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BOB ELLIOTT, death at 92 years, formerly one-half of the comedy duo of Bob and Ray.

  NYTimes Obit

 Robert Brackett "Bob" Elliott (March 26, 1923 - February 2, 2016) was an American actor and comedian, formerly one-half of the comedy duo of Bob and Ray. He is the father of comedian/actor Chris Elliott and the grandfather of Abby Elliott. Elliott was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Gail Marguarite (née Brackett), a needleworker, and Fred Russell Elliott, who worked in insurance. On radio, he appeared in programs with his long-time partner Ray Goulding. These were in different series and time slots over decades, beginning in the late 1940s at Boston's WHDH radio when the two were first paired for Matinee with Bob and Ray, simply because it sounded better than "Matinob with Ray and Bob".WIKIPEDIA
Bob and Ray in a publicity photo with Tedi Thurman for Monitor (NBC radio), where all were program regulars On television, Elliott and Goulding hosted The Bob and Ray show from 1951 to 1953. Elliott appeared on a number of other television programs, including Happy Days; Newhart; and Bob & Ray, Jane, Laraine & Gilda in 1979 (with Goulding, Jane Curtin, Laraine Newman and Gilda Radner). He appeared on radio with Garrison Keillor in The American Radio Company of the Air. Bob and Ray writer Raymond Knight died in 1953. In 1954, Elliott married Knight's widow, Lee.

Radio: Shortsighted logic for licensing fees that hurt Internet webcasters

The holiday season brought a grinch of sorts to Internet radio station webcasters: an increase in the cost of licensing fees for the music they play. In a decision announced in December, the new rates were developed as they have been every five years and were taking effect as of Jan. 1. But unlike previous years, the rates did not include a special provision for small- to medium-sized webcasters that allowed them to pay a percentage of revenue rather than a royalty per song, per listener. Considering that most small webcasters make no money, this was a huge cost savings, and the difference between allowing their hobby to continue or having to let it go. Island Classic Hits, for example, claims on its website that its fees are increasing from roughly $900 per year to more than $30,000 annually. This is typical, according to other webcasters to whom I have spoken. MORE

testing new Internet music station stream

I'm programming a test webpage of the future BEAUTIFUL instrumentals . com web and stream from RADIONOMY (which will include some advertising selected for your geographic listening area). Until I can adjust MY selections, RADIONOMY will be adding some filler music of their own which WILL NOT be of my choice. The stream will have some vocals and other selections from their own library. I will be trying to get up to speed in the next few weeks with 3000 of OUR tracks. When I feel this test run is up to expectations I will release the stream on www.beautifulinstrumentals.com If you are curious you will find the initial test page at:blogspot.com

FM Radio programming pioneer honored by peers...


Philadelphia Broadcast Pioneers member Marlin Taylor honored. He  is best remembered as the “father” of the instrumentally-based 24/7 stereo-radio format that became known as “Beautiful Music,” which he originated in Philadelphia with the sign-on of WDVR, 101 FM in 1963.

December 12 100th birthday salute to Frank Sinatra on radio

WEMP-FM, Wisconsin, will present a 24 hour Sinatra salute marathon to mark centennial of birth of FRANK SINATRA. On December 12, the Sinatra birthday.

Station manager Mark Heller is buddies with Hal Blaine, the drummer on Something Stupid and a couple of Frank's 1966-68 works (Summer Wind)....anyhow, he told Nancy Sinatra, that WEMP radio will do a tribute to her father...and she contacted the station. Hal got the entire library for WEMP, from Sinatra Enterprises, on CD...for the 24 hour tribute hosted by Sinatra buff R. Alan Campbell, radio announcer and web blogger.

 Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) American jazz and traditional pop singer was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide. Born in Hoboken, New Jersey to Italian immigrants, he began his musical career in the swing era with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey. He found success as a solo artist after being signed by Columbia Records in 1943, becoming the idol of the "bobby soxers". He released his first album, The Voice of Frank Sinatra, in 1946. You Tube Channel | Wikipedia Bio | Sinatra.com

Misty Copeland Performs With Yo-Yo Ma, S Colbert

A special performance by American Ballet Theater’s Misty Copeland and renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma.


Long gone...the days of locally owned broadcast stations...

