October 4, 1988 |
Moving to cut debt bloated by its acquisition of an electronic information service, Knight-Ridder yesterday put up for sale its eight network-affiliated TV stations. Analysts, who were suprised by the announcement, said the stations could fetch as much as $400 million. The company, which publishes the Philadelphia Daily News and the Inquirer, said the planned sale was part of a strategy to move further into newspapers and electronic information, which industry analysts said offers greater potential rewards than the mature broadcasting industry.
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
April 23, 2012 |
When Lew Klein started working in broadcasting, Harry S. Truman was president and television was not yet a household word. After a career that has run the gamut from producing and directing pioneering TV shows such as American Bandstand, to being part owner of a string of television stations, to educating broadcast students for more than a half-century, Klein, 84, has donated his papers to Temple University. The collection spans most of the history of television.
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.
December 12, 2011 |
TOM LAMAINE, who served as a television broadcaster for the Sixers in the 1970s, will become the team's PA announcer this season, Sixers CEO Adam Aron confirmed yesterday afternoon. We first reported the news on PhillyGossip.com. Lamaine worked alongside Bill Campbell from 1970 to 1976, broadcasting Sixers games for WPHL-17. For the past several years the former CBS 3 meteorologist has been the unofficial back-up announcer for Matt Cord , though Cord, a 93.3 WMMR DJ, has never missed a Sixers game.
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.