February 3, 2006 |
ANYONE WHO'S ever taken a creative-writing course knows that the key to good drama (or any celebrity "news" magazine) is conflict. When real conflict (like the Brad and Jen divorce) rears its ugly, head that's a gossip goldmine, but when nothing much is going on, you have to goose the conflict any way possible. Take the new issue of Celebrity Living that features the big story (actually the photo is bigger than the story) "Brad and Angelina BATTLE OVER BABY!" Here are the battles: Brad allegedly wants the baby to be born in a Malibu hospital.
March 4, 1997 |
Flyers officials and captain Eric Lindros denied - with a mixture of anger and weary resignation - a report by WIP (610-AM) talk-show host Craig Carton about Lindros supposedly being held out of a game last month at least partly because he had been drinking. "I think it's a joke," said Lindros, who was observed by reporters taking treatments for a bruised lower back in the days before and after his two-game absence Feb. 15 and 16. "I have less respect for you just for asking that," he told a TV reporter.
May 5, 2007 |
The Attorney General's Office yesterday said it would review the conduct of the head of the state troopers union, who threatened to release the home addresses of two well-known radio shock jocks in retaliation for broadcasting a story he says was irresponsible. A spokesman for Attorney General Stuart Rabner said the matter had been referred to the Office of State Police Affairs, which examines trooper practices. "We are reviewing the entire incident," said spokesman David Wald.
June 4, 1997 |
The Flyers just completed their second game of the Stanley Cup, and this morning, WIP-AM (610) will be buzzing with postgame comments. That's the same WIP that was sued in March by Flyers owner Ed Snider. That's the same WIP that has a contract to air all of the team's Stanley Cup games. It's a good bet that even with the sticky relationship between the two sides, WIP will make mad dollars off the Flyers and the Cup - whether the team wins or loses. Despite their strife, the two seem to be stuck with each other in a relationship that the Flyers would no doubt like to end. Tom Taylor of M Street Journal, a trade magazine, said yesterday that he didn't think the Flyers have a choice.
March 6, 1997 |
The CoreStates Center is only seven months old; it hasn't seen all that many strange sights. But the building might be older than Independence Hall before it sees anything to match last night. Ed Snider, the Flyers' chairman, stood at a lectern before the game and denounced WIP, the radio station that airs his team's games, the station that went to a sports-talk format under his ownership before he sold it in 1992. Excerpts from Snider's remarks were later broadcast between periods on the scoreboard video screen, drawing cheers as loud as the boos elicted by the WIP logo, displayed on the very same screen once each period, as mandated by the team's contract with the station.
March 25, 1998 |
Flyers center Eric Lindros will receive an apology and money for a charity of his choice from WIP-AM to settle a claim filed after a talk-show host reported that Lindros had missed a game because he was hung over from drinking the night before. Details of the settlement are expected to be worked out by the end of the month, according to those familiar with it. Part of the settlement will stipulate that it will not be discussed by on-air personalities or callers to the radio station, which is known for boisterous sports talk.
June 23, 2000 |
WIP radio host Mike Missanelli was suspended for two days last week for criticizing Flyers management, sources at the station say. The suspension was based on a clause in the sports-talk station's contract to broadcast Sixers and Flyers games that prohibits "personal attacks" on the teams, their players, and management. Some WIP hosts, who pride themselves on their outspoken comments in the free-flowing talk format, say the clause represents an attempt by the station - owned by Infinity Broadcasting, a CBS subsidiary - to muzzle them and is part of a broader effort by the Flyers to obtain favorable coverage.
March 7, 1997 |
Flyers chairman Ed Snider's decision to sue sports-talk WIP-AM (610) and host Craig Carton for remarks made about Flyers captain Eric Lindros took the broadcast industry by surprise yesterday. Talk radio, known for its shoot-from-the-lip on-air personalities and outrageous callers, has rarely been taken to task by people or organizations who feel they've been slimed. On Wednesday night, the Flyers announced that they had accepted the challenge. Incensed by Carton's on-air remarks that Lindros was "suspended" from a Feb. 15 game for being hungover or drunk, the organization filed a document Tuesday declaring its intention to sue in Common Pleas Court.
April 9, 1997 |
Don from Fishtown. First-time caller, longtime listener. Quick question: Now that you guys at WIP-610, the loudmouth sports-talk radio station, are facing a libel suit from the owner of the Flyers, are you going to can the trash talk? Fat chance. Just a month after the city's slickest attorney was brought in to sue the pants off the station and its hosts, the high-decibel guys are still yelling. In the course of one afternoon hour last week, two of the talkers - Mike Missanelli and Steve Fredericks - called: Eagles coach Ray Rhodes a liar.
March 16, 1997 |
Dwayne Bolt, a former producer and engineer at WIP-AM (610), the sports-talk radio station that has found itself involved in controversy after controversy, says the best way to describe Tom Bigby, its powerful station manager, is this: "Tom Bigby," he said, "is Tyrannosaurus Rex in a forest of vegans. " Tom Bigby is the radio programmer who created, for better or worse, the WIP of today, the sports-talk station where female bodies and celebrity sightings are just as important as earned-run averages, plus-minus ratios and yards per carry.