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ANOTHER RADIO LEGEND LEAVES US Still in total shock about the death of our longtime radio friend Nick St. John. The name on his birth certificate is Aubrey Cook. In August 1968, I leave A.H. Belo’s 50,000 watt clear channel WFAA-820 in Dallas, TX to accept an offer that I finally cannot refuse from Harrel Banks, GM of KBUC FM-AM in San Antonio, TX to become Program Director and DJ. After I settle into an apartment, soon discover that three of my former Elkins Institute of Radio FCC First Class license classmates from 1964-65 are also DJs in the Alamo City. Jerry King is a night DJ on Country KBUC, Johnny Shannon plays tunes on Top 40 KTSA-550 and Nick St. John spins records on Top 40 KONO-860. It’s a happy reunion. Later, King moves to sister Country station KTON-840 in Belton, TX which also serves the Waco-Kileen listening area. Then, changes begin to happen at KONO. Nick meets with me at the KBUC studios on East Commerce Street for a pow wow, but all I have to offer is a part time all night spot on the weekend. That is the last time that I see Nick because in 1971 Dallas-Ft. Worth beckons me back home as a newscaster on KBOX-1480. Next time that I hear from Nick is March 2008 by way of this Web column. What a glorious time that is! We exchange emails. Nick never mentions a single thing about his illness. And now this: Nick St. John dies of cancer on Monday, June 23, 2008. Our prayers go out to Nick St John’s sister Denise Cook, other family members, many friends and his countless radio fans.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What Pink Floyd song does the South African government ban?
GUNSHOTS WOUND TALK RADIO EMPLOYEE During Minneapolis’ Juneteenth festival in Theodore Wirth Park just after 5:30 pm on Saturday, June 21, 2008 gunshot bullets graze a CBS Radio Talk WCCO-830 promotions person. Mike Kinghorn (23) receives a gunshot wound in his ankle and an unidentified female suffers an injury to her leg. Witnesses report they hear gunshots coming from the Rally Restaurant parking lot. Both victims expect to leave the hospital shortly.
TRITON BUYS JONES As what usally happens in a take-over, some employees leave the building. Radio Ink reports on Friday, June 20, 2008 that privately held Triton Media’s radio advertising unit buys the Jones Media Group from Jones International. This move expands Triton’s national ad sales position. Four of the marketing department layoffs include: Kim Ketchel, VP/Marketing (firstname.lastname@example.org); Sarah Beatty, Director of Marketing (email@example.com); Jan Whitbeck, Marketing Manager (Janwhitbeck@hotmail.com) and Alexis McDowell, graphic artist (firstname.lastname@example.org). These are fine talents whom you can contact for your assignment opportunities.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•KTYS FM (The Twister 96.7) Citadel Country Dallas-Flower Mound, TX may soften up a tad with a new Soft Rock sound by June 30, 2008. •WFAE FM (Your News Source 90.7) celebrates 10th anniversary of Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins (9 am & 9 pm) with a party at Spirit Square on June 18, 2008. •LARRY WILLOUGHBY VP of A&R, Bill Kennedy VP of sales & Denise Arguijo production manager leave the building as EMI parent of Capitol Nashville restructures its Music City division. •WNKT FM (107.5) Citadel Columbia, SC is new home of men’s athletics for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.
•MIKE HUCKABEE gives up his seat as governor of Arkansas, plus ends his race as a Republican presidential candidate but resurfaces at Fox News Channel as a political commentator. •BRAD WETE leaves freelance music journalism for a new Music Assistant position at Vibe Media Group. •BELINDA LUSCOMBE former arts editor at Time moves on up as new editor-at-large. •LARRY GANNON interim VP/TV & Radio Programming at AARP since January 2008 now calls that job his very own. •DAN LYONS exits his tech editor office at Forbes to join Newsweek.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1950 SIR HARRY LAUDER singer/songwriter/comedian (writer of Roamin’ In The Gloamin’ & I Love A Lassie) dies on February 26th. •1962 SCOTT VESTAL banjo picker born on May 8th. •1974 JIMMY RICKS Philadelphia R&B boss bass voice of The Ravens (8 Top 10 singles until Ravens break up in May 1956) dies of a heart attack on July 2nd in Albany, NY. •1984 RICKY SKAGGS’ Uncle Pen releases on Epic records on June 25th. •1993 JIMMY WESTON lead singer of The Danleers (One Summer Night #8-1958) dies on June 10th. •2002 DIXIE CHICKS’ Fly is their 2nd album that certifies as a 10 million copy cargo.
