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CRAZED MAN THREATENS WACO, TX TV REPORTERS A local Waco, TX man who is upset the way the courts handle a child custody case that involves his son pounds KXXV TV ABC CH 25 with harassing and threatening phone calls. Joe Frank Washington of Barry, TX calls KXXV TV with threats against state district Judge Menard plus KXXV TV artisans: The revolt starts right there, and it’s coming. I’m going to pray two of your staff’s children die. Sheriff’s posse arrests Joe Frank and books him for residence in the hoosegow.
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RAPPER 50 CENT MAY HAVE TO DOWNGRADE TO 5 CENT The Associated Press reports that the court orders Rapper 50 Cent to pay $5 million in a lawsuit about his post of a sex tape in 2009 given to him by the man in the tape. The Hartford Courant states that Curtis Jackson III, better known as Rapper 50 Cent, owes more than $10 million but that his assets only total more than $10 million. 50 Cent, who owns a massive Farmington, CT mansion that he tries to sell for years, files for bankruptcy in Connecticut.
CUMULUS PLAYS MUSICAL CHAIRS Cumulus wheel of fortune spins again. While Joe Russo remains PD of Adult Hits KCJK FM (Jack FM 105.1) & Classic Hits KCMO FM (94.9) Kansas City, MO, current KCMO FM PD Gary Nolan moves to Cumulus Pensacola, FL as OM/PD of Classic Hits WJTQ FM (Jet 100.7). Gary displaces Cumulus Pensacola OM/PD Jerry King who rejoins Cumulus corporate programming squad. Current KCJK FM (Jack FM 105.1) Kansas City PD Jon Anthony stays as APD/afternoons on KCMO FM & PD of NASH 102.5.
MR. BURNS RETURNS TO THE SIMPSONS Seven weeks after Harry Shearer exits long-running animated comedy, The Simpsons, Entertainment Weekly reports that the voice of Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, anchorman Kent Brockman, Principal Skinner, Smithers, Otto and numerous other memorable characters, agree to rejoin The Simpsons. EW reports Harry Shearer signs same contract as other 5 voice actors, Dan Castellaneta, Yeardley Smith, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright and Hank Azaria, at more than $300,000 per episode.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What other broadcast name does Walter Cronkite originally use on the air? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•SIGNAL MEDIA of Arkansas flips Urban Oldies KHLR FM (Heartbeat 106.7) Benton/Little Rock, AR to Country 106.7 The Ride with 10,000 songs in a row. •MIKE O’REILLY 8 years as PD of Midwest Television Adult Hits KFMB FM (Jack FM 100.7) San Diego, CA resigns on Friday, September 11, 2015 to relocate back to Kansas City, MO. •TREY MILLER replaces Zach Dillon as PD of iHeartMedia Top 40 KTBT FM (The Beat 92.1) Tulsa, OK on Monday, August 24, 2015. Zach transfers to program sister KHFI FM Austin, TX.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1958 KUT FM (90.5) in Austin, TX begins broadcasting on August 21st. •1961 PATSY CLINE records Willie Nelson’s Crazy on August 21st at the Bradley Film & Recording Studio in Nashville, TN. •1972 1ST HOT AIR balloon flight over the Alps on August 21st. •1982 SYLVIA’s single Nobody latches onto #1 in Billboard Country on August 21st. •1995 U.S. MARSHALS raid Randy Weaver’s cabin in Idaho on August 21st. •2007 KENNY CHESNEY’s single Don’t Blink releases to radio on BNA records on August 20th.
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JIM HALSEY [Starmaker – Oak Ridge Boys manager, plus many other number one artists] (Tulsa, OK) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio. Hi Jim, always informative and interesting. It’s my Saturday morning read. Thanks, Jim Halsey; The Oak Ridge Boys, inductees in the 2015 Country Music Hall of Fame. Jim Halsey, inductee in the 2015 Oklahoma Hall of Fame= (www.starmakeraward.com/)
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KEN DOWE [CEO #1 KKDA FM / EVP McLendon Corp. #1 KLIF-1190] (Dallas, TX) Jim, Jay Cook was my friend and mentor from the time I was 16 years old and Jay was a fresh graduate of Keegan’s radio school in Memphis, working at WDDT in my home town of Greenville, MS. He has his wife Carolyn were uncommonly kind to a kid in the Deep Delta, who was totally fascinated by the magic of radio. Jay and I would drive a few blocks downtown in his “Chevy, to the levee,” so that the car antenna could reach into the sky and pull in Wink Martindale and Jack Parnell, my two favorites on WHBQ. Ironically, Jay’s son John and I connected many years later when he was my most worthy competitor in Dallas as PD of KISS. I tried to hire him and he said no, then later “yes.” I have an almost unbelievable story about that! His dad Jay remained one of my closest friends his entire life. There was never a nicer fellow, and he was the smoothest, warmest, radio personality I ever heard. Incredible on air performer. I tried to convince him to give up his WFIL PD position and take my place as Executive VP/GM at KTSA/KTFM in San Antonio when I bought my first station. He came down, but ultimately decided to stay in Philly where he and Carolyn were happy. That worked out well. Jay became President of Gannett, and I hired a young PD from DC to take my place in San Antonio. Really talented young man named…Dan Mason. I’m actually a “talent scout?” Please give Jack my email address and I will provide him with the last addresses and phone numbers of my friend John Cook. Funny how all of us in this wireless business remain wired together…for lifetimes…Ken
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JAY WALKER [CBS Radio Dallas/KJKK FM/Infinity KTSA-550/KTFM FM/Jay Walker Prod] (Dallas-McKinney, TX) Subject: John Cook report… Jim I was able to find John Cook’s email and I passed it along to Jack Parnell. Reid Reker, a good friend of mine, has regular contact with John and he passed the contact info along. Jay
BILL CHERRY [Realtor – In late 1950s Music ’til Dawn host on WWL-870] (Dallas, TX) Hi Jim Loved thinking about “Strike It Rich” again. I remember listening to it when I was a child. I love that “style” of radio. And then there’s Art Bell. A mixture of genius and crazy. Welcome home to Art! All the best, Bill Cherry, Dallas
TRIVIA ANSWER: In 1935, Walter Cronkite, the most trusted man in America, enters broadcasting as a radio announcer on WKY-930 in Oklahoma City, OK. Walter admits that he uses Walter Wilcox as his broadcast name because at the time radio stations do not want people to use their real names because they might take their listeners with them when they leave. On July 17, 2009, CBS newsman Walter Cronkite, anchorman of The CBS Evening News on TV for 19 years (1962-1981), dies of cerebrovascular disease at 92.
CHUCK DUNAWAY [ex WABC-770, WKY-930, KILT-610, KLIF-1190] (Houston-Katy, TX) Subject: memories. Every once in a while an old memory is triggered by something on TV…this morning I awoke at three and the TV was on a channel called Buzzr…on the tube was a show called “Match Game”. One of the guys I rode the train with in the old days at WABC was Gene Rayburn and he was the MC on Match Game. I got off the train at Scarsdale and he rode it on into Connecticut…memories. Anybody remember Gene Rayburn?
MERV GRIFFIN (July 6, 1925 – August 12, 2007) Thanks for playing along with us. We’ll see you next time on Merv Griffin’s Crosswords. Bye-bye for now.
Jim Rose and Suzie
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