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TX RODEO ANNOUNCER PERMANENTLY RETIRES In 1999, bareback bronc and bull rider, Hadley Barrett, inducts into the Rodeo Hall of Fame. For 28 years, Hadley announces the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. He plays a role in the 1994 movie 8 Seconds, with star Luke Perry. Recently, Barrett tells rodeo officials: Of all the years I’ve been announcing, that San Antonio Finals was the best rodeo I ever announced. On Thursday, March 2, 2017, Hadley Barrett passes away in Colorado.
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ALAMO CITY WATCHDOG LOSES HEART On Friday, February 24, 2017, one of the first Latino anchors on San Antonio, TX TV, Dan Garcia, passes away at 65 of congestive heart failure. From 1983 to 1994, Garcia is morning anchor on local NBC affiliate, then KMOL TV, now WOAI TV CH 4, before he heads to Houston for a consumer reporting job on KHOU TV. An easygoing but relentless local watchdog, Dan Garcia is known best for his tireless reporting on WOAI TV’s consumer segment, Call Four.
WAR OF THE WORLDS RETURNS In 1953, a Paramount movie, The War of the Worlds, retells the 1897 H. G. Wells novel about Martians who invade Earth. Around 12:15 pm on Wednesday March 1, 2017 WZZY FM (98.3) in Winchester, IN and sister stations in Richmond are hacked with false emergency bulletins and Emergency tones about a health emergency disease outbreak. Randolph County Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) takes the radio stations off the air until they control the false warnings.
EMMIS DUMPS ITS MAGAZINES Emmis Chairman & CEO Jeff Smulyan says: It is always difficult to make a decision to sell. On October 13, 2016, Indianapolis-based Emmis sells Texas Monthly. Radio syndicator Emmis Communications auctions off Los Angeles magazine and two other regional titles. Detroit-based Hour Media pays $6.5 million for 4 Emmis magazines in Atlanta, Cincinnati and Los Angeles, including Orange Coast magazine. On Wednesday, March 1, 2017, Los Angeles Magazine lays off a half-dozen staff members.
TRIVIA QUESTION: When do 45 RPM singles outsell 78s for the first time? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Billy Thorman & Ramon Martinez March 6, 2017. •NATHAN FAST Night Maniac on KHTS FM (93.3) San Diego, CA & KIIS FM (102.7) Los Angeles weekend host moves on up to AM Drive on CBS Radio Top 40 KVIL FM (103.7) Dallas, TX. •MIKE WALDEN USC play-by-play voice from 1966-72 and UCLA sports broadcaster for 18 years, also sports reporter on WBBM-780 Chicago, IL for two years (1964-66) passes away at 89 from complications of an earlier stroke in Tarzana, CA on Sunday, February 12, 2017.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1959 TOM ARNOLD actor (True Lies – 1994, McHale’s Navy – 1997, Happy Endings – 2005) born on March 6th in Ottumwa, IA. •1960 ELVIS PRESLEY discharges from the Army on March 5th. •1970 WILLIAM HOPPER actor Paul Drake in Perry Mason dies at 55 on March 6th. •1983 COUNTRY MUSIC TELEVISION (CMT) cable TV channel debuts on March 6th. •1994 MOSES ROSCOE Blues singer dies at 77 on March 6th in Lebanon, PA. •2011 SARA EVANS album Stronger releases on RCA records on March 8th.
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JACK PARNELL [ex WHBQ-Memphis DJ and PD] (Memphis, TN) Subject: NBC hits 90 years. Jim: I didn’t realize it’s been 90 years since NBC Radio grabbed the airwaves and ran with them. I noticed you mentioned “Laugh In” also; that was the series that i helped launch the still hot “Saturday Night Live”. Quite a few years ago, having watched the launch episode of “Laugh-In”, I happened to see the credits and guess who was one of their writers? Yep-Lorne Michaels. I knew then that “Laugh-In” was the stepping stone for SNL. At the time I saw that, my son, Chris Parnell was one of the SNL stars, so I called him and told him what I believed to be true. Later, I saw an interview with Lorne, and he laid it all out…how he used his experience as a writer to build into SNL, and he came up with a way to use SNL to be as up to date, even sometimes within just a few hours, as possible. He’s still an amazing guy! BTW, Chris was on SNL for 8 years; he now lives in L.A. and is doing movies, voicing animated shows, commercials, and will soon be a regular on ABC TV. Jack Parnell–former WHBQ-Memphis dj and pd.
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KAREN MAXWELL [Chet’s daughter] (San Antonio, TX) Subject: Chester Maxwell my Dad Passes. Hi Mr. Rose, I have some bad news my father passed on this February 14, 2017. This was pretty sudden and we had had a fun family weekend. I was going thru his papers and he asked me to email this to you so I have no papers attached to the note so I am thinking it is this information that I have attached with his picture. I was looking at his Facebook and saw your name and how you post San Antonio history. He had mentioned that he wrote a story of I think it was Crossroads Mall. I will have to look at the documents on his computer to find it. His mind was always sharp and his memory was full of stories and names. He loved San Antonio and all its history. Please keep in touch, my heart is broken and my life will never be the same with him not here. Thank you, for being his friend!, Karen Maxwell- NNA Compliant Realtor- Trend Setter Realty
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JOANIE GREEN [KPRC TV CH 2, KZEW FM, KFWD FM, KNOK FM, KAUM FM, KILT FM, KNUZ-1230, Houston Taping for the Blind] (Tulsa, OK) Subject: JG Background Stuff. Hi Jim, Well, this is sort of bloated, but here goes…my love for radio started early. In the mid-50’s, our family got a German Saba radio. It had AM, FM, Long wave and Short wave radio bands. It had an automatic search feature to find stations, the sound was in stereo and I played with it daily listening to stations all over the world. I was about 7ish when I pointed to that radio and said to our Saba, “I’m gonna do that!” I meant it and was blessed enough to be able to do it for 40 years. Take care and talk with you soon. Joan
CHARLES GEORGE [KC5RAI – ex KCHU FM] (Dallas, TX) I find I am listening less to the radio. But part of that is because the songs I like I already have in most cases. And those I don’t I can usually fake on my guitar by finding the words and chords using Google. I do not have Cable since my antenna from RCA is more than enough for me. Besides I like Radio better than TV. 73, Charles, KC5RAI
TRIVIA ANSWER: RCA introduces the first 45 RPM single on March 31, 1949. On February 26, 1955, Billboard magazine reports that 45 RPM singles outsell 78s for the first time.
ALLAN PECK [ex Peck & Penny KBOX-1480] (Dallas, TX) That goes back several years. I don’t remember how I found your newsletter, however, I’ve been reading it for some time now, and enjoy it too. Allan
WINSTON S. CHURCHILL (November 30, 1874 – January 24, 1965) History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
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