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KTHT-790, KULF-790, KKBQ-790 AND KBME-790
Lately, there is discussion of the many lives of 790kc (or kHz) here in Houston, TX. Bill Bosse is the KULF GM when I come over from noon-3pm on KNUZ-1230 in 1978. During the first part of my time on KULF from 1978-80, Steve Roddy is KULF's PD. A local radio fan who has a Web site quizzes me about KULF for a couple of weeks and I fill in most of the details but still incorrect information prevails plus important data is missing. So, let's just sit back and examine an important portion of the long history of Houston's 790 AM frequency that shuffles its call letters and formats over the years.

In its KKHT configuration Demand 79 is the logo with iqcent demo emphasis on music and not so much the DJ behind the mic. But this light-hearted approach dramatically ends in the early 1970s when the new KULF call letters emerge with sparking new air personalities who spin bright and shiny contemporary music on the airwaves. The most exciting and vibrant period in KULF's history is during the time that I'm behind its mic from 1978-80. First of all, the KULF studios are high atop the former Central Bank building at 2100 Travis Street which is at the edge of beautiful downtown Houston, next door to Interstate 10 and near the world famous Hospital District. Ma Bell is now the largest tenent in the structure. The former Cork Club penthouse suite transforms into the new KULF studios. This is the finest, most well organized radio station control room of which I ever have the pleasure to be a part.

As we remember, by 1979, disco records begin to take control of radio's airwaves. That's when KULF's PD moves me into the 7pm-midnight slot. Prior to that, KULF has a more mature strategy with Adult Contemporary tunes and Be A 79'er as its logo. To me, this is silly putty and it's embarrassing to utter that line on the air. Then, like the crack of Lash LaRue's whip, KULF transforms into a full-fledged Top 40 operation and SUPER 79! is its new direction. KULF's PD pushes and pushes me to be more high energy on the night show. This never is my forté because my seasoned radio voice feels more natural with a mellow fellow method that seems to appeal to female listeners all across TX. But I give it my best shot. A couple of months later, a more teen-oriented DJ arrives from Louisville, KY who talks the talk and walks the walk. Coyote Calhoun becomes the new 7pm-midnight DJ on KULF and I ease back into my more laid-back radio spot. We become best of friends. This hip radio Rocker hates disco music and the Urban Cowboy craze overcomes him. He buys probably the most elaborate non-cowboy cowboy hat that I ever see. Then, he heads back home to KY to program a new Country FM radio station that continues to be #1 for decades.

From 1978-80, lots and lots of unbelievable things happen at KULF while I am there. During 1979-80 is the biggest and most productive period in the history of KULF and I am stuck in the middle. Some of America's top radio DJs come and go. Never see so many big name radio DJs fly in and out in my long radio career. In 1979, alone, KULF has three different morning shows - London & Engleman (Jon & Ron), Steve Lundy and Stevens & Prewitt (Mark & Jim). Listeners find my voice on many different times of the day except the all night show.

In 1979, Dick French pops up as KULF's new GM from his position as manager of WHBQ-560 in Memphis, TN. Dick's wife is the new honcho of KULF's sister station Beautiful Music KYND FM. For a very short period in early 1979, maybe a month, KULF's PD Steve Roddy joins Hank Moore on the KULF Oldies show. Prior to that for a couple of months it is Kevin O'Neil with Hank on the Oldies program. But from 1979-80, it is Jim Rose and Hank on the KULF Oldies show on Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons. This is during the final year of its existance. We make many personal appearances on behalf of the Oldies show. Both Hank and I bring records from our very own personal collections to play on the Oldies show. Our Oldies program becomes so popular that one FM station adds an Oldies show and KFMK FM switches formats to all Oldies.

In late 1979, French brings in his former WHBQ PD John Long to be KULF's new PD. John quickly places me into the noon-3pm DJ role, plus I continue to perform the KULF Oldies show on the weekend. This is seven days a week for me behind the DJ mic on KULF and I fully enjoy every single minute of the action. One Saturday night in 1979 on the KULF Oldies show, Hank is absent which leaves me as its lone host. But that night is very special because I have some of KTRK-TV CH13's top personalities as guests - Ed Brandon (CH13 weathercaster), Bob Allen (CH13 sports director) and the soon to be wife of Bob Allen, Jan Glenn (CH13 morning talk show hostess). We have an absolute blast from the past because, likewise, they are Oldies connoisseurs, too.

Guess all good things must come to an end. Around 11:00am in 1980, as I step out of the KULF elevator, Hank Moore waits to leave the building. Hank tells me that John Long fires him. When I get off the air at 3pm, John gives me walking papers, as well. When Kenny Miles finishes his show at 7pm, in like manner, he receives the Long axe. Kenny calls me at home to fill in the details. That fateful day lives on in infamy as a one-two-three knock-out punch.

About a year after that, KULF changes its call letters to KKBQ as a complete Top 40 outlet. KYND FM switches to KKBQ and begins to simulcast its AM brother. This is very successful for a few years. Then KKBQ FM becomes Easy Country with a gentle touch. This abruptly becomes like dust in the wind. All of a sudden, KKBQ FM shakes and bakes Houston's listeners' ears with a heavy personality up tempo New Country format. This does very well and is in the Top 10 today. While all of this occurs, the infamous Telcom disaster law of 1996 rattles radio as we once know it. KKBQ-790 changes ownership again to become KBME-790 with a Pop Standard format. This music of our lifetimes is wonderful but we do not hear the best of those great tunes on KBME. It falls flat on its face. KBME-790 changes to All Sports, then ESPN Sports and now a young approach to radio sports. Houston's Country radio stations are still in a hot race for the crown jewel #1 position. Both are in the Top 10. In January 2008 ARB ratings, CBS Radio Country KILT FM is #5 at 4.8, up from 4.6 while Cox Country KKBQ FM ranks #7 with a 4.5 share which is up from its previous 4.2. Country KIKK FM drops out and assumes the title of Smooth Jazz KHJZ.

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CHARLES DRAKE (Houston, TX) Jim, As a Native Houstonian I also recall the old days of radio in the city. Jeff Mack's short history on KULF was interesting. Bill Bosse's on-air name was Bob Kelly. And KULF (KTHT) was originally on South Main in that triangular-patterned site between the old Sears store, the Delman Theater and a large church. The studios were the old-style akin to the 1940s and were actually fitted out with huge main performance studio with outlets and acoustics ready for being converted to an early TV station studio. That never materialized but the studio was something to see for its day. Whatever became of early 60s KTHT jock Casey Martin? (I only recall all this because my grandmother worked at that Sears and I would go across the street to visit at KTHT.) Charles Drake

BOB EDWARDS [PARKER] (Houston, TX) Hey, I can remember before KKBQ and KYND, when it was KLVL in Pasadena. Owned by the Morales Family. Felix sold KLVL-FM in 1969 to Sudbrink Broadcasting Company and they changed the calls to KFMY-FM, Pasadena. The transmitter was on top of the Pasadena Bank Building. They had to change calls because of KFMK's complaints to the FCC and it became KYED (pronounced "Keyed Radio"). I have old airchecks of KFMY as well as some of KYED-FM (they played oldies and big band). One of my good friends still to this day, Lucky Hower, was a DJ there and the station was run by Ray Casas (still around today..in Florida, I think.) When Sudbrink sold it..the calls were changed to KYND ("kind") and the power was increased, so it truly became a Houston area station. Before that, they were only a few hundred watts and only covered the Pasadena area, well. Does anyone know what happened to Wayne Warmack? He was the announcer on KYND one night when a prankster called him pretending to be the FCC. Wayne got terrified (a newly licensed 3rd Class Radiotelephone Operator) and pulled the station off the air for some 30-minutes before the call was discovered to be a prank. I think this was in late 1973. I'll never forget when Wayne signed it back on...in his calm and smooth voice, he simply said..."And now...KYND beautiful music continues..." One may remember KYND was rated #1 at the time here in Houston. Wayne also later worked for KODA..and I always liked him. Great voice and really a super nice guy. Bob

MARILYN MONROE (June 1, 1926-August 5, 1962) A career is wonderful thing, but you can't snuggle up to it on a cold night.