Nexstar Broadcasting seeks to buy Media General for $1.9 billion.... Nexstar Broadcasting Group (NXST) said Monday it has offered about $1.9 billion to buy Media General (MEG), seeking to enlarge its local-TV business and thwart Media General's attempt to merge with competitor Meredith Corp. (MDP). Nexstar, based in Irving, Texas, is proposing to pay $10.50 per share in cash and 0.0898 Nexstar shares per Media General share. That would value Media General at $14.50 per share, or about 30% higher than the closing stock price on Friday. The total transaction value is $4.1 billion, including Media General’s debt.       USA Today         nexstar.tv
 Nexstar Broadcasting Group is an American telecommunications company that is owned by the shareholders and headquartered in Irving, Texas. The company's portfolio consists of 91 television stations across the U.S., most of whom are affiliates with the four "major" U.S. television networks located in small to medium-sized markets. It also operates all of the stations owned by an affiliated company, Mission Broadcasting, under local marketing agreements...WIKIPEDIA

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Frank Gifford dies aged 84: NFL legend, Monday Night Football host passes away

Francis Newton "Frank" Gifford (August 16, 1930 – August 9, 2015) was an American football player and television sportscaster. He spent his entire 13-year National Football League (NFL) career with the New York Giants, playing both offense and defense. He participated in five NFL Championship games and eight Pro Bowls, and won the league's Most Valuable Player Award in 1956, the same season he won his only NFL Championship. In 1977, Gifford was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. After retiring from the NFL in 1964, Gifford later became a commentator and play-by-play announcer for NFL games on CBS and most notably on ABC's Monday Night Football. Gifford was married to television host Kathie Lee Gifford from 1986 until his death.


Margaret Juntwait, the Voice of the Met on Radio, Dies at 58

Ms. Juntwait, who became the Met’s third radio host in 2004, hosting 229 Saturday radio broadcasts, also presided over 898 broadcasts on the Met’s satellite-radio channel. NYTimes Obit Margaret Juntwait (March 18, 1957 – June 3, 2015) was an American radio broadcaster, and the voice of the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts. She debuted in this position on December 11, 2004, replacing Peter Allen upon his retirement after twenty-nine years. WIKIPEDIA VIDEO: Maestro Fabio Luisi, in conversation with Margaret Juntwait, May 7, 2013

Downton star Michelle Dockery's cut glass accent now most desired for voice overs.

Downton Abbey's Lady Mary is now the most in-demand British voice in America, new research has revealed. Actress Michelle Dockery's cut glass English tones beat Hugh Grant and Daniel Craig to become the most requested UK accent for the US voiceover industry. Voiceovers are big business in America covering everything from TV ads to recorded birthday greetings and at the moment famous British - and Irish - voices are particularly popular.

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Photographer Dan Farrell has died. Took famous photos at JFK funeral.

Dan Farrell, a photographer for The Daily News in New York known for his image of John F. Kennedy Jr. saluting his father’s coffin, died on Monday, 13 April 2015, in Rockville Centre, N.Y. He was 84. The cause was pneumonia, NYTimes story
In 50 years at the newspaper, Mr. Farrell photographed the Beatles’ first American visit, Bing Crosby on the subway and President Jimmy Carter jumping a fence at La Guardia Airport. But his most memorable image was of the president’s son.
PERSONAL OBSERVATION: The date was Nov. 25, 1963, three days after President Kennedy’s assassination. John Jr., known as John-John, was spending his third birthday attending his father’s funeral in Washington. As a member of the Air Force military cordon, I was standing outside the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, as the procession passed by, John-John’s mother, Jacqueline Kennedy, whispered to him. The boy, in overcoat and shorts, standing in front of his uncle Robert F. Kennedy, raised his right hand in salute. I thought to myself if someone took a picture it would be historical. Farrell who was nearby got the picture as did a few other photographers. Something to tell my grandchildren about I was thinking.---RACampbell

Bob Schieffer announces his retirement

Bob Schieffer, CBS chief Washington correspondent and Face the Nation anchor, talks about his career and announces that he will retire this summer from CBS News after a 58 years in journalism. (Star-Telegram/Rodger Mallison)

 Bob Lloyd Schieffer (born February 25, 1937) is an American television journalist who has been with CBS News since 1969, serving 23 years as anchor on the Saturday edition of CBS Evening
News from 1973 to 1996; chief Washington correspondent since 1982, moderator of the Sunday public affairs show Face the Nation since 1991. From March 2005 to August 31, 2006, Schieffer was interim weekday anchor of the CBS Evening News. As of 2011, he is one of the primary substitutes for Scott Pelley. Schieffer is one of the few journalists to have covered all four of the major Washington national assignments: the White House, the Pentagon, United States Department of State, and United States Congress. His career with CBS has almost exclusively dealt with national politics.


