JIM ROSE REMEMBERS RADIO Issue #1148
November 19, 2012 [Monday]
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HONEY EXITS RADIO IN DISTRESS Syrian radio star Honey al Sayed struggles with exile, plus her country’s fate. Seven months ago, Honey flees the uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad and now lives as a refugee in Washington, D.C. Her problems begin when Assad imposes new rules on her radio broadcasts. She abandons her nationally broadcast radio show, Good Morning, Syria, which pulls in millions of listeners each day because of drastic new rules: Never, ever say the word “revolution". Protesters are to be called “terrorists” at all times. When a listener calls in to praise the president, you must agree in flowery terms. When suffering civilians beg you to describe their plight, you ignore them. Does that sound familiar? Eight months ago, Sayed beats it out of Damascus to further her studies, but cuts and runs from President Bashar Assad plus the rebel movement that slaughters media personalities who they believe are pro-government.
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TURN OUT THE LIGHTS FOR TWINKIES No more Twinkies! When an NFL team's hopes of winning a game on ABC TV's Monday Night Football falls flat, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Don Meredith sings Willie Nelson's tune Turn Out the Lights the Party's Over. After a debilitating week-old strike, Twinkie maker Hostess Brands owner shuts the doors to its plants. Hostess, maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread, lays off 18,500 workers and places its brands up for sale. Chief Executive Officer Gregory F. Rayburn issues a statement: We deeply regret the necessity of today’s decision, but we do not have the financial resources to weather an extended nationwide strike. Hostess Brands will move promptly to lay off most of its 18,500-member workforce and focus on selling its assets to the highest bidders. On eBay, hundreds hawk Twinkies with one seller exhibiting 500 Twinkies for $5,000.
TIME TO BUY A RADIO STATION IS NOW If you got the money, now's the time to buy a radio station. Talkers publisher Michael Harrison has positive news for the many recently laid-off radio management figures looking to apply their seasoned skills in a new and productive direction in the industry. They should consider radio station ownership! The mega-corporations who grab radio stations by the handfuls and consolidate them into factory conveyer belts now find themselves burdened with seemingly insurmountable debt. Talkers says that many corporations will spin off low profit properties and open up new opportunities for fresh blood in radio. Sandi Bergman, who owns www.RadioTVDeals.com is certain that there are many incredible opportunities for first-time buyers.
TRIVIA QUESTION: How long does it take Bill Conti and orchestra to record the movie Rocky's theme song and sound track? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•BOB SHANNON President/Owner of consulting company BobShannonWorks in Minneapolis, MN who is President of SpotMedia Services replaces retiring Tom Kay after 37 years as Conclave’s new Executive Director. Send your congratulations to Shannon at firstname.lastname@example.org. •WPRF FM Southeastern Broadcasting Gospel Praise 94.9 New Orleans/Houma/Reserve, LA flips call letters and format to Classic Country WGUO FM Gumbo 94.9. •ALEXANDRA WALLACE currently NBC News SVP replaces Jim Bell as Executive Producer of NBC TV's Today show. Bell, Today EP since 2005, becomes EP of NBC's Olympics coverage.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1955 KXMB TV CBS/ABC CH12 in Bismarck, ND begins broadcasting on November 19th. •1969 CONWAY TWITTY records Hello Darlin' on November 18th in an afternoon session at Bradley's Barn in Mt. Juliet, TN. •1972 KFIZ TV CH34 in Fond du Lac, WI suspends broadcasting on November 19th. •1980 JOHNNY LEE's single Lookin' For Love goes Gold on November 18th. •1995 THE BEATLE ANTHOLOGY premieres on ABC TV on November 19th. •2002 SHANIA TWAIN's album Up! releases on Mercury records on November 19th.
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CONNELL MILLER (Bella Vista, AR) Subject: "Happy Birthday!"... Hi Jim! Sendin' you some "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" wishes from our place to yours! That was an interesting bit on Bud Shank, John Phillips and the Mamas and Papas, but I'd like to add that it was also the great and killer congregation of studio pickers, collectively known as the "Wrecking Crew," who provided the instrumentation on the group's recordings! Hope you and Lacy have a good one on "your day" Friday! Connell
KEITH BILBREY [Larry's Country Diner RFD-TV/WSM-650 DJ/Grand Ole Opry Announcer] (Nashville, TN) Happy birthday, Jim. I enjoy your column.