Jim Rose and Tejas
Houston, Texas
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February 29, 2008 [Friday]
Issue #471

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LEAP YEAR IS HERE
What do you do when your birthday falls on February 29th? Cari Gelber of NYC opens her eyes as a new-born baby 28 years ago. She works at an East Village bar by the name of the Village Pourhouse. Cari plans to celebrate the seven times that her birthday arrives in a way to possibly make Peter Pan jealous. Gelber rings in her 7th birthday party as a special kids-themed bash on Friday, February 29, 2008. She fabricates a big, green frog piñata full of drink tickets. Also, games like Candy Land, Twister, and Chutes & Ladders are on the bill. Cari hires a balloon artist. Party hats are ready. She features Strawberry Shortcake and Superman gift bags with mini Play-Doh. She invites all NYC leap-year baby celebrants to attend. Let's call in The Box Tops: Give me a ticket for an airplane. Ain't got time for a fast train.

HOUSTON TV JEWELER DEPARTS A familiar face on Houston's TV channels for years, I.W. Marks, passes away on Tuesday, February 26, 2008. Marks' is Houston's largest independant jewelry store. I.W. serves on the boards of the Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan Houston, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony, Crime Stoppers, Society for the Performing Arts and Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. Funeral services are pending.

MOVERS AND SHAKERS

•JOHN SUCHON is new Dodgers reporter for Citadel Talk KABC-790 Los Angeles, CA. He is Oakland Tribune's baseball beat reporter for 7 seasons. •TERRY PETERS GM Regional Mexican Citadel KBGG-1700 Des Moines, IA says it flips to ESPN Sports as The Champ with a local flavor on Monday, February 25, 2008. Tim Fisher former PD of sister Talk KWQW FM returns as PD of both stations. •REBA MCENTIRE hosts 43rd annual ACM Awards for the 10th time on May 18, 2008 in Las Vegas, NV. McEntire racks up all-time 11 ACMs with record 7 Female Vocal of the Year, plus she's nominated a total of 41 times. •JONESTM Dallas, TX based jingle company adds 14 new stations in UK that includes Belfast’s Citybeat & the KM Radio Group in Kent. •GCAP MEDIA signs Pink Floyd bass player Guy Pratt to host a weekly Friday night show from 11pm to 1am on Planet Rock.

ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES

•1957 JIMMY DORSEY big band leader/sax/clarinet/trumpet (So Rare #2-winter 1957) dies of cancer on June 12th. •1962 GARTH BROOKS born on February 7th in Luba, OK. •1972 MOUNT POCONO ROCK 'N' ROLL MUSIC FESTIVAL with 200,000 fans in the rain-mud-cold at Long Pond, PA on July 8th. •1987 Dan Seals' Won't Be Blue Anymore album certifies Gold on February 5th. •1999 GUY MITCHELL Pop singer (Singing the Blues #1-1956) born Albert George Cernik on February 27, 1927 in Detroit, MI dies at 74 following surgery on July 1st in Las Vegas, NV. •2000 BRAD PAISLEY wins CMA Horizon Award. 

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JOAN PATE-DAY (Cedar Creek Lake,TX) Subject: news. Good morning Jim, just to let you know my brother Sam Pate is very ill. He has had another heart attack. He came home from the hospital yesterday but so very weak he has to use a walker. I believe now he will be in and out of the hospital. I am afraid he has given up on his health and could use some cheering up. He has accepted the fact he is only going to get worse as days go by. Seems his memories of the radio days somehow keep him going. Sam has congested heart failure.The doctor says the only part of his lungs working are about the size of a pack of cigarettes. I would like for his radio buddies and others to send him a note of cheer. His address is 4005 Santa Fe LN. McKinney, TX 75070.

DAVE LANE (Nashville, TN) Subject: Funniest Thing That Ever Happened. More than once I overheard Dave Morris make a comment about KQUE being the only station in Houston that was making money. We all knew why that was probably true. I had to bite my tongue many times while I was working there but there weren't any other stations in the market where I wished to be. Dave Lane, Nashville Country Countdown (www.nashvillecountdown.com) Cashbox Magazine's Radio Page (www.cashboxmagazine.com/cbradio.htm) Alternate email addresses: dave@nashvillecountdown.com dave@cashboxradio.com Send Requests To: requests@nashvillecountdown.com

JEFF MACK (Houston-Cleveland, TX) Subject: KTHT to KULF. Jim...I was hired at KULF just after the call letter change in mid 1971. Bill Bosse was GM and Nat Stevens PD. Originally I was hired to work weekends and fill in. I remember that summer I worked pretty much full time on the air just filling in for folks on vacation. Gary Hoffman did mornings, Buddy Holliday middays, Hal McClain afternoons, Bill Grant evenings, Matt Guinn late evenings and Jim Shannon midnight to 5:30AM. JIm Tate came in to do mornings and Ron Morgan to do mid-days and Joe Bower for afternoons. David Fowler was the news director and shared morings with Jim Tate. Joe Bower was a very funny guy. He was probably the first jock I ever saw write his own comedy. He developed several characters aired daily on his afternoon show. Dewy Compost came from Dewy Compton from KTRH's lawn and garden show, probably the funniest of them all. By the time I left in 1974, I was doing 7 to midnight. KULF had one of the finest radio studios I ever saw. They had converted the old Cork Club at the top of the Central National Bank Building, 2100 Travis. It truely was a show place. Those years were certainly exciting at KULF. It was a lot of fun...Keep up the good work Jim...Jeff (Mack) McClain

JOHN CALLARMAN (Krum, TX) Does anyone know if and when Jim Fuller might be today? Jim was in sales at KNOE in 1961 and KLIF in 1963.

