TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. Dec. 10th


ON THIS DAY in 1889,

Image result for ray collins actor Ray Collins was born in Sacramento.  Although best remembered as Lt. Tragg in 86 episodes of TV’s Perry Mason, he was a prominent member of Orson Welles Mercury Players beginning in radio.  He played 3 roles in CBS Radio’s legendary 1938 War of the Worlds. For several seasons he played Commissioner Weston on Mutual Radio’s The Shadow.   He died of emphysema July 11 1965 at age 75.

Also in 2009, in an interview with Britain’s Q magazine, Paul McCartney responded to a question about his failed marriage to Heather Mills. Was it the worst mistake of his life?  He replied that it had to be “the prime contender.” The divorce settlement cost Paul $38.9 million, plus continuing support payments for the couple’s daughter Beatrice.

On this day in 2010, in New York, Bob Dylan‘s original hand-written lyrics to 1963”s “The Times They Are A-Changin” were sold to a hedge-fund manager at a Sotheby’s auction for $422,500.

On this day in 2013, jazz guitarist, composer and arranger Jim Hall, who played in Merv Griffin’s TV orchestra, and recorded with George Shearing and Izaak Perlman, died in his sleep at age 83.

On this day in 2014, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble topped the public poll for induction into the 2015 class of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. They got 18 million votes, one-third of the total votes cast. They were inducted.

On this day in 2015, the late Janis Joplin‘s psychedelic Porsche Image result for Janis Joplin's psychedelic Porsche sold for $1.76 million at RM Sotheby’s “Driven By Disruption” car auction in New York. Joplin bought the car secondhand in ’68.

.Also in 2015, funeral services were held for former Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in L.A. Weiland died in his sleep a week earlier.

On this day in 2016, longtime Winnipeg morning man Bob Washington (CKRC), the voice of the K-Tel TV commercials, who also worked in radio in Moose Jaw, Saskatoon and Montreal before retiring to Vancouver, died of cancer at age 82.

Also in 2016, folksy liberal talk radio host Allan Prell, who will be remembered by listeners of WBAL Baltimore (17 years), KIRO Seattle, KLAC Los Angeles, WTOP Washington etc. died after abdominal surgery at age 79.

Still in 2016, singer George Mantalis, (pictured, bottom) a founding member of and the tenor with the hitmaking Four Coins quartet, succumbed to lung cancer at age 81.

On this day in 2018, some CBS directors were reported to be concerned that recent leaks from the investigation into alleged sexual misconduct by former CEO Les Moonves could result in legal exposure for the company or people found to have failed to prevent the disclosures.

Also in 2018, Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” was annointed the most-streamed song from the 20th Century with more than 1.6 billion global streams.


Today’s Birthdays:

Newfoundland-born former C-FAX Radio (Victoria) owner Mel Cooper is 87.

Former actor Tommy Kirk (Mickey Mouse Club, Hardy Boys) is 78.

Actress Fionnula Flanagan (Defiance, Lost, Brotherhood, To Have & To Hold, Rich Man, Poor Man) is 78.

Pop singer Chad Stuart (Chad and Jeremy) is 78.

Rhythm-and-blues singer Ralph Tavares is 78.

Actress Tisha Sterling (The Ann Sothern Show, Donna Reed Show, Batman) is 75.

Actress-singer Gloria Loring (Days of Our Lives) is 73.

Pop-funk musician Walter “Clyde” Orange (The Commodores) is 73.

Rhythm-and-blues singer Jessica Cleaves (Friends of Distinction) is 71.

Country singer Johnny Rodriguez is 68.

Actress Susan Dey (LA Law, Emerald Point NAS, Partridge Family) is 67.

Actress Kristine DeBell The Young & the Restless) is 65.

Jazz musician Paul Hardcastle is 62.

Actor John J. York (General Hospital, All My Children, Werewolf) is 61.

British actor-director Kenneth Branagh (Warm Springs) is 59.

Actress Nia Peeples (Walker Texas Ranger, The Young & the Restless, Fame) is 58.

TV chef Bobby Flay is 55.

Rock singer-musician J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.)is 54.

Actor Stephen Billington (Coronation Street) is 50.

Country singer Kevin Sharp is 49.

Rock musician Scot Alexander (Dishwalla) is 48.

Ontario-born reporter for NBC News Andrea Canning (Dateline) is 47.

Actress Arden Myrin  (MADtv, Working) is 46.

Drummer Meg White (White Stripes member) is 45.

Montreal-born actress/voicist Emmanuelle Chriqui (Murder in the First, Cleaners, Entourage, Thundercats, Vampire Princess Miyu) is 44.

Rapper Kuniva of D12 is 44.

Actor Gavin Houston (Guiding Light, The Haves & the Have Nots) is 42.

Actress Summer Phoenix (Wasted) is 41.

Actor Alano Miller (Underground, Jane the Virgin) is 40.

Violinist Sarah Chang is 39.

Bassist Noah Harmon of Airborne Toxic Event is 38.

Actor Patrick John Flueger (Chicago PD, The 4400) is 36.

TV personality/actress Raven-Symone (The View, Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, That’s So Raven, The Cosby Show) is 34.

Country singer Meghan Linsey is 34.

Singer/actress Teyana Taylor (Star, Hit the Floor) is 29.

Vancouver-born actress Melissa Roxburgh (Supernatural: Bloodlines, Rita) is 27.  

Actress Alicia von Rittberg (Genius) is 26.

Toronto-born actress Conner Dwelly (Girlfriend’a Guide to Divorce) is 21.


 Chart Toppers .. Dec. 10th

It’s Been a Long, Long Time – The Harry James Orchestra (vocal Kitty Kallen)
That’s for Me – Dick Haymes
It Might as Well Be Spring – The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Billy Willims)
It’s Been So Long Darling – Ernest Tubb

Mr. Sandman – The Chordettes
Count Your Blessings – Eddie Fisher
Dim Dim the Lights (I Want Some Atmosphere) – Bill Haley & His Comets
More and More – Webb Pierce

Dominique – The Singing Nun
Everybody – Tommy Roe
Louie Louie – The Kingsmen
Love’s Gonna Live Here – Buck Owens

I Am Woman – Helen Reddy
If You Don’t Know Me by Now – Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes
You Ought to Be with Me – Al Green
Got the All Overs for You (All Over Me) – Freddie Hart & The Heartbeats

Physical – Olivia Newton-John
Waiting for a Girl Like You – Foreigner
Every Little Thing She Does is Magic – The Police
Bet Your Heart on Me – Johnny Lee

Because I Love You (The Postman Song) – Stevie B
From a Distance – Bette Midler
Justify My Love – Madonna
I’ve Come to Expect It from You – George Strait

Heartbreaker – Mariah Carey featuring Jay-Z
Waiting for Tonight – Jennifer Lopez
(You Drive Me) Crazy – Britney Spears
When I Said I Do – Clint Black (featuring Lisa Hartman Black)

Hot N Cold – Katy Perry
Live Your Life – T.I. featuring Rihanna
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
Chicken Fried – Zac Brown Band


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