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April 12, 1990 | By Denise-Marie Santiago, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 24, 1998 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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March 14, 1989 | By Jim Detjen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 29, 2002 | By Kristin E. Holmes INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
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September 8, 1989 | By Michael L. Rozansky, Denise-Marie Santiago and Peter Shelly, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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September 10, 1992 | By Cindy Anders, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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May 13, 1992 | By Joe Logan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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January 30, 2004 | By Dan DeLuca INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
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.
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April 21, 1991 | By Patrick Scott, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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March 31, 1990 | By Michael L. Rozansky, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 12, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
JOE BILBEE just wanted to make people happy. And he was good at it. When Joe was the disc jockey at Moore's Inlet, the legendary North Wildwood watering hole, or any number of venues in Philly, the dancing, singing and laughter shook the rafters. Often, when Joe's shift was over, the nightclubs emptied out. The customers had come to see Joe, knowing that after being washed in his spirit and verve, all earthly cares would melt away. A slight exaggeration, perhaps, but the fact was that Joe Bilbee could get a party going, keep it going and go out with a bang.
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April 10, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hundreds of child pornography images and "up-skirt" videos were found in the home of a Chester County man who police said also sexually assaulted a woman he lured to his home. Daniel John Milowicki, 28, was arrested Tuesday on more than 300 felony counts, including sexual assault and child pornography. "This defendant is a classic sexual predator," said Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan in a statement Wednesday. "He progressed from possession of child pornography to creating his own clandestine pornography to a sexual assault," Hogan said.
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November 8, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philip Scott Ward, 69, of Lansdale, a longtime television director, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, of brain cancer at his home. Born in Spencer, W.Va., he graduated from Spencer High School. Mr. Ward began his career in 1960 as a disc jockey in a small radio station in Spencer, where he worked with the country music singer and songwriter Tom T. Hall. While attending Marshall University in Huntington, W. Va., Mr. Ward was employed by WSAZ-TV in various positions before becoming a television director.
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September 11, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Richard R. Wisneski, 71, of Cape May, a disc jockey and promoter of musical events, died of kidney failure Sunday, Aug. 3, at Cape Regional Medical Center in Cape May Court House. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Wisneski graduated from Edison High School and served as an Army medic in Vietnam and in the New Jersey Army National Guard. "He started out in radio in Pottstown," Phil Pizzi, a friend and business colleague, said. At that time, "he was a DJ, a radio personality. " Mr. Wisneski soon became an entrepreneur.
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August 3, 2012 | By Stephanie Farr and Daily News Staff Writer
THE OBJECT wrapped tightly in Terri Choplin's hands on Thursday as she stood outside the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul wasn't a rosary. It was a cassette tape. On the tape was the voice of the man she was there to mourn — longtime WDAS disc jockey Joe "Butterball" Tamburro. The tape held his last broadcast before his death on July 27. Choplin, 53, of the city's Bella Vista section, said that she has almost every one of Tamburro's broadcasts on cassette. "Anybody who listened to him was truly blessed," she said.
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November 25, 2011 | By Annette John-Hall, Inquirer Columnist
You could call Serena Sol Brown - singer, musician, and radio personality - a triple threat, as her friends like to say. But that would be leaving out a lot. Let's see. She also writes songs. And produces and promotes artists. And did I mention deejaying and acting? What are we up to now? Octuple threat? Suffice it to say that Serena Sol's artistic journey has taken her in and out of so many facets of the music industry that that she probably could run a label herself.
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December 26, 2010 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Staff Writer
Phelan E. Smith, 36, of Lumberton, a trainer for the Educational Testing Service and a talented musician and disc jockey who performed as "DJ Phee Funk," died Monday, Dec. 20, of injuries suffered that morning in a highway crash. A graduate of Pemberton Township High School and Chubb Institute in Cherry Hill, Mr. Smith also attended Burlington County College and Mercer County Community College. He played trumpet, drums, saxophone, and keyboards. He was a member of several bands and did studio production for various musical groups.
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November 12, 2010 | By Nathan Gorenstein, Inquirer Staff Writer
A part-time bartender at the popular McFadden's Restaurant & Saloon in Northern Liberties has filed a federal lawsuit alleging the restaurant has deliberately discouraged nonwhite customers. Court documents quote a text message by the bar's general manager as telling a shift supervisor to cease a weeknight promotion that brought in African American customers. "We don't want black people we are a white bar!" the manager wrote in October, the lawsuit alleges. McFadden's parent company, East Coast Saloons L.L.C.
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May 24, 2010 | By JOHN F. MORRISON, morrisj@phillynews.com 215-854-5573
BILL WEBBER often said that he didn't look forward to retirement. He said that he wanted to continue working until they put him in the ground - "and maybe longer. " William W. Webber, known as "Wee Willie Webber" to countless TV and radio fans in Philadelphia for more than half a century, longtime officer of the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia and a man who never turned down a request to do a fundraiser, telethon or other charitable benefit, died yesterday. He was 80 and lived in Center City.
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