Business Digest: Radio stations win broadcast awards

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis radio station KTQM-FM and Portales radio stations KSEL-FM and KSMX-FM were winners in the New Mexico Broadcaster’s Association Excellence in Broadcasting Awards, according to the NMBA Web site. In its division, KTQM earned awards for best complete newscast and best public service announcement for United Way of Eastern […]

Merger satellite radio’s chance for survival

By Freedom Newspapers Satellite radio has been a godsend to American music and sports fans who have felt marginalized by the relentless consolidation of the companies behind the traditional broadcast signals. Now, inevitably, consolidation of the two largest providers may be the only way to preserve the options that industry provides. XM, with 7.6 million […]

Feb. 24, 1926

The Sew and So Club was holding meetings at the Green residence, 1020 Connelly. … State Republican leaders were planning to visit Clovis and “meet as many Republicans of Curry County … as possible.” The Methodist church was hosting a dinner for the minority party. Cost was 75 cents per plate. … Classified ads in […]

DJs provide personality in homogenous world

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist Some advances, spurred by technology, are welcome. It seems unlikely that any of us would trade our CD players for an eight-track, except in a moment of nostalgia. It seems equally unlikely that we would swap cable access for the days of three television channels and an outside antenna that […]

Jan. 13, 1948

KICA Radio was promoting a comedy performance by George Burns and Bing Crosby. “When this buzz saw baritone tries to outsing Bing, you’re in for the laugh of your life,” the station’s newspaper ad read. … The Clovis News-Journal reported 1,010 births were reported in Curry County in 1947, up from 906 in 1946. Deaths […]

Community shows appreciation to Cannon Airmen

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Clovis radio personalities Duffy Moon (left) and Steve Rooney perform their usual morning show live from Balad Air Base, Iraq, outside the recreation center. Airmen from the 27th Fighter Wing sent live holiday greetings home. Staff Sgt. Craig Seals Clovis radio personalities Steve Rooney and Duffy Moon of 107.5 FM traveled to Balad Air Base, […]

6/13 Business digest

Dietitian honored as year’s outstanding Judy Cox of Clovis was recognized as Outstanding Dietitian of the Year by the New Mexico Dietetic Association, according to a news release from the association. Cox is a consultant dietitian for La Casa Family Health Centers, the coordinator of the Area IV Consulting Dietitian Practice Group of the American […]

Critics still chirping at Dixie Chicks: At least one local radio station still boycotting group

Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks performs live on NBC’s “Today Show” in New York on November 2003. (KRT photo: Nicolas Khayat) By Paula Cronic Freedom Newspapers It was three years ago that Dixie Chicks’ lead singer Natalie Maines insulted President Bush and many country music fans with her now famous comment heard around the […]

Too much keeping quiet going around

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist They could have just shut up. That’s what’s interesting. The thing had been said, the controversy had flared and faded, bygones were becoming bygones. They could have moved on, left well enough alone. Instead, they declare themselves, “not ready to make nice … not ready to back down … still […]

Police 10-codes dying language

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Radio communication by police and emergency workers has traditionally been done through a number coded system, known as 10-codes. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An almost 70-year-old unique American language will be laid to rest as law enforcement works to homogenize communications in an age of disaster preparedness. Earlier this […]

Ned Wright

Ned Wright Date of birth: Jan. 9, 1922 Dates of service: January 1941 to September 1945 Hometown: Portales Theater and location of service: Europe, Africa and the Middle East Branch: Army Air Corps Rank: Tech Sergeant Unit and specialty: Radio operator Lives in: Clovis In his words: After he finished high school, Wright said, “I […]

Dinner with music affair for family

By Harvey Brady: Guest columnist This is part of a week-long series in celebration of “Music in Our Schools Week” at Clovis Municipal Schools. Music has always been an important part of my life. My mom played the accordion a little bit, but no one else could play an instrument or sing (other than along […]

Patschke, Gil

Gil W. Patschke, 81, of Farwell, died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2005, in Farwell. He was born Dec. 1, 1924, in Thorndale, Texas. He served in the Air Force in World War II. He married Jean Marie Pasket in LaMarque, Texas, on Aug. 31, 1950. He was in the radio broadcasting industry. He worked at KLVT […]

Longtime Muleshoe resident dies in rollover

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Noe Anzaldua wanted all of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren to be together for the holidays. A longtime Muleshoe resident, radio station manager and on-air personality, Anzaldua died in a one-vehicle rollover Thursday night while bringing his family together. Traveling with his wife of 52 years, Viola, Anzaldua had picked […]

Baseball passion wins over technology

David Stevens No one would laugh or think it strange if I’d listened to the Astros baseball game on the radio last Sunday afternoon. So why is everyone so amused that I listened to the first 11 innings on a cell phone? I tried but could not find an Albuquerque-area radio station broadcasting the Astros’ […]

Radio waves hide unknown announcer

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist Inspired partly by Tom Petty’s “Last DJ,” and partly by a lonely stretch of late night radio reception, somewhere northeast of Amarillo, this piece is entirely fiction. Or, maybe not. I can’t tell you where I am. Not exactly, or even within a close proximity. The FCC has been tracking […]

BRAC hearing to be broadcast

CNJ staff Friday’s Base Realignment and Closure Commission hearing at Marshall Junior High will be broadcast live on TV and radio as well as streamlined over the Internet. Broadcasts will start at 8:30 a.m. on Friday. Clovis and Portales television viewers can flip to KENW’s channel 51 and cable viewers can find KENW on channel […]

Muleshoe’s Lamb triumphed over alcoholism

By Don McAlavy If you tuned into KMUL radio in Muleshoe 25 to 45 years ago, you’d be certain to hear the “Muletrain News” six days a week. You’d hear the gravel-voice, gray-haired station manager Gil Lamb energetically begin his praises of Muleshoe country. Lamb would declare Muleshoe to be a good place to raise […]

Legendary radio announcer became preacher

By Don McAlavy The late Herman Samson “Don” Boles was one of the more gregarious characters in Clovis from 1945 through 1952. His antics on KICA radio station with R. B. “Mac” McAlister were legendary. Born Jan. 11, 1910, in Wellington, Texas, Boles and his parents moved to Amarillo in 1916. His dad had a […]

Santa’s Helpers – Area residents and organizations pitch together to help the needy

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by David Irvin, CNJ staff writer A small caravan set out east from Clovis Sunday night on a secret mission. Their first target was an unsuspecting family of five a little down on their luck. Along for the ride were local radio personalities, fire department personnel and even a small squad of elves. This was […]