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TEXAS RADIO VOICE SILENCES A former Dallas, TX and Oklahoma radio voice on WKY-930 and KRLD-1080, Tony Williams, who also dabbles in speech writing for AT&T and political candidates passes away from cancer on Thursday, October 22, 2015 in his home in Dallas suburb of Richardson, TX. Tony gets his start in radio on KLEC-800 Oklahoma City. He attends University of Oklahoma and University of Central Oklahoma. For several years Tony and I discuss radio events, plus trivia. We miss Tony Williams’ input and friendship.
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NO MORE LAW AND ORDER Previous District Attorney Arthur Branch on hit television series Law & Order, Fred Thompson’s media career also includes a brief time in Talk radio on the ABC Radio Network that ends with his run for GOP President. Former United States Senator (R-TN), television and film actor Fred Dalton Thompson dies at 73 from cancer. We have a final chance to watch Thompson’s acting in a role in the Christian film God’s Not Dead 2, a sequel to the hit movie in theaters on April 1, 2016.
MSNBC PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE CAUSES DISSENSION Wednesday evening’s CNBC Presidential debate upsets the Republican National Committee and the candidates by what they say is the combative tone of the questions, which do not focus on the economy. On Tuesday, November 10, 2015 the Fox Business Network hosts the next Presidential debate Live from Milwaukee Theatre which gives 90 seconds time to respond to questions in their initial answer and a 60-second rebuttal.
LONG TIME FARM REPORTER HAS SURGERY After his 55th year on the air on WGN-720 in the Windy City, Radio Hall of Fame member Orion Samuelson has recent heart surgery. The legendary 81 year old agriculture-business reporter on Tribune Media News/Talk WGN-720, surgery at the University of Chicago Medical Center is to repair or replace a leaky heart valve. On December 9, 2010 the city of Chicago names the southwest corner of East Illinois Street & North Cityfront Plaza Drive, Orion Samuelson Way.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What is the first radio station to broadcast the US presidential election returns? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•PINKY KRAVITS 6 feet 5 inch tall New Jersey shore radio legend Mr. Atlantic City host of Pinky’s Corner on WOND-1400 for 53 years dies at 88 on Saturday, October 31, 2015. •KEN PAYNE exits his PD post on Entercom Classic Hits WMXJ FM (Magic 102.7) Miami, FL because: They are taking the station in a new direction with new leadership. •JOE ELLIOTT’s 8:00 am to 11:00 am Talk show The Answer program on Salem Media WGTK-970 Louisville, KY cancels by management after five years.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1955 MARIA SHRIVER Dateline NBC reporter born on November 6th. •1961 HANK WILLIAMS, music publisher Fred Rose and Jimmie Rodgers are the first inductees into the Country Music Hall Of Fame on November 3rd. •1977 1ST EMMY SPORTS AWARD presentation on November 6th. •1982 ALABAMA’s single Christmas In Dixie releases on RCA records on November 5th. •1991 MAXIMUS 2.0 BBS releases on November 6th. •2004 PHIL VASSAR’s In A Real Love grabs #1 in Billboard Country on November 6th.
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TOM ELLIS [Veteran WABC TV NYC, WBZ TV Boston, MA & KONO-860/KONO TV news anchor] (Boston-Cape Cod-East Sandwich, MA) Hi, Jim and Suzie, Cancer’s the curse of old radio heads…most of whom smoked, and many of whom never worked out or did much physical activity, and sat endless hours at a microphone in tiny studios with foul air, ate on the fly and mostly not healthy food, etc. This old news hound always was a jock…always worked out and did a lotta other heavy physical stuff like landscaping, which is my other passion, and always was very careful to eat a healthy diet. If you keep having birthdays you’re gonna catch up with me one day. I turned 83 in September. Wish I were 20 something again. Tom
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[Catfish] JIM PREWITT (Dallas-Bedford. TX) Tony Williams passed away last Thurs from cancer. Here’s what I know…College @ University of Texas at Austin early 72-76; WKY Radio OKC 1971; Speech Writer for AT&T Dallas from 1981-87; Metro Traffic Dallas 1997-2002 Traffic Anchor; Traffic.com Dallas 2003-2005 Traffic Anchor; Retired in 2005. Lived in Richardson. From Oklahoma. Jim Prewitt
TONY WILLIAMS [ex WKY-930/KRLD-1080] (Dallas-Richardson, TX) Thank you Jim. The Roses … I like that a lot … I always thought “Rescue Me” was a great song. I was not a great jock like many, but I did seem to know when a song had … something. Sometimes intangible. True story. Jim Prewitt when he was at KLUV said Ron Chapman hated … hated … “Rescue Me”. Well, to each his own. But I clearly remember in the 1970, a guy at an FM station declared that they would beat WKY one day. I thought he was raving mad. AM beat FM? Come on. I told someone that story, and he replied, “Well, I thought the Beatles were a fad.” It does seem like a lot of greats are in musical heaven this year. Well, at least I hope they are there and not the other place.
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CHUCK DUNAWAY [ex WABC-770, WKY-930, KILT-610, KLIF-1190] (Houston-Katy, TX) Subject: my wife. Halloween night and my precious wife was in all her glory…her witches hat on her head passing out candy to the little trick or treaters…she really enjoys Halloween night and I love her for it. Anything that brings my wife joy brings me happiness…she is a real treasure. I know all husbands feel that way about their wives. I just had to put it in writing…have a nice Halloween and day after…love to all. Chucky
TRIVIA ANSWER: On November 2, 1920, KDKA-1020 broadcasts the US presidential election returns from a shack on the roof of the Westinghouse Electric Company East Pittsburgh Works K Building in Turtle Creek, PA. Four people operate that first broadcast: Engineer William Thomas; telephone line operator John Frazier; R.S. McClelland, a standby and Leo Rosenberg, who becomes radio’s first announcer. The election results broadcast to about 1,000 listeners who learn through this incredible new medium that Warren Harding beats James Cox in the race for the Oval Office. Listeners hear the legendary KDKA-1020 broadcast as far away as Canada.
LESLIE WAYNE HODGES [ex KRCS DJ] (Lake Livingston, TX) Jim, like your poetry In motion. Are you keeping up with KTRK’s continuous coverage? No Ed Brandon, Don Nelson, Doug Brown to keep us secured from all alarms. Leslie Wayne Hodges
GEORGE CARLIN [May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008] Weather forecast for tonight: dark.
Jim Rose and Suzie
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo
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