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JAMESTOWN RADIO LEGEND PASSES A popular radio voice that reaches out many miles beyond Jamestown, NC goes silent. KSJB-600 Music Director and afternoon host Bob Sands expires on Thursday, January 8, 2015 while on vacation in King, NC. KSJB-600 General Manager/Vice President Patrick Pfeiffer sighs: We’re all in a little bit of shock here. He had encyclopedic knowledge of country music, the artists, the songwriters, that kind of thing. Bob Sands’ birth name is Robert Urry. He is originally from Whiteflsh Bay, WI.
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HEE HAW’S KORN KOUNTY NEWS ENDS From June 15, 1969–July 1971 plus its 20-year run in local syndication we smile at the shenanigans on CBS TV’s Hee Haw. RFD TV still airs reruns of Hee Haw on Sunday nights. One of Hee Haw’s characters, newscaster Charlie Farquharson on KORN in Kornfield Kounty, reminds me of a DJ on KILT-610 during my second time there in the 1990s. Don Harron, a fixture of Canadian TV since 1952 who plays Charlie Farquharson on Hee Haw, dies at 90 on Saturday morning January 17, 2015.
TRAFFIC JAM JEN BIDS FAREWELL TO MURPHY Since November 2013, Jen DeSalvo is traffic anchor and co-host of Robert Murphy’s afternoon show on Cumulus WLS FM Chicago, IL. On Friday evening Jen says adios to her listeners and to Murphy. DeSalvo is not going too far away. On Monday morning, Big John Howell begins his new morning show on WLS-890 (5:00am-9:00am). Howell gets a new morning crew, which includes a new traffic voice that just might be Jen DeSalvo.
WANNA BUY ELVIS’ JETS? For almost 30 years, Elvis Presley’s two private jets, Lisa Marie and Hound Dog II, are on display in Memphis, TN. But now the two airships go on sale for a possible $15 million. Elvis Presley’s private jets enter the auction block at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, CA through sealed bid through February 2, 2015. After the sale, Presley’s jets may make a U-turn right back to Memphis because the new owner of Elvis’s jets has an option to purchase several acres adjacent to Graceland to display the jets.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What is The Beatles first tune to hit America’s record charts? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Col St. James Monday, January 19th. Richard Glancey Friday, January 23rd. Jim Pruett [S&P] Sunday, January 25, 2014. •USA RADIO NETWORKS adds The Real Side Radio Show with Joe Messina 12:00 midnight to 3:00 am ET. •DAWN COX APD/Production Director/midday host on iHeartMedia WVRK FM (Rock 103) Columbus, GA welcomes brand new baby boy Gabriel Woods on December 26! •ED CRANE iHeartMedia News/Talk KFBK-1530 Sacramento, CA morning host since 2008 exits.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1955 KORK TV (now KVBC) NBC CH 3 in Las Vegas, NV 1st broadcast on January 23rd. •1969 THE GLEN CAMPBELL GOODTIME HOUR debuts on CBS TV on January 29th with guests Bobbie Gentry, John Hartford, Smothers Brothers and Pat Paulsen. •1978 NFL PRO BOWL: NFC beats AFC 14-13 on January 23rd. •1985 ALABAMA wins two American Music Awards on January 28th. •1991 SEINFELD debuts on NBC TV on January 23rd. •2006 CARRIE UNDERWOOD’s single Jesus, Take The Wheel goes Gold on January 25th.
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JACK PARNELL [former Program Director/DJ WHBQ-560] (Memphis, TN) Subject: Carl Perkins. Jim: I noticed you made reference to Carl Perkins’ death; it reminded me that I was present when Carl’s “Blue Suede Shoes” was played on radio for the very first time. It was in late fall of 1955. My first radio job was at WKBJ in Milan, TN. and Bill Haney (now deceased) was a good friend of Carl’s, who lived in Jackson, TN, just 25 miles away. On this particular day, Carl brought the ONLY copy, really an acetate, of “Blue Suede Shoes” to Bill, and I was there when Carl came in. Bill played it and all the phone lines went crazy! Jack Parnell, also formerly at WHBQ in Memphis.
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BLADE PARKER [Bob Edwards KILT-610, KNUZ-1230] (Houston, TX) Jim, Just a quick note to regarding our friend Ben Harold, formerly of KFMK, KENR, KXOL, and others. I spoke to him last night and learned that he is fighting Stage 4 colon cancer. He will learn the complete results of recent treatments in a few days and I will let you know. In the meantime, prayers are encouraged. Ben and I have been friends since before grade school and I just hate to learn about this. But, he is keeping very positive and fighting this setback just as I would have suspected. Best, Blade (Bob Edwards).
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KENDALL DUNAWAY [Chuck’s wife] (Houston-Katy, TX) Subject: Chucky. Hey Jim: Chuck can read your e-mails but can’t reply. He was in Methodist Sugar Land Hospital for 7 nights with a bad lung infection and was then moved to Kindred rehab Hospital for a two week visit to try and get rid of this stubborn infection. We’re hoping he’ll be home this weekend and says he will write you as soon as he gets home. Hope you’re doing well. -Kendall Dunaway
DR. JEFF CUNNINGHAM [ex KXOL-1360] (Austin-Kyle, TX) I don’t know if you got this but I know he is part of this list. http://blog.mysanantonio.com/jakle06/2015/01/s-a-tv-vet-in-hospital-after-undergoing-surgery/
LIZ PATRANELLA [Liz Houston – KTSA-550, KBAT-680] (Austin, TX) Subject: Gary De Laune Surgery. Wanted to let everyone know that Gary De Laune underwent triple bypass surgery and is recuperating at Methodist Hospital. I have no other details at this time but will let you know if I hear more. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery. Liz
TRIVIA ANSWER: Fifty-one years ago, The Beatles appear on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for the first time. On January 18, 1964 The Beatles’ I Want to Hold Your Hand enters Billboard’s Hot 100 at #45. The following week, I Want to Hold Your Hand blasts off to #3. On February 1, 1964 the tune becomes The Beatles’ first of 20 #1 records.
LESLIE WAYNE HODGES [ex KRCS-550 DJ] (Coldspring, TX) Subject: Don Harron AKA Charlie Farquharson KORN. Farewell to Don Harron – Charlie Farquharson to listener of KORN in the States and CORN in Canada. Harron passed at age 90. His malaprops kept people in stitches. So – “That’s KORN and CORN News. Farther details will be decimated as deceived or as the sitye-ashun warns us.” That’s -30- for now… Sent from my iPad Leslie Wayne Hodges
DON HARRON (September 19, 1924 – January 17, 2015) Charlie Farquharson with the news from all over and back home again.
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