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NINE JOURNALISTS BEATEN BY BALTIMORE RIOTERS Baltimore, MD rioters encircle WHP TV CBS CH 21 News van. WHP TV news reporter Christina Butler tells viewers that Monday night’s riots blockade her and station news photographer Bill Seiders inside their news van. Poynter.org reports that Baltimore rioters beat nine journalists. This includes WNEW FM (99.1) Washington, DC reporter Steve Dorsey, who rioters punch in the face and shove to the ground. These misfit outsiders invade, loot and burn the city.
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TV STAR’S LIGHT DIMS Stage, film and television actress Jayne Meadows is the wife of legendary TV personality Steve Allen. Also, Jayne is the elder sister of actress Audrey Meadows. We enjoy Audrey as housewife Alice Kramden along with Jackie Gleason in The Honeymooners. On the TV game show I’ve Got a Secret, Jayne along with a panel of four celebrities guess touchy hidden facts about guests. Jayne Meadows passes away at 95 on April 26, 2015 of natural causes in her home in Encino, CA.
EAGLE LOSES A FEATHER After 21 years on iHeartMedia KEGL FM (97.1 The Eagle) Dallas, TX midday personality Chris Ryan reveals his retirement, effective Friday, April 24, 2015. Chris sighs: I’ve grown up working at The Eagle. I was only 22 years old when I was hired to do overnights. I went from overnights to program director and everything in between. Ryan says that now he can place more attention on his voiceover activity, Chris Ryan Voice.
A PART OF ALBUQUERQUE MAGIC DISAPPEARS Since June 2014, listeners hear morning duo Scott Simon and Rachel Michaels on Cumulus AC KMGA FM (95.5 Magic FM) Albuquerque, NM. Scott and Rachel join KMGA FM after sister Country KRST FM flips to NASH FM 92.3. Like the ancient proverb: All good things must come to an end. KMGA FM bids adieu to its former morning duo Scott Simon and Rachel Michaels. Scott Simon is now available at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What is the first radio station to broadcast weather news and forecasts? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Beverly Kennedy Saturday, May 2, 2015. •JACK SWANSON former longtime PD of KGO-810 San Francisco, CA moves on up to Director of News & Programming of CBS Radio Bay Area all-news KCBS-740 and KCBS FM (106.9) effective April 24, 2015. •MICHAEL SAVAGE Westwood One talk host celebrates 21 years in radio. •DANA LUNDON after 17 years in Detroit, MI radio is new PM Drive personality on Forever Communications’ Classic Hits WYNU FM (U92) Jackson, TN effective right now.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1950 WJIM TV (now WLNS) CBS CH 6 in Lansing, MI begins broadcasting on May 1st. •1967 ELVIS PRESLEY marries Priscilla Beaulieu on May 1st at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. •1971 ROLLING STONES release their single Brown Sugar on May 1st. •1982 ALABAMA’s single Mountain Music zooms to #1 in Billboard Country on May 1st. •1994 CHARLES KURALT (On the Road) retires as CBS TV newsman on May 1st. •2008 GEORGE STRAIT’s album Troubadour goes Gold on May 1st.
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WINK MARTINDALE [Host of over 20 TV game shows including Tic Tak Dough / DJ on WHBQ, KMPC] (Los Angeles, CA) Jim: Not for my self-gratification…I just thought you might like to know of this very special Award I received from the U. Of Memphis two weeks ago tonight. Wink (www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpFqLHq1oZU)
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JIM BELL [KUHF FM 88.7 Morning Edition anchor since 1997-retires 2010] (Lufkin, TX) Subject: Phil Parr Has Passed. Jim, It is with great sadness that I report the passing of a true Texas radio legend. Phil Parr died on Wednesday April 22nd in Lufkin. He was 74 years old, born October 12, 1940, in St. Louis Missouri, but lived most of his life in Texas. Phil was the most incredibly talented and creative radio man I ever knew, despite being blind from birth. He was also a very talented singer and musician, and wrote a number of songs. I got to know him while working at KSPL AM/FM in Diboll-Lufkin in the early 80s, and I can testify that there was nothing he couldn’t do. A master DJ and broadcast engineer, he could build you a radio station from the ground up, complete with all the electronics. I will refer you to his website where he tells his life story in his own words. (www.philparr.net/about_me) Please check it out. He was a most remarkable man. Texas radio has lost one of its greatest. Jim Bell Lufkin
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TONY WILLIAMS [WKY-930/KRLD-1080] (Dallas-Richardson, TX) Subject: Jayne Meadows. Award-Winning Stage and Screen Actress Dies at Age 95, Family Says Meadows’ son Bill said his mother had died peacefully of natural causes Sunday night in her Encino, Calif., home, Entertainment Tonight reports. Meadows’ career spanned more than six decades. Tony
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DAVE MICHAELS [WSAI-1360/KONO-860/KBUC FM] (Dayton-Huber Heights, OH) I think it was around Noon – on Sunday I found it (JRRR) in my mailbox…and read it. I check e-mail – all different times of the day. I have written e-mails at 3am in the morning…If I can’t sleep and I am up listening to Coast to Coast or WABC radio NYC and working some electronic equipment, YOU just never know. Dave
TRIVIA ANSWER: WEW-770 St. Louis, MO is the oldest radio station west of the Mississippi. Its license begins in April 1921, just weeks after KDKA-1020 Pittsburgh, PA on November 2, 1920. In 1912, Saint Louis University establishes 9YK with the Morse code to communicate seismological and weather information. WEW-770 audio transmissions begin at 10:05 am on April 26, 1921 as the first radio station to broadcast weather news and forecasts. WEW-770’s signal protects clear-channel 50,000 watt WABC-770 in NYC.
CHARLES GEORGE [KC5RAI – ex KCHU FM] (Dallas, TX) Yes the KLIF (1190) building is still there, for a while The Dallas Observer was there but it has offices at Oaklawn and Maple across from the Scottish Rite. I think a Real Estate Agency uses the old KLIF building. Cumulus has offices and studios near American Airlines Arena. Charles George
JERRY LEE LEWIS (Green, Green Grass of Home) The old house is still standing, tho’ the paint is cracked and dry.
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