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SOUTH CENTRAL KANSAS LOSES POPULAR RADIO VOICE Since 1980, Bob Walker is a radio fixture in the Hutchinson-Wichita, KS area. For the past 15 years, Bob Walker born Robert Middleton on July 9, 1950 in Augusta, GA becomes Hutchison, KS’ favorite morning host on Eagle Communications KHMY FM (My 93.1). Friends say that Bob loves to make people laugh both on air and off and had classic lines that will live on. Bob Walker who always closes his show with come get me mother, I’m through dies on Saturday, March 7, 2015.
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PIPELINE COLLAPSES Bob Spickard and Brian Carman first meet in the eighth grade at Willard middle school in Santa Clara, CA. In the 1960s, Surf Rock music is on the upswing. After school, each learns how to play the guitar. Later, they recruit three more friends Bob Welch (drums), Warren Waters (bass) and Rob Marshall (piano) and form The Chantays. In spring 1963, The Chantays’ Pipeline hits #4 on the national chart. On March 1, 2015 guitarist Brian Carman passes away at 69 from Crohn’s disease.
WILL COURIC REPLACE WILLIAMS? After the Brian Williams incident on NBC TV, current speculation hints a possibility of Katy Couric as his successor on NBC Nightly News. Andrew Lack, who runs NBC News from 1993-2001, returns as its chairman. Katy and Andy are good friends. Is this a match made in Heaven? Only the Shadow knows. An insider also reveals that Couric might unseat Savannah Guthrie on Today. Currently, Katy Couric is a global anchor at Yahoo.
WABC NYC BOMB SCARE In 1974, while on the air 9 am-noon on Top 40 KFJZ-1270 in Ft. Worth, TX we experience a bomb scare. Again in 1975 another bomb scare during my noon-3 pm DJ show on Top 40 KXOL-1360 Ft. Worth. Both times everyone leaves the building except me as DJ. On Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Employees at Cumulus Media’s NYC cluster evacuate their 17th floor broadcast operations high atop Madison Square Garden. But WABC-770 midday hosts Curtis & Kuby [Curtis Sliwa and Ron Kuby] remain on the air.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What rank does Elvis Presley achieve in the Army? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Ken Dowe Tuesday, March 10th. Jim Gough Wednesday, March 18th. Patti Lowery Thursday, March 19, 2015. •EDRIS JENKINS aka EJ relocates from iHeartMedia KHFI FM (96.7) Austin-Georgetown, TX to sister Hot AC KDMX FM (Now 102.9) Dallas, TX as new MD night DJ. •CRISCO KIDD Houston, TX native heads back home to the Lone Star state with The Crisco Kidd Block Party to PM Drive on Cumulus Rhythmic KLIF FM (Hot 93.3) Dallas, TX.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1954 NANCY WILSON Rock band Heart guitarist born on March 16th. •1969 GLEN CAMPBELL’s single plus album Galveston release on Capitol records on March 17th. •1970 NEW ENGLISH BIBLE publishes on March 16th. •1984 THE JUDDS make 1st huge appearance on March 20th opening for The Statler Brothers at Aksarben (Nebraska backward) arena in Omaha, NB. •1996 JOSEPH LEE POPE singer with The Tams dies at 62 on March 16th. •2011 SARA EVANS’ single A Little Bit Stronger certifies Gold on March 16th.
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MARY LYNN KNOCHELMAN [ex WCKY-1530] (Cincinnati, OH) On Tuesday March 10, 700 WLW Morning Host Jim Scott made this announcement to his listeners, “After broadcasting on Cincinnati Radio for 47 years, beginning with playing Rock & Roll on 1360 WSAI, and Talking here, it is time to begin to say Goodbye”. Prior to coming to Cincinnati, Scott, the 2002 Marconi Award Large Market Personality of the Year Winner, broadcast on WKBW, in Buffalo, New York. His final broadcast will be his “favorite day”, Reds Opening Day, Monday April 6. He also plans that day to walk in the Opening Day Parade to thank his fans. His replacement will be Mike McConnell, already at WLW, as a vacation fill-in-host. Except for 3 years at Chicago’s WGN, McConnell has served WLW for 25 years. Personally I’ll miss waking up to his friendly voice, and his reading of snow day school cancellations, not only for myself on WSAI. but my kids, on WLW. Mary Lynn Knochelman Former 1530 WCKY
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DON SUNDEEN [DJ/Hi Records promotion/TV ad production] (Dallas, TX) Subject: ‘Pipeline’ guitarist, Brian Carman of the Chantays, dies at 69. Great radio record back in the day, coming out of a boring news break, weather or spots; the distinctive guitar riff by Brian Carmen jumped right out of the radio and said, “Wake up, We’re Rocking Again.” They were very much a part of the California Surf scene and toured nationally behind their hit, “Pipeline.” There’s a video clip of the band here performing on of all places, the Lawrence Welk Show. How that happened is hard to say, but maybe Larry had a piece of the record. Anyway, it’s really primitive, they’re dressed in Beatle-like suits, and young Brian makes a speech like at the at school assembly, but the music is still there and it really resonates even today. We’ll have pieces like this soon when my blog called “TheDonRocks” is launched.
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BOB GRANT [Robert Hanger] (San Angelo-Abilene, TX) Subject: Wayne Kemp … Jim: Obit for Wayne Kemp… (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne_Kemp) Also, radio personality past 47 yrs in Cincinnati, Jim Scott, has anno on his WLW show that he will retire next month. BOB & Sonny Lee.
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CHUCK DUNAWAY [ex WABC-770, WKY-930, KILT-610, KLIF-1190] (Houston-Katy, TX) Jim; Please let me know any news you receive regarding my dear friend Jock Wood. He was a major influence in my career…almost single handedly got me to move to Cleveland. Jack and I were in almost daily communication before my recent bout with being hospitalized. Take care my friend. Chuck
TRIVIA ANSWER: On March 24, 1958 Elvis Presley processes into the Army at Fort Chaffee, AR. The Army sends Elvis to Fort Hood, TX for basic training in the 2nd Armored Division. In August his mother dies. In September the Army assigns Elvis to the 3rd Armored Division in Germany. He meets 14-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu and later they wed. In February 1960 private Elvis Presley rises to the rank of sergeant. On March 5, 1960 the Army honorably discharges the 25 year old Elvis Presley from active duty.
BILL CHERRY [Realtor, in late 1950s Music ’til Dawn host on WWL-870] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Your bio. Jim, it’s the scariest part of radio, isn’t it? When I did the American Airlines program in New Orleans, I was in a furniture store window across from the Monteleon Hotel for 4 hours a night. That was especially weird because the stalkers not only knew what I looked like, but could be inches away from me when I came to work and walked out to go home. And, of course, I didn’t know if they were there or not. I did get a court restraining order on one of them. The telephone company was able to figure out the number she was using, and determine it was she. Bill
NICKY RAVEN (Author of Vampireology) There are vampires. They are real, they are of our time, and they are here, close by, stalking us as we sleep…
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