Tuesday, September 2, 2014

DC Radio: Red Zebra License Challenged Over 'Redskins' Name

John Banzhaf
George Washington University law professor John Banzhaf has challenged the license of Dan Snyder's WWXX 94.3 FM ESPN 980 Washington over the broadcast of the name "Redskins," according to Broadcasting&Cable.

Snyder's Red Zebra Broadcasting owns seven radio stations.

Banzhaf signaled last week that he was teeing up a challenge to one or all the stations, and followed through Tuesday with the challenge to Snyder's Washington outlet.

According to Banzhaf, his challenge is based in part on the argument by former FCC officials and others that the term is a racial slur and that "the unnecessary and repeated on-air use of that derogatory racist word is contrary to current federal law and akin to broadcasting obscenity." Unlike indecency, which is allowed but must be confined to the overnight hours--10 p.m. to 6 a.m.--there is no safe harbor for obscenity.

Banzhaf also argues that the term constitutes hate speech and cites studies showing racially derogatory words related to Indians can cause "real physical harm, including beatings, bullying and ostracism.

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Hartford Radio: WDRC-FM Adds Chaz & AJ

Connooisseur Media has announced it is adding the Chaz And AJ morning show to its newly-acquired WDRC 102.9 FM in Hartford.

The show is based in New Haven on WPLR FM and also airs on Calssic Rock WFOX 95.9 FM in Norwalk, CT.

OM Keith Daking stated, “Chaz and AJ have been the most successful morning show hosts in New Haven for 12 years.  They took Stamford/Norwalk by storm a few years back, and now it’s time to bring Connecticut's best show to its biggest market.”

Chaz said, “We’ve been entrenched in the Hartford community for years, so it’s fitting and off the charts exciting to be on the legendary DRC.  DRC is one of the stations I grew up listening to, so I’m out of my mind fired up that our show will be heard on the best station in Hartford.  We are humbled and drunk with power.”

WDRC 102.9 FM (19.5Kw) 54dBu Coverage
Market Manager Kristin Okesson, “Adding this show to DRC enables us to deliver arguably the best morning team in Connecticut to the Hartford market.  We are committed to serving Hartford with local content, which is what Chaz and AJ do so well.  These guys really deliver on funny, smart, serious, topical and local.  From Stamford to Hartford, this show will focus on information relevant to Connecticut, while remaining entertaining and topical.”

Boston Radio: John Dennis Re-Ups With WEEI 93.7 FM

John Dennis
John Dennis, part of the long-running morning duo on WEEI 93.7 FM that recently has been reinvigorated as a trio, agreed to a new contract today, keeping the program intact for the foreseeable future, according to boston.com.

Dennis and co-host Gerry Callahan, who agreed to terms earlier in August, had been under contract since September 2007. They signed a five-year deal then, and had two more years added as part of a simulcast deal with NESN that will end soon.

Their previous radio contract was set to expire at the end of August.

The terms of the new deal were not disclosed.

Kirk Minihane was added as a full-time third voice in February 2013. The show has made steady progress in the ratings in recent months.

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SiriusXM Inks Jenny McCarthy For Daily Show

Jenny McCarthy
SiriusXM announced today that actress, comedian and New York Times best-selling author Jenny McCarthy will host Dirty, Sexy, Funny with Jenny McCarthy, a new daily live morning radio show on SiriusXM.

The launch of the exclusive live daily show comes after McCarthy's successful limited-run weekly show aired on SiriusXM Stars this summer. The weekly show featured discussions on parenting, sex, dating and marriage. Special guests included Chelsea Handler, Perez Hilton, Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen and Donnie Wahlberg.

McCarthy's new exclusive SiriusXM show, Dirty, Sexy, Funny with Jenny McCarthy, will launch this fall and will air Monday through Friday from 10:00 am—noon ET exclusively on SiriusXM Stars via satellite on channel 109, and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com.

Dirty, Sexy, Funny with Jenny McCarthy will be a daily, two hour live talk show during which McCarthy will talk about everything from dating, parenting, sex, relationships, pop culture and current events. The show will also feature McCarthy interacting with her fans with live calls, Tweets and social media.

"I'm thrilled to call SiriusXM my new home, where I have the freedom to be myself and give our audience the best of me with no constraints or restrictions," said Jenny McCarthy.  "And the fact that it is completely clothing-optional is just icing on the cake for me.  I really am looking forward to this great nude, I mean new, adventure."

"When we gave Jenny a limited-run series this summer, we knew she would make it fun. But what we learned is she is a rare talent who can draw a broad spectrum of listeners, make them laugh and feel like they are part of the party she's having on air. We look forward to her being with our millions of listeners every day and consider it a great addition to the Stars family of talent," said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM.

