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POLITICIANS BRAWL AT RADIO STATION On Monday, February 22, 2016 a fight breaks out between Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price and former Dallas councilman Dwaine Caraway at Gospel Music KHVN-970 (Heaven) in Dallas, TX. The two are in a fierce battle for District 3 commissioner’s court seat that Price holds for decades. Their heated argument begins inside the KHVN-970 (Heaven) studios during a commercial break at a candidate roundtable which erupts into curses and shouts. Heaven help us all.
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BILLY THE KID RAIDS AUSTIN From 1966-67 I’m PD/MD/DJ on KHFI FM in Austin, TX. A great radio station. Its 2-story building houses KHFI FM, KHFI-970 and TV 42. On Monday, February 29, 2016 iHeartMedia Top 40 KHFI FM (97.7 Kiss FM) launches The Billy The Kidd Show in morning drive. Anne Hudson will co-host the show with Billy, who is a 15-year iHeartMedia veteran, currently afternoon drive on sister KHKS FM (106.1 Kiss FM) Dallas, TX. They replace the syndicated Elvis Duran Show that ends at the end of 2015.
BROOKE & JUBAL REMEMBER THE ALAMO Morning radio show team Brooke & Jubal add their third affiliate Alpha Media KTFM FM (Energy 94.1) San Antonio, TX beginning on March 1, 2016. Brooke & Jubal In The Morning show originates from Hubbard Radio KQMV FM (MOViN 92.5) in Seattle, WA plus airs on Alpha Media KBFF FM (Live 95.5) Portland, OR. The Brooke & Jubal show also appears on Fox TV Dish Nation. Brooke & Jubal replaces the Blondie & Nugget show who recently exit KTFM FM.
ENTERCOM CUTS BACK AGAIN In Atlanta, GA Entercom undergoes another round of downsizing. Gone are Integrated Marketing Sales Manager Heidi McIvor and Continuity Director Claire Wimmer. McIvor comes to Entercom after three years as Integrated Marketing Advisor for Digity Media in Saginaw, MI. Claire Wimmer [wife of radio legend Ralph Wimmer] has over 15 years of traffic and continuity experience. Reach Claire Wimmer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Heidi McIvor at email@example.com.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What is the first commercial radio station west of the Mississippi River? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Kevin Charles Friday, February 26, 2016. •ROBIN ROCK longtime midday host on WLIT FM (93.9 MYfm) Chicago, IL with iHeartRadio/Clear Channel Radio since 1997 tells JRRR that iHeartRadio releases her last week, after they tell her that they eliminate her position. •JOE SCHWARTZ Cherry Creek Radio President/CEO resigns from the company that he founds 12 years ago. Contact Joe Schwartz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1956 ISLAMIC REPUBLIC forms in Pakistan on February 29th. •1967 MERLE HAGGARD’s The Fugitive is his first #1 Country single on March 4th. •1972 HANK AARON is 1st baseball player to sign for $200,000 a year on February 29th. •1984 ROY ROGERS has guest role on ABC series The Fall Guy episode King Of The Cowboys on February 29th. •1996 JOE MINOGUE journalist dies at 72 on February 29th. •2000 FAITH HILL’s The Way You Love Me releases to radio on Warner Bros. records on February 29th.
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DAVE MICHAELS [former WSAI-1360/KONO-860/KBUC FM] (Dayton-Huber Heights, OH) Jim YOU are correct. R. Williams — my opinion is — he should have been thank full for the Money and good fortune GOD had given him. Yes also – On Elkins I spent hours on Inwood Drive Instructors – Richard Poynter – Bill Elkins – Billy Bob Dinner at Lubys cafeteria Hot summer nights in Highland Heights. I listened to KLIF – WRR and KVIL was not that good in 66. KLIF was like Nothing I ever heard before – “Double Power News”. Chuck Boyles over – talk & top 40 radio segment and Those Jingles loved it all – My youth ha ha. Dave
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CHRISTOPHER [Kip] ALLEN (St. Louis, MO) Subject: Ron Gray. Does anyone remember Ron Gray? I think he used to be sales/programming for either KLIF of KRLD in Dallas in the ‘70s. I used to work for him at WKRG Mobile when he was General Manager there. Ron was one of the more colorful people in the industry I knew. Kip Allen, program host, KFUO Saint Louis (too many former stations to list!)=
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BILL BRAGG [Voice of Big Tex The State Fair of Texas 2002-2012] (Dallas-Richardson, TX) Subject: Empty KTVT Studio on North Central. Ralph Coleman was in Dallas and “the old Master” Dave Naugal was in Ft. Worth. Management was trying to copy the success of the old “Huntley – Brinkley” Nightly News on NBC! After almost 3 years I quit to go to work at KRLD TV the then (now KDFW the Fox Affiliate) CBS Affiliate. I enjoyed 27 fun years; doing things like Eisenhower’s Funeral, Dallas Cowboy Football and on and on! For the past 10 years I have been doing corporate TV for Hewlett Packard and my Yesterday USA Radio Network of Old Time Radio Shows on the Internet. RIP, to that old empty building and thanks for getting me started off on the right foot! Bill Bragg (www.billbragg.com) 47 years in Radio & TV Broadcasting The Voice of BIG TEX 2002-2012 The State Fair of Texas=
TRIVIA ANSWER: On February 18, 1922 WOC-1420 Davenport, Iowa is the first commercial radio station west of the Mississippi River to go on the air.
JAY WALKER [Ex WLS-890, KTSA-550, Jay Walker Prod, 40 Plus Years In Radio] (Dallas-Ft. Worth-Hurst, TX) Jim As you know, radio is all about networking. To make the trip from small, to medium, to major market as a jock took a lot of effort and luck. One of my ‘A List’ contacts with my weekly aircheck mail-out was Ric Lippincott back when he was at KYUU in San Francisco. I’d send out a weekly update and wait for rejection letters. Over the space of a year or so Ric went from the basic form rejection to hand written comments in the margin offering words of encouragement. The purpose of the weekly mailer was to create ‘buzz’ so that my name would be mentioned whenever a PD would ask another ‘heard any good jocks lately’. In my case it worked and got me on at WLS. I’m sad to report Ric passed away of cancer early this week. Best wishes as always… Jay
WILL ROGERS (November 04, 1879 – August 15, 1935) If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.
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