Febuary 10, 2017
by Jim Rose
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TWIN CITIES LOSES SPORTS ICON
Ray Christensen’s broadcast career begins on University of Minnesota’s KUOM-770 until he graduates in 1949. Ray becomes Program Director and Sports Director of WLOL-1330 in the Twin Cities.
In 1963, he joins WCCO-830 where he performs news and interviews along with fine music, also sportscasting.
In 1951, he becomes The Voice of the Gophers football and basketball games. In 1993, Ray retires from radio. On Sunday, February 5, 2017 Ray Christensen passes away at 92.
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After Fox prime time star Megyn Kelly jumps ship to NBC TV, many predict that she is a fading star.
Apparently not so because insider hubbub is that Megyn Kelly may dethrone Savannah Guthrie as Today‘s star co-anchor at 7 am with Matt Lauer. A source reveals: NBC is not paying Megyn $12 to $15 million a year to be on at 9 am.
Page Six of The NY Post reports that Kelly is likely to take the lead role on the NBC morning show with Lauer when she starts in September 2017.
SHERIFF MURPHEY RIDES INTO TOWN
Houston, TX radio listeners get their music mix fix on KHMX FM (Mix 96.5). There also seems to be quite a mix of different DJs who deliver the KHMX FM music mix.
Chase Murphy joins CBS Hot AC KHMX FM as new Program Director. Until October 2016, Murphy lasts five years at iHeartMedia in his hometown San Antonio as Regional PD, Central Texas Region, PD of Top 40 KXXM FM (Mix 96.1), AC KQXT FM (Q101.9) and Regional Mexican KQXT FM HD3 (La Preciosa 105.7).
RICH EXITS AM FOR PM
After 24 years, Hall-of-Fame Tucson, AZ radio personality, Bobby Rich, switches places from AM Drive to PM Drive on KMXZ FM (94.9 Mix FM). beginning on January 3, 2017 from 3 to 7 pm. Bobby tells Tucson.com: It won’t be like a talk show, it will be like the morning show is: play music and between songs we’ll have content. But I am going to focus as often as I can on Tucson stuff. Rich mentions that over the past couple of years he itches to do something new with his radio career.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Who offers the first 33⅓ rpm records for sale to the public? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•WRFF FM iHeartMedia Alternative (Radio 104.5) Philadelphia, PA announces its killer line-up for its 10th annual Birthday Celebration concert two-part lovefest on May 13 and June 11, 2017 at the BB&T Pavilion. •WSRV FM Cox Media Group Classic Hits (97.1 The River) Atlanta, GA celebrates its big 11th birthday on Sunday, July 16, 2017 at Verizon Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, GA with a concert from The Steve Miller Band and Peter Frampton.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1954 PRESIDENT EISENHOWER warns against U.S. action in Vietnam on February 10th. •1962 SHERYL CROW Pop-Rock singer born on February 11th in Kennett, MO. •1972 BBC bans Give Ireland Back to the Irish by Wings on February 10th. •1986 WAYLON JENNINGS, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash & Kris Kristofferson’s Highwayman album certifies Gold on February 10th. •1997 BRIAN FRANCIS CONNOLLY (The Sweet) dies at 47 on February 10th. •2005 TOBY KEITH’s video Honkytonk U debuts on February 10th on CMT.
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LIZ PATRANELLA Liz Houston – KTSA-550, KBAT-680] (Austin, TX) Subject: Memorials to Bruce.
I have been asked if there is a specific charity or charities that Bruce Hathaway supported or his family is requesting donations to in his memory. I am not aware of any of those charities, but I thought that you might consider giving a donation to Darrell Taylor in memory of Bruce.
Darrell worked in radio broadcasting for 40 years. He was active in S.A. during the 1970s working at KONO/KITY, KBUC, KZZY, and KSMG. He is a very active member of SoSARB, attending every function since joining our group.
As you know, Darrell is in need of financial assistance for the large medical expenses he is facing during his treatment for Stage 4 lung cancer including special equipment to drain his lung. A GoFundMe site has been set up with all funds raised to be used for Darrell’s treatments and medical needs. Here’s the link to the site: https://www.gofundme.com/dollars-for-Darrell Please give what you can. As soon as you can. For yourself. Or in memory of Bruce. Thank you. Liz
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MARY STODDARD [Sam on KVIL FM 1964] (Dallas, TX) Hi Jim, Congratulations! Your Broadcasting career memories are so much fun to read! I was playing those same tunes you spun on mid-days at KASO in Minden, LA. I still love that music! It was a great Era in Radio Broadcasting, Jim, and I’m so glad you and I were a part of it, aren’t you? Makes me both proud and humble to think about those golden days of Radio in the 60s! Happy New Year to you and Suzie, Mary “SAM” Stoddard KVIL’s Girl-Named-Sam (1964-1966) TX Radio Hall of Fame “The SAMMY” Award (2013)
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CHUCK DUNAWAY [ex WABC-770, WKY-930, KILT-610, KLIF-1190] (Houston-Katy, TX) Subject: Herb Oscar Anderson Video Tribute. Here is a link to the tribute produced for the iconic Herb Oscar Anderson. (https://youtu.be/-SgIwca9lH8) It can also be searched on YouTube as: Herb Oscar Anderson Tribute. (www.chuckdunawaydj.com/)
TRIVIA ANSWER: In September 1931, RCA Victor introduces the first 33⅓ rpm records for sale to the public as Program Transcriptions. On June 21, 1948, Columbia Records introduces its 33 1/3 RPM long playing record.
JOANIE GREEN [KPRC TV CH 2, KZEW FM, KFWD FM, KNOK FM, KAUM FM, KILT FM, KNUZ-1230, Metro Traffic, Houston Taping for the Blind] (Tulsa, OK) Hi Jim! The picture I have from there (KFWD FM) was their promotional staff picture. I didn’t like the “Zap the Zoo!” part (KZEW FM) because I had so much love for the Zoo and that wasn’t how I personally felt. But, when you’re operating out of 2 trailer houses in the middle of nowhere going up against the powerhouse WFAA-TV/KZEW/WFAA-AM mega-complex you put your best psychological foot forward to bolster the staff into doing good works. Enjoy the picture. What do you have from KFWD? Joan
PAUL SIMON (October 13, 1941 – p) Someone told me it’s all happening at the zoo.
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