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THE BIG E IS NO MORE Pedal steel guitar legend Buddy Emmons, member of the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame, inventive musician who popularizes the pedal steel guitar in Jazz, Country, and Western Swing bands performs with many of the biggest stars. In fact, Buddy plays the magnificent steel guitar solo on Judy Collins 1969 hit single Someday Soon, plus Ray Price’s Night Life and Faron Young’s Sweet Dreams. Pedal steel guitar innovator Buddy Emmons (The Big E) dies at 78 near Nashville in Hermitage, TN on July 29, 2015.
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ELVIS PRESLEY TUNESMITH BIDS FAREWELL Roy C. Bennett and his writing partner Sid Teppett write more than 300 songs, that includes 42 Elvis Presley tunes. Also The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Perry Como and Wayne Newton. The duo has five songs in The King’s Blue Hawaii. Bennett & Tepper also pen Red Roses for a Blue Lady (Bobby Vinton) and The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane (Ames Brothers). Bennett is born Israel Brodsky on August 12, 1918 in Brooklyn, NY. On July 2, 2015 Roy C. Bennett dies at 96 in Queens, NY.
CHICAGO LOLLAPALOOZA SEVERE STORM STIRS MASS EXODUS On Sunday, August 2, 2015 during the Lollapalooza music festival in downtown Chicago, IL’s Grant Park a burst of thunderstorms causes mass evacuation. As the storm collapses a festival tent in west suburban Wood Dale Prairie Fest near Wood Dale Junior High one person dies, three seriously injured and 17-20 more rush to area hospitals. According to Wood Dale Deputy Police Chief Mike Rivas, the microburst causes a dome in northwest Rosemont to collapse.
BAYOU CITY MIX HAS NEW MORNING MINGLE As part of KHMX FM’s 25th anniversary celebration it moves the Dave, Mahoney and DK morning show from Alternative KXTE FM (X107.5) Pahrump/Las Vegas, NV to Hot AC (Mix 96.5) KHMX FM Greenway Plaza Suite 1900 studios in Houston, TX. The morning trio replaces Atom Smasher and Shawnda McNeal who leave the building at the end of June 2015. The trio’s Space City debut is on Monday, September 14, 2015 in celebration of KHMX FM’s 25th anniversary.
TRIVIA QUESTION: When is Wolfman Jack’s first broadcast on WNBC-660 in New York City? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Charles George Saturday, August 8, 2015. •KTVT TV CBS CH 11 Dallas, TX adds 2 to its news team: Laurie Passman from KTVK TV Phoenix, AZ assistant news director and CJ Hoyt from WTOL TV Toledo, OH managing editor. •KTAR FM Sports (98.7) Phoenix, AZ Arizona’s Morning News anchor Boston, MA native Arizona Broadcast Hall of Fame newscaster Ned Foster with 40 years in radio news retires at the end of November 2015. •RUSH LIMBAUGH SHOW celebrates year #28 on August 1, 2015.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1957 U.S. performs Nevada Test Site nuclear test on August 10th. •1960 JOHNNY HORTON’s final recording of his life on August 9th North To Alaska during 2-hour session at Bradley Film & Recording Studio in Nashville, TN. •1977 U.S.S.R. performs (underground) nuclear test on August 10th. •1984 GARY MORRIS debuts on Grand Ole Opry on August 11th. •1992 SOYUZ TM-15 expedition to Mir space station lands on August 10th. •2013 CARRIE UNDERWOOD’s single See You Again certifies Gold on August 5th.
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JACK PARNELL [former Program Director WHBQ-560] (Memphis, TN) Subject: John Cook. Jim: Do you know the whereabouts of John Cook, son of the late Jay Cook? I remember that when Jay was still alive, John was PD of a station in Dallas, but I haven’t heard anything about him in recent years. Jay was a dear friend for many years…we worked together twice at WHBQ, going back to 1961. When I was PD, in 1965, I hired him back to do afternoon drive, and he got offered a midday show at WFIL, went up there, became pd shortly, then became one of the best anywhere to conduct national radio seminars. He even became President of Gannett Radio. We stayed in very close touch up to just 2 days before he died. He was one of the very few radio people who was totally honest and forthright, and loved and respected by all who knew him. Pls let me know if you know anything about John. I only knew him as a baby before the family moved to Philadelphia. I’d like to call him sometime. Thanks much, Jack Parnell WHBQ-Memphis in the late 50s thru the 60s.
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MIKE BRAUN (KWTX-AM/FM 1975-79) (Fort Worth, TX) Subject: Obits. Jim, I’m sending information about the passing of two individuals associated with broadcasting. Perhaps some of your readers may have known or worked with them. According to her obituary in the Star-Telegram, June 21, Fort Worth-native Ann Barham Pugh was known to Fort Worth audiences as “Ann Alden” of “The Ann Alden Show,” her self-produced daytime TV show on WBAP-TV, Channel 5 (now KXAS-TV). She participated in WBAP-TV’s first colorcast in the late 1950s. Ann was 91, and passed away April 18 in Virginia. According to his obituary in the Star-Telegram, July 22, Freeport, Illinois-native Edward “Rick” Richter began his radio career in 1951 at WRAC (1460) in Racine, Wis. He also worked at WRRR (1330) and WROK (1440) Rockford, Ill.; WLBK (1360), DeKalb, Ill; and WELL-FM, Freeport, Ill. During his radio career, he was a newscaster, sportscaster, DJ, talk show host, copywriter, salesman and station manager. He moved to Arlington, Texas in 1999. He passed away July 20 at the age of 94. Publishing these announcements in your newsletter will help honor their lives and accomplishments. Mike Braun, Fort Worth (KWTX-AM/FM, Waco, 1975-1979)
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TONY WILLIAMS [WKY-930/KRLD-1080] (Dallas-Richardson, TX) Subject: colorization. When Ted Turner was colorizing black-and-white films, Orson Welles once said to another director, Henry Jaglom, “Make me one promise: Keep Ted Turner and his crayons away from my pictures.” I did not say it. Welles said it, and I agree. His films could never be touched anyway by Turner since the rights belong to two people, his daughter, Beatrice, and Oja Kodar, his girlfriend. Both are highly protective of his films. Tony
TRIVIA ANSWER: Wolfman Jack’s first broadcast on WNBC-660 in New York City is on August 6, 1973. This is the same month of American Graffiti’s debut. WNBC-660 pits Wolfman Jack up against his arch rival Cousin Brucie (Bruce Morrow) on WABC-770. After less than a year, Wolfman Jack high tails it back to California to work on his syndicated radio show. WNBC-660 snatches Cousin Brucie away from WABC-770.
JAY WEAVER [KCUL-1540/KBUY-1540/KPCN-730] (DFW-Hurst, TX) I am a Jim Rose fan. I appreciate what you do! Jay weaver
SHANNON L. ALDER (April 1917 to November 12, 2014) The most influential people you will ever meet were once held together by the encouragement of others.
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