MARY LYNN KNOCHELMAN (Cincinnati, OH)
This is the article that I just emailed you about. Please inform your readers and listeners Andy Furman's radio career is not over! You have been sent the following article from Mary Lynn Knochelman as a courtesy of Cincinnati.Com.
http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080127/ENT/801270326

DAN ROSEN (Tokyo-Kamakura, Japan) Subject: New site. Hi Jim, I've been out of the country for most of the past two weeks (China and Australia, from winter snowstorms to mid-summer). I was planning to write you about your web site conundrum, and then I found that not only had you solved the problem, you came up with a site that looks better than ever! Congratulations, Dan

DON BARRETT (Los Angeles, CA) Subject: you asked. I think simple is better. Let people get in, get their information, and then get out. You have accomplished that. A couple of thoughts: You repeat the same information like Important Links column after column. Why not put them in a stationery place, like on the left, which will allow people to scroll easily. Listing the column #s with a date doesn't help the search effort. Would it be helpful to have the lead story headline for reference? A photo here and there will greatly enhance the reading ease and likeability. Continued good luck. don barrett, LARadio.com

MARK CARRILLO (San Antonio, TX) Subject: your site. I love the length of the newsletter but, can you get your web-slinger to move the margin over? In order to read anything you have to go to the bottom and scroll back and forth for each sentence. Whew, that’s exhausting…especially for someone like me whose idea of exerting himself is to have to reach longer than arms length for the tv remote. You have all of that wasted space on the left. That can certainly be cured. Since I sell advertising dreams on the #3 media website in America, I know a little bit about layout. Oh yeah, I was also editor of my high school paper. Your internet consultant, Mark Carrillo, Account Executive, MySA.com

FRANCIS BACON (January 22, 1561-April 9, 1626) Sir Henry Wotton used to say that critics are like brushers of noblemen’s clothes. 

Jim Rose and Tejas
Houston, Texas
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February 27, 2008 [Wednesday]
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COUSIN BRUCIE RETURNS
Legendary NYC Top 40 radio personality Cousin Brucie Morrow makes a broadcast reentry landing on February 28, 2008 for a one-day special appearance as he hosts Buckley Talk WOR-710's 13th annual radiothon to benefit Variety the Children's Charity. Brucie remains on the air all day long but from noon-4pm he plays requests for donations. It's a family affair for kids of all ages. Cousin's 4 hour radio show features music from the Fabulous Fifties and the Sizzlin' Sixties and you hear your favorites for a donation to the Children's Charity. Morrow's theme is Solid Gold Memories with music and interviews to relive those wonderful days of real Oldies but Goodies. Brucie airs some of his memorable interviews with stars from our past like Neil Sedaka, Connie Francis, Dion DiMucci, Little Anthony, Bill Medley, Gary Lewis, Ronnie Spector, Frankie Avalon, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chubby Checker and Ben E. King. Be there! Be there!

ERIC BURDON AND WAR REUNITE
For the first time in 37 years Eric Burdon & War get back together but for only one foggy London night. We remember Eric as lead singer of the Animals with their #1 tune The House Of The Rising Sun at the beginning of fall 1964 and others like See See Rider (#10-1966) and San Franciscan Nights (#9-1967). In 1970, Burdon joins the R&B funky jazz band War but he leaves the group in 1971. In that short period of time Burdon puts out the timeless classic Spill the Wine (#3-1970). War triumphs with The Cisco Kid (#2-1973) and Low Rider (#7-1975) for a total of 7 Top 10 hit tunes. The magic event for the return of Eric Burdon and War happens for one night only on Monday, April 21, 2008 at London's Royal Albert Hall

MOVERS AND SHAKERS

•JAY MCCARTHY is one of 8 members of the CBS Radio cluster in Phoenix, AZ to exit on Thursday, February 7, 2008. In 2003, Jay joins Country KMLE FM (Camel Country 108) as PD. KOOL FM PD Kris Abrams adds KMLE PD role to his duties. Reach out and touch Jay McCarthy at ijunot@cox.net. •CRAIG POWERS PD/MD CBS Radio KKJJ FM (Jack 100.5) Las Vegas, NV exits. Contact Craig at mrcraigpowers@earthlink.net. •DENNIS MILLER host of nationally syndicated Dennis Miller Show is the main speaker at the NY Radio Forum luncheon on March 11, 2008 at the Grand Hyatt in NYC. •JESS CAIN radio personality for 34 years on the morning show on WHDH-850 Boston, MA dies at 81 of cancer on Thursday, February 14, 2008.

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES

•1950 ROBERT BALDERRAMA guitarist with Question Mark & the Mysterians born on February 27th. •1962 COLUMBIA RECORDS buys Owen Bradley's Music Row recording studio on February 1st for $300,000. •1972 JEREMY DEAN keyboard player with Long Island Rock band Nine Days from the early 2000s born on February 27th. •1982 DOLLY PARTON's 9 to 5 wins 2 Grammys on February 24th for Best Country Song & Best Country Female Vocal Performance. •1990 LONG TALL DEXTER GORDAN US saxophone player dies on April 25th. •2000 LONESTAR's crossover smash Amazed releases to stores on February 8th.

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CRAIG POWERS (Las Vegas, NV) Jim, I'm just heading out for vacation and will get back to you in a week but in the meantime here are a couple of demos that will explain my career! Thanks so much for getting in touch! Best, Craig Powers

DUGG COLLINS (Wichita, KS) Jim; The web site looks great and I really appreciate the radio stories. I lasted forty eight and a half years before corporate radio decided I was no longer useful. Who knows, maybe there's a station out there who appreciates experience where Classic Country is concerned. I not only know it, I lived it as a musician and have hundreds of stories that I don't have to read from a book. Keep up the great work. Dugg Collins *Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame-Nashville *Texas Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame-Carthage *Texas Panhandle Broadcasters Hall of Fame-Amarillo *Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame-Avoca, Iowa *Pioneers of Western Swing Hall of Fame-Seattle *Western Swing Society of Kansas Hall of Fame-Topeka *Western Swing Music Society of the Southwest Hall of Fame-Oklahoma City *Western Swing Society Hall of Fame-Sacramento, California *CMA winner 1979-Nashville *Song of the Year winner 2002-Academy of Western Artist/Will Rogers Award "Each Time I Hear That Song" From the CD Sounds Like Texas *Disc Jockey of the Year 2006 - Academy of Western Artist/Will Rogers Award, Lifetime Member Of The Country Music Association (www.DuggCollins.com)

MARY LYNN KNOCHELMAN (Cincinnati,Ohio)
Yes. Send me a free subscription to my email address of your web column newsletter. I will forward your email to Andy Furman and I'm sure he will be happy to get in touch with you himself. So now you know from the news article I sent to you called "Letterman Seeking Cincinnati Pet Tricks" that indeed Andy Furman is back on the radio. I have some experience in radio myself. I have a BS from Xavier University with the emphasis in broadcast journalism. Under the name Lynn Rattermann, I was a member of their student radio station's WVXU on-air news team from 1980 till I graduated in 1982. Sadly that radio station no longer belongs to Xavier University, but now to the University of Cincinnati. XU sold it to UC 3 years ago this summer. After graduation, I worked at WCKY AM 1530 (still the call letters and frequency) but at the time privately owned by Pathfinders Communications. I never made it on the air but worked as the phone screener for such talk show host personalities binary.com options trading demo as Jan Michelson and the late Dick Norman. I also coordinated their traffic reporter by listening to police scanners for accident reports. His name was Ted Florko, a dear friend of mine, who sadly died from leukemia on February 11, 2004. Before his death, however, he was instrumental in launching Cincinnati's only Catholic radio station, WNOP 740AM, which carries alot of the Sacred Heart Radio programming. I see that you live in the Houston Texas, area. I've never been there but have two friends who also live there. They are my cousin Lisa Rice, married to David Rice, living in the Channelview, Texas area and former Cincinnati Red Bobby Tolan, who lives in the Bellaire, Texas area. Bobby has a little radio broadcast experience, having been a color man for the Padres main play by play man Jerry Coleman the summer of 1974 when he was on the disabled list as one of their players. Last year Bobby got some TV broadcast experience as an analyst on the Astros Live pre and post game shows. Bobby hasn't yet revealed to me whether he will be doing that job this year again. Thanks for getting back to me. As you can tell, I love listening to radio. Somebody just published a book of the history of television in Cincinnati. Radio pre-dated television. I wish someone would publish a book on Cincinnati's rich radio history. Sincerely, Mary Lynn Knochelman Cincinnati, Ohio

