St. Louis radio pioneer Bob Hille dies at 95

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Issue #1360
by Jim Rose
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R.I.P. ST LOUIS RADIO-TV PIONEER In 1938, Bob Hille is one of the original announcers on KXOK-630 (now Christian talk KYFI-630) St. Louis, MO. Later, Paul Aurandt, aka Paul Harvey, moves to KXOK-630 from KOMA-1520 in Oklahoma City, OK. In November 1960, Elzey Roberts, publisher of the St. Louis Star-Times, and Chester L. Thomas sell KXOK-630 to Todd Storz for $1.5 million. In 1951, Bob is news anchor on KSD TV (CH 5), later KSDK TV. In 1967, Top 40 KXOK-630 success causes rival WIL-1430 to flip to Country. Bob Hille who spends three decades as a pioneering Gateway City newscaster and one of St. Louis’ best-known on-the-air personalities dies at 95 on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at St. Mary’s Health Center in Richmond Heights.

Early KSD-TV promotion: left-to-right Bob Hille, Clif St. James, jack Paar (Photo: St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Early KSD-TV promotion: left-to-right Bob Hille, Clif St. James, jack Paar (Photo: St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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HOUSTON, TX OLDEST BLACK RADIO IN TURMOIL KCOH-1230 which bills itself as the oldest black-formatted radio station in Texas flips its six decade old daytime only 1430 kHz dial position to full time 1230 kHz (originally KNUZ-1230 begins on February 18, 1948). Houston Chronicle reports that when KCOH-1230 GM Jesse Dunn does not repay a loan, Houston Mayoral candidate Ben Hall who already airs ads for his 2015 campaign, has an option to buy its land and building at 5011 Almeda with its looking glass studio. But KCOH-1230 assets are in receivership from multiple debtors, plus a judge rules that Dunn has an admitted practice of immediately converting corporate assets to untraceable cash.

Scott Stapp (Photo:

Scott Stapp (Photo:

FORMER ROCK STAR HOMELESS Grammy-winning Rock band Creed who sells over 28 million albums worldwide once tops Billboard’s album charts, plays to sold out houses in the late 1990s and early 2000s, front man Scott Stapp finds himself homeless. His wife former Miss New York USA files divorce. Variety reports former Rock star Scott Stapp claims a personal audit reveals money stolen and loss of royalty payments. Creed singer Scott Stapp’s estranged wife alleges in his prime he is worth $30 million, now claims a lot of money was stolen from me that leaves him penniless and homeless. The 41 year old Creed front man says: Right now I’m living in a Holiday Inn, by the grace of God, because there’s been a couple of weeks I had to live in my truck.

TRIVIA QUESTION: Who are the first recording artists to induct into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? The answer appears below.


•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Chuck Dunaway, Lynn Woolley Monday, December 1st. John Wesley Ryles Tuesday, December 2nd. Bob Edwards [Blade Parker] Wednesday, December 3rd. Gene Thomas Thursday, December 4, 2014. •ROXY TYLER WOKV-690/WOKV FM (104.5) Jacksonville’s Morning News Anchor fired immediately after her morning news ends at 9 am on Tuesday, November 24, 2014 just in time for Thanksgiving. •BOB FRANZ prior WTAM-1100 Cleveland, OH evening host joins Cumulus WLQR FM (The Ticket 106.5) Toledo for two-hour PM sports talk show.


NOVEMBER 28TH: •1925 Barn Dance debuts on WSM-650 Nashville, TN. On NBC, Barn Dance follows Metropolitan Grand Opera. In June 1928, Program Director George D. Hay evolves Barn Dance into The Grand Ole Opry. •1932 Groucho Marx goes on radio for first time. •1960 CBS Radio Network amps hourly news from 5 to 10 minutes. •1960 Elvis Presley’s single Are You Lonesome Tonight reaches #1. •1987 Pat St. John moves from WPLJ FM (95.5) to WNEW FM (102.7) NYC. •2011 Opie & Anthony Radio personality Patrice O’Neal dies at 41 from a stroke.


•1953 WCSH TV NBC CH 6 in Portland, ME begins broadcasting on December 1st. •1960 DAVE DUDLEY is struck by a car on December 3th. He uses the $14,000 insurance company settlement to record his Classic hit Six Days On The Road.

