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DALLAS, TX RADIO DIY’ER DRIVES LAST NAIL Albert Raymond [Al] Carrell, Jr. the Super Handyman who advises DIY’ers, reaches an army of do-it-yourselfers through his newspaper columns and on KSKY-660 passes away at 88 from pneumonia on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, TX. Carrell comes to life in Big D the son of a postal worker and graduates from Woodrow Wilson High School. Al’s column appears in more than 400 newspapers, also in The Dallas Morning News for 20 years. In 1980, he goes on radio. For the next 30 years, Al answers DIY questions from fans on KSKY-660. Carrell exists with Parkinson’s disease for several years plus he is active with the Parkinson Voice Project.
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RIP JOEY THE GARDEN CAT When Joey the cat first appears in KTHV TV CBS CH 11 Little Rock, AR Weather Garden, he steals the hearts of everyone. To KTHV TV staff, viewers and fans he becomes known near and far as Joey the Garden Cat. So sad to report that KTHV TV‘s morning mascot Joey the Garden Cat dies on Friday, August 29, 2014. KTHV TV mentions on Joey’s social page: You may recall Joey’s health issues through the years. There’s no doubt that Joey has always shown he’s a special cat, even in dealing with so much adversity. Thank you to everyone who has loved Joey as much as we do. The KTHV TV family extends our gratitude to each and every one of you for all your kind words and thoughts about his passing.
TEXAS RADIO STATION REBRANDS WITH WRONG NAME KQBR FM Townsquare Media Country (Blake FM 99.5) Lubbock, TX changes its billboard to Lubbock’s New Country Station Lonestar 99.5 and retains its New Country music format. In 2012, KQBR FM is the second out of three Townsquare Media Country radio stations in Texas that rekindles as Blake FM. Townsquare keeps its Blake FM brand on KATP FM (101.9) Amarillo and KWFS FM (102.3) in Wichita Falls. But we wonder who runs the Townsquare Internet computer room because it registers Lonestar955.com for its New Country Lonestar 99.5. We wonder why because 955 does not equal 99.5. How long will it take Townsquare KQBR FM to realize its mistake? Oops!
MUIR SCORES WORLD NEWS PEW Long time ABC news anchor Diane Sawyer exits World News a day earlier than we expect on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. Diane’s replacement is David Muir who takes over ABC’s World News anchor chair on Monday, September 1st. The 40 year old Muir joins NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and Scott Pelley of the CBS Evening News at one of the three jobs generally considered the pinnacle of American broadcast news. David is already a familiar face as World News weekend anchor plus he is Sawyer’s sub on weeknights. Muir grooms himself for the network anchor chair since he is a child. At 12, he writes to WTVH TV Syracuse, NY anchorman Ron Curtis for advice on how to get into TV network news.
TRIVIA QUESTION: From where does the name Booker T. & The M.G.’s originate? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Dave Crockett Thursday, September 4th. Charley Seay Wednesday, September 10th. Ron Samuels Thursday, September 11, 2014. •WENDY GRANATO 12 years special projects executive news producer is new KTRK TV ABC CH 13 Houston, TX News Director. •WEJK FM Variety Hits (Jack FM 107.1) Evansville, IN flips to Classic Hits on Monday, September 1, 2014 to fill void when Townsquare Media tosses WJLT (105.3) to Sports in July 2014. •TOMMY EDWARDS 70 year old Chicago, IL market vet current mid-day host on CBS WJMK FM retires from radio after 54 years on Friday, September 12, 2014.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1950 WILL LEE bass guitarist in Paul Shaffer’s band on Late Show with David Letterman born on September 8th. •1963 GARY BAKER songwriter (John Michael Montgomery’s I Swear, Reba McEntire’s One Honest Heart, Lonestar’s I’m Already There and Alabama’s Once Upon A Lifetime) born on September 8th in Niagara Falls, NY. •1977 JIMMY MCCULLOUGH guitarist quits Wings on September 8th. •1989 KEITH WHITLEY late Country singer/song writer reaches #1 in Billboard Country on September 9th with I Wonder Do You Think Of Me. •1994 DENNIS MORGAN actor (Cattle Town, Canyon Pass) dies at 83 on September 8th. •2005 TRACE ADKINS’ Honky Tonk Badonkadonk releases to radio on Capitol records on September 8th.
