June 13, 2016 |
Cars and kids used to be commercial radio's best friends. Driving around with "no particular place to go," finding the sound tracks of their lives with five push buttons on a car radio was the stuff that made for huge ratings at boomer-era radio stations. But today's bulge of 83.1 million 18-to-34-year-old millennials, now the biggest chunk of the population, are steering their ardor for music elsewhere. Instead of broadcast radio, they're wallowing in cool, "all request" tech and software alternatives: on-demand streaming and satellite music services, internet radio outlets, and podcasts galore.
November 6, 2015 |
The Prometheus Radio Project, a longtime Philadelphia organization that promotes the cause of low-powered community FM stations, earned a financial and emotional boost this week from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Also, four local groups prepping three new low-powered stations couldn't be happier, even though they didn't get Knight grants. Most of the Knight Prototype Fund grants - the one Prometheus received averages $35,000 - help news gatherers and community groups to develop data-crunching software to educate citizens how the government works and can be held accountable.
May 23, 2015 |
Caroline Doran has a hard time putting a dent in any box score. Doran, a Franklin and Marshall junior defender who often face-guards the opposition's top offensive threats, employs aggression and strategy instead of stickhandling and shooting touch. But her defensive prowess is as valuable as any of her teammates' ability to score on the other end of the field. "It can sometimes be very frustrating," said Doran, an Ardmore native who went to Haverford High. "But then you realize that your job is really important for the team and you start to love doing it. " For the Diplomats, who will play Trinity in the NCAA Division III semifinals Saturday at PPL Park, defense is far from an afterthought.
May 16, 2015 |
With Congress often hovering and threatening to withdraw the network's funding, the president's slot at NPR has been a hot seat in recent years, concedes current jobholder Jarl Mohn. But with his smart ideas and right attitude, and lots of money in the bank, this Bucks County native, now 63, isn't letting the stress get to him. "I'm about to celebrate my first anniversary, and have committed to a minimum of five years," Mohn said Thursday with WXPN on-air personality and conference producer Dan Reed in a one-on-one chat at the noncommercial radio broadcasters' meeting, Non-COMMvention, at WXPN/World Cafe Live.
June 6, 2014
A WHOLE LOT of folks think it's cute to see young children twerking and singing along to sexually suggestive songs. They laugh. Maybe post a YouTube video of it. Not two-time Grammy winner Carvin G. "Ransum" Haggins. After visiting a beauty salon in the Philly burbs earlier this spring and watching a 2-year-old girl mimicking Beyonce's provocative dance moves and singing the very adult lyrics to "Drunk in Love," Haggins got fed up and launched a grassroots campaign called Rage Against the Ratchet.
December 12, 2013 |
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.
October 4, 2013 |
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)
September 25, 2013 |
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.
July 25, 2013 |
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.
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...