Country Music Hall of Famer Jimmy Dickens, the Grand Ole Opry’s most beloved and diminutive ambassador, died Friday at a Nashville area hospital. He was 94. Mr. Dickens starred for decades on the “Opry,” where he was a vital part of the scene both onstage and backstage. His dressing room was an essential stop for performers on the show, and it was there that he held court for a variety of artists, some of whom came to the Opry more than a half century after Mr. Dickens’ 1948 debut.
Glen Campbell has been moved into a care facility three years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, People.com reports. “He was moved to an Alzheimer’s facility last week,” a family friend told the title. “I’m not sure what the permanent plan is for him yet. We’ll know more next week.”
I share an article in the November issue of Radio World. It was written by Thomm Callahan, president of the southern California Broadcasters Association. He is based in Los Angeles. The article is entitled, “Despite Bleak Predictions, Radio Persists. He says Radio isn’t doing as terribly as you might think, here are some reasons why. (This is a rather long commentary, so I will give you this in three or four parts)
Long-time syndicated radio morning show host, Kidd Kraddick, passed away this past weekend of heart failure. He was hosting a golf tournament in New Orleans to benefit his charity, “Kidd’s Kid’s.” His morning radio show is headquartered in Dallas and is heard on stations all over the country.