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UK BLUES SINGER WAILS LAST NOTE John Robert [Joe] Cocker is born on May 20, 1944 in Sheffield, England. In Spring 1975, one of the tunes that we spin on Top 40 KXOL-1360 in Ft. Worth, TX is You Are So Beautiful by Joe Cocker (#5-1975). Joe’s spastic stage appearance plus his gravelly soulful voice is like no other. Cocker’s first chart tune The Letter reaches #7 in summer 1970. In 1982, his Grammy winning single Up Where We Belong duet with Jennifer Warnes is #1 for 3 weeks. On December 22, 2014 British singer Joe Cocker dies at 70 from lung cancer.
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NASHVILLE’S TEDDY BART REACHES CRESCENDO According to Music City attorney John Jay Hooker, who is a frequent guest on his shows: Teddy Bart was an institution. He was a very talented man. Along with his appearances on local TV stations, Bart is a member of the long-running Waking Crew, The Noon Show and Teddy Bart’s Nashville on WSM-650. He also hosts Teddy Bart’s Round Table with co-host Karlen Evins. In May 2014, he inducts into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame. Nashville radio and TV legend Teddy Bart dies at 78 on Sunday, December 21, 2014.
REDSKINS REMAIN REDSKINS In September 2014, George Washington University professor John Banzhaf files a petition that opposes the license renewal of Washington D.C. radio station WWXX FM owned by Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder for excessively using the team’s name, which some find offensive. According to the FCC’s Media Bureau: The FCC can prohibit the use of profane or obscene language, but the team’s name does not fit the commission’s definition of profane. The FCC grants the license renewal to Redskins owner Dan Snyder’s WWXX FM.
GUARDIAN ANGELS RESCUE RCA STUDIO A Some of the artists who record in RCA’s historic Studio A include Elvis Presley, Eddy Arnold, Dolly Parton, The Monkees, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Kacey Musgraves, The Beach Boys, Tony Bennett, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert. Mike Curb and Chuck Elcan join Aubrey Preston to put the finishing touches on his purchase of RCA Studio A for $5.6M. Preston proclaims: We’re proud to be part of preserving RCA Studio A for the next generation of musicians, songwriters, recording artists, & producers.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Can you name any of the first record albums that receives the Parental Advisory label? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Janet Yancey & Andy Waldrop Friday, December 26th. Jonathan Fricke Sunday, December 28, 2014. •JOE [Pags] PAGLIARULO Talk host on WOAI-1200 San Antonio, TX signs new pact with iHeartMedia. •ALPHA MEDIA nabs 9 TX radio stations from Access 1 effective January 1, 2015: KBTT FM (103.7), KOKA-980, KDKS FM (102.1), KLKL FM (95.7), KTAL FM (98.1), KKUS FM (104.1), KOOI FM (106.5), KOYE FM (96.7) and country KYKX FM (105.7). •KBME-790 Sportstalk Houston, TX announces four year agreement to keep the Houston Astros.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1954 THE SHADOW airs for last time on radio on December 26th. •1969 MERLE HAGGARD’s album live Okie From Muskogee releases on Capitol records on December 29th. •1974 JACK BENNY comedian (Jack Benny Show) dies at 80 on December 26th. •1981 ALABAMA’s single Love In The First Degree is #1 in Billboard Country on December 26th. •1991 JACK RUBY’s gun sells for $220,000 in auction on December 26th. •2007 TRACE ADKINS’ single You’re Gonna Miss This releases to radio on Capitol records on December 26th.