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LEN HART [former KILT/KENR/KNUS newscaster] (Geneva, Switzerland) Jim, What a great surprise to find you in my inbox this AM. It’s my honor to ‘endorse’ your enterprise. I try to keep track of what’s up on the other side of the pond and I have found that your work is essential to my daily routine which consists of 1) STRONG JAVA every morning 2) and you in my inbox. Somehow, I don’t feel like there is a HUGE POND between. I like to keep track of what’s happening in the big “H”; it is, after all, the home city of my Alma Mater (U of H) and — I still miss the Oilers! : ) Rest assured, your newsletter is always at the top of my reading list each morning. Thanks for the email. Great to hear from you. Keep up the great work, let me know how I can help. your friend, Len
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JEFF MACK [McClain-KULF, KILT FM, KENR, WNOE, WYYN, KNUZ] (Cleveland, TX) KILT had a great signal in Cleveland in the daytime hours, but nothing at night. I used to drive south on 59 at night from Cleveland just to listen to the station. The weekend came and I met Johnny Shannon on his Saturday night/Sunday morning show to break in for a couple of hours. I can’t tell you how nervous I was. I couldn’t believe I was working for the Big 610 even in a part time position. The problem I ran into very quickly was how I was going to be able to work Saturday and Sunday all nights and be at school by 8 AM on Monday morning. The next thing I know, the phone is ringing from Bob White. He asked, Jeff, how old are you and are you out of high school? He quickly says, he couldn’t hire me until I was out of high school and at least 18. He compliments my work, and tells me to come back in a few months after graduation. If he didn’t have something at KILT, he would help find something for me at one of the other McLendon stations. It was indescribable how disappointed I was. Keep up the great work my friend, Jeff “Mack” McClain
DON SUNDEEN [DJ/Hi Records promotion/TV ad production] (Dallas, TX) Jim. You’re doing a real service for all the old radio folk in this neck of the woods, and we appreciate your diligence to the task. Has Ms Suzie settled in well? My wife and I adopted a wonderful older doggie this weekend who’s people had lost their home. His name is Barkley and he’s very happy to have a new family to take care of.
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CLAY GISH [former KRBE FM PD] (Knoxville, TN) After 104-KRBE I returned here to Knoxville, Tennessee where I attended College after returning from serving in Viet Nam in 1968. In 1969 I was hired by Columbia records as the College Rep for The University of Tennessee, becoming the 5th College Rep in their College Rep Program started by Clive Davis. I returned to Knoxville from Houston to work for Johnny Pirkle who I had worked with in 1970 when we established the first Progressive Rock AM station in the south at 1490 WROL-AM. I Programmed WOKI-FM from January 1988 till 1994.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Keyboard player Booker T. Jones names his band the M.G.’s which means Memphis Group.
CHARLES GEORGE [ex KCHU FM] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Various Radio Topics. Hi, I have taken my Yaseu FT-857D and its antenna down and put it away in storage. decided to do some listening on to the AM Dial on my Sangean ATS-818 and a Select-A-Tenna. found my most enjoyable listening was from KJIM 1500. liked their MOR format. Also KSST 1230 has a good mix of oldies, actually I hate that term being that I am 59 and still get around, keep thinking about the saying, “putting the hand to the plow then looking back”. I also was listening to KEEL 710 but it is hard to hear because of a local with splatter on 700. KEEL use to come in better in the daytime while KWKH would come in better at night at my location, I think KEEL still puts in a better daytime signal for some reason, but with the splatter from adjacent channel interference. Charles George KC5RAI
JAROD KINTZ (March 5, 1982 to p) The radio signal was scrambled, and so were my eggs. I got tired of eating commercial breaks for breakfast.
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