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COUNTRY MUSIC LEGEND CLOSES LAST SHOW In 1949, when Hank Williams hears Take an Old Cold ‘Tater (and Wait) he begins to call 4-foot-11 inches tall Little Jimmy Dickens Tater. That nickname sticks with him throughout his life. From 1949-62 he has 7 Top 10 songs. His most popular tune May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose holds onto #1 for two weeks in 1965. On Friday, January 2, 2015 Grand Ole Opry’s most beloved ambassador, Country Music Hall of Fame member Little Jimmy Dickens passes away of cardiac arrest at 94 in a Nashville, TN area hospital.
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ELVIS PRESLEY TURNS 80 On January 8, 1935 Elvis Aaron Presley is born in Tupelo, MS. He goes on to become the King of Rock and Roll. Thursday, January 8, 2015 marks Elvis’ Birthday Proclamation Ceremony in Memphis, TN. At 9:30 am on Graceland’s North Lawn fans enjoy a ceremony with Priscilla Presley as she cuts Elvis Presley’s birthday cake plus a proclamation of Elvis Presley Day by Memphis and Shelby County officials. Fans who cannot attend can watch it live via Elvis Presley’s Graceland LiveStream. (www.graceland.com/connect/graceland_live.aspx)
BONO MAY NEVER PLAY GUITAR AGAIN U2 front man Bono’s unfortunate high energy bicycle accident when he attempts to avoid another rider in Central Park on Sunday, November 16, 2013 injuries are more difficult than he imagines. The 54-year old singer sustains a facial fracture on his eye socket as well as multiple fractures on his left shoulder blade, left arm and left hand. Bono’s note on U2’s website is revealing: Recovery has been more difficult than I thought. As I write this, it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again. Bono is a singer. U2 fans going to be OK.
VINYL RECORD SALES ARE HOT Billboard reports that vinyl record sales once again hit a record high in 2014, up 52% over 2013 (9.2 million versus 6.1 million). Vinyl records score 3.6% of all album sales in 2014. No single artist plays a bigger role in that rally over the last year than Jack White. His album Lazaretto is the top-selling vinyl album of 2014 with 86,000 copies in the U.S. plus worldwide sales of more than 150,000. It is also the best-selling vinyl album of any calendar year since 1991. That’s the year when Nielsen SoundScan begins to track sales.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What is the first FM radio station in Tulsa, OK? What do its call letters stand for?
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Robert Tindle Thursday, December 25th. Charles Cashmere Sunday, January 4th. Howard Reynolds Monday, January 5th. Jan Case Thursday, January 8, 2015. •SCOTT ADAMS market vet earlier morning co-host on Cumulus Hot Adult Contemporary WJLQ FM (100.7) in nearby Pensacola, FL exits PD/afternoon personality position on Cumulus Top 40 WABD FM (97.5) Mobile, AL. •DAVID HOCHBERG’s Townstone Financial Show on WIND-560 evolves into Home Sweet Home Chicago on WLS-890 each Saturday beginning in January 2015.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1955 KMSP TV IND CH 9 in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN 1st broadcast on January 5th. •1961 JOHNNY HORTON’S Classic single North To Alaska shoots to #1 in Billboard Country on January 9th. •1976 MACNEIL-LEHRER Report premieres on PBS on January 5th. •1985 GEORGE STRAIT’s single Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind grabs #1 in Billboard Country on January 5th. •1995 AFC beats NFC 41-13 in the NFL Pro Bowl on January 5th. •2010 CARRIE UNDERWOOD’s single Cowboy Casanova captures Gold on January 5th.
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BEN HAROLD [ex KXOL-1360/KBUY-1540/WBAP-820/KENR-1070] (Knoxville, TN) good morning jim! i love reading JRRR and i also read it to my wife and relate stories about people and stations i know. she tolerates my old radio stories (she’s heard them thousands and thousands of times). by the way, i’ve been meaning to send you some of those memories for JRRR. i hope you’d like to have them. your friend, ben harold
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GARY DELAUNE [ex KLIF-1190 news/KENS TV CH 5 Sports Director] (San Antonio, TX) Subject: memories. Jim: As I watched some of the new year TV parties, it reminds me of my final report for KENS-TV on New Year’s Eve of 1998. After 28 1/2 years my last story was coverage of the downtown festivities. TV photographer Ronnie Smith and I were one of the crews and for better vantage point, we were atop one of the satellite trucks. As I was doing a report, some full beer cans flew past my face and head. Some drunks had thrown them at us. Cops grabbed the young revelers but I told them to let them go…as they were young drunken idiots. Luckily no one was hurt. Bye-bye Channel 5. Also…January 3rd of ‘83, Tony Dorsett went 99 yards for a TD..the longest run from scrimmage in NFL history. Happy New Year…GD (www.garydnews.com)
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JOANIE GREEN-GALLO [Longtime Houston, TX DJ/traffic reporter] (Tulsa, OK) I just wanted to wish you a happy new year and send good wishes for a joyous 2015 to us both! I hope all is well with you ~ I’m in the process of writing songs for Tulsa’s Gridiron ~ rehearsals begin in the next week or so. I’m also completing a few projects for work, one of which I get to pick up tomorrow from Hobby Lobby’s framing shop and doing some cross stitch while I watch the tube…I think there is an actual Twilight Zone I don’t remember from the series…a first! It’s on right now. I love the Sy-Fy’s Twilight Zone marathon each year…dang good writer’s emerged from that series. Anyway, Happy New Year! Joanie Green Gallo
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TONY WILLIAMS [WKY-930/KRLD-1080] (Dallas-Richardson, TX) Subject: Dorothy Malone. Did I ever tell you I know where Dorothy Malone lives here in Dallas? In the 1980’s she had a house in Dallas. Now she lives in an apartment near Southern Methodist University where she attended school. One day out of the blue, I was curious and checked the directory under her maiden name and there it was … Dorothy Malone’s address. I think at the time I had an idea she was living in Dallas in retirement.
TRIVIA ANSWER: In 1947, KWGS FM is the first FM radio station in Tulsa, OK. Its call letters KWGS FM stand for Tulsa oilman and philanthropist William Grove Skelly who makes a fortune in the oil industry. William Grove [Bill] Skelly is born in Erie, PA on June 10, 1878 as one of six children of Irish and English pedigree. He is founder and owner of Skelly Oil Company. He donates money for the Skelly Stadium at the University of Tulsa. In honor of his service, Skelly Drive is named after him. Skelly dies on April 12, 1957. His burial is in Rose Hill Memorial Park, Tulsa, OK.
BOB GRANT [Robert Hanger] (San Angelo-Abilene, TX) Thanks for all your efforts, & Happy New Year! Jim & Suzie from Bob & Sonny Lee.
CHARLES GEORGE [KC5RAI – ex KCHU FM] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Happy New Year! Sunday, I went for the Jazz Lunch at The Freeman. They had Jack Allday and his Jazz Band. There are a lot of good musicians who do not get played on the radio. Also a restaurant Ali Babas at Lakewood I use to go to at times closed its doors the day before Christmas. Also The Balcony Club in Lakewood is closing. Any way I hope you have a Happy New Year.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
Jim Rose and Suzie
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo
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