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HORRIFIED CAPE FEAR WIFE FEARS NO MORE In the Alfred Hitchcock style psychological thriller film Cape Fear that releases on April 12, 1962 Robert Mitchum (Max Cady) stalks and terrorizes Polly Bergen (Peggy Bowden) on a houseboat. Polly Bergen a dazzling brunette in leading roles in films, stage musicals and TV dramas enters eternity at 84 on Saturday, September 20, 2014 in her home in Southbury, CT. Nellie Paulina Burgin is born in 1930 in Knoxville, TN. In her teens, Polly begins her career singing on the radio. In the 1964 comedy film Kisses for My President she is the first woman President. In recent years, the Emmy-winning actress plays Fran Felstein on HBO’s The Sopranos.
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BIG D WEATHER GUY WRECKS SCOOTER Just a few months after he retires from Fox owned KDFW TV in Dallas, TX in February 2014 after 32 years as former Dallas TV meteorologist Ron Jackson receives injuries in a single-vehicle accident on Friday night. The Dallas Morning News reports that Jackson loses control of his scooter near the intersection of U.S. Highway 67 and Kingswood Drive in Cedar Hill. Ron who is not wearing a helmet remains in a local hospital with serious injuries. According to his biography on the KDFW TV website, Jackson lives in Cedar Hill. In a separate incident on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 KDFW TV sports anchor Max Morgan, 59, enters Methodist Richardson Medical Center with congestive heart failure.
TV REPORTER RESCUES ARMADILLO FROM HOUSTON FLOOD Last week we here in Houston, TX experience a massive storm that floods our streets. It doesn’t move fast. Just lingers and covers our area with water. Jessica Holloway, KTRK TV ABC CH 13 reporter comes to the rescue of an armadillo that rising water traps. The KTRK TV website says: (She) spotted the critter struggling to stay afloat in about two feet of water. She then came to the animal’s rescue, using her umbrella to help steer the armadillo toward dry land. Other people standing along the road assisted as the animal got closer to shore and helped steer it away from the rising water. Bravo!
WELCOME BACK JOAN! Radio has its ups and downs. Joan Hamburg fans are very upset with WOR-710 when they abruptly dump her in early 2014. WOR-710 does not even give Joan a chance to bid adieu to her fans. But after Hamburg spends a summer in recharge mode, the veteran radio personality returns to Gotham City airwaves. Starting on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 1 pm the 79-year-old First Lady of New York Radio hosts a two-hour weekly show on WABC-770. In her new 1 pm spot on WABC-770 Hamburg continues to cover the most important social, economic and political issues that impact listeners’ lives each week. Welcome back Joan!
TRIVIA QUESTION: Where does San Francisco Hard Rock trio Blue Cheer get their name? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•LAUREN MACLEASH Twin Cities radio fixture is new PD of CBS Country KMNB FM (102.9) Minneapolis, MN plus Operations Manager for both KMNB FM and Adult Hits sister KZJK FM (104.1) effective Friday, September 26, 2014. •FRED MCCLURE retires from KFSM TV CBS CH 5 Fort Smith, AR after 45 years on Friday, September 12, 2014. •ANDY LUDLUM longtime KNX-1070 Los Angeles, CA Director of News and Programming since 1998 hits the trail. •WGN-720 Chicago, IL has for sale fully-equipped mobile broadcast studio inside 35′ mobile home with Ford pickup truck to pull the studio on wheels. Asking price $90,000. Contact Jackie Paulus at JPaulus.wgnradio.com 312.222.4751 (www.radioinfo.com/wgn/wgn_fp.html)
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1954 WANE TV CBS CH 15 in Fort Wayne, IN begins broadcasting on September 26th. •1960 DOUG SUPERNAW (Reno #2 for 2 weeks – 1993) is born in St. Joseph Hospital on September 26th in Bryan, TX. •1979 ARTHUR HUNNICUTT wise, grizzled, old rural character actor (Big Sky– 1952 for which he gains an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor as Uncle Zeb ) dies at 68 on September 26th. •1984 GEORGE STRAIT’s album Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind releases on MCA records on September 28th. •1996 SPACE SHUTTLE STS-79 (Atlantis 17) lands at Kennedy SLF Runway 15 on September 26th. •2000 KENNY CHESNEY’s Greatest Hits album releases on BNA records on September 26th.
