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LACY GIRL IS PHYSICALY GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN Yes, our precious Akita girl doggie is no longer here physically but her memory remains inside this apartment that she calls home for four and a half years after her adoption on November 1, 2009. Lacy is a special doggie like no other. On Friday moning, July 4, 2014 while talking with ex DJ friend from KILT in 1980, Lt. Bob Parker and his wonderful wife Lois, we discuss when he can arrange for the folks at Houston Metro Police K-9 unit to take Lacy to the vet. All of a sudden I notice a stream of light colored substance that flows out of her nose. Lois yells for me to check to see if Lacy is still alive. Lacy lies on the kitchen floor in front of her new 20″ box fan lifeless! Oh no! My precious Lacy girl is dead! Lt. Parker goes into action and arranges for the kind folks at Pet Memorial to rush over to our home and take Lacy away in a beautiful blue bed roll for a dignified funeral and cremation. Pet Memorial conducts similar funerals for the Houston police K-9 unit. Lt. Parker brings Lacy girl’s ashes here inside a nice shiny 6″x6″ wooden box along with a certificate of her funeral. Akita girl Lacy is the most precious doggie ever born and now she runs the streets of Heaven with no more pain.
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SIRIUSXM FIRES ANDY During the 1960s we love Andy Griffin and Opie in The Andy Griffin Show which is one of our favorites. Radio has its shock-jock duo Opie and Anthony. But Anthony’s tweets get him in hot water. SiriusXM fires Anthony Cumia after he goes into a lengthy Twitter outburst that claims a black female attacks him in Times Square after he tries to take her picture. Anthony uses words that we cannot print. Radio Ink reports: Opie Hughes, one half of the long-time shock-jock duo Opie and Anthony posted several tweets that indicate, the show may go on, minus one major player. After he loses his $3 million radio job, Anthony doesn’t worry about his next position: There’s plenty of options in this day and age and that’s all I’m going to say about it.
RADIO DJ A DYING BREED Since the Telcom Law of 1996 this opens the doors for bankers to grab as many radio stations as they can in each market and cram them side-by-side on one floor just like a factory. As cold-hearted bankers consolidate the radio stations into one group they call clusters, DJs and Program Directors hit the streets. Virginian-Pilot writer Clay Barbour speaks to several unemployed DJs and lament about the radio of yesteryear. In April 1965 my first radio position on KASO-1240 in the beautiful town of Minden, LA I pick and choose each and every tune that I play. Under consolidation computers print out each hour’s music with no more input from the DJ.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Where does Rock group Black Sabbath gets its name? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Susie Loucks & Jim Conlee Sunday, July 13, 2014. •WALTER THORNTON morning DJ on TalkRadio WPMO-1580 in Pascagoula, MS dies at 53 of an apparent heart attack over the weekend. •WLYV-1450 Adams Radio Fort Wayne moves Catholic programming to WHPP FM (106.3) and goes patriotic on July 4 weekend with a mix of patriotic and other American themed music until Monday, July 7, 2014 when it flips to The Patriot Intelligent Talk. •MIKE GARBER is new VP/News Director of CBS O&O KTVT TV CH 11 and KTXA TV CH 21 in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX. •MARK CLEGG after 12 years anchor on KSHB NBC TV CH 41 exits on July 23, 2014 to join Houston, TX real estate company as director of media relations & communications.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1952 HANK WILLIAMS one day after he completes his divorce he records You Win Again plus I Won’t Be Home No More on July 11th at the Castle Studio in Nashville, TN’s Tulane Hotel. •1969 THE ROLLING STONES release Honky Tonk Woman on July 11th. •1972 TOM T. HALL records one of my favorite tunes (Old Dogs, Children And) Watermelon Wine on July 12th at Mercury Custom Recording Studio in Nashville, TN. •1987 HEART’s single Alone hits #1 on July 11th and lasts for for 3 weeks. •1999 LONESTAR’s Amazed begins at #1 on July 17th in Billboard for 8 weeks. •2012 JAPAN mourns the loss of a 6-day old rare giant panda on July 11th who is born naturally in captivity in a Tokyo zoo.
