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MOONVES EYES CBS Leslie Roy Moonves, President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Corporation, uneasy in the event that majority owner Sumner Redstone dies, a Viacom merger might occur. Sources tell The NYPost that Moonves examines plans to buy out CBS’ chief investor, National Amusements Incorporated. The 65-year-old Moonves believes a Viacom merger leaves him in an inferior position and could shortchange CBS minority shareholders. Moonves talks with Wall Street heavy hitters about such a buyout.
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VINYL RECORD ALBUMS LAND IN THE WINDY CITY WDRV FM (The Drive 97.1) Chicago, IL now spins music that we do not hear in a while. On Saturday, January 17, 2015 Album Sides Saturday debuts on WDRV FM. From 7:00 am until 11:00 pm Classic Rock WDRV FM airs entire vinyl album sides uninterrupted from start to finish. Can you dig it baby? WDRV FM’s former Album Sides on Thursdays are now Triple Play Thursday.
DAVE STILL TOPS ON WTOP AFTER 50 YEARS Do you remember January 18, 1965 when I Dream of Jeannie is on TV, The Sound of Music is in movie houses, plus The Beatles’ single I Feel Fine is on the top of the music charts? Well, that is also the day that Dave McConnell goes on the air on the then WTOP-1500 in Washington, DC. Now, 50 years later, Dave is still on WTOP but now on 103.5 FM. And Dave McConnell says he has absolutely no plans to retire anytime soon.
RIVER CITY RADIO GOES LOCAL Many listeners complain that radio no longer contains local programming. RAMP reports: For the first time in 17 years, St. Louis has a new Top 40 radio station. Emmis launches its new KNOU FM Now96.3 in St. Louis, MO to take on rival iHeartMedia KSLZ FM (Z107.7). SVP/GM John Beck says: Our Classic Hits 96.3 was underperforming. St. Louis radio listeners need a music station that plays all the current hits with fewer commercials and includes local personalities.
TRIVIA QUESTION: When does Ringo Starr first appear with The Beatles? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Tony Williams Wednesday, February 11, 2015. •CHARLIE OCHS formerly with KIKK FM here in Houston, TX during my time there in the late 1970s is new Station Manager of Beasley Business News/Talk WHFS-1010 Tampa, FL. •ROB CARSON is new morning host (5-9am) on Talk Radio KCMO-710 AM and KCMO FM (103.7) Kansas City, MO as of February 2, 2014. •VINCE PELLEGRINO RCA & PolyGram music industry vet expires on Wednesday, February 4, 2015.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1959 THE COASTERS’ single Charlie Brown hits #2 on February 8th. •1963 TRAVIS TRITT Southern Rock and Country singer born on February 9th in Marietta, GA. •1979 ABC TV airs Heroes of Rock N Roll special on February 8th. •1980 JON JONES Bass player and founding member of The Eli Young Band born on February 11th in Omaha, NB. •1996 WYNY FM (103.5) in New York City flips its call letters to WKTU FM on February 8th. •2006 BRAD PAISLEY’s single Alcohol goes Gold on February 9th.
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FRANK HALEY [morning news on KDAZ-730/ex KILT, KLIF, KTRH, KVIL] (Albuquerque, NM) Subject: KKOB Talk show dies of the flu. Albuquerque’s KKOB-AM radio talk show host Terrie Q. Sayre has died. Friends say she had been suffering from the flu for a month. She was born in 1960. Sayre held forth behind the microphone on weekend mornings from 7 to 10 at the conservative talk outlet and had been doing so for some 8 years. She served as program director, news director and news anchor for radio stations in Nevada before coming to ABQ. She was also a well-known animal rights activist. A memorial service was held this week in Albuquerque.
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DOYLE KING [KILT-610/FM 92/KWWJ/KLUP] (Dallas-Grand Prairie, TX) Dallas Radio lost another soul on Monday. CBS Dallas Production Director for 24 years, Dan Seibold, suffered a massive heart attack on Monday. I believe Dan was 57 years old.
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JAY WALKER [CBS Radio Dallas/KJKK/FM/Infinity KTSA KTFM/Own Jay Walker Prod] (Dallas/Fort Worth, TX) Jim it is with heavy heart I pass along the news of the death of a true friend and radio production professional. Dan Seibold who worked in Dallas for many years behind the scenes at such production giants as TM Century suffered a fatal heart attack Monday and passed away during surgery. Dan had also mentioned working in San Antonio as well as markets in the Pacific North West. Dan was one of the “good ones” you sometimes luckily run into in this business. A very quiet and soft spoken person, his voice was easily recognized by anyone who knew him in the southwest. While being one of the top producers in Dallas he was never “hard to handle” and was a friend always ready to share his vast production knowledge or one of his latest “gadgets” ranging from production gear and software, computing, or short wave receiver. Dan was employed by CBS in Dallas and had been with the company for years first as production manager of “107.5 The Oasis” to finally creative services manager for the CBS Dallas cluster. Dan is survived by his beloved wife of many years Denise who he always called the love of his life…Rest in peace my friend.
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JOANIE GREEN-GALLO [Longtime Houston, TX DJ/traffic reporter] (Tulsa, OK) Jim, Oh! My Word! How wonderful! Thank you so much! I shall email him tonight ~ please let him know I will email him and to be sure to check his junk email in case mine goes there instead of into his email inbox. Things are rather iffy at the moment…rehearsals for Gridiron were cancelled due to the weather…ours is rather tough tonight and we’re bracing for some snow. We had some strong winds and rain earlier…just hovering over the freeze mark, so it didn’t ice over, but that could change tonight. I’m planning on going into work tomorrow unless the weather is so bad, I can’t. I got a few essentials at the store today and came home to hunker down in case we get the worst…and the really funny thing is that we’re told we could be close to 70 by the weekend! Well, I have a few things to do and then I’m going to email Ira. Take care, stay warm, and we’ll talk with you later…thanks again for passing Ira’s email addy on to me. Joanie
TRIVIA ANSWER: When the Beatles form in 1960, Ringo Starr is a member of another Liverpool group, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. In 1962, Ringo Starr appears with the Beatles for the first time when he fills in for drummer Pete Best who is under the weather. In August 1962, Ringo quits the Hurricanes and joins the Beatles to replace Pete Best.
DAVE MICHAELS [WSAI-1360/KONO-860/KBUC FM] (Dayton-Huber Heights, OH) Subject: Sunday. Jimmy: 14 degrees this morning – Dusting off SNOW. The Owl has a snow cap My bird feeder is Frozen The White Castle Coffee is GOOD Dave
CARL REINER (March 20, 1922 – p) A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.
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