Saturday, September 28, 2019

September 29 Radio History

➦In 1907...Gene Autry born (Died at age 91  – October 2, 1998). He was nicknamed The Singing Cowboy. Autry was the owner of a television station, several radio stations in Southern California, and the Los Angeles/California/Anaheim Angels Major League Baseball team from 1961 to 1997.

Gene Autry
From 1934 to 1953, Autry appeared in 93 films, and between 1950 and 1956 hosted The Gene Autry Show television series. During the 1930s and 1940s, he personified the straight-shooting hero—honest, brave, and true—and profoundly touched the lives of millions of Americans. Autry was also one of the most important pioneering figures in the history of country music, considered the second major influential artist of the genre's development after Jimmie Rodgers. His singing cowboy films were the first vehicle to carry country music to a national audience.  In addition to his signature song, "Back in the Saddle Again", and his hit "At Mail Call Today", Autry is still remembered for his Christmas holiday songs, most especially his biggest hit "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" as well as "Frosty the Snowman", "Here Comes Santa Claus", and "Up on the House Top".

Autry is a member of both the Country Music Hall of Fame and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and is the only person to be awarded stars in all five categories on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for film, television, music, radio, and live performance.

From 1940 to 1956, Autry had a huge hit with a weekly show on CBS Radio, Gene Autry's Melody Ranch. His horse, Champion, also had a CBS-TV and Mutual radio series, The Adventures of Champion. In response to his many young radio listeners aspiring to emulate him, Autry created the Cowboy Code, or Ten Cowboy Commandments. These tenets promoting an ethical, moral, and patriotic lifestyle that appealed to youth organizations such as the Boy Scouts, which developed similar doctrines. The Cowboy Code consisted of rules that were "a natural progression of Gene's philosophies going back to his first Melody Ranch programs—and early pictures."

He also sold several radio stations he owned, including KSFO in San Francisco, KMPC in Los Angeles, KOGO in San Diego, and other stations in the Golden West radio network.

1920 Era Radio
➦In 1920...Joseph Horne Company's department stores sell radios that are already equipped with headphones and a button for tuning. In The Pittsburgh Sun the price is stated to be $10 or equivalent to over a hundred dollars today.

In 1920 the tuned radio frequency receiver (TRF) had a major improvement.The local oscillator and audio amplifier that were invented around that time were milestone improvements for the radio receiver.  The radio receiver became simpler and cheaper than before because the loud speaker could now be integrated with the chassis of radio.

➦In 1926...NBC incorporated. NBC is the oldest major broadcast network in the United States.  The network started programming Nov. 15 with 24 stations.

In 1923, the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) acquired control of WJZ in Newark, New Jersey, from Westinghouse, and moved the station to New York City. The same year, RCA obtained a license for station WRC in Washington, D.C., and attempted to transmit audio between WJZ and WRC via low-quality telegraph lines, in an attempt to make a network comparable to that operated by American Telephone & Telegraph.

AT&T had created its own network in 1922, with WEAF in New York serving the research and development function for Western Electric's research and development of radio transmitters and antennas, as well as AT&T's long-distance and local Bell technologies for transmitting voice- and music-grade audio over short and long distances, via both wireless and wired methods. WEAF's regular schedule of a variety of programs, and its selling of commercial sponsorships, had been a success, and what was known at first as "chain broadcasting" became a network that linked WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island and AT&T's WCAP in Washington.

Since AT&T refused access of its high-quality phone lines to competitors, RCA's New York-Washington operated with un-insulated telegraph lines which were incapable of good audio transmission quality and very susceptible to both atmospheric and man-made electrical interference. In 1926, however, the management of AT&T concluded that operating a radio network was incompatible with its operation of America's telephone and telegraph service, and sold WEAF and WCAP to RCA for approximately one million dollars. As part of the purchase, RCA also gained the rights to rent AT&T's phone lines for network transmission, and the technology for operating a quality radio network.

On September 13, 1926, RCA chairman of the board Owen D. Young and president James G. Harbord announced the formation of the National Broadcasting Company, Inc., to begin broadcasting upon RCA's acquisition of WEAF on November 15. "The purpose of the National Broadcasting Company will be to provide the best programs available for broadcasting in the United States. ... It is hoped that arrangements may be made so that every event of national importance may be broadcast widely throughout the United States," announced M.H. Aylesworth, the first president of NBC, in the press release.

➦In 1930...Lowell Thomas made his debut on the CBS Radio Network. He replaced the fast-talking radio news pioneer Floyd Gibbons on the nightly, 15-minute newscast.

Lowell Thomas
He delivered a nightly news and commentary program. After two years, he switched to the NBC Radio network but returned to CBS in 1947. In contrast to today's practices, Thomas was not an employee of either NBC News or CBS News. Prior to 1947 he was employed by the broadcast's sponsor, Sunoco. When he returned to CBS to take advantage of lower capital-gains tax rates, he established an independent company to produce the broadcast which he sold to CBS.

He hosted the first-ever television-news broadcast in 1939 and the first regularly scheduled television news broadcast (even though it was just a simulcast of his radio broadcast), beginning on February 21, 1940, on NBC Television. While W2XBS New York carried every TV/radio simulcast, it is not known if the two other stations capable of being fed programs by W2XBS, W2XB Schenectady and/or W3XE Philadelphia carried all or some of the simulcasts.

➦In 1940..."Double or Nothing," was first heard on the Mutual Broadcasting Network. The game show aired until 1954,.

➦In 1946...The Adventures of Sam Spade, Detective made its debut on ABC Radio. It was a radio series based loosely on the private detective character Sam Spade, created by writer Dashiell Hammett for The Maltese Falcon. The show ran for 13 episodes on ABC in 1946, for 157 episodes on CBS in 1946-1949, and finally for 51 episodes on NBC in 1949-1951. The series starred Howard Duff (and later, Steve Dunne) as Sam Spade and Lurene Tuttle as his secretary Effie, and took a considerably more tongue-in-cheek approach to the character than the novel or movie. The announcer was Dick Joy.

