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SILICON BEACH RADIO HIGH PRIESTESS PASSES INTO THE NIGHT In the 1980s and ’90s, San Diego, CA listeners tune in and turn on to the seductive voice of Sue Delany on KGB FM (101.5). Delany is co-host of KGB FM’s popular Delany & Prescott morning show. In 1989, the graduate of San Diego State University who lives in Los Angeles begins to suffer from several health issues. The High Priestess of afternoon-drive radio in San Diego, CA, Sue Delany (Leighton) passes away this week of an undisclosed illness.
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SCREAM DIRECTOR ESCAPES ELM STREET Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream series of movies make Wes Craven a household name in the horror film class. As writer, director and editor, Craven reinvents the teen horror scene with his 1984 release of A Nightmare on Elm Street that stars a then-unknown Johnny Depp. The movie leads to a handful of sequels, as well as his 1996 movie Scream. On Sunday, August 30, 2015 horror film maker Wes Craven dies of brain cancer at 76 in his Los Angeles, CA home.
ALPHA SENDS 19 YEAR TOPEKA RADIO MANAGER PACKING As we report before in JRRR, in May 2015, Alpha Media, based in Portland, OR, purchases Morris Communications radio stations. In times like these no one is safe anymore. According to the Topeka Capital-Journal, one day before KTPK FM 106.9’s new owners Alpha Media take control, 19-year veteran Jim Allan, who is Country Legends KTPK FM 106.9 GM since 2002, plus five other staff members, are let go on Monday, August 31, 2015.
K-EARTH SHAKES THE PLANET Fifty years ago singer-songwriter Bob Dylan has us singing along with his protest folk tunes. Dylan sets the folk world ablaze when he reinvents himself with an electric guitar. L-A’s Classic Hits KRTH FM (K-Earth 101) has us Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, too, with its latest changes. Last Friday, 18-year afternoon legend Shotgun Tom Kelly does his final fulltime show. K-Earth evening personality Christina Kelly leaves the building after 13 years. Weekender Charlie Tuna also hits the exit ramp.
TRIVIA QUESTION: During the 1950s, who is known as The Dean of Game Show Hosts? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Barry Kilgore Thursday, September 3rd. Claude Hall Friday, September 4th. Chuck Joseph Saturday, September 5, 2015. •ALPHA MEDIA hires Jessica Aguilar as Marketing Director of its San Antonio, TX cluster: KTFM FM, KJXK FM, KTSA-550, KZDC-1250, K233DB FM, KLEY FM and KSAH FM. •WDCB FM (90.9) celebrates 2015 Chicago Jazz Festival when the City of Chicago presents the 37th annual Chicago Jazz Festival from September 3rd through 6, 2015.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1957 FORD Motor Company debuts the Edsel car on September 4th. •1968 BUCK OWENS sings Act Naturally, Together Again and I’ve Got A Tiger By The Tail on September 9th at the White House for President Lyndon Johnson. •1979 IRAN ARMY conquerors Baneh on September 4th. •1981 GEORGE STRAIT’s debut album Strait Country releases on September 4th on MCA records. •1997 14TH MTV AWARDS on September 4th. •2009 JASON ALDEAN’s single Big Green Tractor goes Gold on September 2nd.
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BILL GARDNER [former WIBG-1020 DJ] (Las Vegas, NV) Hello Jim, from Las Vegas… A bit more on your “Rocky” movie trivia question. I was morning man and program director at WIBG Philadelphia when I took a call one morning after my airshift. Caller identified himself as movie director John Avildson, told me he directing a new movie with an “unknown star” (his words) who “grew up in Philadelphia and loved WIBG while there.” He told me the movie was being shot in Philly, “they had no money,” and essentially what he wanted from WIBG for the movie, and would I be interested in doing it? I told him that it really wasn’t something that I’d be crazy about doing, but I knew my midday guy Don Cannon probably would. Don eventually asked our national program director for permission to use one of our jingles in the clip, and the national PD later said he was most afraid that it was a porn movie, but eventually OK’d it. We were all thrilled when “Rocky” came out, and I thought again what an idiot I was for passing the opportunity off 🙂 Bill Gardner (www.billgardnerontheradio.com)
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MIKE KELLAM [ex KHFI FM/KHFI-970, NBC WMAQ-670 engineer] (Estes Park, CO) Hi, Jim! Yes, I remember the apartments as Parkview-1616 W. 6th Street (Austin, TX)! I guess the two girls were there after I went to Chicago. However, I do remember going by your apartment after work (KHFI FM), and I recall that at 4 or 5, someone in the apartment above you came home from work and then we heard the rhythmic squeak of the bed or couch for a while. (Maybe one or both of the girls you mentioned was involved!) Also, Ed Beaky, who was in radio or TV sales or both, at KHFI, also lived at the Parkview. Regards to you and Susie. Mike Kellam
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TOM ELLIS [Veteran WABC TV NYC, WBZ TV Boston, MA & KONO-860/KONO TV news anchor] (Boston-Cape Cod-East Sandwich, MA) Hi, Jim and Suzie, Some make the history books, but I’m not a bit jealous of them. I’ve had my days in the sun while alive, and that’s what matters to me. So have you, and you’re still a shining example of someone who cares passionately of his profession, and of the people in it with you. I read your JRRR reports…and 99% of the submissions thank you for providing them with a lotta pleasure in hearing about their friends and their beloved profession. Nobody else in the world fills that niche but YOU, JIM ROSE. So go get a Big Mac and celebrate your celebrity. Tom
TRIVIA ANSWER: On August 24, 1917 TV host Dennis James is born Demie James Sposa in Jersey City, NJ. James begins his radio career on WNEW-1130. In 1938, he moves to TV on DuMont Network WABD TV. Known as The Dean of Game Show Hosts, James begins his game show hosting career on the first network game show, DuMont Network’s Cash and Carry, from 1946 to 1947. Up until 1976 Dennis appears on TV more times and for a longer period than any other television star. Dennis is also the first person to host a telethon (raising over $700,000,000 for United Cerebral Palsy throughout his career), the first to appear in a television commercial, first to emcee a variety show and first to appear on video tape. On June 3, 1997 Dennis James passes away at 79 from lung cancer in his home in Palm Springs.
JAY WALKER [CBS Radio Dallas/KJKK FM/Infinity KTSA-550/KTFM FM/Jay Walker Prod] (Dallas-McKinney, TX) Subject: John Cook. Hey Jim Jack Parnell was asking about John Cook the other day. I worked with John in Dallas (TX) and lost track of him around 2010. At that time he was PD for a Greater Medias outlet in Philly. John is on Facebook and has recent posts. I hope this helps Jack make connection. Jay Walker
BODHIDHARMA (Buddhist monk) If we should be blessed by some great reward, such as fame or fortune, it’s the fruit of a seed planted by us in the past.
Jim Rose and Suzie
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