JUDY & JOE SALVADOR (Las Vegas, NV) Birthday Boy...wishing you a fantastic day from Judy and Joe Salvador in Las Vegas, Nevada.
MARK BLACKWOOD [Lead singer Blackwood Quartet] (Knoxville, TN) Happy Birthday, Be Blessed today and everyday!
FRANK HALEY (Albuquerque, NM) Happy Birthday Jim. Give the pooch a hug for me...
JIMMY RABBITT (Grand Junction, CO) Happy Birthday Brother, and many more! My best to Lacy...Paz.
JONATHAN FRICKE (Nashville, TN) Happy Birthday Jim! Hope you are enjoying an awesome day. Celebrate like there is no tomorrow! Happy Birthday, my friend. And I hope you enjoy many more with friends, fun and good health. Jonathan Fricke
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MIKE BRAUN (Ft. Worth, TX) Subject: Obit: Paul Wagenschein, radio engineer. Jim, Sad news to report. Long-time radio engineer Paul Wagenschein passed away Sunday, November 11. Paul started as a disk jockey and engineer at several radio stations in Texas, including Marlin and Harlingen in the 1950s and early '60s. In 1965, he began a 35-year career with Baylor University's KWBU-FM in Waco. Here's a link to his obituary from the Waco Tribune-Herald: www.legacy.com/obituaries/wacotrib/obituary.aspx?n=paul-e-wagenschein&pid=161037686&fhid=8610#fbLoggedOut Mike Braun, Fort Worth, Texas
FR. BOB TOMLINSON (Jacksonville-Lake Striker, TX) Subject: Happy Birthday! A little late Jim but I wish you a Happy Birthday and hope you have a great year ahead. Thanks for all you do with JRRR. Bob Tomlinson
MIKE SHANNON (Dallas-Mesquite, TX) Happy birthday, my friend. Hope it's a good one. (www.KNUS99.com)
JOAN PATE-DAY (Cedar Creek Lake, TX) Happy Birthday Jim! Don't Spend Your Money For Flowers Just A Rose Will Do.
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BLAKE LINDSAY (Dallas-Addison TX) Subject: Happy Birthday Good Friend! Jim, I hope you have an enjoyable birthday. You have a bunch of fans, who are thinking of you. Do your best to make it a Blazin’ good year ahead Jim. Blake Lindsay
MIKE HARTMAN (Ft. Worth-Joshua, TX) Jim...I hope you have yourself a great birthday. May GOD richly bless you, in JESUS' Holy name. Thanks, again, for JRRR. Mike
EVELYN PATE ALLEN (Kemp, TX) Subject: birthday. I remember the tune [Too Old to Cut the Mustard Anymore] WELL. Ought to as Sam [Pate] sang that song over and over. Will give your greetings to ole S.D. gang. You're a spring chicken. I will be 88 in January. Jim, slow down. Do you ever take time out to relax or have fun? Lacy, you tell him to take you on a picnic.
TRIVIA ANSWER: It takes just three hours with a total budget of $25,000 for Bill Conti and his orchestra to record the movie Rocky's theme song along with the entire score for the film. In July 1977, Rocky's theme song, Gonna Fly Now, tops Billboard's Hot 100. Sylvester Stallone's role as Rocky Balboa turns the muscle-bound actor into a major film star. The picture earns over 117 million dollars in the U.S.
JOE FORD (Houston, TX) Happy Birthday Jim! Sorry about the late wishes but I just got to my emails today! Belated happiness and much good cake! Joe
JOHN HALE (McKinney, TX) Hey Jim, Happy birthday, prematurely! Sixty nine's quite an achievement...I've got three more years before I catch up with you, Hope you and Lacy are doing just fine. John Hale
FRANK SINATRA (1915-1998) May you live to be 100 and may the last voice you hear be mine.
Jim Rose and Lacy
Houston, Texas - Laus Deo
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