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TV CHEF PRUDHOMME COOKS LAST MEAL After a brief illness, www.WWWLTV.com reports that internationally-known New Orleans, LA chef Paul Prudhomme dies at 75. Chef Prudhomme brings New Orleans-style Cajun cooking to a global TV audience. He hosts five cooking shows on PBS TV. Chef Paul, youngest of 13 children, learns to cook from his mother. He opens K-Paul’s in July 1979. A representative from Prudhomme’s restaurant brags: The Superstar chef popularizes authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine around the world.
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WINDY CITY RADIO LEGEND PERFORMS OLD TIME RADIO SHOW Listeners hear broadcast legend John Records Landecker on several Chicago radio stations: WLS-890 (twice), WZZN FM (WLS FM), WJMK FM, WLUP FM, WAGO FM/WCKG FM and WGN-720. From late 2007-early 2012, Landecker is on WIMS-1420 in nearby Michigan City, IN. On Monday, October 19, 2015 at 7:00pm, the SAG-AFTRA Sr. Radio Players perform an episode from classic Boston Blackie series with special guest star John Records Landecker.
TELCOM 1996 LAW DRAINS RADIO’S SOUL Too many radio stations means many will disappear. The worth of many AM radio stations is its land. Radio companies pull final dollars out of AM station equity and get out of AM radio. By selling off tower sites, some AM stations may end up on death row. Cumulus sells KABC-790 and KLOS FM land in Los Angeles, CA. iHeartMedia dumps 367 tower sites for $369 million. WMAL-630 sells off its Washington AM tower site. Once bulldozers roll, expect nice new subdivisions to pop up.
TOO MANY RADIO STATIONS MEANS SOME DISAPPEAR Local 1000 watt radio stations and 5000 watt regionals with poor signals may go off the air. This might help reduce interference on the AM band. Will we no longer know radio as AM or FM stations? Will we soon know radio as just audio? Look what happens to the record industry with the invention of the Cassette. Since the late 1960s, technology defines how we get our music either over an iPhone stream, Pandora or other source. What do you think?
TRIVIA QUESTION: Who is the host of WNBC-The First 66 Years on WNBC-660? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Sam Lee Sunday, October 18, 2015. •WINK MARTINDALE legendary radio personality and TV game show host gets us into the holiday spirit with his 10-hour radio special The 100 Greatest Christmas Hits of All Time counts down favorite holiday hits from #100 to #1. •SHERMAN KAPLAN Noon Business Hour news anchor on WBBM-780 Chicago, IL retires from radio at 1:00pm Thursday, September 24, 2015. •ROBERT CONRAD popular actor hosts CRN Digital Talk Radio PM Show Thursdays at 6pm (ET).
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1956 ELVIS PRESLEY’s movie Love Me Tender premieres on October 16th. •1969 KIMBERLY ROADS (now Schlapman) singer with Little Big Town (Boondocks #1-2006) born on October 15th in Toccoa, GA. •1972 CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL disbands on October 16th. •1987 ANNE MURRAY’s Greatest Hits certifies Triple-Platinum on October 16th with 3 million in shipments. •1992 DAVID LETTERMAN’s 1,700th show on October 16th. •2010 MIRANDA LAMBERT’s album Revolution certifies platinum on October 15th.
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DALE PARSONS [ex WNBC-660] (Hana, Hawaii) Subject: WNBC-The First 66 Years… Aloha Jim, It was a great experience. My wife Ginny and I spent about 10 months researching and writing the program. Back in 1988, that meant spending hours in the New York City public library going through hundreds of old books and microfiche files of old newspapers. The NBC research department was of no use because most of the discs and tapes of old radio shows had been thrown out. Fortunately, engineers over the years had fished them out of the garbage cans and kept them for their own collections. One of the WNBC engineers, Gene Garnes, gave me dubs of tapes and discs he had gotten from his father, a former NBC Radio engineer. Collectors, such as Peter Kanze, offered audio from their files. Bob Hope and Johnny Carson also graciously allowed me to use audio from their collections of old time radio programs, asking only that I send them a copy of the finished program. My friend, the late Don Pardo, recorded the open and close. I spent over 100 hours in the studio recording and editing it down to a 90 minute special. We aired the program from 12:00 Noon – 1:30 PM on the last day of WNBC Radio, October 7, 1988, which also happened to be my birthday. 4 hours later, WFAN took over the 660 dial position. Not only was it the end of WNBC Radio, it also marked the end of radio broadcasting from Radio City. –Dale Parsons
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JIM BELL [KUHF FM 88.7 Morning Edition anchor since 1997-retires 2010] (Lufkin, TX) Subject: Play Misty for Me. Hey Jim, all DJ’s can relate to the movie Play Misty For Me, but not all night callers are psychos. My first full time job was in 1965 on the overnight shift at easy listening KMSC FM in Nassau Bay. Like all night jocks I got phone calls from all kinds of night people. Most were nice folks who just wanted to hear their favorite song, some were just weird, and some were really sexy sounding lonely ladies. My ears got hard listening to them. One night I got a call from a woman who wanted to buy me breakfast when I got off the air. Sure, why not? I couldn’t believe my eyes when she showed up. She was a really great looking gal and she was hot to trot. We fooled around for about eight months until she started feeling guilty about cheating on her husband. The offshoot of this story is that after that first experience, I couldn’t resist meeting any of the sexy sounding women who called, but not a one of them was anywhere near as good looking and hot as my first one. I had to learn the hard way that some of the ugliest women on Earth sound sexy on the phone. I know how sexist that sounds, but it’s true. Jim Bell, now happily retired from all that in Lufkin.
TRIVIA ANSWER: On October 7, 1988 at 5:30 pm, the WFAN call letters, studios, programming and staff move to WNBC’s old frequency of 660kc. Earlier in the day, WNBC-660 airs a 90-minute retrospective WNBC-The First 66 Years with host Dale Parsons. Dale along with his wife, Ginny, spend nearly six months in research of WNBC-660’s history.
JAY WEST [1960 KILT-610/KODA FM/KRIO-910] (Houston, TX) Subject: A Little “Catch-up” on yours truly… Hi Jim, Sine we know each other through this newsletter, thought I’d give you a heads up on my situation. I have so much dang time on my hands, I’ve decided to write lyrics to songs, and written 5 such songs recently. I have a really great musician friend in Nashville who can arrange and produce music for me. No news on whether he has done anything with them yet, but I have high hopes. I don’t know if you knew or not, but I have had both legs amputated, and find myself with so much time on my hands, I had to do something, from going crazy. Peace good friend… — JAY WEST
JONATHAN CARROLL (January 26, 1949 to p) Both young children and old people have a lot of time on their hands. That’s probably why they get along so well.
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