GRADY MCALLISTER (Houston, TX) Hello Jim, Can you tell me when KTHT became KULF? I am in the process of recording my own impressions of AM 790 all the way from the late 50's to "the sports animal." Also when did the letters change from KULF to KBME? Were there any other call letter changes after 1960? On my radio web site, I rely a lot just on my own memory, often from when I was just 11 or 12 years old. It seems like I was listening to KTHT while driving in downtown Houston in 1969. I was listening to a newscast, and the newsman mentioned the call letter change to KULF. But my memory may be all wrong. Also, do you know when KTHT quit calling itself Demand? My AM 790 material is on on my web site at http://vasthead.com/Radio/radio_works.html It is in a narrow column in the toward the upper right of the page. R. Grady McAllister, Professional web site: http://vasthead.com. To view work related materials, click on any of the yellow links on the home page. News Headlines Page: http://newsfronts.com Full Moon Chart: http://vasthead.com/Arrow/fullmoon.html  Radio Page: http://vasthead.com/Radio/radio_works.html Weather On All the Coasts: http://vasthead.com/Arrow/arrow_6.html Galveston Page: http://galvestonlight.com Other key pages are available from the links in the upper left of each page. PO Box 87518, Houston, TX 77287 Main Phone: 713-944-2636 Cell Phone: 832-729-6988

JAY WEAVER (Ft. Worth, TX) Hi Jim - Yes, I worked with Bill Mack at KBUY, two different times. When I got there he was there, then he left to go to KPCN. Later he came back to KBUY. I don't remember why he left KBUY - it could have been for the same reason I left. I got fired! It was an interesting situation. Jay

RALPH WALDO EMERSON (1803-1882) All life is an experiment.

Jim Rose and Tejas
Houston, Texas
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AWRT ANNOUNCES GRACIE AWARDS
The American Women in Radio and Television proudly proclaim the names of its 2008 national Gracie Awards. The 2008 winners are Miley Cyrus, singer/actress from Disney Channel's Hannah Montana series; Holly Hunter actress on TNT's Saving Grace; Dr. Maya Angelou of Harpo Radio; Cecile Frot-Coutaz with Fox TV's American Idol and Ali Larter actress on NBC TV's Heroes program. Hoda Kotb of NBC News and Nancy Giles at CBS News also come to the forefront. TV programs recognized are CNN's Heroes-An All Star Tribute; Lifetime's Army Wives; Oxygen's Who Cares About the Girls; CNBC's The Suze Orman Show; WE TV's Wedding Central and Nickelodeon/MTV Networks' Half of Us. The Gracie Awards are presented at a black-tie affair with hostess Giuliana Rancic, E! News anchor and managing editor. The event takes place in the Broadway Ballroom of the NY Marriott Marquis on Wednesday, May 28, 2008. The Gracies recognize exemplary programming created for women, by women and about women in all facets of electronic media.

BLAKE LINDSAY-BOOK AUTHOR
A young man who climbs the radio ladder of success in San Antonio and Dallas, TX writes a book about how it is to be what he calls a sightless person. Ironically the title of Blake's book is Out of Sight Living: A Sightless Person With Perfect Vision. The reviews that I read give Lindsay's book high marks of approval. It is an insightful piece of literature that opens our eyes to what some folks might call a handicap. Billy Thorman, PD of Waterman Broadcasting KTFM FM (at the time Hot 102.7) San Antonio, TX gives him the opportunity of a lifetime to be behind the radio mic. Blake remembers, My longtime friend and program director, Bill Thorman, didn't allow my lack of sight to be impairing. He gave me my first full-time opportunity in radio broadcasting at the number one rated KTFM-FM (then Hot 102.7) San Antonio. Bill's gamble on me made both of us winners. Blake's praises glow about encouragers along the way like Rick Upton of KABB-TV who urges him to do all of the things we sighted DJ's do, like appearances at live remotes and introductions of bands at concerts. Blake Lindsay is like a powerful rocket ship to Mars. Nothing holds him down, plus he has a wonderful sense of humor and is a nice fella. Blake Lindsay and his lovely wife Jennifer live in the Dallas, TX suburb of Addison. Salute!

MOVERS AND SHAKERS

•DON LANCER business editor/anchor with 37 years on duty and 33 year vet Ed Kasuba South Jersey bureau chief both volunteer for retirement at CBS News KYW-1060 Philadelphia, PA as budget cuts are inevitable. KYW shop steward Kasuba says, Management did not have to do this. By asking for volunteers, they did it as humanely as it could have been done. •ALAN ROACH is the new signature voice of CNN Radio Networks. Seasoned pro Alan is stadium announcer during the past 3 Super Bowls, voice of two Olympic Games, ad voiceovers, plus Sports on Clear Channel News/Talk KOA-850 Denver, CO. •HARRY MARTIN longtime newscaster and host of Captain Sacto kids program on KCRA-TV Sacremento, CA dies of cancer at 81 on Sunday, February 17, 2008. •MOBY speaks during the 2008 SXSW Film Conference from March 7-15, 2008 in Austin, TX.

ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES

•1959 MIKE PETERS lead singer of early 1980s alternative rock band from Wales The Alarm born on February 25th. •1969 JOHNNY CASH records his live album Johnny Cash at San Quentin on February 24th. •1971 DANIEL POWTER Canadian Grammy Award-nominated recording artist/songwriter (Bad Day #3 in Europe-2005) born on February 25th. •1987 REBA MCENTIRE wins her 1st Grammy with Whoever's in New England on February 24th. •1994 NICKY HOPKINS North London session piano player/keyboards dies on September 6th in Nashville, TN. •2001 KEITH URBAN has his first #1 single But for the Grace of God on February 24th.

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MARY LYNN KNOCHELMAN (Cincinnati, OH) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio (#468-49) February 22, 2008 [Friday] I sent an email to you directly Jim Rose, but under movers & shakers you are wrong that Andy Furman says his radio career is over. He did say that, but now he's back on the radio on Oldies 1160 WDJ0-AM in Cincinnati.

