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FIRED IRATE CUB HACK MURDERS TWO REPORTERS While 24 year old WDBJ TV Roanoke, VA news reporter Alison Parker and 27 year old cameraman Adam Ward deliver a report on live television, malcontent former dismissed WDBJ TV reporter 41 year old Vester Lee Flanagan shoots and kills the couple. Local police report that during a high-speed chase the suspected assassin Flanagan who uses on-air name Bryce Williams fires a shot to his head and crashes his car. Should reporters carry body guards as well as microphones?
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WORK PLACE VIOLENCE OR ANARCHIST? Not too long before the emergence of today’s defiant Talk radio shows plus the rise of around the clock news media, agitants incite violence against reporters. Remember back in the 1980s when extremists gun-down Denver, CO Talk radio host Alan Berg? Recently, Minnesota Public Radio host Mary Lucia has to take a leave of absence because of a chronic stalker. In times like these, talk hosts and reporters must adopt high security measures to protect themselves wherever they go.
SHOCK JOCK MARCONI ENLIVENS WINDY CITY WKQX FM’s new Program Director Troy Hanson makes a few changes. Former WKQX FM morning show co-host from its days as Q101 until it ends in July 2011, Brian Sherman, returns to WKQX FM in September 2015 as weekend host. WKQX FM, now 101WKQX, adds controversial shock jock Marconi from the Pacific Northwest as its new 7:00pm-Midnight evening host in September 2015. The real Marconi, Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937), is one of the Italian inventors of radio.
FORMER HOUSTON, TX TV ANCHOR CALLS IT QUITS Former KTRK-13 ABC CH 13 Houston, TX consumer investigator Jim Bergamo moves to Austin, TX on KEYE TV CH 42, KXAN TV CH 36 and finally KVUE TV ABC CH 24 as co-anchor of the 5 pm news with Quita Culpepper and he is KVUE TV’s medical reporter. After nine years on KVUE TV, plus 36 years in broadcasting, Jim Bergamo retires from KVUE TV on Friday, August 21, 2015. Bergamo’s new assignment is as a sales consultant.
TRIVIA QUESTION: In the original Rocky movie, what radio announcer’s voice kicks off Rocky‘s run? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Barry Kilgore Thursday, September 3, 2015. •STEPHANIE MCMASTER is new co-host of The Buzz Adams Morning Show on Townsquare Media Active Rock KLAQ FM (95.5) El Paso, TX. •MARK GINTHER exits Executive News Director position at KING TV CH 5 in Seattle, WA and Assistant News Director at WFAA TV CH 8 Dallas, TX to become VP of News at KXAS CH 5 Ft. Worth, TX. •TEJAS BROADCASTING of Corpus Christi, TX appoints Joe Browning [Crash Kelley] as Corporate PD.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1955 KTRE TV ABC/NBC CH 9 in Lufkin, TX begins broadcasting on August 31st. •1961 LORETTA LYNN signs with Decca Records on September 3rd. •1976 MEXICAN PESO devalues on August 31st. •1982 AARON HENNINGSEN singer/songwriter (The Band Perry’s You Lie) born on September 3rd at Jarman Hospital in Tuscola, IL. •1991 JAN BERRY (Jan and Dean) says I do to Gertie Filip on August 31st. •2004 KRIS KRISTOFFERSON is 2004 inductee into Country Music Hall of Fame on August 30th.
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JACK PARNELL [former Program Director WHBQ-560] (Memphis, TN) I can imagine you were proud to be associated with them…had a right to be. I visited WFIL in the mid 60s, they offered me a job too, but I never told Jay. Their studios were like a space ship…even a control to “practice” in at anytime someone else wasn’t using it. If you had ideas there was plenty of ways to go in and “woodshed” them. However, WHBQ was the epitome of great people. Management, office people (even the sales department), production (people from everywhere were coming in and using our production department), and especially the on-air people…there were no egos, everybody had the utmost respect for each other, helped each other, and loved the place. Wink and I still talk a lot about what a fun place it was…about how we didn’t just play records and commercials…we DID SHOWS! JP
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JAY WALKER [CBS Radio Dallas/KJKK FM/Infinity KTSA-550/KTFM FM/Jay Walker Prod] (Dallas-McKinney, TX) Subject: KUHF nonsense. Jim I just had to respond to the asinine short sighted comment that Lisa Shumate, KUHF FM GM made regarding the transition of the Classical format to HD-2 and streaming which is so wrong on so many points. In reply I’d say I’m sure both of the HD receiver owners in the Houston area will appreciate the switch to HD-2, and of course everyone knows classical music always sounds best in low bit rate “watery” mp3 sound. Very snarky I know, but in all seriousness, Houston public radio listeners will NEVER have another once this station is sold because to paraphrase Will Rogers “They don’t make that anymore”. Once again proof too many “new” media types believe their own press releases regarding the “growing popularity, superior broadcast quality and greater efficiency of digital broadcasting”. Best to you and Suzie!!! Jay Walker
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ED MILLER [Former KPCN, KFJZ, KXOL, KIXL, KAFM, KTXO, KAMC, KTLK, Texas State Network, etc] (Austin, TX) Jim, Sorry KBAT gave Rick Marcellan the gold mine and you the shaft, but I’m sure glad he was at ‘JZ. He was the best GM I ever had. Hired me because I had a reputation as an iconoclastic troublemaker in the news biz at the time, and said he wanted me to “shake the dust off the bushes.” This was back in the days when you could still do talk and get big numbers in the Book, even in a backwards burgh like FW, without having to have the now seemingly mandatory neo-Nazi orientation.
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BILL CHERRY [Realtor – In late 1950s Music ’til Dawn host on WWL-870] (Dallas, TX) Hi, Jim and Suzie– I’m usually up by 4:30. I used to get up at this time to study when I was in college. The behavior has remained. Actually I like it. All is quiet and I usually spend the time reading. Meanwhile, you know Chuck (Dunaway) is up, too. Bill
TRIVIA ANSWER: Radio legend Don Cannon does Philadelphia, PA morning radio since 1969 on Top 40 WIBG, WIP, WFIL, WIFI and WSNI. From 1990 until he retires in 2004, Don is the morning man on WOGL FM (98.1). In the original Rocky movie, when the morning alarm clock goes off for Rocky’s run, it is Don Cannon’s voice on the radio.
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