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RHODE ISLAND DEEP RADIO VOICE SILENCES Providence Radio Broadcaster Norm Jagolinzer possesses a classic old-school radio voice, deep and mellow and with a long broadcasting career in the Rhode Island market. Basically, Rhode Islanders hear Norm’s voice on WLKW FM (101.5) now WWBB FM. In the 1970s WLKW FM is a ratings leader. On Monday, February 13, 2016 Rhode Island Broadcasters Hall of Fame member Norm Jagolinzer passes away at 83.
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ALAMO CITY ENERGY GAINS In June 2014 former KTFM FM (Energy 94.1) San Antonio, TX PD Mark Landis hires morning duo Rachel [Blondie] Jones and Nugget Johnson. Recently, JRRR learns that Alpha Media’s KTFM FM decides to move in another direction. So, morning duo Blondie & Nugget exit Energy 94.1. KTFM FM PD Pat [Grooves] Cerullo has no one to fill their latest vacuum. Rachel [Blondie] Jones is ready for her next assignment at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPORTS TALK RADIO HOST RESIGNS DUE TO CENSORSHIP Sportscaster and talk host Kevin Kiley is on radio and TV, including talk shows on Fox Sports Radio WQAM-560 Miami, FL and WTEM-980 Washington. Kiley also is over a decade on Turner Sports (TBS/TNT). While on WKRK FM (The Fan 92.3) Cleveland, OH Kevin catches flack about his remarks on the Buffalo Bills first female coach. On February 11, 2016 on WOIO-TV’s evening newscast Kevin Kiley says effective at the end of February he resigns from WKRK FM.
TWO RADIO STATIONS GO DARK In 2011, Sacred Heart University WSHU FM (91.1) Fairfield, CT 60 miles northeast of NYC acquires WSTC-1400 and WNLK-1350 from Cox Media Group to attract more listeners, but the size of their audience falls way short of their expectations. Together the two radio stations only muster about 900 listeners. WSHU FM General Manager George Lombardi tells the Stamford Daily Voice that Public Radio Group shuts down both radio stations with a for sale sign on both frequencies.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What is the first radio station to use a DJ? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Jim McCurdy Friday, February 19th. Joan Gallo Sunday, February 21, 2016. •MIKE [Mad Dog] WEST Beasley KCYE FM (102.7 The Coyote) Las Vegas, NV night DJ moves on up to join PD Kris Daniels on Mornings on Kris and Mike beginning Monday, February 15, 2016. •JOHN [JW] WILLIS & LORI GRANDE end their longtime wake-up duo since 2002 on WKLB FM Greater Media (Country 102.5) Boston, MA. Lori continues as a traffic reporter.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1958 CARL PERKINS exits Sun Records for Columbia Records on February 19th. •1968 JOHNNY CASH proposes to June Carter on February 22nd at in London, Ontario. June says yes. •1977 FLEETWOOD MAC’s album Rumours releases on February 19th. •1981 DOLLY PARTON’s single 9 To 5 certifies Gold on February 19th. •1990 SOYUZ TM-9 ninth expedition to Russian Space Station Mir lands on February 19th. •2006 BILLY CURRINGTON’s single Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right goes Gold on February 15th.
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JACK PARNELL [former DJ/PD of WHBQ] (Memphis, TN) Subject: Jack Eaton. Thanks Jim…I was WMC radio PD at the time he (Jack Eaton) was there, so we worked closely and became close friends. jP
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KENT BURKHART [Burkhart-Abrams, KXOL-1360, KILT-610, WQAM-560] (Miami/Fort Lauderdale, FL) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio February 12, 2016 [Friday] Issue #1485. Bob Bruton and I worked together at KXOL (1360) in the early days and at SMN during its startup Wonderful gentleman. We are all sorry he is gone. Kent Burkhart.
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CHUCK DUNAWAY [ex WABC-770, WKY-930, KILT-610, KLIF-1190] (Houston-Katy, TX) When Kent Burkhart was at KXOL (1360) he was also going to TCU. He did the 10 to midnight show. I remember coming into the studio in the morning to a greasy set of pots on the console because Kent Always ate potato chips or French fries or a hamburger while on the air. At KXOL Kent and I developed to first printed top 40 survey which we showed to Don Keyes at KLIF…three weeks later McLendon had a printed survey for all of his station followed by Storz etc, but we were the very firsts at KXOL. We put a hole in the middle of the O in KXOL so the shop owners could hang them on nails and people could pick them up without bothering the clerk. Record shops In the early 50’s were not the Palaces they eventually became. Pat Boone, also at TCU, had a TV featuring local talent on Saturdays. When his first record hit the KXOL chart he asked me to send his mom several copies which I did. He was married to singer Red Foleys daughter at the time. I remained in touch periodically since that time and I used to see he and Pat at the TRHoF dinners until they stopped coming a few years ago. Great friend and great person. (www.chuckdunawaydj.com/)
TRIVIA ANSWER: In 1935, WNEW pioneers the concept of a disc jockey when staff announcer Martin Block must fill time between news bulletins during his coverage of the Lindbergh kidnapping trial of Bruno Hauptmann. Block does not have access to a live orchestra to play music during the breaks, so he plays records instead.
BILL CHERRY [Realtor, in late 1950s Music ’til Dawn host on WWL-870] (Dallas, TX) Jim, I looked at the photos in Chuck’s (Dunaway) website. I can’t tell you how much better I feel I wasn’t the only one who had to work with antiquated equipment at the beginning. And Chuck worked at KTLW. It was the first station where I worked. It was the summer of 1954. My shift was after Lonesome Leon Giles’, who later became a minister. Bill Cherry
CASEY KASEM (April 27, 1932 – June 15, 2014) Anytime in radio that you can reach somebody on an emotional level, you’re really connecting.
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