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CHICAGO TV STAFF MEMBER DIES IN BELIZE While on vacation in Belize, Anne McComb Swaney, WLS TV ABC CH 7 Chicago, IL Executive Producer of Online Operations is found dead. Belize police and the U.S. State Department consider her death to be a homicide. The 39 year old Swaney an avid world traveler is on vacation in the Cayo District of western Belize, a popular destination for American adventure travelers and horse enthusiasts. Authorities have a suspect in custody but they do not considered him a prime suspect.
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ELVIS PRESLEY BACKUP SINGER ENTERS HEAVEN’S GATES One of our all time favorite singers is Elvis Presley. One of our all time favorite Gospel quartets is The Imperials. Elvis’ normal backup singers are The Jordanaires. In 1969, Presley chooses The Imperials as his backup vocal group. From 1969 to 1971 The Imperials tour and record with Elvis Presley. Gospel Music Hall of Fame member Joe Moscheo who is a singer, keyboard player and arranger with The Imperials passes away at 78 on Monday, January 11, 2016.
BAYOU CITY TALK HOST BEATS CANCER In fall 2015, KTRH-740/KPRC-950 Houston, TX Talk host Matt Patrick announces his cancer diagnosis. Toward the end of 2015 Matt takes a break to undergo surgery and chemotherapy. We thank God that Patrick says that he is back on the air full-time. Matt reports that his latest test results show much of the cancer significantly eliminated, and in some areas completely resolved. Email Matt your best wishes for his continued recovery at email@example.com.
AL JAZEERA AMERICA TV HITS THE DOOR In 2013, Al Jazeera buys Al Gore’s struggling channel Current TV for nearly $500 million. Al Jazeera then announces its plans to build a new American network. Al-Jazeera America assembles an editorial newsroom staff for their broadcasts in New York City. Just two-and-a-half years after its launch, Cable news network Al Jazeera America says it shuts down by the end of April 2016, less than three years after its launch. Al Jazeera TV is a brand that American viewers never watch.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What is the first Beatles album that releases in North America? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Don Sundeen The Don Rocks Tuesday, January 19, 2015. •ROB BERTRAND exits his post as Market Chief Engineer of CBS Radio NYC due to corporate restructuring. Reach Rob at firstname.lastname@example.org. •NORM WINER 36 years as Program Director of CBS AAA WXRT FM (93.1) Chicago, IL moves on up to Director of WXRT Music Initiatives & Special Programming.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1951 NFL takes control of failing Baltimore Colts on January 18th. •1963 KEECH RAINWATER drummer with Lonestar (1996 Academy of Country Music Top New Vocal Group) born on January 24th in Plano, TX. •1970 NFL PRO BOWL: West beats East 16-13 on January 18th. •1986 DAN SEALS’ single Bop goes to #1 in Billboard Country on January 18th. •1991 IRAQ launches SCUD missiles against Israel on January 18th. •2006 KEITH URBAN’s album Be Here goes Triple-Platinum on January 18th.
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MIKE KELLAM [former KHFI/NBC/WMAQ-670] (Estes Park, CO) Hi, Jim! It’s a small world! I guess that Mike (Kellams) came to Chicago after I left. My grandmother used to tell me that we may be the last of the Kellam’s. Now, with the Internet, I have googled “Michael Kellam” and came up with a whole bunch, all over the country. Thanks for this tidbit. I check out JRRR as often as the e-mails come. Keep up the GREAT work. Best to you & Susie. Mike Kellam (the REAL one!)
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IRA [Eye] LIPSON [ex PD of AOR KZEW FM The Zoo] (Dallas, TX) Subject: The station is out of sight. Jim, Sorry to report that North Texas Radio For The Blind is closing down. Although there are 180 functioning radio stations for the blind in the United States, management was unable to raise enough money to keep local broadcasting going in the 5th market. I’ll miss doing weekly shows with the talented Don Sundeen, and I know the area’s sight-impaired listeners will miss the station. Very sad. Ira Lipson
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FR BOB TOMLINSON [ex KXYL-1240, KIOX-1270] (Jacksonville-Lake Striker, TX) Subject: I Was A DJ When DJs Jockied Discs… And I Don’t Mean CDs. Bob Tomlinson added a photo. KIOX Bay City, Texas Production Room, 1971. Cub Scouts took a tour and I gave them a chance to record their voices. The picture was in the local paper. Bob Tomlinson
BILL HILL [ex KRBE FM] (Kemah, TX) Subject: Hal McClain crash. Pretty sure it was at Kerrville Air Show where Hal was killed.
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BILL CHERRY [Realtor. In late 1950s Music ’til Dawn host on WWL-870] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio. Jim, I loved the trivia about CBS. I’d not known anything about its history before Mr. Paley. Happy New Year! Bill Cherry
TRIVIA ANSWER: On January 10, 1964 the first North American Beatles album, Introducing The Beatles, releases on Chicago-based Vee-Jay Records. The label has to stop selling the disc by the end of the year because of legal complications, after 1.3 million copies of the album sell.
BOB GRANT [Robert Hanger – East Coast radio icon] (San Angelo-Abilene, TX) Subject: obits. Jim: Yes, I remember Major Bill Smith. He D. @72 in Dallas, 1994. I still hear from Slick Norris, ace record promoter near you in Highlands, TX. Paul & Paula were students at Howard Payne Univ, Brownwood, just 100 miles from me. “Paul” who wrote the hit, just turned 75, I believe in Kansas City area. Last I heard Texan Bruce Channel lives in Nashville area, & has continued in music production. Best to you both, Bob & Sonny Lee.
MAJOR BILL SMITH (Record producer and promoter) This is a cotton pickin’ smash!
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