After 65 years at NBC – 35 of them on “Today” – Willard Scott is retiring

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Issue #1470
by Jim Rose





Brian MacDonald gets his start in radio programming on Baltimore Community College-owned public radio WBJC FM (91.5) Baltimore, MD. From 1975 to 1985, Brian is PD and afternoon host on WBAL-1090. He moves cross-town to WCBM-680 as program director for three years before he decides to exit radio to become a teacher at Harford Day School. On Saturday, ‎December ‎12, ‎2015 Brian MacDonald passes away at 67 of heart failure in his Essex home.

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Willard Scott

Willard Scott


In 1950, Washington-area native Willard Scot begins on NBC WRC-1260 Washington DC as a page. Willard becomes an original member of The Joy Boys on WRC-1260. On Friday, December 11, 2015 Willard Scot weather forecaster and centenarian birthday-wisher on NBC TV’s flagship morning program Today for 35 years decides to retire. Today host Matt Lauer sighs: Some bittersweet news. After 65 years at NBC – 35 of them on this show – our beloved friend, Willard Scott is retiring.

Video: Looking back on Willard Scott’s career


Mike Rosen

Mike Rosen

As he passes his 71st birthday, iHeartMedia News Talk KOA-850/KOA FM (94.1) Denver, CO host Mike Rosen decides to bail out of his daily midday show, effective December 24, 2015. Mike transfers his talents to a contributor role as a regular weekend host and political commentator as well as occasional guest host on both KOA and sister Talk Radio KHOW-630. Rosen says: After 35 years on-air, I’ve decided to give myself a little more well-earned leisure time as I pass my 71st birthday.


In February 2015, Jim Bohannon signs a multi-year contract extension with Westwood One as host of its syndicated news magazine America in the Morning. Bohannon who is the sole host of WW One’s syndicated America In The Morning since its debut in 1984 decides to cut back to host just one show a day for Westwood

Jim Bohannon

Jim Bohannon

One. The show’s regular guest host John Trout takes over on Monday, January 18, 2016. Jim continues to host his long-running, nightly Jim Bohannon Show.

TRIVIA QUESTION: Who is the radio voice of The Lone Ranger? The answer appears below.


•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Derrill Holly and Gary Allyn Monday, December 21, 2015. •TOM JORDAN exits his PD position at Owens Country KUZZ-550/KUZZ FM (107.9) Bakersfield, CA effective ‎December 31, ‎2015 due to health reasons. Reach Tom at •JULES RILEY OM leaves Scripps Tulsa, OK cluster Top 40 KHTT FM (K-Hits 106.9), Classic Hits KBEZ FM (92.9), Country KVOO, Classic Country KXBL FM (Big Country 99.5) and News-Talk KFAQ-AM at the end of January 2016.


•1953 KOMU TV NBC/PBS CH 8 in Columbia, MO begins broadcasting on December 21st. •1968 BRAD WARREN of ACM’s 2001 Vocal Duo of Year The Warren Brothers born on December 21st in Tampa, Fl. •1979 ZIMBABWE adopts constitution on December 21st. •1985 GEORGE STRAIT’s single The Chair wins #1 in Billboard Country on December 21st. •1991 JANE FONDA actress marries CNN-director Ted Turner on December 21st. •2002 TOBY KEITH’s Who’s Your Daddy? nabs #1 in Billboard Country on December 21st.


LEN HART [former KILT/KENR/KNUS newscaster] (Geneva, Switzerland) Jim, I was officially “News Director” for KILT-FM; Jim I was –of course –News D for AM which was still the “fair haired boy” : ) Bill Young, of course, knew that FM was the wave of the future. Robert B was inside and broadcast solely on AM at the time. I cannot recall the name of the outside guy at the time. It was “something” Daniels. I think he later went to KTRH. In any case, after about a year, I was offered News Director with KNUS (Dallas). I took it and, for awhile, did the morning news block as Ken Dowe was doing his ‘Granny Emma’ routines during the morning, KNUS was Gordan McClendon’s new baby. KLIF was AM, old technology. FM was the wave of the future. Carola was happy to get me back to KILT. Your friend, Len

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BILL BRAGG [Voice of Big Tex The State Fair of Texas 2002-2012] (Dallas-Richardson, TX) Subject: Empty KTVT Studio on North Central. I enjoyed Bud’s comments about the empty KTVT Studios on North Central Expressway! I grew up very near that location and I stopped by every day during its construction to beg for a job. I found out what time the big boss from Ft. Worth made his daily visits to see the progress on the building; and I planned MY visits accordingly! I was the first one to be hired at that location. We did production during the day (working with folks like Sonny & Cher, Dick Van Dyke, Carol Burnett to name a few) and then we took turns to come back at 9:30 PM to run camera on the 10 o’clock News. Bill Bragg ( 47 years in Radio & TV Broadcasting The Voice of BIG TEX 2002-2012 The State Fair of Texas=

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JAY WALKER [CBS Radio Dallas/KJKK FM/KTSA-550/KTFM FM/Own Jay Walker Prod/40 Plus Years In Radio] (Dallas/Fort Worth, TX) Subject: Decreasing AM coverage. Charles George had mention he was having difficulty hearing 1390 around Dallas. The problem KBEC and all the other AM broadcasters are dealing with these days is the Dramatic increase in the spectrum noise floor caused by hundreds of new electronic devices unheard of in decades past. Pull into any convenience store parking lot and you find the AM band blasted with interference from lights, automatic door sensors, switching power supplies, an other devices to the point where only the local 50k AM is listenable, maybe. I recall reading reports that the ambient noise floor has risen 60db or more in some urban areas. That’s one of the many troubles the AM band faces… Merry Christmas Jim! Jay Walker

Brace BeemerTRIVIA ANSWER: On April 8, 1941, Earle Graser dies in a car accident. Brace Beemer takes over as the voice of The Lone Ranger from 1941 to the last new episode on September 3, 1954. Six feet, three inches tall Brace Beemer, is the voice of radio’s Lone Ranger for more than 13 years. Since 1933 Brace is an announcer on the WXYZ Detroit production from early in the series. Beemer stars in more than 3,000 episodes of The Lone Ranger Western radio adventure. On March 1, 1965 he dies at 62 after a heart attack.

CHUCK DUNAWAY [ex WABC-770, WKY-930, KILT-610, KLIF-1190] (Houston-Katy, TX) Subject: Media Confidential: December 7 Radio History. That 13 month stint at WABC helped get me a permanent spot in the history of radio. I disliked NYC so much. I left. I gave notice when I was ten months into the gig and Hal Neal took another three months while they searched for my replacement. My six year contract had six years with a renewable each year. I believe Herb, Bill Owen and I are the only survivors…Chuck

BOB DYLAN (May 24, 1941 – p) New York was a city where you could be frozen to death in the midst of a busy street and nobody would notice.

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