BLAKE LINDSAY (Dallas-Addison, TX) Subject: Hello Jim! Even from the view, of a totally blind dude like me, your site, looks nice, and completely professional as I would expect from Jim Rose. Your first-rate work, deserves this first-rate website to follow through. Good for you! I still enjoy all three of your columns each week Jim. Please don't retire for another fifty years or so. Your Grateful Friend, Blake Lindsay, Blazin' Blake Productions: Where hearing is Believing! (www.blazinblake.com)  

RICK UPTON (San Antonio, TX) Just remember Jim that; It is the People behind the mic, that make the radio stations legendary, not the corporations that own them and pass them along. Rick Upton, Director of New Business Development, Fox 29/MY 35 San Antonio

FRANK HALEY (Albuquerque, NM) Subject: Requesting prayer...please pray for my friend Bob Morrison ND for the USA Radio Network, they were sold. Frank Haley cjf

JOE FORD (Houston-Spring, TX) ...buddy, I'm at the point where I quit listening to radio. Nothing but horrid programming, lame jocks, coupled with pathetic local giggling and babbling on the morning shows. As far as the telly, forget it! Smiling hard line lefty reporters drooling over the candidates that are forced upon us...founding fathers are rolling and tumbling by now! Thank God for iPods and The History Channel!

DR. JEFF CUNNINGHAM (Austin-Kyle, TX) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio (#468-40) February 22, 2008 [Friday] You got an Amen from me. Be sure and tell that to "everybody". Jeff Cunningham, DC

DAVE LANE (Nashville, TN) Subject: Funniest Thing That Ever Happened. About the funniest thing that happened in my 48 years in radio was the 10 years that I spent at KQUE (Houston,TX) without once being fired, until 1997....when I was fired. Other than that, it's been a really boring life. Dave Lane, Cashbox Magazine Radio Program Director, Nashville Country Countdown (www.nashvillecountdown.com) Cashbox Magazine's Radio Page (www.cashboxmagazine.com/cbradio.htm) Alternate email addresses: dave@nashvillecountdown.com, dave@cashboxradio.com Send Requests To: requests@nashvillecountdown.com  

JOHN FLETCHER (DFW Metroplex-Hurst, TX) Jim: Here's the correction on George Carlin at KXOL. My father, Earle Fletcher, was the GM. He felt George was stretched too thin by doing his air shift in the evenings and then doing comedy at The Cellar night club in West Fort Worth. Dad called George for a meeting and said, "Hoss (Dad called everybody "Hoss"), you don't have the time to be great at both radio and night club comedy. You've go to make a choice." Dad knew George would choose radio, and he was absolutely shocked with he said, "You're right, boss. I quit. I'm going to do comedy." Dad said, "No, that's not what I meant. You need to stay here and give up the night club comedy." George took KXOL newsman Jack Burns with him and they did comedy together. Within 10 months they made the Jack Paar Show and the rest is history. George went on his own and Jack teamed with Avery Schreiber to form the Burns & Schreiber comedy team. George Carlin was one of Dad's favorites, and he regretted seeing him leave. He never thought George would choose comedy over radio, or he never would have put him in that position. Jim: You and Tejas have a great weekend! John Fletcher, Hurst, TX

GEORGE CARLIN (1937-present) "No comment" is a comment.

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GOOD MORNING EVERYBODY!
To hear that same greeting over and over to everybody by cable TV newscasters drives us viewers up the wall. This is a vexation for years but I hear it again this morning and want to mention a few words about this lack of professionalism that creeps into our news broadcasts the last few years. When I hear that Good Morning Everybody! or Hi Everybody it causes me to look around the living room for those everybodys. Where are they? There are no everybodys who watch TV inside this apartment. First of all, TEJAS girl is sound asleep in the kitchen and I sit all alone on the sofa. There is no everybody here only one lone body. Please bring back the legendary JOE LONG to get these new news broadcasters straightened out on who really is in their audience. Can I hear an Amen?

UNIVISION AND TELEMUNDO MAKE PLANS
The upcoming 2008 fall season draweth nigh. This week, Univision & Telemundo announce their new programs. Telemundo, whose parent company is NBC, drafts a series of face-to-face meetings with clients in key markets, plus a spotlight event on May 12, 2008 in NYC. Univision holds its annual presentation party for advertisers in the Big Apple on May 14th which is similar to its past exhibitions.
 

MOVERS AND SHAKERS

 

•CBS NEWS memo on Friday, February 15, 2008 says adjustments are on their way in March 2008, tightening the belt without eliminating jobs. •WAYNE HAGIN WFAN-660 CBS Sports NYC joins the Mets broadcast team for the 2008 season. •CNN signs on with Radio Haifa in Israel to access their news. Radio Haifa also gains access to news from CNN reporters. •ROLLING STONES/MARTIN SCORSESE movie Shine A Light goes onscreen during the SXSW film festival in Austin, TX from March 7-15, 2008. The movie goes onscreen in neighborhood theaters on April 4, 2008. •BROOKE STEVENS 1st female airborne traffic reporter in the D.C. area & former radio personality on Citadel Talk WMAL-630 Washington, D.C. dies with Hodgkin's disease at 45 on February 10, 2008.

 

ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES

•1950 TOMMY GAITHER guitarist with The Orioles (It's Too Soon To Know #1 R&B 11/1948, #13 Pop 1948) dies in a car wreck on November 5th. •1966 ROGER MILLER's Golden Hits album certifies Gold on February 11th. •1975 LEE LATCHFORD-EVANS British singer with Pop group Steps (14 consecutive Top 5 singles) born in Chester, England on January 28th. •1985 RUDY LYLE banjo picker with Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys dies on February 11th. •1997 HAGOOD HARDY Canadian composer/pianist/vibraphonist (The Homecoming #41-76) dies of cancer at 59 on January 1st. •2005 KEITH KNUDSEN Doobie Brothers drummer also member of Country group Southern Pacific dies of pneumonia at 56 on February 8th in San Francisco, CA.

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JIM CAROLA (Houston, TX) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio (#467-50) February 20, 2008 [Wednesday] Jim...Sorry to hear about the passing of my friend Bill Weaver...He was my GM at KILT when I began my 40 year hitch at that station in the early 60's. Bill was truly an icon who became a regular the past couple of years at the luncheons a bunch of us radio and tv oldtimers have from time to time...just to get together...tell some great stories and laugh a lot!! We will miss him greatly!! Jim Carola

JAY WEAVER (D/FW Metroplex-Hurst, TX) Subject: Morgan Choat. Hi Jim - I recently had the pleasure to spend part of an afternoon with my friend Morgan Choat. Morgan is another of the older radio personalities who has been able to "hold on" as long as HE wanted to in Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex radio! I first worked with Morgan at KCUL 1540 AM in Fort Worth back in 1965. When I came on board at KCUL, Morgan had already been there for nine years, since 1957, and had been the Chief Engineer for Kurt Meer. Meer had told Morgan that if he would get his First Class License, he could guarantee him a job with the station. I stayed at KCUL and later, under new call letters KBUY until 1972. When I left Morgan was still doing the all night show. Morgan stayed with KBUY until the end in 1976. From KBUY, Morgan worked at several stations in the Dallas-Fort Worth that, at the time, had country music formats. He was at KJIM at a point in time, when it was owned by Kurt Meer and was Program Director during his stay there. Later he went on to KXOL when it became country in format. He also spent time at KYAL in McKinney and KBEC in Waxahachie. Morgan then became ill and spent a little time away from radio, but was soon back. He ended up in Cleburne at KCLE 1120 AM and also worked at KTFW 92.1 FM. Most recently he moved around between KTFW 92.1 FM, KCLE 1120 AM, KHFX 1460 AM and KJZA 1140 AM. His last position was again at KCLE 1120 AM. He left KCLE in June of 2007 because they had decided to change formats to gospel music. Morgan always played country. What you have just read was a 50 - that's right 50 year career in Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex radio from 1957 to 2007!! When Morgan left KCLE, he had turned 80 years of age!! Unbelievable!! I thought you might enjoy Morgan's story and, in fact, you probably had met Morgan sometime through the years.