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BEN HAROLD [ex KXOL-1360, KENR-1070] (Knoxville, TN) dear jim, i’m still compiling stories from our old fort worth and houston radio days. of the many escapades, i look back at, with great humor, of course: “trippy” domino rippy places a manual typewriter on my head one night and started banging way on the keys as i was trying to do a newscast on KXOL in fort worth. strange but extremely funny memories. ben harold, retired, knoxville, tennessee
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GARY DELAUNE [KLIF-1190-CH 5 KENS TV] (San Antonio, TX) Subject: An icon’s farewell. Jim: Thanks for the mention of ag-icon Bill McReynolds. A true legend and radio vice. Bruce and I had a long phone interview with him on our program several months ago. He was glib and informative and talked about the “good old days of our medium. He and Bob Guthrie, Randy Clay and Henry Guerra poured a great foundation for the clear channel image. Too bad it isn’t the same today…Ask Michael Main after 30 years…or John Barger or Bill Hill. Merry Christmas my friend. Gary DeLaune (www.garydnews.com)
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TONY WILLIAMS [WKY-930/KRLD-1080] (Dallas-Richardson, TX) A Cage in Search of a Bird” and “I’m Here to Kill a King” were originally scheduled to air on November 22 and 29, 1963 respectively. CBS’ coverage of the assassination of John F. Kennedy necessitated the programming changes. “A Cage In Search Of A Bird” was simply moved back one week, but as “I’m Here To Kill A King” dealt with the topic of political assassination, it was unsuitable for broadcast in the immediate wake of Kennedy’s death. Some sources indicate that “I’m Here To Kill A King” aired on CBS on March 20, 1964, one week after the series finale. However, contemporary television listings in The New York Times and other U.S. newspapers list the episode of March 20 as a re-run of season three’s “Hey, Moth, Come Eat the Flame”. “I’m Here To Kill A King” was made available in syndication when Route 66 was syndicated starting in the 1964/65 season.
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DON SUNDEEN [DJ/Hi Records promotion/TV ad prod] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Jerry Lee. “Whole Lot of Shaking,” was the first record I played on the radio. WJTN in Jamestown, NY, let me have two hours on Saturday night to play “music for the kids;” A decade later I’d be dealing with “The Killer” himself. Born in Ferriday, LA, Jerry Lee Lewis and his cousins, Jimmy Swaggart and Mickey Gilley, would roam the streets at night when only preteens. There was a black club that they’d stand outside open windows grooving to the blues. Sunday mornings they’d go to a fundamentalist Church and sing and play the gospel. The story of Jerry Lee turning up drunk and wielding a firearm at Graceland demanding to see Elvis is true, the only damage done was to his Cadillac which he drove into the Graceland fence. I went to a Club to greet him and a sign on the door said he wouldn’t appear that night, because he had punched a drunk in Memphis and broke his hand. Another time the IRS was digging up his property where he’d buried cash in coffee cans not bothering to pay taxes. But he also was kind and generous and loved women and children.
TRIVIA ANSWER: One of the first record albums that receives the Parental Advisory label is Frank Zappa’s Jazz From Hell (1985). History of Rock & Roll Trivia says: The album is entirely instrumental, meaning that it contains no lyrics. The title of one song, ‘G-Spot Tornado’, earns Frank Zappa the Parental Advisory label.
PARRIS AFTON BONDS [noted historic romance novelist] (Dallas-Allen, TX) Subject: 50th year in radio anniversary! Congrats! [www.parrisaftonbonds.com]
TAMMIE S WEBB [songwriter] (Lexington, KY) Subject: 50th year in radio anniversary! Congratulations!
TONY BRIDGE [former owner KMHT-1450/FM, KBCL-1340/FM, KLUE-1280 & KHER FM – 2010 TRHF inductee] (Fort Worth-Benbrook, TX) Subject: 50th year in radio anniversary! Congratulations Jim, You provide a tremendous service to the Radio Industry. I, and many others, look forward to your interesting dispatches. Tony Bridge Fort Worth–Marshall.
DAVE DONAHUE [Voice Over Artist/Country DJ Hall Of Fame/WSM-650 Air Personality/Announcer Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree] (Jasper, TX) Subject: 50th year in radio anniversary! Keep it up, Jim!
JOE FORD [KLDE FM/KNUZ-1230/KILT-610] (Houston-Spring, TX) Subject: 50th year in radio anniversary! Congrats, Jim!
VIN SCULLY (November 27, 1927 – p) It’s a mere moment in a man’s life between the All-Star Game and an old timer’s game.
Jim Rose and Suzie
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo
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