Stan Freberg, Madcap Adman and Satirist, Dies at 88

Freberg, who was called the father of the funny commercial, was a fount of irreverence and a purveyor of advertising sales pitches that employed extreme reverse psychology.NYTimes Obit

Stan Freberg (born Stanley Friberg; August 7, 1926 – April 7, 2015) was an American author, recording artist, animation voice actor, comedian, radio personality, puppeteer and advertising creative director, whose career began in 1944. He remained active in the industry into his late 80s, more than 70 years after entering it.


VIDEO: Stan Freberg Presents The United States of America pt 1&2

PBS and the Fred Rogers Company hope you like John Boswell's celebration of Fred Rogers' message.

Fred McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003) was an American educator, Presbyterian minister, songwriter, author, and television host. Rogers was most famous for creating and hosting Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968–2001), which featured his gentle, soft-spoken personality and directness to his audiences.

 VIDEO: Mister Rogers remixed by John D. Boswell for PBS Digital Studios.
Please support your local PBS station: http://www.pbs.org/donate MP3 version now available! http://to.pbs.org/pbsremixed

Liam Neeson, narrator, voice over actor

What better way to promote Ireland than by combining the dulcet tones of one of our most well-loved actors and breathtaking footage or our stunning landscape? That's exactly what Tourism Ireland have done by enlisting Taken actor Liam Neeson to provide the voiceover to sixty seconds of pure Irish magic. From freshly poured pints of Guinness to waves bashing against towering cliffs, not forgetting famous sights going green to commemorate St Patrick's Day - this clip is the perfect way to look forward to our national holiday.Irish Mirror

Bill Pheiffer, former WDEL Delaware announcer, dies

Long-time WDEL sports director Bill Pheiffer died Saturday morning, February 29, 2015, at his home at the age of 90. Pheiffer was a native of Easton, Pennsylvania and graduated from Lafayette College He began his radio and TV career in 1949, and worked at WDEL more than 30 years, as both news and sports director. For many years, starting in the 1960's, Pheiffer broadcast Salesianum football games on WDEL. He also worked with the late Bob Kelly broadcasting University of Delaware football and basketball games in the 1960's and 1980's....more: WDEL Radio

 Born August 30, 1924, he was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. A Navy veteran of WWII, he served in the Pacific as a gunner on a torpedo bomber. After his discharge, Bill graduated from Lafayette College and began a career in television and radio in 1949. - See more at:
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/delawareonline/obituary.aspx?n=william-h-pheiffer&pid=174286097#sthash.IJ1zNu9F.dpuf allaccess.com

Go Lester Holt...

The NBC News division of Comcast-owned NBC/Universal had no choice but to appoint Lester Holt to replace the suspended Brian Williams on the top-rated “NBC Nightly News,” and by doing so it painted itself into the right corner...FORBES...|...WIKIPEDIA...|...GetReligion

Gary Owens, Announcer on ‘Laugh-In,’ Dies at 80

Gary Owens, a television and radio announcer best known as the droll, deadpan voice of “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,” died on Thursday, 12 February 2015, at his home in Los Angeles. He was 80.

NYTimes Obit 

 Gary Owens (May 10, 1934 – February 12, 2015) was an American disc jockey and voice actor. His polished baritone speaking voice generally offered deadpan recitations of total nonsense, which he frequently demonstrated as the announcer on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. Owens was equally proficient in straight or silly assignments and was frequently heard in television, radio, and commercials. He was best known, aside from being the announcer on Laugh-In, for providing the voice of the titular superhero on Space Ghost. He also played himself in a cameo appearance on Space Ghost Coast to Coast in 1998. Likewise, Owens provided the voice of Roger Ramjet on The Roger Ramjet Cartoons. He later served as voice of the over-the-air digital network Antenna TV.


VIDEO: Gary Owens is a voice that just about everyone has heard and knows, even if they don't know his name. From Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In to being the voice of Roger Ramjet, Space Ghost, and Powdered Toast Man, Gary's voice has been a guest in American living rooms for decades.