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EIGHTY IS NOT ENOUGH We fondly remember Dick Van Patten as father Tom Bradford in TV’s Eight Is Enough. But how can we forget Van Patten in these Mel Brooks films: King Roland in Spaceballs, the Abbot in Robin Hood: Men in Tights and Dr. Wentworth in High Anxiety? In 1928 he is born in Kew Gardens, Queens, New York. Van Patten writes in his autobiography Eighty Is Not Enough that he’s comfortable with his friendly-fellow image. Dick Van Patten dies of diabetes at 86 on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 in Santa Monica, CA.
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TAYLOR SWIFT VS APPLE Country-Pop music Superstar giant killer Taylor Swift takes on Apple Music’s new streaming service. The 25-year-old singer rips Apple for not paying artists, producers and songwriters during its three-month free trial period. Swift says: Three months is a long time to go unpaid, and it is unfair to ask anyone to work for nothing. Apple Music chief Eddy Cue gives in: Apple Music will pay artists for streaming, even during its customer’s free trial period. Ms Swift’s knock-out punch wins round one.
DC NEWS DIRECTOR MOVES ON UP Mike McMearty Washington. DC’s top-rated news station WTOP FM (103.5) News Director for 23 years moves on up to Director of News and Programming. Mike succeeds former PD Laurie Cantillo who exits Hubbard-owned all-news WTOP FM in March 2015 to join NASA’s Office of Communications. During his over two decades at WTOP FM Mike McMearty serves as editor, producer, reporter, anchor, sports reporter, Assistant News Director and for the past 15 years as News Director.
COLLEGE PUBLIC RADIO SHUTS DOWN Kankakee Community College public radio WKCC FM (91.1) Kankakee, IL airs Classical music and public radio programs from NPR, American Public Media and Public Radio International. It also features a variety of Jazz and Blues programs on weekends, some locally produced. Due to a lack of funding, plus a decline in Kankakee’s enrollment, WKCC FM may shut down by the End of 2015. WKCC-FM only raises about 1/3 of its $200,000 budget in listener donations and corporate funding.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Who is the host of the original Gong Show? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•TRUE DON BLEU Bay area radio favorite final morning show on iHeartMedia Classic Hits KOSF (Big 103.7) San Francisco, CA is Friday, June 26, 2015. •ZACH DILLON is new PD of iHeartMedia Top 40 KHFI FM (Kiss FM 96.7) Austin, TX effective July 12, 2015. In 1966, I become new PD of KHFI FM with the finest man on the face of this earth as GM, Cal Druxman. •BRYAN BROADCASTING flips Country K274CM FM (Maverick 102.7) to a simulcast of Sports KZNE-1150 The Zone in Bryan/College Station, TX .
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1956 FEDERAL INTERSTATE HIGHWAY system act gets the green light on June 29th. •1968 TAMMY WYNETTE’s single D-I-V-O-R-C-E grabs #1 in Billboard Country on June 29th. •1979 MOONRAKER premieres in the U.S. on June 29th. •1980 THE OAK RIDGE BOYS single Trying To Love Two Women lands at #1 in Billboard Country on June 28th. •1994 U.S.A. reopens Guantanamo Naval Base on June 29th to process refugees. •2008 TOM T. HALL inducts into the Country Music Hall of Fame on June 29th.
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BILL CONWAY [Former PD/OM Entercom KOIT FM] (San Diego, CA) Subject: Bob Morrison. Jim, I was a young broadcaster at WFAA 1970-72 and learned a ton about radio news in the big old newsroom/bullpen from Dave Cooke and Bob (Morrison). I saw him for the last time when the NAB Radio show in Big D and my mentor Bill Mercer stopped by. I saw him and Bob chatting. Great to see him. I know you do quotations each post and I don’t know if it is appropriate but I always recall him saying, “Up your giggy with a meat hook.” Bill Conway
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DANNY MACK MCWILLIAMS [GM KRNH FM Country (The Ranch 92.3)] (Kerrville, TX) Subject: Ed Stern. Jim, I was touched to see Ed Stern listed on your birthday list. I still miss him every day since he passed a couple of years ago. He became my second father when we worked together from 1987-1992 in Uvalde at KVOU/KYUF Radio. When my real father passed Ed reminded me that I still had one, which was comforting. The most interesting thing about our relationship is the fact that we shared the same birthday, June 24th. You can bet we had many a great party to celebrate. I am out of radio, now, working for the Salvation Army and loving life, but your columns keep me up to date with my old friends. Have a wonderful summer. “Danny Mack” McWilliams Kerrville, TX
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PHIL ROBBINS [KEEZ FM, KVIC FM, KAYC-1450, KZEU FM, KKBH FM, KNAL FM] (Victoria, TX) Hi Jim, I saw my first control room, dj, and I said “I wanna do that!”. It was Don Couser and George the Duck on-air, playing Gerry & the Pacemakers. I’ll never forget it. In later years I answered the request line for Ron Houston aka Fred Jones, Saturday nights on K-BAT when they went Top 40. Nicest man I ever met. In 1969 I started college at San Antonio College Radio/TV/Film and of all people to have as an instructor was Don Couser. When I told him he was my inspiration back in 1964 he started to tear up, so did I. Don Couser, Jeff Hinger, and Jean Longwith, all great instructors at SAC. Phil Robbins
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TONY WILLIAMS [WKY-930/KRLD-1080/Metro Traffic] (Dallas-Richardson, TX) Subject: T.H.E. Cat. The problem is the series only lasted one season – 26 episodes. But some of these LP TV stations take whatever they can get like “The Green Hornet”. Run it once a week for 26 weeks. Then repeat…52 weeks…a year of programming. But the owner of the rights could do what Warner Brothers does with its old films. On Demand. When someone asks for something, they dup a copy from a good print and ship it. When another wants the same film, Warner does it again for another customer. The creator of “T.H.E. Cat also created “Dirty Harry. Thomas Hewitt Edward Cat. T.H.E. Cat.
TRIVIA ANSWER: In 1934, Major Edward Bowes Original Amateur Hour debuts on WHN-1050 in NYC. Bowes spins the wheel of fortune for contestants to perform. When they are bad, Bowes strikes a gong. On June 14, 1976, Chuck Barris brings back the gong on his new Gong Show on NBC TV. In 1988, host Don Bleu revives The Gong Show for 1 season.
LIZ PATRANELLA [Liz Houston – KTSA-550, KBAT-680] (Austin, TX) Subject: SARHoF Website. I am pleased to announce that the San Antonio Radio Hall of Fame website has been redesigned and is now available for viewing at: http://sanantonioradiohalloffame.com/ The site is a work in progress. Additional photos and bios will be added in the weeks ahead, so come back and visit the site often. I want to thank my friend, Virginia Brodie, who is donating her time and talent to create the site and update it for us. Enjoy! Liz
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