Last night, I got a text from Peter Schmidt, who could not believe I've never written about a short-lived 1966 TV show called The !!!! Beat, hosted by iconic Nashville deejay Bill "Hoss" Allen. Wrote Peter, who'd come across it yesterday after a lunchtime discussion about Etta James turned up an ... More >>
Welcome to Local Music 'Mericans, where we get to know the people behind the scenes in Dallas/Fort Worth music. Drue Mitchell has worked for 97.1 KEGL in promotions, as on-air jock at (old frequency) 94.5 KDGE and 89.7 KVRK, and now does television for a Christian music network in Los Angele ... More >>
Via.Bud Buschardt has spent the last several years writing a book I've always wanted to read: a history of the Sump'n Else show, the Ron Chapman-hosted rock-and-roll dance party shot at NorthPark Center that aired on WFAA from September 1965 till January 1968 and featured performances from the li ... More >>
Just got off the phone with the great Bud Buschardt, for whom I had a question about something I never knew existed, which we'll get to tomorrow. At which point Bud, a longtime WFAA man teaching RTVF at UNT, told me a few other things. Then, he said: "You know, Mike Rabon of the Five Americans has w ... More >>
During the 2007 mayoral campaign, former city council member Ed Oakley sent out mailers depicting himself and convicted felon Don Hill as Democrats and Tom Leppert and former Mayor Pro Tem Max Wells as Republicans. Oakley also accepted the endorsement of the Dallas County Democratic Party and printe ... More >>
The great Ron ChapmanOn April 13 in Las Vegas, Ron Chapman will be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters' Radio Hall of Fame -- a momentous occasion that comes exactly one month after the Citadel Broadcasting Corporation pulled the plug on Platinum 96.7 and replaced it with an FM ... More >>
Several Friends of Unfair Park who like their oldies (and their terrestrial radio, same difference) are wondering what in the what is up with KPMZ-FM, otherwise known as Platinum 96.7. Because up until a short while ago it appeared the station had gone back to playing country. Only now, when you ... More >>
Texas Psychedelic RockIf you'd like to read more about Ron Chapman's teevee gig back in the 1960s, dig this.The National Association of Broadcasters has announced the latest inductee into its hall of fame: the former Irving Harrigan, as he was known to listeners of KLIF waaaay back in the day. Th ... More >>
Only a few days ago, Tom Merriman was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame -- the great Ron Chapman's introduction of the local-radio icon can be heard here. Says Chapman of Gordon McLendon's former music director, who came to Dallas in 1952, Merriman "shaped the sound of thousands of telev ... More >>
Jody Dean. A prized pupil of Dallas radio icon Ron Chapman, Dean has been on the local broadcasting scene for 35 years. He's worked at KRLD 1080 AM, KVIL 103.7 FM and Channel 11. He is currently the morning show host at 98.7 FM KLUV, has a booming voice, was once the associate prod ... More >>
Florence Shapiro shares a laugh with Ron Chapman when she was governor for a day in 2005.While Mayor Tom Leppert continues to dodge questions about his plans to take over the Dallas Independent School District, there's been no shortage of politicos willing to offer their thoughts on the topic. Since ... More >>
How former Ticket host Greg Williams destroyed the most dynamic duo in Dallas talk radio through drugs, deceit and disaffection
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Mr. Gonz doesn't go to Washington
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Trinity Works says it helps poor people find housing and jobs. But an Observer investigation reveals questionable policies that do little except ensure its clients never leave.
Leavin' on a jet plane; Crummy teachers; Learning experience
Down but not out, local Democrats
show feeble signs of life
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"Groovy" Joe Poovey dies just as his Greatest Grooves are set for release
Jimmie Vaughan is two albums into a solo career he didn't necessarily want
May 7 - 13, 1998
This was the year local music broke, but was it fixed?
After a divorce, housewife Helene Glazer hit bottom. Then she hit paydirt as Dallas' garage-sale guru.