Saturday, August 21, 2021

August 22 Radio History

➦In 1906…The Victor Talking Machine Company began to manufacture a record player called the Victrola. The hand-cranked unit, with horn cabinet, sold for $200. Records had to be purchased separately, usually in the appliance stores that sold the machines, at a price of $1 to $7. Music onductor John Philip Sousa predicted "a marked deterioration in American music" and said that generations of amateur musicians would give way to "canned music."

The advent of radio as a home entertainment medium in the early 1920s presented Victor and the entire record industry with new challenges. Not only was music becoming available over the air free of charge, but a live broadcast made using a high-quality microphone and heard over a high-quality receiver provided clearer, more "natural" sound than a contemporary record.

In 1925, Victor switched from the acoustical or mechanical method of recording to the new microphone-based electrical system developed by Western Electric. Victor called its version of the improved fidelity recording process "Orthophonic", and sold a new line of record players, called "Orthophonic Victrolas", scientifically designed to play these improved records. Victor's first electrical recordings were made and issued in the spring of 1925

➦In 1947...“Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy“, expanded to length of their ABC Radio Networks shows to 30-minutes and aired three-time weekly.  The program had been a 15-minute program for 14-years.

➦In 1964...The Beatles were in concert at Empire Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, playing to 20,261 fans.

The Bill Black Combo, the Exciters, the Righteous Brothers, and Jackie DeShannon opened for the group.  The show was broadcast locally by CKNW 980 AM.

➦In 1965...The Beatles performed two shows at Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon.  Mike Love and Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys stopped by between shows to meet the group.

➦In 1970...Chart Check:  Bread reached #1 with their first hit--"Make It With You".  That ended a five-week reign for the Carpenters' classic "(They Long To Be) Close To You".  Eric Burdon & War were up to #3 with "Spill The Wine" while the song "War" was at #4 for Edwin Starr.  The rest of the Top 10:  Mungo Jerry with "In The Summertime", Stevie Wonder had #6--"Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)", Clarence Carter moved from 16 to 7 with "Patches", Freda Payne's "Band Of Gold", B.J. Thomas moved into the list with "I Just Can't Help Believing" and one of the great One-Hit Wonders of the Rock Era*, "Tighter, Tighter" by Alive & Kicking was still alive at #10.

➦In 1990...Orchestra leader David Rose died aged 80. He had the 1962 US No.1 single ‘The Stripper’. He led the band on NBC radio’s Red Skelton Show, and wrote music for the TV series Little House on the Prairie and Bonanza.

➦In 2004...Al Dvorin, the announcer who coined the phrase "Elvis has left the building" while working the King's Seventies concerts, died in a car crash en route home from a Californian Elvis convention.

Jerry Leiber
➦In 2011...Jerry Leiber died in Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, aged 78, from cardio-pulmonary failure. He along with Mike Stoller, wrote many of Elvis Presley's big early hits, including "Hound Dog" and "Jailhouse Rock", as well as "Kansas City" for Wilbert Harrison, "Stand By Me" for Ben E. King and "On Broadway" for the Drifters.

➦In 2011...Nickolas Ashford of the duo Ashford & Simpson, who wrote songs such as "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "You're All I Need To Get By", "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing", and "I'm Every Woman" with wife Valerie Simpson, died at the age of 70 from throat cancer

➦In 2014...A Philadelphia radio legend, Don Cannon, died at age 74.

Cannon, who was born Dominic Canzano in Yonkers, N.Y.  He was known as “The Dean of Philadelphia Radio.”

He was a voice on morning radio in Philadelphia from 1969 until he retired in 2004. The “Cannon in the Morning” show started on WIBG and has been heard on WIP, WFIL, WIFI, WSNI and WOGL.

In the original Rocky movie, when the morning alarm clock goes off for Rocky’s run, it is Cannon’s voice heard on the radio.

WOGL 98.1 FM, the radio station where Cannon last worked in Philadelphia, put up a tribute page on its web site. It included this posting:

“It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of a member of the 98.1 WOGL family. Our friend and radio legend Don Cannon passed away peacefully on Friday morning, August 22.

Don was our morning show host from March 1990 to June 2004. He was born in New York but started working in Philadelphia radio at a young age, and Philly became his true home.

Don was a big (NFL) Eagles fan, and had a great sense of humor."

Ted Moore - 1969
➦In 2014...Ted Moore, the retired voice of the Green Bay Packers during the glory years in the 1960s and who made a memorable call in the famed Ice Bowl on Dec. 31, 1967, at Lambeau Field, died at age 87 from heart failure.

Moore spent 48 years in the radio and television broadcasting business. But he was best known for his work with the Packers. At the Ice Bowl, with the Packers trailing the Dallas Cowboys, 17-14, in the NFL Championship Game, Moore peered through a small unfrozen section of the press box window and called quarterback Bart Starr's sneak into the end zone.

"The Green Bay Packers are going to be world champions, NFL champions for the third straight year," Moore yelled.

A native of Bristow, Okla., Moore worked for a number of stations in Madison, Marshfield, Neenah, Menasha, Green Bay and finally, in 1958, at WTMJ radio and television.  Moore also worked for WEMP and WOKY in Milwaukee.

He was later inducted into the Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Cindy Williams is 74

  • Newsman Morton Dean is 86. 
  • TV writer/producer David Chase (“The Sopranos”) is 76. 
  • Correspondent Steve Kroft (“60 Minutes”) is 76. 
  • Actor Cindy Williams (“Laverne and Shirley”) is 74. 
  • Guitarist David Marks of The Beach Boys is 73. 
  • Guitarist Vernon Reid of Living Colour is 63. 
  • Country singer Collin Raye is 61. 
  • Actor Regina Taylor (“The Unit,” ″I’ll Fly Away”) is 61. 
  • Singer Roland Orzabal of Tears for Fears is 60. 
  • Drummer Debbi Peterson of The Bangles is 60. 
  • Guitarist Gary Lee Conner of Screaming Trees is 59. 
  • Singer Tori Amos is 58. 
  • Country singer Mila Mason is 58. 
  • Melinda Page Hamilton is 50
    Keyboardist James DeBarge of DeBarge is 58.
  • Rapper GZA (Wu-Tang Clan) is 55. 
  • Actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (“Oz,” “Lost”) is 54. 
  • Actor Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”) is 54. 
  • Celebrity chef Giada DeLaurentiis is 51. 
  • Actor Melinda Page Hamilton (“Devious Maids,” ″Mad Men,”) is 50. 
  • Actor Rick Yune (“Die Another Day,” “The Fast and the Furious”) 50. 
  • Guitarist Paul Doucette of Matchbox Twenty is 49. 
  • Rapper Beenie Man is 48. 
  • Singer Howie Dorough of the Backstreet Boys is 48. 
  • Comedian Kristen Wiig (“Bridesmaids,” ″Saturday Night Live”) 48. 
  • Actor Jenna Leigh Green (“Sabrina the Teenage Witch”) is 47. 
  • Keyboardist Bo Koster of My Morning Jacket is 47. 
  • Bassist Dean Back of Theory of a Deadman is 46. 
  • “The Late Late Show” host James Corden is 43. 
  • Guitarist Jeff Stinco of Simple Plan is 43. 
  • Actor Brandon Adams (“The Mighty Ducks”) is 42. 
  • Actor Aya Sumika (“Numb3rs”) is 41. 
  • Actor Ari Stidham (TV’s “Scorpion”) is 29.

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