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HAN SOLO’S STARSHIP CRASH LANDS Han Solo in the original Star Wars heroic space opera trio, plus the title character in the Indiana Jones film series, Harrison Ford, crash lands his 1942 Ryan Aeronautical ST3KR near the 8th hole on the Penmar Golf Course in Venice, CA. NTSB investigator Patrick Jones sighs: anytime a person survives an airplane crash is a good day. Late Thursday, March 5, 2015, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center lists Harrison Ford in fair-to-moderate condition.
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THE FRINGE GOES CLASSIC In 1977, the all night DJ on KIKK FM Houston, TX during my time as a DJ there is deep voice Bob Cole. Later, Bob relocates to Austin, TX and becomes a major radio player on KOKE FM (93.3) and KVET FM (98.1). Cole is a restaurateur, too. Austin broadcaster Bob Cole, co-partner of Austin Radio Network, buys Retro Alternative The Fringe K287FG FM (105.3) and flips it to Classic Hits tunes from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. Cole says: It’ll be all familiar songs that no one else in Austin is playing.
HOUSTON COMPLETES A MORNING RUN OF THE BULLS As we mention before in JRRR, George Lindsey flees Louisville, KY to become a KILT FM Morning Bull. Two others join Houston’s Morning Bull. Monica Lunsford exits Alpha Media KUPL (98.7 The Bull) Portland, OR to leap into the arena. Cowboy Dave KILT FM night DJ since 2010 moves on up to mornings in the Bull ring. KILT FM’s new George, Mo and Cowboy Dave morning show debuts at 5am on Monday, March 16, 2015.
SCRIPPS SENDS NEWS REPORTERS PACKING Corporate drivel pours out of Scripps. Carolyn Pione Micheli, Scripps VP Corporate Communications: We did have a few layoffs in some of our markets today. It was fewer than a handful of people in each place. Many of those people will be offered other jobs, so the total number right now is not clear yet. TVSpy reports: So far, the majority of the layoffs appear to be happening at KGTV (TV) San Diego (CA), KNXV (TV) Phoenix (AZ) and KMGH (TV) Denver (CO).
TRIVIA QUESTION: What is the first modern commercial FM radio station in America? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Ramon Martinez Friday, March 6, 2015. •JANET ST. JAMES WFAA TV ABC CH 8 Dallas, TX medical reporter for 19 years exits on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. •RITA COSBY says that TV and travel duties cause her to cease full time WABC-770 NYC weekday afternoons but continues her new weekend show that debuts Sunday, March 8, 2015. •DOUG MCINTYRE morning host on sister station KABC-790 Los Angeles, CA begins 2nd new talk show from 5-6pm (ET) on WABC-770 to fill Rita Cosby’s open spot.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1953 JOSEF STALIN buried on March 9th in Moscow. •1963 PATSY CLINE, COWBOY COPAS, HAWKSHAW HAWKINS & pilot Randy Hughes perish in a plane crash in Camden, TN on their way to Nashville from a charity concert in KC, KS. •1971 JEAN-PIERRE GUEZEK composer dies at 36 on March 9th. •1983 CARRIE UNDERWOOD is born on March 10th in Muskogee, OK. •1993 19TH PEOPLE’s CHOICE AWARDS on March 9th. •2007 TRACE ADKINS Ladies Love Country Boys is #1 in Billboard Country on March 10th.
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JACK PARNELL [former Program Director/DJ WHBQ-560] (Memphis, TN) Subject: Jimmy Wilson. Jim: I really enjoyed your Jimmy Wilson article. About 20 years ago, I emceed “The Grand Ole Opry Comes to Memphis” at the Midsouth Coliseum that featured about 15 of the all time Opry greats; people like Jeannie Seely, Little Jimmy Dickens, and many others, including Faron Young. He sang one of my favorite hits…”Four In The Morning”, that featured Jimmy Wilson’s fabulous guitar all the way through, and especially his solo part. After I introduced the next act, I cornered Jimmy backstage and told him that his guitar picking was great. He made it look so easy that it seemed like anybody could do it. He picked a couple of licks and said: “Well heck, I just love playing this thing…it’s good for me”. In my years of knowing many famous musicians and singers, I’ve concluded that the best of them play/sing because it’s good for them, and we listen because it’s good for US! Jack Parnell-Memphis…former WHBQ dj (for 13 years).
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LIZ PATRANELLA [Liz Houston – KTSA-550, KBAT-680] (Austin, TX) Subject: Paul Morgan. Wanted to forward this sad news from David Foster to everyone. Liz Some of you may already know…some may not but Paul Morgan once Program Director and Air Personality at KKYX (and other call letters) passed away this morning. I’ll never forget my first job interview with him. He said I reminded him of himself in his younger days. I hope I made him proud. Details of services are pending. David Foster
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BILL CHERRY [Realtor, in late 1950s Music ’til Dawn host on WWL-870] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Your bio. Jim, I’d not seen JRRR’s first edition until this morning. Just like Chuck did in his book, you told about your experiences with radio’s evil side and the “Play Misty for Me” girls who were not only as real as rain but very scary. Good job! Bill Cherry
DAVE MICHAELS [WSAI-1360/KONO-860/KBUC FM] (Dayton-Huber Heights, OH) Find out what you are good at and what you love. Like photography – buy a camera and start shooting – all these schools are a rip off Jimmy. YOU just do it – shoot photos and follow your eye – just do it. At one time I owned (9) cameras…Nikons, Pentax, Canons, Ma’my-a , Richo. Had a $1000 dollars worth of Camera and Lens taken out of my car over night in San Antonio – my fault – should NOT have left it in a locked car – back seat in front of my Apt. That’s what you call – A hard lesson to learn. Dave
TRIVIA ANSWER: In the 1930s. FM broadcasting begins in the United States on engineer and inventor Edwin Howard Armstrong’s experimental radio station, W2XMN. On March 1, 1941, WSM FM’s owner the National Life and Accident Insurance Company is the first commercial broadcaster in the U.S. to receive an FM license from the FCC. In 1951, WSM FM’s owner NL&AI shuts it down. On November 1, 1962 WSM FM returns to the air waves.
DON SUNDEEN [DJ/Hi Records promotion/TV ad production] (Dallas, TX) Subject: The “Wrecking Crew” doc is finally being released. When I was working for Liberty Records the Wrecking Crew played on most of our stuff that was produced by the great Snuff Garrett. They also worked with Phil Spector, including Sonny and Cher’s “I’ve got you babe.” Some of the Liberty acts whose records they played on include: Bobby Vee, Johnny Burnette, Gene McDaniels, Buddy Knox, Walter Brennan, Gary Lewis & the Playboys and Del Shannon. Eighteen years in the making, the documentary “The Wrecking Crew” will be released to a limited number of theaters in a couple of weeks, followed soon after by DVD and video on demand (VOD). It’s about a session group back in the ’60s and ’70 that backed up many of the top acts of that era. Delays in completion of the 95 minute film were due to procurement of usage rights for dozens of songs. Magnolia Pictures’ “The Wrecking Crew” is directed by Denny Tedesco, son of Tommy Tedesco, the group’s guitarist. Movie trailer: http://youtu.be/hhl-3EOYTkc
SONNY AND CHER (1967) And the Beat Goes On.
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