Public demands, gets back KJUL

Nov 14, 2005 2:13 AM

It’s practically unheard of when a public outcry falls on anything but deaf ears.

But the raucous caused when Beasley Broadcasting pulled the plug on easy listening KJUL 104.3 actually had an effect —Duke Morgan and KJUL are back on the air.

The oldies group has found a new home at 104.7 on the FM dial and , though the signal is a bit weak in some areas, you can catch the station in most locales.

The new station’s recent opening celebration attracted Robert Goulet, Rich Little, Susan Anton, Marty Allen and Vincent Falcone, all doing live spots. Duke is "Mr. Las Vegas" as far as FM radio is concerned, and we owe thanks to Scott Gentry for getting the format back on the airwaves.

In more radio news, "Lunchtime with Ira, Live from the Las Vegas Hilton," a weekly live radio show broadcast from the Las Vegas Hilton, now airs at noon, Mondays, on KDWN AM-720.

The show features Hilton PR guru Ira David Sternberg hosting celebrities, entertainers, tourism executives, writers and others.

In New York, "Jersey Boys" opened on Broadway to rave reviews The musical is about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

Now, I may be jumping the gun, but this would be perfect for Las Vegas.

A little background on Frankie Valli and me. We were both produced by the legendary Bob Crew. If you don’t know, I used to be — in one of my past lifetimes — Disco Tex and the Sex-o-lettes — and I sold millions of records including the disco hits "Get Dancing" and "I Want To Dance With You."

Over at the Rio, the Greg Thompson T&A rock musical, "Erocktica," has returned, and on the night I saw it, it was too loud and too much rock n’ roll. They’ve eliminated the live band and made the costumes sexier.

But if all you can offer is glorified T&A and pitchers of beer, you may not be getting the audiences you need.

Also at the Rio, my higher-end sources are confirming the continual grumblings about what is going to happen to some of the shows. I’m hearing that Harrah’s entertainment contracts will all be four-wall deals. And there could be lots of showroom changes. I’m hearing Penn & Teller has been extended, but that’s it.

Darlings, it’s only rumors! The Penn and Teller organization is a well-oiled machine. They have their own company with ticket brokers, etc. They do everything in house.

Harrah’s Las Vegas entertainers are staging a benefit on behalf of the company’s Gulf region employees displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The entertainment bash is scheduled for Nov. 27 at 2 p.m. in the Penn & Teller Theatre at the Rio.

Hosted by Earl Turner, the concert will include Clint Holmes, "Erocktica," George Wallace, "Jubilee!" Mac King, Max Alexander, The Scintas, The Second City, "Skintight" Society of Seven and "Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding."

It may only be a coincidence, but another show is ending its run only weeks after Harrah’s has taken over ownership of Bally’s. Society of Seven with Lani Misalucha will depart the afternoon spot it has occupied for about a year and a half on Jan. 1. The group will reportedly tour Asia and America and then return to Las Vegas. A Harrah’s statement printed elsewhere states "it’s not because they were doing poorly. They have been fantastic, solid group. We are simply going to explore different options."

"Menopause The Musical" opens Feb. 1 in the Hilton’s Shimmer Cabaret. Inspired by a hot flash and a bottle of wine, writer/producer Jeanie Linders created the show as a celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived "The Change."

Since its first performance, the show has evolved as a "grassroots" movement of women who deal with life after 40 and all the challenges that result in the mental, physical and spiritual freedom of the post-World War II baby boomer generation.

There’s nothing like a grassroots movement for women. Even though I’m not a woman, sometimes I feel like a lawnmower.