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LETTERMAN CALLS IT QUITS In 1970, David Letterman’s TV career begins in his home town Indianapolis as anchor and weatherman on WLWI TV (now WTHR TV). Letterman scores 67 Emmy nominations plus he wins 12 times. He grabs an Emmy award at the 37th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony in Pasadena, CA. On Wednesday, May 20, 2015 Letterman retires from The Late Show. Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert is his replacement.
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GOAT HERDER GETS LOST IN ALAMO CITY Since I exit my post as PD/MD/AM Drive DJ on KBER FM in San Antonio, TX in 1973 many changes occur. It has several different call letters: KBER FM (1966-74), KSAQ (1974-76), KZZY (1976-78), KCCW (1979-81), KLLS (1981-87) and finally KCYY FM. KBER FM moves out of its old building in a cattle field about a quarter mile from Loop 410 to 8122 Datapoint Drive. On May 26, 2015 Ryan McKiddy flees CBS WUSN FM (US99.5) Chicago, IL for KCYY FM (100.3) San Antonio, TX.
NEWS REPORTER VACATES WEST COAST Media General KRON TV CH 4 San Francisco, CA weekend anchor and general assignment reporter John Fenoglio hits the road for ABC owned and operated KTRK TV CH 13 in Houston, TX. Before KRON TV, Houston native Fenoglio is a CBS News West Coast correspondent. Fenoglio also gains international exposure as a West Coast correspondent on France 24 International News 24/7.
NEWS TALK WINS FORMAT RACE Nielsen Audio’s April 2015 PPM survey shows that News/Talk wins the radio format race. Based on average quarter hour share News/Talk format wins the format race with an 8.8 share of persons 6+. But, in 25-54 persons, News/Talk lands in fifth place with a 6.2 share. Ahead of News/Talk in 25-54 demographics from first to fourth are: Pop/CHR, Country, AC and Hot AC.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Who anchors the first live telecast of a political convention? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Dwight Cook [Shotgun KRBE FM] Thursday, May 21, 2015. •KLGO-1260 Gospel (The Word) Elgin/Austin, TX does an about face to Comedy 1260 with programming from radio friend George Gimarc’s Today’s Comedy Network. •ALPHA MEDIA buys Wilks Broadcasting four-station Lubbock, TX radio cluster. •JODI BECKER WTMJ-620 Milwaukee, WI Morning News anchor tosses in the towel at the end of May 2015 to spend more time with her family that includes two young children. •GARY SINISE actor (Lieutenant Dan Taylor in Forrest Gump – 1994) and humanitarian receives 2015 NABEF Celebration of Service to America award on June 16, 2015 in Washington, DC.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1956 KRIS TV NBC CH 6 in Corpus Christi, TX first broadcast on May 22nd. •1962 PHIL VASSER singer/songwriter (Alan Jackson Right On The Money #1-1998/99, Collin Raye Little Red Rodeo #3-1998. Jo Dee Messina Bye Bye #1 for 2 weeks-1998) born on May 28th in Lynchburg, VA. •1970 FRANCE performs nuclear test on Muruora Island on May 22nd. •1985 JON PARDI singer/songwriter (Up All Night #10-2013/14) born on May 20th in Dixon, CA. •1992 JOHNNY CARSON’s final appearance as host on NBC TV’s The Tonight Show on May 22nd. •2007 LEANN RIMES’ video Nothin’ Better To Do debuts online at CMT.com on May 22nd.
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ROBERT MILLER [Eastern Michigan University Professor] (Detroit/Plymouth, MI) Hi Jim, Oh yes! I remember the Little Red Barn (steakhouse). It’s been there a long time as well. By the time I get out of here (San Antonio, TX) I’ll have to go on a diet! All the best, my friend! Bob
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[Gentleman] JIM CARTER [KCBQ/KNUS/WFAA/KONO/KLIF/KXOL/KBUC] (San Antonio, TX) Subject: Fiddlin’ Chubby Anthony… Hi Jimmy boy: I enjoyed the tributes to Johnny Gimble. However, I’m not so sure he was the best fiddler to ever strum a fiddle. There was this bluegrass fiddler named Chubby Anthony who is called by many as the best fiddler ever. I’ll let you listen to him on this version of the Orange Blossom Special…enjoy! Gentleman Jim Carter/San Antonio, Texas
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STEVE EBERHART [KVIL FM-ABC satellite radio] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Radio World article. Jim, thought you might enjoy the article I wrote for Radio World Magazine which appeared last week. The link to the digital online edition is below. Cheers! Steve Eberhart; Eberhart Broadcasting; Dallas www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newbay/rw_20150422/#/22
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MIKE KELLAM [ex KHFI FM/KHFI-970, NBC WMAQ-670 engineer] (Estes Park, CO) Subject: Remember J.C. Kellam? Hi, Jim! Thanks for these tidbits Sorry for the VERY late reply. After vacation in Florida (yuk!), it took a couple of weeks to recover. When I moved to Austin, Jake Pickle was our congressman. Also, around that time, Roy Butler (a buddy of LBJ and Pickle) was said to be the head man at KVET, probably when Pickle became a congressman. Butler also sat on the Channel 24 construction permit for some years forestalling competition to KTBC-TV which was the sole TV station in the market from the late ’40s or early ’50s until 1966 when KHFI-TV went on the air. There was a lot of politics behind these stations at those times. Hope that wasn’t too long! Hope you and furry friend are well. Mike Kellam
TRIVIA ANSWER: In 1930, Lowell Thomas delivers a nightly news and commentary program on the CBS Radio network. In 1939, Lowell hosts the first-ever television-news broadcast on NBC TV. In Summer 1940, Thomas anchors the first live telecast of a political convention, the 1940 Republican National Convention. For four decades, Lowell is a radio newscaster until he retires on May 14, 1976. Lowell Thomas has the longest radio career of anyone in his day, a record that Paul Harvey later eclipses.
GEORGE GIMARC [ex WRR, KNTU, KDNT, KZEW, KRQX, KZPS, KNON and KDGE] (Dallas, TX) Subject: KLGO-1260. That is correct. Comedy returns to Austin (TX) where it previous had a great run with Emmis. It’s very far ranging Safe-For-Work comedy, carefully and cleverly edited so that you never hear a beep or naughty word – but still is max funny. It’s also very contemporary – most of what we play is from the last ten years. George Gimarc CEO
CHARLIE CHAPLIN (April 16, 1889 – December 25, 1977) A day without laughter is a day wasted.
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