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ESPN SENDS HILL TO PENALTY BOX ESPN reminds all employees of how much their individual tweets might reflect negatively on their employer ESPN, plus these actions have consequences. Recently, controversial ESPN anchor Jemele Hill creates strife when she calls President Trump a white supremacist. Then, when she urges people to boycott Dallas Cowboys’ advertisers that hits too close to home. ESPN sends Jemele Hill to the penalty box for two weeks of official paid leave of absence.
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BOSTON TV REMOVES FOX NAME FROM LOCAL NEWS Fox News with its strong conservative leanings is the most popular national cable news network. But, not so in Greater Boston, MA. For many of those the Fox brand becomes a liability for its local Fox affiliate. The Boston Globe reports that Cox Media WFXT TV (CH 25) says on Thursday that it changes the name of its local Fox 25 News newscast to Boston 25 News, thus eliminates the word Fox from its name.
CUMULUS STRUGGLES WITH DEBT LOAD If many bankers who take over radio properties ever heed the warning do not bite off more than you can chew possibly there might not be so many of them with such huge debt overload. According to sources familiar with the scene, Cumulus Media recently begins talks with two separate groups of creditors who own big chunks of Cumulus’ $2.4 billion in debt. Cumulus faces key deadlines in early 2019. The Wall Street Journal reports that these talks might lead to a bankruptcy filing.
BANDLEADERS’S OLDIES LIVE ON On October 10, 2017, iHeartMedia flips Classic Country KMJM-1360 Cedar Rapids, IA to Adult Standards (Big Band and more) Leo 1360. From the early 1970s until his passing in 2011, Leo Greco, bandleader in the 1950s and 1960s, hosts Variety Time on WMT-600. Frank Balvanz, who joins Greco as co-host in 2007 takes over the show which now airs on both WMT-600 and KMJM-1360 Sundays 7am-noon.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What is the first radio quiz show to give away cash prizes? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Clint Wright October 13th. Lisa Graef October 15th. Sam Lee October 18th. Jerry Stern October 21th. Mark Driscoll October 21, 2017. •UNITED BROADCASTING requests that the FCC deletes licenses of KTKK-630 Sandy, UT and KLLB-1510 West Jordan, UT in the Salt Lake City market. Both stations are silent since May. KTKK’s Talk programming moves to sister KBJA-1640 Sandy. KLLB goes silent May 2, 2017 its tower levels in June. •JIM BUCHANAN exits Talk of the Town since 1982 on Cumulus News/Talk WICC-600 Bridgeport, CT.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1959 GEORGE C. MARSHALL, U.S. Army General, passes away at 78 on October 16th. •1963 KENNY ALPHIN (co-founder of Big & Rich) born on November 1st in the Culpeper County Hospital in Culpeper, VA. •1976 SOYUZ 23 Soviet manned space flight returns to Earth on October 16th. •1988 DWIGHT YOAKAM & BUCK OWENS single Streets Of Bakersfield goes #1 in Billboard Country on October 15th. •1994 RAUL JULIA actor (Addams Family) suffers a stroke on October 16th. •2012 DARIUS RUCKER inducts into the Grand Ole Opry on October 16th.
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JACK PARNELL [former Program Director/DJ on WHBQ-560] (Memphis, TN) Okee dokee Jim: I now remember the little 9 inch TV that was our first many years (61) ago: It’s an Emerson, who made lots of military electronics equipment…I learned that from narrating their sales videos to the government, along with military electronics for easy sale to the government. They even built tanks for the army back in the late 50s. Regarding that little TV, I used it now and then when we had our motorhome, and the picture tube had crapped out. There was a picture tube rebuilding plant here in Memphis, so I took it to them and the owner looked at it and told me he could NOT guarantee that it would work, since it was very old and he’d have to take a long time to rebuild it, so I had him go ahead with it and he did. It worked perfectly when he finished it. As I said before, there were other chassis tubes that I had to replace, even power supply part that was unavailable, so I built one from different parts, and last time I checked, it was still working well. JP
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BETTY KIRKPATRICK [former girlfriend] (San Antonio, TX) Dear Jim, I am going to Nashville in a few days to see daughter Jeanne and since I sent her the same phone maybe she can help! Well we would also love to hear your wonderful voice once in a while..so call. Oh side note I went to Texas Pride on 1604 Loop S. San Antonio last evening, compliments of Dave Phillips of No Bull Radio (Dave went out of his way to bring me the armbands for all access on Saturday) and I was happy to see old friends Darrell and Mona McCall who are my favorite county singers of all time and they love me so what’s not to love! Old friend of my brother, Ron Knuth, who is the best fiddle player in Texas and former roommate of my late brother Jim Gibby. Linda Bush and Johnny Bush “Whiskey River’. It was old home week for sure.. The whole event was masterminded by the great Sam Kindrick and his legendary Action Magazine! Over 700 folks there. also the Great Augie Myers..so many others that tuned out to raise money for the musicians fund. I believe in giving especially when one gets in free! I will try to remember the right number to call you on but I can’t promise anything for sure and if I mistake I am sure you will love me still. Hugs to you and Suzie..Betty
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JAY WEAVER [ex KLBK–1360 Lubbock; KCUL-1540; KBUY-1540; KPCN-730 Ft. Worth/Dallas] (DFW-Hurst, TX) Subject: Glen Campbell. Hi Jim – I forgot something, i.e. – I made a mistake! First one this week. For what it’s worth, when I mention that Bill and Corky Kuykendall booked Glen Campbell just as he hit the top, I failed to mention the event was at Fort Worth’s Famous Panther Hall. Most knew Bill and Corky owned Panther Hall, but my short comments were missing the mention of the famous Fort Worth landmark. Jay
TRIVIA ANSWER: On Sunday, October 11, 1936, the first radio quiz show to give away cash prizes, Professor Quiz, premieres on WJSV-1460 Washington DC.
LESLIE WAYNE HODGES [ex KRCS-550 DJ] (Lake Livingston-Cold Spring, TX) Subject: From On the Road: Dalhart, Texas: The amazing thing about West Texas, however, is how its music has stamped itself on the American scene. Some of the most incredible musicians have come out of West Texas and the Panhandle. Bob Wills, Joe Ely, Lloyd Maines, Butch Hancock, Terry Allen, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Waylon Jennings, Guy Clark, Mac Davis, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, and Buddy Knox, among others, were raised and first formed their musical careers in under the vast open skies of West Texas. When in Lubbock, I was privileged with my wife to see Joe Ely perform with flamenco guitarist. (http://littourati.squarespace.com/main_page/2010/4/18/on-the-road-dalhart-texas.html)
JOHN GUNTHER (August 30, 1901 – May 29, 1970) If a man’s from Texas, he’ll tell you. If he’s not, why embarrass him by asking?
Jim Rose and Suzie
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo
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