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KING OF THE BLUES GUITAR By now it’s old news. But, let’s look back and remember. Blues Legend B. B. King is born Riley B. King on September 16, 1925 on a tenant farm between Itta Bena and Indianola, MS. In 1946, Memphis, TN’s Beale Street lures him in. For decades, The Beale Street Blues Boy strums his Gibson guitar Lucille‘s pulsating vibrato on tunes like The Thrill is Gone. On Thursday, May 14, 2015 in Las Vegas, as he sleeps, Grammy winning Blues guitarist B. B. King eases off into Heaven’ Gates at 89.
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NETWORK NEWS PRODUCER SURVIVES TRAIN CRASH On Tuesday, May 12, 2015 a New York City-bound Amtrak train derails in Philadelphia, PA that overturns and hurls its cargo like Vietnamese shrapnel. This terrible crash kills at least six passengers and injures about 140. The derailment closes America’s busiest rail route. Among the survivors is NBC Nightly News producer, Janelle Richards, who remembers: A loud crash and people fly up in the air. A lot of smoke as passengers try to get out of the car.
TV CREW RESCUES MAN FROM FLOOD This week, massive thunderstorms flood the Houston, TX area. Around 2 am Wednesday, May 13, 2015 south of the Bayou City in Webster KHOU TV CBS CH 11 reporter Sherry Williams and her photographer Mario Sandoval observe a frightened man stranded on the top of his car in the floodwaters on Highway 3 near Pineloch. The TV crew coaxes the man to wade knee-high waters and they safely take him home.
JOGGER ATTACKS TV REPORTER Around 2 pm Tuesday, May 12, 2015 Gloria Balding, morning anchor on KAKE TV ABC CH 10 in Wichita, KS jogs on a trail in West Wichita in broad daylight when she casually bumps into another walker. Gloria says when the two meet again around the bend, something bad happens. When she came up to me, she grabs my arm, reaches up and keys my neck with her other hand. She just keeps walking. She doesn’t run away. She just keeps walking like it was no big deal. Mace or a 45 pistol might help.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What is prime-time network TV’s first Rock ‘n’ Roll program? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•TORI LYNN exits Cumulus sister WIXV FM (I-95) Savannah, GA for PM Drive position on Cumulus Country WIWF FM (Nash FM 96.9) Charleston, SC starting Wednesday, May 13, 2015. •PAT RYAN & BILL MCCLEMENT (The Wise Guys) celebrate their 10th anniversary on Saga ESPN Radio WISE-1310 and WYSE-970 Asheville, NC. •DARRELL [Doc] RODGERS former Cincinnati Reds Assistant General Manager and radio host on WLW-700 passes away of lung cancer at 52 on Tuesday, May 12, 2015.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1951 DENNY DILLON shortest member on Saturday Night Live at 4’11” born on May 18th. •1962 GEORGE JONES’ single She Thinks I Still Care marks #1 in Billboard Country on May 19th. •1974 RAY STEVENS’ single The Streak belts #1 on May 18th. •1988 KATHY MATTEA’s single Eighteen Wheels And A Dozen Roses tallies #1 in Billboard Country on May 21st. •1992 LAWRENCE WELK bandleader/TV host dies of pneumonia at 89 on May 18th. •2007 SUGARLAND’s single Settlin’ nails #1 in Billboard Country on May 19th.
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MARY LYNN KNOCHELMAN [ex WCKY-1530] (Cincinnati, OH) Subject: “Extra Innings” Host Dies. Sad to report the death on May 12, 2015 of Darrell “Doc” Rodgers, a former Cincinnati Reds Assistant General Manager, who had hosted an “Extra Innings” Show after Reds games on 700 WLW-AM for several years. The 52 year old Rodgers lost his battle with Stage 4 lung cancer, which had spread to his brain in 2010. He never on the air let us listeners know he was feeling poorly! That’s an inspiration that when given a bad break, he continued to do his job, with a cheerful informative voice! At the time of the diagnosis he was stunned. “I don’t smoke. I don’t drink. I eat more salads than red meat”, he told his listeners. Despite the disease, he was able to go into remission, and continued to host “Extra Innings” for 4 more years. Mary Lynn Knochelman former 1530 WCKY-AM Cincinnati
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JANET LYNN [fine Texas Western Swing Hall Of Fame singer] (Austin, TX) Johnny (Gimble) actually died in an Alzheimer’s facility in Granite Shoals. My niece, who devoted her life to AD after my sister was diagnosed at an early age, was his nurse, and he was in experienced and caring hands. Johnny had a million sayings after a gig…some that come to mind is “it’s been a pressure working against you” instead of pleasure working with you or “I’ve played a lot of gigs and this is one of ’em.” “Keeping those cards and letters…don’t be buggin” us with em.” Blessings to all as I know he would want to be remembered so fondly. Janet Lynn Member of Texas Music Hall of Fame, 1999 Member of Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame, 2000.
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MIKE BRAUN [ex KWTX-1230] (Ft. Worth, TX) Subject: Buddy Bostick birthday. Jim, I’d like to recognize a birthday milestone of a Texas broadcasting pioneer. M.N. “Buddy” Bostick will be 97 years young on May 18. In 1946, 28-year-old Buddy Bostick was the station manager who helped build KWTX radio in Waco (1230kc). Buddy would later become president and general manager of KWTX Broadcasting Company, and his association with KWTX radio would span 50 years. In addition to KWTX-TV (Channel 10) in 1955 and KWTX-FM (97.5) in 1970, the company would put KBTX-TV, Bryan-College Station (Channel 3) on the air in 1957, along with the purchase of KXII-TV, Ardmore, Oklahoma (Channel 12). The company acquired KNAL (KITE-1410) radio, Victoria, Texas, in 1959 and KLFY-TV, Lafayette, Louisiana, in 1965. Buddy was honored with the Pioneer of the Year award by the Texas Association of Broadcasters in 1996. Mike Braun, Fort Worth (KWTX-AM/FM, 1975-1979)
TRIVIA ANSWER: On May 4, 1957 The Alan Freed Show prime-time network TV’s first Rock ‘n’ Roll program debuts on ABC TV with Guy Mitchell (Singing the Blues #1-1956), The Dell-Vikings (Come Go With Me #4-1957), The Clovers (Love Potion #9 #23-1959), Sal Mineo (Start Movin’ #9-1957) and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (I Put a Spell on You 1956).
GEORGE SCHANK [President Broadcast Site Management] (Conroe-Houston, TX) Subject: Bill Simmons and Look Magazine. Jim, The articles about Bill Simmons, Duke FM and the Look Magazine trivia were great pieces, that pretty much sum up the state of our profession! I’ll be 63 on Friday, and rolling past 50 years in broadcasting. And, even after all that time, those three articles reminded me that you still have to be careful who you cross, where you work and what you predict will happen in this business. I guess that’s why I stayed in broadcasting. There are surprises around every corner! George Schank; President and Chief Curmudgeon; Broadcast Site Management, LLC
MAE WEST (August 17, 1893 – November 22, 1980) Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often.
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