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November 30, 2005 | By Gayle Ronan Sims INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
David L. Kurtz, 73, founder of the widely popular B101 - one of the last independently owned FM stations in a major U.S. market - died of kidney cancer Thursday at home in East Falls. Born in Ephrata, Lancaster County, Mr. Kurtz tinkered with electronics and loved music when he was a child. "He bought a kit and built his family's first television set," his son, David, said. "He worked part-time at a radio station during high school. " In 1954, Mr. Kurtz earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Lehigh University.
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July 29, 1987 | New York Daily News
In a pre-dawn raid of the kind more often employed against drug smugglers than fanatical rock 'n' rollers, the Coast Guard yesterday boarded a pirate radio ship broadcasting off Long Island without a license and arrested three people. The raid effectively silenced the four-day-old RIN, Radio New York International, New York's newest radio station. "It's not going to cause me to give up, but obviously this is a major setback," said Randi Steele, the station's operations manager.
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June 19, 1989 | By Joe Logan, Inquirer Staff Writer
WOGL-FM (98.1) is adding another of Philadelphia's big-name oldies jocks to its roster - Harvey Holiday. Holiday, swept out with 20 others when WIOQ-FM (102.1) dumped oldies for contemporary dance five months ago, will begin hosting the weekly Street Corner Sunday, from 7 p.m. to midnight, beginning July 2. Holiday, who has done a Sunday show in local radio since Moses was a baby, could not be reached for comment. But 'OGL spokesman Ted Kelly said the new show would feature "a lot of the real Philadelphia oldies, with plenty of doo-wop music and even some in-studio a cappella singers.
SPORTS
November 23, 2011
The Phillies will be expanding their radio presence to FM for the 2012 season. Games will be heard on WIP (94.1-FM) along with WPHT (1210-AM), a source confirmed. CBS Radio owns both stations and has been expanding its local game coverage, with the additions of Union soccer and Saint Joseph's basketball to WIP's AM station (610). Neither the Phillies nor CBS Radio have commented.  
SPORTS
December 22, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, PHILLY.COM
Local sports-talk radio is shifting gears - and getting ready to roll out a new set of wheels. At 6 p.m. Friday, WPEN-FM (97.5) became the only home for the Fanatic, as a Christian broadcaster took over the 950 AM spot. As of Jan. 2, WIP's full local lineup will be heard only at 94.1 FM, as owner CBS launches a new national sports radio network, airing in Philadelphia on 610 AM, the original home of WIP. Not that WIP is pulling out of AM entirely. "We can and will preempt national content for local programming," said WIP program director Jeff Sottolano.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 1986 | By Gail Shister, Inquirer Staff Writer (Mary Ann Norbom contributed to this report.)
Can anybody catch WMMR-FM (93.3)? For the third consecutive quarter, the album-oriented rock station knocked out all comers in the Arbitrons - scoring the highest numbers in its 17-year history during the Sept. 19-to-Dec. 11 ratings period. WMMR morning man John "Wake Up and Smell the Croissants Burning" DeBella was again the dominant personality in the 6-to-10 a.m. drive-time slot. The "Morning Zoo" head trainer celebrated his impressive 11.3 audience share by shelling out $145 for a bottle of '79 Roederer Cristal Rose.
NEWS
February 5, 1990 | By Joe Logan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two big behind-the-scenes departures in Philadelphia radio last week. At country station WXTU-FM (92.5), vice president and general manager Jeff Laird got squeezed out Friday despite what many would consider a laudable performance during his 2 1/2 years at the helm. In the most recent Arbitron ratings book, 'XTU ranked ninth out of 27 stations in the city. Laird's replacement is veteran broadcaster John Hiatt, 39, just up from San Antonio, Texas, where he was president and general manager of KMMX-FM/KCHL-AM.
NEWS
September 17, 1988 | By Joe Logan, Inquirer Staff Writer
As promised, the National Association of Broadcasters yesterday unveiled what it hopes will become the radio of the future - a combination AM/FM stereo receiver with "continuous band dialing. " This means that within the next year or two - presuming radio manufacturers embrace the idea - you will be able to buy radios that tune in both AM and FM, in stereo, with the listener making one long twist of the dial, rather than manually shifting from AM to FM frequencies. The radio, designed by New York electronics engineer Richard Seguerra at the behest of the association, was one of the feature attractions at the trade organization's four-day annual radio convention, which concludes here today.
