March 10, 2012 |
John B. Roberts, 94, founder of the Temple University radio station, WRTI-FM, in 1953 and a teacher of communications at Temple from 1946 to 1988, died Thursday, March 8, of a spinal infection at his home in the retirement community of Rydal Park. Mr. Roberts was also the weekend news anchor at WFIL-TV (Channel 6) from 1952 to 1972, according to the website of Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia, which named him its person of the year in 1987. Paul Gluck, a former TV executive now on the Temple faculty, said Friday: "For people like me, who worked as practicing journalists and transitioned into the academic world, he is a near-perfect role model.
June 28, 2011
TRENTON - New York's largest public broadcasting station has secured a deal to take over New Jersey's state-owned television network after an attempt to block it failed. A resolution to reject the takeover fell one vote shy in the New Jersey Senate Monday night. Gov. Christie has said the state shouldn't be operating a news network and can't afford to. WNET-TV in New York will take over the station July 1. - AP
July 28, 1999
Wrong, wrong, wrong. Just about everyone agrees it was wrong for public broadcasting stations, including WHYY, to share contributor lists with political parties. The sharing was done through a "list broker," a professional who develops solicitation lists for nonprofit organizations. Some stations shared lists with Republicans as well as Democrats. But the practice appeared to politicize something that should be seen as strictly nonpartisan. And it subjected public broadcasting's friends to more solicitations (none, of course, as annoying as the on-air beg-a-thons they must regularly endure)
February 3, 1989 |
Former Phillies first baseman Bill White is expected to be named National League president in a 3 p.m. press conference today and become the first black to head a major professional sports league in the United States. White, a six-time all-star with the St. Louis Cardinals, and a New York Yankees broadcaster for 18 years, was chosen yesterday by the five-man search committee, several sources said. NL owners were expected to elect White today and he would become league president on April 1, when outgoing NL president A. Bartlett Giamatti succeeds Peter Ueberroth as commissioner.
February 29, 2008
RE FATIMAH Ali's op-ed on obscenity on the airwaves: I was greatly informed by it on the deregulation of commercial broadcasting. I wondered why so many words and topics that I think are too foul for the radio seem to be the norm. No one could accuse me of being a prude, but I can't listen to the FM stations I enjoyed as a teenager. I'm 36, and although I like hip-hop, I can't tolerate the crude language of the hosts. I guess the best thing to do is not to listen so that the ratings will tank and the owners will figure out that listeners don't like vulgarity.
May 1, 2012 |
The Flyers are ending their longtime affiliation with WIP and jumping over to 97.5 FM The Fanatic beginning next season. The move comes just days after the Sixers abruptly ended their relationship with WIP and moved over to The Fanatic for postseason games. The Fanatic will be the flagship station, along with simulcast AM station 950 WPEN Radio. Several Flyers games will also be broadcast on WMMR (93.3-FM). "We're thrilled to be working with a partner that is 100 percent committed and excited about the Philadelphia Flyers," Comcast-Spectacor president Peter Luukko said in a statement.
March 30, 1998 |
During the last several years, Larry Andersen has been comfortable pitching on the mound, teaching prospects in the Phillies' farm system, or even cutting up in the clubhouse. Now, he intends to make himself at home in your living room. When the Phillies begin the 1998 season, Andersen will start his broadcasting career as an analyst on both television and radio, and all he wants you to do is save him a seat at your place. That's the kind of guy Andersen is: personable, approachable, and very much one of you. In that way, he's a lot like the man he's replacing, Richie Ashburn, who died in September.
September 23, 1994 |
When Charlie Jones joined NBC Sports in 1965, the American Football League still was in business. Now in his 30th year with NBC, Jones holds the network television record record for having broadcast pro football longer than anyone. Jones will call Sunday's Miami-Minnesota interconference game (Channel 3, 1 p.m.) with Randy Cross, his 51st pro football broadcasting partner. After all these years, Jones, 63, doesn't have any problems staying fresh behind the microphone.
October 20, 1989 |
Even though he struck out in his effort to land a baseball broadcasting job with CBS-TV, Mike Schmidt yesterday said he was still in there swinging with both ESPN and the Madison Square Garden cable network. "CBS hired Jim Kaat (as an analyst on its No. 2 team), and that's fine with me," Schmidt said. "He's been broadcasting for five years, and I'm sure he'll do a fine job. But I am continuing to aggressively pursue a position in broadcasting. " Still, the former Phils third baseman couldn't hide his disappointment over CBS' decision.
October 22, 1993 |
NBC Sports officials are crossing their telestrators and hoping that Matt Guokas will develop as well as Mike Fratello did as an NBA analyst. But one of Guokas's broadcasting mentors tells NBC not to worry. Bill Campbell believes NBC has found a gem in the former Sixers coach and player. "Of all the guys that I helped start, like (Rich) Ashburn, Billy Cunningham, (Tom) Brookshier, I always thought that Matty was (the most) prepared," said Campbell, the dean of Philadelphia's sportscasters.