➦In 1953...Comedian Danny Thomas debuted in the family comedy Make Room for Daddy on ABC-TV. Danny had negotiated a deal that would allow him to retain an ownership interest in his programs, an arrangement so successful that it allowed him to give something back to the world, in the form of his philanthropic efforts to build St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis. “All I prayed for was a break,” he once told an interviewer, “and I said I would do anything, anything, to pay back the prayer if it could be answered. All I needed was a sign of what to do and I would do it.”

➦In 1957...MLB National League Giants played their last game in New York. It aired WMCA 570 AM.

➦In 1961...Radio, TV Personality Bill Cullen aired his last show at WNBC 660 AM NYC

Bill Cullen 1954
Cullen's broadcasting career began in Pittsburgh at WWSW radio, where he worked as a disc jockey and play-by-play announcer or color commentator for Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Hornets games. In 1943, Cullen left WWSW to briefly work at rival station KDKA before leaving Pittsburgh a year later to try his luck in New York. A week after arriving in New York he was hired as a staff announcer at CBS. To supplement his then-meager income, he became a freelance joke writer for some of the top radio stars of the day including Arthur Godfrey, Danny Kaye, and Jack Benny;  he also worked as a staff writer for the Easy Aces radio show.

His first venture into game shows was in 1945 when he was hired as announcer for a radio quiz called Give And Take. Between 1946 and 1953 he also worked as announcer for various other local and network shows, including the radio version of Mark Goodson and Bill Todman's first game show, Winner Take All, hosted by Ward Wilson; Cullen took over as host four months later when Wilson left.

After a brief stint at WNEW-AM in 1951 he later hosted a popular morning show at WRCA radio from 1955 to 1961. His last regular radio job was as one of the hosts of NBC Radio's Monitor from 1971 to 1973.

➦In 1970...Edward Everett Horton died at age 84 from cancer.  He had a long career in film, theater, radio, television, and voice work for animated cartoons.

From 1945-47, Horton hosted radio's Kraft Music Hall. An early television appearance came in the play Sham, shown on The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre on December 13, 1948. During the 1950s, Horton worked in television. One of his best-remembered appearances is in an episode of CBS's I Love Lucy, in which he is cast against type as a frisky, amorous suitor, broadcast in 1952. In 1960, he guest-starred on ABC's sitcom The Real McCoys as J. Luther Medwick, grandfather of the boyfriend of series character Hassie McCoy (Lydia Reed).

He remains, however, best known to the Baby Boomer generation as the venerable narrator of Fractured Fairy Tales in The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show (1959–61), an American animated television series that originally aired from November 19, 1959, to June 27, 1964, on the ABC and NBC television networks.

➦In 1973..Shooting at KGO 810 AM San Francisco.

Jim Dunbar
A deranged young gunman fired three shots at Jim Dunbar's head while the talk show host was conducting a radio interview, shortly after 10 a.m., at KGO's studio at 277 Golden Gate avenue.

Although the gunman was just a few feet away when he fired, the bullets were deflected by a bulletproof glass window between the studio and the sidewalk outside.

Dunbar shouted to an aide to telephone police as the gunman ran inside the station's offices. "Hey, will you guys call the cops on that? . . ." his listeners heard Dunbar say. "Whew! I just had a man take a shot at me."

Once inside the station, the gunman shot Ben Munson,  an advertising account executive for KGO radio.  He died. Then, with several executives in pursuit, the youth passed Dunbar's view twice before heading for Hyde street.  The young man shot himself in the head outside Hastings College of the Law and died two hours later at San Francisco General Hospital.

The station said reported the youth believed "KGO radio was controlling his mind."

➦In 2012...KZOK Seattle radio personality Donny Bonaduce received a painful bite on the cheek from a female fan who had asked for a kiss.  It happened at a Tacoma casino where Bonaduce was to emcee a concert.  The onetime star of TV’s Partridge Family was treated with antibiotics and did not press charges.

Michiana Radio: Jim Mackey OUT At WBYT

Country WBYT 100.7 FM in South Bend has issued a statement in response to social media backlash following the departure of Jim Mackey, who was co-host of the popular local radio show Mackey and Miles in the Morning with Deb Miles, reports

The controversy over Mackey’s departure was sparked by claims that radio host was fired for failing to attend B100 25th Anniversary Concert instead spending the weekend with his family, celebrating his daughter’s wedding.

While the radio station did not comment on claims that Mackey was fired for missing the B100 Concert, the station denied claims that they were not supportive of Mackey wanting to be with his family on the occasion of his daughter’s wedding.

According to the statement, management approved for Mackey to be with his family for the important occasion on Friday and Saturday. However, the wedding ceremony was held on Sunday of the weekend in concern.

Several fans argued that Mackey had the duty to be with his family on the day of his daughter’s wedding because it was a once-in-a-lifetime event.

Jim Mackey
“You were supportive of being with family Friday and Saturday, but if the wedding itself was Sunday then family first,” an angry fan wrote on Facebook. “A country station would understand this."

Some fans raised questions about the station’s claim that they were 'aware' of the wedding only two weeks before, saying that many fans who listened to Mackey’s show had known about it much earlier because Mackey had talked about it during his show.

Several fans also threatened to boycott the radio station while others demanded that the station reinstate Mackey and apologize to him over the way he was treated.

Jim Mackey was the co-host of B100’s Mackey and Miles in the Morning with Deb Miles.

His career includes stops in Madison, WI; Springfield, MO; San Antonio, TX, and Peoria, IL, before joining B100 some years back.

