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THE VOICE OF MARSHALL, TX RADIO GOES SILENT Every so often, East TX radio legend and friend Tony Bridge calls to discuss radio and its future. Howard Anthony [Tony] Bridge, Jr. is born on December 17, 1931. He previously owns KMHT AM/FM in Marshall, KLUE AM and KHER FM in Longview and KBCL AM/FM in Shreveport, LA. Tony Bridge, considered by many of us as The voice of Marshall, leaves us on America’s most sacred patriotic holiday Monday, July 4, 2016.
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HOME OF THE BLUES LOSES SPORTS HOST A Memphis, TN Sports radio favorite for five decades Jeff Weinberger is host on several radio stations, that includes WHBQ-560 and recently 730 Yahoo! Sports Radio where he co-hosts Sports Call from 3 to 5 pm with Bill Moore. Before he joins Moore on 730 Yahoo! Sports Radio, Weinberger co-hosts The Press Box on WHBQ-560 with Will Askew. On Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 62, Jeffrey Clarke Weinberger passes away.
FOXY TALK HOST SEES WINNING COMBINATION Talkers.com reports radio good news: Long-running talent/entrepreneur Danielle Lin, C.N. – host and producer of the successful, independently syndicated program “The Danielle Lin Show: The Art of Living and the Science of Life” believes that the combination of old media, new media and specialized, targeted programming with built-in advertising prospects is a winning combination for successful radio going forward into the digital age.
KRENN EXITS STEEL CITY AIRWAVES One year after comedian and radio personality former Rock WDVE FM (102.5) morning host Jim Krenn joins the Hot AC WLTJ FM (Q92.9) Pittsburgh, PA morning show the radio axe falls. As the entire morning show exits, WLTJ FM without DJs now calls itself Pittsburgh’s 10 In A Row Station. In fact, WLTJ FM completely wipes its website clean of all of its DJs as if they never exist.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Who is believed to be the father of the Call-In Radio format? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Randy Brown July 11th. Susie Loucks and Jim Conlee July 13, 2016. •COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY sells its three Christian radio stations, WMHK FM Columbia, SC; WRCM FM Wingate, NC and WRZM FM Boiling Springs, NC to Educational Media Foundation for $10.5 million. •COUNTRY RADIO BROADCASTERS re-elects Emmis Communications/Indianapolis VP and Market Manager Charlie Morgan, Sr. as President of CRB.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1951 BONNIE POINTER of The Pointer Sisters born on July 11th. •1966 MARTINA MCBRIDE CMA Female Vocalist of the Year 4 times is born on July 29th in Medicine Lodge, KS. •1974 WORLD FOOTBALL LEAGUE plays 1st games on July 11th. •1985 ALABAMA’s Forty Hour Week gains #1 in Billboard Country on August 3rd. •1996 LOUIS GOTTLIEB bass player for The Limeliters dies at 72 on Thursday, July 11th. •2005 GARY ALLAN’s video Best I Ever Had debuts on CMT on July 21st.
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CHRISTOPHER ALLEN [Kip Allen – WSIE 1970-71. KGRV 1971-72. WMRY 1972-73, KSLQ 1977] (Saint Louis, MO) Subject: Correction. Jim, You noted KMOX (now KMOV) had its first broadcast July 8, 1954. Actually, that was KWK-TV. CBS didn’t take over the station and become KMOX until 1958. Kip Allen, KFUO, Saint Louis=
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JEROME DAVIS [ex KLTV, KDOK, KEEE, KMHT, KRLD-1080, KFJZ-1270 & WBAP-820] (Dallas-Colleyville, TX) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio July 08, 2016 [Friday] Issue #1527 Hi Jim, If you haven’t heard, our friend Tony Bridge (KMHT-KLUE) passed away early July 4. He had been in hospice care for several days at a Fort Worth hospital after recent falls and follow-up surgery. No arrangements have been finalized at this writing. Jerome Davis
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LIZ PATRANELLA [Liz Houston – KTSA-550, KBAT-680] (Austin, TX) Subject: SA Radio Hall of Fame Event Date. Make a note and save the date! I am pleased to announce that the induction ceremony and celebration for the San Antonio Radio Hall of Fame 2016 Inductees will be held on Sunday, August 14, at 2:00 p.m. at Roszell Gardens, 7561 East Evans Road, in San Antonio. We were unable to secure a reservation at Beethoven Halle this year, but thanks to the untiring efforts of Mark Carrillo, we have a beautiful new venue for this year’s celebration. Thank you, Mark! Additional information will follow closer to the event date. Liz
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LYNN WOOLLEY [KTEM-1400 Talk host, former KRLD-1080, WFAA-570, KNOW-1490] (Temple-Killeen–Fort Hood, TX) Subject: Tom Marr -TALKERS. Longtime Baltimore talk radio and sports radio personality Tom Marr died early today (7/7) at the age of 73 after suffering a stroke as a result of complications from back surgery. WCBM posted the following on its website: “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce Thomas A. Marr has passed away today due the severity of his stroke. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers!” Marr had been with WCBM since 1988 when he joined the station as a reporter and political commentator.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Barry Gray is generally considered the father of the Call-In Radio format. In 1945, as a WMCA-570 NYC DJ, bored with spinning music, puts the telephone up to his microphone. The caller is one of the most popular celebrities of the day bandleader Woody Herman. This live interview is such a hit that the talk radio format begins.
CHUCK DUNAWAY [ex WABC-770, WKY-930, KILT-610, KLIF-1190] (Houston-Katy, TX) Subject: happy fourth! Kendall is reading a chapter or two each morning from the Godfather of Music book about Morris Levy given to me by daughter Julie. Morris was a very good friend and he really enjoyed Christi coming with me to his farm in upstate New York because his son (Adam) was about the same age as Christi and they played together. Christi especially enjoyed swimming in his pool…Because Christi would come to spend summers with me…she got to go to a lot of very interesting places and met some heavy duty celebs…ah yes the memories flow on the happy fourth…Love to all…Chuck
ALBERT EINSTEIN (1879-1955) Time flies when you are having fun.
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