Some sad news from the US today in that Chris Stanley, an icon of the radio news industry, has passed away at the age of 64 from a heart attack.
Chris most recently worked for Fox News Radio, often reading night time news bulletins which aired during the daylight hours over here in Australia. Chris’ work at Fox was the first time I had heard his work, and I was immediately drawn to his natural radio voice, and his crisp and clear delivery. I heard many an international story explained in concise but thorough detail by Chris.
Chris worked for Fox News Radio for four years prior to his retirement at the end of April. Before that Chris worked in a few places, including CBS Radio News for an impressive twenty years which included work for their national service based in New York and their Los Angeles station KNX 1070. Chris’ other work included stints as the news director at stations WPIX New York, KPFT Houston and WBAY Green Bay.
I’ve had a look through my archives as I did have some recordings of Fox News Radio’s hourly newscasts going back in April, but it looks like I didn’t have them going on Chris’ final day. The last of Chris’ work I have is the last bulletin he presented on his second-last day on the air. As a tribute to Chris, here is that newscast, his 11pm Eastern Time newscast from Friday the 27th of April, 2012.
I was shocked, absolutely shocked and appalled when you said that some kids don't like pumpkin. They must all be stark raving mad! Roast pumpkin is one of the most delicious foods on the planet. As a child I liked pumpkin, but I absolutely loved roast potato, however then as now, I'm not as keen on reheated roast potato or pumpkin as I am on them when they're freshly cooked.
I think my favourite vegetable was a combination of vegetables. Mashed potato and pumpkin. Yum!
There were two vegetables which I detested. One was Brussels Sprouts, which I thought tasted absolutely terrible as a child. Smothering them in tomato sauce helped, and now I don't mind them at all. Giving me corn on the cob was a good way to induce a tantrum. Loose corn I loved, but on the cob, not a chance…didn't like biting the corn off the cob, or the taste of the little stringy bits of the cob which would come with the corn.
On more than one occasion I refused to eat the corn on the cob and so Dad would tell me that if I didn't eat it, then it would be served again for breakfast and I would have to sit at the table until I ate it. Dad informed me that eventually it would turn green, which I thought meant it would be poisonous, and I would still have to eat it. Naturally, out of self-preservation, I ate at least some of it while it was still yellow.
By the way, I know you think my dreams are somewhat peculiar, so I was wondering what you make of a dream I had recently in which I had to hide in a kitchen from some people who were chasing me, and while I was hiding in the kitchen I turned in to a fridge, and fell in love with a gorgeous oven. Have you ever heard of such a dream? I think it's one of my strangest.
Have a wonderful week. I'll be listening from work all night.
Towards the end of April I brought you some news about some radio movements in the New South Wales towns of Young and Deniliquin, namely that Rob Harrington had moved from 2LF in Young to 2QN in Deniliquin, replacing Graham Munson as 2QN’s journalist. 2LF had not sought a replacement for Rob at that time and their breakfast host, Neil Langford, was covering news duties.
At the time, I promised to bring you updates when they came to hand. Well, I’m pleased to say that they have.
Graham Munson has taken a bit of a sideways step away from radio in to the land of politics and PR. Graham has joined federal MP for Murray Sharman Stone‘s media team and can often be found in Canberra these days. Sharman Stone’s electorate of Murray covers an area of northern Victoria centered around Shepparton and Echuca.
(This post has been updated. Originally it noted that Graham was working for Sussan Ley, the MP whose area covers Deniliquin. This was incorrect and was based on some slightly confused information received from a person who confused the two politicians).
Over in Young, 2LF have finally posted a job advertisement. They want a journalist, and I’m sure they’ll get plenty of applications. I, personally, can’t justify the pay cut which the job would entail at this point in time and will not be applying.
Meanwhile, over in Indiana, it’s not so much of a movement as it is a congratulations. Casey Hendrickson, host of Michiana’s Morning News on News/Talk 95.3 MNC in South Bend, has finally found his way on to the national stage. Casey will be filling in for Jason Lewis today on his nationally syndicated radio program on 52 radio stations between 6pm and 9pm US Eastern Time (8am to 11am Canberra time), one of which is Casey’s own station.
I clearly remember predicting back in either 2009 or 2010 (I think it was the latter) that it wouldn’t be long until Casey found himself filling-in for a national host. At the time I expected it to be Mark Levin who airs at the same time as Jason Lewis, however that turned out to not be correct as Casey didn’t stay on a station which airs the Mark Levin show. Still, at least I got the timeslot right.
Congratulations and good luck Casey! I’m sure the nation will enjoy your work.