Houston Radio: Tessa Barrera Joins KTBZ Morning Show

Tess Barrera
iHeartMedia's Rock/Alternative KTBZ 94.5 The Buzz has announced Tessa Barrera will join “The Rod Ryan Morning Show,” effective September 30. “The Rod Ryan Morning Show” broadcasts weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Barrera joins top-rated hosts Rod Ryan, Alex Middleton and Executive Producer, Jose “The Chile” Santos on “The Rod Ryan Morning Show.” Together, they connect with listeners on wide ranging topics including sports, the latest news headlines and more each morning via their social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter as well as through email and listener phone-in.

“Tessa brings an amazingly strong on-air presence along with an accomplished set of skills in radio, news, sports and television,” said Elliott Wood, Program Director for 94.5 The Buzz. “Her attitude as a go-getter and involvement in the community with great organizations like the Special Olympics makes her the right fit here at The Buzz.”

“After a nationwide search and talking to a lot of amazing talent, Tessa was the one who had that immediate ‘it factor,’” said Ryan. “Ten minutes after meeting her, I knew she was the missing puzzle piece.”

“It is a true honor to be back in the Lone Star state doing what I love,” said Barrera. “Joining a market as well respected as Houston brings me so much pride, and I can’t wait to lay these roots back in Texas.”

Barrera comes to The Buzz from KFI AM 640 in Los Angeles where she served as a news anchor and executive producer. She also previously worked at KZTV/KRIS where she was the first Latina sports anchor in South Texas, covering the Astro’s minor league affiliate, Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Texas A&M Kingsville. She also was a field reporter during Hurricane Harvey, where she covered the destruction and effects of the Texas storm.

Beaumont TX Radio: 'Flu Season' Arrives At KTCX-FM

Joe 'Flu Season' Lewis
Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed Joe “Flu Season” Lewis as On-Air Host, Afternoons, and Programming Assistant for Beaumont, TX, Urban Mainstream KTCX Magic 102.5.

Flu Season moves to Cumulus Beaumont from Cumulus Macon, GA, where he is On-Air Host, Nights, for Blazin’ WLZN 92.3 FM, and which he will continue to host remotely. Flu Season’s new show on KTCX Magic 102.5 FM airs Monday through Friday from 3:00pm-8:00pm.

Flu Season started his radio career in Richmond, VA, at WRHH Hot 99.3 and later moved to Charleston, SC, to host nights on WWBZ Hot 98.9. He has also hosted afternoons on WIHB 92.5 and 99.3 in Charleston. Flu Season has appeared in television shows and films including Tyler Perry’s “Love Thy Neighbor” and Lifetime’s “Army Wives”.

Bo Brown, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Beaumont, said: “Flu Season is not only eager, but he’s also someone who hit the ground running here in Beaumont. His experience and determination to win is just what we need!”

Kelly Mac, Program Director, Magic 102.5/KTCX-FM, added: “Joe is a passionate, multi-skilled on-air talent who brings an array of experience to the table. He not only gets the on-air aspect of radio, but strongly embraces the community as well as the digital, imaging and branding aspect of radio, which made him a perfect fit for this role. I look forward to watching him grow and succeed with the Cumulus team.”

Flu Season said; “I’m excited to join forces with Kelly Mac, Kenny Smoov, Doug Hamand, Bo Brown and the entire Cumulus team. My goal is to earn my PD stripes one day and grow my brand and show on various platforms and stations, and I believe this new venture is a great starting point!”

iHR Unveils The 2019 Jingle Bell Tour

iHeartMedia will celebrate the holiday season across the nation with its annual “iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour Presented by Capital One”.

The 2019 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour will stop in Tampa; Dallas/Ft. Worth; Los Angeles; San Francisco; Minneapolis/St. Paul; Philadelphia; New York; Boston; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Atlanta and Miami/Ft. Lauderdale.

“The iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour represents the best in hit music,” said Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia. “Virtually every pop superstar over the past 20 years has done the show, and this year is no different.”

Each year, iHeartMedia stations across the country host Jingle Ball concerts in local cities that feature performances by the year’s most iconic artists as well as emerging talent. Z100's Jingle Ball in New York on Friday, December 13 will be carried live across the country on 100 iHeartRadio CHR stations and will livestream exclusively via The CW App and In addition, The CW Network will broadcast the event as an exclusive nationwide television special on Thursday, December 19 at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST.

John Sykes
“Jingle Ball is the one time anywhere when the biggest hitmakers of the year all join together on one night, on the same stage,” said John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises for iHeartMedia. “Fans will be able to hear the show live across America on iHeartRadio stations and watch exclusively on The CW Network.” Sykes continued, “We also want to welcome back Capital One as a presenting partner of the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball for the fifth consecutive year. They share our mission of delivering once in a lifetime entertainment experiences for customers and fans.”

The iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Capital One Cardholder Pre-Sale begins on Monday, October 7 at 10:00 a.m. local time and runs through Wednesday, October 9 at 10:00 a.m. local time, or while supplies last. Tickets will be available at

All other tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 11 at 12 p.m. local time and will be available at

