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SOUL SINGER AT END OF HIS JOURNEY Soul singer Bobby Womack dies at 70 of colon cancer and diabetes on Friday, June 27, 2014. Bobby is a colorful and highly influential R&B singer-songwriter who influences recording artists from the Rolling Stones to Damon Albarn. Two years ago, Womack receives a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, plus prostate cancer. When Womack performs recently at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival he appears to be in good health and spirits. In 1964, Womack’s It’s All Over Now is a #1 hit for the Rolling Stones. Bobby works with, writes for and inspires generations of artists that includes Jimi Hendrix, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Sly Stone, Elvis Presley and Gorillaz’s Damon Albarn.
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FIRST FEMALE TV ANCHOR STEPS DOWN After 42 years on the KING TV NBC CH 5 Seattle, WA anchor desk, Jean Enersen steps away on Friday, June 27, 2014. Jean is the first female local TV news anchor in America. She exits as KING TV’s longest-standing local female anchor. According to The Seattle Times, Jean’s nickname is The Franchise. While she will no longer be a TV anchor, she will involve herself on projects like the KING TV HealthLink. Enersen also continues her involvement on KING 5 specials, political coverage and major news events. KING TV CH 5 Executive News Director Mark Ginther brags: Jean is a force of nature in the newsroom.
KASEM LAW PASSES This week we music lovers sadden with the passing of disc jockey, music historian, radio personality, Casey Kasem, host of music radio countdown program American Top 40. Kemal Amin [Casey] Kasem is born on April 27, 1932 in Detroit, MI. Casey’s daughter Kerri struggles to obtain even basic visitation rights during Casey’s final hours. Kerri holds a stack of letters that represent thousands that she receives from folks with similar stories of heartache. A bill sponsored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) seeks to protect children from being denied access to a parent by a parent’s future spouse or child. We will always remember Casey Kasem’s sign off words: Keep Your Feet On The Ground And Keep Reaching For The Stars.
WGN SAYS WE DIDN’T KILL GARRY In late May 2014, WGN-720 stuns both top-rated afternoon star Garry Meier plus his many fans when they demote him to the Internet-only WGN.FM stream. This week, another shocker for Meier when a staffer tells him that he is having his WGN Radio office taken away from him. Ironically, this happens next week when Meier is on vacation. WGN will give Garry a space next to the new Howells & Hood restaurant, which is six floors below where he now does his daily show and below where most of the rest of the WGN-720 offices are. This drastic move shifts Meier off the 50,000-watt WGN-720 and relegates him to WGN.FM streaming portal. WGN management says in its social page: We didn’t kill Garry.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Is Estelle Bennett of the girl group The Ronettes still alive? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Judy Salvador and Barry Keller Monday, June 30, 2014. •CHRISTOPHER HACKETT joins CBS Hot AC KVIL FM (103.7) Dallas, TX on July 1, 2014 to provide traffic and weather updates weekdays from 10am-7pm plus weekend DJ duties. •DAN MCNEIL (Danny Mac) WSCR-670 (The Score) Chicago. IL CBS Sports Talk radio personality reportedly holds out on his contract for an increase of at least $200,000. •GEORGIA EAGLE MEDIA unloads six GA radio stations (WHKN FM 94.9 Millen, WPMX FM 102.9 Statesboro, WZBX FM 106.5 Rocky Ford, WMCD FM 107.3 Claxton, WPTB-850 Statesboro and WWNS-1240 Stateboro) to Neal & Elizabeth Ardman’s Statesboro Radio for $600,000.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1955 THE JOHNNY CARSON SHOW debuts on CBS TV on June 30th. •1963 DWAYNE O’BRIEN guitarist with Little Texas (God Blessed Texas #4-1993) is born on June 30th in Ada, OK. •1971 MONICA POTTER appears as Kristina Braverman in NBC TV drama series Parenthood born on June 30th. •1987 K.T. OSLIN’s album 80’s Ladies releases on RCA on June 30th. •1995 GALE GORDON comedian (Our Miss Brooks, Here’s Lucy) dies at 89 on June 30th. •2001 CHET ATKINS Lifetime Achievement award from the Grammys influential guitarist and producer who helps create The Nashville Sound dies at home on June 30th after a long bout with cancer.
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TOM ELLIS [Veteran WABC TV, NYC WBZ TV Boston, MA & KONO TV San Antonio, TX news anchor] (Boston-Cape Cod-East Sandwich, MA) Subject: New JRRR on Word Press! Hi, Jim and Lacy, The only hope you have with your endless workload might be if you love what you’re doing. When I was “hot”, I couldn’t wait to get to work, and was always the last to leave. Of course, your work problems now are of the frustrating kind, and maybe the rewards of your labor now are not as rewarding as they once were when you were “THAT VOICE ON THE RADIO”. But you must know that you serve in a very important capacity…which is to keep a wide internet audience of radio/TV folk informed of the comings and goings of the people we know and the business we all love. You are unique, and so is the end product of your labor. So feel proud while you’re laboring, and know that we, your audience, appreciate what you’re doing. Tom
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SAM LEE [former KLIF-1190 newscaster] (Beverly Hills, CA) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio June 27, 2014 [Friday] Issue #1315 Okay, I read it. It looks different. I have Bruce Hughes Obit, and if Ken (Dowe) wants it, I fill fax it to him. Have a good one. The Zeitgeist Corporation; (www.ZeitgeistCorp.org) / (www.NewsBeatUSA.com) / (www.YourOfficeAgent.com)
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BRAD MESSER [former KLIF-1190 newscaster, KTSA-550 Talk host] (Portland-Sherwood, OR) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio June 27, 2014 [Friday] Issue #1315 I just went to your home page and was able to get the current column from there. I hate new software sometimes!
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KEN DOWE [EVP McLendon Corp. #1 KLIF-1190 / CEO Service Broadcasting #1 KKDA FM (104.5)] (Dallas, TX) He da man! (Brad Messer) We had great fun together on the morning show (KLIF-1190). In addition to the wonderful news he presented, the characters Brad created were absolutely hilarious. Brad Messer contributed as much as I toward the success we enjoyed. He was equal measure great newsman and stellar on-air personality. A rare talent who sprinkled stardust. Ken
TRIVIA ANSWER: In 1959, three young singers make a name for themselves dancing The Twist at the Peppermint Lounge. Estelle Bennett plus her sister Ronnie Spector and cousin Nedra Talley are The Ronettes who later sing backup for Joey Dee, Bobby Rydell and others. Phil Spector signs The Ronettes to his Philles label wall of sound. In August 1963 they release their hit single Be My Baby. Estelle’s daughter, Toyin Hunter says a friend finds her lifeless body in her Englewood, NJ apartment on Wednesday, February 11, 2009. She suffers from colon cancer.
DON SUNDEEN [former KCOH-1430 OM/PD/DJ-Hi Records promotion-TV ad prod] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio June 27, 2014 [Friday] Issue #1315. The JRRR new format’s getting pretty fancy Jim, and looks really good and easier to read.
BILL CHERRY [Late 1950s Music ’til Dawn host on WWL-870] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio June 27, 2014 [Friday] Issue #1315 Hi, Jim — One of your best issues! Regards, Bill Cherry
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