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FISTFIGHT BREAKS OUT AMONG KOB TV ANCHORS Mike Burgess, GM of KOB TV NBC CH 4 in Albuquerque, NM swears: There was no fistfight. FTVLive, who reports the news first, tells TVSpy that it stands 100% behind our story that punches were thrown. That breaking news story reveals that anchor Tom Joles, reporter Stuart Dyson and photographer Joseph Lynch went at it after a verbal confrontation in the newsroom. KOB TV VP/GM Mike Burgess says: there had been a heated discussion.
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LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW The second largest city in New England’s spring season is a farfetched dream. Buried under 103 inches of snow, Worcester, MA holds the honor of #2 on the Snowiest Cities In America list. On Thursday morning, February 19, 2015 the snow blizzard knocks Cumulus Hot AC WXLO FM, Classic Rock WWFX FM (100 The Pike) and WORC FM (98.9) off the air. After a water pipe bursts that sends a gush of water down its halls, employees evacuate their building at 250 Commercial Street.
KATY CONNECTS WITH HER COUNTRY As we previously report in JRRR, after 33 years in mornings in the Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX radio market, Terry Dorsey retires from Cumulus Country KSCS FM (96.3) on Wednesday, December 17, 2014. On Monday, March 9, 2015 KSCS FM spruces up its morning show with the addition of Katelyn [Connected K] Maida to join Mark [Hawkeye] Louis and [Trapper] John Morris on KSCS FM’s wakeup broadcast.
CINDY DRIVES NYC HOME Native New Yorker 13-years on crosstown WKTU FM (103.5), plus the last six as Paul [Cubby] Bryant’s morning show co-host, Cindy Vero switches her traffic reporting skills onto Cumulus Hot AC WPLJ FM (95.5) airwaves. Veteran NYC radio personality Cindy Vero is WKTU FM’s new drive time traffic reporter. From 6-10am, she puts her traffic magic on the Todd & Jayde in the Morning show, plus Cindy drives listeners home from 3-7pm on PD/PM Drive John Foxx’s program.
TRIVIA QUESTION: When does the Friday the 13th virus attack British computers? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•AMY VANDEROEF since 2006 co-host of Good Morning Texas on WFAA TV ABC CH 8 Dallas, TX gives up the ship because of a contract conflict. •KEVIN PETERSON formerly Radio & Records Christian Editor is new PD of Christa Media Contemporary Christian KFMK FM (Spirit 105.9) Austin, TX. •PAULA DEEN Celebrity cook formerly on the Food channel sets in motion daily radio vignettes Get Cooking with Paula Deen on Compass Media Networks, plus a weekly podcast What’s Cooking with Paula Deen to debut May 1, 2015.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1956 ELVIS PRESLEY releases his 1st #1 single Heartbreak Hotel on February 27th. •1961 MARTY ROBBINS’ single Don’t Worry with its signature fuzz guitar solo scores #1 in Billboard Country on February 27th. •1974 PEOPLE magazine hits the newsstands on February 27th. •1987 GEORGE STRAIT’s Greatest Hits album grabs Platinum on February 26th. •1991 JAMES BROWN R&B singer exits his prison cell on February 27th. •2004 REBA MCENTIRE’s video Somebody premieres on CMT TV on February 27th.
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FRANK HALEY [KDAZ-730 newsman – ex KLIF-1190 & KOB-770 news KILT, KLIF, KTRH, KVIL] (Albuquerque, NM) Jim, very sad news: Joe Leonard Jr. gave me a job at KGAF in 1962. I worked for him for over 2 years, and then moved to Nacogdoches to finish college. Mr. Leonard was a wonderful boss, I left his employment in May of “64, In Dec. of that year, he mailed me a Christmas bonus, and I hadn’t been employed by him for months. I have been in touch with him in recent years by e-mail, not bad for someone in his 80’s RIP my friend Joe Leonard Jr. A man who loved Jesus. Frank Haley
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JACK PARNELL [former Program Director/DJ WHBQ-560] (Memphis, TN) Jim: Very interesting! According to my niece in Dallas, there’s nothing more interesting than genealogy. She even teaches nationally on how to find who did what to and with whom way back when. Interesting too that your ancestors are from England; some of mine are, but most are from Ireland. I have my demo on a website in London; voiceovers.co.uk, and I got an email from a Sara Parnell, who lives in London, is an actress, and she was noticing that at that time she and I had the same American talent agent in Atlanta. I’ve visited her website a few times, and she’s a very good voiceover, as well as actress.
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BEN HAROLD [ex KXOL-1360, KENR-1070] (Knoxville, TN) Jim, I was on the board of Texas AP broadcasters, back then, as well. sadly, I ended up following my ex wife to Tennessee to be near my daughter (which was a very bad move). Knoxville radio sucked back then, it sucks now – just worse. I did some news, flew traffic watch, got tired of it all. A buddy of mine bought a station outside of Knoxville, he and I ran it for a number of years…and – quite frankly – I just got burned out on radio. So there it is in a semi-nutshell. Ben Harold
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TONY WILLIAMS [WKY-930/KRLD-1080] (Dallas-Richardson, TX) Subject: Lee Baby. Not his best aircheck, but … he was creative. When I was in the hospital in 2006, Lee called me. I really did not feel like talking, but he said, “Man, this is a one-in-a-lifetime offer, no money-back guarantees.” He could always make me laugh. Lee hated working with board ops. He preferred to work his own board. Ironically, on this tape, he says goodbye to his board op who was leaving KCBQ in San Diego. (www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGDLJORcu2I&list=PLemScscdu6FZhOJnFrJHfoIWudsZWMLFW&index=189)
TRIVIA ANSWER: On January 13, 1989 the Friday the 13th virus infects hundreds of IBM computers throughout Great Britain that wipes out program files and causes tremendous mayhem when large-scale computer viruses are a new threat.
DON SUNDEEN [DJ/Hi Records promotion/TV ad production] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Older Brains are full of too much info to remember. I keep thinking about the lyrics to “My boyfriends back,”, American Bandstand, 3 Assassinations, “I am not a crook”, “The Eagle has landed”, Linda Ronstadt barefoot, “It’s 10:22 with Donnie”, Hendrix at Woodstock, Bill Graham making me pay to see one of my acts at the Fillmore, Tina Turner saying, “Don Sundeen do you think I have pretty legs?” Getting caught between Willie Mitchell and Al Green, the birth of my two wonderful children, the first date with my beautiful wife Poppy, (wings and beer), the deaths of my parents and so many friends including my partner Lee, the friends who are there when you’re up and when you’re down, rocking on the radio in Bermuda, the kindness of so many people along the way, my many friendships that go back to High School, college and the USAF, and a million more things many of which I no longer remember…in fact, why am I in the kitchen? How about you, memory slipping?
HEDLEY LAMARR [Blazing Saddles – 1974] My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives.
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