San Diego Radio: Jack Diamond LEAVES Max-FM

Jack Diamond
Morning personality Jack Diamond has departed XHPRS 105.7 FM MaxFM in San Diego after just two weeks.

It had been reported elsewhere that Diamond had accepted an offer from WLS 94.7 FM in Chicago.  But, a source confirmed to M-C that report was false.

Rather, Diamond has returned to the D-C area because of family concerns.

In a Facebook posting, Diamond wrote of leaving MaxFM, "The saddest part - I LOVED my radio station and the people there. First rate people and broadcasters. I LOVED the morning show team. I literally drove across the country in 2 1/2 days. Arrived on a Saturday. Met my team on a Sunday. Went on the air Monday. If you listened, you know how well it clicked. My Program Director, GM, air staff and everyone there empathized and were kind and welcoming. I couldn't have been happier, but was desperately worried about the most important thing, my family. They were very understanding in my return to DC. I can't thank them enough. This is 100% on me. The station was and is amazing. It will kick some serious tail in San Diego!

Pittsburgh Radio: Quinn & Rose Report No Deal With WJAS

Quinn & Rose
Personalities Jim Quinn and Rose Tennent, formerly of WPGB 104.7 FM, say they have turned down an offer to be hosts on the newly launched Talk WJAS 1320 AM.

But, according to the Post-Gazette, the station’s ownership would not confirm their statement.

Frank Iorio, owner of Radio Partners LLC, which purchased WJAS early last month, said Friday that the company had been negotiating with the pair for months and that their statement about the live-stream was not true.

“I can’t comment on what people are saying on Twitter,” Iorio said.

The WJAS lineup now includes shows with Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and David “Bloomdaddy” Bloomquist.  WJAS broadcasts with 7Kw-Day, 3300 watts-Night.

Their show was abruptly canceled after the November 15, 2013 broadcast, with Clear Channel citing an inability to reach a contract extension, later suggestions indicating that Clear Channel budget cuts were at fault, and the show's affiliates claiming the duo was fired

WPGB-FM has since flipped its format to country.

Tampa Radio: Bubba Promises New Station Deal

UPDATE 7AM 9/2/2014: Bubba "The Love Sponge" announced on his Twitter page Monday that he will soon have a new Tampa home.

Without releasing too many details, the popular radio personality, Bubba, tweeted he will make the announcement within 20 days on where he is going. He seems excited about the change, tweeting it's "gonna be so so so great."

He continued on Twitter, saying "Deal is practically done. Got my pick of 2 different places. Both are a breath of fresh air compared2have [sic] we have been treated." He few details he released were saying "It's a multistation/multimarket deal."

Bubba was released from 102.5 The Bone on Friday.

Earlier Posting...

Bubba Clem
Bubba's Army exploded Twitterverse Friday after the announcement came that WHPT 102.5 FM The Bone was immediately dropping Bubba The Love Sponge and his morning show. The station also shuffled its peronsality line-up. See Original Posting: Click Here.

Clem's fans tweeted their support for their favorite shock jock, who is known for his often-controversial airwave chatter.

He didn't offer an explanation for his sudden departure, but tweeted,

But, is there more to story and what we know at face value?

In response to one fan, he tweeted: "The true story will come out soon."

According to tampbay.com, Cox Media Group did not say why they were taking Clem off the air in the news release, and representatives from The Bone did not respond to requests for comment. Clem could not be reached, either.

Clem's often-abrasive radio segments have gotten him in trouble before.

After a segment in 2000 that featured the live castration and slaughter of a feral pig, Hillsborough County prosecutors charged him with animal cruelty. He was acquitted in 2002.

Bubba, Todd Schnitt
Two years later, he was fired from WXTB 98 Rock, where his show topped the ratings charts, after the Federal Communications Commission proposed a $755,000 fine against Clear Channel Communications for airing segments that included a skit of cartoon characters talking about sex and drugs and segments about masturbation.

Before he came to Tampa Bay, Clem worked at radio stations in San Antonio, Texas; Chicago, Philadelphia, Milwaukee and Orlando, and was fired, by his count, at least six times along the way.

In 2008, Clem was sued by WFLA 970 AM radio rival Todd "MJ" Schnitt, who claimed Clem said false and defamatory things about him and his wife on his show. Eventually, the men reached an agreement after a five-year legal battle.

