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DEEP KLIF-1190 VOICE SINGS HEAVEN’S PRAISES At only, 14 John Bass begins his radio career on KTBB-600 in home town Tyler, TX. He shifts to the legendary KDOK-1330 that produces top radio talent on KLIF-1190 in Dallas. On KLIF-1190 and KBOX-1480 are where John Bass exhibits his massive deep voice. From 1967 – 1977 John is a sportscaster on KLTV TV. For 36 years, John is a real estate agent. He is a member of Marvin United Methodist Church. On Saturday, July 16, 2016 John Rayford Bass passes away at 77 in Tyler.
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ROCK & ROLL QUEEN WINDS DOWN In the 1950s, Lisa Gaye appears in two of our favorite Rock and Roll movies Rock Around the Clock and Shake, Rattle, & Roll. She is born Leslie Gaye Griffin in Denver, CO on March 6, 1935. Her sister is movie star Debra Paget. Lisa has a superb career as a dancer and actress in movies plus TV shows like Get Smart, I Dream of Jeannie, Wagon Train, The Bob Cummings Show, Wild Wild West and The Flying Nun. On July 14, 2016 Leslie Gaye Griffin passes away at 81 in Houston, TX.
HAPPY DAYS GROW SAD Director Garry Marshall brings some of our favorite 1970’s TV shows. Happy Days stands the test of time. His movie Pretty Woman causes us to fall in love with Julia Roberts. Garry Marshall directs 18 films, including: Beaches, Overboard, Runaway Bride and Valentine’s Day. In 1970, he creates an ABC TV version of Neil Simon’s situation comedy The Odd Couple that stars Tony Randall and Jack Klugman. On July 19, 2016, Garry Marshall passes away of pneumonia at 81 after a stroke in Burbank, CA.
FOX NEWS CURES ITS AILES Roger Ailes, chairman and CEO of Fox News Channel reshapes TV news into a fair and balanced edition with the likes of Bill O’Reilly, Hannity, Greta Van Susteren and Justice with Judge Jeanine. Bill O’Reilly’s O’Reilly Factor remains the most-watched and top-rated program on cable news. Recent internal conflicts cause Roger Ailes to resign as Chairman of Fox News. Don’t feel sorry for Roger because his Golden Parachute totals $40 million.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What Beatles single does more than 100 US radio stations ban? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Tweed Scott July 16th. Joe Ladd July 25th. Bob Ford & Charlie Van Dyke Tuesday, July 26th. Mike Marshall Thursday, July 28, 2016. •MARK MCKAY PD of Max Media Country WGH FM (97.3 The Eagle) Norfolk, VA adds PD responsibilities of WVSP FM (ESPN 94.1). •BROOKE TAYLOR APD/midday host returns to WBTU FM (US 93.3) Fort Wayne, IN. •RUPERT MURDOCH owner of Fox News buys U.K. media giant Wireless Group patriarch over Premier League soccer broadcaster Talksport for $292.7M in cash.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1954 WALTER PAYTON Chicago Bears NFL running back born on July 25th. •1966 GEORGE DUCAS (Lipstick Promises – #9-1994) is born on August 1st in Texas City, TX. •1970 THE CARPENTERS single (They Long to Be) Close to You grabs #1 on July 25th. •1989 KEITH WHITLEY’s album Don’t Close Your Eyes goes Gold on July 25th. •1995 CHARLIE RICH Country singer (Behind Closed Doors #1-1973) dies at 62 on July 25th. •2006 JAKE OWEN’S debut album Startin’ With Me releases on RCA records on July 25th.
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FRANK HALEY [KDAZ-730 newscaster – ex KLIF-1190, KILT-610, KTRH-950, KVIL FM & KOB-770] (Albuquerque, NM) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio July 22, 2016 [Friday] Issue #1531. Did you get the word that John Bass (KDOK, KLIF) died last week? He had been in Tyler, TX for many years. He and the late Bill Young took radio production to a new level in the 60s, 70’s.
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LIZ PATRANELLA [Liz Houston – KTSA-550, KBAT-680] (Austin, TX) Subject: Bruce Hathaway Update. Hey, Everyone! Joe Mansfield, SoSARB member and 60-year friend to Bruce Hathaway, was in town this week from Tennessee and had a long visit with Bruce at the Rehab facility. Here is Joe’s report: “I spent 2 hours today with Bruce. He is at Power Back Rehab on Hamilton-Wolfe Rd. in Room 221. His phone in his room is 210 547 2581. He welcomes all calls but he is in rehab several hours a day. If the number does not answer, call back: he is in rehab. He looks good but is unable to walk without a walker. His legs are the main pain sights. We talked about the old days a lot. Please Pray for Bruce.” Thanks, Joe, for the update. As mentioned before, probably the best time to call Bruce is late afternoon or early evening, as his rehab is during the morning and mid-day hours. Liz
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JEROME DAVIS [ex KLTV, KDOK, KEEE, KMHT, KRLD-1080, KFJZ-1270 & WBAP-820] (Dallas-Colleyville, TX) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers RadioJuly 08, 2016 [Friday] Issue #1527. Yes, his (Tony Bridge) wife is Joann and lives in Fort Worth. They have a son, James Martin who is an attorney and a daughter Victoria. I don’t know about grandchildren. Now you give me some new info. I did not know Larry James came through KFJZ. I passed through there in 1963. Jerome
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JAY WEAVER [KLBK-1360/KCUL-1540/KPCN-730/KBUY-1540] (DFW-Hurst, TX) Subject: KPCN Reunion. Hi Jim – I’d love to go to a KPCN Reunion. Just wondering how many KPCNers are left. Austin probably would be the best spot when you consider that several may have to come further than you would have to come. It’s pretty much centrally located to most of the state. I’m here in Fort Worth and it’s a day trip to Austin plus a hotel room most likely. Waco would be better for me, but not better for you. Jay Weaver
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TRIVIA ANSWER: On July 13, 1969, more than 100 US radio stations ban The Beatles‘ new single The Balled Of John and Yoko because the line Christ, you know it ain’t easy is sacrilegious.
JIM MCCURDY [ex KORQ FM DJ, KTAB-TV news anchor] (Austin-Cedar Park, TX) I understand! We were involved in radio when it was really personality radio and local, not the canned stuff we hear today and the satellite influx. I miss those days and glad I’m not involved in the new world of broadcasting today.
PAUL HARVEY (September 4, 1918 – February 28, 2009) Stay tuned for the rest of the story.
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