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ALAMO CITY RADIO LEGEND DEPARTS Golden age of Top 40 radio loses a legend. For decades, Alamo City teens thrill at Bruce Hathaway’s words on KTSA-550 and KONO-860. In 1968, when I first meet the towering Bruce Hathaway, his jet black hair and ebony Abraham Lincoln beard are instantly recognizable. Always a gentleman, Bruce has a Talk show on KYTY-810 with another radio-TV legend Gary DeLaune. On Friday, January 27, 2017 Bruce Hathaway passes away at 78 from a heart attack at Metropolitan Methodist Hospital.
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TV’S TOP DETECTIVE SOLVES FINAL CASE From 1967 to 1975, one of the highest-paid actors in American television, Mike Connors, stars as Mannix for eight seasons on CBS TV. A week ago, Mike Connors talent agent, Frank Gilardi, confirms to Reuters the Variety report that he has leukemia. On Thursday, January 26, 2017, the former college basketball player and B-movie actor who finds stardom on television in the title role in the popular, long-running private eye series Mannix passes away at 91 in Los Angeles, CA.
IS IT 9 OR 10 AM FOR MEGYN? According to USA Today, Megyn Kelly, who exits Fox News in January 2017 to join NBC in May in her new morning show this fall, NBC News remains undecided. Will Kelly go on at 9 am ET/PT to catwalk the pontoon between the first two hours of Today and the lighter fourth hour with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford, or at 10 am where Kotb and Gifford moves an hour earlier? The current 9 am hour with Al Roker and Tamron Hall vanishes in fall 2017, but both remain at NBC.
CUMULUS ABOUT TO TAKE A DIVE Cumulus Media restructures parts of its $2.4 billion debt with a ‘stock-for-debt’ swap. Cumulus says bankruptcy is an option if bondholders don’t go along. In December 2016, Cumulus offers to ‘swap’ up to 14.6 million shares of stock for $610 million debt. Cumulus’ shares currently trade at about $1. In late December 2016, Cumulus pays off a portion of $28.7 million debt at a 30% discount. That extinct debt is a small portion of its $1.8 billion in total debt bound by its assets.
TRIVIA QUESTION: When does Elvis Presley make his first appearance on national television? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! John Steel February 1, 2017. •CANTORE + WOODS (Steve Woods & Chris Cantore) no longer 6-9 am on Entercom Alternative Rock KBZT FM (94.9) San Diego, CA. •JACK VINCENT San Diego, CA radio legend on KCBQ-1170 from the 1950s and 1960s passes Away at 99 on Sunday morning, January 29, 2017. •CUMULUS MEDIA Salt Lake City, UT flips its 17-month-old Classic Hip Hop KENZ FM (94.9 The Vibe) to Power 94.9, Utah’s New Hit Music Top 40 under PD Rick Vaughn.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1952 DRAGNET with Jack Webb premieres on NBC TV on February 3rd. •1962 CLINT BLACK born in Long Branch, NJ but raised in Houston, TX earns CMA’s 1989 Horizon award on February 4th. •1977 APPLE COMPUTERS incorporate on February 3rd. •1982 JESSICA HARP member of The Wreckers born on February 3rd in Kansas City, MO. •1995 BYRON MACGREGOR newscaster dies at 46 on February 3rd. •2008 CARRIE UNDERWOOD’s video All-American Girl premieres on CMT on January 31st.
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LIZ PATRANELLA [Liz Houston – KTSA-550, KBAT-680] (Austin, TX) Subject: Sad News — Bruce Hathaway Passes. I’m so sorry to tell you all that I received a call from Roger Allen early this morning to tell me that our beloved friend Bruce Hathaway passed away last night. We all have fond memories of this dear man and we will miss him terribly. At this moment, I am so sad that I just don’t have the words to say more. Roger will keep me informed of the arrangements and I will let you know. Say a prayer today for Bruce, his family, and his legion of friends. This message from Bruce’s family: We want to thank everyone for all your kind words, dad loved each and everyone one of you with his whole heart, you were his everything, his world. Funeral arrangements: Visitation @ Porter Loring Mortuary North, 2102 N Loop 1604 E, Wednesday from 6 – 8 pm. Coker United Methodist Church 231 E North Loop Rd, Thursday @ 10 am. The burial will be a private ceremony. Again, thank you. Liz
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BETTY KIRKPATRICK [former girlfriend] (San Antonio, TX) Dear Jim, Our friend Bruce Hathaway passed away last evening at the Metropolitan Hospital in SA. I was with his daughter Cher there until her brother arrived from his ranch south of SA. Bruce had suffered a lot for months being in skilled care due to complications of diabetes. Bruce was a good friend to many. He and Blanquita Cullem had a morning show on Dave Phillips No Bull Radio which covered all the small towns south of SA. I pick it up on the computer. It is a sunny day here so I will be taking my Shih Tzu Chulo for a walk in the park. I hope you and Suzy are in good health and happy as one can be. BKKirkpatrick.Realtor 1st State Realty.
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GARY DELAUNE [KYTY-810 – ex KLIF-1190-CH 5 KENS TV] (San Antonio, TX) Subject: Bruce’s Funeral Arrangements. Also, after the service at Coker, everyone is invited to visit La Hacienda on Redland Road.. (Louis Barrios’ place) for lunch. I told him everyone would arrive about noon-12:30…Gary D. (www.garydnews.com)
DR. JEFF CUNNINGHAM [ex KXOL-1360] (Austin-Kyle, TX) Subject: Bruce Hathaway. I don’t know if you got word that Bruce passed on. Here is the link. http://m.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Legendary-S-A-radio-personality-Bruce-Hathaway-10891162.php Jeff Cunningham (www.zoesplaceclinic.com) / (www.myspace.com/drjeffcunningham)
TRIVIA ANSWER: On January 28, 1956 Elvis Presley’s first appearance on national television is on The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show on CBS to sing Blue Suede Shoes and Heartbreak Hotel. Sales of Heartbreak Hotel soar; however the national Elvis hysteria does not erupt until his later appearances on the Milton Berle and Steve Allen TV shows.
CHUCK DUNAWAY [ex WABC-770, WKY-930, KILT-610, KLIF-1190] (Houston-Katy, TX) Subject: Chuck F.Y.I. – Herb Oscar Anderson, WABC dj from 1960-1968 has passed away at 88. Herb was one of the original seven at WABC (as was I)…good friend and a wonderful human being… Chuck – DJ Master Control History of the great days of radio in photos. Enjoy! (http://www.djmastercontrol.com/) Herb Oscar Anderson, WABC dj from 1960-1968 has passed away at 88…this from his FB page…Herb Oscar Anderson (http://stumptownblogger.typepad.com/.a/6a010536b86d36970c01bb0972ecd9970d-pi) “Hello Again”…This is Herb’s son John, I wanted to let you know that Dad passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family this morning at 9:50 am at South Western Vermont Medical Center. I can tell you that he loved all of you and really appreciated the time he spent with you on the radio and FB. Dad appreciated the honor of being able to entertain you and be part of your family, throughout the years. His wife Terry and family send you their love. Thank you for all your support. My father requested in lieu of flowers please donate to: Voice of a Vet PO Box 558 Hoosick Falls NY 12090 in his memory. As Dad would close out his show “here’s my best to you” John, and Family.
MICKEY MANTLE (October 20, 1931 – August 13, 1995) If I had known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself!
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