The 2019 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour Presented by Capital One Schedule Includes:
  • Tampa Bay – Sunday, December 1, at 7:00 p.m. EST – 93.3 FLZ's Jingle Ball 2019 Presented by Capital One at Amalie Arena. The lineup features: Sam Smith, Lizzo, Normani, French Montana, Why Don’t We, MAX and AJ Mitchell.
  • Dallas/Ft. Worth – Tuesday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m. CST – 106.1 KISS FM's Jingle Ball 2019 Presented by Capital One at Dickies Arena. The lineup features: Camila Cabello, Sam Smith, Charlie Puth, Lizzo, Lauv and Why Don’t We.
  • Los Angeles – Friday, December 6, at 7:30 p.m. PST – KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2019 Presented by Capital One at The Forum. The lineup features: Katy Perry, BTS, Billie Eilish, Sam Smith, Camila Cabello, Halsey, French Montana, Lizzo and Normani.
  • San Francisco – Sunday, December 8, at 7:30 p.m. PST – WiLD 94.9's FM's Jingle Ball 2019 Presented by Capital One at The Masonic. lineup features: Charlie Puth, Lil Nas X and Quinn XCII.
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul  – Monday, December 9, at 7:30 p.m. CST – 101.3 KDWB's Jingle Ball 2019 Presented by Capital One at Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul. The lineup features: Katy Perry, Camila Cabello, 5SOS, Why Don’t We, Monsta X and Lauv.
  • Philadelphia  – Wednesday, December 11, at 7:30 p.m. EST – Q102's Jingle Ball 2019 Presented by Capital One at Wells Fargo Center. The lineup features: Halsey, 5SOS, Niall Horan, Lizzo, Monsta X, Why Don’t We and Lewis Capaldi.
  • New York – Friday, December 13, at 7:00 p.m. EST – Z100's Jingle Ball 2019 Presented by Capital One at Madison Square Garden. The star-studded lineup features: Taylor Swift, Jonas Brothers, Camila Cabello, Halsey, 5SOS, Niall Horan, Lizzo, Dan + Shay, Monsta X, Lewis Capaldi and Fletcher.  Z100’s Jingle Ball 2019 Presented by Capital One will air as a television special on The CW Network on Thursday, December 19 at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST. The CW Network will also video stream the mega-concert live exclusively on and The CW App.
  • Boston  – Sunday, December 15, at 6:00 p.m. EST – KISS 108's Jingle Ball 2019 Presented by Capital One at TD Garden. The lineup features: Halsey, 5SOS, Niall Horan, Charlie Puth, Lizzo and Why Don’t We.
  • Washington, D.C. – Monday, December 16, at 7:30 p.m. EST – Hot 99.5's Jingle Ball 2019 Presented by Capital One at Capital One Arena The lineup features: Halsey, Khalid, Charlie Puth, Niall Horan, French Montana and Lewis Capaldi.
  • Chicago  – Wednesday, December 18, at 7:30 p.m. CST – 103.5 KISS FM's Jingle Ball 2019 Presented by Capital One at Allstate Arena. The lineup features: Jonas Brothers, NF, Niall Horan, French Montana, Why Don’t We, Zara Larsson and Lewis Capaldi.
  • Atlanta  – Friday, December 20, at 7:30 p.m. EST – Power 96.1’s Jingle Ball 2019 Presented by Capital One at State Farm Arena. The lineup features: Jonas Brothers, Khalid, Niall Horan, French Montana, Why Don’t We, Lewis Capaldi and Zara Larsson.
  • Ft. Lauderdale/Miami – Sunday, December 22, at 7:00 p.m. EST – Y100 Jingle Ball 2019 Presented by Capital One at BB&T Center, Ft. Lauderdale. The lineup features: Jonas Brothers, Khalid, Niall Horan, French Montana, CNCO, Why Don’t We and Zara Larsson.
Artists and/or events subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Detroit-Windsor Radio: Lynn Martin Retires From CKLW

Windsor’s longest-running talk show host turned off the mic and closed the door on a long chapter in radio Friday, reports The Windsor Star.

Lynn Martin
With a career spanning 42 years, CKLW AM800’s Lynn Martin was a producer, reporter, newscaster and the first female talk show host at the station.

“It’s bittersweet,” she said of her retirement. “When you do what you love for so long it’s hard to walk away from it. But it was my time and my choice.”

Used to waking up at the crack of dawn, she said she’s looking forward to sleeping in, traveling, getting back into photography and volunteering.

Her final show was spent with various guests recalling their memories and favourite moments. Regular callers chimed in along with past producers, colleagues, friends and community leaders.

“I’ll miss all the callers, all the guests and our family here at AM800,” she said. “However, my family was always my top priority, talk-radio a close second.”

September 28 Radio History

William S. Paley
➦In 1901...William S. Paley,  the chief executive, who built Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) from a small radio network into one of the foremost radio and television network operations in the United States, was born.

In 1927, Paley's father, brother-in-law and some business partners bought a struggling Philadelphia-based radio network of 16 station called the Columbia Phonographic Broadcasting System. Samuel Paley's intention was to use his acquisition as an advertising medium for promoting the family's cigar business, which included the La Palina brand. Within a year, under William's leadership, cigar sales had more than doubled, and, in 1928, the Paley family secured majority ownership of the network from their partners. Within a decade, William S. Paley had expanded the network to 114 affiliate stations.

Paley quickly grasped the earnings potential of radio and recognized that good programming was the key to selling advertising time and, in turn, bringing in profits to the network and to affiliate owners. Before Paley, most businessmen viewed stations as stand-alone local outlets or, in other words, as the broadcast equivalent of local newspapers. Individual stations originally bought programming from the network and, thus, were considered the network's clients.

Paley changed broadcasting's business model not only by developing successful and lucrative broadcast programming but also by viewing the advertisers as the most significant element of the broadcasting equation. Paley provided network programming to affiliate stations at a nominal cost, thereby ensuring the widest possible distribution for both the programming and the advertising. Affiliates were required to carry programming offered by the network for part of the broadcast day, receiving a portion of the network's fees from advertising revenue. At other times in the broadcast day, affiliates were free to offer local programming and sell advertising time locally.

During his prime, Paley was described as having an uncanny sense for popular taste and exploiting that insight to build the CBS network. As war clouds darkened over Europe in the late 1930s, Paley recognized Americans' desire for news coverage of the coming war and built the CBS news division into a dominant force just as he had previously built the network's entertainment division.

During World War II, Paley served in the psychological warfare branch in the Office of War Information, under General Dwight Eisenhower, and held the rank of colonel. It was while based in London, England, during the war when Paley came to know and befriend Edward R. Murrow, CBS's head of European news. In 1946, Paley promoted Frank Stanton to president of CBS. CBS expanded into TV and rode the post-World War II boom to surpass NBC, which had dominated radio.

