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CAR CRASHES INTO RADIO STATION On Monday afternoon, February 8, 2016 a car crashes into a Charlotte, NC radio station during a live broadcast, but no one receives any injuries. Reportedly, the driver of the car loses control of the vehicle and strikes the studios of ESPN WZVG-730 in Charlotte on Monday afternoon. In the audio of the loud crash a broadcaster sighs: Folks we just had an accident….we are going to head to a break.
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LOS ANGELES, CA NAMES VIN SCULY AVENUE When the Dodgers’ longtime play-by-play announcer Vin Scully plans his retirement after 67 seasons the L-A city council votes 12-0 to rename Elysian Park Avenue between Sunset Boulevard and Stadium Way as Vin Scully Avenue. L-A City Councilman Gil Cedillo, who proposes the street name change, brags: Now we’re going to say Hey, go up Sunset and make a right on Scully Avenue. That’s going to be the new directions to get to Dodger Stadium.
MIKE AND MIKE EXIT MOTOR CITY RADIO Is ESPN’s giant bubble about to burst? In the past four years, ESPN loses 7.2 million subscribers; over three million since last year. On Tuesday, February 16, 2016 Greater Media WMGC FM (Sports 105.1) Detroit, MI moves Sean Baligian, Tom Mazawey and Marc Fellhauer to mornings from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm to replace ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike. ESPN’s Ryan & Rico move to 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Matt Dery and Drew Sharp’s PM Drive show starts at 2:00 pm.
GRAMMYS HONOR GLENN FREY After his untimely passing on Monday, January 18, 2016 what better tribute than the Grammys to honor The Eagles teammate Glenn Frey during Monday’s Grammy Awards. Glenn’s Eagles band mates Timothy B. Schmit, Bernie Leadon, Don Henley and Joe Walsh join Frey’s longtime friend and collaborator Jackson Browne perform an Eagles classic. Frey is a six-time Grammy winner. Both Glenn Frey and Jackson Browne co-write The Eagles Classic tune Take It Easy.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What is the first radio station in the world to broadcast with 500 kilowatts? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Mike Shuping & Robin Marshall February 17th. Alan Shapiro February 18, 2016. •CHARLES OSGOOD CBS Sunday Morning host since 1994 plus anchor-writer of The Osgood File wins Dick Clark Lifetime Achievement Award at Broadcasters Foundation of America’s Golden Mike Award dinner on Monday, February 29 at the Plaza Hotel in NYC. •JOE ALAN PM Drive DJ on Delmarva Broadcasting Adult Top 40 WSTW FM (93.7) Wilmington, DE is new permanent co-host of WSTW Wakeup Crew with Nancy Johnson.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1950 WALT DISNEY’s Cinderella releases on February 15th. •1969 ELVIS PRESLEY records Eddie Rabbitt’s Kentucky Rain on February 19th in Memphis, TN with Ronnie Millsap as back up vocalist. •1978 ZAIRE revises its constitution on February 15th. •1983 CRYSTAL GAYLE gains a #1 single in Billboard Country on February 12th with Rodney Crowell’s ‘Til I Can Gain Control Again. •1998 DAYTONA 500 race starts on February 15th. •2008 BRAD PAISLEY’s I’m Still A Guy releases to radio on February 15th on Arista records.
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JACK PARNELL [former DJ/PD of WHBQ] (Memphis, TN) Subject: Jack Eaton. Jim: One of the best sports announcers in the Midsouth, “Big” Jack Eaton, who had a great career at WMC am and WMC-TV here in Memphis, died last week after a long term illness. When The University of Memphis was Memphis State, Jack traveled with them everywhere with his inimitable basketball and football game descriptions, especially when Every fan loved him. His big shouts he used as the teams fought it out were: “Great Scott” and if it was dramatic enough, it was “Great Caesar’s Ghost”. He had many offers to move to greener pastures, but he was perfectly happy in Memphis…and we were all glad. He retired a few years ago and became ill shortly thereafter. Jack Parnell-former DJ and PD-WHBQ Memphis, TN.
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MIKE SHANNON [WBAP-820, WFAA TV, KNUS 99.com] (Dallas-Mesquite, TX) Subject: DFW Radio/TV/Media Lunch Bunch – Feb 20 at Humperdinks!. The next gathering of DFW Radio/TV Lunch Bunch folks will happen a week from this Saturday, which will be Feb 20, high noon, at our OLD hangout, Humperdink’s on NW Hwy and Loop 12/Walton Walker in NW Dallas! We’ll gather in the atrium (behind the bar area.) Same protocol as always…pay for your own, come and go as you please, drop in/drop out, see old friends, make new ones, do some networking, etc. RSVP not necessary. Questions? Please ask! See you there…Mike Shannon (firstname.lastname@example.org) / (www.dfwRetroplex.com)
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BILL CHERRY [Realtor in late 1950s Music ’til Dawn host on WWL-870] (Dallas, TX) Jim, This no extra money stuff is the plague of age. We made a disastrous mistake when we left Galveston for Dallas. My income really dropped, and I hadn’t in my wildest dreams have thought that would happen, so I definitely sympathetic with you. Yes, I copied and pasted Chuck’s (Dunaway) web address. Irrespective of your web problems, I think this issue was a really good one. Glad we’re friends. Bill
MIKE MARSHALL [ex DJ on WFAA-820/570, KFJZ-1270, KQUE FM] (Houston, TX) Subject: I Was A DJ When DJs Jockied Discs… And I Don’t Mean CDs. I usually leave my car radio on the NPR station in Houston, but occasionally I’ll tune in the Hot Hits frequency to hear what’s happening in “The Latest Hits” radio. I can’t understand the lyrics, the tune seems to have no more three notes and I can’t distinguish any actual instruments, guitars, pianos, drums, saxes, etc. Wouldn’t it be great to see the reaction of their listeners if they were to add “Bridge Over Troubled Water” to the rotation for a few days? I would like to think a few of them, upon hearing a real classic piece of music would say, “Wow, that’s fantastic. Who is that?” S&G’s careers got re-started when some jock started playing The Sound of Silence off their first album.
TRIVIA ANSWER: On May 2, 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt presses a ceremonial button that officially launches WLW’s 500-kilowatt signal. WLW receives complaints from around the United States and Canada that it overpowers other radio stations as far away as Toronto. In December 1934 WLW cuts back to 50 kilowatts at night.
JIM [Catfish] PREWITT [ex KLIF-1190, KLUV FM, KKBQ FM, KITY FM, KTFM FM, KNCI FM] (Bedford-Dallas, TX) Hi Jimbo….Yeah it was cold yesterday and windy too! Warming up for the next several days here in the Big D. Ya never know about North Texas weather. One thing I don’t miss about Houston is the HUMIDITY. Have you noticed a lot of people in their 60s is dropping off. We could be the first generation that won’t outlive our parents! How are you? Jim (www.JimPrewitt.com)
JESSICA SAVITCH (February 1, 1947 – p) News events are like Texas weather. If you don’t like it, wait a minute.
Jim Rose and Suzie
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo
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