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BEANTOWN PLATTER CHATTER PATTERS NO MORE From 1968-78, Dale Dorman rules morning airwaves on WRKO-680 Boston, MA. By 1975 we Top 40 radio DJs see the handwriting on the wall. Dorman remembers: We knew FM would take over, just because of the quality sound of the music. We had long discussions about that and also owned an automated station [WRKO-FM, later WROR] that played Oldies. One day at a WRKO-680 meeting, Dale suggests that WRKO-680 flip its Top 40 music over to WRKO-FM with WRKO-680 as Talk. On Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Uncle Dale Dorman passes away at 71 after a long illness in his home in Tewksbury, MA. Dale’s survivors include his wife Linda, son Scott, daughter Christina, stepdaughter Alissa plus their families.
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GLAM ROCK SINGER BOWS OUT British Glam Rock singer Alvin Stardust is born Bernard Jewry in East End of London, England in 1942. He grows up in Mansfield and begins to pick his guitar as a schoolboy. At a gig in Doncaster. Stardust meets Buddy Holly. He joins in backstage with Buddy and his band the Crickets. Alvin Stardust’s hit records include My Coo Ca Choo, Jealous Mind and I Feel Like Buddy Holly. On November 3, 2014 Alvin expects to release his first studio album in 30 years, titled simply Alvin. He announces that the record represents a new and exciting departure of which he is immensely proud. On October 23, 2014 Alvin Stardust dies of prostate cancer at 72 at home with his wife, Julie, and family near.
MAN LEAPS FROM RADIO TOWER Elizabeth, NJ bluecoats identify a man who leaps from Press Communications 400-foot high radio tower in downtown Long Branch on Monday, October 20, 2014 as 38-year-old Christopher Zweidinger of Manchester. Samuel Stubbs of Long Branch says he sees a man climb midway up the red and white radio tower without a harness and jump off. After Christopher’s plunge from 200 feet up, authorities pronounce him dead at the scene. NJ.com reports Zweidinger’s vehicle is nearby. Peace officers locate Christopher’s I.D. papers, plus a suicide note, inside his auto. 2014 marks the second suicide from Hot AC WWZY FM (107.1) Long Branch, NJ radio tower.
GUN IS ALWAYS LOADED – MIC IS ALWAYS ON Smart gun owners always treat all guns as if they are loaded. Never point a gun at anyone unless we truly intend to shoot them. Radio and TV broadcasters should treat all microphones as if they are live. KTLA TV CW CH 5 entertainment anchor Sam Rubin repeats a question that his wife asks: Since when did you become that fat guy on that show? As quick as Lash La Rue pops his bull whip KTLA TV Traffic reporter Ginger Chan, who is off camera, quickly discovers that her mic is live when she quips: He’s always been. Oh no! You should see the look of fright on Chan’s face when she discovers that everyone hears her words.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What is the first record to sell one million copies? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Bill Ingram Monday, October 27th. Chuck Jewell Tuesday, October 28, 2014. •WHITNEY DROLEN KTVT TV CBS CH 11 Dallas, TX traffic reporter decides to leave the TV industry to be more healthy for me emotionally, spiritually, physically and mentally. •ANOUSHAH RASTA former KTSM TV NBC CH 9 El Paso, TX weekend anchor and reporter joins KPRC TV NBC CH 2 Houston, TX as a reporter. •RADIO TRAINING NETWORK owner of Christian AC KWND FM (The Wind 88.3) adds second FM in Springfield, MO. RTN buys Southern Gospel KWFC FM (89.1) from Baptist Bible College for $1.3 million. •WKUZ FM AC (Kiss FM 95.9) Wabash, IN returns to Country (previously Country until 2007) but keeps its Kiss logo.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1954 KREM TV CBS/ABC CH 2 in Spokane, WA begins broadcasting on October 31st. •1968 CONWAY TWITTY’s Next In Line is his first #1 Country single on November 2nd. •1975 JOSEPH CALLEIA Maltese born singer, composer & actor as cop or villain in 57 MGM gangster & western films (Jungle Book-1942, The Alamo-1960) dies at 78 on October 31st. •1980 WAYLON JENNINGS’ single from the TV series Theme From The Dukes Of Hazzard (Good Ol’ Boys) goes to #1 in Billboard Country on November 1st. •1993 MAJOR-GENERAL EDWIN A. WALKER dies of lung cancer at 84 in his home in Dallas, TX on Sunday, October 31st. •2011 GEORGE STRAIT’s single Love’s Gonna Make It Alright releases to radio on MCA records on October 31st.
