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TURN OUT THE LIGHTS THE PARTY’S OVER In the early 1950s, Mr. Touchdown is USC’s All-America running back/defensive back Frank Gifford. After his 1964 season, Frank retires from his 12th year in the NFL, all with the NY Giants. For eight years he is on ABC’s TV’s Monday Night Football with Don Meredith and Howard Cosell. In 1995, Frank receives the Pete Rozelle Award for his contributions to radio and TV in pro football. On Sunday, August 9, 2015 NFL star/sports broadcaster Frank Gifford dies of natural causes at 84.
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MORNING DJ BITTEN BY BEATLES BUG SUCCUMBS At 12 years old, The Beatles bug bites Scott Alan Friedman. The thrill of local DJs on remote broadcasts entices him into a remarkable radio career. As Scott McKenzie, his 36-year radio career includes stops on WTHZ FM (94.1) Tallahassee, FL and WZOU FM (94.5) Boston, MA. Since 1991, Scott is morning host on WXGT FM (Mix 105.1) in his hometown Columbus, OH. On August 11, 2015 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma ends 59 year old Scott McKenzie’s brilliant radio career.
OKIE RADIO GOES SONIC Chuck Geiger replaces Win Patton as PD/Morning Personality on LKCM Country KKAJ FM (95.7) Ardmore, OK. Win passes away in March 2015 after a bout with cancer. Chuck leaves behind Townsquare Media Cheyenne, WY as OM over Country KLEN FM (106.3), News/Talk KGAB-650 and Classic Rock KING FM (101.9). Geiger launches Sonic Sound voice tracking at his new post in Ardmore. Reach Chuck Geiger at email@example.com.
ELKINS INSTITUTE RADIO FLIPS FOR DALLAS In 1950, Elkins Institute of Radio founds KVTT FM (The Voice of Texas Trade School 88.5). In 1964, in our Elkins Institute of Radio class on Inwood Road in Dallas, TX we remember our radio station control room pretend call letters KEIR. During the late 1960s to early 1970s KVTT FM moves to 91.7. On October 1, 2009, KVTT FM flips calls to KKXT. On November 9, 2009 KKXT FM becomes Adult Alternative. In 2015, Amy Miller ousts Mark Abuzzahab as KKXT FM PD.
TRIVIA QUESTION: When does Quiz Kids air on radio? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•VILCOM INTERACTIVE MEDIA sells News/Talk WCHL-1360/W250BP FM (97.9) Chapel Hill, NC in a bankruptcy auction to the Leslie Rudd Investment Company on Friday, August 7, 2015. •CHUCK EDWARDS afternoon host since 1999 replaces Dr. Don Carpenter as morning host on CBS Country WYCD FM (99.5) Detroit, MI. •JIM LYNAM long time Chicago, IL radio vet stricken with a sudden aortic dissection undergoes emergency heart surgery on Monday night, but passes away early Tuesday morning, August 4, 2015.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1958 GLADYS L. PRESLEY Elvis Presley’s mom dies at 46 on August 14th. •1967 MICHAEL KNOX Producer of Trace Adkins’ This Ain’t No Love Song is born on August 13th in Macon, GA. •1971 FRANCE performs nuclear test on August 14th. •1988 KEITH WHITLEY’s Don’t Close Your Eyes is his first #1 Country single on August 13th. •1992 JOHN J. SIRICA Watergate Judge dies at 88 on August 14th. •2007 LUKE BRYAN’s debut album, I’ll Stay Me releases on August 14th on Capitol records.
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JACK PARNELL [former Program Director WHBQ-560] (Memphis, TN) You are 100 percent there! I was pd at a very big top 40 station, and we’d been #1 for about 3 years. I heard thru the office chatter that the sales manager had ok’d a contract with a local company to run a sponsored golf tips 5 minute program every morning at 7:30 and every afternoon at 4:30…boy those young listeners would’ve loved that! (this was in the 60s). I confronted the sales manager, who admitted that it had been sold, and I simply said: “Well it looks like you’re gonna have to UNsell it…it’ll kill our ratings”. He of course didn’t want to hear that, so we had to take it to the GM, who had been the station bean-counter. He turned it down flat…we never ran them. The GM was loaded with common sense! My contention was always: “If the programming is right, the sales will come”.
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KEN DOWE [CEO #1 KKDA FM / EVP McLendon Corp. #1 KLIF-1190] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Sam Hale passes away… I received this news tonight. Ken – Sam’s Dearest Friends– After battling ill health since suffering sudden cardiac arrest in 2006, the end has come for our dear friend Sam Hale. We apologize for this impersonal notification but you were on a list that Sam prepared to be informed. kd
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DR. JEFF CUNNINGHAM [ex KXOL-1360] (Austin-Kyle, TX) Hey, Jim. I don’t know if you caught this but I totally missed it. Peggy Sears, from Peck and Peggy and later on KVIL, has passed. (www.dallasnews.com/obituary-headlines/20150728-peggy-sears-newman-longtime-dallas-radio-personality-dies-at-61.ece#commentsDiv) Jeff Cunningham, DC, MA Kyle, TX (www.zoesplaceclinic.com) / (www.myspace.com/drjeffcunningham)
TRIVIA ANSWER: On June 28, 1940 popular radio series Quiz Kids debuts on NBC from Chicago, IL with Alka-Seltzer as its first sponsor. Chicago public relations and advertising rep Louis G. Cowan is its creator. Quiz Kids continues on the radio for the next 13 years. From July 6, 1949 to July 5, 1953 Quiz Kids is on NBC TV and CBS TV with Joe Kelly as quizmaster. On radio once again from January 12 to September 27, 1956 with Clifton Fadiman as host.
DON SUNDEEN [DJ/Liberty & Hi Records promotion/TV ad production] (Dallas, TX) Subject: The “Wrecking Crew” doc finally being released. When I was working for Liberty Records the Wrecking Crew played on most of our stuff and was produced by the great Snuff Garrett, a Dallas boy. They also did a lot of work with Phil Spector, including Sonny and Cher’s “I’ve got you babe.” Some of the Liberty acts whose records they played on include: Bobby Vee, Johnny Burnette, Gene McDaniels, Buddy Knox, Walter Brennan, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Del Shannon. Eighteen years in the making, the documentary “The Wrecking Crew” will be released to a limited number of theaters, followed soon after by DVD and video on demand (VOD). It’s about a session group back in the ’60s and ’70 that backed up many of the top acts of that era. Delays in completion of the 95 minute film were due to procurement of usage rights for dozens of songs, along with a funding campaign through Kickstarter. Magnolia Pictures’ “The Wrecking Crew” is directed by Denny Tedesco, son of Tommy Tedesco, the group’s guitarist. Check out the movie trailer below: http://youtu.be/hhl-3EOYTkc
GRACE SLICK [Jefferson Airplane lead singer] (October 30, 1939 – p) I like being in a recording studio. I like watching a song go from the simplicity of the original music.
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