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MAN WITH BOMB THREATENS TV STATION On Thursday, April 28, 2016, Fox WBFF TV CH 45 Baltimore, MD employees flee for their lives when a man in a white panda suit wearing a surgical mask, sunglasses and bomb vest breaks into the front door and threatens to blow them into bits. Mob town storm troopers open fire at the terror suspect who wears a red explosive device. Police spokesman T.J. Smith says the 25-year-old man from Howard County bomb vest turns out to be chocolate candy bars wrapped in tin foil.
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CHI TOWN LOSES SPORTS STAR Former Windy City radio sports announcer, news anchor and show host, Dick Elliott, born on October 5, 1919 in Chicago, IL birth certificate identifies him as Richard John Wiora. His voice is familiar to many City of Bullets listeners on WIND-560, WLS-890, and WJJD-1160 also play-by-play announcer for the Harlem Globetrotters. After he retires from radio, Wiora teaches classes at Columbia College Chicago. Radio news broadcaster Dick Elliott of Oak Park, IL passes away at 96.
CUMULUS SACKS TALK HOST The latest Cumulus axe falls on KCMO-710 Kansas City, MO PM Drive Talk host Greg Knapp. Greg says: I was told repeatedly it was not about my performance. My general manager was very kind in telling me how much she appreciated my show and my work. I think corporate just decided it was cheaper to run their own syndicated programming than it was to pay me a salary. Everyone at Cumulus KC has been very good to me. I will miss working with them – especially my producer, Martell.
RADIO JOURNALISTS MUST UPDATE SKILLS The Tow-Knight Center For Entrepreneurial Journalism’s latest study states straight out that radio’s next generation of journalists need more than just good writing and news gathering skills. Report authors Mark Stencel and Kim Perry find that today’s newsroom managers are looking for employees with editorial superpowers including expertise in computer coding and development. News gathering skills are not enough to succeed in today’s journalism industry.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Who is the first person to host a Rock music show on New York City’s FM band? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Bev Kennedy Monday, May 2nd. JEFF THOMPSON Wednesday, May 4, 2016. •CHERYL SALOMONE is new VP/Market Manager for Adams Radio’s four-station cluster in Salisbury-Ocean City, MD. •BOB [Wolf] WOHLFELD returns to Albany, NY radio with afternoon drive host Jeff Levack on Townsquare Media Sports Talk WTMM FM (ESPN Radio 104.5). •KLCK FM (98.9) Hubbard Radio Seattle, WA cans its Modern Music as (Rock 98-9) with new call letters KVRQ FM.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1953 HUSSEIN I becomes king of Jordan on May 2nd. •1968 MERLE HAGGARD records Mama Tried on May 9th at the Capitol Recording Studio in Hollywood, CA with Glen Campbell and his guitar. •1975 APPLE RECORDS passes out on May 2nd. •1989 KEITH WHITLEY’s final show on May 6th is at the Armadillo Ballroom in Brazoria, TX. •1997 DONALD TRUMP and Marla Maples separate on May 2nd. •2004 RASCAL FLATT’s Mayberry leaps to #1 in Billboard Country on May 22nd.
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TOM ELLIS [Veteran WABC TV NYC & WBZ TV Boston, MA & KONO-860/KONO TV news anchor] (Boston-Cape Cod-East Sandwich, MA) Subject: Disaster by design: Houston can’t keep developing this way! Saw my very first Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey circus in Houston in 1940. Pa took me to the Houston Fat Stock Show and Rodeo every year. Loved the Rodeo.
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LIZ PATRANELLA [Liz Houston – KTSA-550, KBAT-680] (Austin, TX) Subject: Helping Out Our Radio Family. I wanted to let everyone know the outcome of the recent calls for help by members of SoSARB. First, within half an hour of my sending out the message about the need for a laptop computer for Debbie Jecker (KEXL), I received an email from Chrissie Murnin. The IT Manager at Cox Media, Roland Pena, with the approval of GM Ben Reed, volunteered to “put a laptop together” for her. A few days later, Tom Devine went by the station to pick it up…and delivered it to Debbie in Austin. Tom phoned me later to let me know how thrilled she is…and how grateful she is to the generous folks at Cox Media who stepped up. Thank you Chrissie, Roland and Ben! Your generosity has broadened and enriched Debbie’s life. Second, after Tony Raven reached out for help in storing some old radio equipment he was made aware of in Georgetown, Bruce Baker stepped up and offered some extra space in his climate controlled storage unit in New Braunfels. Tony was able to pick up almost all the equipment in his vehicle and thanks to Bruce, it is safely stored away. Thanks, Bruce for helping Tony out! We really have a great group of people in SoSARB! Liz
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JONATHAN FRICKE [KFOX Los Angeles/KRAK Sacramento/WSM Nashville/WSAI Cincinnati/KDJW Amarillo/KBUY Fort Worth/KOKE AM/FM Austin] (Nashville, TN) Subject: Prince. No, he is not country, but still a music icon. Prince has passed away at age 57. (www.cnn.com/2016/04/21/entertainment/prince-estate-death/)
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CHRIS KAYE [Radio Personality Aardvark Rock FM & WWMJ FM (95 X) Bangor, ME/KBRZ-1460 Freeport, TX] (Houston, TX) Took a Saturday road trip. Traveled through El Campo, Texas and couldn’t resist getting a few pictures of the KULP (1390) studio. This station still plays country music on the AM dial with live/local DJ’s. Weekday mornings you can tune in for the Trading Post where local listeners call in to sell items. KULP is a rarity in radio these days and truly a Texas legend. (http://streema.com/radios/play/32539)
TRIVIA ANSWER: On November 21, 1964, Pete Fornatale is the first person to host a Rock music show, Campus Caravan, on New York City’s FM band on WFUV FM (90.7).
BILL CHERRY [Realtor, In late 1950s Music ’til Dawn host on WWL-870] (Houston, TX) The first record I ever cued up and played on the air was Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown’s Okie Dokie Stomp. 1954. (www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMsqdJUTUgU)
CLARENCE [Gatemouth] BROWN (April 18, 1924 – September 10, 2005) I play blues, sure, but don’t call me a bluesman.
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