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CHARM CITY JOURNALIST DEPARTS As a teenager in Atlantic City, NJ, Bob Shilling gets his break in radio atop the famed Steel Pier as an unpaid announcer on WFPG-1450. During the 1970s and early 1980s, Bob directs WCBM-680 Baltimore, MD news staff. For 19 years Schilling is a news reporter and news director of WCBM-680. Bob Shilling gains the nickname Smoke for his coverage of fires. On Sunday, February 28, 2016 Bob Shilling passes away at 75 from cancer.
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LAST SESSION FOR FIFTH BEATLE Liverpool shopkeeper and music manager, Brian Epstein, insists that George Martin listen to a local quartet. Decca Records already turns down The Beatles saying that guitar groups are on the way out. George Martin guides The Beatles’ transformation from rowdy club act to musical and cultural icons. Adam Sharp, CA Management founder, calls Martin one of music’s most creative talents and a gentleman to the end. On March 8, 2016 Sir George Martin dies at 90 in London.
FORMER CLEAR CHANNEL RADIO IN DEEP WATER In 2008, through a leveraged buyout, Clear Channel Communications with headquarters in San Antonio, TX begins to operate as CC Media Holdings. On September 16, 2014, CC Media Holdings rebrands as iHeartMedia, Inc., and Clear Channel Communications becomes iHeartCommunications, Inc. A share transfer might help iHeartMedia whittle down some of its $20.6 billion debt. Over the next three years, iHeartMedia, faces close to $10 billion in debt due. Sell those radio stations!
SPACE CITY SPORTS RADIO GAINS NEW LEADER In 2013, Ryan McCredden exits KQTH FM and KFFN-1490 in Tucson, AZ to join Sports Talk duo KILT-610 and KIKK-650 in Houston, TX to replace Gavin Spittle, who exits CBS Radio’s Houston cluster to become program director of its talk stations in Dallas. Also, Ryan spends four years with CBS Radio in Dallas. In March 2016, Program Director Ryan McCredden signs a renewal pact to continue leading CBS Radio’s programming of Sports Talk KILT-610 and KIKK-650 Houston, TX.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What is the first radio station to receive a license in the Pacific Northwest? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•BILL CARROLL veteran talk host exits both KFI-640 Los Angeles, CA and CFMJ-640 Toronto, CAN where he hosts daily talk shows for both stations, starts new morning drive show on Bell Media News/Talk CFRA-580 Toronto, CAN. •STEPHEN GIUTTARI after four months as PD of Cumulus Country WFMS FM (95.5) Indianapolis, IN moves on up to Operations Manager of the Indy cluster. •DENNY LAKE Classic Hits WLS FM (94.7) Chicago, IL afternoon DJ since 2008 leaves for budgetary reasons.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1950 FBI’S 10 MOST WANTED FUGITIVES program begins on March 14th. •1966 ROGER MILLER (King Of The Road #4-1965) wins six trophies at the eighth annual Grammy Awards. •1971 SOUTH VIETNAMESE troops flee Laos on March 14th. •1981 THE OAK RIDGE BOYS’ Elvira releases on MCA records on March 12th. •1999 KIRK ALYN first actor to play Superman in movie serials (1948 to 1950) dies at 88 on March 14th. •2003 THE STATE OF TEXAS observes Lee Ann Womack Day on March 13th.
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JACK PARNELL [ex WHBQ-560 PD/DJ] (Memphis, TN) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio March 07, 2016 [Monday] Issue #1492. I never did meet him; I sent this to Wink, and he and John have been friends for many many years, so he’s greatly saddened by John’s death. JP
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GARY DELAUNE [KYTY-810 – ex KLIF-1190/KRLD-1080 news/KENS TV CH 5 Sports Director] (San Antonio, TX) Subject: Three San Antonio personalities. March 5th – Sorry to hear about John Rook. He was a great talent. San Antonio has lost three media members who left quite a legacy in their respective fields. Dr. Buckner Fanning, perhaps the best Evangelist in the country next to Billy Graham, passed away in recent days and two services in local churches were packed houses as his 42 years at Trinity Baptist Church and his sermons touched so many. He was a master of the .30 second vignettes. On March 6th, as we remember the Alamo, one of the excellent radio/TV veterans will be remembered at a local funeral service. Fred Lozano, a history buff, especially about the Alamo, had been a 35-year news anchor at KENS-TV but began his career at KONO Radio a half century ago. Finally, one of the greatest radio voices in Texas, 50-year veteran of WOAI, Bob Guthrie will be laid to rest after services on March 7th in San Antonio. They meant so much to San Antonia’s and to the communications business. Gary DeLaune (www.garydnews.com)
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LESLIE WAYNE HODGES [ex KRCS DJ] (Lake Livingston, TX) Subject: Wow, Leslie here; Barry Kaye induction into the 2016 South Texas Music Walk of Fame followed by a live performance. Saturday, June 4th, 12:00 Noon, Corpus Christi! Met Barry first time June 1981 performing in the Holiday Inn Houston off of I 45, then worked with Barry on KAGG AGGIE 96 College Station / Madisonville where James McWain was the engineer who I worked with on KCRS 550 Midland 1971 to 1975, when I move to Brady Barry and Jeff Taylor lease 100 acres to hunt deer for two seasons 1993 and 1994, January 1996 from North Bammel Houston I haul, set and tear down The Barry Kaye Good Time Band Equipment till I get to Bellville with AM 1090 KNUZ June 1997, Leslie
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TRIVIA ANSWER: In 1919, amateur radio operator Vincent I. Kraft, operates the first radio station to receive a license in the Pacific Northwest, 7AC in Seattle, WA. On March 9, 1922 KJR-950 Seattle, WA begins broadcasting.
LIZ PATRANELLA [Liz Houston – KTSA-550, KBAT-680] (Austin, TX) Subject: Last Call For SoSARB Polo Shirt Orders! It is time to order the SoSARB Polo Shirts so this is your last chance. All Orders Due By Tuesday, March 15! Attention: Additional shirts will not be ordered! So, if you want a shirt, tell me now! Men’s or Ladies’ With or Without Pocket $20 each for S, M, L and XL $25 each for 2X-5X (Ladies sizes are Small – 2X) Please let me know by Tuesday, March 15, if you want a shirt. I will bring the shirts to the April meeting and collect money then. I will mail shirts to out-of-towners for additional postage cost (TBD). I look forward to hearing from you! (email@example.com) Liz
KATE REARDON (1968 – p) Polo drifts gently in and out of fashion.
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