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NINETEEN SEVENTIES HIT MAKER HEADS HOME In the 1920s and 1930s, Gene Austin’s 1928 hit My Blue Heaven sells over five million copies. Gene’s cousin Tommy Overstreet born on September 10, 1937 in Oklahoma City, OK grows up in both Houston and Abilene, TX. In 1971, he scores a top five hit with Gwen (Congratulations). One of Country music’s biggest star’s in the 1970’s Tommy has 11 Top Ten singles. On November 2, 2015, Tommy Overstreet passes away at 78 in his home in Hillsboro, OR.
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RADIO AND RECORDS DC BUREAU HONCHO DEPARTS From 1973 to 2006, Radio & Records (R&R) reads like a Bible for us in the radio industry until Billboard buys it and shuts it down in 2009. As an independent trade, R&R’s final issue is on August 4, 2006. R&R’s Washington, DC correspondent is Pat Clawson. Pat’s work includes investigative reporter for CNN, Radio America and NBC News. On Thursday, October 29, 2015 Pat Clawson dies in his sleep at 60 in his home in Flint, MI suburb of Swartz Creek.
TV VET VACATES BRAZOS VALLEY John Carroll graduates from Baylor University with a BA degree in Radio/TV and Film. In his senior year, John is student station manager of KWBU FM. His broadcast career includes 8 Central Texas radio stations plus two TV News departments. He anchors the news on Good Morning Central Texas on KWTX TV, next anchors the 6 and 10 pm newscasts at News Ten. After 4 years, John exits KBTX TV CH 3 Bryan/College Station to rejoin KWTX TV News CH 10 Waco, TX after a 23 year lapse.
NIELSEN LISTS TOP 5 RADIO FORMATS In the Fall 2015 ratings results Nielsen reports that Sports/Talk radio sets records for share of audience. Nielsen’s October PPM ratings show Sports radio’s listening trends are up year-to-year from 5.4% to 5.6%. Nielsen reports News/Talk radio posts a 9.4% share of all listening, a milestone since November 2013. News/Talk’s 9.4% is the number one format. Rounding out the top five most listened to radio formats: Country (7.9%), CHR (7.4%), AC (7.4%) and Hot AC (6.4%).
TRIVIA QUESTION: What famous network TV anchor once uses the air name Walter Wilcox? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Shadoe Stevens Tuesday, November 3rd. Tony Booth Wednesday, November 11th. Casey James Thursday, November 12, 2015. •IHEARTMEDIA joins FOX Business Network & FOX News Channel to air Republican presidential debate in Milwaukee, WI on Tuesday, November 10th (9pm/ET) to News/Talk radio stations nationwide. •BOB KEVOIAN who with Westwood One Bob & Tom Show co-host Tom Griswold induct into the National Radio Hall of Fame announces his retirement effective at end of 2015.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1953 KTVQ TV CBS/NBC CH 2 in Billings, MT begins broadcasting on November 9th. •1964 ROGER MILLER records King Of The Road on November 3rd in Nashville, TN. •1973 RINGO STARR releases album Ringo on November 9th. •1980 WILLIE NELSON’s single On The Road Again motors to #1 in Billboard Country on November 8th. •1996 FRED LIPMANN French quartz watchmaker dies at 91 on November 9th. •2010 TAYLOR SWIFT’s single Back To December releases to radio on November 9th on Big Machine records.
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FRANK HALEY [KDAZ-730 newscaster – ex KLIF-1190, KILT-610, KTRH-950, KVIL FM & KOB-770] (Albuquerque, NM) Jim, we’ve lost another one. Frank. Stu Walker, voice of Isotopes and Lobos, dies at 61. Longtime Albuquerque Isotopes and UNM Lobos public address announcer Stu Walker died Monday afternoon at age 61 after a battle with cancer. Walker worked with the Isotopes since 2003 and with the Lobos’ football and basketball teams for the last 20 years. Walker first started calling Lobo basketball games in 1995. He also called baseball and men’s soccer games for UNM, and called high school championships for NMAA. Walker was a former Albuquerque DJ and former radio newsman. “We are deeply saddened by Stu Walker’s passing,” said Vice President for Athletics Paul Krebs. “Stu was a tireless worker and loved not just the Lobos but all of Albuquerque. His voice was instantly recognized by our fans, and he will be sorely missed.”
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BRAD MESSER [ex KLIF-1190, KTSA-550] (San Antonio, TX) Johnny Shannon passed away in his sleep on Oct. 26 at his home in San Antonio after a long bout with liver cancer. If you knew Johnny at KILT or WOR or KONO or KTSA or anywhere else, I know you liked and respected him, so I am making sure that everyone in my Contacts list knows that there is a GoFundMe campaign to defray his final expenses. Please click www.gofundme.com/dz7c2yxw to see the details. Regards, Brad Messer
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JOHN WALTON [Walton & Johnson Show] (Houston-Brookshire, TX) Subject: Johnny Shannon. Jim, This is the main (and a little morbid) reason I scan your newsletter every week. I don’t spend a lot of time looking at trade publications anymore. I would never have heard about the passing of Johnny Shannon otherwise. I would never say we were close but when I was PD/Aft guy at KTSA Johnny and I would pass and chat a few minutes daily as I slid in and he slid out for about 2 years. At that time KTSA was still an AM Top 40 giant in the old studios out on Eisenhower. KTSA/KTFM was full of “outsized personalities” Brad Messer, Dan Mason, Logan Stewart, Catfish Prewitt, Lee Randle, Hector Reyes, Sonny Rio, Capt K (helicopter traffic legend), etc. But Johnny always stands out in my memory for always being so quiet and shy. A mild mannered buy who always had a laid back, aww shucks kind of persona not unlike a Jimmy Stewart or Tom Hanks…never had a cross word for anyone… when I first arrived he always took time to talk to the new guy as I settled in…always asked if I needed help with anything or had questions. I know we have reached that age when many of the guys we knew or worked with are heading upstairs and we shouldn’t be all that surprised…but somehow it always is. — John Walton; Walton & Johnson Show Honcho n Chief of 105.3 FREE/Excel Media Beaumont/Pt Arthur
TRIVIA ANSWER: On November 4, 1916 CBS Evening News anchorman Walter Cronkite, once called the most trusted man in America, is born. When he is KCMO-710 Kansas City, MO sports announcer he uses the air name Walter Wilcox.
BOB GRANT [East Coast radio legend] (San Angelo-Abilene, TX) Subject: Obit. Jim: Sad to learn of death in Oregon of country singer, Tommy Overstreet, @78 on 11/2. He has lots of connections to radio in Houston & Abilene, then L.A. & Nashville. Wikipedia has his life story, & his auto-bio, “A Road Less Traveled” was rel. in 2014. He had 5 top 5 hits & 11 made top ten. At his peak, I was MC of his show, 1972, Am Legion Park, Culpeper, VA. Told him that his band was first I’d seen to totally replicate sound of his actual hit records on stage. Bob & Sonny Lee
WOODY ALLEN (1935-p) I’m not afraid to die, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.
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