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KDKA TALK PIONEER ENDS HER PARTY LINE From 1951 until her husband Ed King’s untimely death at 50 in 1971, Wendy King and her husband host KDKA-1020 Pittsburgh, PA late-night show Party Line. The show gets its name from the old party line telephone service when neighbors share a common phone line. Wendy King receives an honor at the 2010 Talkers Conference in New York City. KDKA-1020 Talk Pioneer Wendy King dies at 92 on December 5, 2015 after a brief hospital stay.
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ENTERCOM WIPES OUT ENTIRE MIAMI, FL DJ STAFF Entercom Classic Hits WMXJ FM (Magic 102.7) Pompano Beach/Miami, FL fires most of its airstaff, ahead of a huge format flip. Out the door is APD/morning co-host Mindy Lang, who is with WMXJ FM for 30 years. (MindyLang@aol.com). Midday personality Joe Johnson with 28½ years in the building. (email@example.com) Former Magic PD Ken Payne. (firstname.lastname@example.org) Also gone Hugh Nolan, Tom Caminetti, Bill Murphy, Steve Young and Richie Andrews.
HUBBARD YEAR-END CUTBACKS SLASHES LONG TIME PD Around the beginning of 2001, when Bonneville Chicago (now Hubbard Chicago) puts together the best radio talent in the Windy City to launch its Classic Rock WDRV FM (The Drive 97.1) Tom Couch arrives as Director of Creative Services. However, 2015’s shrinking revenue causes Hubbard Chicago to make major cutbacks with the release of WDRV FM veteran Tom Couch. Couch sighs: Well, it was a good, almost 15 year run, but my time at WDRV in Chicago is up.
MARTINDALE REMEMBERS FRANK SINATRA To observe the 100th birthday of Frank Sinatra, Hit Parade Radio presents Sinatra and Friends: An American Legend this Saturday, December 12, 2015 at www.hitparaderadio.com/, powered by Live365. This all-day special is the brainchild of radio and TV game show host Wink Martindale, who produces and hosts this in-depth celebration of the centennial birthday of The Chairman of the Board. Martindale remarks: Ole Blue Eyes is the greatest popular singer of the 20th century.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What is The Grand Ole Opry’s original name? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•CHRIS MYERS & WES CLEMENTS veteran sports personalities team up to host the all-new Myers & Wes show, weekdays from noon-3pm on KFWB-980 (The Beast) Los Angeles, CA. •SALEM MEDIA promotes Kevin Isaacs to General Manager of its four-station Cleveland, OH cluster that includes News/Talk WHK-1240 The Answer. •THE DETROIT LIONS relocate from CBS Radio Sports Talk WXYT FM for the past 12 seasons to Cumulus News/Talk WJR-760 as flagship station for Lions’ football beginning in 2016.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1952 JOHN LURIE musician and actor born on December 14th. •1968 CHRIS CAGLE Academy of Country Music Top New Artist nominee born on November 10th in De Ridder, LA. •1978 CHINA performs nuclear test at Lop Nor on December 14th. •1985 MEGHAN LINSEY of CMT 2009 Can You Duet Steel Magnolia born on December 10th in Ponchatoula, LA. •1994 MARY ANN MCCALL Pop & Jazz singer dies at 75 on December 14th. •2006 BROOKS & DUNN’s video Hillbilly Deluxe debuts on CMT on December 14th.
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MARY LYNN KNOCHELMAN [WCKY-1530] (Cincinatti, OH) Subject: Country Music Icon Dies. Bonnie Lou Okum, age 91, died in a Cincinnati Nursing Home December 8. Born Mary Joan Kath, in Towanda, Illinois, she learned to play the guitar & violin as a child. By age 16, she was performing on Midwest radio stations. Her big break came when she signed a contract to perform on a Barn Dance Radio Show, the Brush Creek Follies. Broadcast nationally, she was known as Sally Carson, and her group The Rhythm Rangers. She came to Cincinnati’s WLW-AM to fill the station’s need for a “girl yodeler”. Her yodeling, dubbed her the nickname Bonnie Lou. She was featured on a local country and western show, called the Midwestern Hayride. It was also broadcast nationally as a syndicated show. Her radio work transitioned into Television work, starring on WLWT, besides “Hayride”, the “50-50 Club”, and the “Paul Dixon Show”. A Rockabilly Hall of Fame Member, many of her songs such as “Tennessee Wig Walk” for Country and “Daddy-O” for rock-‘n’ roll, made the Top Ten List. Besides “Hayride” she hosted Six Star Ranch on WLW, heard nationwide. She performed in public occasionally into her 80’s. Survivors include her daughter Constance Ewins, and her husband of 49 years Milton Okum, a furniture store owner and magician. Mary Lynn Knochelman; Former 1530 WCKY; Cincinnati, Ohio
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BOB GRANT [East Coast radio legend] (San Angelo-Abilene, TX) Subject: Obit. Country music artist Bonnie Lou has died in a nursing home at Cincinnati, on Tuesday Dec 8 @ age 91. Mary Joan Kath took stage name at WLW, & became “Queen of the Midwestern Hayride” show. She recorded hits in 1953: “Seven Lonely Days,” “Tennessee Wig-Walk,” followed by her #14 Billboard chart,”Daddy-O.” in 1955. Also known as “The Yodelin’ Sweetheart.” she was inducted into Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Bob & Sonny Lee.
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JOHN WALTON [Walton & Johnson Show] (Houston-Brookshire, TX) You worked at KTRM? In that old trailer house across from Parkdale Mall…Gene Dickerson, Jerry Frenchriss…Buddy Johnson. I did afternoons there in 75-76…left in late 76 to go to WJDX in Jackson, MS (where I worked with Bill Tanner)…yeah I have known “Hank” from those days…also used him as part timer when I reappeared for a short time at KLVI…then when I did real brief pass through KWIC and met my current morn partner of 33 years…Henry did some part time then…he now owns a plumbing company.
TRIVIA ANSWER: On November 28, 1925 The Grand Ole Opry debuts on WSM-650 Nashville, TN under its original name Barn Dance. Since his new program follows the Metropolitan Grand Opera, Program Director George D. Hay decides to call it The Grand Ole Opry.
JAY WALKER [CBS Radio Dallas/KJKK FM/KTSA-550/KTFM FM/Jay Walker Prod/40 Plus Years In Radio] (Dallas/Fort Worth, TX) Subject: Good songs, great music. Jim These days the majority of ‘classic’ format programmers, country and pop, are stuck in ‘research hell’ playing only the top 20 or in a lot of cases the top 10 of the period in question leading to a short list of around 200 songs in the playlist, songs which the majority of the audience have already heard to the point their ears bleed. You can blame that on misuse of research. Every music test contains the same top of the charts selections, since no one bothers to check anything that ever charted below the top 20. Jay
GUSTAVE FLAUBERT (1821-1880) A superhuman will is needed in order to write, and I am only a man.
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