Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Joe's St. Louis: Ax Falls Twice at KYKY - Two Disc Jockeys Cut; President of Velvet Freeze Dies at 86

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Joe's St. Louis: Ax Falls Twice at KYKY - Two Disc Jockeys Cut; President of Velvet Freeze Dies at 86

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WAVELENGTHS: The ax fell twice this week at KYKY (98.1 FM) as two on-air jocks were let go by the adult-contemporary radio station.

Gone from the dial spot is Courtney Landrum, who headlined the "Courtney & Company" morning-drive show for two years. The show continued Friday with the "company" of Jen Myers, Kevin Berghoff, Lance Hildebrand and Tim Convy.

Also dispatched by KYKY was Jill Devine, who had been hosting the midmorning shift.

KYKY is owned by Philadelphia-based Entercom Communications, which owns four other STL dial spots: KMOX (1120 AM), KNOU (96.3 FM), KFTK (97.1 FM) and KEZK (102.5 FM).

BELLS ARE RINGING: Holidays, job moves and relationship changes are stressful events.

But for Deanna Venker, the St. Louis traffic commissioner since May 2015, it's a happy kind of stress.

On Saturday, Venker will exchange marriage vows in the Central West End with former St. Louis police Chief Sam Dotson, now the assistant police chief for Amtrak and based in Washington.

Then on Dec. 13, Venker will ankle her job as the city traffic commissioner to take the top traffic job in St. Louis County, director of the Department of Transportation and Public Works. Venker's new gig starts Dec. 16; it pays $138,507 a year.

Venker's current city job will be taken over by her boss (for another week), streets director Jamie Wilson. "So he'll be wearing two hats for us," said Jacob Long, spokesman for Mayor Lyda Krewson.

BLUE VELVET: John McGuinness, the man who helped keep Velvet Freeze alive for more than 30 years, died Tuesday at his home in Chesterfield. He was 86.

Although there is only one store remaining, Velvet Freeze once was the preeminent dispenser of ice cream in the St. Louis area. The chain boasted more than 50 stores here and another 20 in the Kansas City area.

"John just loved that business and he loved his customers," said his wife, Barbara McGuinness, who also was his ice cream parlor partner and a member of the Chesterfield City Council.

In 1986, with the number of stores dwindling, the McGuinnesses bought the company from South Side Bank. …

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