November 30, 2005 |
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.
July 29, 1987 |
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.
June 19, 1989 |
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.
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.
December 23, 2012 |
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.
January 9, 1986 |
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.
February 5, 1990 |
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.
September 17, 1988 |
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.
January 15, 1990 |
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)