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VALENTI & FOSTER MINUS FOSTER WXYT FM CBS Radio Detroit, MI Valenti & Foster Show is minus Terry Foster until October 3, 2016. Terry says: I suffered a minor stroke but I am going to fully recover. Since 2004, former Detroit News and Detroit Free Press sports columnist and radio personality Terry Foster co-hosts with Mike Valenti on WXYT FM (The Ticket 97.1) The Valenti & Foster Show. Foster says his high blood pressure sends him to Henry Ford Hospital in West Bloomfield for five days to lower his blood pressure.
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TROY LOSES STAR We all remember Troy Aikman as the Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl quarterback of the 1990s. Troy is also the name of a Pike County community in Alabama that the death of WTBF-970/FM 94.7 radio personality Jim Roling on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 shocks listeners. In 2008 Jim Roling inducts into the Alabama Broadcasters Association’s Hall of Fame. Since 1980, WTBF station manager and co-owner, Roling, is a familiar voice in Troy and Pike County almost continuously passes away in his sleep.
MARK IN THE MORNING EXITS L.A. Entercom Classic Rock KSWD FM (100.3 The Sound) Los Angeles, CA revamps its Mark In The Morning Show to play more music. City of Angels radio legend Mark Thompson steps down as host of KSWD FM Mark In The Morning Show. KSWD FM’s morning show rebrands as Andy & Gina in the Morning, with Thompson’s co-hosts, Andy Chanley and Gina Grad. Thompson sighs: Doing Mark In The Morning was the best job I’ve ever had and the best staff I’ve ever worked with.
US99.5 AXES LISA After Ramblin’ Ray Stevens beats it from WUSN FM (US99.5) Chicago, IL to join WLS-890, major changes erupt at WUSN FM. US99.5 fires Hall of Fame morning show host Lisa Dent, highly-regarded producer Katherine Murphy, plus other Morning Show staff. US99.5 wastes no time in scrubbing Lisa and Stevens from the US99.5 website. Drew Walker, with WUSN FM since February 2004, of late as midday host, signs a contract extension with CBS Radio Chicago.
TRIVIA QUESTION: When is the beginning of the Swing Era in music? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•MADISON SQUARE GARDEN COMPANY (MSG) acquires 12% stake in Townsquare Media. •JEFF SMULYAN Emmis CEO/founder submits proposal to take Emmis private at $4.10-per-share. •EMMIS CEO/founder Jeff Smulyan smoothes things out with bonuses to keep employees if an offer is negotiated, plus severance packages to those let go if the radio stations are sold. •LAURIE ROBERTS for past 21 years on KUFX FM Entercom Classic Rock (98.5 K-FOX) San Jose, CA does final show. (email@example.com)
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1958 AIR FORCE ACADEMY opens on August 29th in Colorado Springs, CO. •1968 MERLE HAGGARD’s single Mama Tried scores #1 in Billboard Country on August 31st. •1979 GREAT BRITAIN performs nuclear test on August 29th at Nevada Test Site. •1981 RONNIE MILSAP’s single (There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me gains #1 in Billboard Country on August 29th. •1991 U.S.S.R. suspends Communist Party activities on August 29th. •2005 BROOKS & DUNN’s album Hillbilly Deluxe releases on Arista records on August 30th.
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GLEN ASHWORTH (Lebanon, OR) Subject: Jack Riley. Jim One thing that wasn’t mentioned in the article about the passing of Jack Riley was that was part (for a time) the Dick Orkin Radio Ranch. Along the late great Pat McCormick. Alot of great spots came that studio.
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GARY DELAUNE [KYTY-810 / KLIF-1190 / KENS TV CH 5] (San Antonio, TX) Jim: Bill Hill who has managed major radio outlets in Texas and Oklahoma as well as owning a couple, is in a League City Hospital after suffering a heart attack last week and was lucky enough to be in the doctor’s office when during the examination, discovered he had recently had the attack. He is undergoing treatment but has other medical issues as well but he is hopeful of a return home soon. He has worked with John Barger, Lowery Mays, Belo and other media outlets. We wish him a speed recovery. Gary D. (www.garydnews.com)
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LIZ PATRANELLA [Liz Houston – KTSA-550, KBAT-680] (Austin, TX) Subject: Joe Nasty Passes. I had only those two stations (KITY and KTFM) listed on the roster. I usually get that information from the person on the list. I only include S.A. stations though. Trey said he thinks Dennis was around 60. I have no additional information. If I hear more, I’ll let you know. Liz
JAY WEAVER [KLBK-1360 Lubbock/KCUL-1540 Fort Worth/KPCN-730 Grand Prairie/KBUY-1540 Fort Worth] (DFW-Hurst, TX) Subject: Jim Thomas. Subject: Jim Thomas. Yes, Sir – that’s exactly what has happened. In Dallas/Fort Worth, or as I like to put it – Fort Worth/Dallas, there are NO stations playing 50’s or 60’s music, no stations playing Classic Country, no stations playing Jazz, no stations playing Blues or Rhythm and Blues and only one playing any type Adult Standards, i.e., 40’s and 50’s. I’m talking about the WHOLE dial, AM and FM. Now occasionally you’ll get lucky and hear something you recognize. The rest are playing the numbers game. Gone are the real radio stations with real air personalities. KLUV throws a few “Oldies” in occasionally and plays a few on week-ends, but not enough to claim they are true oldies. KVIL has jocks doing five hour air shifts! I know only a few people left “on air” in D/FW and even if I knew more I wouldn’t know them – they use the first names only! “Hi this is Jay and I’ll be voice tracking for you for the next seven hours – please join me! I’ll guess at the time for you and sometimes, if I’m lucky, I can get the outside temperature right.” Jay Weaver
TRIVIA ANSWER: On August 21 1935 the Benny Goodman Orchestra plays a concert that many consider to be the beginning of The Swing Era. Millions of radio listeners coast-to-coast hear the band’s lively performance at the Palomar Ballroom in Los Angeles, CA.
KEN DOWE [CEO Service Broadcasting #1 KKDA FM (104.5) / EVP McLendon Corp. #1 KLIF-1190] (Dallas, TX) I have to be candid and report that I often get quite upset as those who were non-players, or on the periphery during radio’s greatest days, inflate their own importance when usually they were but shadows on the Hall of Fame. And, when they take undeserved credit, or tell untrue tales that defile deserving individuals, they steal real memories and accomplishments. Whomever told Dan that corrupted story is a real putz.
DAVY CROCKETT (August 17, 1786 – March 6, 1836) There ain’t no ticks like poly-ticks. Bloodsuckers all.
Jim Rose and Suzie
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo
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