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RADIO NEWS PRO SUCCUMBS During his radio career, Bob Schuman is on several Detroit, MI frequencies: WJR-950, WOWF FM, WYCD FM and WOMC FM. Other stops for Bob include WNOE-1060 New Orleans; WSAI-1360 and WKRQ FM Cincinnati; KLIF-570 Dallas; WROR FM Boston and WZGC FM Atlanta. He receives a plaque that commemorates his induction into the WYCD Hall of Fame. On Saturday, January 30, 2016 Bob Schuman dies at 65 in his sleep of congestive heart failure.
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WINDY CITY’S FIRST TV NEWS ANCHOR EXPIRES Jim Conway is the first to anchor a half-hour television newscast in Chicago, IL on WGN TV CH 9. Jim’s WLS TV morning show is the template for ABC TV’s Good Morning America which debuts on November 3, 1975. Conway’s nearly 40-year broadcasting career includes WBBM-780, WMAQ-670, WBBM TV (old WBKB TV), WLS TV and WGN TV. On Friday, January 21, 2016 Jim Conway passes away at 94 of natural causes in Buffalo Grove, IL.
GOLDEN VOICE RETURNS TO RADIO Just five years ago we learn the story of former radio DJ with the golden voice, Ted Williams, who lives on the streets of Columbus, OH after years of drug and alcohol addiction ends his once promising career. Praise God WVKO-1580 GM Mel Griffin announces that Ted is new host of The Ted Williams Golden Voice Show weekday mornings on Inspirational WVKO-1580 (The Praise) Columbus, OH, which is same radio station where Williams begins his radio career in the 1980s. Good luck Ted!
IHEART SHAKES UP SEATTLE On Tuesday, January 19, 2016 iHeartMedia plays Human Gyroscope with four radio formats, plus several DJs. KBKS FM (106.1) flips from Top 40 to Hot AC More Music, More Variety. Rhythmic KUBE FM flips to Mainstream Top 40 as Power 93.3, Seattle’s New Hit Music, with several new faces. Former Active Rock KKBW FM (104.9) is now Tacoma’s New Home for Hits & Hip Hop. Hot AC KYNW FM (102.9) flips to KBKS FM as ALT 102.9, Tacoma’s Rock Alternative.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Who is one of America’s best known Top-40 countdown radio personalities? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Terry Apodaca February 3, 2016. •LANCE TIDWELL exits as Senior Vice President of Programming of iHeartMedia Country KAJA FM (97.3) San Antonio, TX after just 5 1/2 months due to the elimination of his position. •JACK LANDRETH vacates his PD post at Entercom Talk KMBZ FM (98.1) and Talk KMBZ-980 Kansas City, MO since January 2012. •STACEY STAUFFER former WCAU TV NBC CH 10 Philadelphia, PA news anchor joins QVC’s most popular show In the Kitchen with David.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1954 WCDC TV ABC CH 19 in Adams, MA begins broadcasting on February 5th. •1962 CLINT BLACK born in Long Branch, NJ but raised in Houston, TX earns CMA’s 1989 Horizon award on February 4th. •1977 ROD HART’s single CB Savage crests at #67 on February 5th. •1982 JESSICA HARP member of The Wreckers born on February 3rd in Kansas City, MO. •1995 NFL PRO BOWL: AFC beats NFC 41-13 on February 5th. •2005 BRAD PAISLEY’s single Mud On The Tires reaches #1 in Billboard Country on February 5th.
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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, Don’t worry bout me. Wasn’t that the title of a song by the guy who sang “El Paso”? He was a DJ on WARL outta Arlington, Virginia while I was stationed at D.C. as a 19-20 year old Sailor in 1952-3. Marty Robbins was his name. That was before he had a hit record. D.C. is where I met and married the coal miner’s daughter…Goodnight Irene. D.C. holds many memories for me. While I was stationed there, I worked as a Communications Technician at the Naval Security Station in Friendship Heights, Maryland. Great duty station, working 8am to 4:30 for the Navy, and then a cab to downtown D.C. where I worked as a Copy Boy at the old Washington Times Herald for tips from 5 to midnight. Sometimes I made as much as $60 bucks a week in tips.
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FRANK HALEY [KDAZ-730 newsman – ex KLIF-1190, KILT-610 & KOB-770, KTRH, KVIL] (Albuquerque, NM) What do you know about Bob Presley death?? when, how, age, etc. I worked with him at KILT. He was in sales when I was there 68-73. Frank
HOUSTON, TX RADIO ICON PASSES Bob Presley, born in Clarksville, TX attends Texas Tech spends 42 years at radio stations in Austin, Dallas and Houston, TX. In the mid-1960s, Bob is the noon to 3pm DJ on KILT-610 Houston. Dan Lovett is his newscaster. Presley moves away from the microphone to join the sales team. For 26 years he is Vice President and General Sales Manager of KILT-AM/FM. As we report in another issue of JRRR, Bob Presley passes away at 78.
RED JONES [2008 Georgia Radio Hall of Fame – retired from WKNG-1060 [W] June 15, 2011 after 63 years in radio] (Carrollton-Tallapoosa, GA) Subject: KILT. We’re living longer!!! There are now 72,000 in America over 100 years old! Red
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JIMMY RABBITT (Grand Junction, CO) “Wildlife On The Highway” returns 2day 1-4pm MT on KAFM-fm 88.1 Grand Junction, CO, USA It’s Solar Powered Community Radio streaming for freedom http://www.kafmradio.org/ Join us for the fun of it, and then join us and help…Paz
TRIVIA ANSWER: Beginning in 1954, Peter Tripp becomes one of America’s best known Top-40 countdown radio personalities on Todd Storz’ WHB-810 in Kansas City, MO.
DON SUNDEEN [DJ/Hi Records promotion/TV ad production] (Dallas, TX) Subject: I was a DJ. My first radio job in Warren, PA, as summer fill-in, paid about $37 a week. I’d play pop music from 9:00-11:00 am, when the P.D. came in and did an hour of Hawaiian Music. Some years before the station had sponsored an Hawaiian trip. Then from 3:00-5:00 pm, I’d get to play rock and roll music, “For the kids,” although the records were pre-selected so that nothing to raucous or suggestive was played. I went to the Knights of Columbus and told them I’d like to use their auditorium to do record hops “For the kids.” Promoted all week without logging or paying for the time, and had around 200 kids the first Saturday night at a dollar a head. After paying all expenses I was taking home around $100 a week in 1962…until it caught up with me and I left town. Hope you and Suzi have a wonderful 2016, your friend don (www.thedonrocks.com)
CASEY KASEM (April 27, 1932 to June 15, 2014) Growing up, I actually wanted to be a professional baseball player instead of a radio DJ. Believe it or not.
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