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WE ARE FAMILY LOSES SISTER In 1971, Philadelphia-born Joni Sledge, along with sisters Debbie, Kim and Kathy form R&B-Soul group Sister Sledge. Released on March 18, 1979, the song We Are Family by Sister Sledge written by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers reaches #2 and becomes an international hit. In 2015, Sister Sledge performs for Pope Francis when he visits Philadelphia. On Friday, March 10, 2017 Joni Sledge passes away at 60 in her home in Phoenix, AZ.
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GAME OVER, MAN. GAME OVER! Movie actor Bill Paxton, whose film credits include Twister, Apollo 13 and Aliens passes away at 61 of surgery complications. An 8-year-old Paxton watches JFK address a crowd outside the hotel where he stays in Dallas, TX on the day of JFK’s assassination. In Aliens, as Private Hudson, he sighs: That’s it, man. Game over, man. Game over! Bill’s dad, John, plays the butler in all three Spider-Man films. Bill Paxton leaves behind his second wife of 30-years Louise Newbury.
KINGS SPORTS VOICE RETIRES According to KTLA TV CH 5, the 78 year old Bob Miller in his 44th season calling Los Angeles Kings hockey games has to cut back on his schedule after he undergoes quadruple bypass surgery in early 2016. But even his downsized duties are too much. To safeguard his health, Hockey Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Miller’s doctors advise him to make a rash decision to give up his microphone. Miller says that he wants to do the Kings’ final games this season, April 8 and April 9, and that will be it.
ENTERCOM LOSES ITS EYE With its acquisition of CBS Radio, which becomes official in late 2017, Entercom becomes America’s second-largest radio station owner. But, no Entercom-owned former CBS Radio station will be able to use the CBS Eye logo anywhere. This ownership change might possibly force radio stations that share call letters with CBS Television stations to change their call letters. Will WBBM-780 & WBBM FM (96.3) Chicago, IL have to flip their historic call letters after the Entercom takeover?
TRIVIA QUESTION: When does President Franklin Delano Roosevelt broadcast his first presidential address to the nation? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Beverly Bremers [Don’t Say You Don’t Remember #15-1972] March 10th. Paul Overstreet [Forever and Ever, Amen #1-1987] March 17th. Patti Lowery March 19, 2016. •KAYTIE FAJFAR exits Mid-West Family Active Rock WQLZ FM (97.7) Springfield, IL as new mid-day host on Woodward Radio Group WZOR FM (Razor 94.7) also digital coordinator for both Razor and WAPL FM (105.7) beginning at the end of March 2017. •JACKSON BLUE is new morning show co-host on Beasley Country WKLB (102.5) Boston, MA.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1953 WBAY TV CBS CH 2 in Green Bay, WI begins broadcasting on March 17th. •1968 TOM T. HALL marries his Miss Dixie Dixie Deen on March 19th. •1972 RINGO STARR releases Back off Bugaloo in UK on March 17th. •1985 KRIS KRISTOFFERSON inducts into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in NYC on March 18th. •1992 JACK ARNOLD [Waks] actor, film and TV director (Sid Caesar Special, Emmy 1967) dies at 75 on March 17th. •2012 JASON ALDEAN’s video Fly Over States premieres on CMT TV on March 16th.
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JACK PARNELL [ex PD/DJ WHBQ-560] (Memphis, TN) Hello Jim: Did I mention Jay Cook? He taught there (Keegan’s School of Broadcasting here in Memphis) for awhile, as did others from various stations. Now, we didn’t have to have third class licenses, since we always had a transmitter engineer on duty at our transmitter…about 20 miles from our studios, which were in the Chisca Hotel. You also mentioned cart machines, WHBQ was the first station in the world to quit using turntables, except in master control for dubbing the records to them. We had literally hundreds of carts, and at first really didn’t like not being able to watch the turntables “spin them records”! Know what? We oughta get together and write/shoot/act in a movie about all those great days that’ll never exist anymore. I still have many many people who tell me I should write a book…some of the real radio people even offer to help with getting a ghost writer to work with me.
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JIM SHANNON (Slota) [ex KULF-790, WIL-1430] (Ellisville-St. Louis, MO) Subject: Mike Marshall Comment. Opened up your column this morning and read Mike Marshal’s comment on KULF (790). I started on the all night shift in July ’70. It was KTHT then. I also had a newsman. Mike is right, what station today has that kind of commitment to serving their community. Not many! In the past year I have found that most of the crew that started KULF are now gone. As for myself, I will be 68 on March 15th. After being diabetic for 55 years, I have to pat myself on the back, and a few doctors. Thanks for all you do Jim. Jim Shannon
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JAY WEAVER [KLBK–1360, Lubbock; KBUY–1540, Fort Worth] (DFW-Hurst, TX) I came to Texas at age 10. In my youth, I watched a lot of “B” movies from the 30’s and 40’s on television. My favorites were Tex Ritter’s movies. I always said when I came to Texas, I was going to change my first name to “Tex”. In the late 60’s while at KBUY (1540) in Fort Worth, on a January Saturday afternoon, I was doing the noon to 6:00 shift. About 2:30, I was reading a live spot on the air when the Studio Door opened. They didn’t seem to mind bothering me and I was lucky to get through the spot. By that time, the person was sitting in the Studio Guest’s Chair. As I looked up it was Tex Ritter! Yes, THAT Tex Ritter!! Tex was in town for the Fort Worth Fat Stock Show and Rodeo. He was the Grand Marshall for the event. I told him thing about changing my name to “Tex” and what a hero he was to me while searching for our copy of “I Dreamed I was In Hillbilly Heaven”, the only song I could think of that we had in studio that he recorded!
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CHARLES GEORGE [KC5RAI – ex KCHU FM] (Dallas, TX) Subject: KSLR-630. I have heard KKYX 680 with Country Music. Though usually KFEQ was the station I heard at night. Also KNBR has been heard here in Dallas. I still like AM Radio when I find programs that are interesting.
TRIVIA ANSWER: On March 12, 1933 just eight days after his inauguration, U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt broadcasts his first presidential address to the nation.
GENTLEMAN JIM CARTER [KCBQ, KONO, WFAA] (San Antonio, TX) Subject: Hey Jimbo… Here’s an interesting trivia question. What were the first words spoken on the first commercial radio station? Answer: “This is KDKA”. (http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2012/03/08/kdkas-historic-broadcast/) Gentleman Jim Carter Boss Jock Radio retired San Antonio Radio Hall of Fame Inductee – 2015
GERALD R. FORD [38th President of the United States from 1974 to 1977] (July 14, 1913 – December 26, 2006) I watch a lot of baseball on the radio.
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