Monday, June 22, 2020

June 22 Radio History

➦In station KVL 1370 Seattle went on the air awith more than 6 hours of musical celebration featuring live orchestras playing jazz, classical and Hawaiian music. Governor Roland H. Hartley delivered the dedicatory address. The station later evolved into KEEN, KEVR. KING 1090 and now KFNQ1090 the Fan.

➦In 1941...CBS news correspondent Edward Rudolph "Ed" Bradley, Jr. born (Died – November 9, 2006).  He was a journalist, best known for 26 years of award-winning work on the CBS News television program 60 Minutes. During his earlier career he also covered the fall of Saigon, was the first black television correspondent to cover the White House, and anchored his own news broadcast, CBS Sunday Night News with Ed Bradley. He received several awards for his work including the Peabody, the National Association of Black Journalists Lifetime Achievement Award, Radio Television Digital News Association Paul White (journalist) Award and 19 Emmy Awards.

Bradley's introduction to news reporting came at WDAS-FM during the riots in Philadelphia in the 1960s. In 1967 he landed a full-time job at the CBS-owned New York radio station WCBS 880 AM. In 1971, he moved to Paris, France. Initially living off his savings, he eventually ran out of money and began working as a stringer for CBS News, covering the Paris Peace Talks. In 1972 he volunteered to be transferred to Saigon to cover the Vietnam War, as well as spending time in Phnom Penh covering the war in Cambodia. It was there that he was injured by a mortar round, receiving shrapnel wounds to his back and arm.

He received 19 Emmy Awards. He died from complications of leukemia Nov 9, 2006 at age 65.

➦In 1957...Liverpool skiffle group The Quarrymen, later to morph into the Beatles, played their first major gig at a local fete by performing on the back of a coal truck.

Four years later to the day, the Beatles (with Pete Best on drums) would have their first formal recording session, performing "My Bonnie," "When The Saints Go Marching In," "Why Can't You Love Me Again," "Nobody's Child," and "Take Out Some Insurance On Me Baby" while backing singer Tony Sheridan.

The sessions, produced by Bert Kaempfert in Hamburg, Germany, also feature "Ain't She Sweet" and the instrumental "Cry For A Shadow," which are both performed by the group alone.

➦In 1992...legendary WABC 770 AM Program Director and consultant, Rick Sklar, died from complications during routine foot surgery.

Rick Sklar
Sklar grew up in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. He graduated from New York University and volunteered at WNYC radio as a writer. He then worked at WPAC in Patchogue, New York, and in 1954 moved to 1010 WINS where he was assistant program director.

In 1960, Sklar became program director at crosstown competitor WMGM 1050 AM.

He moved to WABC in 1962 and became program director there in 1963. Under his management, WABC became the model for tight-playlist, Top 40 programming, with a strong signal and famed disc jockeys such as "Cousin Brucie" Bruce Morrow, Dan Ingram, Chuck Leonard, and Ron Lundy.

His relationship with some of the DJs he oversaw was contentious at times. Scott Muni departed from WABC after a number of confrontations with Sklar over playlists including Sklar's refusal to remove Louis Armstrong's version of the #1 smash hit "Hello, Dolly" from the playlist at Muni's request.

In March 1977, Sklar was promoted to vice president of programming for ABC’s radio division. In 1984 he left ABC to start his own consulting firm, Sklar Communications. His autobiography, Rocking America: An Insider's Story: How the All-Hit Radio Stations Took Over America (ISBN 978-0312687977), was published by St. Martin's Press the same year.

In an interview recorded in 1982, when WABC switched from music to talk programming, Sklar said:
Everything has to end, that's life, WABC is … like anything else it's part of life, couldn't go on forever. But … it was a wonderful thing … it was a one-of-a-kind … I don't think there'll ever be another station quite like that. I mean, the scope of the thing was so huge, was so grand; everything that was done was on such a massive scale. We gave out buttons, we gave out 14 million with the WABC call letters and if we spot you we'll give you $25,000. You know, this stuff is … it's just not done today.… We'll miss it. 
Radio will go on and on forever. Radio's the most adaptable medium there is, and … the old WABC's place in radio will be remembered by everyone who ever heard it, who ever grew up with it, it'll be part of millions and millions—tens of millions of people's lives, and certainly the lives of everyone in the radio business. Now we just have to go on to new things, and I think we will.
Prior to his death, Sklar had been an avid runner for more than ten years, taking it up in the late 1970s. He ran his first New York City Marathon in 1982, finishing 4 hours, 21 minutes, and 36 seconds; coming in 642nd out of 857 who finished the race in his age group.

He began to have problems with his left foot, which necessitated him quitting the sport by 1990. In June 1992, he entered Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan for a minor operation that would allow him to run again.

Although in good health, he died on the operating table due to a lack of oxygen and other mistakes made by the hospital staff.

Rick Sklar was posthumously inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame the following year.

➦In 1998...WXLO Personality Rick Shaw died age the age of 53.  (Not to be confused with Rick Shaw in Miami)

Bruce Bradley
➦In 2013...Veteran radio personality (WBZ-Boston, KMOX-St. Louis) Bruce "Juicy Brucie" Bradley died at the age of 79.

Dina Hansen is 23

  • Singer-actor Kris Kristofferson is 84. 
  • Actor Michael Lerner is 79. 
  • Actor Klaus Maria Brandauer is 77. 
  • Journalist Brit Hume is 77. 
  • Singer Peter Asher of Peter and Gordon is 76. 
  • Singer Howard “Eddie” Kaylan of The Turtles is 73. 
  • Actor David L. Lander (“Laverne and Shirley”) is 73. 
  • Singer Todd Rundgren is 72. 
  • Singer Alan Osmond of The Osmonds is 71. 
  • Actress Meryl Streep is 71. 
  • Actress Lindsay Wagner (“The Bionic Woman”) is 71. 
  • Actor Graham Greene (“Dances With Wolves”) is 68. 
  • Singer Cyndi Lauper is 67. 
  • Actor Chris Lemmon is 66. 
  • Bassist Derek Forbes (Simple Minds) is 64. 
  • Bassist Garry Beers of INXS is 63. 
  • Actor Bruce Campbell (“Evil Dead,” “The Adventures of Briscoe County Junior”) is 62. 
  • Bassist Alan Anton of Cowboy Junkies is 61. 
  • Actress Tracy Pollan (“Family Ties”) is 60. 
  • Keyboardist Jimmy Sommerville (Bronski Beat) is 59. 
  • Singer Mike Edwards of Jesus Jones is 56. 
  • Actress Amy Brenneman is 56. 
  • Singer Steven Page (Barenaked Ladies) is 50. 
  • Actress Mary Lynn Rajskub (“24″) is 49. 
  • TV personality Carson Daly is 47. 
  • Guitarist Chris Traynor (Helmet) is 47. 
  • Actor Donald Faison (“Scrubs”) is 46. 
  • Actress Lecy Goranson (“The Connors,” “Roseanne”) is 46. 
  • Comedian Mike O’Brien (“Saturday Night Live”) is 44. 
  • TV personality Jai Rodriguez (“Queer Eye For The Straight Guy”) is 41. 
  • Actress Lindsay Ridgeway (“Boy Meets World”) is 35. 
  • Singer Dina Hansen of Fifth Harmony (“The X Factor”) is 23.
  • Actress Paula Irvine (“Santa Barbara”) is 52.

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