•1972 WINGS release their single Hi, Hi, Hi in UK on December 1st. •1987 RICKY VAN SHELTON’s first #1 Billboard Country single Somebody Lied on December 5th. •1997 WESTINGHOUSE formally changes its name to CBS Radio on December 1st. •2003 TOBY KEITH’s video American Soldier debuts on CMT on December 3rd.


JEFF THOMPSON [NBC NEWS, 30 Rockefeller Plaza] (Greensboro/Winston-Salem, NC) Subject: A major part of my career was in Houston, but I now read you from NC. Jeff Thompson here, Jim, in Clemmons, NC…a suburb of Winston-Salem. As you may remember, I’m originally a Texan, from the little town of Mexia, 40 miles east of Waco. I started my radio & TV career in Austin, while attending Univ. of TX, then to KXYZ in Houston. Shortly after human space flight began in the early 60’s, I was asked to build, program & manage KMSC Radio, adjacent to NASA’s Manned Spacecraft Center, (now JSC.) From there I was hired to host and produce a “first of its kind” pioneering Business/Stock Market show 6 hours a day on KVVV-TV, Ch 16 in Alvin, which led to my transfer to New York City, doing the same show on Times Square at WOR-TV, Ch. 9 (now located in New Jersey.) After that, it was on to WINS, 1010, all news radio, followed by anchoring NBC Radio Network News as well as TV reporting from 30 Rockefeller Center. After that, over to Madison Avenue, as EVP of Hill & Knowlton, then the world’s largest PR firm…which in turn, resulted in my moving ALL the way down here, to North Carolina, to assist in building & running a major PR firm in Winston-Salem. All the best, Jeff Thompson

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JEFF MACK [McClain-KULF/KILT FM/KENR/WNOE/WYYN/KNUZ] (Cleveland, TX) Here’s one for the record books. By the time I graduated from high school, Bob (White) was gone and a new PD by the name of Bill Young from Waco was running the ship. My dream of working at KILT-AM never happened, but I was very fortunate to work for other great stations like, KULF, KILT-FM, KENR, WNOE, WYYN, KNUZ and others during 25 years of my radio career. I never had a day I couldn’t wait to get to work. I loved every minute of it. I really miss the people I worked as much as the business itself. I worked with some great talents through the years and learned a lot from each and everyone of them. In 1988 I left my last radio job at KNUZ and became self employed in a small video production business. I’m sure I wouldn’t recognize the inside of a control room any more. Gotta say, it would be fun just to fall back in time and run a few sets on the radio playing a little Rock N Roll! Keep up the great work my friend, Jeff “Mack” McClain

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JACK PARNELL [former WHBQ-560 PD/DJ] (Memphis, TN) Subject: Where is radio headed? That’s been awhile back, Jim (August 16, 1977). At that time Skip Wilkerson and I had our studio going full blast, working 7 days a week, sometimes 15 hours a day! So, you really were in Houston when Jay made his mark there, and Gannett tapped him for President, moving him to L.A. I called him about a week after he got there, and asked him how the big chair felt. He said “I’m not so sure…you know me, I always liked getting my hands dirty in this business, and this is just like running a big office”. I loved every minute I did of radio, but as I tell Scott Segraves (we stay in close touch), at about age 35 or so, I began wondering if that’s what I wanted to be doing when I was 50…things were changing and I thought it was nearing time for me to make my exit…I guess I grew up…while radio grew down! JP

TRIVIA ANSWER: In January 1986, the first recording artists to induct into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame include: Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, James Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, The Everly Brothers and Robert Johnson.

Video: Buddy Holly sings “Peggy Sue” on the Arthur Murray Dance Party with introduction by Kathryn Murray who suggests we all give Rock & Roll a chance.

BILL CHERRY [Realtor – in late 1950s Music ’til Dawn host on WWL-870] (Dallas, TX) Happy Thanksgiving, Jim and Suzie! Bill Cherry

CHUCK DUNAWAY [DJ vet on WABC-770, KLIF-1190, KBOX-1480 & KILT-610] (Houston-Katy, TX) Happy Thanksgiving!

SAM LEE [ex KLIF-1190 news] (Beverly Hills, CA) Happy Thanksgiving! The Zeitgeist Corporation ( / ( / ( / (

RALPH WALDO EMERSON (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) Do not go where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Jim Rose and Suzie
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo

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