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ALZHEIMER’S TAKES SINGER’S VOICE In 1969, when Glen Campbell sells more records than The Beatles, he visits my PM Drive DJ show on KBUC FM in San Antonio, TX. What a terrific person he is! Outside the KBUC FM studio window we witness a traffic jam of Glen Campbell fans in both directions. Since 2011, Glen Campbell battles Alzheimer’s disease. Campbell’s wife of 34 years, Kim, tells Studio 10 Live that Glen is in Stage 7 of Alzheimer’s and is no longer able to verbally communicate. Our prayers are with Glen Campbell.
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ENERGY CAPITAL OF THE WORLD RADIO MIXES IT UP During the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo 3 years ago, CBS Radio KHMX FM (Mix 96.5) PM Drive Personality Chad Pitt remembers: When I first moved to Houston. I remember thinking they fry everything and let kids ride sheep as a sport, I’m going to love it here! But things change. Chad Pitt heads off to sunny Orlando, FL for AM Drive on sister CBS Radio WQMP FM (AMP Radio 101.9). Pitt reflects: Ironic my departure is during Rodeo, It’s like I’ve come full circle.
WINDY CITY LOSES TWO FAMILIAR TRAFFIC VOICES Since 1988, Mike Nygaard reports Chicago, IL radio traffic, as well as longtime Director of Traffic Operations for the former Shadow Traffic. Mike is midday traffic reporter in the sky for Total Traffic Network on Newsradio WBBM-780/WBBM FM (105.9). On Friday, March 11, 2016 Mike Nygaard retires. Total Traffic Network also loses Paula Fagan news and traffic reporter on Chicago radio since 1988 as she leaves radio and Chicago on Thursday, March 31, 2016.
SALE OF THE CENTURY TOWER SITES On Wednesday morning, March 2, 2016 Alpha Media, the fourth largest radio station owner and third largest broadcast tower owner in the U.S., sells its broadcast towers to Vertical Bridge, the largest private owner and manager of communication towers in the U.S. Nearly 200 towers in the sale to Vertical Bridge, which includes six from Alpha Media’s newly-acquired Chicago, IL area radio stations. With this acquisition, Vertical Bridge now has a total portfolio of over 42,000 towers.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What is radio’s first successful quiz program? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Steve Kelly March 22nd. Tammie S. Webb March 23rd. Moose Rosenfeld March 24th. Jay Noble March 26, 2016. •WALL STREET JOURNAL reports the FCC is on the verge of approving Charter Communications’ $56 billion buyout of Time Warner Cable. •JR JAUS exits Cox Radio Country WWKA FM (K92.3) Orlando, FL as New Morning Show co-host with Beth Chandler on KCYY FM (100.3 – first as KBER FM 1966). •CHRIS JOHNSON is new PD of Red Zebra ESPN Sports WTEM-980 Washington, DC.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1958 U.S.S.R. conducts atmospheric nuclear test on March 21st. •1968 TOM T. HALL marries Truck Drivin’ Son-Of-A-Gun songwriter Dixie Deen on March 19th, whom he adoringly calls Miss Dixie. •1975 ETHIOPIA ends monarchy after 3000 years on March 21st. •1984 KATHY MATTEA’s self-titled debut album releases on Mercury records on March 22nd. •1994 WAYNE GRETZKY ties Gordie Howe’s NHL record of 801 goals on March 21st. •2007 JASON ALDEAN’s video Johnny Cash debuts on CMT on March 22nd.
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DAVE MICHAELS [former WSAI-1360/KONO-860/KBUC FM] (Dayton-Huber Heights, OH) Subject: Cleveland Ohio. I was listening to WIXY 1260 through the “AM Static” and drove into a White Castle. Ordered ( 3 ) and a Coke – lady had them sliders with onions on top – on the big grill – took that silver metal salt shaker and covered them Good – that’s when White Castles tasted GOOD; before the Food Police arrived on the scene. You now live longer in America – and it’s really screwed up! Dave Michaels KBUC, KONO, KQRO, KELP
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BILL CHERRY [Realtor, In late 1950s Music ’til Dawn host on WWL-870] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio March 18, 2016 [Friday] Issue #1495. ‘mornin’ Jim — Swann’s music catalog came in two types: one that the record stores used so they’d know the information they d need to find and order a record a customer wanted that the store didn’t carry. They were gigantic loose leaf books that usually sat on their counter. The smaller one was about the size of a Readers Digest. It came out about every month. Stations and the public usually subscribed to them. The small ones were primarily listings of the availability of more current tunes…say those of the past five years. A lot of the classical music lovers bought the small one. Best, Bill
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CHARLES GEORGE [KC5RAI – ex KCHU FM] (Dallas, TX) Subject: All the News that Fits. I am starting to think of a song that use to be on the radio, Not sure who did it but it had the words: Their coming to take us away aha…After all the things we have done aha. Then another song not sure who did it: The Shape of Things To Come. In the Year 2525, Zagger and Evans. All the good times I missed having good times. Charles George
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CLAUDE HALL (Las Vegas, NV) Claude’s Commentary is now VOX JOX. Edited and published by Rollye James Cornell and written mostly by Claude Hall. Tales about Elvis, Steve Tyrell, and Charlie McCoy and comments from Jimmy Rabbitt, Ken Dowe, Don Graham, Art Wander, Tom Campbell, Kris Erik Stevens, and several others. Please join us each Monday! (www.VoxJox.org/ Home Page)
CHUCK DUNAWAY [ex WABC-770, WKY-930, KILT-610, KLIF-1190] (Houston-Katy, TX) Subject: in case you missed it…Frank Sinatra Jr., faithful keeper of his father’s flame, dead at 72.
TRIVIA ANSWER: In 1937, Arthur Godfrey hosts radio’s first successful quiz program, Professor Quiz. CBS Evening News anchorman, Robert Trout, is the program’s announcer.
JIM HALSEY [Own J Halsey Co] (Tulsa, OK) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio March 18, 2016 [Friday] Issue #1495. Another good one. Always enjoy reading. Jim Halsey; The Oak Ridge Boys, inductees in the 2015 Country Music Hall of Fame. Jim Halsey, inductee in the 2015 Oklahoma Hall of Fame
CLINT EASTWOOD (Sudden Impact – 1983) Go ahead, make my day.
Jim Rose and Suzie
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