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The “Southern Gentleman,” Sonny James, crooned “Young Love”

Issue #1489
by Jim Rose




Sonny James [2]

Sonny James

As a long time radio DJ all across Texas one of the nicest and most talented singers I ever meet is Sonny James. Sonny’s first #1 single is Young Love in 1956. Throughout the 1960s just about all of his singles hit #1 on the Country charts. In 1969 Sonny autographs his record album for dad. Born James Hugh Loden on May 1, 1928 in Hackleburg, AL Sonny James The Southern Gentleman passes away at 87 [3]on ‎Monday, ‎February ‎22, ‎2016.

Video: 1965 – Sonny James sings “Young Love”

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Video: Sonny James and “The Minute You’re Gone”


Ric Lippincott [4]

Ric Lippincott

Well-liked music industry veteran Ric Lippincott serves several years in broadcasting that includes OM/PD of WLS-890 Chicago, IL next as promo exec at Maverick, Curb and Zoo and back to radio as PD of WILV FM (91.1) Chicago, IL, he exits the music industry to observe his passion for aviation as a Captain with Chrysler Aviation. After Ric Lippincott’s eight-month battle with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer becomes too much for him to bear, he passes away [5]on Monday, February 22, 2016.

MILES LEAVES THE ALAMO FOR THE CRADLE OF LIBERTY Greater Media offers Jeff Miles big bucks to exit his morning show spot on Cox Media Country KCYY FM (Y100) San Antonio, TX for a gig as new morning show host on WKLB FM (Country 102.5) Boston, MA effective March 7, 2016. WKLB FM parts ways with longtime wake-up duo of John [JW] Willis and Lori Grande in February 2016. This sets the stage for Texas native Jeff Miles who is on Y100 since August 2013 to fly north to Boston’s ice land.

ALPHA’S MORNING NUGGET SPLITS THE SCENE When Nugget Johnson heads to Flinn CHR WHBQ FM (Q107.5) Memphis, TN to the morning show, it breaks up the Blondie & Nugget morning show on Rhythmic CHR KTFM FM (Energy 94.1) San Antonio, TX. Since June 2014, Blondie & Nugget are popular waker uppers on KTFM FM with Johnson coming from KHTT FM (K-Hits 106.9) in Muskogee-Tulsa, OK and Rachel [Blondie] Jones arriving from The Gulf Coast’s Hit Music Station Cumulus WABD FM (97.5) Mobile, AL.

TRIVIA QUESTION: What American radio DJ is The Fifth Beatle? The answer appears below.


•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Georgia Strong Monday, February 22nd. Karen Johnston Tuesday, February 23, 2016. •KARX FM Classic Rock (95.7 The Kar) Claude/Amarillo TX flips to Nash Country on February 1, 2016 as the fourth Country radio station in the market. •JEFF DAULER and JENN HOBBY reunite in mornings along with Mike Marino to host The Jeff & Jenn Show on Entercom WSTR FM (Star 94.1) Atlanta, GA. The duo previously for many years are on The Bert Show on Cumulus Top 40 WWWQ FM (Q100).


•1959 LOU COSTELLO comedy actor (Abbott and Costello) dies at 52 on February 26th. •1962 PATSY CLINE’s single She’s Got You grabs #1 in Billboard Country on March 31st. •1974 GOLD hits record $188 per ounce in Paris on February 26th. •1984 SAWYER BROWN scores $100,000 on February 24th as the winner on Ed McMahon’s TV talent show Star Search. •1997 GIUSEPPE ‘NUCCIO’ BERTONE car designer dies at 82 on February 26th. •2004 PAT GREEN’s Wave On Wave is his first Gold album on February 26th.


BEN HAROLD [ex KXOL-1360/KBUY-1540/WBAP-820/KENR-1070] (Knoxville, TN) hi again, jim! ok, i’ll come up with some. i have some doozies that will make anyone laugh. wow, i remember harrel banks, like it was yesterday, go figure. oh, yes, i remember the hokey country format – all too well. that’s why i ended up at KLIF-1190 (on its downward spiral) before moving back to houston. i had several friends at KIKK and at KILT. and yes, it’s been a dozen radio frequencies before i called it quits. by the time i was totally burned out, i got to knoxville and was so surprised that stuff they were doing (it was “new” for them) was OLD hat for us back in houston, so i felt i never really fit in there. radio never was or has been the same. that’s why i retired. we actually live in a small little town called kingston, about 50 miles out of knoxville. a very quiet place. ben

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KENT BURKHART [Burkhart-Abrams, KXOL-1360, KILT-610, WQAM-560] (Miami/Fort Lauderdale, FL) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio February 12, 2016 [Friday] Issue #1485. DJ at KXOL (1360) Bob Mitchell, Jim Turner, Rod Roddy, Jerry Hahn. Gabe the country DJ. somebody augur the baseball play by play. Bruton of course. Kenny Sargent, Bob Neal in news.

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DAVE MICHAELS [former WSAI-1360/KONO-860/KBUC FM] (Dayton-Huber Heights, OH) Subject: Jimmy COLD Tuesday Morn”’ I was in Lubys’ cafeteria and Dean Martin was singing on speaker “Going Back to Houston”… Never been there (Oil town — Big City I understand) I was in San Antonio, Kerrville, Helotis, El Pasco, Dallas, Lytle, and Brownsville for a short time. My first taste of Texas had blue eyes & long brown hair. We walked the Riverwalk and drank lonestar beers. When I wore a younger-mans shoes. Cousin Billy

JAY WALKER [KJKK FM/KTSA-550/KTFM FM/Jay Walker Prod/40 plus years in radio] (Dallas-McKinney, TX) ​Hi Jim After just reading today’s newsletter on some of the first jobs in radio I’m reminded of one of my experiences.​.. Many years ago as a “baby DJ” I had the “pleasure” of working the shift from hell, Saturday midnight to Sunday Noon. Midnight to 6 was a breeze but then it’s 6 hours of public affairs and religious programming. The syndicated music shows such as “Powerline” “Master Control” were fine but the live church services were a snooze-fest. One Saturday night/Sunday morning I was a bit tired from earlier activities but the morning rolled along nicely. Until the first LIVE church service at 9am which should have ran an hour. It didn’t. I was awakened by a police officer tapping me on the shoulder around 11a. The live preacher was concerned for my welfare as he had been preaching non-stop for close to two hours…oops. The GM was pretty casual about it and suggested something along the lines of I should attach dental floss to a “private area” on my anatomy to ensure that if I feel asleep I would wake up…Fun times. Best wishes from Dallas…Jay

Murray the K at WINS [6]

Murray the K at WINS

TRIVIA ANSWER: New York City radio DJ Murray the K [7] remembers that he comes to be known as the “Fifth Beatle,” a moniker he says he was given either by George Harrison during the train ride to the Beatles’ first concert in Washington D.C. or by Ringo Starr at a press conference before that concert.

BILL CHERRY [Realtor in late 1950s Music ’til Dawn host on WWL-870] (Dallas, TX) Jim it makes sooooo happy to know even you had a struggle or two. Chuck Dunaway had his web address toward the bottom of his email to you that’s in this issue of JRRR. It’s fun to look at his photos. Bill

NOAM CHOMSKY (December 7, 1928 – p) Changes and progress very rarely are gifts from above. They come out of struggles from below.

Jim Rose and Suzie
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo

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