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BLUES CITY LOSES SPORTS LEGEND At 27, George Lapides becomes sports editor and columnist of the Memphis Press-Scimitar and remains until the former afternoon newspaper’s closing in October 1983. His career as a sports journalist and sports executive spans five decades and whose knowledge of Memphis, TN sport’s history is A-1. For 10 years he is sports editor of WREG TV CH 3. On Friday morning, June 17, 2016 George Lapides passes away after a three-year battle with an in-curable lung disease.
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VIOLETTE RESIGNS BECAUSE HE IS BURNED OUT Since 2004, Mike Violette is WGAN-560 Portland, OR Morning co-host with Ken Altshuler, a local lawyer who usually takes the liberal side in on-air debates. Since June 2, 2016 Mike’s seat is vacant on the show while he rides his motorcycle and plays golf. Earlier this week, the 12-year morning personality asks to be let out of his contract with Saga Communications because he is burned out. Now that his kids are done with college he wants to see what else is out there.
IN HOUSTON, TX CO CO IS RED HOT On the day that Elvis Presley passes away (August 16, 1977) I am on my way to Houston, TX for a DJ stint on Country KIKK FM (95.7). Over the years its call letters and format changes. Charese Fruge, Vice President, Programming, CBS Radio KKHH FM (Hot 95.7) announces new line-up on Monday, June 13, 2016 with CoCo Dominquez weekdays, 3:00 – 7:00 PM. Rich Pangilinan [DJ Riddler] moves on up on KKHH FM as Music Director/Assistant Program Director. (www.hot957houston.com)
MOTOWN SPORTS SHAFTS SHORE According to a report in the Detroit News, after 15 months, Greater Media sports talk WMGC FM (Detroit Sports 105.1) Program Director and air personality Dave Shore exits. Shore, who joins WMGC FM in February 2015 as PD and becames part of the afternoon drive show with former Detroit Piston star Lindsey Hunter two months ago, was let go. Hunter remains in afternoons along with Rob Pascoe and Jake Chapman until WMGC FM locates a new programming chief.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Where is the world’s first official television advertisement broadcast? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Chuck [Boom Boom] Cannon June 20, 2016. •CUMULUS MEDIA’s Westwood One launches 24/7 Soft AC network on Monday, July 11, 2016. •DAN MCNEIL longtime Chicago, IL radio Sports/Talk host exits co-host post at Windy City Classic Rock WDRV FM (97.1) after 16-month run. •TRIBUNE’s 42 Broadcasting local stations and the national WGN America network now gone from Dish. The carriage agreement between Tribune Broadcasting’s stations and Dish expires at 6:00 pm (Central) Monday, June 13, 2016.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1957 I LOVE LUCY last airs on CBS TV on June 24th. •1962 CLAUDE KING’s Wolverton Mountain lands #1 in Billboard Country on June 30th. •1977 IRS reveals on June 24th that Jimmy Carter pays zero taxes in 1976. •1984 DOLLY PARTON and co-star Sylvester Stallone receive stars in the Hollywood Walk of Fame four days before the premiere of Rhinestone. •1992 JOHN GOTTI begins life sentence in America’s harshest Federal prison on June 24th. •2009 JASON ALDEAN’s album Wide Open turns Gold on June 24th.
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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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JIM MCCURDY [ex KORQ FM DJ, KTAB-TV news anchor] (Austin-Cedar Park, TX) Good news on Suzie Jim!! Wow, I have so many radio memories. The equipment I used was a Gates Executive board along with a RCA-77DX mic and an RCA 44-BX mic. Love those mics!! In fact, I have the original RCA 77-DX that I used when I first went on the air back in ’66. An engineer gave me the mic many years later with parts of it in a box. I had it rebuilt with all original parts by a company in Canada (they were all hand made), so it works like new. I still use it for some voice-over stuff that I do for various entities. It’s been a GREAT ride my friend! Best, Jim
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JOHN WALTON [Walton & Johnson Show] (Houston-Brookshire, TX) Now that I’m attempting to train a whole new generation of young guys who think that personality radio is Howard asking women to “show me your boobs”…they ask me how I learned to do what I do. I tell them it all started when I was youngster growing up in Sun Valley (South Houston) listening to Hudson and Harrigan on KILT…Jimmy Rabbit and Russ Knight (the weird beard) with an ear bud late at night when I was supposed to be sleeping…when I was 12 my parents divorced and my mom moved me to Oklahoma…where as luck would have it, the only radio talents I could listen to were Ken & Granny, Paxton Mills and Dave Ambrose on KLIF…and at night I got Kris Erick Stevens and John Records Landecker on the Big 89 WLS Chicago…when I got my first part time job on KOMA in OKC…Charlie Tuna had just left. I found a huge cache of his old airchecks in the production room. I still have them…so I had a lot of good influences. With the technology available today…some of the young guys are going to be pretty good. I think we can save the baby yet.
TRIVIA ANSWER: WNBT TV New York City broadcast the world’s first official television advertisement before a baseball game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies. The announcement for Bulova watches cost anywhere from $4.00 to $9.00.
JAY WALKER [CBS Radio Dallas/KJKK FM/Infinity KTSA-550/KTFM FM/Own Jay Walker Prod/Jay Walker Competitive Audio consultant 40 Plus Years In Radio] (Dallas-McKinney, TX) I’m up because my sleep schedule got messed up while fighting a bug. So I’m out here in the radio room listening to the ham radio in hopes my pal in Maine will pop up. If that fails I’ll spin the dial down to the AM band and see if there’s anything worth listening to. Not likely but there’s always hope… Jay
ARTHUR [Big Guy] CARLSON [WKRP station manager] As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!
Jim Rose and Suzie
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo
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