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TV CREW RESCUES PUPPY ON ICE On Thursday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer spots a black puppy out on an ice covered lake. The Coast Guard gives up trying to rescue the black Labrador puppy, Kimberly, who is stranded on frozen Lake Erie because the ice is too brittle. WKYC TV NBC CH 3 Cleveland, OH comes to Kimberly’s aid when they ask airboat captain Tony Muscioni to go out on the ice and rescue the stray doggie. Photojournalist George Payamgis, while still filming, grabs Kimberly by the collar and brings her safely onto the boat.
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LIVE TV CAPTURES DESTRUCTIVE TWISTER Tribune KFOR TV NBC CH 4 Chief Meteorologist Mike Morgan along with Chopper 4 pilot Bob Moore describes a gustnado in Moore, OK during Wednesday’s storm that strikes near Oklahoma City. He sees electrical flashes from high winds that toss objects and causes electrical explosions. That is a tornado, folks. That’s a tornado, right there. The storm destroys homes, flips semis on their sides, tears the roof off an elementary school, plus the winds rip KOKC’s radio towers.
TWISTER TWISTS RADIO TOWERS In late 1946, KOMA-1520 power increases to 50,000 watts. In 1958, Todd Storz buys KOMA-1520. It is the third station in OKC to flip to Top-40, behind KOCY and WKY. On September 12, 1980 KOMA Country is born. Here in TX, we listen to the legendary Larry Scott’s all night show. On Saturday, February 1, 2003 KOMA-1520 flips to News Talk. On August 27, 2004 KOMA-1520 becomes KOKC. On Wednesday, March 25, 2015 a tornado topples three of KOKC-1520’s towers and shuts it down.
FT. WORTH, TX RADIO STATION OVERSHOOTS Lake Country Radio KCKL FM (95.9) Malakoff, TX complains to the FCC that KFWR FM The Ranch (95.9) Jacksboro-Fort Worth, TX new facility puts out more power toward KCKL FM’s protected contour with its directional antenna. KCKL FM alleges that KFWR FM’s side-mount antenna causes KFWR FM to send more than double its licensed power in certain directions. The FCC gives KFWR FM until April 22, 2015 to show why its antenna should not be defined as directional.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What reason does Decca records give for not signing The Beatles in 1962? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Waltraud Hofmeister Wednesday, March 25th. Scotty Brink Thursday, April 2, 2015. •KFWB-980 News-Talk Los Angeles, CA flips to CBS Sports Radio (The Beast 980) with sports talk pro Tom Lee as its PD beginning on March 30, 2015. Lee formerly programs ESPN KESN FM Dallas, TX. •WLPA-1490 Hall ESPN radio Sports Lancaster, PA flips to Adult Standards (America’s Best Music) on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. WLPA-1490 directs sports fans to switch to sister ESPN Sports WLPA FM (92.7) Starview.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1959 WNED TV PBS CH 17 in Buffalo, NY begins broadcasting on March 30th. •1967 BARBARA MANDRELL engages to Navy pilot Ken Dudney on March 30th. •1972 PETER WHITNEY actor in film and television (Gunsmoke, The Rebel and Hawaii Five-O) dies at 55 on March 30th. •1989 GILLEY’s nightclub closes its doors for good on March 30th in Pasadena, TX. •1999 GARY MORTON producer/actor dies at 74 on March 30th. •2003 JOE NICHOLS Brokenheartsville is his first #1 single in Billboard Country on March 29th.
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FRANK HALEY [KDAZ-730 newsman – ex KLIF-1190, KOB-770, KILT, KTRH & KVIL news] (Albuquerque, NM) If you grew up listening to the legendary KOMA radio in Oklahoma City, it will interest you to know that the most recent tornado in OKC has knocked down two of the broadcast towers of that station, now with the call letters KOKC, and snapped a third tower in half, knocking the station off the air at a critical time. 1 dead so far, several injured in Tulsa, and Moore, OK was also hit… Frank
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JAY WALKER [KJKK FM/KTSA/KTFM FM/CBS Radio/Jay Walker Productions] (Dallas-McKinney, TX) Subject: 1520 OKC loses all three towers… Looks like a Moore Oklahoma landmark will be forever changed now. Tonight’s storm 3/26/15 took down two of three and severely damaged the third tower due to possible straight line winds of over 90mph. Sad to see them go… Jay Walker
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WINK MARTINDALE [Host of 20 TV game shows-DJ on WHBQ/KHJ/KMPC] (Los Angeles-Calabasas, CA) Subject: Congratulations! Thanks Jim and Suzie, fyi – As a matter of fact April 11th I’m receiving from my alma mater the U. of Memphis the Alumi of the Year Award for Lifetime Achievement. I’m both honored and humbled. I’ve noted that at this juncture of my career the honors come more often than jobs;)!!! Wink
DUANE ALLEN [Lead singer Oak Ridge Boys] (Hendersonville, TN) Subject: Congratulations! Thank you Jim and of course, Suzie…Duane
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DON SUNDEEN [former KCOH-1430 OM/PD/DJ-Hi Records promotion-TV ad prod] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Bermuda Radio Archive Network. Jim, thought you’d find this radio ‘small world’ story interesting. Written by Jim Richards, morning man at ZBM 2, the station we tried to compete with in Bermuda in the early 60’s… ZBM 1 and 2 were based on the BBC model and staffed by announcers from Britain’s possessions, Canada, Australia, and other English speaking countries, all well paid and professional. They wouldn’t hire me because I was an American, even for a part-time gig, so I ended up on the native station, ZFB, the only non-Bermudian, and as the newly minted Canadian Donnie Dare. The story Jim tells is true and almost too coincidental. Bermuda Radio Archive Network.
TRIVIA ANSWER: In 1962, Decca records refuses to sign The Beatles to a recording contract. Decca’s reasoning: We don’t like their sound and guitar music is on the way out.
JAMES MARVELL [Mercy lead singer – ‘Love Can Make You Happy’ 1969] (Brandon-Tampa, FL) Subject: Radio News for Jim Rose. Hi Jim and Suzie, I’ve been on a promotional tour through Texas, Louisiana, Georgia and Florida just like I use to do when traveling and performing with Mercy in the 60s and The Country Cavaleers in the early 70s. I’m promoting a song I recorded written by Buddy Good and myself (The Cavaleers) back in the early 70s. Your worldwide readers can read all about it at these two links – http://sbnewspaper.com/2015/02/20/musician-recalls-days-with-freddy-fender/ and www.coltrecords.com/links.html Thanks, James Marvell formerly of Mercy and The Country Cavaleers
OSCAR WILDE (October 16, 1854 – November 30, 1900) A poet can survive everything but a misprint.
Jim Rose and Suzie
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