April 12, 1990 |
A Montgomery County jury convicted two cousins of first-degree murder yesterday in the slaying of a popular Puerto Rican disc jockey who was beaten and shot soon after finishing a radio show in September. Miguel A. Alvarez, 45, of Clinton, Mass., and Roberto V. Alvarez, 25, formerly of Philadelphia, also were convicted of criminal conspiracy and possessing an instrument of crime in connection with the murder of Alberto Martino Garcia, who had a weekly three-hour salsa show on WIBF-FM, a radio station in Abington.
March 24, 1998 |
Gene Asro, 75, known in Bucks County for his photographic efforts and radio programs, died last Tuesday at his Bristol Township home. For more than 40 years, he owned and operated Asro Mobile Photo, providing freelance photographic work for publications in and around the county. He also reported for United Press International from 1965 to 1980. As a disc jockey, he broadcast programs over local stations. He also wrote several songs that were published. Mr. Asro was born Augustine Rossana in Clarksburg, W. Va., where he attended high school.
March 14, 1989 |
Lloyd "Fatman" Smith, 67, a joking, jovial disc jockey at radio station WHAT (1340) for more than three decades and a popular Philadelphia entertainer, died Friday at Jefferson Park Hospital. Smith, who was also a comedian, musician and singer, performed with Count Basie, Sammy Davis Jr., Ray Charles, the Louis Jordan Band and other musicians at many Philadelphia nightclubs during a 30-year career as an entertainer. He also was active in community work. "He was always trying to make people feel good," said a daughter, Barbara McPherson.
June 29, 2002 |
George W. Benson, 55, a disc jockey and professional entertainer who worked local conventions, boardwalk parades and children's birthday parties during a 30-year career in show business, died of a heart attack June 21 at his Audubon home. In February, hundreds of Mr. Benson's friends and colleagues gathered for a benefit to raise funds for the radio personality and local entertainer. Mr. Benson had suffered a massive heart attack in September and was unable to work. Guests such as comedian Soupy Sales and doo-woppers Bill Deal and the Rondells paid tribute to the announcer, whose deep booming voice had been heard over the years on radio stations WFIL, WIBG, WMID and WPEN.
September 8, 1989 |
A popular Puerto Rican disc jockey was beaten and shot to death in an Abington parking lot after finishing his Wednesday night music show, authorities said. Police said they had no motive or suspects in the slaying of Alberto Martino Garcia, 54, of the 3000 block of North Water Street in the Kensington section of Philadelphia, whose body was discovered at 11:26 p.m. outside the studio of WIBF-FM at the Benjamin Fox Pavilion. The victim, known as Alberto Martino, worked from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Wednesday.
September 10, 1992 |
First he was called the "House Mouse," because he was so small - only 5 feet, 1 inch, and 102 pounds. Then he was "Luis B," just because he was "always changing nicknames," said his father. But it was as "Super B" that Angel L. Beltran, a disc jockey on a popular West Chester Spanish- language radio program, made his name. Mr. Beltran had only been spinning his private blend of Spanish-language music for a year on radio station WCHE-AM (1520) when he was killed by a hit- and-run driver this weekend.
May 13, 1992 |
Karin Begin, the WXPN-FM (88.5) afternoon disc jockey who has been on suspension for two weeks, was fired Monday by the alternative-music station. Begin, 24, was taken off the air April 28 after admitting that she falsified her resume. Yesterday, she described her dismissal meeting with station manager Mark Fuerst as "very brief, very impersonal. He talked a lot about the integrity of the station and said it was the only decision he could come to. " Fuerst, citing the privacy of personnel matters, declined to discuss the situation in detail.
January 30, 2004 |
Ed Sciaky, 55, the influential Philadelphia disc jockey whose passionate advocacy helped turn artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Yes into stars, died yesterday. Mr. Sciaky, who was on kidney dialysis and whose right foot was amputated last year as a result of complications from diabetes, died suddenly in New York City, according to his part-time employer, local classic-rock station WMGK-FM (102.9). "As long as the music of the bands he played lives, he lives," said Springsteen guitarist Steven Van Zandt, whose own radio show has been following Sciaky's on Sunday nights.
April 21, 1991 |
A disc jockey hired to spin records at a party in Sharon Hill in March 1990 was acquitted last week in Delaware County Court of raping one of the party's hosts after she passed out from drinking. After hearing five days of testimony without a jury, Judge Rita E. Prescott Thursday found Nathaniel K. Talbert, 26, of Pemberton, N.J., not guilty of rape and indecent assault. He was accused of raping the 26-year-old woman when he left the turntable and March 10 party in the basement and slipped into her bedroom upstairs.
March 31, 1990 |
The day before she left for a Labor Day vacation, Lydia Mendez opened her apartment door to find an anonymous message smeared with blood. "This is your final letter your last chance," it threatened in words cut from newspapers and magazines. The note, the last of about a half-dozen, warned her to break off her five- year affair with disc jockey Alberto Martino Garcia "no ifs, ands, or buts. " It said Martino was messing up "your brain, your life, your child growth, your own family, your future with lies.