➦In 1919...Doris Singleton born (Died at age 92 – June 26, 2012). She began her career in show business as a vocalist in the late 1930s with Art Jarrett's orchestra. Her distinctive low, lyrical voice made her a favorite in the radio industry.

Doris Singleton
Singleton worked in New York during World War II both as a guest star and in regular roles on numerous hit radio shows, including The Whistler and The Alan Young Show, on which she played Young's girlfriend, Betty Dittenfeffer. She played Ruth Henshaw on the radio version of December Bride.

During a guest appearance on the radio show My Favorite Husband in 1948 she met Lucille Ball and began their long professional relationship.She had a recurring role in I Love Lucy playing Carolyn Appleby in ten episodes between 1953 and 1957. In 1953, she made her television debut as Gloria Harper in the episode "Jungle Devil" on the series, The Adventures of Superman.

Singleton also appeared on numerous other television shows including Richard Diamond, Private Detective, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Pete and Gladys, Hazel, The Real McCoys, The Twilight Zone, The Munsters, The Fugitive, Dynasty, Phyllis, Family Affair, Hogan's Heroes, State Trooper, Gunsmoke, and Frontier Doctor.

Singleton played the sympathetic neighbor, Susie, to Annie Fargé's scatterbrained character "Angel Smith" in the CBS sitcom, Angel[4] from 1960 to 1961. Singleton also appeared in All in the Family as Edith's hotel roommate, Lydia Stonehurst, in the 1971 episode "Edith has Jury Duty". She also appeared in two Perry Mason episodes, titled "The Crooked Candle" and "The Purple Woman".[6]

She guest-starred on My Three Sons, playing two different characters who had recurring roles throughout the long run of the show. At the time of her death in June 2012, Singleton was the last surviving major recurring adult cast member from the "Lucy" shows.

➦In 1919...Thomas Dudley Harmon born (Died  at age 70 – March 15, 1990). He was a football player, military pilot, actor, and sports broadcaster.

Tom Harmon
Harmon grew up in Gary, Indiana, and played college football at the halfback position for the University of Michigan from 1938 to 1940. He led the nation in scoring and was a consensus All-American in both 1939 and 1940 and won the Heisman Trophy, the Maxwell Award, and the Associated Press Athlete of the Year award in 1940. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954.

During World War II, Harmon served as a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Forces. In April 1943, he was the sole survivor of the crash of a bomber he piloted in South America en route to North Africa. Six months later, while flying a P-38 Lightning, he was shot down in a dogfight with Japanese Zeros near Kiukiang in China.

After the war, Harmon played two seasons of professional football for the Los Angeles Rams and had the longest run from scrimmage during the 1946 NFL season.

After retiring as a player in 1947, Harmon returned to his career as a sports broadcaster, becoming one of the first and most successful athletes to make the transition from player to broadcaster. During the 1948 season, he broadcast Rams' games for KFI radio in Los Angeles. In the late 1940s, he was the play-by-play announcer for NBC on the first television broadcast of a Rose Bowl Game. From around 1950 to 1962, Harmon worked as a sportscaster for the CBS network. He also handled the nightly sport report on KTLA television in Los Angeles from 1958 to 1964.

In 1962, Harmon joined the sports staff of the ABC radio network. He developed a concept for a 10-minute daily sports program. He hired the crew, purchased the equipment, found sponsors, and then sold the program to ABC.  His 10-minute broadcasts became a staple of the ABC radio network. By 1965, his company, Tom Harmon Sports, was generating annual gross revenue of $1 million and had six full-time employees.

He also worked as the play-by-play announcer for UCLA Bruins football games on KTLA during the 1960s and 1970s. In his later years, he was the host of Raider Playbook on KNBC in Los Angeles and also handled play-by-play responsibility for Los Angeles Raiders' preseason games.

➦In 1936...Bachelor's Children was a domestic daytime drama radio broadcast which originated on Chicago's WGN in 1935-36, it debuted on this date on CBS Radio Networ.  Later it aired on NBC Radio until September 27, 1946.

It followed the daily travails of two friends, Dr. Bob Graham and Sam Ryder, and the two women they loved. When Dr. Bob was a young man doing military service, his sergeant took care of him during a difficult time. Years later, the sergeant's dying request was that Bob become guardian of his two young daughters. Dr. Bob fell in love with Ruth Ann and Sam with her twin sister, Janet

Rudy Vallee
➦In 1939...The Fleischmann Hour with Rudy Vallee, came to the end of its ten-year run on NBC Radio Network.

➦In 1963..."She Loves You" by the Beatles was first played on U.S. Radio by disc-jockey, "Murray The K", on 1010 WINS in New York. It is believed that this was the first time a Beatles song has been played anywhere in the United States. The response was tepid.

Murray Kaufman 1960
Murray the K reached his peak of popularity in the mid-1960s when, as the top-rated radio host in New York City, he became an early and ardent supporter and friend of The Beatles. When the Beatles came to New York on February 7, 1964, Murray was the first DJ they welcomed into their circle,

When the band arrived in New York, Murray was invited by Brian Epstein to spend time with the group, and Murray persuaded WINS to let him broadcast his prime time show from the Beatles' Plaza Hotel suite. He subsequently accompanied the band to Washington, D.C. for their first U.S. concert, was backstage at their The Ed Sullivan Show premiere, and roomed with Beatles guitarist George Harrison in Miami, broadcasting his nightly radio shows from his hotel room there.

He came to be referred to as the "Fifth Beatle," a moniker he said he was given either by Harrison during the train ride to the Beatles' first concert in Washington D.C. or by Ringo Starr at a press conference before that concert.

Dewey Phillips
➦In 1968…Pioneering Memphis disc jockey Dewey Phillips died at age 42 (Born -May 13, 1926). He was one of rock and roll's pioneering DJs

Phillips started his radio career in 1949 on WHBQ 560 in Memphis. He was the city's leading radio personality for nine years and was the first to simulcast his "Red, Hot & Blue" show on radio and television. During the 1950s he had 100,000 listeners to his 9pm-midnight slot and he received 3,000 letters a week.

