Monday, August 29, 2016

91.7 NGEN KXNG's Power the Tower free concert

Hip-hop artists Manafest and Gawvi featured performers at 91.7 NGEN KXNG's free concert 'Power the Tower'

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Drew Wilson, NGEN Program Director

WHO: NGEN Radio, a local faith-based station, is celebrating the launch of its new signal 91.7 FM with a city-wide celebration. Chart-topping, hip-hop artists Manafest and Gawvi will be the featured performers and NGEN radio personalities will be on-location to meet listeners and fans.

WHAT: Power the Tower is a celebration open to the public, however guests are encouraged to arrive early to ensure entry. The Downtown concert arena can accommodate 2,815 people. The purpose of the event is to celebrate the recently launched 91.7 FM signal, acquired by KSBJ. This full powered FM signal reaches over 5 million people in the greater Houston area to share the messages of hope, unity, and love with millennials. Sponsored in part by McCune Electrical Services, the goal of the new station and launch event is to ultimately inspire listeners to lead within their communities and among their peers.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

WHERE: Revention Music Center, 520 Texas Avenue Houston, Texas 77002

WHY: NGEN, which stands for the Now Generation, hopes to provide a positive alternative to Houston teens and young adults through special events and broadcast media. The launch of their new signal will allow them to spread their messages to a new generation of Houstonians in search of positivity in their lives. NGEN welcomes people from all walks of life through the universal language of music, while still engaging listeners with top hip-hop and pop hits.

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Susan Schiller named FOX 26 KRIV news director

New FOX 26 KRIV news director Susan Schiller previously served as ND for KYW and WPSG Philadelphia

Susan Schiller

HOUSTON – Susan Schiller has been named Vice President and News Director of KRIV, the FOX-owned station in Houston, announced station General Manager, D’Artagnan Bebel. Effective September 6th, Schiller will oversee all aspects of the Fox 26 News operations, reporting directly to Bebel.

In making the announcement, “We are very pleased and excited to have a news leader of Susan's caliber and experience leading our team.”

Previously, Schiller served as Vice President and News Director for KYW-TV and WPSG-TV in Philadelphia. Earlier in her career, she held producer positions at “CBS Evening News,” “CBS This Morning,” CBS News Services (Newspath), and KMOV in St. Louis, MO and WCAU in Philadelphia, where she later returned as Assistant News Director. Most recently, Schiller was Broadcast Media Advisor for the World Meeting of Families Organization during the Papal visit in Philadelphia.

Schiller added, “I am excited to join the Fox family. I look forward to working with the talented and innovative team at Fox 26 and living in Houston, an amazing city and competitive market.”

A graduate of Lindenwood University, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Political Science.

KRIV is part of the FOX Television Stations, one of the nation's largest owned-and-operated network broadcast groups, comprising 28 stations in 17 markets and covering over 37% of U.S. television homes. This includes seven duopolies in the top 10 markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and Houston; as well as duopolies in Minneapolis, Phoenix, Orlando and Charlotte.

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(This post was taken from a release sent to me by FOX Television Stations)



Friday, August 26, 2016

Michael Saunders named 93.7 KQBT The Beat program director; Urban Brand Coordinator

IHEARTMEDIA NAMES MICHAEL SAUNDERS PROGRAM DIRECTOR FOR 93.7 THE BEAT IN HOUSTON AND URBAN BRAND COORDINATOR FOR ITS NATIONAL PROGRAMMING GROUP


HOUSTON, TX – AUGUST 26, 2016 – iHeartMedia announced today that noted radio veteran Michael Saunders has been named Program Director for 93.7 The Beat KQBT-FM in Houston, effective immediately. In addition, Saunders will serve as Urban Brand Coordinator for iHeartMedia’s National Programming Group. iHeartMedia Houston has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises – both broadcast and digital – including 93.7 THE BEAT, 94.5 The Buzz, SUNNY 99.1, KTRH NewsRadio 740, KPRC AM 950 and SportsTalk 790.

iHeartMedia has massive consumer reach and influence across multiple platforms and delivers more live programming than any other media company. As the Program Director for 93.7 THE BEAT, Saunders will work closely with on-air personalities and sales to oversee the station's on-air content, digital footprint and music programming. In his new role as Urban Brand Coordinator, he will serve on iHeartMedia’s Urban Brand Management Team, which provides strategic guidance to the company’s Urban music brands and connects keys advertisers with iHeartMedia’s Urban music audience.

