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BANGLADESH ATTACKERS MURDER WRITER On Thursday night, February 26, 2015 as author-blogger Avijit Roy  and his wife Rafida Ahmed Bonya  attend a book fair in Bangladesh’s capital, a pair of machete-wielding attackers swoop down and savagely murder him. Through his blog, Mukto-Mona, Roy condemns religious extremism. Roy’s 2014 book Biswasher Virus, is sadly prophetic: Avijit Roy lives in America…it is not possible to kill him right now. But he will be murdered when he comes back.
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WILL THE FORCE BRING BACK MR SPOCK? Born on March 26, 1931 in West End, Boston, MA Leonard Nimoy becomes world famous as Mr. Spock on Star Trek. Leonard gains fans through his cult TV series plus a half-dozen Star Trek films. The first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the TV and movie smash Star Trek dies at 83 on Friday morning, February 27, 2015 in his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles, CA. His wife, Susan Bay, says the cause of his death is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
BIG BROTHER GRABS THE INTERNET We come under more government control when the Federal Communications Commission passes major new regulations on the Internet that impact just about any and every American who uses the Internet. Big Brother reclassifies consumer broadband as a utility. That’s right! On a strictly party-line vote, the FCC grabs control of the Internet. Republican appointed commissioner Ajit Pai calls it sad to witness the Commission replacing Internet freedom with government control.
WILL CBS MERGE WITH CUMULUS? Hedge fund Sandell Asset Management proposes a merger between Cumulus and CBS Radio. If CBS spins off its radio stations to investors, it divests an asset with a low tax basis without incurring a large bill from the IRS. Plus, CBS can also collect a nearly $900 million dividend. Cumulus benefits give it greater scale and reduced leverage. The proposed combination with CBS’s (radio) stations (produces) $2.4B in sales, and a projected market cap of nearly $5B.
TRIVIA QUESTION: On what date does the Friday the 13th mini crash occur? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•DAVE SHORE former sports director/on-air talent on Walt Disney ESPN KESN FM (103.3) Dallas, TX is new PD of Greater Media WMGC FM (Detroit Sports 105.1). •JONATHON BRANDMEIER (Johnny B) overtakes the Cumulus 9-11 am spot on WLS-890 in March 2015. His show also syndicates nationally on Westwood One. Locally on KLIF-570 Dallas, TX. •DENNIS MILLER former SNL cast member Westwood One talk host confirms that he is stepping aside from radio at the moment and that it has been a great run.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1955 WILLIAM INGE’s Bus Stop premieres in NYC on March 2nd. •1962 JON BON JOVI Rock singer lands in the Country charts in 2006 with Jennifer Nettles on Who Says You Can’t Go Home born on March 2nd in Perth Amboy, NJ. •1978 DALLAS 1st broadcast on CBS TV on March 2nd. •1986 STEVE EARLE’s album Guitar Town releases on MCA records on March 5th. •1993 CLAUDETTE COLBERT actress suffers stroke at 89 on March 2nd. •2007 JAKE OWEN’s video Startin’ With Me debuts on CMT TV on March 1st.
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FRANK HALEY [KDAZ-730 newsman – ex KLIF-1190 & KOB-770 news KILT, KTRH, KVIL] (Albuquerque, NM) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio February 27, 2015 [Friday] Issue #1385. I know anchor Tom Joles, reporter Stuart Dyson, Stuart and I worked together at KOB radio in the 80’s. Both are honest straight shooters. As you know, some times news rooms can get very stressful. Not sure what really happened. Also, I made a mistake in the Joe Leonard story, he was 95 years old. RIP Mr. Leonard. Frank
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DUANE ALLEN [Lead singer Oak Ridge Boys] (Hendersonville, TN) Subject: RFD TV. AHHHHHH Those were the days of our youth. The bass singer was Herman Harper. I continue to enjoy all of your pieces that you write. Stay warm in Texas. What you get there, we get here a day or two later…HAHA
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MIKE BRAUN [ex KWTX-1230] (Ft. Worth, TX) Subject: Art Jones dead at 73. Jim, I’m late sending this to you, and I don’t know if others have reported that radio personality Leonard Arthur “Art” Jones Jr passed away February 8 in Fort Worth. Art began his radio career at KCLE, Cleburne in 1959. He also worked at KIOA, Des Moines, Iowa and KCMO, Kansas City, Missouri. He returned to Texas in 1977 as creative director for KFJZ, Fort Worth. He later started HTM Productions and produced commercials for radio, TV and A/V programs. Here’s the link to his obit in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: www.legacy.com/obituaries/dfw/obituary.aspx?n=art-jones&pid=174155373&fhid=17453 Mike Braun, KWTX-AM/FM, 1975-1979
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BEN HAROLD [ex KXOL-1360, KENR-1060] (Knoxville, TN) It’s ALWAYS great to hear back from you, Jim. we’ve been around so long there are not many of us left. as I mentioned before, I remember Harrel EXTREMELY well. you know, he kind of reminds me of John Tyler (later). when I was at KLIF-1190. John was the contract gm for Fairchild. John owned an am/fm/tv in Oklahoma. like Harrel, he was a total maniac! since he was rarely AT KILF, he really didn’t know anyone. if I recall, he actually FIRED one of the Dallas Cowboys. the poor fellow waits to be interviewed for a sports actuality and John, apparently, hears something he didn’t like on-air. he curses the player out and yells that he was fired. like I said, John was a maniac…exactly like Harrel. take care, old friend! and please pet Suzie for me. I tell my wife about you all the time and read her JRRR (and explain to her what insanity happened in the olden days)…so she says hi! Ben
TRIVIA ANSWER: On October 13, 1989 Dow Jones experiences its second largest drop in history. This event becomes known as the Friday the 13th mini crash.
JOANIE GREEN-GALLO [Longtime Houston, TX DJ/traffic reporter] (Tulsa, OK) Bless your heart! Congrats on still having the brown hair! I will be 64 next month and I have one or two gray hairs. I noticed them just recently. My baby fine hair is still its dark brown, minus two. It’s really interesting to me. I suspect a few grays more will creep in. I have a couple of laugh lines around my eyes when I laugh, but I’m often told I don’t “look my age…”. I am most grateful for that!!! Joanie
BISHOP FULTON J. SHEEN (May 8, 1895 – December 9, 1979) The proud man counts his newspaper clippings, the humble man his blessings.
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