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ST. PATRICK'S DAY HAS A FATALITY
A NYC pub bans the traditional Irish tune Danny Boy for the entire month of March 2008. Shaun Clancy, who owns Foley's Pub and Restaurant, just off Fifth Avenue opposite the Empire State Building, says It's overplayed, it's been ranked among the 25 most depressing songs of all time, and it's more appropriate for a funeral than for a St. Patrick's Day celebration. The 38-year-old Shaun, who begins his bartending journey at the young age of 12 at his father's pub in County Cavan, gives a promise of a free Guinness for anyone who sings any other traditional Irish song at the pub's March 11 pre-St. Patrick's Day karaoke party. In contrast, A Detroit pub, AJ's Cafe in Ferndale, MI, has a Danny Boy marathon on St. Patrick's Day weekend, that features 1,000 versions of the tune over a 50 hour period. According to Malachy McCourt, author of the book Danny Boy: The Legend of the Beloved Irish Ballad, English lawyer Frederick Edward Weatherly, who never visits Ireland, writes the words to Danny Boy. His sister-in-law sends him the music to an old Irish song, The Derry Air. Weatherly's new version of the tune publishes in 1913. Opera singer, Ernestine Schumann-Heink, records Danny Boy in 1915 and it becomes a big hit. Bing Crosby records Danny Boy in the 1940s. We also remember the tune as the theme song of TV's Danny Thomas Show from 1953 to 1964. In 1967, Ray Price hits #9 with the tune which gives his career a new direction.
PAUL DUCKWORTH RETIRES
In late 2007, Paul Duckworth PD of Citadel News/Talk WMAL-630 Washington, D.C. retires from radio. Al Peterson of NTS Aircheck Today reports that Chris Berry WMAL President/GM says he finds Paul's perfect replacement: I have found who I believe is the perfect person for the job - Paul Duckworth! I am very excited that retirement did not agree with Paul and I think you will agree with me that he is the perfect choice! Paul returns to his old post on WMAL on March 31, 2008. Salute!
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•RADIO & RECORDS-Happy 35th anniversary! •WBZT FM (The Buzzard 96.7) Greenville, SC Clear Channel Rock flips to Contemporary Christian as Shine 96.7. •NICK JACKSON former BRMB Drive-time presenter joins Virgin Radio to host the Saturday & Sunday breakfast show from 6am-10am. NICK's credentials include Original 106, Century FM & Trent FM. •WARNER MUSIC GROUP issues lawsuit against music search company Seeqpod. •PAUL TURCOTTE is the new SVP/Advertising Sales for Sirius Satellite Radio. •MADONNA & her husband Guy Ritchie buy The Punchbowl Pub in London's Mayfair.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1950 CBS-TV's 1st broadcast of What's My Line on on February 2nd. •1960 PAM GADD singer-songwriter with Wild Rose (1987-94) Porter Wagoner's last duet partner (2004) born on February 5th in Independence, MO. •1975 JOHN LENNON releases Rock 'n' Roll album on February 21st. •1987 CLIFTON CHENIER Cajun musician dies on December 12th. •1990 HARD ROCK CAFE opens in Las Vegas, NV on September 10th. •2002 CHRIS CAGLE's first album Play It Loud certifies Gold on March 13th.
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ANDY WALDROP (Houston, TX)ABBA Drummer Dies Accidentally. ABBA's long-time drummer Ola Brunkert dies accidentally in his Mallorca, Spain home over the weekend, CNN reports. Brunkert, who plays on all of ABBA's albums, reportedly dies when a broken piece of glass punctures his throat. Police speculate that he may have fallen against a glass partition, breaking it into pieces, one of which cuts his throat.
FABRIS GIOVANNI LUCA (Italy) email@example.com Subject: Red Smith. Hi Jim and Tejas, Glad to hear from you all! Hope you're fine..Last time nothing surfaced but I'm always sure something happens... Thanks again for your help... Hope somethings happens... Luca and...Happy Easter!