Michael Saunders
Saunders joins iHeartMedia Houston from Star 94.7 WCFB-FM in Orlando, where he has been Program Director for the past five years. He also previously served as Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Detroit and Program Director for iHeartMedia’s Power 105.1 in New York City. In addition, Saunders’s extensive background includes serving as Operations Manager for CBS Radio’s Washington, DC
market, Program Director for WJHM-FM in Orlando, Vice President of Client Services for the Left Bank Organization in Los Angeles and Operations Manager and Program Director for WPEG-FM, WBAV-FM and WGIV-AM in Charlotte.

He began his radio career as an on-air personality for WGCD-AM in his hometown of Chester, SC.

“Michael is a proven leader who will bring incredible results to iHeartMedia,” said Marc Sherman, Region Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Houston. “We are excited to bring a programmer of his caliber to Houston and are eager to make history
as we transition to this exciting new chapter of THE BEAT.”

“I'm excited to have Michael back on iHeartMedia’s Urban programming team,” said Doc Wynter, Senior Vice President of Urban Programming and Urban Brand Manager for iHeartMedia. “He is one of the best in the business when it comes to understanding the Urban format and its listeners. I can't wait to get back into the radio trenches with him.”

“I’m thrilled to be returning to iHeartMedia to work with the Urban Brand Management Team and the amazing talent and staff in Houston,” said Saunders. “In less than three years, THE BEAT has become Houston’s premiere destination for Hip Hop and R&B
and they are a prime example of iHeartMedia’s unparalleled reach with Urban music audiences. I can’t wait to help THE BEAT and all of iHeartMedia’s Urban stations continue to grow and serve millions of listeners.”

iHeartMedia has the number one reach of any media outlet in the Houston market. Its radio brands and content are available across multiple platforms, including its broadcast stations; online via its branded digital sites; mobile; and social, with nationwide listening through iHeartRadio, the all-in- one streaming music and live radio service – with its more than a billion downloads and more than 90 million registered users.

(This post was taken from a release sent to me by iHeartMedia)



Telemundo Houston delivers largest primetime Spanish-language audience for 2nd consecutive month

Station’s Local Weekday Newscast, “Noticiero Telemundo Houston a las 10 PM” is Most-Watched Spanish-Language Late News in the Market

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HOUSTON, TX – (August 25, 2016) – Telemundo Houston / KTMD delivered the largest Spanish-language Primetime weekday audience among Adults 18 to 34, Adults 18 to 49 and Adults 25 to 54 for a second consecutive month.

Led by the success of Telemundo network’s new primetime series: Silvana Sin Lana at 7 PM, Sin Senos Sí Hay Paraíso at 8 PM and Señora Acero 3, La Coyote at 9 PM, Telemundo Houston outperformed all of its local Spanish-language competitors in the market among all three key demographic groups during August 2016. Additionally, the station delivered its best August Primetime performance to date, among Adults 18 to 49 and Adults 25 to 54.

At 10 PM, Telemundo Houston’s local weekday newscast, Noticiero Telemundo Houston a las 10 PM, was the most-
watched local Spanish-Language late newscast, among Adults 18 to 34, Adults 18 to 49 and Adults 25-54.

