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NORTHWEST TV LEGEND BITES THE BULLET Robert [Bob] Briley is in Spokane, WA radio and TV for nearly 60 years. In 1954, Bob begins a long career in broadcasting on KHQ-590 and KHQ TV NBC CH 6 as reporter and anchor. During his 35 years on KHQ TV he has multiple duties as reporter, photographer, anchor, baseball announcer and public affairs director. In 1988, Briley retires from KHQ TV. On Monday, August 10, 2015 a man near and dear to the entire Spokane community, Robert [Bob] Briley, dies at 91 at home.
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ART BELL CONTINUES TO MOVE AND GROOVE For over 20 years, Art Bell founds/hosts radio program Coast to Coast AM, now with George Noory. Art’s return to radio snares big affiliates. With the debut of his new show, Midnight in the Desert from 10:00pm-1:00am, legendary radio voice Art Bell returns to the airwaves on Monday July 20, 2015 on KXL FM NEWS 101 Portland, OR. New additions to Bell’s affiliate list: Great Plains Media WRPW FM (Cities 92.9) Bloomington, IL and CFRB-1010 Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
WLS FM LOSES LANDECKER AND NOW DIAMOND More huge changes at WLS FM Chicago, IL. Windy City radio superstar John Records Landecker exits WLS FM. After negotiations with former Chicago radio hotshots Eddie & Jobo break down, WLS FM Program Director Jan Jeffries calls on his former ally in Washington, D.C., Jack Diamond. But, it only lasts for a little while before Diamond rushes back home to D.C. to seek his next radio opportunity. New Program Director Brian Thomas now has two jumbo gaps to fill.
LIMBAUGH SIGNS WITH NEW BOSTON AFFILIATE On Wednesday, July 2, 2008 Rush Limbaugh signs a lucrative contract renewal with Premiere Radio Networks for $400 million that keeps him on the air until 2016 which is more than the salaries of all the network TV anchors combined: Katie Couric, Brian Williams and Charlie Gibson. iHeartMedia announces that Talk WKOX-1430 is Rush Limbaugh’s new radio home in Boston, MA.
TRIVIA QUESTION: When does Strike It Rich begin on the radio? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Keith Bilbrey Friday, August 14th. Chuck Scott Tuesday, August 18th. Paul Christy Friday, August 21, 2015. •CHELSEA HUMPHREY from Marion, TX exits KTXS TV ABC CH 12 Abilene as weekend meteorologist/general assignment reporter to join KTBC TV Fox CH 7 Austin, TX as weekend weather on August 24, 2015. •JOHN [Whip] WILBUR ex KTBZ FM Houston, KROQ FM Los Angeles, WXRK FM New York and 99X FM Atlanta flees Westwood One Classic Rock. Reach John at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1959 U.S.S.R. & IRAQ sign nuclear reactor contract on August 17th. •1966 LEE ANN WOMACK (I Hope You Dance – CMA 2000 Song and Single of the Year) born on August 19th in Jacksonville, TX. •1973 LEE TREVINO’s 1st hole-in-one on August 17th. •1980 ALABAMA’s Tennessee River is its first #1 single in Billboard Country on August 16th. •1998 JAMES PATRICK MURRAY NSSA Sportswriter of Year dies on August 17th. •2009 BRAD PAISLEY’s video Welcome To The Future debuts on CMT on August 17th.
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BILL CONWAY [Former PD/OM Entercom KOIT FM] (San Diego, CA) Subject: Lynn Anderson. Hi Jim, I saw the Lynn Anderson obit. Too soon for a real talent. Did you know she was once married to a radio station owner? My first PD gig was at KAOK in Lake Charles in the 70s. Harold “Spook” Stream was a local rich guy (still is) and started his own station NOVA 104 to play the kind of rock he wanted to hear. One of my North Texas State classmates, Otis Tomerlin known professionally as Tommy Otis, was running it. Lynn Anderson was the girlfriend of and later wife of Spook. I think they bent the format enough to play her records. Bill Conway=
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JACK PARNELL [former Program Director WHBQ-560] (Memphis, TN) Subject: Jay Cook. Good afternoon Jim: Thanks to you and your help, I had a nice long conversation on the phone yesterday with Ken Dowe. He gave me John Cook’s phone #, but I haven’t called him yet…haven’t had time yet, but I do plan to. Also, Jay Walker gave me John’s email address a couple of days ago, but haven’t heard back from him. Thanks greatly for putting the 3 of us together. JP
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JAY WALKER [CBS Radio Dallas/KJKK FM/Infinity KTSA-550/KTFM FM/Jay Walker Prod] (Dallas-McKinney, TX) Subject: John Cook. Hi Jim and Suzie!!! Since our “world” is a small one it’s a good chance there’s less than “two degrees separation” from any one of us. I worked with John back in the late 90’s and 2K when we were both working for Infinity/CBS or whoever we were that week HAHA. John has been around the block a few times, he worked at KISS in Dallas, LA and of course Philadelphia. I should find out in a day or two where he’s at these days since I sent the “friend” request on Facebook. I also mentioned that Jack wanted to get in touch. If that doesn’t work I’ll check with my good friend Reid Reker as he keeps in touch with the “crew”. Jay Walker
TRIVIA ANSWER: On June 29 1947 Strike It Rich debuts on CBS Radio with Todd Russell as its host from 1947 to 1948. Luden’s Cough Drops is its sponsor. From 1948-1958 Warren Hull is Strike It Rich host. On May 1, 1950, Strike It Rich moves to NBC on weekdays with Colgate as its sponsor. Strike It Rich lasts on radio until December 27, 1957. On May 7, 1951 Strike It Rich premiers on CBS TV until January 3, 1958. From July 4, 1951 to January 12, 1955 CBS airs Strike It Rich on prime time.
JIM BELL [KUHF FM 88.7 Morning Edition anchor since 1997-retires 2010] (Lufkin, TX) Subject: Quiz Kids Memories. Hey Jim, your Quiz Kids trivia question brought back some memories. My first radio job in 1965 was working weekends at the Houston classical station KLEF FM. One of the full timers there was the afternoon guy Gerard Darrow, who was one of the original Radio Quiz Kids, recruited in 1940 at the age of seven. Darrow had a sky high IQ and knew a lot about a lot of things, especially science, art and classical music. Sadly, he grew up to be extremely neurotic as an adult. He told me he had to quit some very good radio jobs in New York and San Francisco because those stations were what he called “monster factories” that caused him to have several nervous breakdowns. I really enjoyed being around him because he was a very funny guy and I learned a lot from him. I lost track of him when I moved on from KLEF to my first full time job at KMSC FM in Nassau Bay. Sadly, Gerard ended up living on welfare because nobody would hire him. He died penniless in 1980 at the age of 47. So sad. Jim Bell, retired in Lufkin.
OSCAR WILDE (October 16, 1854 – November 30, 1900) I am completely penniless, and absolutely homeless. Yet there are worse things in the world than that.
Jim Rose and Suzie
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo
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