DR. CHARLES PAYNE (Dallas, TX) Jim---With my more than 50 years in the business...I've met some outstanding people. George Carlin was one of the finest. He came to my home in Marin County (North of San Francisco) What a delightful session. He appeared at the "Hungry Eye"...but before that he was anncr at KXOL FTW. Didja know that? Stick with me. CPBIGD

GEORGE CARLIN is a night DJ on KXOL-1360 in 1959 and his newscaster Jack Burns is the fella who eventually replaces Don Knotts' deputy Barney Fife character on the Andy Griffith TV show. Jack's character is deputy Warren Ferguson. KXOL's GM, Earl Fletcher, gives George an ultimatum. Choose between radio or nightclub comedy. Boy what a shock! Carlin makes the decision to abandon radio, hit the road for L.A. and pursue a career in comedy. That is definitely not the answer Earl expects. Not very long after that fateful choice, a comedic legend is born.

RICK UPTON (San Antonio, TX) Subject: Re: Jim Rose Remembers Radio (#466-45) February 18, 2008 [Monday] Jim, The Web Site looks great. May be a little too fancy for us old radio folk. Kidding of course. Keep up the great work. It's nice to hear from old friends. Rick Upton, Director of New Business Development, Fox 29/MY 35 San Antonio, Office: (210) 377-4733 Cell: (210) 381-7000 Fax: (210) 442-6351

MIKE SHANNON (Dallas-Mesquite, TX) Great job on the site, Jim! Sorry I couldn't be of more help. Did want to remind folks that we're doing the first DFW radio "Lunch Bunch" of the year in a couple of weeks, on Friday February 29 at Boston's Pizza, MacArthur and LBJ in Irving. We'll gather around 12:30PM. Email me at shannon914@wans.net for all the details. Thanks! Mike Shannon (www.knus99.com)

FR. BOB TOMLINSON (Ft. Worth, TX) It should be a good weekend, I’m flying out tomorrow to spend the weekend with my son and his family in southern California. He’s in the mountains and they are expecting snow tonight. This will be the first time I’ve seen the two youngest granddaughters. I’ll be baptizing them as well. A wonderful weekend to you and Tejas as well. Bob

DAVID PERKINS (Ft. Worth, TX) Jimbo, your website looks great! It has that professional, slick look to it. Good job. Can you believe I'm about to celebrate my 1st year on the air with my ministry? Went on the air last February 18th, 2007. Wow, what a fantastic year! I'd like to play more music but my wife and I fund our program and 30 minutes a week is all we can afford. Help, anyone? The Jesus Christ Said radio ministry is on the radio (KKGM/1630 am in Dallas/Fort Worth) Sunday afternoon at 12:30 pm Central Time. If you, or any of your readers want to request a religious song, please do so. If you're not in the DFW area you can listen live on the internet at www.KKGMam.Com. You can also go to our website www.JesusChristSaid.Com and listen to past sermons. Love, David Perkins, The Jesus Christ Said Ministries

RONALD REAGAN (February 6, 1911-June 5, 2004) Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.

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RADIO LOSES ANOTHER ICON
On Sunday the sad news of the passing of Bill Weaver comes as a shock to those of us who know him. Bill's wife Beverly sends us the details: Charles William"Bill" Weaver passed away on Sunday, February 17th in San Antonio Texas. Bill was born on March 1st in Hutchinson, Kansas to Carl H. and Mignonet Van Keuren Weaver. Bill served in the Armed Services from 1942 to 1946 as a second lieutenant with the 533rd AAA Separate Battalion. He was awarded six Battle Stars and the Bronze Star for heroism. A graduate of the University of Texas, Bill’s career was in Radio Broadcasting. He progressed to becoming general manager of several different major Radio Broadcasting Corporations. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, sister Alma Tobey and son Bruce Weaver. Survivors are his wife Beverly Bales Weaver, daughter Lorina Weaver White, brother Carlton Weaver and daughter Sharon Weaver Smith. Three grandchildren and three great grandchildren also survive him as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many special close friends. Bill’s many hobbies included hunting, writing, and telling the most amazing stories about his life’s adventures. Visitation will be Monday, February 18th from 5PM until 8PM and the funeral service Tuesday, February 19th at 2PM in the funeral home chapel. Schertz Funeral Home, 2217 FM 3009, Schertz, Texas is in charge of the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Central Christian Church of San Antonio, Second Baptist Church of Houston, Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena, California, or a charity of your choice. Beverly Ann Weaver

The loss of Bill Weaver is very sad news. In October 2004, I have the pleasure of meeting Bill Weaver while we're waiting in the hall for the doors to open to the Texas Radio Hall of Fame banquet in San Antonio, TX. Bill is Gordon McLendon's GM of KILT-610 in its glory years. Weaver brings the Beatles to Houston, TX during his period at KILT. We chat for a bit. Bill is a very nice man. One thing he says still sticks in my memory. He says, Radio has passed me by. Then they fling the double doors open wide and we broadcasters past and present make a mad dash to our seats at the tables in the massive ballroom. Meet and talk with Don Keyes there, too. Don is Gordon McLendon's PD of KLIF-1190 in Dallas, TX during its hey day. While we talk, I snap a photo of Keyes for my collection of radio legends. We chat by email often. Don dies in 2006. Too many of our friends leave us.

 

MOVERS AND SHAKERS

•ARETHA FRANKLIN is extremely mad at Beyonce because she calls Tina Turner The Queen at the Grammy Awards. Aretha says her royal title is The Queen of Soul and she refuses to give it up peacably. •DAVID HOOD returns to his morning spot on CBS Radio Classic Hits KLTH FM (K-Hits 106.7) Portland, OR. •ANDY FURMAN of Clear Channel Talk WLW-700 Cincinnati, OH for 18 years plus 1 year on crosstown Cumulus Talk that switches to Rock WFTK FM (96.5) Cincinnati-Lebanon, OH announces that his radio career is over. •SUPERSTATION wins 5 year license from Ofcom for a radio station on the Orkney Islands off the northern coast of Scotland. •GARY NOLAN moves on up to PD of Entercom AC KOSI FM (Cozy 101 Lite Rock) Denver, CO.

ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES

•1946 JACK GUTHRIE singer-songwriter (Oklahoma Hills #1 for 6 weeks-1945) appears as a guest at the Grand Ole Opry on February 16th. •1954 BRYAN GREGORY founding member/guitarist with NY's Psychobilly punk rock band The Cramps born on February 20th. •1969 GEORGE JONES & TAMMY WYNETTE tie the knot on February 16th in Ringgold, GA. •1972 MAHALIA JACKSON Gospel singer widely regarded as America's best dies at 60 of heart failure and diabetes. •1986 JOHNNY CASH & KRIS KRISTOFFERSON star in The Last Days of Frank And Jesse James on February 16th on NBC-TV. •2002 PHIL VASSAR's self-titled debut album certifies Gold on February 8th.