Source: NSI Houston; August 2016-August 2008; Preliminary Live +SD; Arianna Reports; Daypart AQH Impressions M-F 7p-10p (KTMD, KXLN, KFTH, KZJL, KYAZ, KTBU, KHLM, KUVM, KTRK, KHOU, KPRC, KRIV, KIAH, KTXH, KUBE); News Program Average Impressions M-F 9p-1030p (KTMD, KXLN, KFTH)

(This post was taken from a release sent to me by Telemundo)


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

KIII Corpus Christi wins every local newscast July 2016 sweeps


Corpus Christi, TX (August 24, 2016) – KIII-TV, a TEGNA Company, announced today that the results of the July Nielsen ratings period which ended July 27th, show the station’s “3News” telecasts are the most watched local newscasts in South Texas clearly growing viewership and again claiming the dominant position for local television stations.

“We are grateful to our viewers and very proud that KIII-TV maintains its legacy of local news leadership,” said Dan Robbins, President and General Manager, KIII-TV. “3News continues a tradition of being the #1-Rated local news in South Texas – topping the competition in ALL and EVERY local newscasts in shared time periods in total households, Monday through Sunday.”

Through the weeks of the official ratings period, KIII-TV’s 3News saw success in all local News programming for: 3News First Edition (Monday through Friday, 5–7 am including Saturday and Sunday 6-7 am), 3News at 5 pm (Monday through Friday, 5-5:30 pm), 3News at 6 pm (Monday through Saturday, 6-6:30pm), 3News at 5:30 (Sunday 5:30-6pm) and 3News at 10 pm (Monday through Sunday, 10-10:30 pm).

(This post was taken from a release sent to me by KIII)


Monday, August 22, 2016

PHOTOS: Houston Life debuts on #KPRC2 with a zombie

Houston Life debuts on KPRC 2 with a quick paced format

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Just like a bunch of other Houstonians' first day today, the hosts and crew of Houston Life are starting out fresh, not in a classroom, but a brand new locally produced KPRC 2 lifestyle show.

Hosts Jennifer Broome (former WOAI San Antonio meteorologist, FOX 31 KDVR Denver's Good Day Colorado) and Derrick Shore (formerly of KCET Los Angeles) started the show by jumping out of a plane in a recorded segment (now doing that live would have been a technical masterpiece). I would imagine the skydiving stunt is a great metaphor for the first day launch of a new talk show.

After a catchy theme song (complete with lyrics), through the magic of TV, the next us viewers saw were the hosts live from their new studio digs at the swanky Houston Galleria expansion next to Nordstrom. The duo even got some cheers as they ran through the set door from the shopping mall crowd.

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If you've ever worked in television, then you know soap opera fans are passionate. The ones who are still watching, even more so, as their viewing options are dwindling. Shore calmed tensions by quickly mentioning that Days of Our Lives was moving from 1pm to right after Houston Life at 2pm.

Like Sands through an hourglass, these are the days of our zombies? Yes, after a quick clip of the hosts skydiving again, a zombie was featured chained on set. I am not joking. Did not expect this. Turns out it was a quick segment about the Houston Escape Room game with what I'm guessing was a fake professor. I wonder if the show will ever let me come on the air dressed as a werewolf?

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Houston Life doesn't seem to stay on anyone subject too long. Next, it was a whirlwind tour of places around the Bayou City. We saw a quick clip of the hosts at iFLY. Then a quick edited package segment of the hosts at Topgolf.

After the first commercial break, Chef Ronnie Killen was live in the studio doing one of the things he does best...barbecue and the sauces to go with it. From personal experience, if you want to eat at Killen's Barbecue in Pearland, get there early. The menu items go fast and once all the food is gone, the place shuts down for the day. This was the longest segment of the show so far.

After the second commercial break, the hosts appeared in a recorded segment participating in a beer bicycle tour to the Saint Arnold Brewing Company. Once at the beer HQ, they got a behind the scenes tour of the operation. And just to show that Shore has no fear, he went to the main beer hall full of customers and danced around interviewing people while wearing a lederhosen. I believe this was a Houston TV first for me.