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FRANS MARITZ [Wildhorse Entertainment] (Pretoria, South Africa) Hi Jim, Thank you for sharing you loving thoughts about Lacy. Whenever I have lost someone I care about, I have always consoled myself with the fact that, even though I cannot touch, hear or see them anymore I can still talk to them. It is not much of a consolation but it does help to ease the pain that is left with their passing. My wife and I both love dogs very much and share in your sorrow, as we know it is not easy to say goodbye. Regards Frans Maritz (www.wildhorse.co.za) / (www.whisnews21.com) Have a Great Day and Don’t Let Anyone Spoil It For You Thank You
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BEN HAROLD [ex KXOL-1360, KENR-1070] (Knoxville, TN) hi jim, i just wanted to check in and see how you are holding up and if you need anything, because i can always order you a pizza – or take out – to be delivered (if you feel like eating). blade (bob) and i talked for a LONG time on the phone yesterday and i am glad he was able to help. i hope i played some small part in getting you in contact with him. in yesterday morning’s email, his was the only name that popped into mind (as you can see, he is a GREAT guy). just know that becky and my prayers are with you. although lacy’s passing was sad and tragic, just know she is in a much better place, without pain. i just wish there was something we could do to help you with the horrible emotional pain and loss that you are suffering. i am your friend, jim, so IF you feel like talking, please give me a call. do not sit there alone and suffer. i am here! like i told bob: “jim rose is ONE OF US!” your friend, ben
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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) Hi, Jim, What a tremendous guy this Blade Parker (Bob Edwards KILT-610, KNUZ-1230) is. Lois also sounds like a tender, understanding soul. You’re lucky to have them as friends. Tom
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JOHN WALTON [Walton & Johnson Show] (Houston-Fulshear, TX) It’s good that she had a quick passing, dogs have a realistic perception of life and death and have quiet acceptance when thier time has come. They have almost a nobility about it. I have always been a dog guy, which means I have lost many a loyal friend. We currently have 6. And we have a gallery of urns commemorating each…they are family members. I think it was Mark Twain (not sure) who said. “If dogs don’t go to heaven…I want to go where they go”.
JAY WEST (Houston, TX) Jim::: I am so sorry to hear of your woes with Lacy. It hurts. I lost 3 OLD cats in one year recently, so I feel for you. If I was healthy enough, I would be there in a minute to assist. As you know, I had my right leg amputated about 6 months ago, and am scheduled for surgery on July 15th for my left leg. Diabetes is really getting me good. I cannot assist you as much as I would like to. Jay West
TRIVIA ANSWER: Rock group Black Sabbath, with Ozzy Osbourne, gets its name from a 1963 Italian horror movie, Black Sabbath. The film has three tales. One, a beautiful young woman who a caller stalks and watches her every move. The second features a search for a blood-thirsty zombie. The third tale is about a nurse with guilt after she steals a ring from a dead woman’s hand.
KEN DOWE [CEO #1 KKDA FM / EVP McLendon Corp. #1 KLIF-1190] (Dallas, TX/Santa Fe, NM) Subject: Lacy is dead! So very sorry, Jim. Urgent. Jim, Go to the Animal Shelter ASAP. Get a puppy. One that will never weigh more than 10 or 12 pounds. They eat little, and poop less. You will always be able to transport and care for it. Not to replace Lacy, but as a companion. You need a friend, and the two of you can take care of each other. Tell me when you have done this. This is a really important assignment and doing it promptly is critical. Your friend, Ken
BILL WITHERS (Lean On Me – 1972) Sometimes in our lives We all have pain, we all have sorrow But if we are wise We know that there’s always tomorrow.
Jim Rose and Lacy
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo
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