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WILD WEST LAWMAN BUCKLES UNDER From September 6, 1955 to June 27, 1961 we get excited as the words brave, courageous and bold introduce Hugh O’Brian as Marshal Wyatt Earp and his Buntline Special extended barrel six shooter in The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp on ABC TV. He is born Hugh Charles Krampe on April 19, 1925 in Rochester, NY. In 2006, he marries for the first time at 81 his enduring girlfriend Virginia Barber. On Monday, September 5, 2016 Hugh O’Brian passes away at 91 in his Beverly Hills, CA home.
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ROCK SINGER ENDS IT ALL Do you remember Sugarloaf’s Green Eyed Lady in 1970? In 1974, Jerry Corbetta and Sugarloaf knock CBS Records, which turns them down, with Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You (#9). From 1980-84, Jerry sings in Frankie Valli’s Four Seasons group. Corbetta spends the 1990s and early 2000s as part of Oldies package tours. In 2009, he learns that he has Pick’s disease, which slowly destroys the nerve cells in the brain like Alzheimer’s. On September 16, 2016 Jerry Corbetta passes at 68 in Denver, CO.
FOX NEWS IN FOR MAJOR CHANGES Three FOX primetime hosts all have exit clauses in their contracts if Roger Ailes is no longer at FOX. Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly and Greta Van Susteren have exit clauses. Megyn Kelly’s contract expires in 2017, but she is more in love with herself than news reports. Bill O’Reilly may elect to retire while he is still on top. We miss Greta Van Susteren very much. We also believe there is more to it than a financial dispute between FOX and Greta. What do you think? Only The Shadow knows.
WINDY CITY RADIO GIVES WARM COATS TO KIDS With the official start of autumn only a few days away, colder weather is just around the corner for Chicago, IL residents. WMBI FM (90.1) Moody Radio Chicago partners with Operation Warm and The Chapel in Lake Zurich, IL to collect new winter coats for Chicago area kids in need. WMBI FM provides a Team 90.1 FM Moody Radio Chicago donation page at https://give.operationwarm.org/fundraise/team?ftid=82405.
TRIVIA QUESTION: When does Cumulus Media buy Citadel Broadcasting? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Grant Merrill September 23, 2016. •CODY BLACK who begins part-time in 2010 at Cox Media Group Jacksonville, FL moves on up to Promotions in 2012 toils in WXXJ FM Programming since July 2015 graduates to Director of Branding and Programming for Alternative WXXJ FM (102.9) and Classic Hits WJGL FM (96.9 The Eagle). •WDRV FM (97.1 The Drive) Chicago, IL in the John Hancock Center since 2001 joins Hubbard sister-stations WTMX FM (101.9 The Mix) and WSHE FM (100.3) in the Prudential Building.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1952 1ST CLOSED CIRCUIT pay-TV telecast of sports event on September 23rd. •1967 KAREN FAIRCHILD founding member of Little Big Town is born on September 28th in Gary, IN. •1976 GERALD FORD-JIMMY CARTER TV debate on September 23rd. •1989 THE JUDDS’ Let Me Tell You About Love lands at #1 in Billboard Country on September 30th. •1990 SADDAM HUSSEIN says he will destroy Israel on September 23rd. •2002 TOBY KEITH’s video Who’s Your Daddy? premieres on CMT on September 20th.
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ED MILLER [former OM KPCN-730] (Austin, TX) Subject: (email to Bill Bragg) KPCN-730 Reunion. It could have been me you saw, but I don’t really know. I was deeply involved in building the KPCN remote broadcast trailer (using my skills as a drag racer), and went with it to numerous live broadcasts, far too many over the years for me to remember which one when and where. Still waiting to hear back from Brad Wilson and The Big R on a date that fits with their lives for the Reunion. Whenever that blessed date is announced, you’ll hear it here first, on the Big 7-30. ~Ed
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BILL BRAGG [ex KPCN-730 DJ] (Dallas-Richardson, TX) Subject: (email to Ed Miller) KPCN-730 Reunion. Hey Ed! Your last E-mail cleared up a lot of things for me! Thanks! It is so sad to hear about Jim Newton! I would never have dreamed that he was not still on the Air somewhere at the time of his death! Joe Poovey was my hero, and I was so glad I got to talk to him and tell him about my success with www.yesterdayusa.com (before he passed away)! I now have over 50 volunteers (including Ronnie Milsap, Milt Larsen (Owner of The Magic Castle in Hollywood) and Richard Sherman (who with his brother wrote most of the great Disney Songs)! Ronnie has been doing his Show for me for over 15 years; and I am sure my collection of Old Time Radio Shows is one of the largest in the world! We started out on C-Band Satellite and after 30 plus years of 24/7 operation; we are still going strong on the Internet! Bill Bragg 47 years in Radio & TV Broadcasting; The Voice of BIG TEX 2002-2012 The State Fair of Texas (www.billbragg.com) / (www.yesterdayusa.com)
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JACK PARNELL [ex WHBQ-560 PD/DJ] (Memphis, TN) Subject: Johnny Dark. You scared me with the news of Johnny Dark’s passing! I didn’t know that one, but the original Johnny Dark, nee John Dorrity lives here in Memphis. He too worked in many many stations around the country, and was also extremely popular. He’s from Jackson, TN. and worked at WMPS here in Memphis for quite a spell. He later became a weather man at a local Memphis TV station, and became very popular in that position too. He was inducted into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame last year. He’s had many health problem in recent years, still has that great voice, and when he and I get together, we love to talk the good radio days, like Wink Martindale and I often do about our disk jockey days together at WHBQ. Jack Parnell-former DJ/Program Director–WHBQ Memphis.
TRIVIA ANSWER: On September 16, 2011, Cumulus purchases Citadel’s 225 radio stations in over 50 markets for $2.5 billion. To focus on large market consolidation, plus reduce their debt, Cumulus and Townsquare Media swap 65 radio stations in 13 markets, with a majority of them going to Townsquare.
GARY DELAUNE [KYTY-810 – ex KLIF-1190-CH 5 KENS TV] (San Antonio, TX) Subject: Cabana Motor Hotel. Jim; You always hate to see a part of history disappear into the modern world but I guess it was inevitable. They should have brought Raquel Welch back as a cocktail waitress. I am ashamed to admit it but Joe Long told me to go to La Cabana to cover a singing group from England. I remember so many hundreds of kids I think they pushed out one of the big windows in front. I didn’t know who the Beatles were. I guess I was an unaware news guy who didn’t pay that much attention to the music. GD (www.garydnews.com)
LESLIE WAYNE HODGES [ex KRCS DJ] (Lake Livingston-Coldspring, TX) Subject: Jim Pruett KLOL. Mark (Stevens) and Jim (Pruett), I called them at KLOL after 10 one morning in 1999 and they over the phone for thirty minutes Cut promos for AM 1090 in Bellville and when they are in Bellville they admit it, they listen to AM 1090 KNUZ Bellville.
ROBERT REDFORD (August 18, 1936 – p) Radio, newspapers, they were normal parts of my life.
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