Obviously the show is live, so after break three, the hosts checked back with KPRC 2 meteorologist Justin Stapleton for a quick weather update. Next up, an edited package segment of Shore and Broome getting batty at the Waugh Drive Bat Colony. A favorite of Houston TV feature segments. This was followed by an in studio interview with bat expert Suzanne Jurek.

Not related to the show, but during the next TV ads, I learned The Texas Hammer, attorney Jim Adler, is being joined by his son Bill, who is also a Texas Hammer. I never thought we would have two hammers.

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Reporter Stephanie Gerry was up next in an edited package report from Houston Texans tailgating. The package went to black all of a sudden, then Gerry was in the studio with the hosts for more tailgating talk with Houston Pitmaker. Afterwards Houston Texans cheerleaders showed up talking about their new calendar! The cheerleaders displayed a proclamation from Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner declaring today Houston Life Day.

After the break, was an in studio interview with the principal and students from the British International School of Houston with a few performances. This seemed to be one of the longer segments of the show.

The show ended with cake, confetti and champagne. The zombie stayed around for this too. Maybe he should have come back to help kill a little time (insert rim shot).

Broome and Shore appear to have good chemistry and are clearly comfortable doing this type of format.

Houston Life Executive Producer Don Graham who helped start and was in charge of KHOU 11's Great Day Houston for many years, clearly has lots of experience in the talk show arena. In fact, he even did time as the Executive in Charge of Production for the The Gayle King Show back in the 90s.

One thing Graham and the staff seem to want is to keep the attention of the Facebook generation. For the most part, the show moves at such a quick pace that viewers never really get too much of one thing. One could argue there might not be a lot of in depth information, but on the flip side, if anything gets too boring, viewers won't have time to flip the channel (or start browsing social media on the so-called second screen).

Outside of the one blank screen and time to kill at the end, the show seemed pretty error free. That's quite a feat since the show takes place live from a location other than an actual TV studio. The only other problem was with the channel 2 website. Online users were promised a livestream of the show but it wasn't there. Where the video player was supped to be was a graphic. I saw a complaint on the show's Facebook page too.

What are your thoughts on the new show?

UPDATE
Mike McGuff shares his thoughts on KPRC 2's Houston Life with Health Fitness Revolution

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

91.7 NGEN KXNG lineup


NGEN radio, sister station of KSBJ, calls for Houston to “Change Your Tune” as the station expands its reach with the launch of 91.7FM. NGEN, which stands for the “NOW” generation will focus on spreading the message of hope, unity and love. The station’s playlist includes artists such as Tori Kelly, twenty one pilots and Lecrae with a goal of being inclusive and representing Houston's diverse, thriving community.

“Though we are a faith based radio station, we welcome people from all walks of life,” said Brian Meza, NGEN Station Manager. “Our message is to spread hope, unity, and love in a world that badly needs it. We plan to lead the conversation and remind our listeners that there is still good in the world.” Meza, a former multicultural staff leader for Young Life, joined the NGEN team this year as the station manager.

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Chris Chicago
Veteran radio talent Chris Chicago brings nearly two decades worth of experience to the roles of Morning Show Host and Production Director for NGEN radio. “To be part of the NGEN radio brand with its history-making Top 40 format is such a fantastic and exciting opportunity for me,” Chicago said. The morning show airs from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

NGEN Program Director, Drew Wilson, who has been with NGEN since its launch in 2010, will also host the midday show from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A familiar voice around Houston, Ayana Mack, will host the afternoon show from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Ayana brings with her several years of experience in radio, having worked at the top radio stations in Houston (97.9 KBXX, 104.1 KRBE).

The evening show, which airs from 8:00 p.m. to midnight, is hosted by Angela Schweinitz, a recent college graduate who moved to Houston from Ohio to begin her career in radio.

