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NEWS STAR GLOWS DIM Denise Bohn Stewart survives breast cancer only to have her precious life taken from her in a violent ending. Denise Bohn is co-host of the Denise & Jonny in the Morning on Hot AC WCXT FM (98.3 the Coast) Hartford, MI and anchor of WSJM FM (94.9) Benton Harbor, MI News/Talk Week in Review newscast. Early Tuesday, April 19, 2016 one of Denise’s three children find her lifeless inside her home in the 3100 block of Wyndwicke Drive south in St. Joseph, MI.
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NEBRASKA BROADCASTER’S CAREER ENDS Mark Ahmann’s first radio position is in Pontiac, MI. He becomes News/Sports on KCIM-1380 in Carroll, IA. In 1959, Ahmann shifts to Sports Director of KTIV TV CH 4 in Sioux City. In 1963, he breezes in as Sports Director of WJIM Radio and TV in Lansing. Ahmann moves back to Sioux City on KMEG TV. From 1972-1980, he hosts KOLN/KGIN’s Friday Night Sports Roundup. In the early 1980’s he manages KAMI-1580 in Cozad, NE. In 1986, he is Sports Director of KCAU TV CH 9 in Sioux City. He is GM of KTCH FM (104.9) Wayne, NB. Ahmann inducts into four separate Nebraska Sports Hall of Fame. On Thursday, April 14, 2016 Mark Ahmann passes away at 83.
R.I.P. AL JAZEERA AMERICA In January 2013, Al Jazeera Media Network buys Current TV from former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. Al Jazeera cable TV channel owner is the ruling family of Qatar as an Arabic news and current affairs satellite TV channel with an anti-Western bias. On August 20, 2013 Al Jazeera launches an American news channel. But it only averages 28,000 viewers at any time. On January 13, 2016, Al Jazeera America CEO Al Anstey announces that the Al Jazeera network will cease operations on April 12, 2016.
JAGGER IS OUT ATOM SMASHER IS IN From 1998 to 2006, The Jagger Show heads the KDGE FM (102.1 The Edge) Dallas, TX lineup. After CBS Hot Talk KLLI FM (105.3) and Sports KRLD FM (105.3 The Fan), Jagger returns to iHeart to co-host mornings on Hot AC KDMX FM (Now 102.9) from May 2012 until the end of 2013, when he moves back to KDGE FM. Atom Smasher exits KRBE FM (104.1) Houston, TX after 8 years, takes over mornings on KDGE FM with The Atom Smasher Show beginning Monday, May 2, 2016.
TRIVIA QUESTION: When does the first solar powered radio go on sale? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Ernie Phillips and Laurie Kendrick Friday, April 22, 2016. •MIKE SCOTT exits Krol Communications Classic Rock WRSR (103.9 The Fox) Flint, MI as newly named OM of Midwest Communications’ four-station cluster in Lansing, MI: Rock WJXQ FM (Q106), Classic Hits WLMI FM (92.9), Classic Country WWDK FM (94.1 Duke FM) and Sports WQTX FM (92.1 The Team). •LISA ADAMS new PD of Hubbard KLCK FM Seattle, WA in August 2014 available for next radio adventure at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1955 CONGRESS orders all U.S. coins bear motto In God We Trust on April 22nd. •1961 FARON YOUNG’s version of Willie Nelson-written Hello Walls grabs #1 in Billboard Country on May 8th. •1979 MICK JAGGAR & Keith Richards give a benefit concert in Canada on April 22nd. •1986 THE JUDDS’ Why Not Me is their first Platinum album on April 25th. •1994 RICHARD M. NIXON American President dies on April 22nd. •2003 SHANIA TWAIN’s video Forever And For Always debuts on CMT on April 26th.
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RAY GARRETT [ex Active Rock/Classic Rock WZZL FM, Oldies & AC WCMT-1410, WCDZ FM, Classic Rock WJZK FM] (Apache, OK) Am I insane for wishing radio would return to the way it was before corporations ruined it? I’ve seen so many of us sidelined, many permanently due to that little “Blackball” placed on their names. Or they may move to a new state, take a job with a company, which has no idea what they’re doing. Only to change and send everyone packing. Radio isn’t FUN anymore. Listeners enjoy hearing themselves on air. Especially during request shows. Yet these Voice Trackers try to “pretend” their way through a request show by lying and saying “Hey this one was requested by David”. Yet no one named David ever called. They were told by the Higher Ups to “Fake It”, on the request shows. To me, that is lying. If money weren’t an issue, I’d throw something on air, and blow those corporate lazy guys out of the water. Many may think it’s a pipe dream. But seriously, we have ALL thought the same thing. Didn’t we?
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JIM MCCURDY [KRBC-1470; KNIT-1280; KORQ/ KTLC-100.7; KRBC-TV News Anchor; KTAB-TV news anchor] (Austin-Cedar Park, TX) Hey Jim, I wanted to pass along that my friend and radio legend in Galveston Vandy Anderson passed away on April 16th. He was “the Voice of Galveston” and revered by everyone who knew him. Vandy started his radio career when he was 14 years old. He was a multi talented individual who touched the lives of many, including yours truly. I was blessed in being able to recommend him to become a member of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame, and was admitted as a member in 2014. Vandy will be missed and the “Voice of Galveston” is now silent, but the memories of this wonderful guy will live on!! Best, Jim McCurdy
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BILL CHERRY [Realtor, In late 1950s Music ’til Dawn host on WWL-870] (Dallas, TX) Vandy Anderson’s Official Obituary. (www.galvnews.com/news/free/article_45af0808-2b58-5e92-bc9e-6180046b9c36.html) The stories he could tell. And how he loved telling them. Vandy began his radio career at age 12, when he built his own transmitter to broadcast news in his neighborhood. Over the years he worked for KILE radio in Galveston and KNUZ and KILT in Houston, and he was once a TV news anchor in Abilene, Texas. He joined KGBC radio as an announcer and newscaster, eventually becoming manager and owner during 34 years with the station.
TRIVIA ANSWER: On April 16 1956 the first solar powered radio goes on sale.
CHARLES GEORGE [KC5RAI – ex KCHU FM] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Phonetics. I find I am dealing with hearing loss. Often certain voices I can hear but not make out what they say. Like for some reason weak radio stations often are easier to copy. I have noticed a station on 1300 in Spanish at night. But not sure where they are located. I wish companies could only own 7 stations and only one per market. But so much talent is gone, so might not get radio To Be Great Again. It takes more than a catchy slogan to gain and keep listeners. Charles George, KC5RAI
MATTIE STEPANEK (July 17, 1990 – June 22, 2004) Even though the future seems far away, it is actually beginning right now.
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