Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Country Star Wynonna's Husband Loses Leg Following Accident

As an update to a post earlier this week, Wynonna Judd‘s husband and drummer Michael Scott “Cactus” Moser‘s left leg was amputated above the knee following a motorcycle accident on Saturday in South Dakota.

The leg was severed at the scene and doctors in Rapid City performed the surgery.

He also underwent surgery to his hand.

In a statement posted at Wynonna.com, the couple expresses their appreciation for “all of the quick medical and police responders as well as the hospital staff and well-wishes from family, friends and fans.”

Judd has canceled her concerts for the next week as a result of the accident. Her next scheduled date is set for August 30 in Michigan.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Show Biz Legend Phyllis Diller Passes Away at 95

CNN reports Comedian Phyllis Diller, known for her self-deprecating humor, died "peacefully in her sleep" at her Los Angeles home Monday morning. Diller was 95.
Her son, Perry, "found her with a smile on her face."
Diller's career as a stand-up comic, which she started at age 37, skyrocketed in the 1960s, partly because of her many appearances with Bob Hope on his television specials, USO tours and three movies.

She became a pop culture icon for her disparaging jokes about her looks, her cooking and her fictitious husband "Fang." She wore a blonde fright wig, held a long cigarette holder as a prop and laughed with a loud cackle.

One line attributed to her demonstrates how Diller got laughs: "Burt Reynolds once asked me out. I was in his room."

Country Singer Wynonna Judd's Husband in Serious Accident

Wynonna has postponed a series of concerts after her husband Michael Scott "Cactus" Moser, 55, was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident late Saturday (Aug. 18) near Hill City, S.D. Moser, who scored four No. 1 country hits in the '80s, as a member of the band Highway 101, plays drums in his wife's band. 

The couple were riding their Harley-Davidson motorcycles prior to Saturday's scheduled concert at the Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel and Casino in Deadwood, S.D., when Moser drifted across the center line of the highway and collided with the driver's side door of a Chevrolet Malibu. Wynonna, who was riding ahead of Moser, was not involved in the accident.

 Moser was transported to an area hospital and is being treated for serious but non-life threatening injuries. Saturday's concert was postponed, as well as four other dates scheduled later this week in Canada. Judd and Moser were married on June 10 at her farm near Nashville. 

Radio Legend Fred Winston - Comes back to WLS

Is Chicago radio legend Fred Winston about to make a comeback?

It’s too soon to say for sure, but fans should look for the legendary radio personality to turn up August 26 on WLS-FM (94.7), the Cumulus Media oldies station. The company also owns news/talk WLS-AM (890), the former Top 40 powerhouse where Winston began his Chicago radio career in 1971.

If all goes well, the three-hour guest shot (from 9pm to midnight) could lead to regular work on the station, where Winston would be reunited with longtime friends and colleagues Dick Biondi, John Records Landecker and Greg Brown.

“The plan is to blow the carbon and dust balls out of the pipes that Sunday night and see how it feels and then go from there,” Winston, 66, said from his farm in southwest Michigan.  I’ve still got a lot of gas in the tank.”

Except for occasional appearances, he’s been off the air since June 2005 when CBS Radio switched WJMK-FM (104.3) from oldies to Jack FM, shifting Winston and his colleagues to HD Radio and online for a year. “I’ve never been off the air as a performer full time for over five years,” he said. “You would think that in all this time someone would say hmm, Fred Winston, what a marketable brand name.”

“I’ve still got a great passion for radio,” he said. “I love to make people laugh, to entertain. I’m bringing a brand name to the table for WLS. I get to indulge in my passion and they get to benefit from my brand name. It’s a win/win situation.”

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Howard Stern Sues SiriusXM Radio

Howard Stern's lawsuit against his employer SiriusXM over unpaid bonuses is back in the legal system, as the New York Daily News reports new paperwork was filed on Monday with the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division. 
According to the paper, the new filing will put an appeal into motion against an April court ruling that dismissed the charges from Stern and his production company.

Stern's camp originally filed suit in March of 2011, claiming the satcaster owed Stern a series of bonuses that were tied to certain subscriber numbers. Stern believed that the merger of Sirius and XM, which boosted the company's subscriber totals, should have caused the bonus clauses to kick in. Stern had said on-air that these bonuses could have been worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Entercom Radio says "no thanks" to iHeartRadio

Having just announced a new deal with TuneIn, Entercom CEO David Field appears to be one of the few industry holdouts not ready to jump on the iHeartRadio bandwagon. Field said, "sharing our content is a good thing, if the business arrangement makes sense." Field did say he's open to continue the discussions with Clear Channel so the door is not completely closed.

In other Entercom news, Field says he has no interest in the Cox radio stations recently put up for sale noting the stations are in smaller markets that Entercom is not focused on. He said the current focus of the company is bringing down the debt. As of June 30th, Entercom had $6.7 million in cash and $610.8 million in senior debt.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Music World - Lady Gaga Posts Open Letter

Lady Gaga - Photo Shoot

Lady Gaga posted a very personal open letter on her Little Monsters social networking site, in which she touched on her difficult past year. The singer never calls anyone out by name in the letter when she talks about her troubles, but fans can assume that she is probably referring to her split from longtime creative director Laurieann Gibson, and the controversy over her single, "Born This Way," being likened to Madonna's "Express Yourself."

Lady Gaga - Lollapalooza
"Today is a really happy day for me. The past year was a challenge, and I'm so happy to have my spirit back," Gaga wrote. "I felt in chains at times. Whether it be the record label disagreeing with me on single choices, or directors who could only create an idea of 'Gaga' or what i've 'done before' and not able to move forward, and there was also of course the incessant dragging of the most important single of my career in dead-beaten-horse-mud. Then there were all the personal moments. Betrayed by lifelong friends, mentors I've had for years suddenly taking advantage of me, and a massive struggle with my body image. I've grown and left most of these things behind, the monsters of fame are very real. But I wanted to thank you for baring with me a little bit."

Gaga is now focusing on the future, and on Tuesday, she dropped a new trailer for her Fame perfume, which brought her back together with her "Alejandro" music video director, Steven Klein