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EMPIRE CITY LOSES RADIO LEGEND In his teens, Clarence Brack [Rik] Rogers begins his broadcasting career as a radio personality in his hometown Spartanburg, NC. He gains the nickname Mr. Showbiz. In 1969 he relocates to Atlanta, GA in sales at Country WPLO-590 and Top 40 WPLO FM (103.3). Rik moves on up to VP/GM of WPLO-590. In the mid 1970s, WPLO-590 is the #1 Country music radio station in America. On November 30, 2014 Clarence Brack [Rik] Rogers dies at 80 from a traumatic brain injury due to an accidental fall.
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RED SEA MILITANTS MURDER U.S. JOURNALIST Luke Somers  journalist and photographer’s reports appear on international news outlets like the BBC News. In September 2013, militants kidnap Luke outside a supermarket in the Yemeni capital Sana’a. Reportedly, Mid East rebels turn Somers over to al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP). A video shows a member of AQAP who threatens to kill him unless demands are met. The Pentagon confirms that an attempt to rescue Luke Somers fails. During the rescue attempt, barbaric militants murder Luke.
CYCLE ACCIDENT SEVERELY INJURES BONO On Wednesday morning, December 3, 2014 U2 guitarist The Edge calls The Kevin & Bean Show on KROQ FM (106.7) Los Angeles, CA: Due to the severity of Bono’s bike accident injuries in New York, the band will not perform at the 25th Annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas on December 13 & 14. The orthopedic trauma surgeon calls a high-energy bicycle accident when U2 front man Bono whirls to avoid hitting another rider. Bono’s fracture on the left side of his face, left shoulder and left arm require five hours of surgery.
BEASLEY’S BIG BOOM BOX BOND On Thursday, October 2, 2014 through a trade with the Beasley Broadcast Group, CBS reveals a mid-size market radio station reduction when CBS swaps 14 of its radio frequencies for five of Beasley’s large-market operations. CBS gives up 6 stations in Tampa, FL; 7 in Charlotte, NC plus WIP-610 in Philadelphia. Beasley, with its base in Naples, FL surrenders 5 large-market stations in Philadelphia and Miami and grows to 53 stations. CBS Radio gains WRDW FM and WXTU FM Philadelphia, plus WPOW FM, WKIS FM and WQAM-560 Miami.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Where does Pop singer Lulu come up with her stage name? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Moses Druxman Sunday, December 7th. Ed Brandon retired long time KTRK TV CH 13 Chief Meteorologist Thursday, December 11, 2014. •AXEL LOWE joins Cumulus WFTK FM (96 Rock) Cincinnati, OH as Program Director from sister WNNX FM (Rock 100.5) Atlanta, GA where he is APD/afternoon host. •KLOE-730 Goodland, KS drops its Farm News/Talk/Classic Hits mix for Christmas Music and promotes something new coming on December 26, 2014. •MICHELLE MATTHEWS blasts off from her doubleheader post as PD of iHeartRadio Classic Hits KLOU FM (103.3) St. Louis, MO and Digital PD of the cluster. Reach out and touch Michelle at email@example.com.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1956 GUY MITCHELL’s single Singing the Blues remains #1 for 10 weeks beginning on December 8th. •1969 MERLE HAGGARD records his single The Fightin’ Side Of Me on December 23rd at the Capitol Recording Studios in Los Angeles, CA. •1977 EARL CAMPBELL University of TX (Houston Oilers) running back nails the 43rd Heisman Trophy Award on December 8th. •1989 ALAN JACKSON’s first hit single Here In The Real World releases on Arista records on December 8th. •1997 ROBERT LEWIS BELL also known as Bob Bell for 24 years Chicago Superstation WGN TV’s first Bozo the Clown dies at 75 on December 8th. •2003 BRAD PAISLEY’s album Mud On The Tires goes Gold on December 8th.
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BOB MILLER [Professor East MI U] (Detroit-Plymouth, MI) Subject: Ferguson Missouri. Hi Jim and Suzie, Charles Barkley made a lot of sense with his take on the Ferguson case. And in the spirit of parsimony, I wouldn’t blame the cops there if they all walked off the job. Apparently, facts don’t matter to the protesters. Bob Miller; Plymouth, MI
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DON SUNDEEN [DJ/Hi Records promotion/TV ad production] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Claire Barry, Half of Yiddish Singing Duo, Dies at 94. This is an act I cannot comment on, nor provide music for, because their time was before mine and that’s really saying something. However, I found the Barry sister’s story fascinating and it’s getting close to Hanukkah. But that sure looks like a fake Christmas tree that they’re singing to, or maybe it’s an early version of the “Hanukkah Bush.” You can’t get this kind of information anywhere else. Claire Barry, Half of Yiddish Singing Duo, Dies at 94 By JOSEPH BERGER NOV. 30, 2014 Before the Andrews Sisters turned “Bei Mir Bist du Schön” into an enduring standard, another sister act, Claire and Merna Barry, was already singing jazzy versions of Yiddish chestnuts. They continued doing so for over 40 years, not just becoming darlings of the Catskills, Miami Beach and other Jewish entertainment outposts but also crossing over to Las Vegas and variety landmarks like “The Ed Sullivan Show.” (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/01/arts/music/claire-barry-half-of-yiddish-singing-duo-dies-at-94-.html)
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JACK PARNELL [ex WHBQ-560 PD/DJ] (Memphis, TN) Subject: Where is radio headed? Jim: I believe radio will go down to the point that many stations will sell, while others will go dark, and the “new beginning” will be when people who are genuinely interested in radio as an entertainer/informer/community servant first, and secondly, IF it makes a profit, even better (remember back when the FCC described that as what ALL radio stations should be?). The owners will discover that they can’t be all things to all people, so they’ll “ease” from the block programming to playing what they themselves like. When they discover that not many like the same things they do, they’ll “ease” over into another format. This will keep going until they decide that maybe they should do what the listeners really want, so a format will win out. They’ll do it, hire air PERSONALITIES who know and CARE ABOUT what they’re doing, and there’ll be success. All the while they’ll remain solid members of the community and serve them well…UNTIL it reaches the point at which money is the most important radio feature, and then sales will come before programming, and it’ll begin to sink again! When? about 30 or so years from now. Jack Parnell-a former jock who remembers community service, and a time when “if the programming is right, the money will come”.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Before she enrolls in hairdressing school, Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie joins the 6-piece band The Gleneagles as their peppy lead singer. The group’s manager begins to refer to her as a lulu of a kid. So, Lulu sticks as a more memorable stage name. In 1967, we spin Lulu’s #1 hit tune from the movie of the same name To Sir With Love on WFAA-820 in Dallas, TX.
CHARLES GEORGE [ex KCHU FM] (Dallas, TX) I thought a good teacher is worth having, but don’t really have the patience, since when I tell people things they don’t seem to listen, another comes along and tells them and they go, “I never thought about it like that!” thought I was good at Chess I won a couple of tournaments in High School, but when I went to ETSU, Commerce…entered a tournament and did not even win a game and was eliminated the first night of three nights…knew Chess was not going to be a career for me after all…started drawing on my computer. May not be great art, I was told the computer will never do art…sending some of my creations anyway…find I can’t remember yesterday or even last week what I did, but can remember things I did in 1966 and 1968, etc. Charles George KC5RAI
JAMES M. BARRIE (May 9, 1860 to June 19, 1937) God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.
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