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ROCK QUEEN SIGNS OFF In 1976, Sarah Fleischer fresh out of Broadcasting Institute of Maryland tickled pink with her new position on then-Beautiful Music WMAR FM (97.9). When Sarah discovers that WIYY FM flips All-News for Rock she quickly calls the WIYY FM PD. Sarah Fleischer eventually settles into a midday DJ spot as The Queen. Sarah beats all the odds and lasts on WIYY FM (98 Rock) for 38 years. On Friday, June 5, 2015 Baltimore, MD’s very own Queen Of Rock Sarah Fleischer retires from radio.
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CANDY DEPARTS MORNINGS ON WMJX FM Greater Media AC WMJX FM (Magic 106.7) Boston, MA Morning Magic co-host Candy O’Terry after 25 years on board declines a new two-year offer. Candy says that she frees herself up to pursue some longstanding interests outside radio. The lovely Candy O’Terry’s exit causes morning co-host David O’Leary to use temporary rotating fill-in help. WMJX FM Director of Programming Cadillac Jack sighs: We will now begin a nationwide search to fill her vacated position.
POP THE CORK FOR JOURNAL – SCRIPPS WEDDING On Wednesday, April 1, 2015 the formal merger of Journal and E.W. Scripps begins. That’s when Journal radio stations become part of Scripps, plus they come under the voting control of the Scripps family. In March 2009 Journal stock closes at 36 cents. On Friday, March 27, 2015 Journal closes at $14.20 a share. $500 worth of Journal stock explodes to $200.000. That’s how millionaires are made.
VA MAYOR WHIPS OUT HIS VETO ON THE AIR Virginia’s Republican-controlled legislature passes technical amendments to its electoral districts. But the Washington Post reports that Virginia’s Democrat Governor Terry McAuliffe uses his live radio show on iHeart Talk WRVA-1140 Richmond and 98.5 translator to astonish listeners when he whips out his veto pen live on the air. Governor McAuliffe brags: I don’t think these bills are constitutional. He also proclaims that he doesn’t like partisan redistricting.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What radio station gives Art Linkletter his start on the air? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! J.D. Adams & Jay Noble March 26th. Cheri Falchetti April 1, 2015. •MIKE VINCENT new Cumulus Media WSJR FM (NASH FM 93.7) Wilkes-Barre, PA PD/PM Drive DJ on April 1, 2015. •KEVEN KENNEDY afternoons on Greater Media WKLB FM Country (102.5) Boston, MA on Thursday, March 26, 2015. •KNRY-1240 Monterey, CA spins Classical K-Mozart to Adult Standards (Unforgettable 1240) on Monday, March 30, 2015. •WOBX FM (98.1) News/Talk Manteo/Nags Head, NC flips to Sports 98.1 The Score.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1950 ADOLF WIKLUND composer & conductor of Royal Swedish Opera dies at 70 on April 2nd. •1962 BILLY DEAN born on April 1st in Quincy, FL tells fans that his birthday is April 2nd so they won’t think he is an April Fool. •1974 GOLD hits record $197 an ounce on April 3rd in Paris. •1982 THE OAK RIDGE BOYS Bobbie Sue grabs #1 in Billboard Country on April 3rd. •1999 HELEN ABERSON Dumbo writer dies at 92 on April 3rd. •2006 RASCAL FLATTS’ album Me And My Gang releases on Lyric Street on April 4th.
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FRANK HALEY [KDAZ-730 news – ex KILT, KTRH, KVIL FM, KLIF-1190 & KOB-770 news] (Albuquerque, NM) Subject: Weatherman and science teacher, ‘Dr. George’ Fischbeck, dies at 92. George Fischbeck, who became a phenomenon in Albuquerque as a television science teacher and meteorologist in the 1960s and early ’70s, before being lured to Los Angeles where he continued as a top rated TV weatherman, died early Wednesday from natural causes.
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DUKE GILLELAND (Belton, TX) Subject: Job Well Done To KOKE FM!! Jim, This week we had a catastrophic event here locally when an oversize 18 wheeler hit a bridge on I-35 at Salado. The driver of the truck escaped injury but it sent 3 other drivers to the hospital and killed one other. NOTHING was ever said on our local political talk (squawk) radio about the accident. But KOKE FM 99.3 kept us posted on the traffic situation, advising drivers that the interstate was closed both ways and other routes to take getting home. JOB WELL DONE BY KOKE FM AND IT’S STAFF! We appreciate you! Duke & Cindy Gilleland; Belton, Texas
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JAY WALKER [KJKK FM/KTSA/KTFM FM/CBS Radio/Jay Walker Productions] (Dallas-McKinney, TX) Subject: Interesting observations recently. True enough Jim. Last couple of nights I’ve been listening to 1550 which use to be the home of WOKJ Jackson MS. They’ve been off the air for years. But now there’s a station playing R&B and Gospel just like they did… Strange… Heard an oldies stations at 1290 playing 50’s-60′ pus a number of the old Class B 5k/1k on the high end below 1600 playing English music. Sure would be nice to hear music regularly on the band again. Now if we could only get Ty Tyler to put music back on 1520 KOMA… Take care. Jay
TRIVIA ANSWER: On March 27, 1928 KGB-1360 San Diego, CA goes on the air with call letters KFBC as the oldest continuing radio station in the San Diego market. Pickwick Broadcasting buys KFBC and installs G)eorge B)owles as Vice President and Manager. KFBC call letters change to reflect his name as KGB. In 1934, Art Linkletter gets his start in radio on KGB as announcer and Program Director. For 25 years Art Linkletter hosts House Party on CBS radio and TV. For 19 years he hosts People Are Funny on NBC radio and TV.
LARRY TODD [former KHFI TV anchor] (Austin, TX) Subject: KVUE TV. Hi Jim You are really a night owl. Great to hear from you. a couple corrections. Our TV side was KHFI TV…channel 42. It was never kvue…today it is KXAN…still an NBC outlet. Charles Stewart and I did the news. Bill Richardson on weather and Mel butchered the sports. (not really…he was great.) remember Cal (Druxman) as a fine person…always relaxed and candid…honest. We had John Bounder for radio and I just can’t remember the other news hounds. Dave Jarrott worked there as a DJ about that time. YOU take care… LT
CRAIG BEAN [Texas Association of Broadcasters, Previous KVUE-TV, KCEN-TV, KTEM Radio] (Austin, TX) Subject: KVUE TV CH 42. Lynn (Woolley) is correct. I worked at KVUE-TV for 30 years, since they signed on as Channel 24 and as an ABC affiliate. KBVO signed on as the Independent until they took CBS from KTBC. I’m not sure if it was at the time FOX bought KTBC, but CBS wanted a full clearance station in Austin. Lynn is also correct about KHFI changing from 42 to 36, opening the channel 42 allocation for KBVO. KBVO changed call sign to KEYE to mirror the CBS “EYE.” Craig
DAN RATHER (October 31, 1931 – p) An intellectual snob is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture and not think of The Lone Ranger.
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