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CITY OF ROCK LOSES RADIO VOICE Cleveland, OH is home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. C-Town is also home to morning personality John Lanigan who on March 29, 1970 replaces Don Imus on WGAR-1220 and remains until 1983. In September 1985, after two years in Tampa, FL radio, John returns to Cleveland on Clear Channel Classic Hits WMJI FM (105.7) where he remains. Since the 1990′s, WMJI FM features Lanigan’s morning show with comedian Jimmy Malone and since retired newsman John Webster. In November 2013, Lanigan inducts into the National Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago, IL. John says at 71: That’s when I started thinking it’s time to go. On March 29, 2014 Lanigan ends his 29-year run on WMJI FM. On April 1, 2014 Mark Nolan is new morning DJ on WMJI FM.
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FOX TV SENDS SUPER BOWL TO EUROPE For the first time ever Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, Cyprus, Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia will be able to watch Super Bowl XLVIII live via Fox International Channels. New England QB Tom Brady says that he will not watch the Super Bowl: I could care less. Super Bowl XLVIII with the NFC champion Seattle Seahawks vs. the AFC Champion Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on Sunday, February 2, 2014. The live European broadcast begins at 00:25am (CET) on February 3rd. It’s Denver Broncos vet QB Peyton Manning against Super Bowl newcomer young Seattle Seahawks franchise quarterback Russell Wilson. Manning is four-time MVP with the Indianapolis Colts for 14 seasons from 1998 to 2011.
COLLAPSE OF MAINSTREAM MEDIA Cable TV channels in disbelief as to why their ratings numbers plunge. From November 2012 to November 2013, MSNBC loses almost half of its viewers as 45% of its audience disappears. Same is true at CNN when 48% of its viewers evaporate over the same 12 month period. MSM ousts real news reports for celebrity paparazzi. A recent case in point is the breaking news of 19-year-old Teeny Bopper diva Justin Bieber’s arrest for racing his yellow Lamborghini submarine on the streets of Miami Beach. What about real news items like NSA spying on American citizens? A good example is when MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell interrupts Congresswoman Jane Harman as she discusses NSA spying to switch to breaking news about Justin Bieber’s arrest for racing.
AGENT FOX CHARLIE CHARLIE CLOSES IN Upon inspection of its tower site, the FCC awards Birach Broadcasting’s 13,000 Watt Daytime Only WTOR-770 Ethnic (Punjabi, Serbian, Macedonian and Urdu Radio) Youngstown, NY a $10,000 NAL (Notice of Apparent Liability) fine because the FCC says it fails to enclose its antenna structures. The FCC agent observes that almost half the fence surrounding a tower is on the ground. When the agent tries to lift the fence, the agent finds it difficult because the grass grows through and around the fence. Now get this. The FCC agent says: the gate and fencing support posts for the tower had been removed and are lying on the ground. The antenna structures have radio frequency (RF) at their bases. The FCC says this is a no no.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Tobacco Road is one of my favorite Rock tunes. Who are the Nashville Teens? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•CONGRATULATIONS! Bud Buschardt former WFAA TV CH 8 Director celebrates 42 years as radio-TV-film Professor at University of North Texas. •SCOTT RICHARDS longtime anchor on WBRC TV FOX CH 13 Birmingham, AL since 1981 leaves on Friday, January 31, 2014 after 30 years. •JOHN CANZANO Bald Face Truth afternoon drive show host on KXTG-750 (The Game) Portland, OR named 2013 Oregon Sports Writer of the Year for the 4th time by National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association & Hall of Fame. •TONI MILES joins WXXV TV Fox CH 25 Gulfport, MS as assignment editor plus anchor desk fill in.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1956 NEW YORK GIANTS of the NFL switches games from Polo Grounds to Yankee Stadium on January 27th. •1968 TRACY LAWRENCE Country singer with 1990s hits Sticks & Stones, Time Marches On and Alibis born on January 27th in Atlanta, TX. •1976 LAVERNE & SHIRLEY spinoff from Happy Days premieres on January 27th on ABC TV. •1985 ALABAMA wins two American Music Awards on January 28th. •1991 SUPER BOWL XXV NY Giants beat Buffalo Bills 20-19 on January 27th in Tampa, FL. Super Bowl MVP: NY Giants, RB Ottis Anderson. •2012 DAVID NAIL’s single Red Light certifies Gold on January 27th.