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BILL YOUNG (Houston-Sugar Land, TX) Subject: Bill Weaver. Jim...please let your readers know that Charles W. "BILL" Weaver, formerly of the McLendon Stations and Cap Cities Broadcasting passed away this morning (Sunday) in San Antonio. Bill graduated ‘magna cum laude" from the University of Texas and served six and a half years in combat conditions in North Africa, France and German as a First Lieutenant and Platoon Commander under General George Patton in the US Army. He was awarded six Battle Stars and the Bronze star for Heroism. For McLendon, Weaver served in managment rolls at the company's stations in Milwaukee, San Antonio, Shreveport, Dallas and Houston. Bill was sent to Houston to create and then managed KILT in 1957 until leaving for a managment role with Cap Cities in 1966. He and the original PD, Don Keyes, were the major players that set off one of the most exciting competitive battles in radio history...KNUZ, the leader at the time with Paul Berlin and Buddy McGregor were challenged by KILT and such talents as Jim Wood, Chuck Dunaway and Russ Knight "The Weird Beard". In the mid 60s, Bill pulled off a major 'coup' by traveling to England to personally meet with Beatle's manager Brian Epstein and convinced him to rearrange their US touring schedule to include a show at the Houston Coliseum. In 2003, he was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame. Bill was putting the finishing touches on a new book about the Kennedy Assassination and the book was/is due out this spring. Bill Weaver was a good man and a friend to many of us who share an enormous amount of gratitude for his support and leadership. Visitation will be Monday, February 18th from 5PM until 8PM and the funeral service Tuesday, February 19th at 2PM at Schertz Funeral Home, 2217 FM 3009, Schertz, Texas. Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church of San Antonio, Second Baptist Church of Houston, Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena, California, or a charity of your choice.

CHUCK DUNNAWAY (Houston, TX) Subject: In case you've not heard about this yet. Sadly, yesterday afternoon Bill Young called to let us know that Bill Weaver had passed that afternoon. Bill is in touch with Beverly and will let us know what we can do as soon as he knows. Bill may have contacted you already, but just in case. Chuck

ANDY WALDROP (Houston, TX) Jim, Charles W. "BILL" Weaver, formerly of the McLendon Stations and Cap Cities Broadcasting passed away Sunday morning in San Antonio. Visitation will be held Monday Feb 19 and services Tuesday in Schertz, Texas. A 2003 inductee of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame, Weaver served in management rolls at the McLendon company's stations in Milwaukee, San Antonio, Shreveport, Dallas and Houston. Bill was sent to Houston to create and then managed KILT in 1957 until leaving for a management role with Cap Cities in 1966. Bill had been putting the finishing touches on his new book about the Kennedy Assassination to be published this spring. There could be an obit in the San Antonio newspaper online. Andy

BRAD MESSER (San Antonio, TX) Subject: Mac Hudson's boy? Jim: A friend wrote to me saying "I saw a pic of KILT sportscasters in the Katy Times with names listed, including Mac Hudson. Could this be one of his boys, maybe Baxter or Vaughn?" The Mac Hudson we're thinking of was Hudson Mac Roach, who did some Texas and So. Cal. radio in the '60s-80s. Does anyone know if the Katy fellow is related to Mac? Thanks, Brad Messer

DAVE MICHAELS (San Diego, CA) Jim...clicked on the New Website...looks great to me...and its in English! I read Billy T's - radio history about being chased by the Feds; he should write a "Tell All Book"...would be very interesting to read ! ha ha Dave M. on the Road

FR. BOB TOMLINSON (Ft. Worth, TX) Hi Jim, I just wanted to congratulate on the new newsletter/website. It looks great. Keep up the good work. Best wishes friend. Bob Tomlinson

RICHARD GLANCEY (San Antonio, TX) Jim, This is a tremendous improvement...I am impressed and keep up the good work!!!

JOE FORD (Houston-Spring, TX)
Love the new look, Jim. Keep on rockin'. Joe

JOHNNY SHANNON (San Antonio, TX)
Jim, Congratulations on a great new site you have to share with all of us who were part of that wonderful place in history Radio was, and IS. Let the memories live on. The best to you and Tejas! Johnny

GILBERT CHESTERTON (1874-1936)
The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.

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SHOP AT HOME GOES DARK
The Nashville, TN based home-shopping TV network struggles for a long time to make money for itself. In June 2006, Knoxville-based Jewelry Television buys the home-shopping TV network for $17 million from E.W. Scripps Company which attempts for years to make a profit. Jewelry Television cuts programming back from 24 hours a day to 13 hours in the evening and middle of the night. Shop at Home then focuses more on male viewers with hosts Tim Temple, Leah Little and Skip Connelly as they panhandle coins, knives and gemstones to collectors in 57 million households. But Shop at Home TV ranks #4 behind QVC, HSN and ShopNBC. So, the Shop at Home TV network signs off for good on March 7, 2008 which puts about 200 folks at the south Nashville office in the unemployment line. That's the bad news. Good news is that the Shop at Home Web site (
www.shopathometv.com) thrives as consumers migrate to online shopping. The Shop at Home Web site & call center operates out of its Nashville offices near the Hickory Hollow Mall.

VAN MORRISON
A 1960s and 1970s Rocker 'n' Roller goes Country with a new CD Keep It Simple due out on March 11, 2008 on Universal Music's Lost Highway Records in Nashville, TN. Van Morrison (Brown Eyed Girl #10-1967, Domino #9-1970, Blue Money #23-1971) writes 11 tunes just for this new album. In 2006, Morrison puts out Pay the Devil with several Country cover tunes on binary option demo platform Lost Highway. In 2007, his greatest hits album Still on Top hits the streets. Morrison comes to life as George Ivan on August 31, 1945 in Belfast, Ireland. Originally, Van is lead singer of Rock group Them. He writes the Classic hit Gloria which lands on the Billboard dart board 4 times: Them (#93-1965), Shadows of Knight (#10-1966), again Them (#71-1966) and The Doors (#71-1984). Personally, I like all the versions of Gloria but the group Them's version hits the spot 10, 2 and 4. Can you name the soft drink with that slogan? A hint: It looks and tastes almost as good as Mr. Pibb. Them's other 2 charters stand the test of time: Here Comes the Night (#24-1965 & Mystic Eyes #33-1965). Those Oldies are always Goodies.

JETHRO TULL IS KNIGHTED
Grammy Award winning 59 year old founder/lead singer/flutist/songwriter Ian Anderson receives the MBE for his services to the music industry from Queen Elizabeth II in her Majesty's annual New Year's honors list. Just in case you wonder, in descending order after Knighthood the honors are CBE, OBE and MBE which is Member of the British Empire. In its 40 year history since 1968, Jethro Tull performs 2789 concerts which is an average of 73 shows a year. Ian is quite a successful businessman, too. He invests in salmon farms. Anderson's Strathaird farm is worth £10.7 million before he starts to sell off parts of it. Singer Kylie Minogue accepts the OBE award from Queen Elizabeth II. The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry that King George V establishes on June 4, 1917. The Order includes 5 classes in civil and military divisions. In decreasing order of seniority they are: Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE), Knight Commander (KBE) or Dame Commander (DBE), Commander (CBE), Officer (OBE) and Member (MBE). For my many decades in American radio, I earn the valued OMG award which stands for Oh My Gosh! Salute!