NEWS
January 15, 1990 | By Joe Logan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Things weren't so sunny Friday at WSNI-FM (104.5). General manager Bill Cusack, who had run the adult contemporary station since November 1988, was axed by parent company Pyramid Broadcasting of Boston and a new, first-time GM was brought in from a sister station in Chicago. The new GM at 'SNI is Jeffrey Specter, 31, who comes from a new-age station, WNUA-FM, in the Windy City, where he was general sales manager. Specter also worked in Boston and Los Angeles. In a city with a glut of adult contemporary stations (there are four)
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
RADIO STATION B101 will be no more Dec. 26. But it's only the name that's retiring. The station will be known as MoreFM at 101.1. The format of the station will not change, the DJs won't change, the place on the dial won't change. Just the name. In a statement, station owner Jerry Lee said the name change did not reflect poor ratings. And he's right. B101 consistently dominates in the Philadelphia radio market, a feat for an independently owned station. Instead, Lee thought of the change as a branding update.
SPORTS
October 4, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
Ursinus celebrated its first men's soccer victory over Franklin and Marshall since 1996, defeating the Diplomats, 2-1, in overtime in Lancaster, Pa. Freshman midfielder Ryan Molyneaux (Souderton) scored the winning goal six minutes into overtime with an assist from freshman defender Jared Kimelheim (George School). The Bears (5-4-1, 2-0-1 Centennial) tied the score at 82:28 on a penalty kick from sophomore forward Ryan Butler (Palmyra). Ursinus junior goalkeeper Ryan Murphy (Paul VI)
SPORTS
September 25, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
Jared Brown (Strath Haven) tied for second to pace the Franklin & Marshall White Team to a sixth-place finish at the F&M Fall Invitational Monday afternoon in Lancaster, Pa. Rutgers-Camden's Tom Schultice (Riverside) finished tied for fifth out of 97 golfers, while Pete D'Angelo (Delran) tied for 15th. Kevin Anderson (Delran) tied for 17th, and Kevin Sarlo (Burlington Township) tied for 32d. Gettysburg's Bob Hoeppner (Germantown Academy) tied for 22d. In Lafayette Hill, Philadelphia University won a tri-match with Chestnut Hill and Felician.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2013 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
EMILY Robison and Martie Maguire gratefully jumped to the task when these Court Yard Hounds/Dixie Chicks were asked to give WXPN general manager Roger LaMay a happy-anniversary kiss for the camera. "Being at this radio station is such a treat," whispered Robison after last Friday's "XPN Free at Noon" show at the adjacent World Cafe Live music club, in University City, where she and Maguire led a punchy, 45-minute set of material from the just-unleashed Court Yard Hounds album "Amelita.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2013
For the first time in more than 13 years, WRTI-FM (90.1) will broadcast the Philadelphia Orchestra live in concert on Friday afternoon. Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the Philadelphians in works by Schumann, Janacek, and Dvorak, and violinist Gil Shaham performs Brahms' Violin Concerto . The 2 p.m. concert in Verizon Hall is dedicated to Wolfgang Sawallisch, who died in February, and opens with the Adagio espressivo from the Symphony No. 2...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2013 | By Sam Adams, For The Inquirer
Members of the millennial generation spent last week getting slapped around in a Time cover story labeling them "lazy, entitled narcissists," living off their parents and Instagramming their irony. But at Sunday's birthday show for WRFF-FM (104.5), millennials were out in force and showing plenty of energy. Though headliners Phoenix, fronted by 37-year-old Thomas Mars, were too advanced in age to qualify (and WRFF's six years on-air made it far too young), most of the day-long festival's acts were squarely in the millennial demo.
NEWS
January 11, 2013
THEATER IS SUPPOSED to surprise. But there was no way I was prepared for what happened last Sunday afternoon when I arrived at the Players Club of Swarthmore for a matinee performance of playwright Tom Gibbons' "Permanent Collection. " I opened the playbill and learned the character of Paul Barrow is being played by John Harvey. The name "John Harvey" may not immediately ring any bells, but readers of a certain age are likely to remember "Harvey in the Morning," the popular show he hosted for more than two decades on WIOQ (102.1-FM)
SPORTS
December 23, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, PHILLY.COM
Local sports-talk radio is shifting gears - and getting ready to roll out a new set of wheels. At 6 p.m. Friday, WPEN-FM (97.5) became the only home for the Fanatic, as a Christian broadcaster took over the 950 AM spot. As of Jan. 2, WIP's full local lineup will be heard only at 94.1 FM, as owner CBS launches a new national sports radio network, airing in Philadelphia on 610 AM, the original home of WIP. Not that WIP is pulling out of AM entirely. "We can and will preempt national content for local programming," said WIP program director Jeff Sottolano.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 2012 | By Michael D. Schaffer, Inquirer Staff Writer
WHYY-FM has won the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award for excellence in broadcast and digital journalism. WHYY shared the award with Harrisburg station WITF-FM and NPR for a jointly produced series of radio and Web reports on issues related to natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania. The awards were announced at the Columbia University School of Journalism in New York City on Wednesday morning. The announcement praised the project, "StateImpact Pennsylvania," as "an important model for reporting on local issues.
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