Shaw formed his first orchestra in 1936, and two years later had a double-sided million-seller with ”Begin the Beguine” and ”Indian Love Call.” Shaw is estimated to have sold more than 43- million copies of such records as ”Frenesi,” ”Summit Ridge Drive” and ”Dancing in the Dark.” Artie Shaw was married eight times — two of his wives were Lana Turner and Ava Gardner. Shaw later became an author and a theatrical producer, and again fronted a big band in 1980’s.
Shaw died December 30th, 2004 of natural causes, at age 94.
➦In 1922..the first debate to be heard on US radio was broadcast on WJH in Washington, DC. The two debaters argued about the topic of Daylight Saving Time with the audience acting as the judge.
➦In 1922...Seattle radio station KOL first signed on. The station is now known as KKOL 1330 AM, having surrendered the heritage 3-letter call sign in 1975 when it briefly became KMPS. Today, the station airs ethnic programming.
➦In 1928..1940-50’s pop singer Rosemary Clooney was born in Maysville, Kentucky. While still in high school, she and her younger sister Betty began performing on Cincinnati radio station WLW. Bandleader Tony Pastor heard them, and soon the sisters were singing, in person and on record, with the Pastor orchestra. After Betty tired of the road, Rosemary began a solo career. She signed with Columbia Records, and in 1951 had her first number-one hit, “Come On-A My House.” Her other hits included “Hey There,” “Tenderly” and “This Ole House.”
She died of lung cancer at the age of 74 on June 29th, 2002.
➦In 2005...Baltimore newsman Bob Lopez died from Lung Cancer. He had been part of the WIYY-FM (98 Rock) morning show for 27 years.
For the last part of his career, he was part of the "Kirk, Mark & Lopez" or "KML" morning show, along with Kirk McEwen and Mark Ondayko, with whom he worked for seven years. He also hosted the Sunday Lopez, a Sunday morning talk show where he discussed politics and listeners called in to express their views.
Lopez was diagnosed with lung cancer in February 2004, having been a smoker for several decades, starting at age 12. He died at the age of 52.
➦In 2012...Harold Baron Jackson died at age 96 (Born - November 3, 1915). He was a personality and radio executive who broke a number of color barriers in American broadcasting.
In 1939, he became the first African American host at WINX in Washington with The Bronze Review, a nightly interview program. He later hosted The House That Jack Built, a program of jazz and blues on three Washington-Baltimore radio stations (WINX, WANN, and WOOK), and later in the 1940s, broadcast on WOOK-TV.
ICBC operated stations in New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Fort Lauderdale, Columbia, South Carolina, and Jackson, Mississippi. The flagship station was hampered by its frequency, sharing it with WOWO of Fort Wayne, Indiana. After being turned down by the FCC to change frequencies, Inner City Broadcasting, in an industry unprecedented move, purchased WOWO solely to reduce its output and upped the power of the NYC transmitters to 50,000 watts daytime/30,000 watts night, and subsequently be heard full-time across the entire New York market.
In 1990, Hal Jackson was the first minority inducted into the National Association of Broadcaster's Hall of Fame. In 1995, he became the first African-American inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. In 2001 the Broadcast and Cable Hall of Fame inducted Jackson. For over 11 years he hosted a radio program on 107.5 WBLS in New York. In October 2010 he was named a "Giant in Broadcasting" by the Library of American Broadcasting. Jackson was also inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records as being the oldest broadcaster, with a record 73-year career.
- Actress Barbara Barrie is 89.
- Actress Joan Collins is 87.
- Actor Charles Kimbrough (“Murphy Brown”) is 84.
- Actress Lauren Chapin (“Father Knows Best”) is 75.
- Country singer Judy Rodman is 69.
- Comedian Drew Carey is 62.
- Actress Lea DeLaria (“Orange Is The New Black”) is 62.
- Country singer Shelly West is 62.
- Actor Linden Ashby (“Melrose Place”) is 60.
- Actress-model Karen Duffy is 59.
- Actress Melissa McBride (“The Walking Dead”) is 55.
- Drummer Phil Selway of Radiohead is 53.
- Actress Laurel Holloman (“The L Word”) is 49.
- Drummer Matt Flynn of Maroon 5 is 50.
- Singer Lorenzo is 48. Country singer Brian McComas is 48.
- Singer Maxwell is 47.
- Singer Jewel is 46.
- Actress LaMonica Garrett (“Designated Survivor,” ″Sons of Anarchy”) is 45.
- Comedian Tim Robinson (“Saturday Night Live”) is 39.
- Actor Adam Wylie (“Picket Fences”) is 36.