FL Radio: WNCV-FM Launches Logan & Lisa Morning Show

Logan & Lisa
Cumulus Fort Walton/Destin has announced that its new morning show, Logan & Lisa, debuts today on AC-formatted WNCV 93.3 FM Coast. The show features the talents of newly named WNCV Program Director and morning personality Logan and co-host Lisa, who comes to mornings from middays on sister station WYZB 105.5 FM NASH-FM.

Lisa also did mornings on the station prior to adding America's Morning Show.

Logan began programming COAST 93.3 for Cumulus last month, after 14 years at Clear Channel where, for the last eight years, he was Morning Host/Assistant Program Director and Music Director for WISX 106.1 FM Mix in Philadelphia. Logan’s previous tours of duty include Z100 in New York City, Q102 in Philadelphia, and KDMX in Dallas. He has worked in various formats including CHR, Hot AC, Rhythmic AC and Classic Hits.

Lisa has been with Cumulus Fort Walton since 2001 and on-air with WYZB/NASH-FM 105.5 for six years, where she was morning personality prior to the launch of America’s Morning Show. Listeners relate to Lisa’s stories about marriage, kids, and everyday life as a working woman. She loves helping area charities through promotions benefiting local schools and organizations including the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, and Healthy Start.

WNCV 93.3 FM (50Kw) 60dBu Coverage
Pete DeSimone, Regional Vice President for Cumulus said: “Logan & Lisa offer the Fort Walton Beach/Destin market a fresh perspective in the mornings and compelling content not currently available for the AC audience.”

Logan said: "We'll play a lot of music, but have some fun, too-- with new features including "3 Fun Things", "Brain Freeze", "Secret Celebrity", "Today's Top Things" and a socially interactive Facebook Flashback feature on Fridays.”

IN Radio: WEJK-FM Boonville Flips to Classic Hits

Classic Hits returned to Tri-State radio Monday after WEJK 107.1 FM — known as “Jack FM” — officially switched formats, according to courierpress.com.

Local radio personality Dave Westrich, who spun classic hits records for WJLT-105.3 FM until the station switched to sports radio in July, will be the station’s premier host.

The Boonville, IN radio station will play classic hits from the 60s through the early 90s, a bit of a broader reach than WJLT, Westrich said.

For now, there isn’t a morning host, but there will be news, sports and weather every hour Monday through Friday until noon, with updates at 4 and 5 p.m., something the station hasn’t had in nearly a decade.

“Jack FM” was an adult hits station without local on-air personalities or any local programming.

WEJK 107.1 FM (1.6 Kw) 60dBu Coverage Area
Vincennes-based The Original Company purchased the station in August from J.P. Engelbrecht’s Boonville Broadcasting Co.

The Original Company is a family-managed business owned by Mark and Saundra Lange, who now own 16 stations in Southern Indiana and Illinois.

Westrich will host from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Instead of being confined daily in a radio studio, Westrich will be a mobile DJ, setting up at events, local spots or sponsored locations.

NY Radio. Cumulus Revives WFAS-FM

Cumulus announces that heritage AC station WFAS-FM returned to Westchester, NY, over the Labor Day weekend. The station re-launched on the 94.3 frequency Friday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. EST. WFAS-FM has operated as an HD2 channel for the last few months.

Cumulus’ is airing WFAS 94.3 FM on Translator W232AL (94.3 Pomona) relayed via WPLJ 95.5 FM HD2.  The AC station had been off the air since early July when Cumulus moved the signal into the city and launched urban AC “Radio 103.9” WNBM.


WFAS 94.3 FM (250watts) 60dBu Coverage
Marty Sheehan, Market Manager for Cumulus Westchester said: “We are very excited to have the new WFAS back on air. A heritage radio station, WFAS is renowned for its ties to the community, whether it's Storm Center, or service projects such as the Food Bank and Back Pack Giveback-- yet it's the music that has served this community so well. You would be hard-pressed to find anyone who grew in Westchester County that has not tuned in to WFAS, their local radio station, for traffic, weather or entertainment. We look forward to entertaining and informing the Westchester community for many more years to come.”

CNN Reporter Posts Video of Her Layoff

Lisa Dejardins
Former CNN Capitol Hill reporter Lisa Dejardins posted a video of her final sign off from CNN on Thursday as she prepared to leave the building after being laid off.

Variety reports Dejardins, a reporter for CNN.com who was not an on-air personality, compares the mass goodbye emails from laid off CNN employees to the personal ones, finding a wide discrepancy in the general tone and niceness between the two, and expresses her disappointment CNN’s decision to get rid of a congressional reporter given the bipartisan struggle in the Capitol.

