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BEE GEES MANAGER SUCCUMBS Entertainment industry VIP Robert Stigwood, whose RSO Records label tops the charts in the late 1970s plus he manages Rock group The Bee Gees at the height of their career passes away at 81 on Monday, January 1, 2016. The Australian-born Stigwood has his hand in all facets of the industry when he produces 1970s Rock musicals Grease and Saturday Night Fever. In the early days he guides Rock groups Cream, Blind Faith, Derek & The Dominoes as well as Eric Clapton’s solo career.
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THE CBS RADIO AXE SWINGS ONCE MORE In summer 2015 CBS Radio makes severe cutbacks of veteran staff members. Out of hundreds forced out include longtime managers nationwide. On Wednesday evening, January 6, 2016 CBS Radio Chicago’s two biggest managers leave the building. CBS Radio Chicago Senior VP/MM Rod Zimmerman since 1978 exits. Also gone is Mark Day, CBS Radio Chicago VP/Director of Sales since 2002. Replacing Rod is Tim Pohlman, SRVP/MM of CBS Radio Phoenix.
BIG CHANGES AT CUMULUS CHICAGO WLS FM (97.1) Chicago, IL adds a new co-host from NYC to its morning show. Kim Berk formerly with AC WWFS FM in NYC from October 2009 until she exits in July 2015 as part of CBS Radio’s nationwide mass layoff is new co-host with Brant Miller on the WLS FM morning show. The new Brant & Kim show launches on Thursday morning, January 7, 2016. While on WWFS FM, she co-hosts with Brian Thomas, who is now Program Director of WLS FM.
LONG TIME CLASSICAL MUSIC DJ DEPARTS In 1984 North suburban Chicago native Peter Van de Graaff begins his radio career on Brigham Young University’s Classical music KBYU FM (89.1) in Provo, UT, where he attends classes. In 1988, Van de Graaff returns home to the Windy City to join WFMT FM (98.7) to host the overnight show Through The Night for the Beethoven Satellite Network. After over 27 years with WFMT FM, Peter Van De Graaff joins KWAX FM (91.1) in Eugene, OR as Music Director and morning host.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Who is the first female to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•RON HARRELL is new PD of KRWM FM (Warm 106.9) Seattle, WA effective January 18, 2016. •MIKE KELLAMS with the Chicago Tribune since November 1998, accepts the Tribune Publishing voluntary severance package Tribune offers in November 2015, but he keeps a secret until the last day of 2015. •JAY LEVINE WBBM TV CBS CH 2 Chicago, IL Chief Correspondent announces on Wednesday morning, January 6, 2016 that he steps down after 25 years with WBBM TV plus 42 years in Windy City television.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1958 ALEC ROWLEY composer dies at 65 on January 11th. •1968 CONWAY TWITTY’s Next In Line is his first #1 Country single on November 2nd. •1973 WATERGATE BURGLARS trial begins on January 11th in Washington D.C. •1986 THE BELLAMY BROTHERS Greatest Hits is their first Gold album on October 10th. •1992 PAUL SIMON opens a tour in South Africa on January 11th. •2010 CHARLIE DANIELS suffers a mild stroke on January 15th while snowmobiling in Colorado.
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FRANK HALEY [KDAZ-730 newscaster – ex KLIF-1190, KILT-610, KTRH-950, KVIL FM & KOB-770] (Albuquerque, NM) Subject: Ron Jenkins. FYI. Dallas Tornado. Did you hear about Ron Jenkins: I got this from Facebook Texas Radio Hall of Fame: TRHOF inductee Ron Jenkins (Ron McAlister) was one of the residents evacuated from the Rowlett Nursing Home and Convalescent Center for Saturday’s tornado, east of Dallas. I’ve read that the building suffered wind damage, but haven’t heard if residents were allowed to return. Ron has lived in the center for about 15 years, after a series of strokes (and eventual blindness) occurred. Hope you have a happy new year. Frank Haley
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LIZ PATRANELLA [Liz Houston – KTSA-550, KBAT-680] (Austin, TX) Subject: Reminder: Hall of Fame Exhibit Party. Reminder: Plan Now to Attend! Dedication Ceremony and Party. San Antonio Radio Hall of Fame Exhibit Dedication. Saturday, January 16, 2:00-5:00 p.m. Official Unveiling Ceremony at 3:00 p.m. 1017 E. Mulberry at Broadway Light refreshments. Music. And more! I hope to see you there. Liz
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KENT BURKHART [legendary radio programmer] (Miami/Key Biscayne, FL) Mr. Rose. When you read this you will know why Jim Phillips was president of the TAB and was selected one of the very few…less than 100 I believe…of the TAB Radio Pioneer award. He is one of the top ten Texas broadcasters ever in my opinion. Jim and I were partners in a radio station package in South Carolina. He was a talented broadcaster. He hired a lot of on air and sales talent in Texas over the years. He will be missed by those he helped…and others. Read on and let your mouth drop. Kent Burkhart. Texas Association of Broadcasters Click here: www.tab.org/convention-and-trade-show/awards/past-winners/jim-phillips
TRIVIA ANSWER: On January 3, 1987 Aretha Franklin is the first female singer to induct into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1967, Aretha’s album I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) releases. The first song a cover of Otis Redding’s Respect reaches #1 on both the R&B and Pop charts. Aretha scores her first two Grammy Awards.
MIKE BRAUN [ex KWTX-1230 DJ] (Waco, TX) Subject: KWTX-FM celebrates 45 years. Jim, I intended to sent this note in December, but the month got away from me. KWTX-FM (97.5) Waco, celebrated 45 years in December (1970-2015). In the beginning the station aired “The Golden Sound” — mostly instrumentals — Percy Faith, Andre Kostelanetz, Ferrante and Teicher, Mantovani, etc., – and a few vocals from the likes of Perry Coma, Jerry Vale, Frank Sinatra, etc. “97.5 on your FM dial in stereo” was very popular throughout Central Texas back in the day. And it’s where I got my start in radio thanks to Dave South (program director, now Texas A&M sports announcer), the late Frank Fallon (station manager), and M.N. Buddy Bostick (president and general manager of KWTX) — all of whom gave a young broadcasting novice the opportunity of a lifetime to spin records and talk on the radio. By the way, Mr. Bostick was station manager of KWTX-AM (1230) when it signed on in 1946. He celebrated birthday number 97 this past year. Best wishes, Mike Braun, KWTX-AM/FM, 1975-1979
SATCHEL PAIGE (July 7, 1906 – June 8, 1982) Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it don’t matter.
Jim Rose and Suzie
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo
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