Monday, June 26, 2017

East TX Radio: Alpha Flips KOOI 106.5 To Jack-FM

Alpha Media, East Texas announced the addition of 106.5 Jack FM to KOOI, Jacksonville-Tyler TX. The station previously known as Sunny 106.5, switched to Jack FM today, June 26th.

For the first time in several years, listeners in East Texas will hear artists such as U2, No Doubt, Lynyrd Skynard, Prince, Adele, The Rolling Stones, Hootie and The Blowfish, and many more. Jack plays songs that people know and can sing along with, making it perfect for work and play.

Alpha Media VP of Programming, Ronnie Stanton commented on the announcement, “Jack FM is such a fun, exciting brand and we are excited to add another Jack to the Alpha stable. We believe we will bring a refreshing new sound to East Texas and some of the genuine fun the Jack brand is famous for around the world.”

KOOI 106.5 FM (100 Kw) Red=Local Coverage Area
“We are very excited to bring Jack FM to 106.5 KOOI on the best and largest FM signal there is in East Texas. Jack FM will quickly take over the adult listeners in East Texas, playing their favorite songs along with the Jack mystique,” remarked Cary Camp, Alpha Media, East Texas Market Manager.

Colorado Springs Radio: KVOR Inks New Falcons Broadcast Deal

Cumulus Media announces that it has entered into a multi-year partnership with IMG College to broadcast Air Force Academy athletic events.

The new agreement renews a successful partnership with the Academy that has been in place for 35 years. Air Force football and men’s basketball games will continue to be heard on KVOR 740 AM, Colorado CO while hockey games and select women’s basketball games will be heard on Xtra Sports 1300 KCSF-AM.

KVOR 740 AM (33 KwD, 15 KwN DA2
The stations will also broadcast coaches’ shows for football, men’s basketball and hockey. Veteran broadcaster, Jim Arthur, will remain as the radio “Voice of the Falcons”.

Scott Jones, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media-Colorado Springs, said: “We’re thrilled, once again, to be broadcasting the Falcons’ games. Our partnership with IMG and the Academy is extremely important to our entire operation. We’re honored to bring listeners the play-by-play and I know Jim is very excited to continue his work in the broadcast booth.  He’s one of the very best.”

IMG College represents the multimedia rights for more than 80 collegiate institutions across the country and operates the nation’s largest independent sports radio network.

“We are excited to continue our longstanding relationship with Cumulus Media to bring Air Force Academy Athletics to radio listeners,” said Paul Woody, General Manager of Air Force IMG Sports Marketing. “Fans can continue to rely on the familiar voice of Jim Arthur to tell them everything they need to know about the Falcons.”

National Radio Hall of Fame Announces 2017 Class of Inductees

The 25-person National Radio Hall of Fame Nominating Committee presented 24 individuals and shows worthy of consideration to listeners and industry peers and the voting results are in.  In just three years since public voting was reinstituted, the National Radio Hall of Fame reports an unprecedented level of audience participation with nearly 300,000 votes cast for Music Format On-Air Personality and Spoken Word On-Air Personality.

The increase is attributed to the ever-more creative campaigning waged by nominees as well as the newly offered online voting mechanism in addition to texting.



The inductees by public vote are:

Music Format On-Air Personality
  • Bobby Bones, The Bobby Bones Show; syndicated by Premiere Networks
Spoken Word On-Air Personality
  • Bill Handel, The Bill Handel Show; KFI AM 640 Los Angeles; Handel on the Law; syndicated by Premiere Networks 
Four of the categories were decided by a voting participant panel comprised of nearly 1,000 industry professionals.



The inductees by this panel are:
  • Tom Barnard, The Tom Barnard Show, KQRS-FM Minneapolis Active Local/Regional, 10+ years
  • John Records Landecker, renowned DJ, most notably on WLS-AM and WJMK-FM, Chicago Longstanding Local/Regional, 20+ years
  • Sean Hannity, The Sean Hannity Show; syndicated by Premiere Networks Active Network/Syndication, 10+ years
  • Robin Quivers, The Howard Stern Show; SiriusXM  Longstanding Network/Syndication, 20+ years
Additionally, the National Radio Hall of Fame nominating committee voted to induct two individuals for their contribution to the industry.

