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TX RADIO LEGEND CASHES IN CHIPS For fifty years, Texas radio legend born on a farm in Seymour TX, Bill McReynolds greets listeners all across south Texas plus other parts of America with his trademark greeting, Howdy, friends! Listeners far and wide hear Bill’s Farm and Ranch program at 5AM daily along with a midday agricultural program until he retires at 76 in 1997. Former Farm and Ranch Director on Newsradio WOAI-1200 and World War Two veteran Bill McReynolds passes away this week of natural causes at 93.
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GUNMAN FIRES AT TV NEWS REPORTER Over the weekend in Charleston, WV an unknown gunman fires a shot at television news reporter Sean Delancey while he performs an interview with a local citizen about a recent shooting at a local department store. When the shots blast, remarkably, neither Sinclair WCHS TV ABC CH 8 Charleston-Huntington, WV reporter Sean Delancey, nor the local woman he interviews receive injuries. The incident makes quite an impression on newsman Delancey: When I heard the first shot, my whole body went stiff.
NY TIMES ZONKS 100 NEWS In times like these, Newspapers are like revolving doors. The New York Times layoffs officially begin. According to a memo from the Newspaper Guild of New York, the Times slashes 21 union members. With 57 union members plus about 30 non-union members who accept a buyout, the Times runs circles around its goal to reduce its newsroom by 100. The Guild’s note states: Discharged employees will be presented with a severance package and likely their last day of work is sometime this week, possibly even the day they are given the news.
ROUTE 66 RETURNS TO TV From October 7, 1960 to its final episode on March 20, 1964 television series Route 66 captivates us fans. Route 66 tells the tale about two young men Tod Stiles (Martin Milner) and Buz Murdock (George Maharis) as they motor their brand-new Corvette throughout America in search of adventure. Deadline Hollywood reports Los Angeles-based Slingshot Global Media production company believes it’s high time to bring the series back to the small screen. Slingshot is in production of a Route 66 re-boot with executive producer Kirk Hallam.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What is first TV commercial? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Michelle Dean Plunk December 24th. Robert Tindle December 25, 2014. •RICH DAVIS is new iHeartRadio seven-station Seattle, WA cluster VP of Programming plus PD of Top 40 KBKS FM (Kiss FM 106.1) effective immediately. •DOUG MCINTYRE Conservative talk show host of McIntyre In The Morning signs pact to remain on Cumulus Media TalkRadio KABC-790 Los Angeles, CA. •STEVE RYAN joins KVOA TV NBC CH 4 Tucson, AZ to anchor 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 pm weekday evening newscasts.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1957 KWRB TV (now KFNE) ABC CH 10 in Lander-Riverton, WY begins on December 22nd. •1965 EDDY ARNOLD’s single Make The World Go Away grabs #1 in Billboard Country on December 4th. •1971 KUAC TV PBS CH 9 in Fairbanks/College, AK begins broadcasting on December 22nd. •1988 KEITH WHITLEY’s single When You Say Nothing At All scores #1 in Billboard Country on December 24th. •1990 IRAQ proclaims that it will never give up Kuwait on December 22nd. •2009 ZAC BROWN BAND’s video Highway 20 Ride premieres on CMT.com on December 22nd.
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ROBERT MILLER [Eastern Michigan University Professor] (Detroit/Plymouth, MI) Subject: JIM ROSE REMEMBERS RADIO December 19, 2014 [Friday] Issue #1365. Jim & Suzie, Wishing you a Merry Christmas and looking forward to another great year of your work! Like you, I have million dollar memories from the places I’ve worked-KVOU, KBUC, KONO-TV, KEEZ-FM, WSTX, WHOA, WJKC-FM. (Wow, what a ride). I have great stories about each one of those places. Sad to say that teaching Intro to Electronic Media is discouraging. The kids today have zero interest in how radio and television happens. Sincerely Bob Miller
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JOAN PATE-DAY [late Sam Pate’s sister] (Cedar Creek Lake, TX) Subject: add. Jim add my “better half” to your mailing list ( he drove the news van with flashing words across top for KLIF ) Also conductor for Santa Fe RR for 37 years. William “Bill” Day firstname.lastname@example.org
BILL DAY [Joan Day’s spouse] (Cedar Creek Lake, TX) Jim, my wife (Joan) was right. I did work for KLIF for a while. My main job was the Santa Fe Railroad. I am now retired from the Santa Fe Railroad as a Conductor. I did drive the unit that had the neon, or flashing lights on top of the unit for KLIF Radio. I know you remember that unit. I would receive the news of the hour via two-way radio, type it out on a ticker-tape, It would punch the message on the tape, I would tape the ends together, load it into the machine it go around, and around. I would find a traffic jam and there I would let it play, and play. Joan and I both are retired from the Railroad. We have a Amtrak pass, and we have never been on a train, after retirement.
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DON SUNDEEN [DJ/Hi Records promotion/TV ad prod] (Dallas, TX) Thanks Jim, it was quite an exercise for me, an old wordy guy. In the future I’ll try to send you both the original piece, and a special tightly edited version. I’m incredibly flattered that you think my ancient memories are worth printing in JRRR. My very best regards to you and Suzie for a lovely holiday season. Your friend, don Sent from my iPad
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TONY WILLIAMS [WKY-930/KRLD-1080] (Dallas-Richardson, TX) Regarding salaries, my first paying job in radio was weekends in Lawton, OK in 1971. I drove from the University of Oklahoma to KLAW to work Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons. After my shift on Saturday night, I slept on the floor of the production room. It wasn’t that bad. The room was dark … and carpeted, and I was 19 years old. Minimum wage. In 1974, I was hired at WKY in Oklahoma City (12-6 a.m. Tuesday-Friday and 2-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday). $165 a week. I did not ask for a raise, but Danny Williams, the PD, gave me one after about three months. My wife and I lived in a newly-built apartment — $90 a month, furnished with all bills paid. High cotton, huh?
TRIVIA ANSWER: According to Wikipedia, The first official paid advertising to appear on American commercial television is on July 1, 1941 on WNBT TV CH 4 (now WNBC) NYC before a baseball game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies. The Bulova watches announcement costs anywhere from $4.00 to $9.00 displays a WNBT TV test pattern that looks like a clock with the hands showing the time. The Bulova logo, Bulova Watch Time, is in the lower right-hand portion of the test pattern while the second hand sweeps around the dial for one minute.
DANNY RAY BOYER [President Oldies KLDE FM 104.9 & Classic County KPEP FM 106.5] (Eldorado, TX) Subject: Senior Road Tower Collapse. Jim, do you have an email for this person. I am not sure Renata is a he or she – but I have some information that I can pass along. I hope that you are well.
ANDY WALDROP [ex KILT-610, KIKK FM] (Houston, TX) Guys, I saw this in Jim Rose’s (newsletter) …Andy
BILL CORDELL [radio engineer-President, Cordell Comm] (Houston, TX) Andy: Wonder the best way to contact these guys? Bill ANDY [Response]: I can send your E-mail address to Jim and he can forward-it-on to them…if that is OK with you. BILL [Response]: Sure .. You bet. Thanks Bill
COLUM MCCANN (February 28, 1965 to p) You cannot read any image of the World Trade Center without thinking of 9/11.
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