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DAWNBUSTER MISSES FINAL SCENE Veteran radio stage and screen actress during the Golden Age of WWL-870, Margie O’Dair, who is member of The Dawnbusters cast passes away at 89 on Monday, August 29, 2015 near New Orleans, LA. WWL TV reports that O’Dair, whose real name is Marjorie Boyle, passes in her sleep. From the 1930s through the 1950s, O’Dair and her sisters Sally and Dotty co-star on WWL-870’s long-running morning comedy-variety & music show The Dawnbusters for nearly 20 years,.
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THE BIG O RETURNS TO BEANTOWN How long is it since The Puritan City hears The Big O on the radio? 2013? Well, that’s too long because local Sports radio legend Glenn Ordway soon returns to Entercom Sports/Talk ESPN WEEI-850 Boston, MA. Ordway who hosts Big Show With The Big O for 18 years on WEEI-850 before his ouster in 2013 joins former Boston Red Sox infielder Lou Merloni plus ex-New England Patriot Christian Fauria weekdays from 10am-2pm (ET) back on WEEI-850 beginning September 8, 2015.
CHARLOTTE FLIPS SPORTS BACK TO CONSERVATIVE TALK In January 2013, to boost its Sports standing in the Top 25 radio markets, CBS Radio flips WBCN-1660 in market #24 Charlotte, NC from Conservative Talk to CBS Radio’s national Sports package. But in October 2014, when Florida-based Beasley Broadcast Group grabs CBS Radio’s cluster of Charlotte stations, including Sports Talk WFNZ-610, it flips WBCN-1660 back to Conservative Talk with Premiere Networks’ Glenn Beck, Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity.
WE DON’T NEED RADIO NEWS Entercom slashes news in Atlanta, GA. One of those radio pros that Entercom ‘downsizes’ is 28-year WSTR FM Star 94 vet News Director Rob Stadler. Market Manager Mike Fowler tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Rodney Ho: I made the cuts for valid business reasons. We don’t need news on a Hot AC, which we saw in our research before takeover. The listeners come here for the music. Others cut include Star 94 Promotions Director Mike Moshure, plus Star 94 night DJ Donny Michaels.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What singer does Country radio ban due to her anti meat ad? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Lisa Zamora and William Hill September 7th. Charley Seay September 10, 2015. •MICHELLE OUTLAW KILT FM (100.3) Houston, TX weekend talent dies at 43. •KGME-910 FOX Sports Phoenix, AZ welcomes new FOX Sports Radio and FOX Sports 1 host Colin Cowherd to its noon-3 weekday spot beginning September 8, 2015. •THE OAK RIDGE BOYS receive American Legion’s prestigious Patriot Award during the organization’s 97th Annual National Convention in Baltimore, MD.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1957 WWL TV CBS CH 4 in New Orleans, LA begins broadcasting on September 7th. •1961 BILLY RAY CYRUS Country singer (Achy Breaky Heart #1-1992) born on August 25th in Flatwoods, KY. •1970 JERRY LEWIS’ 5th Muscular Dystrophy telethon is on September 7th. •1980 JOHNNY LEE’s first #1 Billboard Country single is Lookin’ For Love on September 6th. •1991 JOHN CROSBY radio and TV columnist dies at 79 on September 7th. •2001 DIAMOND RIO’s album One More Day certifies Gold on September 6th.
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JACK PARNELL [former Program Director WHBQ-560] (Memphis, TN) Subject: Dave Brown. Jim: My hearty congratulations to my good friend Dave Brown, who began his career as a radio man, was a very popular dj at WHBQ Radio here in Memphis, became a tv weatherman, and yesterday after 38 years as THE weather authority in the midsouth on WMC TV Channel 5 here in Memphis, retired yesterday. He received emails and Facebook comments, from literally everywhere, was honored by the Memphis Redbirds baseball team by throwing out the first pitch of last night’s game at Autozone park. Even the competitive stations’ congratulated this first class meteorologist…he was the very best and by far the most trusted of this entire area. Congratulations Dave, You and Margaret have a great retirement; you’ve earned every second of it! Jack Parnell-former WHBQ “announcer”/”disk jockey”–Memphis, TN.
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DANNY MACK MCWILLIAMS [GM KRNH FM Country (The Ranch 92.3)] (Kerrville, TX) Subject: Michelle Lee-Outlaw. Jim, I was saddened to hear of the passing of one of the most talented radio people I have ever had the pleasure to work with Michelle Lee-Outlaw. Michelle came to work for K-99 Radio in Corpus Christi, I believe, in 1995. She had been in Abilene, where she was a ratings monster, on KEAN. She continued her midday dominance at K-99. Her ratings were unbelievable, nobody could touch them. I was lucky enough to follow her midday show, as afternoon host, and I know, without a doubt, the ratings success I enjoyed was due to her dominance and handing off her incredibly strong audience to me, each afternoon. What a sweet lady, she was always genuinely happy and always had a smile on her face. The listeners loved her, as did everyone on our team. I will always remember her saying “it’s me, it’s me, it’s Mi-shelly-lee,” when she came on during a live remote broadcast. I thought I would play off that one day when I was on the road and when she handed off to me I said, “I’m back, I’m back, it’s Danny Mack.” She thought that was so funny and we both laughed about it. That smile and laugh, I will always cherish. It’s not many talents who are the whole package, talent, kindness, love and respect, but Michelle certainly was one of them and she will be missed. “Danny Mack” McWilliams
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JAY WALKER [CBS Radio Dallas/KJKK FM/Infinity KTSA-550/KTFM FM/Jay Walker Prod] (Dallas-McKinney, TX) Jim Now that there are no conventions like Gavin, or Radio and Records, we don’t have an opportunity to gather and socialize anymore. Once radio was blown up, most of us were scattered to the wind as well which makes it hard to keep track of “Who is Where”… But we sure had some good times back then, at least from what I remember HAHA… Jay
TRIVIA ANSWER: On June 26, 1990, 8 Radio stations in Kansas and Oklahoma boycott Country singer k d lang because of her anti-meat ad. A few of the other radio stations who pull k.d. lang’s records are LS Radio in Kansas and Oklahoma, Shepherd Group in Missouri and Montana, plus Larry Steckline in the top beef state in the United States, Kansas.
BEAU RENFRO [Lead Singer Clear Country] (Tucson, AZ) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio August 28, 2015 [Friday] Issue #1437. Hey Jim check it out, Last July 25th I was inducted into the Rock-a-Billy Hall of Fame in Jackson Tenn. Beau Renfro
CARL PERKINS [Blue Suede Shoes #2 for 4 weeks-1956] (April 9, 1932 to January 19, 1998) That rockabilly sound wasn’t as simple as I thought it was.
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