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TOM ELLIS [Veteran WABC TV, NYC WBZ TV Boston, MA & KONO TV San Antonio, TX news anchor] (Boston-Cape Cod-East Sandwich, MA) Subject: Next! Hi, Jim, If you want to find out just what real rejection is…go to NYC and try breaking into the on air commercial business. You’ll hear…”Thank you. NEXT!” until you’re half crazy. Seldom does a call back arrive. When and if you get a call back your chances have improved a thousand percent…but you’ve still not necessarily hit a home run. Now THAT’S a real tough business to break into. Mother Luck smiled on me quite a bit during the ten years I tried it, but not enough for me to think that’s how I wanted to spend the rest of my working days. Tom
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JAY WEAVER (D/FW-Hurst, TX) Subject: Suzie. Jim – I am so happy to hear you got Suzie!! I’m sure she will be great company for you and will help heal your wounds from the passing of Lacy mend faster. I am very happy for you!! Many of us in radio not only had the pleasure of being on air in radio, but also the pleasure of hearing some of the greatest songs ever written. I make this statement after seeing your closing quotation from the song “For The Good Times”. There have been so many lyrics written over the years, but that one is one that always gets me. I love the song and my love for Ray Price has been in me for years. He accomplished so much in his career and truly did it his way! The best to you, Jim! Jay Weaver
JAY WEST (Houston, TX) Subject: Hi Jim… Wow, what a shock to hear one of your favorite tunes by George Hamilton IV was “A Rose & A Baby Ruth”. That too was a favorite of mine. It brought back some 50’s memories when I and a buddy named David Peterson used to sing that song in public while attending High School in Mexico City. I wanted to be an entertainer back then in the music industry…but later laid down the guitar to become a career radio guy. Worked at the only English language radio station in Mexico City back in the mid- ’50’s (XEL). They broadcast in English 5 hours daily, 7-9am & 7-10PM…and to imagine I was a part of that era in Mexico. Later was discovered by a vacationing radio PD from South Texas who asked if I would be interested in working in radio in the USA…h*** yes I said. and the rest is history (as they say). Thanks for all you do Jim via this newsletter. You da one !!!! JAY WEST
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CHARLES GEORGE [ex KCHU FM] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Various Radio Topics. Hi, At night I found an interesting Gospel station on 1550 from Baton Rouge, but it faded at ID time so not sure of the ID. I thought the newscasts were very interesting by what they covered and did not cover in some cases. KKDA 730 was weak enough here in South East Dallas that I could easily pick up a station in Spanish. I think it was XEX but not sure. Also KLIF 570 has a station underneath it in Spanish. I also was enjoying XEB on 1220, XEQ 940, and XEEP 1060. XEEP was up in signal strength for several nights over WLNO 1060. Easily heard because of the Classical and Jazz Music. It even sounded better at times that on my Android. Voice Of Turkey has a good signal at 10 pm/0400UTC in English most nights here in Dallas. I remember WBAP ringing a Cowbell at the time it switched frequencies. Charles George KC5RAI
TRIVIA ANSWER: Many consider Blue Cheer as the first Heavy Metal band. Tim Hills writes in his book, The Many Lives of the Crystal Ballroom: Blue Cheer was the epitome of San Francisco psychedelia. Jim Morrison of The Doors calls the group: The single most powerful band I’ve ever seen. Reportedly Blue Cheer gets its name from a street brand of LSD. Owsley Stanley well known LSD chemist and former Grateful Dead patron promotes the band. In spring 1968 San Francisco, CA Hard Rock trio Blue Cheer scores #14 with Summertime Blues.
JOANIE GREEN-GALLO (Tulsa, OK) Subject: Tulsa, OK radio opening! You are the best!!! I WILL contact Jet Black Monday morning for sure…and mention JRRR and will let you know what he says!!! Thank you so much!!! Give Suzie a hug…
MIKE SHEPPARD [Veteran WCWA Program Director] My heart… will always beat just a little faster when the word radio is spoken.
Jim Rose and Suzie
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo
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