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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) Never saw any “Men in Black” movies. My recent favorite is Argo. Don’t take in more than a half-dozen movies a year. Guess that comes from growing up where there were no movie shows available except old silent films, and we had no money to spend on movies anyway…so I didn’t see a real movie until “Show White” came to a movie house in Beaumont. After that “Wizard of Oz” was my 2nd movie. The Wizard nearly scared me to death. In ’75, I got a part in “Marathon Man” with Dustin Hoffman, and after that I had bits in “True Colors” and “29th Street”…plus background actor scenes in a coupla dozen others, and day-player character parts in “All My Children” and “One Life to Live”. Loved being around movie sets and actors, and getting a close up and personal look at how they do it and put everything together.
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TONY WILLIAMS [WKY-930/KRLD-1080] (Dallas-Richardson, TX) Subject: Rocky Lane the voice of Mr. Ed. Allan “Rocky” Lane (September 22, 1909 – October 27, 1973) was an American studio leading man and the star of many cowboy B-movies in the 1940s and 1950s. He appeared in more than 125 films and TV shows in a career lasting from 1929 to 1966. Lane is best known for being the voice of the talking horse on the television series Mister Ed, beginning in 1961. (I’m not sure at all that he was best known for that. I don’t if he was even credited. Willllllllbur.)
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JAY WALKER [ex-KLUV HD-2/KSNN/KYNG/KEGL/WLS-FM etc] (DFW-Chambersville, TX) We have a big sweet 125lb yellow lab who I call “Charlie” he is according to our good old country vet around 12 to 15 years young. He’s a big ole sweetie. We also have a border collie/Dalmatian mix “Roscoe” around 85lbs who’s also another sweetie. Our last member of our dog family is “Quepee” a sweet Staffordshire Bull Terrier better known as a “Pit-bull” around 65 lbs. She is the sweetest of the bunch, loyal, and always has a big doggie grin with her tail wagging her whole body. She would defend use to death, but wouldn’t harm a fly unless the fly was a threat to “us”. Needless to say, Pet Smart LOVES to see us walk in the door once a month since we buy so much feed and doggie treats. We love our critters and I know you know how we feel as I’ve read your writings on your girls. It’s good to know there are still a few people around in these strange days who still have a heart with room for our furry friends… Goodnight for now. Take care… Jay Walker – Owner Jay Walker Productions Dallas
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BILL CHERRY [Late 1950s Music ’til Dawn host on WWL-870] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers RadioOctober 24, 2014 [Friday] Issue #1349 Jim, I read every one of your editions. I enjoy them so much even though my actual on air time was pretty miniscule when you realize I was off of the air more than on it over my now 60 year involvement. Best to you, Bill
TRIVIA ANSWER: Record companies present Gold record awards to their own artists to spotlight their sales success. In February 1942, RCA Victor awards its first Gold record to Glenn Miller to celebrate his Orchestra’s sales of 1.2 million copies of Chattanooga Choo Choo. In 1956, RCA hands Elvis Presley a Gold record for one million in sales of his single Don’t Be Cruel.
JAMES MARVELL [Mercy lead singer – ‘Love Can Make You Happy’ 1969] (Tampa, FL) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio October 27, 2014 [Monday] Issue #1350 Hi Jim and Suzie, My best to you. Here’s a radio show with some inside history on Music City. Maybe you want to run this for your widespread readers worldwide. I’m the guest on this Nashville Radio Show – www.givemeabreakradio.com/2014/10/24/james-marvell-2/
JAROD KINTZ (March 05, 1982 – p) You can’t become a famous garage band if you never perform outside your garage.
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