May 8, 1987 |
Colorful photographs, taken from a satellite deep in space, hang in Sharad Tak's office. Tak, who came to the United States from India in 1968 to study computer science, heads his own $70-million-a-year government contracting business designing aerospace systems. There is no hint, in his office at ST Systems Corp., of his latest venture - a broadcasting company that last month paid $32 million for Philadelphia's WUSL-FM (98.9). Tak, 43, bought Power 99 - the Philadelphia market's most popular station among teens and blacks - to add to his Urbana, Ill., radio station; four ABC television affiliates in Wisconsin, and one in Honolulu.
July 27, 2010 |
Maintenance work on an antenna apparently knocked WHYY-FM off the air this morning for about three hours longer than planned. Listeners looking for the BBC's "World Update" or NPR's "Morning Edition" on 90.9 this morning instead heard crackly music from distant, overlapping signals. In a note on its website, the station advised that it might be off the air between 11:30 p.m. Monday until 5 a.m. today for maintenance work at the Roxborough antenna farm. But it was not until 8 a.m. that broadcasting resumed on the FM dial.
April 30, 2007
RE STUART Burgh's April 18 letter: Rush Limbaugh does not use racial epithets - he has the most diversified staff in broadcasting, they would be the first to bean him if he did. He called Ray Nagin "Mayor Naygor" once. Since Naygor is a bona fide surname, I believe it was just a mistake. Rush mostly called him Ray "School Bus" Nagin and "Knucklehead" Nagin. Georgia B. Makiver, Lansdowne
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.
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.
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.
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.