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BENCHED ANCHOR WILLIAMS RETURNS WITH A SHINER Former face of NBC TV’s anchor desk Brian Williams returns as an anchor on September 22, 2015. This is just in the nick of time for Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. This week NBC tells us that Williams bounces back as an anchor for breaking news on sister cable channel MSNBC TV. We remember the 56 year old journalist Brian Williams falls from glory in June after investigation reveals that he lays it on too thick with his field reports. Brian’s baaack!
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CORPUS CHRISTI FLIPS FOR ITS ROCK On Friday, September 4, 2015, Malkan Interactive Communications in Corpus Christi, TX tosses Rhythmic AC KKBA FM (K-Bay 92.7) Kingsville, TX to Rock KKBA FM (Rock 92.7) to take on iHeartMedia Active Rock KNCN FM (101.3). KKBA FM adds the syndicated Billy Madison Show from Cox Media KISS FM (99.5) San Antonio, TX. In Spring 2015 Nielsen ratings, KNCN ties for first in Corpus Christi with a 7.9 share while KKBA FM fizzles with a 2.2.
RETIREMENT BRINGS CHANGES TO EMMIS NEWS The recent retirement of morning drive personality Sergeant Sam Cox creates changes at Emmis O&O News/Talk KLBJ-590 in Austin, TX. Ed Clements and Mark Caesar exit morning drive, plus the Todd & Don Show relocates from twice a day 10:00 am to 11:00 am and 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm spaces to AM Drive. Program Director Mark Caesar steps into the 9:00 am to 11:00 am groove with new personality Charlie Hodge.
SALISBURY SWINGS WITH 50,000 SONGS-IN-A-ROW In March 2015, when Adams Radio Group closes on Great Scott’s Salisbury/Ocean City, MD cluster they drop WKHI FM’s Hot Country to simulcast Classic Rock WGBG FM (98.5) Seaford, DE. 50,000 songs-in-a-row is the new flavor of the day in the largest city in Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Delmarva Radio WKHI FM (107.7) Salisbury-Ocean City, MD drops its simulcast of Classic Rock WGBG FM (98.5) in Seaford, DE to return to Country as (Your Country K107).
TRIVIA QUESTION: What pioneer radio broadcaster makes Lawrence of Arabia famous? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•TOM CURY former WFAA TV ABC CH 8 Dallas, TX director of sales since 2011 is new President/GM of KENS TV CBS CH San Antonio, TX beginning October 12, 2015. •KPUS FM 104.5 Convergent Classic Rock Corpus Christi, TX launches new morning show with PD Kevin McCoy and former midday personality Victoria Mireles. •KTVT TV CBS CH 11 Dallas, TX hires Cristin Severance & Dan Haggerty from KGTV TV ABC CH 10 San Diego, CA. Severance as investigative reporter. Haggerty is weekend morning co-anchor. •BOOTS ELLIOTT repurchases all four TX radio stations in Stephenville and Comanche from Cherry Creek Radio in Colorado to bring them back under local ownership for first time since 2004.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1958 WTAE TV ABC CH 4 in Pittsburgh, PA begins broadcasting on September 14th. •1962 LESTER FLATT & EARL SCRUGGS record The Ballad Of Jed Clampett theme for The Beverly Hillbillies on September 24th. •1972 THE WALTONS TV program premieres on September 14th. •1982 RICKY SKAGGS’ album Highways & Heartaches releases on Epic records on September 10th. •1996 CLIVE BEADON airman dies on September 14th at 77. •2010 JAMEY JOHNSON’s two-disc album The Guitar Song releases on Mercury records on September 14th.
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BILL GARDNER [former WIBG-990 DJ] (Las Vegas, NV) Hello Jim, from Las Vegas… I still remember Don (Cannon) as a “new hire” from Long Island NY in 1970 as a late night guy (10PM to 1AM) on our staff for Buckley Broadcasting that included myself, and some names like Joey Reynolds, John (Records) Landecker, Don Wade, and Frank Kingston Smith Junior under a great program director, the late Jack Reynolds. Once arriving in Philadelphia, as you mentioned, he never left the city. Don Cannon passed away a year or so ago. I saw him last when Scott Walker and WOGL-FM organized the “Philly Legends Radio Reunion” in the late 1990’s, although my brother Andre (afternoons at WMGK-FM) told me Don came by one of his radio remotes in recent years to say “Hi.” Bill Gardner (www.billgardnerontheradio.com)
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[Gentleman] JIM CARTER [KCBQ/KNUS/WFAA/KONO/KLIF/KXOL/KBUC] (San Antonio, TX) Hi Jimbo: when I was at KLLS (CLASS-FM) 100.1, Bill Gardner (6-10 A), followed by Bruce Buchannan PD (10-2), followed by Brian Pierce (2-7) & me (7-mid), overnights Kathryn Block (mid-6 A)…it was formatted to be a KVIL clone. we were in a high rise building on the 8th floor I believe, in the medical complex near Fredericksburg Rd. Now, I don’t know where the Y-100 (country music) studios are. jc
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LIZ PATRANELLA [Liz Houston – KTSA-550, KBAT-680] (Austin, TX) Subject: Society of San Antonio Radio Broadcasters Luncheon. Save The Date! Mark Your Calendar! Fall Get-Together Lunch and Gab Fest! Friday. October 16. noon. Chester’s Hamburger Co. 1006 NE Loop 410 Between Broadway & Nacogdoches on South Side of 410 @ N. New Braunfels. We’ll be in the private dining room which has its own door on the left as you are looking at the building from the Loop 410 side. Come One! Come All! Please R.S.V.P. Today! Please Note: We will have SoSARB Lapel Pins and a limited number of T-shirts for sale at the event. Ongoing activities and upcoming plans will also be discussed. And lots of talk about the good old days of radio—bring your stories and memorabilia! Please R.S.V.P. by reply email. I look forward to seeing everyone…and hopefully some who haven’t been able to join us before. I await your email RSVP replies! Liz (email@example.com)
TRIVIA ANSWER: Pioneer broadcast journalist Lowell Thomas known to millions of NBC and CBS radio listeners from 1930 to 1976 born on April 6, 1892 in Woodington, OH profiles British Army captain T.E. Lawrence’s activities in the Arabian desert in a film he titles With Lawrence in Arabia. The film is a huge hit. It makes Lowell Thomas and Lawrence of Arabia internationally famous.
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LOWELL THOMAS (April 6, 1892 to August 29, 1981) So long, until tomorrow.
Jim Rose and Suzie
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