MOVERS AND SHAKERS

•SAM DONALDSON ABC news correspondant receives Radio-Television News Directors Association's 2008 Paul White Award. •TIM MCGRAW's 2008 Live Your Voice tour kicks off May 9th in Tampa, FL with KC Masterpiece & Kingsford charcoal as sponsors. •COX RADIO buys Country WNGC FM (106.1), AC WGMG FM (102.1), Rock WPUP FM (103.7), News/Talk WGAU-1340, and Sports WRFC-960 Athens, GA in the I-85 corridor between Atlanta and Greenville for $60 million from Southern Broadcasting of Athens, Southern Broadcasting of Pensacola & New Broadcast Investment Properties each under control of Paul Stone. •OXFORD car dealership Hartwell Ford & Vauxhall signs up to sponsor the breakfast show on Absolute Radio's JACK FM's Morning Glory & FM107.9's Breakfast Fiasco. •PAUL SKI is the new CEO of Rogers Broadcasting which is a subsidiary of Toronto-based Rogers Communications. Paul previously is 30 year President of CHUM Radio (1050 AM & 104.5 FM) in Toronto, ON. Ski replaces Gary Miles who retires after 20 years at the helm of Rogers' 51 radio stations nationwide. •STEVE ORCHARD OD of UK's largest radio group GCap leaves after 20 years. Ralph Bernard steps down as CEO.

ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES

•1954 OSCAR Papa CELESTIN one of the most popular New Orleans cornet players/jazz bandleaders dies on December 15th. Many consider Papa Celestin a major partner in the development of jazz as his band appears in tuxedos. •1965 JOHN MICHAEL MONTGOMERY (I Swear #1 for 4 weeks-1994) born on January 20th in Danville, KY. •1975 THOMAS BANGALTER French disc jockey electronic musician/founding member of Daft Punk born on January 3rd. •1986 RANDY TRAVIS joins the Grand Ole Opry on December 20th. •1991 STEVE MARRIOTT singer/guitarist/songwriter with Small Faces/Humble Pie dies in a fire on April 20th. •2004 ALISON KRAUSS wins 3 Grammy Awards on February 8th for a total of 17 Grammys which is more than any Country artist.

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COLONEL ST. JAMES (Houston, TX) Hey Jim, How great it is to hear from you! I've really been enjoying the newsletter. It's great to see all those names from my past are still alive and well. I was off the air for a while with the crud that's been going around, but now I'm back hanging in at The Arrow playing the Classic Rock. I'm so glad you got a chance to check out the website. I really need to add a few new things. Maybe that can be kind of a late New Year's resolution. Ya think? I'm also happy that you liked my Border Collies. They truly are a joy. So smart! Too smart sometimes, but I love 'em!! Sounds like Tejas is a real gem, too. Akitas are really magnificent. I'd like to meet her (and you) face to face sometime. You're lucky to have her, but then again she's lucky to have you. Anyway, please keep the newsletter coming. It's always a lot of fun to read. And thanks again for writing. I'll talk to you later. Colonel

WAYNE WARNER (Springfield, MO) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio (#465-42) February 15, 2008 [Friday] Jim, the new website looks great, easier to read for us older folks. Keep up the good work. Wayne Warner, Springfield, MO

GARY DELAUNE (San Antonio, TX)
It is a slick looking web site and it shows what determination, dedication and your perserverance can do. It is probably the best media information site I've seen. Keep up the good work and if you need a subscription fee, I'm happy to send one. I hope you have been able to read my blogs on MySA.com...a lot about the old ABA and Houston Mavericks. Gary DeLaune

GARY ALLYN (San Diego, CA)
Well, Jim...it was worth the wait. The JRRR site looks great, and is now on my Radio "Favorites". Look forward to sending more from my end. All the Best, and keep on pushin'. Quite an improvement. Gary Allyn (www.gallyn.com)

ROD TANNER (Houston, TX)
Jim, congrats on the new web site. Looks great. Keep up the good work. Rod Tanner

MIKE HARTMAN (Ft. Worth-Joshua, TX) Hey, Jim...Congratulations! Your new Web site is great! Thank you for all the effort and hard work you do to keep us informed...and for allowing us to express our opinions. God bless America...and God, please...have your guiding hand in this election. And God bless you, Jim, and Tejas. MIKE

DAVID PERKINS (Ft. Worth, TX) Hey, Jim. Not to worry about not getting it in this time. When ever you can. I appreciate all you do for me. I forgot to ask the other day if Tejas had watched the Westminster Dog Show and see Uno, the beagle, win? Ah, a victory for all "normal" dogs (like Tejas and my two pooches.) The Fort Worth Star-Telegram emailed me and wanted to know if I'd do an interview with them for a "short feature" in next Saturday's edition (2/23) You bet, I said. I always want to go from the angle of old DJ makes good, sorta like the piano player in the whorehouse turns out ok, after all. Love, David Perkins The Jesus Christ Said Ministries (www.JesusChristSaid.com)  

BUD BUSCHARDT (Dallas, TX) Jim, I received the newsletter OK today at the sbcglobal address. Received yesterday's letter at the UNT address so both seem to be working now. New format looks great. Congratulations. The hard work has paid off! Bud

SONNY MELENDREZ (San Antonio, TX) Born Standing Up - A Comic's Life, by comedian Steve Martin, is a warm and very funny account of Steve's rise and free-fall as a stand up comedian. It is a colorful chronicle of, as Steve puts it, "The War Years" that gives us an rare insight into the life of this talented and sensitive writer/performer. On a personal note, I am extremely flattered that he chose to end this memoir with a story of his appearance on my show at KMPC Radio in Los Angeles. Listen to Steve's words at: www.sonnyradio.com/bornstandingup.com  

BLAKE LINDSAY (Dallas, TX)
I know it takes getting used to, and you will do fine Jim. I'm glad you are taking all the right steps, and putting your positive energy into this project. Your Friend, Blake, Blazin' Blake Productions: Where hearing is Believing! (www.blazinblake.com

JOE NASTY (San Antonio, TX) Thank you for all that you do. History is one on the things that I want to be a part of. Blake Lindsey, Billy Thorman, Sonny Melendrez, Art Garza. I used to listen to Jimmy Rabbit on winter trips from Arizona to Florida...and the beat goes on.

JIMMY RABBITT (Grand Junction, CO) "The e-RR Radio Show" Saturday & Sunday afternoons 1-4pm MST on JJRadio.com, "Rabbitt's Rockin' Blues Lab" Tuesdays 1-4pm MST on KAFMradio.org. "The Rabbitt Report" is also heard on Super CFL.

DAVE MICHAELS (San Diego,CA) Jim..."You are right on about John McCain"...100%. He is no friend to the American Way Of Life. Dave Michaels

TEDDY ROOSEVELT (1858-1919) We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language.


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