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LEGENDARY ALAMO CITY RADIO NEWS ANCHOR TAKES LAST FLIGHT In 1955 when the U.S. Army stations Bob Guthrie at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX a WOAI-1200 manager hires Bob when he hears his bass voice as he stands in line at a local grocery store. Bob hosts talk shows and a popular Jazz hour until he settles into radio news. Guthrie’s radio and TV career spans more than fifty years. On Saturday, February 27th longtime WOAI-1200 news anchor Bob Guthrie passes away at 81 after surgery.
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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA’S SUPER MIC SIGNS OFF On April 18, 1944, Charlie Tuna is born Art Ferguson in Kearney, NE. At 16, he lands his first radio position on KGFW-1340 in his hometown. Since Thanksgiving Day 1967 Charlie Tuna’s voice booms across KHJ, KKDJ, KIIS, KROQ, KRLA, Ten Q, KCBS FM, KMPC, KLAC, KBIG and KRTH (K-Earth 101). In 1990, Charlie receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. On Friday, February 19, 2016 Charlie Tuna passes away in his sleep at 71 on Friday, February 19, 2016.
COOL HAND LUKE PRISON BRAWLER STRIKES FINAL PUNCH In 1969 when I’m PD/MD/PM Drive DJ on KBUC FM/AM in San Antonio, TX one of our favorite movie actors George Kennedy gives us a call and we chat for at least an hour. In 1968, 6 feet 4 and 230 pound Kennedy scores an Academy Award in Cool Hand Luke. He also appears in one of our favorite John Wayne movies The Sons of Katie Elder. On Sunday, February 28, 2016 George Kennedy dies at 91 of natural causes in Boise, ID says his grandson Cory Schenkel.
BAYOU CITY CHRISTIAN FM RADIO BUYS CLASSICAL In 1986 I’m a DJ on Contemporary Christian KSBJ FM (89.3) in far north Houston suburb of Humble, TX. University of Houston System (UHS) sells Classical KUHA FM (91.7) Houston, TX to KSBJ Educational Foundation for an undisclosed price. KSBJ FM says it will flip Classical KUHA FM to its Christian CHR NGEN Radio currently on KSBJ FM HD2 (89.3). In 2010, Houston Public Media buys KTRU FM (96.1) from Rice University. Rice’s format moves to the Internet.
TRIVIA QUESTION: How do they determine the number 45 for the new 45 rpm records? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Kendall Dunaway January 25, 2016. •DAVE LOMBARDI exits as VP Promotion of Capitol Music Group after more than 11 years effective March 31, 2016. (email@example.com) •JEFF KAPUGI WUSN FM (US 99.5) Program Director plus WEBG FM (BIG 95.5) Program Director/midday host Steve Stewart both Best Country Radio Programmers in America by Radio Ink magazine. •ROB HART Newsradio WBBM-780/WBBM FM (105.9) Chicago, IL news reporter/anchor & wife Cathy welcome their 2nd daughter, Helene.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1953 KAY LENZ actress (The Andy Griffith Show – 1960) born on March 4th in Los Angeles, CA. •1960 ELVIS PRESLEY discharges from the Army on March 5th. •1974 SHERRY WIGGINTON diver in 1996 Olympics born on March 4th in Austin, TX. •1986 STEVE EARLE’s album Guitar Town releases on MCA records on March 5th. •1996 MINNIE PEARL Country comedienne (Grand Ole Opry) dies at 84 on March 4th. •2008 ALAN JACKSON’s album Good Time releases on Arista records on March 4th.
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KEN DOWE [Former CEO Service Broadcasting #1 KKDA FM (104.5) / EVP McLendon Corp. #1 KLIF-1190] (Dallas, TX) Have you spoken with Jim Rose about Tony Taylor’s disappearance? KB
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KENT BURKHART [KXOL-1360, WQXI-] (Miami/Fort Lauderdale, FL) Subject: from kent burkhart. Hi Jim…Just wondering where Tony the Tiger Taylor is these days?? The last time I saw him was about a decade ago in Atlanta at a Georgia Radio Hall of Fame induction. We talked for half an hour or so, and I believe he said he was living in Florida…seems to me in the central of northeastern part of Florida. He worked for me at WQXI AM in Atlanta before he went to NYC, etc. Always one of my favorite guys. I have googled him but could not locate him. Would like to chat with him again. KB. Kent Burkhart
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LIZ PATRANELLA [Liz Houston – KTSA-550, KBAT-680] (Austin, TX) Subject: Bob Guthrie Passing, Sad to report the passing of Bob Guthrie over the weekend. Below is a link to his obituary on MySA.com. Our prayers and condolences to his loving and devoted family who we were fortunate to meet at the Hall of Fame event last August. (http://www.mysanantonio.com/entertainment/article/Radio-TV-folk-mourn-death-of-San-Antonio-news-6859302.php#photo-7829729) / (www.legacy.com/obituaries/sanantonio/obituary.aspx?pid=177893689) Liz
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BILL CHERRY [Realtor, In late 1950s Music ’til Dawn host on WWL-870] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio February 29, 2016 [Monday] Issue #1490. Jim, Especially liked Jay Walker’s email. Regards. Bill
JOANIE GREEN-GALLO [Longtime Houston, TX DJ] (Tulsa, OK) Thank you so much for the birthday wish in JRRR ~ I really appreciate it.
TRIVIA ANSWER: On March 31, 1949 RCA introduces the first 45 rpm record. The number 45 comes from when we subtract Columbia’s 33 rpm from 78 rpm and that equals 45.
JAY WALKER [KJKK FM/KTSA-550/KTFM FM/Jay Walker Prod/40 plus years in radio] (Dallas-McKinney, TX) Subject: Dallas CHR. KLIF-FM 93.3 in Dallas doesn’t have a chance of ever taking a substantial bite out of KISS-FM in Dallas for one very simple fact. Power. 93.3 was a drop-in licensed in 1996 as KNBR Haltom City and is very anemic power wise. So no matter how many times Cumulus shifts transmitter sites they are NEVER going to cover the northern suburbs and without solid northern suburb coverage they don’t have a prayer. The northern suburbs are the fastest growing cities in the US let alone Texas and the population shift has been dramatic. KHKS is a 100kw full C @ 1670 feet HAAT from Cedar Hill while KLIF-FM is 15kw @ 870 feet HAAT from the green building downtown Dallas. The current KLIF-FM ratings seem to reflect that coverage difference…
MICHAEL JORDAN (February 17, 1963 – p) Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.
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