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GRADUATE DIRECTOR DRIFTS AWAY Around Christmas 1967, Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft) shocks us with her seduction of young college graduate Ben Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) in Mike Nichols’ steamy movie The Graduate. As film director Mike Nichols brings fierce wit, caustic social commentary and wicked absurdity to such film, TV and stage hits as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Silkwood. Award-winning director Mike Nichols, who also is husband of television journalist Diane Sawyer, dies at 83 on Wednesday, November 19, 2014.
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WGN REFUSES TO ALLOW MEIR A GOOD BYE A huge move in Windy City radio affects many listeners. In defiance of his contract, plus high ratings, WGN-720 expels Garry Meier and bulldozes him to Internet-only WGN.FM never never land. WGN-720 also hustles Meier’s co-host, Elton Jim Turano. On Tuesday, November 18, 2014 fans hear Garry Meier Show‘s final broadcast on WGN-720. On his social page, Elton Jim Turano says thank you & goodbye after his WGN-720 eviction.
SAN DIEGO RADIO VET LEAPS ACROSS THE STREET Mexican-owned border blaster Alternative XTRA FM (91X) San Diego-Tijuana, Baja, CA sways another market vet to cross the street from its arch rival. Recently, KPRI FM (102.1) PD Matt Stone joins XTRA FM as APD/PM Drive DJ. Tim Pyle, eight-year host of KBZT FM (94.9) Sunday night radio show The Local Pyle also navigates across the radio border to 91X as host of Loudspeaker. Pyle who is a prior co-host of 91X Loudspeaker returns. Mike Halloran 91X PD tells The San Diego Reader: Tim is coming home.
HOWIE BOUNCES BACK After he vacates WRKO-680 Boston, MA last week, longtime local Talk radio veteran Howie Carr resurfaces on cross-town WUFC-1510, which flips its call letters back to its legendary name WMEX-1510 which it originally holds from 1934–1978. Carr eases into his usual 3-7pm hunting ground, but he now holds throne on flagship radio of a 15-station regional network that carries his daily talk show. On Monday afternoon, November 17, 2014 Howie Carr launches his new four hour radio show on WMEX-1510.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Where does Country artist T.G. Sheppard get his first tour bus? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Harley Colt Monday, Nov 24th. Dan McCurdy [Charlie & Harrigan KLIF-1190] Tuesday, November 25, 2014. •WLIT FM iHeartMedia (formerly Clear Channel) Hot AC (MYfm 93.9) flips to All-Christmas music (93.9 Chicago’s Christmas Music station) for the 14th November in a row. •JUD HEUSSLER Entercom WKSE FM (KISS 98.5) Buffalo, NY MD/PM Drive DJ since 2012 eases into the APD driver’s seat. •MITCH ROSEN moves on up to Operations Manager of CBS Radio WXRT FM (93XRT) and WSCR-670 (The Score) Chicago, IL effective immediately.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1950 STANLEY LIVINGSTON actor Chip in My 3 Sons born November 24th. •1962 LINDA DAVIS [Does He Love You] born November 26th in Dodson, TX. •1977 RICHARD CARLSON actor Herbert Philbrick in I Led Three Lives [1953-1956] dies  on November 25th. •1984 MIKE GOSSIN Gloriana guitarist [Wild At Heart – 2009] born November 26th in Utica, NY. •1995 STUART HENRY pirate radio station Radio Scotland DJ dies at 53 on November 24th. •2002 TIM MCGRAW’s London, England video She’s My Kind Of Rain video debuts November 22nd on CMT.