Those inductees are:
  • Joseph M. Field, Chairman/Founder Entercom Communications Corp.
  • Robert S. “Bob” Sievers, the late legendary Fort Wayne, Indiana air personality who was on WOWO Radio for 51 years.
National Radio Hall of Fame Chairman Kraig T. Kitchin comments, “Each year the enthusiasm and participation from those in our industry and the voting public grows by leaps and bounds.  We’re so happy to induct this truly deserving, talented group of broadcasters this year into the National Radio Hall of Fame.”

The black-tie optional induction ceremony takes place at the home of the National Radio Hall of Fame – the Museum of Broadcast Communications in downtown Chicago  on Nov. 2.  Tickets are now available at www.radiohof.org.  A portion of ticket purchases is a tax deductible charitable donation to the Museum.

Leading radio imaging and production company The Mix Group is the presenting sponsor of the National Radio Hall of Fame Induction ceremony.

Report: Tim Westergren To EXIT Pandora

Tim Westergren
(Reuters) -- Music streaming service Pandora Media Inc's founder and chief executive, Tim Westergren, plans to step down, Recode reported citing people familiar with the company's plans.

The company has not yet selected a replacement for Westergren, who is likely to stay on at Pandora until a new chief executive is in place, Recode reported on Sunday. bit.ly/2sc8ciP

Westergren, who co-founded Pandora in 2000, served as its Chief Executive and president from May 2002 to July 2004, before returning to the company as its chief executive last year.

The company could not be immediately reached for comment.

Earlier this month, Sirius XM Holdings Inc said it would invest $480 million in Pandora, giving the satellite radio company better exposure to internet music streaming while providing financial footing to Pandora.

Pandora faces stiff competition from services such as Sweden's Spotify, Apple Inc's Apple Music, Google Play Music and Amazon.com Inc's Amazon Music Unlimited, which dominate the on-demand music service market.

Pandora posted a net loss of $343M in 2016, on annual revenues of $1.39B.

According to SEC documents,, the platform’s total active user count in the 30 days to end of March this year stood at 76.7M. Compared to the previous year, that figure has shrunk by 2.7M people.

Monday's Hot Links: What Others Are Saying


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Cable News Wars: Inside the Unprecedented Battle for Viewers in Trump Era

Nielsen: Country Format Is Radio's Fav

Nielsen's just-released update on the State of The Media 2017 includes a ranking of  radio's favorite programming formats.

According to Nielsen, the country format Rules.  It reaches more Americans than any other platform, a stat that is solidly up from 2016.

Ranked by the percentage share of total listening, Nielsen Audio’s top 20 radio formats are:


Survey: Most Still Not Happy With Cable Provider

Most pay-TV providers continue to do a poor job of leaving their customers feeling like their service is worth the money, according to the latest ratings from Consumer Reports, the not-for-profit ratings organization.

According to USAToday, this includes some of the country’s largest operators, such as Comcast, Spectrum (formerly Charter/Time Warner Cable) and Cox Communications Cable, all of which earned low scores in multiple categories, including value and customer service.

Want good service? Move to Chattanooga, Tenn., where EPB Fiber, a municipal broadband service run as a public utility, earns standout ratings from the magazine. Or in one of the handful of markets supplied by Google Fiber, a service offered by the huge Internet search company. Both earned high scores from the Consumer Reports survey for overall satisfaction, reliability and equipment, and were the only two of the more than 30 providers in the ratings to get better than the lowest score for value.

And two smaller cable companies, Armstrong and Consolidated Communications, did better than most. Armstrong operates in several states, including Kentucky, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Consolidated runs both fiber and traditional cable services in 11 states, including parts of California, Pennsylvania and Texas, as well as in several Midwestern states.

Meanwhile, according to the magazine, Charter's and Comcast's fiber offerings earned middle-of-the-pack scores, ahead of their lower-scoring traditional cable plans. Frontier Fiber and perennial low-scorer Mediacom Cable trailed all other companies, joined by Atlantic Broadband Cable, Cable One Cable and Spectrum.

Study: Online+Social Media Top Source For News

The Reuters Institute For The Study of Journalism has released its 2017 report which reveals new insights about digital news consumption based on a YouGov survey of over 70,000 online news consumers in 36 countries including the US and UK.

The report focuses on the issues of trust in the era of fake news, changing business models and the role of platforms.

