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FORT ORANGE BROADCASTER CHILLS OUT As a child, Ed O’Brien watches television and mimics broadcasting legend ABC TV sportscaster Jim McKay. In 1970, at 14, Ed debuts on radio on WOKO FM (98.9) Burlington, VT in Teenagers in Country Music. In 1980, O’Brien covers the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid on WTEN TV CH 10 where he meets his hero Jim McKay. In 1991, Ed joins WRGB TV CBS CH6 and rises to morning anchor in 1994. On Tuesday, October 13, 2015 Ed O’Brien dies of cancer at 59 in St. Peter’s Hospice Inn.
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ESPN FOX FILES MULTI $M PEEPING TOM CASE Former ESPN personality Erin Andrews demands $75 million from Marriott International Nashville after a 2008 incident in a hotel where she says a stalker films her through a door peephole. In 2009, David Barrett, pleads guilty to stalking Erin. Earlier this week, Andrews’ attorneys file a revised version of the lawsuit in Davidson County Circuit Court which accuses the hotel of allowing Barrett to book rooms next to hers, rig peepholes and film videos of her changing clothes.
LAS VEGAS RADIO DUO MAKES TRIUMPHANT RETURN In 2007, Heidi Harris exits cross-town CBS Radio News-Talk KXNT-840 to join Beasley Talk KDWN-720 morning show in Las Vegas, NV. In March 2012, Heidi departs KDWN-720 for Salem Talk KRLA-870 (The Answer) Los Angeles, CA and Talk KTIE-590 San Bernardino-Riverside with co-hosts Brian Whitman and Ben Shapiro. KXNT-840 wakes up Las Vegas Drive Time when it brings back Heidi Harris morning drive (6-9am) and Alan Stock PM drive (3-6pm) weekdays.
DREW DOES NOT RENEW From 1991 to 2007 and again from 2009 to 2013, Drew Lane co-hosts mornings with Mike Clark on Rock WRIF FM (101.1) in Detroit, MI. Popular Detroit radio personalities Drew Lane and Mike Clark host their final Drew and Mike show 6-11 am Friday May 17, 2013 on WRIF FM. Since its launch in August 2013, Drew is afternoon host on Greater Media Sports WMGC FM (Detroit Sports 105.1). Motor City morning drive personality Drew Lane does not renew his contract on WMGC FM.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Where does Little Richard make his first recordings? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•JAKE SPRINGER moves on up to APD of CBS Radio’s Dallas, TX Music Group: Hot AC KVIL FM, Adult Hits KJKK FM (100.3) and Classic Hits KLUV FM plus he is MD of KVIL FM. •GARY & SHANNON SHOW (Gary Hoffman and Shannon Farren) news anchor vets debut as co-hosts on iHeartMedia News/Talk KFI-640 Los Angeles, CA weekdays from 1-3pm. •THE OAK RIDGE BOYS Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, Joe Bonsall and Richard Sterban induct into the Country Music Hall of Fame on October 25, 2015.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1954 WSAU TV CBS CH 7 in Wausau, WI begins broadcasting on October 23rd. •1965 ERNEST TUBB joins Country Music Hall Of Fame on October 22nd at Nashville, TN’s Municipal Auditorium. •1978 CBS raises LP record prices to $8.98 on October 23rd. •1980 JOSH GRACIN (I Want To Live #3-2004) born on October 18th in Westland, MI. •1994 WILLIAM LEONARD CBS News head dies of a stroke at 78 on October 23rd. •2004 GEORGE STRAIT’s I Hate Everything lands at #1 on October 23rd in Billboard Country.
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JACK PARNELL [WHBQ-Memphis PD/DJ & WDXI-Jackson DJ] (Memphis, TN) Subject: Billy Joe Royal. Hi Jim: Last night (10/10) Shirley and I went to the “KOOL103 Caravan of Stars” at The Carl Perkins Civic Center in Jackson, TN. and just after the intermission, there was a tribute to Billy Joe Royal…the sound engineer played 4 of his well-known hits from cd on the house sound system. Then near the end of the show, one of the stars of the show, with the backup band and backup singers, and many in the audience sang “Down In The Boondocks”. Then the owner of KOOL103, Gerry Hunt spoke to us about his friendship with Billy Joe, then shared some funny stories about Billy Joe’s many show appearances in the past 30 years. The shows run twice a year…in the spring and in the fall, and draw huge crowds. They come From the surrounding area…even some out of state, and many from Memphis and Nashville. Gerry also owns WDXI am, which was where I worked in 1957-58. Jack Parnell-former WHBQ-Memphis AND WDXI-Jackson disk jockey.
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JAY WALKER [CBS Radio Dallas/KJKK FM/KTSA-550/KTFM FM/Own Jay Walker Prod/40 Plus Years In Radio] (Dallas/Fort Worth, TX) Subject: Good songs, great music. Good morning Jim and Suzie, The martiniinthemorning.com reference reminded me of an HD-2 service on which I am still ‘the voice’ as far as I know. It’s 100.3 HD-2 in Dallas. Back when ‘HD’ was first launched in the Dallas market a good CBS programming friend Kurt Johnson had the idea of putting on a format which focused on “The Rat Pack” era. We called it “The Sound of The Strip”. In addition to the vocals we play all those great classic instrumentals you just don’t hear anymore. The payoff was out of all the HD-2 streams CBS had on the air, “The Strip” as we called it was the only one where if it hiccupped in the slightest would we hear about it from listeners. Yes ‘listeners’ as in plural. I was told that ‘The Strip” was one of the highest rated HD-2 streams in Dallas and had great internet listening numbers. My best to you as always. Jay Walker
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CHRIS KAYE [965TheX] (Houston, TX) …began in radio in 1979 at 17 on KGOL in Lake Jackson, Texas. That station is now 107.5 The Eagle. Most of my career I worked in the Pittsburgh market. I’m friends with Randy Kendrick.
CHARLES GEORGE [KC5RAI – ex KCHU FM] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Blues in the Night. I found out that Smokin’ Joe Kubek passed away at 58 from a heart attack. The Fort Worth Tribune has a good article about him and his music. Almost thing of a song about now not exactly Blues but could be one: Hush. I liked Billy Joe Royal’s version but a Rock group did the song, Hush.
TRIVIA ANSWER: On October 16 1951 singer Richard Penniman who already uses stage name Little Richard makes his first recordings on RCA Camden at the WGST-640 studios in Atlanta, GA. It takes another four years plus working in New Orleans’ French Quarter before Little Richard becomes a Rock ‘n’ Roll star.
CHUCK DUNAWAY [ex WABC-770, WKY-930, KILT-610, KLIF-1190] (Houston-Katy, TX) hi Kendall and I just got home from a “Ice Cream Social” in the atrium at Gallery furniture. Free ice cream, a guy on stilts dressed like uncle Sam. A lady who twirled hula hoops and a guy who traveled around on a big ball…entertainment, ice cream, music and fun for the Dunaway’s. Life is good in our neighborhood…thank you Mattress Mack…oh the reason for the event…blue Bell ice Cream is back on the shelves…welcome home Blue Bell. Chuck
LELA ROSE [star fashion designer] I have always wanted to own a homemade ice cream shop!
Jim Rose and Suzie
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