However, CNN is in the midst of expanding its digital staff in Washington, D.C. as it prepares for the 2016 presidential race. The news giant recently recruited Politico alum Rachel Smolkin as executive editor for politics to spearhead an elaborate digital initiative out of D.C. Dejardins’ departure was part of a restructuring of CNN’s Washington bureau and not part of the buyout offer.

Time Warner confirmed on Tuesday that approximately 600 employees at its Turner Broadcasting unit, which houses CNN, were being offered buyouts as part of a cost-cutting effort.

Alaska Radio: Michael Dukes Moving Talk Show To KBYR

Michael Dukes
Talk personality Michael Dukes, a mainstay of Fairbanks, AK radio, is moving south to...Anchorage.

He's taking his show from PM Drive KFAR 660 AM to morning drive on KBYR 700 AM.

Dukes, who has hosted The Michael Dukes Show for 12 years, said he grew up with radio, particularly KFAR, on all the time.

“KFAR has always been in my blood and in my family,” he said on Friday. “I used to listen to it as a kid. We’d spend time out at my grandparents’ out at Harding Lake, we’d puttering around and doing stuff and they always had KFAR on.”

Glenn Beck Blasts Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger

Glenn Beck
Radio/TV host Glenn Beck says the government should reject Comcast Corp.'s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc. because the two companies won't distribute his cable-TV channel, TheBlaze.

According to philly.com, Beck, a former CNN and Fox News host and author, says that Comcast and Time Warner Cable are denying TV viewers access to differing political viewpoints and that Comcast is seeking to protect news channels it owns - NBC, CNBC, and left-leaning MSNBC.

Beck also claims that Comcast deleted his supporters' comments from its Facebook page.

Comcast said Friday that it does not make decisions on what channels to carry based on politics.

"Comcast has a stellar record supporting smaller, independent programmers - we carry over 160 independent networks and, since 2011, have launched four new minority-owned or managed independent networks, and have substantially expanded carriage of over 120 independent networks," Comcast executive vice president David L. Cohen said.

"We are pleased to have the support of a substantial and diverse group of more than 10 independent programmers that have submitted letters in favor of the transaction in comments at the FCC," Cohen added.

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Yakima Radio: KRSE-FM Flips To Classic Rock

There's a new radio station broadcasting in the Yakima.

Radio Yakima has flipped KRSE 105.7 FM to Classic Rock branding as The Hawk.   It replaces Adult Hits BobFM.

The old station touted itself as playing music from the 70s, 80s and whatever. Now, The Hawk will play Classic Rock only.

"People are going to love it. It's going to be fresh and new and sometimes people just need a change a makeover if you will so that's what we've done. We've made over 105.7 and it's going to really rock," said Kelly Gasseling, Radio Yakima Market Manager.

KRSE 105.7 FM (100Kw) 60dBu Coverage Area
Live DJ's will start in the next few weeks.

Tune-Up Coming To iTunes Radio

Apple is expected to be  giving iTunes Radio some fresh attention.

Sources tell On The Money at The NY Post that the firm is out negotiating international music licenses in order to roll out the streaming service around the globe.

Some think the deals will be bagged in time for the latest product announcements though others say late September is a more realistic time frame.

While iTunes Radio hasn’t rocked leader Pandora just yet, Pandora’s lack of presence in major overseas markets may give Apple the chance to steal its signal strength.

Meanwhile, Apple’s iTunes content boss Robert Kondrk is souping up his team promoting David Dorn to run the iTunes store and former Beats CEO Ian Rogers is now running iTunes Radio.

Obama: It's The Media's Fault

President Obama on Friday said social media and the nightly news are partly to blame for the sense that “the world is falling apart,” according to The Hill.

"I can see why a lot of folks are troubled," Obama told a group of donors gathered at a Democratic National Committee barbecue in Purchase, N.Y.

But the president said that current foreign policy crises across the world are not comparable to the challenges the U.S. faced during the Cold War.

Acknowledging "the barbarity" of Islamist militants and Russia "reasserting the notion that might means right," Obama, though, dismissed the notion that he was facing unprecedented challenges.

“The world’s always been messy ... we’re just noticing now in part because of social media,” he said, according to a White House pool report.

“If you watch the nightly news, it feels like the world is falling apart,” said Obama.

The president acknowledged that conflicts in the Middle East posed difficulties, “but it’s been challenging for quite a while,” he said.

“We will get through these challenging times just like we have in the past,” Obama added.

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Beasley Broadcast Honors 2014 Top Performers

 (left to right) VP Programming Justin Chase; EVP Operations Brian Beasley; VP Market Manager Kent Dunn (Augusta); Chairman and CEO George G. Beasley; President and COO Bruce Beasley; EVP and CFO Caroline Beasley; VP Engineering and CTOMike Cooney; VP Market Manager Brad Beasley (SW Florida); Retiring VP Market Manager Natalie Conner (Philadelphia); VP SalesHeather Monahan; Director of Sales AJ Lurie (SW Florida).

Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. bestowed Company Operating Awards during its annual management meetings held in Naples, Florida.

Beasley Broadcast, with corporate offices in Naples since 1988,gathered corporate management and station leaders from the eleven markets in which operates to celebrate achievements and contributions from individual employees and radio stations over the preceeding twelve months.

The 2014 Honorees include:
  • Radio station of the Year: WXKB FM, Fort Myers
  • General Manager of the Year: Brad Beasley, Fort Myers
  • Business Manager of the Year: Donna Williams, Augusta, GA
  • Sales Manager of the Year: AJ Lurie, Fort Myers
  • Program Director of the Year: Tee Gentry, Augusta, GA
  • Engineer of the Year: Lamar smith, Las Vegas
  • CEO Award of Excellence: Natalie Conner
Beasley Founder, Chairman and CEO George G. Beasley commented, "It is a sincere privilege each year to honor our Company's highest achievers. The level of professionalism within Beasley Broadcast is tremendous. The ladies and gentlemen we recognize for 2014 worked very hard to earn this recognition, and for that they have also earned my respect. I am very proud of each of them."

Aussie Radio: KissFM's Kyle, Jackie-O Regain Morning Honors

Kyle and Jackie O
Kyle Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson have regained the top spot in the Sydney FM radio breakfast battle, overhauling Jonesy & Amanda on WSFM Pure Gold, whose show dropped 2.1 per cent in audience share  according to the latest round of GfK’s radio ratings.

However, mumbrella.com reports Talkback AM radio still dominates the Sydney market, with 2GB gaining 0.6 per cent to 13.1 per cent audience share for Monday to Sunday, ahead of ABC702 which had the biggest share rise to 10.7 per cent, while Fairfax Radio’s 2UE saw a bounce, lifting 0.8 per cent to a share of 4.6 per cent audience share.

Amanda & Joneey
Brendan Jones and Amanda Keller had been celebrating being on top of the ratings for two surveys with WSFM Pure Gold, but the audience slip gave their Australian Radio Network stablemates Kyle and Jackie O top spot after a rise of 1.5 per cent, for a share of 10.5 per cent. However WSFM Pure Gold is the most-listened to FM station in Sydney with 9.4 per cent of the audience, ahead of 106.5 KissFM’s 8.7 per cent.

The 2DayFM breakfast show enjoyed its first ratings lift of the year up 0.6 per cent in share to 3.6 per cent, after the departure of Mel B, although the station lost 0.4 per cent of its overall share dropping to 3.8 per cent, making it the lowest rated commercial radio station in Sydney.

ARN’s national content director Duncan Campbell said they were extremely happy with the picture in Sydney, with the number one and two stations by share, adding they aimed to continue to grow share.

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R.I.P.: Fox News Radio WH Reporter Mike Majchrowtiz

Mike Majchrowitz aboard Air Force One
FOX News Radio reported sad news Monday. White House reporter Mike Majchrowitz has died, following a battle with cancer.

He was 51.

Mike Majchrowitz, the Congressional and White House reporter with the unspellable last name, joined FOX News Radio at its very beginning in 2005. Mac and Rich Johnson were the backbone of the Washington bureau.

Born in 1963 in Racine, Wisconsin, a Washington D.C. Correspondent since 1997, Mac was devoted to his wife and three children, and equally devoted to fair and balanced reporting.

Mac traveled the world covering Presidential trips.

He anchored coverage of elections, conventions and debates, returning to cover the 2012 campaign while battling cancer.

Everyone called him “Mac”… they also called him unflappable, and a joy to work with.

“Mike was an original – a solidly tenacious reporter, a thoughtful anchor and a good man,” Mitch Davis, VP of Fox News Radio, said in a statement.  ”He earned the respect of his colleagues for many things, not the least of which was his kindness. From our earliest days he helped Fox News Radio grow into what we are now. His voice was unique, as was his courage. Throughout his struggle, he remained positive and was an inspiration to us all. We will miss him.”

R.I.P.: Jimi Jamison, Lead Singer of Survivor

Jimi Jamison
Jimi Jamison, the former lead singer for the rock bands Cobra and Survivor, died Sunday, his booking agent Sally Irwin confirmed to the Los Angeles Times.

Jamison died of a heart attack at his home in Memphis, Tenn., Irwin said. He was 63.