This year’s report comes amid intense soul-searching in the news industry about fake news, failing business models, and the power of platforms. And yet our research casts new and surprising light on some of the prevailing narratives around these issues.

The internet and social media may have exacerbated low trust and ‘fake news’, but we find that in many countries the underlying drivers of mistrust are as much to do with deep-rooted political polarisation and perceived mainstream media bias.



Echo chambers and filter bubbles are undoubtedly real for some, but we also find that – on average – users of social media, aggregators, and search engines experience more diversity than non-users.
With data covering more than 30 countries and five continents, this research is a reminder that the digital revolution is full of contradictions and exceptions. Countries started in different places, and are not moving at the same pace. These differences are captured in individual country pages that can be found towards the end of this report. They contain critical industry context written by experts – as well as key charts and data points.

Some of the key findings from our 2017 research:
  • Growth in social media for news is flattening out in some markets, as messaging apps that are (a) more private and (b) tend not to filter content algorithmically are becoming more popular.
  • Only a quarter (24%) of our respondents think social media do a good job in separating fact from fiction, compared to 40% for the news media. The qualitative data suggest that users feel the combination of a lack of rules and viral algorithms are encouraging low quality and ‘fake news’ to spread quickly.
  • There are wide variations in trust across our 36 countries. The proportion that says they trust the news is highest in Finland (62%), but lowest in Greece and South Korea (23%).
  • In most countries, there is a strong connection between distrust in the media and perceived political bias. This is particularly true in countries with high levels of political polarisation like the United States, Italy, and Hungary.
  • Almost a third of our sample (29%) say they often or sometimes avoid the news. For many, this is because it can have a negative effect on mood. For others, it is because they can’t rely on news to be true.
  • Mobile marches on, outstripping computer access for news in an increasing number of countries. Mobile news notifications have grown significantly in the last year, especially in the US (+8 percentage points), becoming an important new route to content and giving a new lease of life to news apps.
  • In a related development there has been a significant growth in mobile news aggregators, notably Apple News, but also Snapchat Discover for younger audiences. Both have doubled usage with their target groups in the last year.
  • Smartphones are now as important for news inside the home as outside. More smartphone users now access news in bed (46%) than use the device when commuting to work.
  • Voice-activated digital assistants like the Amazon Echo are emerging as a new platform for news, already outstripping smart watches in the US, UK, and Germany.
  • In terms of online news subscriptions, the report sees a very substantial ‘Trump bump’ in the US (from 9 to 16%) along with a tripling of news donations. Most of those new payments have come from the young – a powerful corrective to the idea that young people are not prepared to pay for online media, let alone news.
  • Ad-blocking growth has stalled on desktop (21%) and remains low on smartphones (7%). Over half say they have temporarily disabled their ad-blocker for news in countries like Poland (57%), Denmark (57%), and the United States (52%).

CNN's Stelter Labels Fox&Friends Trump Infomercial


During today’s broadcast of CNN’s Reliable Sources, host Brian Stelter took aim at one of his network’s competitors, suggesting that they are little more than a propaganda distributor for President Donald Trump.

“What would a daily infomercial for the Trump presidency look like? Actually, we don’t have to wonder. We have the answer right in front of us. It’s called Fox & Friends,” Stelter noted at the start of the segment.

Pointing out that the president has given the only two interviews he’s conducted in the past six weeks to the program, he explained that they observed Fox & Friends for a whole week and found that it is “Trump’s safe space.”

Stelter added, ” The show is about showering Trump with positive attention and burying his enemies with negative attention.”

The CNN senior media correspondent went on to play various clips of the show’s hosts parroting White House talking points about Russian collusion, special counsel Robert Mueller, and the mainstream media.

CNN Pulls Fake Story Tying Russia To Trump Associates


On Thursday evening, CNN investigative reporter Thomas Frank published a potentially explosive report involving an investigation of a Russian investment fund with potential ties to several associates of President Donald Trump.

But, according to philly.com, by Friday night, the story was removed from CNN’s website and all links were scrubbed from the network’s social media accounts.

“That story did not meet CNN’s editorial standards and has been retracted,” CNN said in an editors note posted in place of the story. “Links to the story have been disabled.”

Neither Frank or CNN immediately responded to requests for comment, and a spokesperson for the Senate Intelligence Committee wasn’t available to comment.

