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BILLY JOE NOW SINGS HEAVENS PRAISES On local radio show, The Georgia Jubilee, Billy Joe Royal meets one of our favorite songwriters Joe South who furnishes him with 1965 hits Down in the Boondocks and I Knew You When. After Royal hits it big in 1965, he tours continuously for the next 50 years. On Tuesday, October 6, 2015 veteran Pop and Country singer Billy Joe Royal dies in his sleep at 73 in his Marietta, NC home. Tour partner Ronnie McDowell tells CNN there was never a nicer guy than Billy. Now he belongs to the ages.
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TWO RADIO BROADCASTERS PASS INTO THE NIGHT Steve Yount, Chicago, IL native who is an afternoon news anchor on the former WMAQ-670 during its all-news period beginning in 1988, passes away at 64 due to complications from Parkinson’s disease. Yount also in Philadelphia, PA (KYW-1060) and NYC (WINS-1010), plus Western novel author. Jimmy Roberts (Joe Noga) 40-year radio pro best known on WPRO FM Providence, RI dies on October 4, 2015 at home in Jensen Beach, FL after a two-year battle with cancer.
ELLEN K SWITCHES GEARS Grammy Awards voice of upcoming 88th Academy Awards on February 28, 2016, Ellen K, begins her radio career with a college internship on WXUS FM (92.7) in Lafayette, IN. In 1990, she joins KIIS FM (102.7) radio legend Rick Dees on his morning show Rick Dees in the Morning. In 2004, Ryan Seacrest takes over KIIS FM mornings with Ellen K as co-host. On October 19, 2015 the lovely Ellen K gains her very own morning show across the hall on AC sister KOST FM (103.5) in Los Angeles, CA.
TRIBUNE SELLS ITS HISTORIC WINDY CITY TOWER From 1973–2009, the 108 floor Sears Tower shines its glow over Chicago, IL. The 1,451-foot skyscraper surpasses the World Trade Center towers in New York to become the tallest building in the world, a title it holds for nearly 25 years. In 2009, the Willis Group renames it the Willis Tower. Tribune Media places its historic 36-story Tribune Tower for sale to the highest bidder. The Tribune Tower is home of the Chicago Tribune and WGN-720 Radio.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What is the first major network radio show to originate from Hollywood, CA on air from coast to coast? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Leslie Wayne Hodges Saturday, October 10, 2015. •SIMON CONWAY WHO-1040 Des Moines, IA Talk host raises $6,000 in just 2 hours during The Puppy Jake Foundation benefit to raise and train service dogs to aid physically and mentally wounded Veterans. •SPENCER GRAVES exits morning co-host post on Top 40 WSTW FM (93.7) Wilmington, DE on Monday, November 9, 2015 for Hubbard Adult Hits WARH (106.5 The Arch) St. Louis, MO to join current wake-up personalities Ricki & Brando.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1952 KBTV TV (now KUSA) ABC CH 9 in Denver, CO begins broadcasting on October 12th. •1960 LORETTA LYNN sings I’m A Honky Tonk Girl on October 15th during her first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN. •1975 NASA launches space vehicle S-195 on October 12th. •1989 CLINT BLACK’s single Killin’ Time goes #1 in Billboard Country on October 14th. •1991 STEVEN SPIELBERG weds Kate Capshaw on October 12th. •2012 THOMAS RHETT Country singer marries Lauren Gregory on October 12th.
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JACK PARNELL [former Program Director WHBQ-560] (Memphis, TN) Subject: Billy Joe Royal… Morning Jim: Yes, I had heard about Billy Joe’s death. He was scheduled to play at a show tomorrow night over in Jackson. A few years ago he had to spend about 3 months in the hospital, but I don’t know what his illness was. Ironically, the last show he played at the “Caravan of Stars” over in Jackson, was the best I’ve ever seen him perform. He was very thin, but performed perfectly. A couple of shows before that, he looked very tired, but was still good. He did many of those shows, and will be severely missed…he was an audience favorite. He was a little younger than I…I turned 77 in August. JP
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BOB GRANT [East Coast Radio Legend] (San Angelo-Abilene, TX) Sad news about death yesterday of singer Billy Joe Royal @73. Know you are on top of this story too! BOB
BILL CHERRY [Realtor. In late 1950s Music ’til Dawn host on WWL-870] (Dallas, TX) He’s really a good guy. I like him (Brad Chambers) very much. He has worked very hard to get his internet station up and running and profitable, and it’s been very costly to him and his family. I just don’t think that people who do their best should have to fail, especially when they are exemplary at what they do. Sometime listen to the station. (www.martiniinthemorning.com). There are several sources listed there. His style of programming is genius. It really is. Bill
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LIZ PATRANELLA [Liz Houston on KTSA-550, KBAT-680] (Austin, TX) Subject: SoSARB Luncheon Next Week! Society of San Antonio Radio Broadcasters Luncheon Next Week! Friday. October 16. Noon. Fall Get-Together Lunch and Gab Fest! 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. Please R.S.V.P. by reply email. Liz (email@example.com)
TRIVIA ANSWER: On October 5, 1934 the first major network radio show to originate from Hollywood, CA on air from coast to coast is Hollywood Hotel on CBS Radio. It is the first radio program broadcast from the US West Coast and it continues weekly for the next four years.
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JIM PREWITT [Catfish-KNCI FM 105.1-KLOL FM-ABC Radio Network-KLUV FM Dallas] (Bedford-Dallas, TX) Hey Jimmy…Thanks for the Blurb in JRRR. Couple of corrections though. Catfish Jim Prewitt ABC Radio Networks and KLUV Dallas (www.facebook.com/catfishjimprewitt) Thanks again and I hope you and Suzie are doing well. (www.JimPrewitt.com)
BILLY JOE ROYAL (April 3, 1942 – October 6, 2015) Lord have mercy on the boy from down in the boondocks.
Jim Rose and Suzie
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo
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