Listeners can tune in to 91.7 FM now and enjoy hearing a unique perspective on current events and inspiring artists that enjoy spreading positivity through their music.

About NGEN radio:
NGEN radio is a station for millennials bringing music and a message of hope, unity and love. Playing artists like Tori Kelly, twenty one pilots, Lecrae and so many more. Alternative pop and hip hop music designed to capture the energy of the “NOW” generation and power a world of good through connection and community outreach. Found in multiple formats, you can listen to NGEN radio on 91.7FM (Houston), 99.5FM (Sugar Land), 89.5FM (Bay City), 91.1FM (Lake Jackson/Galveston), 93.1FM (College Station) and 99.7FM (Brenham).

(This post was taken from a release sent to me by NGEN)


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Friday, August 19, 2016

AUDIO: Beatles play Houston on this day in 1965

August 19, 1965: The Beatles play Houston

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August 19th is a special date in Houston's history because it marks the day in 1965 when The Beatles played The Bayou City. The Fab Four played twice at the now defunct Sam Houston Coliseum.

Dan Lovett was there. The former abc13 KTRK sportscaster was working for 610 KILT and covered the big event.

He has graciously allowed me to post the chapter about The Beatles from his excellent book Anybody Seen Dan Lovett?: Memoirs of a Media Nomad on my blog for this special occasion.

The following text is from Lovett's Beatles chapter:

The Beatles Have Landed

...They twist, they shout, kids knock themselves out...

August 19, 1965. I am here for the scoop, and to help scoop up The Beatles. The Beatles are on Texas soil, arriving in the middle of a muggy night at Hobby Airport in Houston. It is the fourth stop, and the only one in Texas, on a ten-city tour that began in front of 55,000 frenzied fanatics at Shea Stadium in New York. They arrive from Atlanta, where they had performed a few hours earlier in a brand new outdoor stadium (one day to become a parking lot).

I work for KILT radio. My assignment from the news director is to "get your butt out to Hobby and report on the big event.” Our station is sponsoring their two concerts at the Sam Houston Coliseum.

I am not impressed. Elvis is my man, who, along with Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison, had received more play than these four kids from across the pond in the U.K. I don’t see what the fuss is all about; but I do see the fuss.


Much will be written over the coming years about The Beatles’ visit to Houston. The most popular story has the late Dickie Rosenfeld being the man responsible for getting them to the Bayou City. That is partially true. Rosenfeld, at the time, is the General Sales Manager at KILT. He is instrumental in promoting and coordinating The Beatles’ two shows in Houston.

In reality, it is Bill Weaver, then General Manager of KILT, who’d been given the green light, and I mean green, from station owner Gordon McLendon, to see to it that KILT is the station bringing “the boys” to Texas.

Dallas was one of the stops on their inaugural tour of the U.S. a year earlier. Prior to their concert in Big “D,” in mid-September of 1964, there was an open date in late August for them to play in Houston. However, Bayou City teenagers would only learn years later that it never happened. The teens of the ’60s, who are now in their sixties, may never have known why. Until now.

The Beatles opened their 1964 North American Tour at the Cow Palace in San Francisco on August 19, 1964, followed by shows in Las Vegas, Seattle, Vancouver and Hollywood. August 26 was the open date. Paul Berlin, the most well-known Top 40 disc jockey in Houston in those days, had received a call from his contact with The Beatles. He asked if Paul, who was on KNUZ, the rival rock station to KILT, would like to promote a concert by The Beatles in Houston on August 26.

Berlin jumped at the opportunity, only to check his calendar and discover a major conflict. Paul had already booked Sonny and Cher for that date in 1964. He convinced his contact not to bring The Beatles to town and kill his booking. Thus, Houston got Sonny and Cher, while The Beatles twisted and shouted that night at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre outside Denver.