Frank, a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2012 while at USA Today, had reported that the Senate Intelligence Committee was investigating a “$10-billion Russian investment fund whose chief executive met with a member of President Donald Trump’s transition team four days before Trump’s inauguration.”

In addition to retracting its story, CNN also apologized to Anthony Scaramucci, an adviser to Trump during the presidential campaign and a member of his transition team’s executive committee, who was mentioned in the story as having met Kirill Dmitriev, the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) that the network said is overseen by Vnesheconombank, a state-run bank that is currently under U.S. sanctions.

According to the report,  the meeting between Scarmucci and Dmitriev could have included the issue of sanctions being lifted, but a spokesperson for the RDIF told Sputnik News, a state-run Russian news channel, that the fund is not a part of Vnesheconombank.

Over the weekend it was learned CNN president Jeff Zucker is personally involved in the internal investigation into a now-retracted hit piece, sources inside CNN with direct knowledge confirmed to Breitbart News.

Meanwhile, Senate Democrats find themselves on the hot seat as insiders point to leftist staff for members like Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) as being responsible for the thinly-sourced hit piece. Staff for Harris deny any involvement, but Warren staff have not responded.


Also over the weekend, CNN imposed strict new publishing restrictions for online articles involving Russia after the network deleted a story and then issued a retraction late Friday, according to an internal email obtained by BuzzFeed News.

The new restrictions also apply to other areas of the network — not just CNNMoney, which wasn't involved with the article that was deleted and retracted.

Bill O'Reilly: Not Sure Of A TV Return


In an interview on Friday, former cable-news star Bill O’Reilly dropped more information about the digital web show he’s developing and suggested he’s still considering whether to return to television, according to TheBlaze.

Speaking to Glenn Beck on “The Glenn Beck Radio Program,” O’Reilly said, “I don’t know,” when asked if he’d like to return to television.

“I don’t know yet. It has to be the right vehicle,” O’Reilly said. “It has to be a vehicle that’s competitive, because I’m having fun. … I never wake up and say, ‘Gee, I wish I could commute to New York City today for an hour and a half and walk into a tension-packed cauldron.”

On June 18, The Blaze reported O’Reilly is in the process of building a small news production team, including a team of journalists and at least one producer who used to work for Fox News.

Several conservative news outlets have reportedly been courting O’Reilly since he was fired from the Fox News Channel in April, but the cable-news giant has yet to agree to join any of the media companies, choosing instead to continue developing BillOReilly.com.



O’Reilly joins Glenn Beck every Friday on “The Glenn Beck Radio Program” to discuss important issues of the day.

Report: Facebook In Talks To Produce Original TV-Quality Shows

Facebook Inc is in talks with Hollywood studios about producing scripted, TV-quality shows, with an aim of launching original programming by late summer, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

The social networking giant has indicated that it was willing to commit to production budgets as high as $3 million per episode, in meetings with Hollywood talent agencies, the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Facebook is hoping to target audiences from ages 13 to 34, with a focus on the 17 to 30 range. The company has already lined up "Strangers", a relationship drama, and a game show, "Last State Standing", the report said.

Facebook could not be immediately reached for comment.

The company is expected to release episodes in a traditional manner, instead of dropping an entire season in one go like Netflix Inc. and Amazon.com Inc., WSJ reported.

The company is also willing to share its viewership data with Hollywood, the report said.

Apple Inc hired co-presidents of Sony Pictures Television, Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, earlier this month, to lead its video-programming efforts.

Apple began its long-awaited move into original television series last week, with a reality show called "Planet of the Apps", an unscripted show about developers trying to interest celebrity mentors with a 60-second pitch on an escalator.

The company's future programming plans include an adaptation of comedian James Corden's "Carpool Karaoke" segment from his CBS Corp (CBS.N) show that will begin airing in August.

Amazon Puts Alexa On Sale Today Only


The Amazon Echo is currently on sale at its lowest price of all time.

