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THE MORNING MONARCH PASSES INTO THE NIGHT Former long time WTVN-610 Columbus, OH morning host Bob Conners who listeners know as The Morning Monarch enjoys a 60 year radio career with 40 of them in central OH and since 1979 as WTVN-610 morning host from 5:35 am to 9 am. On December 12, 1933 Bob Conners is born in Clearfield, PA. On November 30, 2011 his last official day on-air Bob retires from WTVN-610. On November 24, 2014, WTVN-610 announces Conners’ passing at 80 of mantle cell lymphoma in his winter home in Marco Island, FL.
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JAM MEETS 40 HEAD ON In 1971, Jonathan Wolfert relocates to Dallas, TX legendary PAMS Productions: It was great to work for a place I had long admired and be able to learn from some of the best. But after a few years I wanted to do things my own way, and I left to start JAM. In 1974, Jonathan and Mary Lyn Wolfert found JAM Creative Productions. JAM is wordplay for Jon And Mary Lyn. On Saturday, November 22, 2014 JAM which creates radio station ID jingles longer than any other company of its type in broadcasting history celebrates its 40th anniversary.
LONDON FLEES THE MILE HIGH CITY For about 15 years Jane London and Dom Testa host the morning show on Wilks Hot AC KIMN FM (Mix 100.3) Denver, CO. Jane sets an enviable record on one radio station. All good things must come to an end when Jane London announces her retirement. On Friday, November 21, 2014 Jane and Dom put the wraps on their final morning show on KIMN FM. Jane says that she will get to sleep a little later and have more time to play around with her Jack Russell Terrier doggies.
RADIO HOST SITS IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA In fall 2000, Emmis Communications snags KFTK FM (97.1) St. Louis, MO from Sinclair Broadcasting who wants to focus on its TV holdings. Classic Rock KFTK FM (97FM The Rock!) siphons listeners away from Emmis Rock KSHE FM. After Emmis snares KFTK FM, it flips its format to FM Talk. On February 10, 2014 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Sinclair KDNL TV ABC CH 30 updates its 5 and 10 pm newscasts with new anchor KFTK FM (97.1) morning host and former KMOV TV CBS CH 4 reporter Jamie Allman.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Where do The Byrds come up with the name of their Rock band? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Gentleman Jim Carter Friday, November 28th. Mike Shiloh & George Bailey Saturday, November 29th. Bill Hennes Sunday, November 30, 2014. •RANDY BEAMER & DON HARRIS journalists who bring the news every night celebrate 25 years on WOAI TV CH 4 San Antonio, TX. •KFXR-1190 (original home of Gordon McLendon’s Top 40 KLIF-1190) Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX remolds as Talk Radio 1190 with three Texas-based syndicated talk shows: The Russ Martin Show, The Michael Berry Program and The Matt Patrick Show.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1959 KOMC TV (now KSNK) NBC CH 8 in McCook/Oberlin, NB first airs on November 28th. •1964 WILLIE NELSON’s 1st appearance on Grand Ole Opry on November 28th. •1976 ROSALIND RUSSELL star of Auntie Mame in 1958 dies of breast cancer at 69 on November 28th. •1980 KENNY ROGERS’ single Lady scores #1 in Billboard Country on November 22nd. •1993 GARRY MOORE TV host of I’ve Got A Secret dies of emphysema at 78 on November 28th. •2005 LEE ANN WOMACK’s album There’s More Where That Came From goes Gold on November 28th.
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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) Hi, Jim and Suzie, By Petula’s big time I had already switched to all news all the time. As a DJ, this reporter missed the British invasion. Was never very crazy about any of them except maybe the Stones. Tom
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CHUCK DUNAWAY [former DJ on WABC-770, KLIF-1190, KBOX-1480 & KILT-610] (Houston-Katy, TX) Subject: answer to a question. Dave Michaels asked if the Russ Knight story about Jack Ruby was true and I can vouch for its authenticity. Ruby would bring sandwiches to the KLIF studios for the jocks. Jack would put the name of his club on a black board we had in the control room. He’d ask us to plug him and it was OK to give him a plug by Gordon who liked Ruby…as did we all. He seemed like a nice fellow. I remember going to the Carousel club and drinking coffee with Jack…we never talked politics. When he shot Oswald I was watching the jail transfer on live TV. Shortly after it happened Ken Dowe rang my door bell. I answered with Ruby has shot Oswald. Ken told the story to the Warren commission and it came out in the book of transcripts. Russ and Dowe both testified at the Warren commission hearings. One of the famous lines was when Russ mentioned Gordon McLendon he asked Justice Warren if he knew McLendon. It’s all true and it’s in the Warren commission book.
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DON SUNDEEN [former KCOH-1430 OM/PD/DJ-Hi Records promotion-TV ad prod] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Bermuda Radio Archive Network. Jim, thought you’d find this radio ‘small world’ story interesting. Written by Jim Richards, morning man at ZBM 2, the station we tried to compete with in Bermuda in the early 60’s… ZBM 1 and 2 were based on the BBC model and staffed by announcers from Britain’s possessions, Canada, Australia, and other English speaking countries, all well paid and professional. They wouldn’t hire me because I was an American, even for a part-time gig, so I ended up on the native station, ZFB, the only non-Bermudian, and as the newly minted Canadian Donnie Dare. The story Jim tells is true and almost too coincidental. Bermuda Radio Archive Network.
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CHARLES GEORGE [ex KCHU FM] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Is Radio Really Dead? In my Speech class I had two friends at the time: Joe Jeff Glodblatt and Jerry Karlovich. Jerry already had his 1st Class license, if I remember correctly, and did a show on KNER at the Buckner Children’s Home. I am not sure whether he is still in Broadcasting. He was also in my Geometry Class along with a Randy Adams. Jeff Glodblatt was good as a Thespian. I talk with him a few times after I graduated, but lost contact with him. Joe once suggested that I teach Speech Therapy, since I had learned how to overcome certain problems through Speech Therapy myself. Charles George KC5RAI
TRIVIA ANSWER: In early 1964, while they perform at The Troubadour folk club in Los Angeles, CA Jim McGuinn, Gene Clark and David Crosby form The Jet Set trio. In mid-1964, drummer Michael Clarke joins The Jet Set. To cash in on the British Invasion craze for an Electra records session they briefly change their name to British-sounding The Beefeaters. In October 1964, producer Jim Dickson brings in mandolin player Chris Hillman as bassist. During Thanksgiving 1964, the Jet Set become The Byrds. On January 20, 1965, The Byrds record Bob Dylan’s tune Mr. Tambourine Man as their debut single on Columbia records at Columbia Studios in Hollywood, CA and the rest is history.
JIM CARTER [KBUC FM, KONO-860, KTSA-550, KLIF-1190, WFAA-570, KCBQ-1170] (San Antonio, TX) Happy Thanksgiving Jimbo: BTW, my 69th rung on the birthday ladder occurs this Friday Nov. 28th. If I’d known I was gonna live this long I would’ve tried to figger out a way not to a long time ago! This gittin’ old bidness is scary…if you don’t believe me just ask Jimmy Rabbitt…he’s now older than KLIF’s Granny Emma! lol. Have some turkey for me! Gentleman Jim Carter/San Antonio, Texas
SATCHEL PAIGE [Negro League pitcher who elects to Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971] (July 7, 1906 – June 8, 1982) Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it don’t matter.
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