Static: Wednesday, June 06, 2002
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Suds in the air

The soap opera at KSCS-96.3 continues. In the last episode, chronicled in this space on May 9, popular 5 & Dime show host Nadine stunned listeners by announcing on air that she was quitting. She told Static that program director Dean James had cut her hours and derailed her career. This week’s revelation: Seems that a few days after the Static item appeared, James told Linda O’Brian, another d.j. and close friend of Nadine’s, that he was cancelling her Texana show as well. (The double departure leaves KSCS with a large void in Texas and classic country music, making the station more mainstream than ever.) O’Brian says James gave her fuzzy reasons for the cancellation — and also quizzed her on whether she had revealed information about Nadine’s leavetaking to Static. (Static swears on Alan Freed’s grave that O’Brian provided no such information.)

James, who didn’t return Static’s call regarding Nadine until the day the item appeared, said the popular d.j.’s leaving was purely her own decision. When asked, then, why Nadine had said she was pushed out of the job, he said the information was nobody’s business. Called again regarding O’Brian’s cancellation, James characterized the May 9 item as a “pile of crap” and said O’Brian’s show was cancelled because the station was looking for something “a little more mainstream.” Of course, he later added that the Texana program might appear again in a revised format.

O’Brian is now at Dallas-based TM Century, a radio jingle company, and hosting the syndicated American Christian Music Review, which continues to be aired from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. on KSCS — at least for now. James will “probably drop that once this Static runs,” she lamented.

Suds on account

Pardon us if we rest briefly on our laurels (ouch — laurels can be so prickly). In the recent Lone Star Awards competition, sponsored by the Houston Press Club, Fort Worth Weekly took home more first-place awards in reporting and writing categories than any other publication in the under-100,000-circulation division. Betty Brink was named Print Journalist of the Year and won a first in investigative reporting. Editor Gayle Reaves took a first in business news — thereby, unfortunately, beating out her own reporter, Jeff Prince, who placed second in the same category. Reaves says she owes Jeff a six-pack. Prince says he’s heard that one before, and besides, a six-pack is a drop in the ocean.


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