We repeat: the Amazon Echo is currently on sale at its lowest price of all time. This is not a drill, people, but it is a very limited-time offer. For 24 hours only on Monday, June 26, Amazon is shaving $50 off the regular price of its wildly popular Echo smart speaker. That means you can score one for just $129.99, which is an all-time low. Not even Amazon’s Black Friday pricing last year was able to match this sale, but it ends at one minute before midnight tonight (Eastern Time)

Here are some highlights from the Amazon Echo product page:
  • Plays all your music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more using just your voice
  • Introducing Alexa calling and messaging, a new way to be together with family and friends. Just ask Alexa to call or message anyone with an Echo, Echo Dot, or the Alexa App.
  • Fills the room with immersive, 360º omni-directional audio
  • Hears you from across the room with far-field voice recognition, even while music is playing
  • Answers questions, reads the news, reports traffic and weather, reads audiobooks from Audible, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules, and more using the Alexa Voice Service
  • Controls lights, fans, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, locks, and more with compatible connected devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Nest, ecobee, and others

Always getting smarter and adding new features, plus thousands of skills like Uber, Domino’s, DISH, and more

The Beatles Classic "All You Need Is Love" Turns 50


On June 25, 1967, The Beatles joined "Our World," a live global television production broadcast in 25 countries, to perform their new song, "All You Need Is Love."

'Sunday Morning' yesterday, Jane Pauley looked back 50 years ago to the debut of a classic.



R.I.P.: Longtime NEPA Newsman, Radio Host L-A Tarone

Louis Tarone
Longtime journalist, columnist and radio personality Louis “L.A.” Tarone died Sunday after a bout with lung cancer, according to a statement from Newsradio WILK 980 AM / 103.1 FM.

Tarone passed away peacefully, WILK staff wrote in a Facebook post, and had been in good spirits up until the last few days.

He was 58.

Tarone had broadcast weekday evenings starting in 2014, but recently moved up to the 3-to-6 p.m. time slot to replace the departed Steve Corbett.

Tarone had been a reporter and was currently a columnist for the Standard-Speaker in Hazleton and was past news director for WYLN-TV.

R.I.P.: Radio Personality Tony 'The Tiger' Taylor Was 86


Tony “The Tiger” Taylor, who hosted mid-days at Top40 WQXI 790 AM in the mid-1960s, has died of leukemia.

Taylor, whose real named was William Wahl, was 80, according to Rodney Ho to ajc.com.

Tony Taylor
Kent Burkhart, who hired Taylor when he was the manager at WQXI (“Quixie in Dixie”), remembers hearing Taylor on a New York station and recruited him down to Atlanta in 1965. His fake, snappier, radio-friendly name was given to him at the station, Burkhart said, a common practice at that time.

“He was a very bright, sharp-sounding disc jockey that everybody loved,” Burkhart said.

Taylor left Atlanta for a time to work in radio in New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. Once he returned to Atlanta in the mid-1970s, he did a lot of voice-over work over the years, including the first commercial spokesman for Atlanta-based Home Depot. He opened his own ad agency until his retirement in 2006.

While away from Atlanta, Tony was successful in the 12-3 slot at WOR-FM. He moved to Metromedia’s WIP in Philadelphia where he was named the Bill Gavin Program Director of the Year in 1969. Metromedia transferred him to their Los Angeles station, KLAC. After about a year, he was lured back to New York and WNBC. He also became the youngest NBC staff announcer, at the time, and was a host of the highly regarded program Monitor on the NBC radio network.

He was inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame in 2008.

While at the ad agency, he’d do some fill-in work at Quixie on weekends. Here’s an audio sample of Taylor’s work from 1983 on April Fool’s Day pretending it was the mid 1960s.

June 26 Radio History


➦In 1909...Elvis Presleys’ manager, the late Colonel Tom Parker was born in the Netherlands. Before managing Elvis, Parker handled the careers of Minnie Pearl, Eddy Arnold, Hank Snow and Tom Mix.  Presley was convinced he wouldn’t have hit it as big without Parker’s guidance, and in the latter years was splitting the take with Parker 50/50.  He died Jan 21 1997 after a stroke at age 87.


Alex Drier
➦In 1916...news commentator & anchor Alex Dreier was born in Honolulu Hawaii.

He did radio commentaries for NBC from 1942-45 and 1951-56.  As Chicago’s ‘man on the go’ he anchored first at WNBQ and then WBKB-TV’s top rated news in the late 50’s and 60.  He later moved to California where he pursued a TV acting career and was a newscaster for KTTV.

He died March 11 2000 at age 83.


