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DON’S LIGHT DIMS AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL Gospel Music Hall of Fame master talent scout, Don Light, who helps Jimmy Buffett, The Oak Ridge Boys, Steve Wariner and others find success dies at 77 on Wednesday, June 18, 2014. Don Light is multi-talented. He plays drums on the Grand Ole Opry and produces hundreds of records. In 1965, he co-founds the Gospel Music Association. Also, in 1965, he opens Don Light Talent which is the first professional Gospel music talent organization. In the 1970s, Don begins to race stock cars at the Nashville Fairgrounds and he eventually finds his way into the winner’s circle. Don Light also manages NASCAR racer Kyle Petty who is the son of NASCAR champ Richard Petty.
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EMPIRE STATE EVICTS RADIO STATION Pacifica Radio’s continuing soap opera takes another turn. With all of Pacifica’s financial issues, WBAI FM (99.5) is regularly late with its rent payments for its Empire State Building tower site in NYC. WBAI FM faces eviction from the Empire State Building. Pacifica’s National Board Interim Executive Director Bernard Duncan writes: Payments of May and June rental on the transmission facility on the Empire State Building have been paid, but returned indicating an imminent eviction. Pacifica’s Office staff wants to move transmission from The Empire State Building to the Condé Nast Building at Time Square with a resultant cost saving of almost two third. That building is the fourth tallest in New York.
FLAGS MISSING ON FLAG DAY VFW and Montgomery County officials are at odds about the oversight that leaves 1,200 veteran soldiers’ graves without flags on Flag Day, Monday, June 16, 2014. Phone calls flood Dom Giordano’s program from listeners willing to donate money and flags. So, WPHT-1210 Philadelphia, PA midday personality Dom Giordano and his listeners join forces with local VFW to provide flags for 1,200 veterans whose graves are in Forest Hills Cemetery in Huntingdon Valley. ABC News Radio offers three one-hour specials ahead of the coming Fourth of July weekend with hosts Aaron Katersky’s Second Tour: Military Vets Making a Difference, Scott Goldberg’s Red White & BBQ and Alex Stone’s Car Crazy: America’s Love Affair With Cars.
DICKIE HEATHERTON STREAMS LIVE 41 years ago in summer 1972 when I’m the newscaster on Dickie Heatherton’s mid-day DJ show on KLIF-1190 in my hometown Dallas, TX he says that he is Hollywood actor and singer Joey Heatherton’s brother. KLIF-1190 spins Joey’s new hit record Gone. At the time, Joey’s husband is Dallas Cowboys all-pro wide receiver Lance Rentzel. Michael O’Shea is KLIF’s Program Director. The legendary Mike Selden is PM Drive DJ. Ted Agnew is the News Director who hires me after I exit KBOX-1480. Bruce Hughes is a fantastic KLIF-1190 newscaster. John Butler holds down weekend DJ duties. KLIF-1190 is an exciting place to be. The Dick Heatherton Show streams live on Sundays 9-10pm on TalkersRadio www.Talkers.com.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Who sings banned Rock and Roll tune Henrietta? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Ed Stern Tuesday, June 24, 2014. •CHRIS EBBOTT for the past four years programs Bell Media CKFM FM (Virgin Radio 99.9) Toronto, Canada returns to America as PD of CBS Classic Hits KRTH FM (K-Earth 101) Los Angeles, CA. •KEVIN METHENY exits his PD spot on Cumulus Talk WJR-760 Detroit, MI for Operations Manager of Cumulus legendary Talk sisters KGO-810 and KSFO-560 San Francisco, CA effective July 14, 2014. •WYKT FM Hard Rock (The Kat 105.5) Chicago-Wilmington, IL flips to an all-syndicated All-Sports Talk format (The Ticket 105.5) on July 10, 2014. On March 28, 2014, WYKT FM releases Program Director, Music Director and PM Drive personality Freak in a cost-cutting move.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1956 JIMMY DURANTE SHOW last airs on NBC TV on June 23rd. •1964 CONNIE SMITH signs with RCA Records on June 24th. •1979 CHARLIE DANIELS BAND releases The Devil Went Down to Georgia on June 23rd. •1982 JOHN ANDERSON’s recording of Lefty Frizzell’s The Long Black Veil on June 24th is the last recording session in Nashville’s historic Columbia Studio B. •1997 WILLIE FORKNER free-spirited biker some say is the model for Lee Marvin’s character Chino in the 1953 movie The Wild One dies of heart attack at 77 on June 23rd. •2007 TRACY LAWRENCE’s single Find Out Who Your Friends Are on June 23rd is his #1 single in Billboard Country in the past 11 years.
