Jim Rose Remembers Radio Friday Nov 03, 2017
November 03, 2017 [Friday] Issue #1665
ALL THE NEWS THAT IS NEWS
SADNESS OVERTAKES KYKX FM Phat Matt from Kemp, TX who enjoys riding bulls and horses is on the air all across America, including Dallas-Fort Worth, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and East Texas. Ganssle’s radio career takes him to KFRR Fresno, KXTE Las Vegas, KPLX Dallas, KBWF San Francisco and KKWF Seattle. In September 2015, Ganssle returns home to Texas to PD/afternoon personality on Alpha Media Country KYKX FM (105.7) Tyler-Longview, TX. On Friday, October 27, 2017 Phat Matt Ganssle passes away at 37 from pneumonia.
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SUNDAY NIGHT BASEBALL CLOBBERS NFL FOOTBALL It appears that NFL players and their National Anthem protests take a toll of their ratings. Sunday’s Game 5 of the World Series in Houston, TX KOs the NFL game between Pittsburgh Steelers and the Detroit Lions. The Astros’ 13-12 win takes the #1 spot for primetime over NBC’s typically dominant Sunday Night Football. If NFL game viewership drops, that means fewer viewers of NFL players who violate their national heritage.
WHEELER DEALERS LOSES CHINA One of our favorite reality TV shows, Velocity’s Wheeler Dealers, where car enthusiast Mike Brewer searches out sometimes Classic cars at reduced prices brings them to their auto repair shop. Auto restore expert Edd China brings the old cars back to new life in record time. Edd has an uncanny ability to diagnose and repair just about any car’s mechanical problems. We receive word that Edd China exits Wheeler Dealer after 13 years because Velocity chooses to reduce Edd’s time on the air. This is a drastic mistake!
LAFAYETTE MUSIC MAYOR UPS HIS DOSSIER For over 32 years, Bobby Novosad is Brand Manager and morning host on Cumulus Top 40 KSMB FM (94.5) in Lafayette, LA. Scott Chiasson, VP/Market Manager of Cumulus Media Lafayette expands Novosad’s duties to include additional PD responsibilities of Country KXKC FM (Nash FM 99.1). Bobby says: From part-time on Sundays to middays/Promotions Director, Assistant MD, Music Director, APD to PD for over 32 years, It’s hard to fathom that I begin my 33rd year this week at KSMB FM.
TRIVIA QUESTION: When does the first televised pro football game go on the air? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•KIOZ FM Rock (105.3) San Diego, CA extends The Show morning program with Eddie, Sky and Thor for at least another three years. •DYLAN SALISBURY exits Top 40 KKDM FM (107.5 Kiss FM) Des Moines, IA as new MD and PM Drive personality on Entercom CHR WZPL FM (99.5) Greenfield, IN on Monday, November 6, 2017. •JOSHUA SHORT Columbia College in Chicago graduate joins Gray Television WNDU TV NBC CH 16 South Bend, IN as weekend anchor. •KFMB TV San Diego, CA and its radio stations KFMB-760 and FM are for sale.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1956 WIZARD OF OZ on TV 1st time (CBS-TV) on November 3rd. •1963 KEITH BURNS singer/guitarist one-third of Trick Pony born on November 16th (my birthdate) in Atlanta, GA. •1971 PLAY MISTY FOR MEpremieres on November 3rd. •1983 MIRANDA LAMBERT CMA Female Vocalist of Year four times in a row from 2010-2013 born on November 10th in Longview, TX. •1990 MARY MARTIN star of Peter Pan dies of cancer at 76 on November 3rd. •2012 TIM MCGRAW’s single Truck Yeah goes Gold on November 5th.
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JACK PARNELL [ex WHBQ PD/DJ] (Memphis, TN) Subject: Fats Domino. I’m very saddened by Fats Domino’s death, but 89 is the ending of a great life. In 1954, I had just taken my girlfriend, now my wife Shirley, home from a date, and was driving home, listening to WLAC in Nashville, when Gene Nobles, the great late night show host, began playing a song that knocked my ears off…that song was “Rosa Lee, Come Back To Me”, and I immediately became a great Fats Domino fan. I loved everything he ever did….even “Walkin’ To New Orleans”, which was written by Bobby Guidry, who was a friend of mine during the years that he came thru Memphis and visited WHBQ, promoting his recordings and writings. When Shirley and I had moved to Memphis, and I worked at WHBQ, Fats was recording many more million sellers, and I told Shirley: “I don’t know if you like Fats Domino, but if he ever comes to Memphis to do a show, I’ll definitely go see him”. He did, I went, and so did Shirley. Now, rest in peace Antoine “Fats” Domino…I’ve got all your music and listen often. Jack Parnell—former WHBQ-Memphis jock/program director.
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TOM FONTAINE [KILT FM DJ] (Houston-Dickinson, TX) Hey Jim!!! I am SO sorry it has taken me so long to respond to you! I am going back to school, taking tests and rebuilding my house! I am humbled at your kindness! Yes…That is the site…I can’t tell you how fast things went from “No worries” to knee deep water throughout the entire home, a snake swimming across my bedroom and wading out into waist deep water to a rescue boat…In my front yard! Maybe 2 hours! Hope you and Suzie are well! Thank you, Tom
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MIKE MARSHALL [former DJ on KNOK-970, KBOX-1480, KFJZ-1270, AFN-BERLIN, WFAA-820/570, KPRC-950, KXYZ-1320, KULF-790, KQUE FM, KBME-790] (Houston, TX) Subject: WFAA. Jim, Tony Lawrence also mentioned the studios. The three control rooms were, except for the size of the room, identical. Each had the red button, which meant any one could connect to either the 570 or 820 transmitter. The engineers always wanted to do “maintenance” when I was working on Saturday afternoons. As far as I could tell it consisted of squirting Windex on the face of the VU meters and it took about two hours, which meant I had to move everything, records, carts, copy book, the log from the main control room to the production room and back again what seems like every Saturday. No other station came close to this level of periodic maintenance. Also, I’m still waiting to hear Tony’s story how he got into American Forces Radio as a draftee. In my case it was incredible luck and considerable clout from my congressman, Rep. Jim Wright from Fort Worth. Mike Marshall KNOK, KBOX, KFJZ, AFN, BERLIN, WFAA, KPRC, KXYZ, KULF, KQUE, KBME
TRIVIA ANSWER: On October 22, 1939 the first televised pro football game goes on the air from Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, NY on NBC’s flagship, W2XBS-770. Brooklyn beats Philadelphia 23-14. NBC later changes its experimental call letters W2XBS-770 to WRCA-770 and even later to WNBC-770.
STANLEY TEATER [ex KTEM-1400] (Austin-Cedar Park, TX) No I left radio in 1976 and went back into television. Over the years I worked at 8 different TV stations in 6 states. I retired from broadcasting in 2005 and I now work in the special education department at Leander High School in the Austin area. I live in Cedar Park. I don’t remember a Butch Brady.
ALBERT EINSTEIN (March 14, 1879 – April 18, 1955) Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.
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