EMAILS YES WE HAVE EMAIL
DENISE COOK [Nick St John’s sister] (Dallas, TX) hi, this email is from nick st. john’s sister, denise cook. i am trying to go through his emails and notify people of his passing. nick died monday, june 23rd, from cancer. i think he had done a great job of ignoring the cancer and living his life anyway…but it progressed rapidly and was unbeatable. we are planning on having a memorial service for him, but i don’t know the date as of yet. regards, denise
ROBERT REYES (San Antonio, TX) Nick St. John from KEXL sadly has passed away today…forgot to send this to you yesterday but I’m sure you have heard about this…most sad indeed…will keep you informed later down the line and hope you doin’ well…RMR
BOB CROWLEY (D/FW-Arlington, TX) Jim; I got the sad news today that Nick St John has died. As you know, he was one of my all time favorite radio personalities. I listened to Nick on KONO as a boy, and on KEXL as a teen. I went down to the station a few times to meet him. Later, when I was at KITY, I heard him on KTFM announce: “Free hot dogs at the concession stand for the next 15 minutes.” Later he told me a listener had called to tell him the San Pedro Drive In was piping in KTFM on the sound system before the movie started. I replaced him at KTFM, and inheirited his 23 share. When I turned in my 2 weeks notice at KTFM, he and Allen Grimm dropped by one night, to invite me to come to KEXL. After riding out my non-compete at KRMH, I did. I got to know Nick quite well when we worked together. We took skydiving lessons together, on a sponsor tradeout. After KEXL, I visited him at the nightclub where he was a DEEJAY, and then at KLOL Houston and KESI-FM San Antonio. Nick was special to me, because he was the first radio idol I got to know well. I learned a lot from him, about the business and about life. It’s been decades since I last saw him, but I do miss him. Bob
MIKE SHILOH (Houston, TX) Jim, Mike Scott was one of the greats to work with: Always kind, enthusiastic and a good entertainer. Once of the KQUE morning show, then afternoons there, once a member of “Hudson and Harrigan” on KILT, then owner of his own production studio, what was it, Studio B? I remember him always being jovial and ready to help old friends. I congratulated him the night in 2003 as he was walking off-stage at the Adams Mark Hotel after the tribute to Hudson and Herrigan, and he was in great spirits. Funny thing is, I ran into him about a year ago while he was working part time at the local Metro studios, and he had lost so much weight I hardly recognized him. He was sudued, but still kind and so professional, just like he always was. And still funny, just like you’d expect an ex-“Hudson” to be. Mike Shiloh
RAY WHITWORTH (DFW-Arlington, TX) Hi Jim: This sunday The Hi Fi Club will be doing a tribute to George Carlin on KMNY 1360am (The old KXOL that George was a DJ) at 12noon. Mike Shannon, John Lewis and I will be putting together some clips, bits and memories of George. It will be celebrating his life, gone too soon. You can listen to the show via the Internet on thehificlub.net We encourage many who knew him, worked with him to call in during the show. Sunday will unfortunately be the last long Hi Fi Club for awhile. The Show will scale back to 6p-7p on sunday evenings due to the Progressive Radio network going 24-7 on July first. However, thanks to their interest in the show they have asked Mike to keep the show on sunday evenings, so kudos to them. Ray
TRIVIA ANSWER: In 1980, South African black students adopt Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall Part ll as a protest anthem. During the Elsie’s River uprising black kids boycott schools because of what they say is inferior education standards. South African black children chant the chorus, We don’t need no education. So, the South African government bans Pink Floyd’s song. Here in America the single goes to #1 on our national chart and sells over a half million copies. In 1996, Pink Floyd inducts into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
CHARLES GEORGE (Dallas, TX) I realize Radio Stations can be accused of playing favorites. Not bad unless you hate what is being played. When I first started enjoying Jazz, I went to the Goodwill and bought an Lp for 50 cents a lot when you only got an allowance of 50 cents a week and your friends had cars, etc. Anyway, it was an album by Charlie Byrd with Liner Notes by Willis Conover, I had not yet heard of shortwave. They say Willis Conover was a very good ambassador with his program. VOA does not sound as good as when John Chancelor and others were Directors. Anyway, this is my tribute to Charlie Byrd, Erroll Gardner, and Frank Sinatra. Hopefully it want be too much of a problem for someone in Radio. Charles George, KC5RAI
FREDERICK THE GREAT (January 24, 1712-August 17, 1786) Every man has a wild beast within him.
Jim Rose and Tejas
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