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MEMPHIS MARK SIGNS OFF Mark Billingsley, longtime air personality on Country WGKX FM (105.9) nicknamed Memphis Mark is on Kix 106 for more than 20 years. WGKX FM Program Director Duane Shannon says that when Billingsley broadcasts at live events a crowd gathers around him. When Mark signs off he says: I’m headed to my little piece of America in Fayette County. On Tuesday afternoon, December 22, 2015 after several weeks of illness, Mark Billingsley signs off for the last time at 53.
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FIRE DAMAGES RADIO DUO’S HOME WZEW FM (92.1) Mobile, AL morning co-hosts Tim and Lee Ann Camp and family escape injury after a fire destroys their home. Lee Ann says that firefighters rescue their family doggie from the flames. Mobile Fire Rescue says there’s $35,000 damage mostly in the upstairs rooms where most of their clothes are located. St. Pius X Catholic School collects clothes for their daughter and son. WZEW FM co-workers collect cash and check donations at www.92zew.net/.
WILL BEAUTIFIL MUSIC RETURN TO ROCHESTER? In October 2014, Greg Jensen buys KNXR FM Rochester, MN for $1.1 million and flips it from Beautiful Music to Hot AC in February 2015. Next, Greg’s Hometown Broadcasting sells Hot AC KNXR (97.5 Pulse FM) to John Linder’s Blooming Prairie Farm Radio for $3.2 million. Linder registers multiple KNXR related domains: 975KNXR.com, 975KNXRFM.com, KNXR97-5.com, KNXR975.com, and KNXRFM.com. Will Linder bring back KNXR FM’s Beautiful Music format?
LITTLE JIMMY’S GUITARS FOR SALE In 1948, Little Jimmy Dickens joins the Grand Ole Opry. In spring 1949, we enjoy his first hit record Take an Old Cold Tater (and Wait). In fall 1965, just about everybody sings along to his record May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose. Nearly a year after Little Jimmy Dickens passes, Gruhn Guitars (2120 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN (615) 256-2033) has 18 guitars from his estate on sale. Gruhn’s list of Dickens’ guitars range in price from $1,500 to $20,000.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What radio DJ is the master of ceremonies of The Beatles first American concert? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Jonathan Fricke Monday, December 28th. Mike Shannon Tuesday, December 29, 2015. •STEVE GRZANICH veteran Chicago radio news journalist joins Tribune News/Talk WGN-780 as News Anchor/Reporter. •JOHN CANDELARIA PD of Beasley Hot AC KVGS FM (Star 107.9) and Rhythmic AC KOAS FM (Old School 105.7) Las Vegas, NV moves on up to OM of the cluster. •GARRETT MICHAELS is new PD of Hot AC KFMB FM (100.7) San Diego, CA which now plays Christmas Music has possible format flip.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1953 WLBT TV NBC CH3 in Jackson, MS begins broadcasting on December 28th. •1962 TRACE ADKINS 6′-6″ Country singer born on January 13th in Springhill, LA. •1978 JOHN LEGEND singer-songwriter born on December 28th. •1985 THE JUDDS’ single Have Mercy blesses #1 in Billboard Country on December 28th. •1991 TED TURNER is Time Magazine Man of Year on December 28th. •2002 GEORGE STRAIT’s single She’ll Leave You With A Smile smashes #1 in Billboard Country on December 28th.
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JACK PARNELL [ex WHBQ-560 PD/DJ] (Memphis, TN) Subject: Christmas. I hope Wink’s “100 Greatest Christmas Songs” 10 hour show is running in your area. It’s excellent, as might imagine. I don’t know how many stations it’s on, but it deserves to be on ALL stations! Wink is STILL the best there is. Also, we wish you and Susie the greatest Christmas and Happy and Prosperous New Year ever! Thanks again for giving us old radio people some great memories to read, as well as updates from around everywhere…keep up the great work! Jack Parnell, former morning and former PD at WHBQ-Memphis TN.
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MARY LYNN BASS [Marketing Strategies & Script to Screen Productions] (Kansas City, KS) Subject: NYTimes.com: Snuff Garrett, Record Producer Who Made a String of Hits, Dies at 77. Hi Jim, He was in radio in Texas. Thought you would be interested. Best, M.L. Bass PS Now in Kansas City (not in radio). Snuff Garrett, Record Producer Who Made a String of Hits, Dies at 77 – By SAM ROBERTS Mr. Garrett, a former disc jockey, produced records for Bobby Vee, Del Shannon, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Cher and others.
FR. BOB TOMLINSON (Jacksonville-Lake Striker, TX) Subject: Merry Christmas! Hi Jim and Susie, Merry Christmas from east Texas. I don’t write often but continue to enjoy your newsletter. Amazing all the trivia you come up with. Sky King was also a favorite show of mine. Blessing for a great New Year. Bob Tomlinson
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ROBERT TINDLE [Radio Engineering Professional] (Lufkin, TX) Subject: Merry Christmas Jim and Suzy! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to Jim, Suzy and all of those out there in Radioland! I never miss any of your newsletters. I am still doing a Live Classic Rock and Roll show Friday afternoons on Mike Lout’s KJAS 107.3, 99.1 and 102.3 in Southeast Texas. We will have a New FM station on the air KUNE 98.3 in Leesville/DeRidder/Fort Polk, Louisiana by the first week of January! Live and Local is what makes Radio really work great in smaller markets! Best Wishes, Robert Tindle
BOB GRANT [Robert Hanger – East Coast radio icon] (San Angelo-Abilene, TX) Jim: I understand & thanks, Jim. You were only DJ I knew, except Paul Berlin. He escaped before I could chat afterwards, as I had likewise attended that famous DJ Conv. in Miami, May 1959! Still have the “program” & pics too. BOB & Sonny Lee.
TRIVIA ANSWER: WWDC-1260 Washington, DC DJ Carroll James Jr. is emcee of The Beatles’ first American concert on February 11, 1964 at the Washington Coliseum.
LIZ PATRANELLA [Liz Houston – KTSA-550, KBAT-680] (Austin, TX) Subject: SoSARB Event – Hall of Fame Exhibit Dedication. Mark Your Calendar! Save the Date! Plan Now To Attend! You are invited to attend the dedication ceremony and party for the San Antonio Radio Hall Of Fame 2015 Inductees Exhibit at the South Texas Popular Culture Center in San Antonio. San Antonio Radio Hall of Fame Exhibit Dedication Saturday, January 16, 2:00-5:00 p.m. Official Unveiling Ceremony at 3:00 p.m. 1017 E. Mulberry at Broadway Light refreshments. Music. And more! Our thanks to Michael Ann Coker and everyone at TexPop for their continued support of San Antonio Radio history, the San Antonio Radio Hall of Fame, and the Society of San Antonio Radio Broadcasters. I hope to see you there. RSVPs welcome! Liz
ROGER MCGUINN (July 13, 1942 – p) Leadbelly’s guitar is in the Rock n’ Roll hall of fame.
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