MOSES DRUXMAN (DFW-Azle, TX) I enjoyed that story very much. I have heard a lot about my grandfather. I have heard that I am very similar in action and looks to my grandfather. and I would enjoy seeing that picture. Thank you, Moses Druxman
CHARLIE OCHS (Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL) Good morning Jim…I was nosing around the internet today trying to find the name of the GM at KODA in the 80s and happened upon your website. The reason I was looking for the KODA GM’s name is because I was sending an engineer my recollections of the day the Senior Road Tower fell in 1982. What a great site you have remembering the old days in Houston. I was the morning guy and then the PD of KIKK from 1977-1984. Those were some golden years for me because KIKK was such a huge, well respected station (may it rest in peace). When I was made PD in 1980 Bill Figenshu, who had been the PD and was named the VP of Programming for Viacom, told me to treat it like a runaway freight train careening down a mountain and my job was to tap it on the sides and keep it on the tracks. I was usually successful at keeping it in the road…usually…well…sometimes. We were a bunch of wild characters back then…what fun! CBS’s CEO Dan Mason (who was the GM of KFMK back in the early 80s) and I were talking the other day about Houston and remembered the day when his morning guy, Lee Jolly, was busted for raising marijuana plants at his house. My News Director, Chuck Wolf, called me at about 5:30 AM and told me it was all over the newspapers and TV but wanted my okay to go with the story. I told him we couldn’t ignore it or we could be accused of covering up a major story for another radio guy so he should do it once at 6:00 and once at 7:00 and then leave it alone. It was probably too early in the morning for me to realize Chuck would do it in the style he did everything. So instead of saying something like "a local morning disc jockey, Lee Jolly, has been arrested for growing and possessing marijuana plants…" He did it in his normal, dramatic style... "KFMK morning guy Lee Jolly…BUSTED…yes, it’s a hot house bust in fashionable..." Well, Dan was not amused. He called Nick Trigony who was the GM of KIKK back then, and he handled it in typical Nick fashion… "That was Charlie’s decision, call him…" Dan called me and let me know how unhappy he was with me. We can now laugh about it…I should have told Chuck to do it dead pan (a tough thing for Chuck…one of the world’s great news people) and Dan said he later thought "what was Charlie supposed to do, ignore something that was all over the media?" It was interesting leafing through all the comments from old friends like Brad Messer and Bill Young. Keep up the good work. Charlie Ochs, SrVP, CBS Radio Tampa Manager, St. Petersburg, FL WQYK FM/AM, WRBQ, WLLD, WSJT, WYUU
TOM ASWELL (Denham Springs, LA) Subject: Elvis and his Hayride TV appearance. I knew about his first appearance on the hayride. Horace Logan, the producer, said in his book the date was Oct. 9 but every other source I checked cited the date as Oct. 16 and all supporting documentation I could find indicated the 16th was correct. I just found out over the weekend that Roy Orbison appeared on the Hayride in June of 1956, less than two years after Elvis. Now there was a voice. Elvis, seeing Orbison in his audience in Las Vegas, introduced him as the best singer in the world. I ran a "make it or break it" promo with Pretty Woman when it came out and it was the only record to ever have a 100% thumbs up in all of the "make it or break it" promos I ran.
HORACE LOGAN's book, Louisiana Hayride Years, is a really good read. In 1967, Horace is a weekend DJ on KPCN-730 in Dallas when I'm in the noon-3pm spot. Too young to realize what a legend Horace Logan is. He once tells me that Willie Nelson writes most of his early classics as they are carpet-layers in Dallas, TX. Bill Mack is sign-on to 9am. Groovy Joe Poovey comes on from 9am-noon. Randy Ryder is 3pm to sign-off. Both Joe and Randy are wonderful fun guys and good friends. In 1967, KPCN is a great place to be on the radio. KPCN has lots of listeners but when KBOX-1480 switches from Top 40 to Country with their 24 hour signal, it just about wipes KPCN off the map. By that time, I'm a DJ on 50,000 watt clear channel WFAA-820 with calls and letters from all over America. Funny thing. Randy Ryder mentions to me that each evening when he turns off the KPCN transmitter, my WFAA radio show comes blaring through the KPCN control room moniter speakers. Those were the days, my friend.
JOAN PATE-DAY (Cedar Creek Lake,TX) Now Jim admit it, you radio guys made some dilly of mistakes in past broadcasting days. You all laughed about it, right? I know my brother Sam Pate had a few himself. I may never live down making a mistake on his address to send him a card. But I put the address before he moved into his new home. So please run the correction as I have received a few emails. His correct address is Sam Pate; 8009 Shasta; McKinney, TX 75071. I promise this is the correct address. His telephone number is 1-972-569-8285. Aw Jim, what would we do without you?
DAN ROSEN (Tokyo-Kamakura, Japan) Hi Jim, It's 6:30 p.m where I am; 3:30 a.m. in Pasadena, TX and the surrounding area. I suppose KBAT played the Anne Murray singles, including "Snowbird" (which she sings with Sarah Brightman on the Duets album). However, I guess they didn't play much off the albums. Hence, my good fortune in receiving them. I had some nice e-mail with Paul Kelly/Bill Hoadley. What a kick to be in touch after all this time. As for your suggestion I take over Clear Channel... Except for football and basketball coaches, nobody gets rich working at a university. And insofar as remuneration for television writers is concerned, well...you can guess what that's like by looking at the situation in the U.S. these days. So, I'm afraid I'm not in a position to launch a takeover bid. However, if I were, you can be sure that Jim Rose would be my choice for Programming Czar. Best, Dan
DAVY JONES (December 30, 1945-p) Once you're in, you're in. It's like the Mafia...once a Monkee, always a Monkee.
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