Capitol Records is the American subsidiary of London-based Electric & Musical Industries, which owns the rights to all of The Beatles’ recordings. In 1963, as the group was creating a sensation across the pond, Capitol had no desire to release their records in the U.S., where British artists were considered to be pale imitators of the authentic, homegrown stuff. EMI farmed out single releases to two small, independent distributors: Vee-Jay, a black-owned R&B label out of Chicago; and Swan, a Philly-based outfit once co-owned by Dick Clark of American Bandstand.

Vee-Jay releases in February (“Please Please Me”) and May (“From Me To You”) quickly disappeared with little fanfare. In September it was Swan’s turn. They released “She Loves You” and sent promoters to radio trying to create a buzz among the most influential music marketers of the day. Murray the “K” played it for the first time in New York City on WINS radio. His former cohorts at Swan thought Dick Clark would give them a boost, but he showed little interest. Clark spun it one afternoon during his “Rate-A-Record” segment. The response was weak. Reportedly, the American teens in the studio giggled when shown a picture of the mop-topped lads. The song just wasn’t that popular. What remains The Beatles’ best-selling U.K. single of all-time failed to even chart on Billboard in the U.S. back in ’63.

In Houston, Arch Yancy, of KNUZ, received a copy of “She Loves You” from Wayne Schuler, the regional rep for Capitol Records. Yancy said he played it at a sock hop one Friday night at Mount Carmel High School and the kids didn’t much care for it. He played it the next day on his KNUZ radio show and got much the same lack of response.

Of course, the apathy soon turned into near-apoplexy after teens began seeing film clips of British Beatlemania on prime time TV. By the time “the boys” landed in New York the following February, the disease had already infected a growing legion of stateside youths. After three iconic appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show, followed months later by the ’64 tour, the fever was inescapable. Houston’s teens were not immune.


Gordon McLendon, not to be outdone when it came to mining promotional gold, gave Weaver a blank check and told him to get on a plane and fly to New York City, where the group’s manager, Brian Epstein, was making plans for the 1965 tour. Weaver was told to cut a deal. He pulled it off. Epstein filled in the check for $100,000. KILT received clear rights to promote the hottest group in the world at the time, with the added bonus of shutting out archrival KNUZ, which was in no position to suddenly stop playing The Beatles’ records and pretend they didn’t exist.

Yancy, the first D.J. to play a Beatles record in Houston, told me Dave Morris, owner of KNUZ, didn’t want any part of The Beatles. Morris wouldn’t have parted with any money to bring them to Houston, anyway. Certainly not a hundred grand!

To establish my presence on the scene, I make my initial call to the KILT newsroom from a pay phone on the Gulf Freeway. I am killing time waiting to tell Houston the British invasion is coming, like a modern-day Paul Revere. It is a raucous spectacle at Hobby. The only time I would see anything quite like it again in Houston would be the rowdy weekend crowds at Gilley’s in Pasadena, a joyful beer joint owned by singer Mickey Gilley. When you walked into Gilley’s, you had to be ready to ride a mechanical bull and geared up to party.

This is, however, the wee hours of a Thursday morning. No bar.

At around 2:00 a.m., a four-engine Electra taxies in with The Beatles and their entourage on board. I can see them peering through the small windows on the big bird.

A screaming pack of hysterical teens storms the tarmac as the plane slowly comes to a stop. The challenge is now to extricate the four lads who are recognized throughout the music world. “The boys” will not be able to disembark down the air-stairs, as they had famously done when they first arrived at JFK Airport on February 7, 1964, waving to the loonies who had been safely barricaded out of harm’s way.

They probably thought their arrival was to have been a secret. But this very moment might be the first time you will see the words “secret” and “radio promotion” in the same sentence. Other than my regular over-the-air “news” bulletins, how would 5,000 screaming teenagers know when to show up at Hobby to swarm their plane, break through police barriers and almost climb the wings to get a glimpse of their idols? I never saw anything like that at Gilley’s.