Jamison was the lead singer for Survivor from the mid-to-late 1980s, creating such hits as "Burning Heart" from "Rocky IV" and "The Moment of Truth" from "The Karate Kid."

Jamison joined the group at the height of its popularity -- the band having just released "Eye of the Tiger" from "Rocky III" -- after former lead singer David Bickler left the group because of voice issues.

In a 1985 interview with The Times, Jamison said that following such a monster hit wasn't easy.

"After 'Eye of the Tiger,' the fans wanted an album full of songs like 'Eye of the Tiger,' " said Jamison, who was not with the band when its second album, "Caught in the Game," was released in 1983 to little success. "An average or a good album wouldn't be enough. The band needed a great album and some huge hit singles. But it didn't happen."

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R.I.P.: Twin Cities, Philly Personality Dan Donovan

Dan Donovan, John Lennon
Dan Donovan
Twin Cities/Philadelphia radio legend Dan Donovan has died of a heart attack.

Born Blaine Harvey in Philadelphia, Donovan got interested in radio growing up in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He began his career there at WGET 1320 AM, later moving to WSBA 910 AM in York, Pennsylvania. After studying journalism at Penn State, he moved on to WICE Radio in Providence, Rhode Island, in the early 1960s. He then moved to WMEX  in Boston and WCBM 680 in Baltimore before beginning a ten-year run at WFIL 560 AM in Philadelphia.

He came to KSTP 94.5 FM KS 95FM in the Twin Cities in 1979, and joined KQQL 107.9 FM KOOL 108 FM in 1991, bringing the enthusiasm and style that have made him one of the region’s best known and best loved DJ’s to his popular afternoon drive and Sunday oldies shows.

DAN DONOVAN from Pavek Museum on Vimeo.

Donovan, who referred to himself as "the Geezer," was a radio veteran whose career dates back to the glory days of rock and roll.

Donovan last worked at Clear Channel's KQQL, but was RIFed in 2009.

R.I.P.: Original Jethro Tull Bassist Glenn Cornick

Glenn Cornick
Glenn Cornick, the original bassist for Jethro Tull, passed away August 29 at his home in Hilo, Hawaii.

He was 67, according to Rolling Stone.

Cornick died of congestive heart failure and had been receiving hospice care recently. Cornick was a founding member of Jethro Tull, appearing on their first three albums before departing the group in 1970.

"It is with great sadness that we learned today of the passing of Glenn Cornick, bass player with Jethro Tull from the band’s inception 1968 until 1970," Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson wrote in his tribute to Cornick on the band's official website.

"Glenn was a man of great bonhomie and ready to befriend anyone – especially fellow musicians. Always cheerful, he brought to the early stage performances of Tull a lively bravado both as a personality and a musician... During the many years since then, Glenn continued to play in various bands and was a frequent guest at Tull fan conventions where he would join in with gusto to rekindle the musical moments of the early repertoire."

R.I.P.: KMOX St. Louis News Anchor John O'Connor

John O'Connor
His was a voice familiar to KMOX 1120 AM listeners for the last 10 years. But now that voice has been silenced.

KMOX news anchor John O’Connor suffered a fatal heart attack, Friday night.

He was 52, according to KMOX.

He graduated from Maryville College in 1985 and then worked at television stations in Oklahoma, Texas and Rhode Island before returning to St. Louis in 1992. He spent 6 years as Assignment Editor at KSDK-TV, and 2 years as Managing Editor of KDNL-TV.

O'Connor joined the KMOX news staff in October of 2004. He also was working at a local advertising agency at the time of his death.

September 1, 2 In Radio History

On the 2nd in 1931...the radio show, "15 Minutes with Bing Crosby", debuted on CBS.

Big Crosby
In 1923, Crosby had been invited to join a new band composed of high school students a few years younger than himself. Al Rinker, Miles Rinker, James Heaton, Claire Pritchard and Robert Pritchard, along with drummer Crosby, formed the Musicaladers, who performed at dances both for high school students and club-goers. The group did perform on Spokane radio station KHQ, but disbanded after two years.

By 1925, Crosby had formed a vocal duo with partner Al Rinker, brother of singer Mildred Bailey. Bailey introduced Rinker and Crosby to Paul Whiteman, who was at that time America's most famous bandleader. Hired for $150 a week in 1926, they made their debut on December 6 at the Tivoli Theatre in Chicago. Their first recording was "I've Got The Girl", with Don Clark's Orchestra, but the Columbia-issued record did them no vocal favors, as it was inadvertently recorded at a speed slower than it should have been, which increased the singers' pitch when played at 78 rpm. Throughout his career, Crosby often credited Mildred Bailey for getting him his first important job in the entertainment business.

