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WLS FM SCORES A DIAMOND Harvey Fischer is Jack Diamond’s birth name. The former WINX-1600 Washington, D.C. presents Harvey with the radio name Bruce Diamond. Later, WPRO-630 Providence, RI recasts Bruce as Jack Diamond. For 24 years Jack Diamond performs mornings on WRQX FM Washington, D.C. Diamond’s happy voice appears on other D.C. area radio stations, along with radio signals in VA, CA, GA, MA, RI, CO and FL. At 5:30am Monday morning, November 3, 2014 Jack Diamond becomes WLS FM’s new AM Drive DJ. Brant Miller WLS FM’s morning host since October 1, 2012 along with Marty Jones’ information/traffic updates plus producer Dan Wolfe completes the new WLS FM morning show picture.
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DICK MORRIS EXITS PHILLY RADIO Previous consultant to political campaigns, as well as President Clinton’s re-election in 1996, Dick Morris later becomes a Conservative kingpin who attacks Hillary Clinton. In spring 2013, Morris joins WPHT-1210 as afternoon host along with co-host Gary R’nel. After only 18 months, Morris vacates afternoons on CBS Radio Talk WPHT-1210 Philadelphia, PA following the November 2014 elections. Co-host Gary R’nel remains on WPHT-1210. Rich Zeoli joins WPHT-1210 in 2010 as a freelance part-time talk show host. In October 2012, Zeoli becomes full-time evening host from 6-9 pm. Rich replaces Dick Morris in afternoons on Talk WPHT-1210.
SUN-TIMES DROPS PRINT GOES ONLINE Sun-Times says times like these call for drastic measures. In a major shift, Wrapports, LLC parent company of Chicago’s Sun-Times Media sells all of its suburban newspapers to Tribune Publishing – parent company of the Chicago Tribune. On Friday, October 31, 2014 Sun-Times Media’s 6 daily and 32 weekly suburban newspapers join the Chicago Tribune Media Group (CTMG): Chicago Tribune, RedEye, Hoy!, Chicago magazine, Naperville magazine along with other Chicago-based media brands. Sun-Times suburban newspapers’ 143 editorial and sales employees are now Tribune employees. Sun-Times move displays its faith in online news, but lack of support for print’s future.
TEXANS BLOCK COWBOYS Here in Houston, TX we lifelong Dallas Cowboys fans will miss a very important game on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. Fox TV has both the Houston Texans – Philadelphia Eagles clash plus the Dallas Cowboys – Arizona Cardinals NFL showdown on schedule at the same time at noon but we here in the Bayou City miss the 6-2 Dallas Cowboys game in favor of the 4-4 Houston Texans miss-match. Give me a ticket for an airplane to Big D to see if Tony Romo, with his extra padding to protect his newly injured back, lines up against the 6–1 Arizona Cardinals or if Cowboys backup quarterback Brandon Weeden jogs out onto the field in Jerry Jones’ new $1.2 Billion dollar NFL fortress in Arlington, TX.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What causes WABB-1480 to censor all R&B records on its play list? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Bob Boudreaux Wednesday, October 29, 2014. •MARK ADAMS replaces Cat Collins as PD of iHeartMedia KIOI FM (Star 101.3) and KYLD FM (Wild 94.9) San Francisco, CA. Previously Mark is VP of Music Programming for CBS Radio Houston, TX: Top 40 KKHH FM (Hot 95.7), Hot AC KHMX FM (Mix 96.5), Country KILT FM (The Bull 100.3), plus Sports KIKK-650 and KILT-610. •CBS RADIO HOUSTON pulls in CBS Radio St. Louis Director of Sales, Sam Morton, as VP & Director of Sales of six-station Bayou City cluster. •DIMES MEDIA honcho Eric Fahnoe buys Mapleton Communications 5 radio stations in San Luis Obispo, CA market for $1 million.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1954 GODZILLA Japanese B-movie that releases on November 3rd about a giant monster that ravages the land after an atomic explosion. •1960 MERLE HAGGARD releases from San Quentin Prison on November 3rd. Prison officials allow him to finish last two years on parole. •1973 GOOD MORNING AMERICA premieres on ABC TV on November 3rd with hosts David Hartman and Nancy Dussault. •1984 WILLIE NELSON’s retuning of Steve Goodman’s City Of New Orleans latches onto #1 in Billboard Country on November 3rd. •1998 BOB KANE comic book artist credited along with Bill Finger as creator of DC Comics superhero Batman dies on November 3rd. •2009 CARRIE UNDERWOOD’s album Play On releases on Arista records on November 3rd.
