Dave Somerville recorded “Little Darlin'” with the Diamonds

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Issue #1428
by Jim Rose




 From left: Phil Levitt, Ted Kowalski, Dave Somerville and Bill Reed of The Diamonds in 1954.  (Photo: Prodigy Public Relations)

From left: Phil Levitt, Ted Kowalski, Dave Somerville and Bill Reed of The Diamonds in 1954. (Photo: Prodigy Public Relations)

In May 1957, Toronto, Canada Pop group The Diamonds’ evolve into a superior Doo-Wop crew with their parody of Maurice Williams and The Gladiolas R&B hit Little Darlin’. Another of our favorite Diamonds tunes written by R&B singer Brook Benton, The Stroll, arrives on the last day of 1958. Diamonds founder and lead singer from 1953-69 Dave Somerville loses his battle with pancreatic cancer and passes away at 81 in his Santa Barbara, CA home on Tuesday, ‎July ‎14, ‎2015.

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Don Westbrook on the weather set in the 1960s, when the lines between news and commercial content were more blurred, as seen in the Lipton iced tea sponsorship. (Photo:  WWL)

Don Westbrook on the weather set in the 1960s, when the lines between news and commercial content were more blurred, as seen in the Lipton iced tea sponsorship. (Photo: WWL)


In 1977, Don Westbrook becomes WWL TV CBS CH 4 New Orleans, LA’s first Eyewitness Morning News Weather guy alongside fellow news anchors Bill Elder, Eric Paulsen, Andre Trevigne and Sally-Ann Roberts. Former WWL TV station announcer and host John Pela remembers: Don, to me, to this day, is the consummate weatherman. Don Westbrook, whose distinctive voice is on WWL TV New Orleans for nearly 40 years dies at 79 on Monday, ‎July ‎20, ‎2015.

MORE CBS RADIO FALL OUT After 14 years, Scott Alexander vacates his APD/MD/midday position on CBS Radio Hot AC WBZZ FM (100.7 Star) Pittsburgh, PA. Also, Country WDSY FM (Y108) morning co-host Jimmy Roach. In Los Angeles, Freddy Snakeskin gone as PD/on-air on KROQ HD2 (ROQ Of The 80’s). Detroit News reports that CBS Radio guts News WWJ-950 on-air staff. Byron [Ron] Harrell, Director of Music Programming CBS Dallas, TX & PD of Classic Hits KLUV FM (98.7) and Variety Hits KJKK FM (100.3) departs.

CUMULUS SENDS WW 1 RADIO PROS TO THE STOCKYARD As we report earlier, when Cumulus lions attack Westwood One they devour several radio pros all across America. Here is a pair of them for you to consider. Bernie Mack, a fulltime Hot AC night host also Country plus mornings on Classic Hits is available at bernie.moreland@gmail.com. Dan Hardee afternoon personality on Hot AC 24/7 and STORQ also love to hear from you at dan@danhardee.com. Let’s put these radio vets back to spinning radio hits.

DOMINO EFFECT STRIKES ENTERCOM After Entercom’s Lincoln Financial Media grand slam, Tony Lorino zooms in from KZPT FM (99.7 The Point) Kansas City, MO as bright fresh PD of WSTR FM (Star 94) Atlanta, GA. Since Scott Lindy’s exit in March 2015, LFM VP/Programming John Dimick programs WSTR FM. As we mention before, Dimick hightails it out of radio to buy an auto repair business in Atlanta. Leigh McNabb exits WMYX FM (99.1) Milwaukee, WI to replace Lorino at KZPT FM in Kansas City.

TRIVIA QUESTION: Who is the first DJ to spin records on the radio? The answer appears below.


•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Charlie Van Dyke & Bob Ford Sunday, July 26th. Mike Marshall Sunday, July 28, 2015. •ATOM SMASHER & SHAWNDA MCNEAL annul mornings on CBS Radio Hot AC KHMX (Mix 96.5) Houston, TX after 18-months behind the mic. •SERGEANT SAM COX morning co-host on Emmis News/Talk KLBJ-590 Austin, TX retires on July 31, 2015 after more than 30 years in local law enforcement. •BOGEY BROADCASTING musical chairs flips KYRK (106.5) Corpus Christi-Taft, TX back to Alternative 106.5 The Shark.


•1956 CAROL LEIFER stand-up comedian and Saturday Night Live writer born in East Williston, NY on July 27th. •1963 JOHNNY CASH’s single Ring Of Fire burns a hole in #1 in Billboard Country on July 27th. •1979 FRANCE performs Nuclear Test on July 27th. •1986 RANDY TRAVIS’ On The Other Hand is his first #1 single in Billboard Country on July 26th. •1991 TV GUIDE publishes its 2000th edition on July 27th. •2002 KENNY CHESNEY’s single The Good Stuff begins seven-weeks at #1 in Billboard Country on July 27th.


JACK PARNELL [former Program Director WHBQ-560] (Memphis, TN) Subject: Female Radio DJ. Jim: Very interesting about Shana…sorry to hear of her passing. I’m sure she must have been the first female dj in a major market, but in 1954 Anita Wood began her radio career as a teenage dj at WTJS in Jackson, TN. She even travelled around to other areas to talk to other girls about how to become a dj (we were called announcers then!). She later came to a station in Memphis, and for a short time she was co-host on Top Ten Dance Party with Wink Martindale on WHBQ-TV, channel 13 here. She then became Elvis’ girlfriend and quit radio completely. She and Elvis were companions for about 5 or 6 years. Jack Parnell-Memphis, TN. formerly with WHBQ Radio

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TRIVIA ANSWER: In February 1935, during the Charles Lindburgh’s infant son kidnapping trial, WNEW-1130 New York City announcer Martin Block begins to spin phonograph records during breaks in the trial. Most radio stations usually broadcast live orchestras during breaks. Once the trial is complete, Block’s record show, Make Believe Ballroom, continues on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:15 to 11:30am. Soon, it grows to 90 minutes a day. Later, most of WNEW-1130’s schedule becomes recorded music.

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