Phillips' on-air persona was a speed-crazed hillbilly, with a frantic delivery and entertaining sense of humor. He also had a keen ear for music the listening public would enjoy, and he aired both black and white music, which was abundant in post-World War II Memphis, a booming river city which attracted large numbers of rural blacks and whites (along with their musical traditions).

He played a great deal of rhythm and blues, country music, boogie-woogie, and jazz as well as Sun Records artists. In 1950, Phillips and his friend Sam Phillips (no relation) decided to launch their own record label. Joe Hill Louis waxed an electric blues single, "Boogie in the Park" (recorded in July 1950 and released the following month). It was the only record released on the Phillips label before Sam founded Sun Records.

On 10 July 1954, he was the first DJ to broadcast the young Elvis Presley's debut record, "That's All Right" / "Blue Moon Of Kentucky", and got Presley to reveal his race in an interview by asking which high school the 19-year-old singer attended (knowing that, because of segregation, his audience would readily know what race attended which schools).

Though Phillips was not involved in the payola scandals of the time (as was Freed), he was fired in late 1958 when the station adopted a Top 40 format, phasing out his freeform style. He spent the last decade of his life working at smaller radio stations, seldom lasting long.

➦In 1974…John Lennon visited New York City's WNEW 102.7 FM to promote his new album "Walls and Bridges." The former Beatle stayed on the air for several hours talking about the album, acting as a disc jockey, playing records and reading commercials.

➦In 1997…After 54 years in broadcasting, much of it with NBC and later years with ABC, radio, TV newsman David Brinkley retired at age 74.  He died June 11 2003 at age 79.

➦In 2004...Scott Muni died  (Born - May 10, 1929). He worked during the heyday of the AM Top 40 format and then was a pioneer of FM progressive rock radio.

Muni spent almost 50 years at stations in New York City. He became a Top 40 broadcaster at WMCA 570 in the late 1950s, just before the start of their "Good Guys" era. In 1960, he moved to rival Top40 77WABC. There he did an early evening show called "Scotland's Yard" and was the first WABC DJ to capture the attention of the teenage audience the station would become famous for.

He also participated in the competition to cover The Beatles on their first visits to the United States, and thus began a long association with them.

Muni with John Lennon
In 1965, Muni left WABC and ran the Rolling Stone Night Club while doing occasional fill-in work for WMCA. Muni had explored some opportunities beyond radio: he had recently co-hosted a local weekly television show on WABC-TV with Bruce "Cousin Brucie" Morrow, and he would go on to record the spoken single "Letter to an Unborn Child", about a soldier with a premonition, which was released in 1967 to little acclaim.

In 1966, Muni joined WOR-FM, one of the earliest pioneers of freeform-based progressive rock radio.

The notion did not last at that station, but in 1967 Muni moved to legendary rock station WNEW-FM, where the format really took hold. Muni stayed there for three decades as the afternoon DJ and sometimes program director. Muni was described by fellow WNEW-FM DJ Dennis Elsas as "the heart and soul of the place".

Under assorted management changes during the 1990s WNEW-FM lost its way, and in 1998 Muni ended up as a one-hour noontime classic rock personality at WAXQ "Q104.3", where he worked until suffering a stroke in early 2004.

Muni was inducted into the Rock Radio Hall of Fame in the "Legends of Rock Radio-Programming" category for his work at WNEW in 2014. He was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2015.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Seattle Radio: New Line-Up Starts Monday at 710 KIRO

A brand new lineup for KIRO 710 ESPN will begin on the air Monday, Sept. 30.

The station has announced addition to the morning show.  Danny O’Neil and producer Jessamyn McIntyre will be joined by Paul Gallant, who comes to 710 ESPN Seattle from Houston, where he has hosted the past seven years.

“Born in the northeast and raised in Florida, Paul is opinionated, fun, creative and polished. He’s looking forward to making Seattle home,” says 710 ESPN Seattle program director Mike Salk.

Brock Huard will join Danny and Gallant at 8 a.m. three times a week, and former WSU and Seahawks wide receiver Michael Bumpus will have a regular presence on the show as well.

Bob Stelton will be moving from Bob, Groz and Tom to the 3-7 p.m. time slot, joining Dave Wyman and Jim Moore on a new show called Bob, Dave and Moore. What does that mean for Tom Wassell from noon to 3 p.m.?

With Bob Stelton heading to the afternoons with Bob, Dave and Moore and Dave “The Groz” Grosby moving on to a host emeritus position with the station, Tom Wassell was in need of two new co-hosts from noon to 3 p.m. every day. The answers were found within 710 ESPN Seattle’s own ranks.

Wassell will be joined by Stacy Rost and Jake Heaps, both of whom come from roles with Seattle Sports at Night, every day on Tom, Jake and Stacy.

Rost is a Seahawks insider who has served as a writer and editor with and host with 710 ESPN Seattle. Heaps was a Gatorade Player of the Year at Skyline High School before playing quarterback in college at BYU, Kansas and Miami (Fla.). He had stints with the Jets and Seahawks and joined the station in 2018.

As announced the previous week, Brock Huard and Mike Salk are taking their daily 710 ESPN Seattle show and turning it into a weekly podcast that will go online every Wednesday. Their final daily show will air Friday morning, and the first podcast will be available Wednesday, Oct. 2. More details on their change here.

After 29 years as a radio host in Seattle, Dave “The Groz” Grosby stepped away from daily on-air hosting duties on Friday, Sept. 20. He is still on 710 ESPN Seattle every weekday doing a segment with John Clayton at 11:45 a.m., and he will pop in from time to time as a guest host. He also will have an expanded role with

Here’s what the new weekday lineup looks like:
  • The Blitz with Lydia Cruz: 6-7 a.m.
  • Danny and Gallant: 7-10 a.m.
  • John Clayton: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Tom, Jake and Stacy: 12-3 p.m.
  • Bob, Dave and Moore: 3-7 p.m.