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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: on line radio stations. I know there are a number of internet stations and such as Pandora, but Carl Peeples in Douglasville, GA has I think one of the better. Carl’s Gold Radio. A mix of absolute hits from the 40s through the 80s. His sequence and balance of so much music from so many genres is excellent. Also great history bits and even an occasional commercial from Pall Mall, Lucky Strike, and other choice bygone classic spots. Add to that station jingles from the past from some 200 big name stations around the country. Very different and very good. And coming soon Carl’s Country Gold. I’ll be voice tracking it 24/7. Even in retirement, there’s a little ham left in all of us. Google Carl’s Gold for his home web page and click from there. Let me know what you think. Red Jones Georgia Radio Hall of Fame
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BILL CHERRY (Dallas, TX) [Realtor in late 1950s Music ’til Dawn host on WWL-870] Hi, Jim — You may or not know. Houston radio man for a zillion years, Don LeBlanc, (now retired) has just had 1/2 of his right kidney removed. Cancer. However, it was contained within the margins, so his docs have said he is cancer free. He’s supposed to be going home this weekend, according to his wife, Maryanne. I don’t know where all Don worked over the years, but the first time I heard him, I was about 17 and he had a program on KTRH 740 called Music ’til Midnight. Bill Cherry
CHARLES GEORGE [ex KCHU FM] (Dallas, TX) Hi, I have started playing the violin more than in the past. I played it from the summer between the 1st and 2nd grades but quit in the 7th grade. A year later I started singing in the church choir. I liked a girl Marcella Robertson but was too young to date, so I joined the choir so I could at least be doing something that might get her to notice me… The next year I started playing the guitar, the choir director played Classical Guitar on a Goya. I talked my parents into buying me a guitar for Christmas. That year I got from them a Silvertone from Sears and also they gave me an album Sounds Of Silence, they might have been trying to tell me something. I then was at a book sale and found a copy of a book Anglo- American Folksongs by Abrams Foss, it talked about traditional folk music in English as compared to other traditions in the Americas. Anyway, on the violin I can play simple tunes like: Battle Hymn Of The Republic, Just As I Am, Promise Land, Mary Had Little Lamb, More Pretty Girls Than One, Sourwood Mountain. I like playing but not near enough to make money… -30- KC5RAI
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LESLIE WAYNE HODGES [formerly KCRS-550] (Marshall, TX) Subject: Burger Chef 1977 Eve Plum 1977 after Brady Bunch. Thinking toward Midland and my forty year Midland High Reunion November 7th and 8th 2014. While on air live KCRS 550 1971 -1975 Burger Chef sponsored KCRS CONSTANT INFORMATION News on the half hour on Tuesday’s 6:30 pm through 11:30 pm and we were live in the control room from 1001 South Midkiff. Leslie
TRIVIA ANSWER: In 1954, the Federal Communications Commission goes after Hank Ballard’s Work With Me, Annie because of its purple play on words. Hank Ballard’s record holds #1 on Billboard R&B for 7 weeks. In 1955, Top 40 WABB-1480 receives over 15,000 letters of complaint about its playing of dirty records. WABB-1480 promises to censor all controversial R&B tunes.
ROBERT TINDLE (Houston/Lufkin/Jasper, TX) Dear Jim! I have not received E-mail links to your newsletter the last few times! I still get to it from old Emails that you sent me! I really enjoy it and look forward to it. I am so happy that you found a new friend after Lacy left. I have some fairly good news to write to you about later concerning successful live radio thriving in some cities and I know it for a fact because I am on the air live on a radio station with great response from the community. Thanks, Robert Tindle; Radio Operations and Engineering Professional; Houston/Lufkin/Jasper, Texas
CASEY KASEM (April 27, 1932 – June 15, 2014) Anytime in radio that you can reach somebody on an emotional level, you’re really connecting.
Jim Rose and Suzie
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