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CHUCK CASHMERE [ex KNUZ] (San Diego-Carlsbad, CA) Subject: Gaylon Christie. What a loss to the local community. Gaylon was one of the finest people I’ve known in radio. He was one of the fellows who referred me to a job at KTEM after I was discharged form the army at FT. Hood. He and the other guys at KTON had played a record I’d cut shortly before being drafted and I’d gone by to thank them for the air play. When they quizzed me about my future I mentioned I’d had a little experience in radio and they suggested I try KTEM where there was an opening. So began my short venture into broadcasting. I didn’t last long and migrated back to Houston where I did a little radio with two other part time jobs. I never forgot Gaylon and tried to stay in touch for a few years. He was a real down to earth person, never saw him with an inflated ego and know that he contributed a lot to the local community. RIP Gaylon. You were one of kind.
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BUD BUSCHARDT [former Director WFAA TV CH-8, ABC satellite radio PD/host] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Congratulations! Thanks Jim. The years have gone by in a hurry. I have many students out there in radio-land, TV-land, and movie-land that I’m very proud to have known for a short time while they were in the RTVF Department at UNT. Some have stayed in touch and I always enjoy hearing from them. Those with passion, drive, and persistence have gone on to do some big things in the biz. Bud
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LARRY SCOTT [ex KBOX-KRLD-KWKH-KLAC-KVOO] (Dallas-Terrell, TX) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio (#1270) January 20, 2014 [Monday] Jim…Jody Nix and Steve Warner played the Black Tie and Boot Ball at the Geo. H.W. Inauguration in 89. My wife Gail, son Kelly and I make the trip with Jody and his Texas Cowboys to D.C. and I had the pleasure of introducing both bands. Jody and Ricky Boen, twin fiddles, Laid it on em’. Larry Scott
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JO BUSSELL [ex KLDE FM/Mix 96.5/Metro Traffic/Clear Channel/Atlanta's Z93 and V103] (Houston, TX) Subject: KSBJ FM contact. I worked for KSBJ about 11 years ago before Troy and I moved to my hometown of Atlanta…and back after the station suddenly sold. That’s the only reason I left because that is one great station to work for. Maybe someday I’ll do some radio just for the fun of it. But, no time soon because there’s nothing open. I’d love to work for this station in Conroe but they recently had to cut back, too. But I’ve been talking to them for months. I’d really enjoy that!!
TRIVIA ANSWER: British pop band The Nashville Teens form in Weybridge, Surrey, England in summer 1962. They are perhaps best known for their 1964 single Tobacco Road a top 10 UK hit and a top 20 hit in the United States. The book Tobacco Road is a 1932 novel by Erskine Caldwell about Georgia sharecroppers. John D. Loudermilk writes the song Tobacco Road and first records it in 1960. While playing in Hamburg, Germany (as several British bands of the era do) The Nashville Teens back Jerry Lee Lewis on his Live at the Star Club Hamburg album which is widely considered one of the greatest live Rock and Roll albums ever.
CHARLES GEORGE [ex KCHU FM] (Dallas, TX) Sunday, I went to the Balcony Club and heard The Dave Burris Combo, there were only a few there, so I was able to talk to a few of the members when they went to take a break. I noticed when I asked certain questions they looked at me like why did you ask that, but I only talked about music. There are lots of good talented musicians not played on the radio. Texas Slim has a new CD, That’s Who I Am on ITunes. Charles George
LESLIE WAYNE HODGES [ex KRCS DJ] (Marshall, TX) Subject: Radio News the Times They R A Changin. Jim, good job on bring us No Brag Just FACT. “No brag, just fact” is sometimes said to be an old Texas saying, but it originated on the short-lived television western The Guns of Will Sonnett (1967). Will Sonnett (played by Walter Brennan) would tell old western stories and often say that he was the fastest gun in the west. Sonnett would then quickly add that his comments were “no brag, just fact.” CafePress.com I Love Texas Of course Texas is a great place! No brag, just fact. Thank you Leslie
WALTER BRENNAN (July 25, 1894 – September 21, 1974) Life gets tee-jus, don’t it?
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