NOLA Radio: WWL Accuses Seth Dunlap Of Extortion

Entercom WWL Radio officials believe the homophobic slur tweeted from the station’s official account to talk show host Seth Dunlap earlier this month was sent from Dunlap’s personal cellphone, according to citing a New Orleans Police Department report.

The station also has accused the 35-yer-old Dunlap, who is openly gay, of threatening the station that he would go “scorched earth” over the tweet and demanding more than $1.8 million in compensation while he was facing personal financial troubles, said the police report, which was obtained Thursday through a public records request.

The police report, which summarizes allegations leveled by WWL Senior Vice President Kevin Cassidy and attorneys for the station’s corporate parent, Philadlephia-based Entercom, suggested law enforcement was still working to corroborate the station’s allegations.

For now, police have classified the case as a possible extortion, which Louisiana law defines, in part, as “the communication of threats to another with the intention (to) obtain anything of value.” It is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Dunlap's attorney, Megan Kiefer, said Entercom's allegations as presented in the police report were "defamatory and self-serving," and her client maintains the company's complaint is "littered with falsehoods." 

Records show WWL filed its complaint against Dunlap on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Dunlap announced he had passed a lie-detector test on whether he had accessed the station’s Twitter profile to post the tweet himself or worked with someone else to do so.

Kiefer also has announced her client’s intention to sue the station, arguing that the tweet hinted at a broader homophobic culture at the station and was part of a hostile workplace.

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She said her client did not have password access to WWL Radio’s Twitter profile, adding Thursday, "It is truly reprehensible (the station) would be attempting to blame the victim of its own anti-LGBT culture, and they are only compounding the severe damage that Mr. Dunlap has experienced at the hands of Entercom."

Kiefer’s announcement on Wednesday beat, by minutes, WWL Radio’s own statement saying it had completed an internal investigation aimed at identifying who had sent out the tweet, an inquiry that the station said involved a digital forensic expert and an outside lawyer.

Though the station didn’t publicly identify any individual as having posted the tweet, it said it had determined that bringing the information it uncovered to the NOPD was the appropriate next step.

According to WWL Radio, the station had been receiving “letters in the past few months regarding wage garnishment” for Dunlap’s personal debts, the police report said.

“Apparently, Mr. Dunlap has a variety of unpaid credit cards and personal loans, and the companies holding the debt are going into collections for the unpaid amount,” it said.

The report released Thursday notes surveillance footage showed Dunlap was in his office with the door closed at the time the tweet was sent. He then opened the door and walked out to show his phone to a co-worker, “apparently talking about the tweet.”

Dunlap, a Washington state native, had been hosting his own weeknight show, “The Last Lap With Seth Dunlap,” on WWL Radio since 2017. He had previously co-hosted a sports show after beginning his career at the station as a sales representative.

And The 2019 Marconi Award Winners Are...

Winners of the 2019 National Association of Broadcasters' (NAB) Marconi Radio Awards were announced Thursday evening at the 30th annual NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner, sponsored by Xperi and held at the Radio Show in Dallas, Texas.

Established in 1989 and named after inventor and Nobel Prize winner Guglielmo Marconi, the NAB Marconi Radio Awards are given to radio stations and outstanding on-air personalities to recognize excellence in radio.

This year's NAB Marconi Radio Award recipients are:
  • Legendary Station of the Year: KRTH-FM, Los Angeles, CA
  • AC Station of the Year: KRWM-FM, Bellevue, WA
  • Legendary Station Manager of the Year: Dan Seeman, Hubbard Twin Cities and Hubbard North, St. Paul, MN
  • Best Radio Podcast of the Year: "Denied Justice Podcast", WCCO-AM, Minneapolis, MN
  • Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year: Ryan Seacrest, Premiere Networks
  • CHR Station of the Year: KRBE-FM, Houston, TX
  • Major Market Personality of the Year: Felger & Massarotti, WBZ-FM, Boston, MA
  • Classic Hits Station of the Year: WMGK-FM, Philadelphia, PA
  • Large Market Personality of the Year: Crisco, Dez and Ryan, KSTP-FM, St. Paul, MN
  • College Station of the Year: WRHU-FM, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
  • Medium Market Personality of the Year: Mike Street, WBTJ-FM, Richmond, VA
  • Country Station of the Year: KYGO-FM, Denver, CO
  • Small Market Personality of the Year: Scotty and Catryna, KCLR-FM, Columbia, MO
  • News/Talk Station of the Year: KIRO-FM, Seattle, WA
  • Major Market Station of the Year: WTOP-FM, Washington, D.C.
  • Religious Station of the Year: KKFS-FM, Sacramento, CA
  • Large Market Station of the Year: KSTP-FM, St. Paul, MN
  • Rock Station of the Year: WRIF-FM, Detroit, MI
  • Medium Market Station of the Year: KIPR-FM, Little Rock, AR
  • Spanish Station of the Year: KLOL-FM, Houston, TX
  • Small Market Station of the Year: KWYO-AM, Sheridan, WY
  • Sports Station of the Year: WBZ-FM, Boston, MA
  • Urban Station of the Year: WHQT-FM, Hollywood, FL
Marconi finalists were selected by a task force of broadcasters, and the winners were voted on by the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Selection Academy. The votes were tabulated by an independent firm.

Four renowned radio personalities and previous Marconi Radio Award winners returned to celebrate the 30th anniversary. Delilah, Rickey Smiley and Tom and Kristi of "The Bob and Tom Show" served as emcees and presenters throughout the event.