➦In 1933…the Kraft Music Hall debuted on NBC radio. It turned out to be one of radio’s longest-running hits. The first programs, designed to introduce Miracle Whip salad dressing, presented Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra. Singer Al Jolson became the host of the show in 1934, and Bing Crosby’s decade at the KMH helm began in 1936.



The Kraft Music Hall continued on NBC radio until 1949 and then on TV for many more years ; the first year as Milton Berle Starring in the Kraft Music Hall, later it was Perry Como‘s Kraft Music Hall for four seasons. From 1967 on, TV’s Kraft Music Hall featured a variety of guest hosts. Bring on the Velveeta and the Philadelphia brand cream cheese!


➦In 1949...entertainer Fred Allen ended his amazing radio career as host of his own show. Allen was attempting a transition to TV. Guest on his final show was his old pal, Jack Benny. Allen’s caustic wit didn’t play well on TV and he quickly found himself out of broadcasting, except for his many panel appearances on the original What’s My Line.


➦In 1959…"Mad Daddy" Pete Myers broadcast his last show on WHK-AM, Cleveland, Ohio.

Pete Myers 1959
In January 1958, Pete "Mad Daddy" Myers joined WJW-AM  from WHKK 640 AM in Akron. His "Mad Daddy" persona later was adapted by Ernie Anderson for his "Ghoulardi" character on sister station WJW-TV in 1963. Myers' show was heard nightly from 8 pm to 12:30 am. Myers had a brief but meteoric career at WJW, lasting only until May 13, 1958, when he resigned to go to Metromedia's WHK which was establishing itself as the new Top 40 powerhouse in Cleveland.

WJW enforced a 90-day noncompete clause, and "Mad Daddy" could not be heard on WHK until August 10. To keep his name in front of the public while he was off the air, Myers concocted a publicity stunt on June 14, 1958, parachuting from a Piper Cub 2200 feet over Lake Erie, and composing a poem on his way down.

He was fished out the waters shortly thereafter, and handed out copies of the 45 record "Zorro" to hundreds of fans who greeted him when he got to shore.




"Mad Daddy" reached the peak of his popularity at WHK, hosting record hops and live after-midnight shows dressed in a Dracula costume. In July 1959 he moved to WHK's sister station in New York, WNEW 1130 AM, where "Mad Daddy" was not well received. He played it straight as Pete Myers there until 1963, when he moved to 1010 WINS and resumed the "Mad Daddy Show." This show was syndicated to other stations until WINS changed format to all-news in 1965.

As again just Pete Myers, he returned to WNEW once more. Myers lived until October 4, 1968, when he took his own life in New York City.


➦In 1971…WNEW-FM in New York City became the first radio station to play Don McLean's "American Pie," aired in its 8-minute, 36-second entirety.



➦In 1977…Elvis Presley's final concert took place at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. Before the show Elvis was presented with a plaque commemorating the 2 billionth Presley record to come out of RCA's pressing plant. He appeared pale, weak, and overweight, but the only thing out of the ordinary about this show was that Elvis inexplicably introduced almost everyone in his life while on stage. Some took this as "proof" that he knew his end was near.   He died 51 days later.


➦In 1990...8 Radio stations in Kansas and Oklahoma boycott k d lang, due to her anti-meat ad.

k d lang
LS Radio Inc., a Wichita-based company with seven stations in Kansas and one in Oklahoma, pulled k.d. lang's records Thursday. So did the Shepherd Group, which has three stations in Missouri and one in Montana.

The spot also irritated Larry Steckline, a Wichita broadcaster who owns five country stations in Kansas, the top beef state in the United States. Steckline, a farmer-rancher, said he had ''no problem with her being a vegetarian. . . . My problem is somebody with a name in this industry coming down hard on the number one industry in our state. That's not what I call ladylike.''

Great Empire Broadcasting Inc., another Kansas chain with 10 stations in five states, gathered listener reaction as it considered joining the boycott. Mike Oatman, Great Empire's chief executive officer and general manager of a station in Wichita, reported that 60 percent of the callers favored continuing to play k.d. lang's records and 40 percent favored banning them.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

June 25 Radio History




➦In 1942...the first broadcast of the unique, hilariously-scripted panel show “It Pays to Be Ignorant” was aired on WOR Radio and the Mutual Broadcasting System. It eventually spanned 9 years on the air, moving first (in 1944) to CBS and in 1951 to NBC.

