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CITY OF ANGELS RADIO VOICE HEAVEN BOUND Johnny Darin is born John Christian Miller in Rapid City, SD. He grows up in Ventura, CA. Johnny begins his first radio position as Johnnie Christian on KACY-1520 in Oxnard. Johnny takes the last name of Darin when KMEN-1290 promotes a James Darren concert. For several years Southern California listeners hear Johnny’s voice on KGB-1360, KRLA-870, KDAY-1580 and KROQ-1500. On Sunday, March 9, 2016 Johnny Darin passes away at 74 from stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
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TRUCKERS’ OVERNIGHT RADIO COMPANION CHANGES LANES From 1975 to 1988, trucker`s best friend is Fred Sanders overnights on 50,000 watt clear channel WMAQ-670 in Chicago, IL plus 38 states. From 1967-68 I have listeners in 38 states on 50,000 watt clear channel WFAA-820 Dallas, TX. It is a real thrill. Fred gives truckers national weather and road-condition reports, trucking industry news and prizes until 1988 when WMAQ flips to all-news. On Tuesday, March 8, 2016 Fred Sanders passes away at 87.
CBS SELLS OFF ITS RADIO DIVISION Do you hear what we say? CBS Chairman and Chief Executive Leslie Moonves confirms plans to sell or spin off its radio assets. CBS Radio, launches in 1928, owns 117 stations in 26 markets. In Houston, TX: KHMX FM (96.5), KIKK-650, KILT-610, KILT FM (100.3), KKHH FM (95.7) and KLOL FM (101.1). Moonves sighs: It makes sense that CBS Corporation, a company that is now focused primarily on premium video content, would choose to unlock the value of its radio operation.
GOOD BYE TO MOST INTERESTING MAN IN THE WORLD A very interesting person who we see every day on TV who proclaims himself to be The Most Interesting Man in the World bids farewell beginning on Thursday evening, March 10, 2016. Dos Equis replaces the Most Interesting Man in the World actor Jonathan Goldsmith as the beer company makes major changes to one of the best ad campaigns of the 21st century. The 77-year-old actor Jonathan Goldsmith goes on a one-way trip to Mars and will never return.
TRIVIA QUESTION: When does President Franklin Delano Roosevelt broadcast his first presidential address to the nation? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Larry Schwartz, Jim Gough Wednesday, March 18th. Patti Lowery March 19, 2016. •KNIX FM (102.5) iHeartMedia Country Phoenix, AZ adds Brooke Hoover to the Ben and Matt Show as the new morning co-host effective March 14, 2016. •ADAMS RADIO of Ft. Wayne, IN pays tribute to the 50-year heritage of WLYV-1450 when it returns to its musical roots as Fort Wayne’s Good Time Oldies with hits from artists that make the station great back in the 1960s and 1970s.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1953 KGNC TV (now KAMR) NBC CH 4 in Amarillo, TX begins broadcasting on March 18th. •1969 GLEN CAMPBELL’s album and single Galveston release on Capitol records on March 17th. •1977 VIETNAM hands over MIA soldier to U.S. on March 18th. •1985 KRIS KRISTOFFERSON inducts into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in NYC on March 18th. •1991 JACK MCCOY Radio/TV personality dies at 72 on March 18th. •2012 JASON ALDEAN’s video Fly Over States premieres on CMT on March 16th.
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ROBERT MILLER [Eastern Michigan University Professor] (Detroit/Plymouth, MI) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio March 11, 2016 [Friday] Issue #1493. One sad part about getting older is to have to read about the many losses of radio legends that seem to appear with increased regularity. Bob Guthrie was a colleague of my dad, Les Miller, at WOAI in the old days. Though I was but a minor part in SA radio I still have to give props to those guys who, without even knowing, wrote the book on a very important part of American radio history. Bob Miller
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JOE FORD [KNUZ-1230, KILT-610, KFMK FM, KLDE FM] (Houston-Spring, TX) Subject: Ron Jacobs. So sorry to hear of the passing of John Rook and my dear friend, Ron Jacobs. What a job he did with Boss Radio, 93 KHJ. This was show biz in a show biz town. Big, glitzy, and perfection reigned! When his book hit the market, I called him and salivated over the sound and the jocks he put together at probably the greatest top 40 radio station on the planet. I told him the book should be required reading for any young deejay who wants to find out what it’s like to be the best. All his staff memo’s, meeting notes to the staff, ratings, promo ideas-you name it. Not to mention behind the scenes daily life at KHJ. We emailed and talked several times and I think he was truly amazed at how many people in this business studied and learned from the radio structure he designed with Bill Drake back in the day. I never knew John Rook but I admired his talent. WLS was a powerhouse and blew me away. However, growing up in the So Cal area my idols were the Boss Radio guys but when I moved to Houston, the Big 89 was listenable at night, so on my way home from work, I would listen to John Records Landecker. I loved the jingles and the great Larry Lujack. RIP guys, you were both the BEST! Joe Ford Tx Radio Hall of Fame 2003 (KNUZ, KILT, KIKK, KENR, KRBE, KFMK, KLDE)
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DR. JEFF CUNNINGHAM [ex KXOL-1360] (Austin-Kyle, TX) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio March 14, 2016 [Monday] Issue #1494. I want to take this moment of medication…I mean meditation…to weep very significant tears of the crocodile over the pending doom of noHeart media. This place has never had…and never will have…any form of empathy for the employees that made them great. They have always believed their goals were bigger than the people that met them. Those dicks can sell off all they want, the properties are not worth the amount of money it would take to salvage that black hole of inhumanity. Buy Byeeeeee, noHeart! Jeff Cunningham, DC
TRIVIA ANSWER: On March 12, 1933 just eight days after his inauguration, U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt broadcasts his first presidential address to the nation. It is the first of what becomes known as Roosevelt’s famous Fireside Chats, a name that CBS newsman, Robert Trout gives them.
CHARLES GEORGE [KC5RAI – ex KCHU FM] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Keith Emerson. I see that Keith Emerson has passed away at 71. I use to have an album by the group Nice. I was given it by the manager of the Doubleday on Commerce and later at North Park. He did comps due to my father shopping with him. I let someone borrow my album. I learned why when someone asked my father to borrow a book, he would call and see whether it was in Books In Print, and if a recording in Swann Music Catalog, etc. I once with my parents and friends of the family we were at Lake Tahoe at supper when I quoted a line from Rise and Fall of Reginald Perrine. My parents friends started laughing and one said I need to know more. So my father ordered the series and had it sent to them in Carlsbad, NM. Charles George
RED SKELTON (July 18, 1913 – September 17, 1997) Good night and May God Bless.
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