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RADIO VOICE OF THE ISLAND TERMINATES For over 10 years, Jim William Wilson rules Deep South Texas airwaves with his deep, resonate voice and his style and delivery that brings us back to the Golden Era of radio. His radio career spans five decades including multiple radio assignments on radio stations across the U.S., Puerto Rico plus the Philippines and ends with a 10 year tour of Texas’ South Padre Island. Jim Wilson passes away at 72 on May 5, 2015 in Corpus Christi, TX.
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LETTERMAN LEAVES THE BUILDING When Johnny Carson retires from late-night on August 30, 1991 Jay Leno is its new host. In spring 2014, ex Saturday Night Live comedian Jimmy Fallon replaces longtime leader Jay Leno. In February 1982, David Letterman begins his late-night reign. On Wednesday, May 20, 2015 Letterman retires from CBS TV’s The Late Show. Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert replaces David Letterman as the The Late Show host. Letterman’s last night (9.3) is his best since December 1, 2005 (10.1).
CBS TOSSES LETTERMAN INTO THE DUMP How soon they forget! The New York Post reports: CBS wastes no time in kicking David Letterman to the curb. Ed Sullivan Theater crews haul off blocks of blue stage and hack up pieces of the iconic New York City bridges that make up the set of The Late Show. Stephanie Strausz of Manhattan sighs: It belongs in the Smithsonian, not the dump. David Letterman fans and passers-by gawk at workers who chunk red theater chairs into an overflowing Dumpster.
RADIO FORMAT GOES UP IN SMOKE What does K-High radio bring to mind? KHIG-1580 owner Mike Knar gasps to The Gazette that his marijuana format goes up in smoke. Owners of the Colorado Springs, CO radio station set on a marijuana lifestyle admit technical problems on Friday cause it to make a switch to another direction. KHIG-1580’s new format includes ‘lively’ music, a shopping show plus information and news with a new nom de guerre: KFCS – Colorado Springs Own.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Who is the longest running M.C. of a network entertainment program? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Ed Salamon May 23rd. Richard Fogleman Monday, May 25th. David Gold Thursday, May 28, 2015. •KWRW FM (97.5) Gleiser Communications Tyler-Troup, TX flips to Talk KTBB FM with simulcast of KTBB-600. •KZZP FM iHeartMedia Top 40 (104.7 Kiss FM) Phoenix, AZ and APD/MD Aaron Taylor go their separate ways after five years. You can reach Aaron at DJAaronTaylor@gmail.com. •MARK WEST’s Oldies & Talk morning show on WALL-1340 Middletown, NY ends when WALL falls to regional Mexican format.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1956 BOB HOPE SHOW last airs on NBC TV on May 22nd. •1962 JIMMY DEAN nails Best Country & Western Recording for Big Bad John at the fourth annual Grammy Awards on May 29th. •1977 THE BRADY BUNCH HOUR last airs on ABC TV on May 25th. •1989 REBA MCENTIRE’s Greatest Hits is her first Platinum album on May 16th. •1992 JAY LENO becomes permanent host of The Tonight Show on May 25th. •2005 FAITH HILL’s video Mississippi Girl debuts on CMT TV on May 26th.
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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) Hi, Jim and Suzie, Your precise work never ceases to amaze me. You are a perfectionist personified. What you somehow manage to accomplish would drive me absolutely NUTS. I for one definitely appreciate how much labor you put into JRRR for every edition. You’re one of a kind indeed. Tom
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MIKE KELLAM [ex KHFI FM/KHFI-970, NBC WMAQ-670 engineer] (Estes Park, CO) Subject: Remember J.C. Kellam? Hi, Jim! Just realized I didn’t comment on J. C. Kellam (Jesse for short). Jesse was from a group of Kellams who had settled in the San Marcos area. Anyway, I had “KELLAM” on my license plate and was frequently asked if we were related, which I didn’t know. There used to be a newspaper gossip column on the front page of the Statesman. One day I made it. Someone had asked why J. C. Kellam was always parked at the competition, KHFI-TV. Ray Wedell, the columnist said that it was not J. C. but me. My one minute of fame. It’s a small world. Mike Kellam
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JOE FORD [KLDE-KNUZ-KILT] (Houston-Spring, TX) Subject: Letter from Bobby Langham! Thanks for the nice note, Jim. It’s always a great day when radio’s greatest information magnet, Bobby Langham, calls or writes! He calls me about twice a month with news and updates on various jocks, job openings, and who’s who across the state. Between your very fine newsletter and Bobby, I’m totally in touch with the biz! Keep up the good work and give Suzie a big hug! Joe
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TONY BRIDGE [2010 Texas Radio Hall of Fame inductee] (Fort Worth-Benbrook, TX) Subject: congratulated you on your work anniversary! “CONGRATULATIONS Eleven years of producing a website that offers an insight into the Radio Industry past, present, and the future. It is a must read for retired broadcasters like me that want to stay abreast of the news. Keep up the good work that you do. Tony Bridge Fort Worth–Marshall”
TRIVIA ANSWER: The Breakfast Club is a long-running morning variety show on NBC Blue Network/ABC radio (and briefly on television) broadcasting from Chicago, IL. From June 23, 1933 through December 27, 1968 Don McNeill is the host of The Breakfast Club radio program. To this day, McNeil’s 35½-year run as host remains the longest tenure for an M.C. of a network entertainment program. This surpasses Johnny Carson (29½ years) on The Tonight Show and Bob Barker (34⅔ years) on The Price is Right.
MICHAEL HART [Rick Shaw KASE FM/KOKE FM] (Austin, TX) Rick (Henson), back in the day when I was “Rick Shaw” at KOKE, you took a lot of photos at station events. I still have the ones you took of me with a number of country music greats including Marty Robbins, Mel Tillis, Michael Murphey, Ronnie Milsap and a few more. And, of course, the aforementioned Fiddlers Photo. One of my most cherished photos is one you took on Halloween Night in 1980 at the Silver Dollar South: Darrell Royal, Red Steagall and yours truly. Years later, I had the opportunity to get Coach Royal to autograph it for me and then I had it framed and its hanging in my home office. So, thank you.
DARRELL ROYAL [Former University of Texas football head coach] (July 6, 1924 – p) Football doesn’t build character. It eliminates the weak ones.
Jim Rose and Suzie
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