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MILE HIGH CITY RADIO AND TV PRO VANISHES During the 1960s, Ron Mitchell is on KUSA TV sister station KBTR-710 in Denver, CO plus Louisville and Richmond markets before he shifts to KBTV TV Fox CH 4 Beaumont/Port Arthur, TX which leads him to KUSA TV NBC CH 9 in Denver, CO as a sports anchor, news reporter and anchor. From 1969 to 1995, Ron Mitchell covers news stories on KUSA TV CH 9. On Wednesday, March 23, 2016 Ron Mitchell, longtime news anchor on KUSA TV CH 9, dies at 75 in his Denver home.
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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYER TV ENTERTAINER CALLS IT QUITS In 1946, as a 20-year-old rookie with the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals, Joe Garagiola, has more hits and RBIs in the matchup against Boston than Ted Williams. For 58 years, Garagiola entertains audiences with his sharp sense of humor. Joe lands a pair of tours on The Today Show, guest host on The Tonight Show, plus game show host. Major League Baseball legend Joe Garagiola, who moves from the field to the broadcast booth, dies at 90.
EX COWBOYS COACH SIGNS WITH ESPN Outspoken NFL analyst Mike Ditka signs a two-year contract extension with ESPN. According to The Sporting News, Ditka gives up his chair on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown pregame shows in favor of a new role as a regular SportsCenter contributor in September 2016. This comes after Mike Ditka calls President Barack Obama the worst U.S. president ever on WABC-770’s Bernie & Sid morning radio show
BICOASTAL MEDIA EXPERIENCES CHANGES Bicoastal Media Longview, WA owns and operates 50 Radio Stations in 10 markets in Northern California, Oregon and Washington. Bruce Pollock is new Market Manager of KLYK FM Eugene, OR; KRQT FM Castle Rock, WA; KBAM-1270 Longview, WA; KEDO-1400 Longview and KPPK FM Rainier, OR. Michael Kincaid who spends his entire career with Bicoastal Media Active Rock KZZE FM Medford-Ashland, OR moves on up to PD of Classic Rock WGLX FM Wausau-Stevens Point, WI.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What is Philadelphia, PA’s first radio station? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•WBBM-780/WBBM FM (105.9) Newsradio celebrates its WBBM Noon Business Hour‘s 15th anniversary on Friday, March 11, 2016. Retired WBBM-780 news anchor/reporter/host Sherman Kaplan returns for the show’s celebration. •STEVE HUNTER 30-year market vet exits Cox Media Group Tulsa, OK after a successful 22-year run as OM of Cox’s five-station Tulsa group, PD of AC KRAV FM (Mix 96) and Classic Rock KJSR FM (103.3 The Eagle).
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1954 WKAQ TV TM CH 2 in San Juan, Puerto Rico begins broadcasting on March 28th. •1963 BILL ANDERSON’s biggest hit Still slams #1 in Billboard Country on April 13th. •1974 RASPBERRIES Rock group breaks up on March 28th. •1980 CONWAY TWITTY’s single I’d Love To Lay You Down scores #1 in Billboard Country on March 29th. •1995 JULIA ROBERTS and singer Lyle Lovette split-up on March 28th. •2009 LOVE AND THEFT debuts on The Grand Ole Opry with Runaway on March 28th.
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DAVE MICHAELS [former WSAI-1360/KONO-860/KBUC FM] (Dayton-Huber Heights, OH) Subject: JIM – radio is in my Blood YES – Oct 28th is my Birthday – Scorpio On the Gas – I am driving with a guy who owns an SUV; we will split the gas prices and the driving. You are correct about the Mileage! Maybe some FREE parts out of this trip. I have not been in Michigan for many years. Detroit is very depressed (City); LIBERALs ruined once the 5th Largest City in the USA. Car Making Capital. I like the Cities around the Great Lakes…aka Cleveland, Ohio. If I see an old Mic – I will grab it for my Buddy Jim. What would be neat is a – Photo of an Old metal Typewriter & A Mic next to each other at the top of your Stationary. I know you use a PC keyboard to type NOW – but back when – I am sure JIM used many real Typewriters to compose his Words. CORRECT? Dave
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JAY WEAVER (KLBK–1340, KBUY-1540, KPCN-730) (DFW-Hurst, TX) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio March 25, 2016 [Friday] Issue #1497. Jim I laughed with joy to see Dave Michaels mention of working at KBUC-FM and the comments about the White Castle Sliders and the “only person (who) ever came into my studio while on the air was Gene Kelly, etc.” It brought back many memories for me of working with Gene Kelly at KBUY in Fort Worth and might for you too, as I think you may have worked with him, also. We remember Gene was a heavy set person and did enjoy the food and the drink. I closed my eyes and could see him “downing” one of those sliders in almost one felled swoop! Gene was one of my early radio heroes! He was good at radio and he was entertaining! He was one of a kind! Loved that guy and had the of pleasure of working with him and occasionally visiting on phone with him over the years! It’s people like him that I miss. I also visited with his son Jay (on line), after Gene’s death. He loved his Dad!!
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TRIVIA ANSWER: On March 20, 1922 founded by Gimbels department store, WIP-610 Philadelphia, PA goes on-the-air. WIP-610 first goes on the air as Philadelphia’s first commercial radio station with call sign WIP, which radio fans mistakenly think stand for Wireless In Philadelphia, We’re In Philadelphia or Watch Its Progress. In fact, WIP is a call sign that the FCC randomly selects.
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. Jim you’re right. And “Play Misty for Me” was as real as rain for any of us who worked a late night shift. Bill
JAKE GYLLENHAAL (December 19, 1980 – p) Crazy people don’t sit around wondering if they’re nuts.
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