2016 as Hubbard Radio Hot AC WTMX FM (101.9 The Mix) Chicago, IL 7-midnight DJ. •MIKE KILLABREW is new SVP of Programming of iHeartMedia Classic Rock WFBQ FM (Q95), Alternative WOLT FM (Alt 103.3), Country WUBG FM (Big 98.3) and Sports/Talk WNDE FM (Fox Sports 97.5) Indianapolis, IN.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1954 RCA’s 1st color TV set, 12-inch screen, for $1,000 on March 25th. •1964 SCOTT SAUNDERS keyboard player with Waco band Sons Of The Desert born on March 18th in Fort Worth, TX. •1972 AMERICA’s LPAmerica goes #1 on March 25th. •1987 RANDY TRAVIS’ Forever And Ever, Amen releases on Warner Brothers records on March 25th. •1992 NANCY WALKER (Ida Morgenstern – Rhoda) dies of cancer at 69 on March 25th. •2007 KENNY CHESNEY’s Beer In Mexico wins #1 in Billboard Country on March 24th.
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JACK PARNELL [ex WHBQ-560 PD/DJ] (Memphis, TN) Subject: My thoughts about radio About a year ago, Flinn Broadcasting in Memphis, who owns WHBQam 56, my old alma mater, took WMPS-1210 am and made it all oldies…playing the best of all, and not just the top ten etc., which soon gets old for most of the other oldies stations. They’re not totally live, but Dr. George Flinn, the owner, set up a format that plays the many records that go deeper and grab songs that were turntable hits, along with of course the top ten, from the 40s thru the 60s, even the top country songs, and they feature certain times a female introing special songs and doing a little background on some of them. She’s recorded, but makes it sound live. George himself records interesting facts about the years gone by, then plays back phone calls that get recorded throughout the day. They also simulcast on 103.1fm. It’s also streamed on the internet, so they get complimentary calls from overseas, as well as across the U.S. I don’t know how their numbers are, but they get loads of calls. Tune ’em in at: “sunny1210.com”. I’m sure they’re not the only station doing it, but I do believe some stations like that are beginning to do exactly what the FCC said many years ago that all stations were “licensed to serve their listeners in their city of license”. Jack Parnell–former WHBQ-Memphis morning man/pd. (many years ago!)
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CHUCK BLORE [Color Radio KFWB-980, KIIS-1150, KELP-1590] (Los Angeles, CA) Subject: Color Radio! Thanks Jim, yeah, those were happy days. Chuck
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DAVE MICHAELS [WSAI-1360/KONO-860/KBUC FM] (Dayton-Huber Heights, OH) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio March 21, 2016 [Monday] Issue #1496. Love those Sliders stories – White Castle. KBUC-FM…only person ever came into my studio while on the air was Gene Kelly, Harrell Banks or Don White. YOU got Glen Campbell! I got cheated Jim. You win! Cousin Billy
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ANDY WALDROP [Engineering Assistant transmitter site maintenance/construction Houston Public Media KUHT TV CH 8, KUHF FM 88.7 & KUHA FM 91.7] (Houston, TX) Subject: Possibilities. Jim, The first song Charles references is probably “They’re Coming To Take Me Away, Ha Ha,” by Napoleon XIV (1966). As I recall, the flip side of the 45 was the song backwards. I believe the second song he references is either “Shapes Of Things,” by The Yardbirds (1966)…OR…”Shapes Of Things To Come,” by Max Frost And The Troopers (1968). My guess is that The Yardbirds song is the one he is thinking of. Have a great weekend, Andy
TRIVIA ANSWER: On March 17, 1933 listeners hear comedian Phil Baker on network radio for the first time when The Armour Jester is on the old NBC Blue network. Baker quickly rises to the top of the radio ratings, and becomes quizmaster on the original $64 Question (Take It Or Leave It).
BILL CHERRY [Realtor, In late 1950s Music ’til Dawn host on WWL-870] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio March 21, 2016 [Monday] Issue #1496. Jim, Love the piece about Arthur Godfrey and newsman Robert Trout. And it was nice seeing Rolley James mentioned. I wondered what had become of her. Bill
A.J. FOYT (Car racing legend) I feel safer on a racetrack than I do on Houston’s freeways.
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