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THE UNFORGETTABLE HAPPENS Nat King Cole, Jazz pianist with a soft, baritone voice, records Pop hit tunes from the 1940s until dies in 1965. In 1975 as Music Director of Top 40 KXOL-1360 in Ft. Worth, TX we add Nat’s daughter Natalie Cole’s new record This Will Be to our play list. In 1991 Natalie records her Grammy album, Unforgettable…With Love that features her singing along with her dad’s tunes. On December 31, 2015 Natalie Maria Cole daughter of Nat King Cole dies at 65 from congestive heart failure.
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TRAPPER JOHN IS GONE As army surgeon Trapper John on TV show M.A.S.H., Wayne Rogers exchanges wisecracks with Hawkeye Pierce, played by Alan Alda. Rogers appears on M.A.S.H. for just the first three of its 11 seasons on CBS TV, but during his short his run. he has quite an effect on the show’s viewers. On Thursday, December 31, 2015 the 6′ 3″ tall Wayne Rogers surrounded by family dies at 82 of complications from pneumonia in Los Angeles, CA.
CAT EXITS AFTER 27 YEARS CBS Radio Las Vegas, NV VP of Programming Cat Thomas decides to leave his position at the end of his current contract in February 2016. Originally in 1988, he begins as a night DJ on KLUC FM (98.5). He moves on up to MD. In 1996 he becomes KLUC FM PD. In April 2015, Thomas becomes VP of Programming for the cluster. Thomas who is a fixture in the KLUC FM building for the past 27 years sighs: I found myself looking at a unique new opportunity for me and my family that I just couldn’t pass up.
WEATHER BUREAU SHORT OF STAFF KXAS-TV reports that staffing shortages at the local Dallas-Fort Worth National Weather Service office has forecasters scrambling to cover Saturday’s tornado outbreak plus it may slow the damage survey process. NWS officials say they issue all of their weather warnings in a timely way. But the forecasters’ union says that forecasters cover the storms with the help of meteorologists who volunteer to come in from home and managers who pull extra duty to fill open shifts.
TRIVIA QUESTION: How does record producer Snuff Garrett come up with nickname Snuff? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Michelle Dean December 24th. Charles Cashmere Monday, January 4th. Howard Reynolds Tuesday, January 5, 2015. •JIM PHILLIPS Forest high Dallas graduate former KFJZ-1270 Fort Worth, TX Sales Manager 46 year resident of El Paso passes away on Monday December 28, 2015. •ROSS COCHRAN WGN-720 morning show host and wife Lauren welcome their first child daughter Abigail. •JAMES WEBB 18-year career with Associated Press who joins the Chicago Tribune in May 2005 exits.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1954 THE BRIGHTER DAY soap opera premieres on January 4th. •1967 DUANE PROPES Little Texas bass player (God Blessed Texas #4-1993) born on December 17th in Longview, TX. •1971 PHILADELPHIA’s Veteran Stadium dedicates on January 4th. •1989 DWIGHT YOAKAM’s album Buenas Noches From A Lonely Room goes Gold on January 4th. •1995 NEWT GINGRICH becomes Speaker of the House on January 4th. •2009 MERLE HAGGARD earns a star in the Bakersfield Walk of Fame on January 2nd.
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LEN HART [former KILT-610/KENR-1070/KNUS FM newscaster] (Geneva, Switzerland) Jim, Hope this helps… I wish I had kept a diary but –alas –I did not. There was enough action, characters and national figures to write tons of books about. On my blog I have a short list of some of the celeb/world figure interviews I did. A short list includes George H.W. Bush (seems like I was always sticking a mic in his face), Nelson Rockefeller, Milton Friedman, Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon (I was in Jones Hall when Dan Rather and Nixon exchanged barbs. Your friend, Len
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MARTHA JOE THRASHER (DFW-Farmers Branch, TX) Subject: Jim R. Phillips? Jimmy Phillips & I were both in the class of June 1950. We were good friends at the time, but we lost touch with one another over the years. Thank you for sharing the news of his home-going with us. Martha Joe (Striegler) Thrasher
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FR. BOB TOMLINSON (Jacksonville-Lake Striker, TX) Subject: Merry Christmas! Hey Jim. You are a kind man. I will be 68 on February 11th next year. My 50th high school reunion from Woodrow in Dallas is the end of May. As a junior and senior in high school I used to either park under the KLIF triangle and watch Jimmy Rabbitt or other DJ’s and then go to KBOX and watch Frank Jolly through the back glass. I kept hoping one time he would let me in. Never happened. Bob
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TRIVIA ANSWER: Dallas, TX native DJ, Pop hit producer Tommy [Snuff] Garrett who gets to know Buddy Holly as a DJ in Lubbock, TX dies of cancer at 77 on December 16, 2015. Garrett also is in radio in Wichita Falls, TX. In 1959, Garrett becomes a producer at Liberty Records in Hollywood. Garrett’s roster of talent includes Bobby Vee, Johnny Burnette, Gene McDaniels, Buddy Knox, Walter Brennan, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Del Shannon and Sonny & Cher. He gets his nickname Snuff from Garrett brand of snuff.
LESLIE WAYNE HODGES [formerly KCRS-550] (Marshall, TX) Subject: Lone Ranger Tonto Jeno’s Pizza Roles, Shillin’ With the Lone Ranger: Jeno’s Pizza Rolls (1960’s). The late humorist Stan Freberg directed this wacky clip for Jeno’s Pizza Rolls, featuring the Lone Ranger (Clayton Moore) and Tonto (Jay Silverheels), which in turn was a parody of a similar ad campaign the William Morris agency was doing for Lark cigarettes. The music is to the beat of—what else?—the William Tell Overture, the Ranger’s theme song. (http://www.thelandofwhatever.blogspot.com/2015/06/shillin-with-lone-ranger-for-jenos.html) Today, Jeno’s is part of the Totino’s division of General Mills, but they don’t get the same kind of advertising exposure as they once did.
FRED FOY (Announcer on 221 episodes 1949–1957) A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty “Hi-yo Silver” – the Lone Ranger!
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