The 2019 Radio Show, produced by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), will be held September 24-26 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas. This year’s event brings together radio, podcasting, streaming and technology professionals to share knowledge, discover the latest innovations, network with industry leaders and explore creative business strategies. To learn more about the 2019 Radio Show, visit

NYC Radio: Z100's Greg T To Segue To WKTU For Mornings

iHeartMedia New York has announced that Greg T has been named the co-host for the new Carolina with Greg T in the Morning Show on WKTU 103.5 FM, effective October 9. Carolina with Greg T in The Morning Show will broadcast weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Greg T
The “Carolina with Greg T in the Morning Show” will feature the latest gossip, entertainment and music news, combined with high-energy and witty back-and-forth banter between two of New York’s most entertaining on air personalities. The show will also feature appearances from a wide range of music artists and celebrities and daily fan favorites including Brainbuster, a daily segment giving the audience the chance to win prizes, but only if they can answer randomly difficult questions, Battle of the Sexes and others.

“Together Again. After a summer of having the opportunity to share the studio with some of the best and brightest on-air hosts across the country, it just made sense to welcome my brother Greg T to the KTU family,” said Carolina Bermudez. “I couldn’t be happier and can’t wait to welcome him to his new radio home!”

“After 23 years with the legendary Elvis Duran, I cannot think of anyone else I would rather start my new adventure with, than the incredible Carolina Bermudez,” said Greg T. “From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank the entire KTU family for giving me this once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Greg T joins as co-host of Carolina with Greg T in the Morning after 23-years as a member of the top-rated Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, which is nationally-syndicated in over 75 markets.

“Greg T is a major part of our show’s 25-year success story and I will miss him dearly,” said Elvis Duran. “We applaud his courage and determination to keep moving forward. I am so proud of him!”

Las Vegas Radio: A J Maguire Joins KSNE Morning Show

A J Maguire
iHeartMedia's KSNE Sunny 106.5, Best Variety of the 80s, 90s & Today, announced today that AJ Maguire will join the program lineup as the new Morning Drive On-Air Personality, effective October 2. The “AJ and Joanna Morning Show” will broadcast weekdays from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.

AJ joins popular on-air personality, Joanna Baumann, to kickstart mornings on Sunny 106.5. The show will focus on the lives and lifestyles of the people who call Las Vegas home. AJ and Joanna will emphasize and highlight the great city of Las Vegas, while celebrating the music that Sunny 106.5’s audience is passionate about including top hits from artists such as Justin Timberlake, P!nk, Maroon 5, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and Gwen Stefani.

“I’m extremely excited to join the iHeartMedia Las Vegas team and to be teaming up with Joanna for morning drive,” said Maguire. “Sunny 106.5 is a market-leading station and I can’t wait to connect with the Las Vegas community and jump right in.”

“We’re excited to have AJ anchoring morning drive on Sunny 106.5,” said Tony Matteo, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Central California/Nevada Region. “Adding AJ’s skill as a storyteller and entertainer to the already strong Sunny 106.5 Las Vegas brand puts the station in the perfect position for growth and success.”

Maguire joins the iHeartMedia Las Vegas market from Cox Media Group, where he most recently served as the afternoon host for WWKA and WMMO for the past three years. He also served as the morning host for WWKA as well as morning host/assistant program director for Oasis Radio’s WBTU in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He began his career at KSYN and KIXQ in Joplin, Missouri and attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M.

San Diego Radio: KFMB-FM Promotes Karen Harlow

Karen Harlow
KFMB 100.7 San Diego has announced that Karen “Cha Cha” Harlow is being promoted to do the afternoon show full-time, effective immediately. She will be on Weekdays from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Cha Cha first started in San Diego radio in the 80s, crossing the border to the XHTZ studios in Mexico. She then joined KHTS/San Diego in the afternoon before leaving to fulfill her LA dreams where she worked as a news anchor and reporter at KNX/Los Angeles.

She did afternoons at XHPRS/Tijuana-San Diego until that station was taken off the air in December 2018. She has been a part of the KFMB-FM team since July and now increases her duties with this promotion.

Director of FM programming, Mike V. Vasquez, said, “Cha Cha has added so much energy to our team, while filling in on a part-time basis, and we’re excited to now have her on-air every day. Her passion is contagious to the staff and the audience. Radio should be fun, and she epitomizes fun!"

Cha Cha added, "The first time back on-air at 100.7, I realized just how much being on the radio means to me. The love from San Diego has been amazing and I’m 100% ready to do whatever it takes to entertain the audience on the drive home. I’m feeling truly blessed!"

Live: Bob & Tom Show At The Radio Show

This year's 2019 Radio Show, featured the cast of "The BOB & TOM Show" broadcasting live this week from the Main Lobby of the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas.

Tom Griswold, Kristi Lee, April Rose and Steve Gorman
Guests included comedians Donnie Baker, Greg Hahn, Al Jackson, Pat Godwin, and Alli Breen, and comedian and impressionist Frank Caliendo, with The Black Crowes’ Steve Gorman and social media personality April Rose in the house to talk about "Steve Gorman Rocks!", a new live weeknight show for Classic Rock radio distributed exclusively by CUMULUS MEDIA's Westwood One.

The BOB & TOM Show" is also distributed exclusively by Westwood One.

Generational Divide Exists In News Consumption

Infographic: The Generational Divide in News Consumption | Statista You will find more infographics at Statista

Some people like to stay on top of the news cycle throughout the day by checking Twitter, Facebook and their favorite news websites. Others prefer to be served a selection of the day’s important happenings by the evening news on TV. Whether you prefer one or the other may come down to your age and what you have become accustomed to in the past.

According to data published in the Reuters Institute’s Digital News Report, there is a generational divide when it comes to news consumption. While the large majority of those who grew up with the internet see it as their most important news source (and are accessing it primarily through their smartphones), those who relied on the TV news for a daily news fix for decades still tend to prefer the television over online news sources.

Very few people still rely on print publications as their primary news source, indicating that the role of newspapers has shifted from conveyor to commentator of news.