Even as the Crosby and Rinker duo was increasing in popularity, Whiteman added a third member to the group. The threesome, now including pianist and aspiring songwriter Harry Barris, were dubbed "The Rhythm Boys". They joined the Whiteman touring act, performing and recording with musicians Bix Beiderbecke, Jack Teagarden, Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Eddie Lang and Hoagy Carmichael, also appearing together in a Whiteman movie.

Crosby soon became the star attraction of the Rhythm Boys, and in 1928 he had his first number one hit with the Whiteman orchestra, a jazz-influenced rendition of "Ol' Man River". However, Crosby's reported taste for alcohol and his growing dissatisfaction with Whiteman led to his quitting the Rhythm Boys to join the Gus Arnheim Orchestra. During his time with Arnheim, the other two Rhythm Boys were increasingly pushed to the background as the emphasis was on Crosby. Harry Barris wrote several of Crosby's subsequent hits including "At Your Command", "I Surrender Dear", and "Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams". But the members of the band had a falling out and split, setting the stage for Crosby's solo career.

From 1934...

On September 2, 1931, Crosby made his solo radio debut.  Before the end of the year, he signed with both Brunswick Records and CBS Radio. Doing a weekly 15-minute radio broadcast, Crosby quickly became a huge hit.  His songs "Out of Nowhere", "Just One More Chance", "At Your Command" and "I Found a Million Dollar Baby (in a Five and Ten Cent Store)" were all among the best selling songs of 1931

On the 1st in 1955...Buddy Holly and Bob Montgomery auditioned for KDAV's Sunday Party in Lubbock, Texas.  The duo began a Sunday afternoon slot that became The Bob and Buddy Show.

On the 1st in 1955...Legendary DJ Alan Freed holds his "First Anniversary Rock 'n Roll Party" at Brooklyn's Paramount Theater, featuring Chuck Berry, and for some reason, Tony Bennett.  

On the 1st in 1965...Ron Lundy started at WABC 770 AM.

Ron Lundy
Lundy was born June 25, 1934 in Memphis, Tennessee, the only child of Fred Sr., a railroad engineer, and Mary Lundy. He served in the United States Marine Corps after graduating from high school. Following the completion of his military stint, he returned to his hometown and attended a local radio broadcasting school on the G.I. Bill.  At the same time, he worked across the street at WHHM-AM, where he got his first on-air experience one night when he substituted for the regular disc jockey who failed to report for his shift. This resulted in Lundy being hired as a full-time radio announcer by Hodding Carter for WDDT-AM, the latter's new station in Greenville, Mississippi.

After a stop in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at WLCS-AM, Lundy was brought to WIL-AM in St. Louis, Missouri in 1960 by Dan Ingram, who was the station's program director until the middle of the next year. Nicknamed the "Wil' Child", Lundy had a style which was described as a combination of "country and crawfish pie" by Bob Whitney, who also played a major role in the appointment.

Lundy was reunited with Ingram at WABC-AM in 1965. He made his New York radio debut on September 1, working the overnight shift as "The Swingin' Nightwalker."  Beginning in May 1966, he became the midday fixture at the station for the next sixteen years.  With his catchphrase "Hello, Love–this is Ron Lundy from the Greatest City in the World," he usually preceded Ingram's afternoon drive time program, and sometimes when Ingram was running late to the studio, Lundy would keep going until Dan arrived, doing impressions of The Shadow, where he would play Margo Lane and Lamont Cranston. The two best friends hosted "The Last Show" before WABC's format conversion from music to talk radio at noon on May 10, 1982.

The following year he joined NYC Oldies WCBS-FM and retired in 1997.

Lundy was inducted the St. Louis Hall Radio Hall of Fame on January 1, 2006, with a banquet held June 10, 2006. He died of a heart attack at age 75 on March 15, 2010 in Oxford, Mississippi. He had recently been recovering from a previous heart attack after being dehydrated.


On the 2nd in 1968...Music Directors at radio stations across the country received a new 45 from a new group called Creedence Clearwater Revival.  They didn't know much about them other than their first single was called "Suzie Q".  They played it, and the rest is history.

On the 1st in 1973...Some of The Top Albums of 1973* were out on this date.  Chicago VI remained at #1, Pink Floyd moved back up to #2 with The Dark Side of the Moon, Foreigner from Cat Stevens was fourth while the Allman Brothers Band moved from 13 to 4 with the biggest album they would ever have--Brothers and Sisters.  The rest of the Top 10:  Touch Me in the Morning from Diana Ross, A Passion Play from Jethro Tull dropped from 2, Machine Head by Deep Purple had been out a year and was moving up to #7, We're An American Band from Grand Funk moved from 15 to 8, Made in Japan by Deep Purple was #9 and Fresh by Sly & the Family Stone completed the list.