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RED JONES [2008 Georgia Radio Hall of Fame – retired from WKNG-1060 [W] June 15, 2011 after 63 years in radio] (Carrollton-Tallapoosa, GA) Subject: song. You probably know already…was by Ruby and the Romatics. Chiffons hit was One Fine Day. But what’s a day among friends! Congrats on the Cash Box thing. Red Jones; Georgia Radio Hall of Fame
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DON SUNDEEN [former KCOH-1430 OM/PD/DJ-Hi Records promotion-TV ad prod] (Dallas, TX) Subject: RAMP Breaking News: Metheny OM of KGO & KSFO/San Francisco. If you haven’t heard yet, Kevin’s finally getting away from the Great Lakes where he’s spent years in Cleveland, Detroit and the ill-fated WGN. He’s been through a lot and worked his butt off, and I’m really happy for him. In this job he should be able to afford to live in SanFran. Anybody need a pair of snow shoes?
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MIKE BRAUN [ex KWTX-1230 Waco, TX] (Ft. Worth, TX) Subject: KWTX anniversary and Buddy Bostick birthday. Jim, KWTX radio and TV moved from 4520 Bosque Blvd. to a new building at 6700 American Plaza in 1986. The Bosque Blvd. building later became Oakcrest Funeral Home. KWTX-AM and FM were sold to GulfStar Communications in 1996, ending Mr. Bostick’s 50-year relationship with KWTX radio. “Buddy” Bostick will celebrate his 95th birthday on May 18. The stations are now owed by Clear Channel Communications and are located at 314 West State Hwy. 6 in Waco. KWTX-TV was sold to Gray Communications in 1999 and remains at 6700 American Plaza. Best wishes, Mike Braun, KWTX-AM/FM, 1975-1979
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CHUCK DUNAWAY [former DJ on WABC-770, KLIF-1190, KBOX-1480 & KILT-610] (Houston-Katy, TX) My first radio gig in 1952 was at KBST in Big Spring and the minimum wage was 65 cents an hour. Because of my age the manager had to contact the wage and hour board to verify I could work 60 hours a week for minimum wage. I remember that as if it were yesterday as I had to pay for room and board etc. I was all alone with no car in Big Spring and on a strict budget of which $8 a week went for a shared room and one meal. Fortunately I could walk to and from the studios. My take home pay left no room to wiggle and I had to have those 60 hours each week to make it. Some weeks I got fewer than 60 hours. It was tough, but a good lesson learned on survival. Chuck
TRIVIA ANSWER: Jimmy Dee is born in May 1944. By 1956, he is a San Antonio, TX club attraction. During December 1957 Dee appears on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand TV program. In early 1958, Jimmy Dee and The Offbeats song Henrietta peaks at #47. Jersey city Commissioner Lawrence Whipple bans Jimmy Dee and The Offbeats from giving a concert at Roosevelt Stadium. Whipple proclaims: these programs are not for the good of the community and that’s why I ordered them banned. During the early sixties, he is a studio musician in both Memphis and Nashville, TN. He is a member of Verve recording artist Sharon Wynter’s band. In 1967, Jimmy Dee marries Sharon Wynter’s sister. Jimmy Dee Fore later manages the Houston Astrodome.
CHARLES GEORGE [ex KCHU FM] (Dallas, TX) Last week I bought an Ibanez 5-string bass-guitar, an Acoustic/Electric. I usually use just enough volume to be heard by others I am playing with, and if by myself I use headphones. This past Friday, I went to Fort Worth and heard Jason Elmore and Hoodoo Witch at Mambos. They are touring so those who get a chance should hear them, they mainly do new material but also some standards. I stayed the night at the Grand Central Hotel which Mambos is in. 73, Charles George, KC5RAI
COLE PORTER (June 9, 1891 – October 15, 1964) Do that voodoo that you do so well.
Jim Rose and Lacy
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo
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