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EL METZO’S LAST BROADCAST According to the Courier-Journal and former colleagues Wayne Perkey and Terry Meiners, a pioneer in Louisville, KY broadcasting longtime host of Metz Here Talk show on WHAS-840, Milton Metz, passes away at 95 on Thursday, January 12, 2017. In 1946, El Metzo, as listeners know him, begins on WHAS-840. On July 30, 1959, Metz Here debuts as phone number title Juniper 5-2385 and runs to June 10, 1993. Meiners remembers: On or off the air, Milton was first and foremost a gentleman.
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BECKEL RETURNS TO THE FIVE In 2000, Bob Beckel joins FOX News as a contributor to dish out his political dysentery. In 2011, the not too bashful Bob rejoins FOX News as one of the originating co-hosts of The Five. In 2015, Beckel briefly joins CNN as a commentator. Bob is also a columnist for USA Today. Bob Beckel returns as co-host of FOX News’ popular roundtable discussion show The Five. At 5 pm Monday, January 16, 2017 Beckel reunites with co-hosts Eric Bolling, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Greg Gutfeld and Dana Perino.
THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH SHUTS DOWN One of our number one attractions is to go to the circus. Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is The Greatest Show on Earth. After 146 years, the curtain comas down on The Greatest Show on Earth. Ringling Brothers Circus owner tells The Associated Press that the show closes forever in May 2017. Company executives sigh: Declining attendance, high operating costs, changing public tastes plus battles with animal rights groups causes the circus curtain to come down.
THE BIG 86 FLIPS ITS SPORTS TO OLDIES In the 1960s and 70s, KONO-860 is one of the legendary Top 40s in the San Antonio, TX radio market with top air personalities Johnny Shannon, Nick St John and Rod Tanner. In the late 1980s, KONO-860 flips from Top 40 to Oldies. In 1991, KONO-860 simulcasts KONO FM (101.1). In January 2014, KONO-860 stops FM simulcast and flips to Sports format. At 6pm Friday, January 13, 2017 The Greatest Hits of the 60’s and 70’s are back on Cox Media Group KONO-860.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Which Rock tune hits #1 in two separate years? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•KDSP-760 Sports Denver, CO debuts new line-up Ed McCaffrey and Andy Lindahl weekdays from 10am-1pm and new local show hosted by Mike Rice from 1-3pm. •BEN DARNELL is new PD of iHeartMedia ESPN WUCS FM (97.9) & WPOP-1410 (News Radio) Hartford, CT and News/Talk WELI-960 & ESPN WAVZ-1300 New Haven, CT. •SUPER WAVES, LLC sells unbuilt WLZT FM (94.1) Worthington, IN with a December 19, 2011 construction permit for $70,000 to Mid-America Radio Group.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1956 BUDDY HOLLY records Blue Days Black Nights in Nashville, TN on January 20th. •1963 TRAVIS TRITT Southern Rock & Country singer born on February 9th in Marietta, GA. •1974 4TH NFL PRO BOWL AFC beats NFC 15-13 on January 20th. •1989 LEE GREENWOOD sings God Bless The U.S.A. on January 18th at opening inaugural ceremonies for President George H.W. Bush. •1997 COMET HALE-BOPP crosses Mars’ orbit on January 20th. •2006 JOSH TURNER’s album Your Man releases on MCA records on January 24th.
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JOANIE GREEN [KPRC TV CH 2, KZEW FM, KFWD FM, KNOK FM, KAUM FM, KILT FM, KNUZ-1230, Metro Traffic, Houston Taping for the Blind] (Tulsa, OK) Hi Jim, I did tons of free lance radio commercials, some of the clients include University of Texas Medical Branch, Rosewood Hospital, Bridal Extravaganza, Russell & Smith Toyota, Dr. John Gray, bunches more. I was a part of Houston’s Gridiron, the annual scholarship fundraiser they would do each year. I wrote and acted in it; one year, was its talent, writer, annnnnnd producer; and I was a part of that for 17 years singing, dancing and bein’ silly to raise scholarship money for journalism students. I have done that in Tulsa for the last 3 years…in fact, we’re gearing up for 2017’s performance. Yikes! Already! I’m an editor for The American Society of Dowsers’ quarterly international publication ~ in fact, just sent off my latest edits to them today. While in Houston, I was the writer and editor of my neighborhood’s monthly newsletter, “The Park Bench” which was distributed to each home. Take care and talk with you soon. Joan
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JACK PARNELL [ex PD/DJ WHBQ-560] (Memphis, TN) Afternoon Jim: My Shirley was named for Shirley Temple. She’s very short and very petite. She and i dated for about 3 years in high school, and when we graduated, we waited about 2 months and married. I was already in radio when we married…on the local station in our hometown of Milan, TN. We moved to Jackson, TN after having been married about 5 months, where I worked at WDXI Radio & TV. Then Wink Martindale called and asked if I’d be interested in moving to WHBQ, which was the top Memphis station. We did move of course, and when Wink left for the great move to L.A., I did the morning show, later became Program Director. As you probably know, Wink and I are still very close friends and stay in close touch. So there we are…Shirley and I were married 60 years this past August, and have lived in Memphis 58 years this past June. JP
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BILL CHERRY [Realtor, In late 1950s Music ’til Dawn host on WWL-870] (Houston, TX) Jim, I’m hopeful that the new focus on the FCC ‘s relationship with Internet and cable service is going to make things much better. Sent. McCaskill is having hearings Bill
TRIVIA ANSWER: On January 13, 1962 Chubby Checker’s The Twist lands at Number 1 again, over a year after it first reaches the top spot on the charts. The only other song ever to hit Number 1 in two separate years is Bing Crosby’s White Christmas. (https://youtu.be/NJ0cHsGBjDU)
CHARLES GEORGE [KC5RAI – ex KCHU FM] (Dallas, TX) I still think it is interesting that Ralph Yarborough defeated Gordon McLendon in the Democratic Primary, and George Bush in the General Election. I was too young to Vote, but helped by monitoring certain stations for the campaign. I think a subscriber of yours may have worked at KLIF and had ideas about this and the Fairness Doctrine, which since has gone by the wayside. I hate the terms Liberal and Conservative when used for emotional appeal than dealing with the issues. I had an English Professor at SFA give this a definition about a Romantic and a Sentimentalist: A Romantic thinks about the next Kiss, A Sentimentalist the last Kiss. Now I think it is time to put on some Floyd Cramer. His music is Country but easily fits in Easy Listening, not sure if he is still around performing.
ELISHA CUTHBERT (November 30, 1982 – p) There’s nothing more romantic than Italian food.
Jim Rose and Suzie
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo
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