The satirical series featured "a board of experts who are dumber than you are and can prove it." Tom Howard was the quizmaster who asked questions of dim-bulb panelists Harry McNaughton, Lulu McConnell and George Shelton.

Each episode would start with some jokes ("Do married men live longer than single men?"... "No, it only seems longer.") and an introduction of the experts. After this, three or four questions would be discussed in detail: some posed by Howard, some picked at random by a guest from the audience. These questions often had the answer obvious in the query ("What town in Massachusetts had the Boston Tea Party?") or were common knowledge.


➦In 1949…Billboard magazine changed the name of its country music hit parade from Hillbilly Music Chart to Country & Western.


➦In 1970…The U.S. Federal Communications Commission ruled it illegal for radio stations to put telephone calls on the air without the permission of the person being called.


➦In 1976...songwriter/singer & broadcast personality Johnny Mercer, who wrote the lyrics to more than 1,000 songs, including That old Black Magic, Swinging on a Star, Accentuate the Positive, Hooray for Hollywood, and Days of Wine & Roses,  who had 19 Academy Award nominations, died asa result of brain cancer surgery at age 66.  In 1942 he had become a co-founder of Capitol Records.


➦In 1988...Radio disc jockey Mildred E. Gillars, better known during World War Two as "Axis Sally" for her Nazi propaganda broadcasts, died. She was 87. Gillars served 12 years in prison for treason.

Mildred Gillars
Born Mildred Elizabeth Sisk in Portland, Maine, she took the surname Gillars in 1911 after her mother remarried. At 16, she moved to Conneaut, Ohio, with her family.  In 1918 she enrolled at Ohio Wesleyan University to study dramatic arts but left before graduating. She then moved to Greenwich Village, New York City, where she worked in various low-skill jobs to finance drama lessons. She toured with stock companies and appeared in vaudeville but she was unable to establish a theatrical career.

In 1929, Gillars left the U.S. for France. In 1934 she moved to Dresden, Germany, to study music, later being employed as a teacher of English at the Berlitz School of Languages in Berlin.

In 1940 she obtained work as an announcer with the Reichs-Rundfunk-Gesellschaft (RRG), German State Radio.

By 1941, as the U.S. State Department was advising American nationals to return home, Gillars chose to stay in Germany after her fiancé, a naturalized German citizen named Paul Karlson, said that he would never marry her if she returned to the United States.

Until 1942 Gillars' broadcasts were largely apolitical. This changed when Max Otto Koischwitz, the program director in the USA Zone at the RRG, cast Gillars in a new show called Home Sweet Home.

Soon she acquired several names amongst her GI listeners, including Berlin Bitch, Berlin Babe, Olga, and Sally, but the one that became most common was "Axis Sally".

She remained in Berlin until the end of the war. Her last broadcast was on May 6, 1945, just two days before the German surrender.


➦In 2006…Music producer/arrranger Arif Martin, who spent 30 years with Atlantic Records, died from pancreatic cancer at age 74.

Arif Martin
He produced many hit artists including The Rascals, Carly Simon, Petula Clark, Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand, the Bee Gees, Diana Ross, Queen, Patti Labelle, Aretha Franklin, Lulu, Anita Baker, Judy Collins, Phil Collins, Scritti Politti, Culture Club, Roberta Flack, Average White Band, Hall & Oates, Donny Hathaway, Norah Jones, Daniel Rodriguez, Chaka Khan, George Benson, Melissa Manchester, Side Show, The Manhattan Transfer, Modern Jazz Quartet, Willie Nelson, John Prine, Leo Sayer, Dusty Springfield, David Bowie, Raul Midon, Mamas Pride, Jewel and Ringo Starr.

It was Mardin who, when producing the Bee Gees' 1975 hit "Nights on Broadway," discovered the distinctive falsetto of Barry Gibb, which became a familiar trademark of the band throughout the disco era.


➦In 2009...music superstar Michael Jackson died at age 50, after suffering heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills.

Jackson is credited with transforming the music video into an art form and a promotional tool. Four of his solo albums are among the world’s best-selling records: Off the Wall (1979), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991) and HIStory (1995), while his 1982 Thriller is the world’s best-selling record of all time with sales of over 50 million. Guinness World Records list’s him as one of the “Most Successful Entertainer of All Time”, with 13 Grammy Awards and 13 number one singles.

