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Issue #1471
by Jim Rose




George Marti

George Marti


Anyone who is ever in radio knows the name Marti very well. In the late 1940s George Marti builds KCLE-1140 and FM in Cleburne, TX. In 1960, he forms Marti Electronics to design and build remote studio transmitter links to send radio programming from a remote location to a receiver in the studio for remote broadcasts. The World War II vet is the longest-serving mayor of Cleburne from 1974 to 1986. On Sunday, December 13, 2015 George Marti passes away at 95 in Fort Worth, TX.

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SINGER OF TRUCK DRIVING TUNES IN HOSPITAL Country singer-songwriter Joseph [Red] Simpson is born on March 6, 1934 in Higley, AZ. He is best known for truck driving songs like his #4-1971 hit I’m a Truck. Simpson returns to Bakersfield, CA after he plays a concert tour of the Pacific Northwest. On Friday, ‎December 18, 2015 the 81 year old Simpson enters a hospital with heart difficulties. Red’s family asks for prayers: Red is awake and talking but exhausted and will remain in the hospital for a few more days.

CBS END OF YEAR SLASHES Beyond leasing WNEW FM (99.1) Bowie MD to Bloomberg plus firing most of its staff, CBS Radio makes other cuts at clusters throughout America. Radio Insight confirms Brian [Monty] Montgomery, Country WDSY FM (Y108) Pittsburgh, PA morning host since 1993 is gone. Mike Flick, APD/MD/Afternoon host on Hot AC WBZZ FM (Star 100.7) also exits the Pittsburgh cluster. Andy Bloom is out as Operations Manager since 2007 of Sports WIP FM (94.1) and Talk WPHT-1210.

At 12:01 am on December 24, 2015 the music of The Beatles is available on streaming services worldwide. The Beatles make the announcement in a 35-second video that features a medley of The Beatles’ biggest hits. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr say that The Beatles’ catalog of 13 albums is available on subscription streaming music services: Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon Prime Music, Tidal, Deezer, Microsoft Groove, Napster/Rhapsody and Slacker Radio.

TRIVIA QUESTION: What kind of car does TV Western star Sky King drive? The answer appears below.


•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Robert Tindle, Janet Yancey and Andy Waldrop Saturday, December 26, 2015. •KAGM FM American General CHR (Power 106.7) Albuquerque/Los Alamos, NM fires its air staff to relaunch with a new format. •BOB BRUCE talk host on WMT-500 Cedar Rapids, IA for nearly a dozen years before he moves to NRG Media News/Talk KOIL-1290 Omaha in February 2015 begins the New Year with a return to eastern Iowa to host a new live, local afternoon drive show on NRG News/Talk KXEL-1540 Waterloo.


•1950 DICK TRACY marries Tess Trueheart on December 25th.


•1967 THE OSBORNE BROTHERS’ single Rocky Top releases on Decca records on December 25th. •1974 CYCLONE TRACY destroys Darwin, Australia on December 25th. •1986 RANDY TRAVIS joins the Grand Ole Opry on December 20th introduced by Ricky Skaggs. •1990 GODFATHER III premieres on December 25th. •2004 KENNY CHESNEY’s Greatest Hits album certifies Quadruple-Platinum on December 17th.


BEN HAROLD [ex KXOL-1360/KBUY-1540/WBAP-820/KENR-1070] (Knoxville, TN) good morning jim! i recall we BOTH worked together at KXOL-1360, before i went to WBAP-820…then i came back to KXOL-1360 before going over to KLIF-1190. in houston, i worked at KNUZ-1230 before moving over to KENR-1070. i don’t recall, however, if you and i were behind the mike at KENR-1070 during the same time, but we seem to know the same people from there, so it’s a possibility. i did help bring scott reese to the mike at KENR from KXOL-1360. you and i have a long history of working up and down the dial, so it’s quite likely our paths crossed MORE than once. however, i always did news…so i was (as most newsmen) hidden in the background – so to speak. roger that, old friend! please keep in touch. your friend, ben harold

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JOHN FLETCHER [Fletcher Consulting] (DFW-Hurst, TX) Jim, have you written anything about George Marti, founder of Marti Electronics and the Marti unit, passing away last Sunday at age 95? His funeral is this Tuesday. Most people would not know that he has sent over 500 students from his home county to college with scholarships through the Marti Foundation. John Barger, former GO of WOAI in San Antonio, will be delivering the eulogy. Please let me know what else I can share with you. Here is the obituary: Please call me with any questions at 817-205-2334. Thanks, John Fletcher (

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BILL CHERRY [Realtor. In late 1950s Music ’til Dawn host on WWL-870] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio December 21, 2015 [Monday] Issue #1470. Jim Bohannon is one smart dude. And his pipes are great. It interests me that his shoulder was apparently never tapped for TV network anchor. Merry Christmas! Bill Cherry

TRIVIA ANSWER: The Sky King radio show begins in 1946 until 1954. From September 16, 1951 to March 8, 1959 one of our favorite TV Westerns is Sky King starring Arizona rancher and aircraft pilot Schuyler [Sky] King (Kirby Grant), niece Penny (Gloria Winters) and nephew Clipper (Ron Hagerthy). Plymouth provides several 1951 Woody station wagons. In addition to Songbird, Sky King drives a 1955 Chrysler New Yorker station wagon. Also a 1955 DeSoto station wagon. We also see many other real cool Mopar cars. In syndication, Sky King continues for years as a staple on Saturday morning TV into the mid-1960s. (

Video: Classic “Sky King”

BLAKE LINDSAY [ex KHFI FM, KBTS, KTSA-550, KTFM FM, KLUV FM. KODZ FM and KISS FM DJ] (Dallas-Addison TX) Merry Christmas Jim, to you and Suzie. Jennifer and I read all of your columns, and appreciate the time and effort you put in to our pleasure. Great stuff! I now enjoy working weekends via voice tracking, for Wichita’s New Q-92. Great sounding personality Hot AC station. I talk 6 breaks each hour. Punch in if you want to, at My show known as Blazin’ Blake’s House Party is from 7 to midnight, Saturdays and Sundays on Q-92 The Beat. We value from your good work Jim Talk soon good friend. Blake Lindsay (

CASEY JAMES [Putnam – University of Houston-Pearland teacher] (Houston-Pearland, TX) Subject: Happy holiday’s Jim! Hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New year, Jim. My 79 KULF page continues to grow, with more KULF alumni joining us all the time. Thanks for your help and your news letter. Hope all is well. Casey James

ANDY WALDROP [ex KILT-610, KIKK FM] (Houston, TX) Subject: Merry Christmas! Jim, I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Let’s get together here in the next couple of weeks and go get some Mexican food!! Andy

JAY WEST [KILT-610/KODA FM/KRIO-910] (Houston, TX) Subject: Greeting! Jim::::May you have a joyful, safe, & pleasant holiday… \– JAY WEST

CHARLES DICKENS (February 7, 1812 – June 9, 1870) I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.

Jim Rose and Suzie
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo

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