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LEN HART [former KILT/KENR/KNUS newscaster] (Geneva, Switzerland) Jim, At the height of the Watergate scandal, it was a bit more formal than other news conferences. As Rather approached the microphone, he identified himself with these words: “Dan Rather, CBS News”. Half of the hall applauded, but almost as many non-news types JEERED! When the hubbub died down, Nixon said: “Are you running for something, Mr. Rather? ” Rather shot back: “No, Mr. President; are you?” Half of the hall broke out in applause, other laughter. Your friend, Len
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DAVE MICHAELS [WSAI-1360/KONO-860/KBUC FM] (Dayton-Huber Heights, OH) Subject: Russ Knight Story. Don’t know if this story is true; but the guy that told me – swears to it! The Weird Beard ( Russ Knight ) be-friended “Jack Ruby” in Dallas ( Old KLIF Studios -downtown Bldg.) Ruby would come up and sit in the Studio with “Russ” while he was doing his. He talked about Kennedy to Russ and his feelings about Lee Harvey, and the rest of course is in the History books. DM
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RONNIE RAPHAEL [former 1970s Mercury records Promotion-Dallas, TX now Independent Promotions] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Wow… long time Jim! Hi Jim: Don Sundeen emailed me and told me you had asked about me, and I was really touched that you remembered me enough to ask. In the mid 70’s during my first local promotion job (Mercury), I remember coming to see you every Tuesday and waiting in the lobby (KXOL-1360) for my turn. You always treated me kindly and with respect, and I appreciate that. Don told me you asked about my cousin, Mickey. Mickey has been with Willie (Nelson) longer than I have been doing promotion. He is coming in for Thanksgiving, and we will be celebrating together at my home. I have been doing indy promotion for 34 years and still doing it today. I have been fortunate enough to make a living at it after these years. Many of my friends I started with have moved on, found other careers, retired, or passed on. I have been very lucky in career, and I try to always appreciate that. Hope you are well. REGARDS, SWAN Ronnie Raphael
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CHUCK DUNAWAY [former DJ on WABC-770, KLIF-1190, KBOX-1480, KXOL-1360 & KILT-610] (Houston-Katy, TX) When Kent Burkhart was at KXOL (1360) he was also going to TCU. He did the 10 to midnight show. I remember coming into the studio in the morning to a greasy set of pots (potentiometers) on the console because Kent Always ate potato chips or French fries or a hamburger while on the air. At KXOL Kent and I developed to first printed top 40 survey which we showed to Don Keyes at KLIF (1190)…three weeks later McLendon had a printed survey for all of his station followed by Storz etc, but we were the very firsts at KXOL. We put a hole in the middle of the O in KXOL so the shop owners could hang them on nails and people could pick them up without bothering the clerk. Record shops In the early 50’s were not the Palaces they eventually became. Pat Boone, also at TCU, had a TV featuring local talent on Saturdays. When his first record hit the KXOL chart he asked me to send his mom several copies which I did. He was married to singer Red Foleys daughter at the time. I remained in touch periodically since that time and I used to see he and Pat at the TRHoF dinners until they stopped coming a few years ago. Great friend and great person.
TRIVIA ANSWER: As an RCA records promo rep T.G. Sheppard becomes friends with Elvis Presley. Around Thanksgiving 1974, T.G. releases his first #1 tune Devil in the Bottle. In 1976, the King of Rock and Roll presents Country singer T.G. Sheppard with his first tour bus. Also in 1976, Cash Box anoints T.G. Sheppard as the Best New Male Artist.
CHARLES GEORGE [ex KCHU FM] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Its Elementary. The place where KSKY (660) was on Bruton now has an Elementary School being built on the site. KSKY now has moved to Balch Springs from what I have been told. I once visited KSKY studios in The Stoneleigh Hotel on Maple, I liked seeing their pipe organ. I did this while I was a volunteer at KCHU. I would listen to local radio if they were more creative, also I am not the age that they want, since I am retired and not as affluent as those in North Dallas, Plano, etc. and not as influenced by ads. For now I like Spotify. I went and paid for a premium membership so as not to get the advertisements. I also tend to be free form in my approach to listening: Classical, Jazz, Blues, Folk, etc. Charles George KC5RAI
COURTNEY LOVE (July 9, 1964 – p) I can turn on the radio right now and be inspired.
Jim Rose and Suzie
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo
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