Rosenfeld has it all under control. It doesn’t bother him that thousands of chaotic kids are clogging the tarmac. Dickie, in fact,
probably orchestrated the entire scene. He is a master at pulling off big events in Houston.
What to do?

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Rosenfeld had previously made arrangements to have an airport food truck available to dolly up to the plane and unload The Beatles by way of its elevated scoop. For that to happen, the pilot taxies the plane away from the mob and toward a remote hanger at Hobby. The kids are crushed as the plane begins to pull away. Emotionally crushed, that is, although, with the lack of security, it would not have been a surprise if a few of them had been flattened as they chased after the plane with reckless abandon.

With the teenyboppers at bay below, the service truck’s scoop is elevated so The Beatles can walk onto it. I become more involved at this point by helping Paul, John, George and Ringo get off the plane. It is quite fun actually. The Beatles are enjoying it, too. Lennon and McCartney yuk it up as they wave and shout to the throbbing throng below them. It is a routine of which they will soon grow weary; their very last concert tour will end in San Francisco in just 375 more manic days.

The truck begins to lower the cargo bed without the group’s manager, Brian Epstein, who is still attempting to disembark. With one foot in the plane and the other in the air, Epstein tries to leap to the lift as it moves away. He plunges about sixteen-feet and lands on his back. He is taken to a hospital by taxi. Sadly, Epstein would die two years later from an accidental drug overdose.

The Beatles are transported to a Brinks armored truck, which takes the mop-tops (with me as their station chaperone) to the loading dock at the Sheraton Hotel. The conversation on the trip downtown is pleasant enough, it seems. With their thick Liverpudlian accents and consistent use of slang, I have no idea what they are talking about most of the time.


The King Curtis Band, Cannibal and the Head Hunters and Sounds Incorporated perform as the warm-up acts for the Fab Four at both shows, at 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. The Beatles play the same twelve songs at each performance. They open with “Twist and Shout,” but they don’t play “She Loves You.” Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Some 12,000 kids, paying five bucks each, are jammed into the 5,000-seat arena for both performances. KILT is paying 150 police officers to keep the bedlam from turning into a complete riot.

Rental cost for the Sam Houston Coliseum is $1,500. Police security costs $2,500. KILT also donates almost $15,000 to the Houston Farm and Ranch Club, a social organization of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, for which the Coliseum had originally been built.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame DJ Russ Knight, “The Weird Beard,” and the nighttime jock on KILT, emcees both shows and makes the historic introductions. He threatens to cancel the afternoon show if the rowdy fans in the first few rows can’t get a grip on their overwrought passions.

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Chuck Dunaway, known as the “Round Mound of Sound” on his KILT morning show, is also part of the big party. I am there, too, with a backstage press pass as one of the station’s newsmen. I reluctantly observe the event as The Beatles holler their way through two thirty-five-minute performances in the old building. These are short concerts by latter-day standards, but to me it seems like the noise will never end. I’m not being critical of the music. I can barely hear it. Shrieking teens, primarily female, generate enough decibels to put a double “L” in the word; my ears are still ringing.

Chuck Dunaway, another early icon of rock and roll radio, is the only Houston DJ to be invited aboard The Beatles’ plane prior to its departure from Houston. Malcolm Evans, The Beatles’ close friend and tour manager, takes Dunaway aboard the Electra as it idles on the runway awaiting lift off from Hobby.

Inside, sitting alongside McCartney and Starr, Dunaway is getting some final comments from “the boys” before it is time to go.

They autograph a program for Dunaway, who, years later, gives it to his son, who in turn sells it to a collector in England.

With far less fanfare than their arrival, they depart for their next stop on the tour, Comiskey Park in Chicago.

Many years later I will fully realize what had taken place in August of 1965 in Houston. Although, as the Brits might say, they were not my “cup of tea,” one cannot ignore their mark on music history.

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