On the 2nd in 1974...Reunion released "Life is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me)" on this date. Many custom versions were made for Top40 stations across the country. WCFL 1000 AM in Chicago had one. Here is the version for crosstown rival WLS 890 AM...

On the 1st in 1975...KOL-AM in Seattle Washington changed its call letters to KMPS.

On the 1st in 1977...WNBC 660 AM switched to the “Bob Pittman” format.

Bob Pitman circa Late 70s
Bob Pittman had been hired as WNBC's new Program Director, replacing Mel Phillips. His first decision was to lay-off all of the station's personalities, some of which were veterans (including Don Imus, Cousin Brucie, Norm N. Nite and Joe McCoy), replacing them with younger-sounding disc jockeys from medium markets. He also shifted the format to from Adult Top 40 or Hot AC to a more aggressively current-based Top 40 format, with occasional nods to FM radio (such as commercial-free hours).

As a result of this tweaking, the station was now playing artists such as Andy Gibb, KC & the Sunshine Band, Boston, Peter Frampton, Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, Billy Joel, the Bee Gees, among others.

However, listenership did not go up, but actually went down, and while some of the new air personalities would find success (Johnny Dark, Frank Reed, Michael Sarzynksi, Buzz Brindle and Allen Beebe would be heard on the station well into the 1980s), others would not (Ellie Dylan, who replaced Imus in morning drive, would be gone within months).

By 1979, Pittman would leave WNBC (he would soon become the founder of MTV). John Lund was hired back as program director (from KHOW in Denver), and Don Imus returned to the morning show. Under program director John Lund, WNBC's playlist was tweaked back to an Adult top 40 format, and ratings increased by 50% to surpass WABC by the summer of 1980.

On the 1st in 1979...Get the Knack by the Knack occupied the top spot on the album chart for the fourth week.  The former #1 album Breakfast in America by Supertramp spent its ninth straight week at either #2 or #3 since it fell, highly impressive.  Candy-O by the Cars remained at 3 while I Am by Earth, Wind & Fire came in fourth.  The rest of the Top 10:  Million Mile Reflections from the Charlie Daniels Band, the great album Discovery from ELO, Risque by Chic moved from 32 to 7, Rust Never Sleeps from Neil Young & Crazy Horse, meanwhile, was up just one, Donna Summer's former #1 album Bad Girls was now at 9 and Midnight Magic from the Commodores entered the Top 10.

On the 1st in 1981…The RKO Radio Network became the first company to offer two separate live overnight services via satellite to affiliate radio stations as its "America Overnight" talk show premiered. The six-hour program featured three-hour segments hosted by Ed Busch in Dallas and Eric Tracey in Los Angeles.

Debuting eight months earlier, the RKO Radio Network's "Night Time America," based in New York City and hosted/produced by Bob Dearborn, was the first, live, daily, satellite-delivered music show in radio history.

On the 1st in 1984...Tina Turner scored one of the biggest comebacks of the Rock Era, hitting #1 on this date with "What's Love Got to Do With It".  It had been 13 years since she and former husband Ike had hit the Top 10 with their remake of the CCR song "Proud Mary".  John Waite moved up to #2 with "Missing You", Lionel Richie was stuck on 3 with "Stuck On You" and Ray Parker, Jr. dropped with his former #1 "Ghostbusters".  Prince's former #1 "When Doves Cry" was at position #5.  The rest of the Top 10:  Newcomer Cyndi Lauper with "She Bop", Corey Hart came in seventh with "Sunglasses at Night", Prince had another Top 10--"Let's Go Crazy", which moved from 16 all the way to 8, Huey Lewis & the News posted their fourth straight Top 10 from the album Sports ("If This Is It") and Peabo Bryson remained at 10 with "If Ever You're In My Arms Again".

On the 2nd in 1986...WAPP changed to WQHT 103.5 FM

On the 1st in 2001...WEVD 1050 AM changed to ESPN Sports Radio

On the 1st in 2005...Barry Cowsill, bassist for the Cowsills, died from injuries suffered during Hurricane Katrina at the age of 51.

His body was not recovered until December 28 from Chartres Street Wharf in New Orleans, Louisiana.  He had left several urgent phone messages for his sister Susan on September 1.

On the 1st in 2008…Voiceover artist Don LaFontaine, famous for recording more than 5000 film trailers and hundreds of thousands of TV commercials, died from the effects of a blood clot in his lungs at age 68.