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RENO MORNING HOST RIP Longtime Reno disc jockey Steve Smith born and raised in Southern California graduates with a Theater degree from Cal State Fullerton. Steve is in radio most of his adult life. From 1987-2012, he is morning drive host on KOZZ FM (105.7) Reno, NV. Steve contributes to local charities in various radio events. He is a member of the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame. On June 3, 2017 Steve Smith, a devoted father of three, passes away at 70.
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PHILLIPS PUTS ON THE SKIDS Since 1972, Jim Philips is in Central Florida radio beginning as a news reporter and later, News Director of the former WKIS-740 Orlando, FL. Since 1992, Jim is longtime host of The Philips File afternoons on iHeartMedia Talk WTKS FM (104.1) Cocoa Beach, FL. Jim Philips announces that he will retire in January 2018. On Tuesday, June 20, 2017 Jim, who turns 70 in November 2017, tells his radio listeners: I’m retiring. I’m not retiring from life, I’m just retiring from this business.
NY NEWSRADIO CELEBRATES 50 YEARS Newsradio WCBS-880 New York’s historic radio station famous for its storytelling presents Celebrating 50 Years of News: A Night of New York Stories on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at the PlayStation Theater in Times Square. WCBS-880’s Wayne Cabot and Alex Silverman host the event to celebrate WCBS-880’s 50th anniversary with some of New York’s major-league names in news, politics, sports and entertainment. The legendary Tony Bennett closes with a special performance.
NEW NAB KIDS IN TOWN The NAB Joint Board of Directors elect Caroline Beasley, CEO of Beasley Media Group, as the new NAB Joint Board Chair. Jordan Wertlieb, Hearst Television President, elects as NAB Television Board Chairman. Emily Barr, President & CEO of Graham Media Group elects as first Vice Chair of the Television Board. Ralph M. Oakley, President and CEO, Quincy Media, Inc., elects as Second Vice Chair. Randy D. Gravley, President & CEO of Tri State Communications Inc. elects as Radio Board Chair.
TRIVIA QUESTION: When does CNN debut as cable TV’s first all-news station? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Guy Zapoleon & Jim Ramsburg June 27th. Mark Blackwood June 28, 2017. •CADILLAC JACK along with afternoon personality CJ Lusk and Ms. Ali Mac who moves up from middays debut as Caddy, CJ and Ali wake-up show on Cumulus Country WKHX FM (Kicks 101.5) Atlanta, GA on Thursday, June 22, 2017. •KOUL FM Young Country (107.7/93.5) Corpus Christi-Agua Dulce, TX flips to CHR Power 103.3. •TIME INC. re-engineering cuts 300 staff members worldwide through voluntary buyouts and layoffs.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1958 VANGUARD SLV-2 fails launch for Earth orbit on June 26th. •1967 MICHAEL KNOX record producer (Trace Adkins’ This Ain’t No Love Song) born on August 13th in Macon, GA. •1977 ELVIS PRESLEY’s last performance of his career on June 26th Indianapolis, IN. •1987 K.T. OSLIN’s album 80’s Ladies releases on RCA on June 30th. •1997 U.S. SUPREME COURT strikes down Internet indecency law on June 26th. •2005 GEORGE STRAIT’s album Somewhere Down In Texas releases on MCA records on June 28th.
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CHUCK DUNAWAY [Former DJ on WABC-770, KLIF-1190, KBOX-1480 & KILT-610] (Houston-Katy, TX) Subject: my radio Idol has passed… Paul Berlin has died. Paul was my inspiration to get into the radio DJ business in the first place. I’d go to the KNUZ studios after school and Paul would allow me to stand in the control room while he worked. The last time I saw Paul was at the Houston radio lunch. They are so much fun to attend. Kendall and I will be at the next one for sure…Chuck (www.chuckdunawaydj.com/)
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JOE FORD [Earlier air personality on KNUZ-1230, KILT-610, KLDE FM] (Houston, TX) Subject: Barry Kilgore. Chuck Scott called to tell me of Barry’s passing. Sad to hear. I never received the cause but I was a fan of his work and sorry to hear he is no longer with us. Funny guy and he loved what he was doing. RIP Barry! Sent from my iPad. Joe Ford
LYNN WOOLLEY [KTEM-1400 Talk host, former KRLD-1080, WFAA-570, KNOW-1490] (Temple, TX) Barry Kilgore and I were great friends. We worked together at KTEM when we were very young and we corresponded over the years. Had had cancer for a long time and he fought hard. RIP, Barry!
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LESLIE WAYNE HODGES [Prior KRCS DJ] (Lake Livingston, TX) Hi Leslie here. Saddens me Adam West, who originated the role of TV’s ‘Batman’, dies at 88 after battling leukemia. WBAP 820 Fort Worth 3:38 p.m. While in the back seat of mom and dad’s 1957 Chevrolet Belair mom had picked me up from the 4th grade East Side Elementary. Person on air on WBAP said listen to this. The Program Director just handed me the theme song to a new TV series. Sounded to me like the singers are saying “That Man”. You should have heard the crisp deep bass that AM radio rear speaker had. Miss when AM radio had the crisp, deep, massaging sound. Really miss this. sounded as deep as thunder sounds.
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MIKE MARSHALL [Ex DJ on KQUE FM, KFJZ-1270, WFAA-820/570] (Houston, TX) Jim, After I was released from active duty in January, 1964, I went back to KFJZ where I had worked part-time while I was at TCU and before I was drafted. Bill Enis was the PD. Mark Stevens did afternoons and Randy Robins did nights. The station signed off at 1AM and Bill offered me 11-1AM for $100 a week. When Randy left for St. Louis, I moved to something till 1, I don’t remember what time it started. In the summer of 1966, they decided to stay on all night. I accepted that shift mainly because it gave me time off during the day and the evening, so I started midnight till 5:30 or 6 when George Erwin was supposed to come in. He rarely made it on time. Khan Hamon took over 7-12. One of the truly enterprising sales guys sold the entire show, not to American Airlines like Music till Dawn, but to the Sunbeam Appliance Service Company, a little shop on Camp Bowie Boulevard. I ran something like 8 spots per hour, half of them live, informing people who had broken Sunbeam appliances that they could take them there to have them repaired. They didn’t sell appliances, only repaired them. I tired of it pretty quickly and applied to WFAA. Charlie Van hired me and I started there doing weekends and production weekdays in March of 1967. Mike
TRIVIA ANSWER: On June 1, 1980 CNN debuts as cable TV’s first all-news station.
JIM CAROLA [Legendary KILT FM/KILT-610 News Director 1964-2004] (New Braunfels, TX) Hi Jim…Jim Carola here living in New Braunfels now…just came across your info and wanted to say hi…keep the good old days going…they are worth remembering.
RICHARD D. ZANUCK (December 13, 1934 – July 13, 2012) Right now, these are the good old days. That’s why I’m still working. I’m not the guy who is ready to sit by the pool.
Jim Rose and Suzie
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo
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