In this week’s issue… Remembering the “Bearman” – WABC shuffles middays- New England translator sells – We’re on vacation
By SCOTT FYBUSH
*SIESTA KEY, Florida – We’re on vacation this week (mostly, except for the visiting stations and still doing consulting work part), and for the most part, the news is cooperating by staying relatively minimal.
So this week’s NERW (and possibly next week’s, too) is a brief one, but with some important and sad news to lead us off.
It comes from eastern PENNSYLVANIA, where Kevin Schutts has been a fixture in mornings on WZZO (95.1 Bethlehem). Known as “the Bearman,” Schutts died over the weekend, in what the station called a “sudden and unexpected passing.”
Schutts started in radio in the Lehigh Valley back in 1972, when 95.1 was still WGPA-FM, paired with WGPA (1100). His pairing with Kevin Moyer at WZZO started in 1988, was interrupted by a move back to his native Buffalo in 1990, then brought him back to WZZO to stay two years later.
As news spread of Schutts’ death on Sunday, WZZO asked listeners of the “Kevin and the Bearman” morning show to share their memories in voicemails, which we’d expect will make up much of today’s broadcast. We send our condolences to WZZO staff and listeners, and we’ll have more details on Schutts’ life and the station’s future plans in the morning in upcoming editions of NERW.
Schutts was 64.
Would you believe new people every day are discovering the Tower Site Calendar?
One person praised its uniqueness, saying, “There are 75 puppy calendars. There’s only one that shows off radio towers.”
Now we have barely a dozen left. And once these are gone, they’re gone. We’re not reprinting.
But for now, you can buy the standard version. Or the signed version. You can add a resealable polyethylene bag if you want to keep the calendar once the year is up. You can add a pen if you want to use the calendar as a planner. And if you never got last year’s calendar and like the pictures, we have that, too.
But our new admirer wasn’t quite right about there being only one radio calendar.
We still have a dozen copies of The Radio Historian’s 2019 calendar, too. You, our loyal customers, were so good about buying our calendar. Wouldn’t you like to have this one, too? It’s full of historic hard-to-find photos.
Check them both out now at the Fybush.com store!