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DALLAS FOOD EXPERT ENDS HER QUEST Tragedy strikes Dallas, TX when KVIL FM contributor, plus regular Saturday food reporter on WFAA TV News 8 Daybreak, over the senseless and tragic death of popular Dallas food expert Stacey Fawcett. KVIL FM (103.7) PD Jay Michaels who is also with Fawcett on his previous radio station cross-town KDMX FM (102.9) says of his friend: It’s the most tragic situation but I want to celebrate Stacey’s love for all people, charities, animals. I will miss you terribly. RIP and I love you.
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TX NEWSPAPER SCRIBE PENS LAST WORDS To 82 year old Midland, TX resident Jim Servatius, newspapers are his passion for more than four decades reporting, writing and editing. Charlie Spence, former publisher of the Reporter-Telegram, remembers: Servatius was from the old school. You get the story. You get it right. You follow up. You cover your beat. And you cover it well. Jim Servatius, former editor of Vernon Herald, Plainview Herald and Midland Reporter-Telegram, passes away on Wednesday, April 6, 2016.
DOES IHEARTMEDIA FALL TO PIECES? When the U.S. Congress passes the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Clear Channel Communications (iHM’s previous name) goes on a buying spree across America to scoop up every radio station it can. This also means extremely heavy leveraged debt. Clear Channel becomes iHeartMedia with over 850 radio stations. iHM debtors say its $1.4 debt is due in 60 days. Will iHeartMedia toss in the towel? Does this open the doors for mom and pop operations to return to radio?
WILL RADIO RETURN TO ITS PAST? When Telecom Law 1996 becomes law of our land, radio companies consolidate and place their focus on the bottom line and not good radio programming, which is the essence of a strong radio operation. Consolidation removes the local aspect out of radio, takes live announcers off the air and brings chaos to its broadcast day. After iHeartMedia, Cumulus and CBS Radio break up into tiny pieces maybe mom and pop radio ownership will right the wrong that Telecom Law 1996 presents.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What is the first fully licensed radio station south of Washington, D.C.? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Shirley Ann Rose-Repass my sister, Dalene Richelle and Frank Haley April 15th., Rod Tanner April 16, 2016. •J.R. JAUS joins KCYY FM (Y100) San Antonio, TX as Morning Host from sister WWKA FM (K92.3) Orlando, FL where he hosts afternoons since December 2014. •JAY DILLON is new PM Drive DJ on Cumulus Country WFMS FM (95.5) Indianapolis, IN. •DOUG BANKS longtime Chicago, IL radio and television personality passes away at 57 from diabetes and kidney failure on Monday, April 11, 2016.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1954 KARK TV NBC CH 4 Little Rock, AR begins broadcasting on April 15th. •1969 GLEN CAMPBELL’s Jimmy Webb single Galveston grabs #1 in Billboard Country on April 19th. •1975 RICHARD CONTE actor (The Godfather – 1972) dies at 65 in Los Angeles, CA on April 15. •1989 DOLLY PARTON is guest host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live on April 15th. •1990 GRETA GARBO actress (Camille – 1936) dies at 84 on April 15th. •2003 TRACY LAWRENCE and Becca welcome daughter #2 Mary Keagan on April 15th.
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JACK PARNELL [ex WHBQ-560 PD/DJ] (Memphis, TN) Subject: Coming attractions! In November, this year, a new series “Million Dollar Quartet” makes debut on CMT network. Some of Memphis’ greatest musical accomplishments are finally going to rise shine! It’s about the famous picture of Elvis, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash jamming in Phillips Studios here in Memphis. The production is shooting a couple of episodes now here in Memphis. All those were fired up and rolling when I began my career at WHBQ, here in Memphis. I’m their dialect coach…none of the people playing their major parts are from the south, so I teach them how to tawlk suthern! You know of course that the very first time Elvis was played anywhere on the radio, Dewey Phillips played “That’s Alright Momma” in 1954, where I did mornings for 13 years! I’ll keep up with the shenanigans and let you know the exact date and time when it begins. Jack Parnell-former WHBQ Radio morning man and Program Director.
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DAVE MICHAELS [former WSAI-1360/KONO-860/KBUC FM] (Dayton-Huber Heights, OH) Subject: Snow! Jim..we have snow flurries here Thursday April 7th. Baseball was on the radio “The Reds”…. it’s snowing! I will drive to Cleveland – jump on AM-Track and be in NYC in ( 7 ) hours and will be on the subway. Eating a Nathan’s hotdog. Dave Michaels KBUC ,KONO, KQRO, KELP
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LIZ PATRANELLA [Liz Houston – KTSA-550, KBAT-680] (Austin, TX) Subject: SoSARB Luncheon – Friday – Final Reminder! SoSARB Luncheon & Gab Fest! This Friday. April 15. Noon. Chester’s Hamburger Co. 1006 NE Loop 410 Don’t forget to bring radio days memorabilia to share. We love to see photos, hit lists, swag or any other S.A. Radio stuff! So, bring it on! I will have the SoSARB Polo Shirts that were ordered so please bring your cash payment ($20 for S-XL; $25 for 2X-5X). I also will have Lapel Pins ($12) and a few T-shirts ($15) for sale. Plus, ongoing activities and upcoming plans will be discussed such as: San Antonio Radio Hall of Fame Inductions 2016. Texas Radio Hall of Fame membership. And other stuff! And, if you haven’t already, please R.S.V.P. by reply email. (email@example.com) See you there! Liz
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DR. JEFF CUNNINGHAM [ex KXOL-1360] (Austin-Kyle, TX) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio April 08, 2016 [Friday] Issue #1501. I don’t think I ever mentioned to you that I was the Chief Engineer of WOAI in 84/85. I was hired the day they went public. One of the stupidest moves I ever made was working for that… And your recollection of their history is perfect. Jeff Cunningham, DC
TRIVIA ANSWER: On April 10, 1922 WBT-1110 Charlotte, NC begins to broadcast as the first fully licensed radio station south of Washington, D.C.
LESLIE WAYNE HODGES [ex KRCS DJ] (Lake Livingston, TX) Hi; called FCC Houston Office before they closed this office about year 2010. Federal Communication office may now only be in Dallas, when called asked about my Third Phone Federal Communication License with Broadcast endorsement to an FCC employee with twenty years in this office tell me she does not know what an FCC Third Phone With Broadcast Endorsement is, Leslie
GEORGE S. PATTON (November 11, 1885 – December 21, 1945) A civil servant is sometimes like a broken cannon — it won’t work and you can’t fire it.
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