Radio Talkers Reax To Johnny Depp Comment

The fallout over Johnny Depp seemingly joking that he endorsed the killing of President Donald Trump continued practically unabated on Talk radio Friday.

"Anybody who is calling for the assassination of the president is so far past reason that we're never going to get to them," Glenn Beck said on his show. "How are you going to talk to the people who are shouting down and throwing Molotov cocktails? You're not. You're never going to talk to them."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, most radio hosts weighed in on the controversy Friday after playing audio of Depp's original comments that he made at the Glastonbury Festival in England the night before.



The reference, of course, was to actor John Wilkes Booth assassinating President Abraham Lincoln in 1865.

Depp later issued a statement to People magazine that read: "I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump. It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone."

The real-life attempted assassination of Rep. Steve Scalise and other Republicans on a baseball field was also drawn into the conversation by Rush Limbaugh, though only by citing a segment on Time Warner's HLN.

"I'm gonna argue that Johnny Depp doesn't really influence people," Pete Dominick says in the HLN segment Limbaugh played Friday.

"He may not influence you, but there are people out there like James Hodgkinson, who did open fire at a baseball practice, and Steve Scalise almost died," Susan Hendricks says to Dominick.

Limbaugh suggested that Hendricks risked her job by taking a position "at odds" with her colleagues, and he also quoted Hendricks dragging the Walt Disney Co. into the conversation, given that Depp is the star of the conglomerate's Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

"Let's be honest. When Lincoln was assassinated, the assassin was an actor on the stage," said Limbaugh, citing Hendricks. "Johnny Depp can now reach millions of people at his little music festival there in the U.K. He's part of the Disney franchise with these pirate movies. So Depp's words are much more serious than anything, say, John Wilkes Booth could have said back in the day."

Report: The Future Is Live Streaming For NFL Broadcasts


New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said the future of NFL broadcasts is in “over the top” deals like the livestreaming agreement the NFL signed with Amazon this spring.

Amazon will charge advertisers $2.8 million for an “OTT” ad package around its 10 Thursday night games, Reuters revealed on Thursday. Amazon paid $50 million for the non-exclusive rights to NFL games starting this season, nudging aside Twitter, which had paid $10 million to stream Thursday night NFL games last season.

Robert Kraft
“There has been a dramatic shift,” Kraft said at Cannes Lions, speaking as part of an interview with WPP Group CEO Martin Sorrell. “This year we’re with Amazon and for us the future is OTT.”

The NY Post reports Kraft continued: “We’ll be very interested to see how Amazon goes as it’s behind the paywall. The thing we have to be careful of is millennials. They don’t watch TV, they don’t have TVs or subscribe to cable. So we have to bring that audience in. Partly it’s done through fantasy games and linking to that. Over-the-top is a great opportunity.”

Amazon will air the games to members of its $99-a-year subscription service, Amazon Prime Video.

Kraft said he would also like to see the NFL expand internationally, a goal that the league has yet to fully realize, he noted.

“Now we play four games a year in London and sell tickets to 80,000 people and we’re going to have a team in London,” Kraft said. “We’re playing the Raiders in Mexico and have plans to play in Germany, Canada and Brazil and China. I don’t know why not France?”

St. Louis Radio: Best Wishes For KYKY Host Paul Cook

Paul Cook
A KYKY 98.1 FM radio host has announced that he has cancer.

Longtime afternoon drive personality at Y98, Paul Cook made the announcement on the station’s Facebook page. He says that he was just diagnosed with stage four colorectal cancer.

“In case you’re wondering where I have gone for big chunks of the next six months. The reason is that I will be getting treated for stage four colorectal cancer. Big surprise to me as well. I have the best doctors, so much love around me and there is no better place to work than right here during something like this.”

The broadcaster is originally from south St. Louis County and met his wife while attending Eastern Illinois University. She recently survived a bout with cancer.

Cook is married and has two daughters.  His bio says that, “My girls Quinn (11) and Ryan (8) are my life. We love to make little forts out of pillows, blankets and other things in our home. ”

His book, Cooked in LA: I shot for the stars and hit bottom details his journey into addiction and recovery.