January 25, 1995 |
Burlington County has a new voice. Robert Messina Jr., the president of Burlington County College, pulled an oversized switch at the college's Pemberton campus yesterday, and WBZC, 88.9 on the FM dial, was on the air. The station, which bills itself as the "Voice of Burlington County," is the only one of its kind at a community college in South Jersey. "While the station will be a learning laboratory for students interested in careers in broadcasting, this isn't just a station for the community college and its students," said Messina of the station located on the third floor of the college's Parker Center.
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)
April 9, 1988 |
Metropolitan Broadcasting Corp., a debt-laden New York broadcast holding company that owns Philadelphia's leading radio station, WMMR-FM (93.3), will be sold to another New York broadcast firm in a deal valued at about $300 million, the companies said yesterday. Under the terms of the sale to Sillerman Acquisition Corp., a subsidiary of Sillerman-Magee Communications Corp., all of Metropolitan's public debt - about $160 million - will remain outstanding. The debt is reflected in the value of the transaction.
October 3, 1986 |
Ragan A. Henry, who two months ago became the only local black to own a Philadelphia radio station when he bought WWDB-FM (96.5), yesterday announced plans to sell it. Henry's Philadelphia-based NEWSystems Group Inc. will sell WWDB as well as FM and AM stations in Indianapolis and an FM station in Hamilton, Ohio, to Charles D. Schwartz, NEWSystem's radio division president, in a leveraged buy-out for $28.5 million in cash. Schwartz, 38, who is white, has formed Panache Broadcasting Corp.
January 6, 1989 |
The Eagle, officially, has landed. At No. 1, that is. Top 40 station WEGX-FM (106.1), the butt of local radio jokes only a year- and-a-half ago when it ranked 18th out of 25 stations, yesterday claimed the top spot among local stations, toppling traditional rock power WMMR-FM (93.3). WEGX, or Eagle 106 to its legion of fans, finished the fall quarterly Arbitron ratings book with a 7.9 percent overall share of the listening audience, just ahead of WMMR's 7.7 percent share. It was by far the strongest showing by Eagle 106, which finished in fourth place in the previous book, and the first time the station has ever led in the ratings.
May 3, 2007 |
That J. Peterman guy really has been working wonders for radio station WBEN-FM (95.7). BIA Financial Network, which estimates station revenue throughout the country, recently released 2006 estimates for Philadelphia stations. Stations themselves seldom divulge that information; executives contacted offered no comment. Ben-FM, whose "we play anything we feel like" pop/rock format is touted by actor John O'Hurley, saw a 64 percent rise between 2005 and 2006, BIA said. That makes it the city's largest percentage gainer - from $8.1 million to $13.3 million.
January 11, 1995 |
"Nostalgia" and "urban" were the winning formats in the fall '94 quarterly Arbitron ratings released yesterday. WPEN-AM (950), the big-band/standards station that placed 12th during the summer Arbitron book, leaped to second overall and moved from a 4.2 percent share of the area's audience to a 5.9. "I'm happy, but as I always say, it's already history," said 'PEN general manager Dean Tyler. "I try not to get real excited, but it's nicer to have a good book than a bad book.
February 21, 1997 |
What is going on at WDRE-FM (103.9)? On Feb. 8, when the station first went on under the aegis of new owner Radio One Inc., it played music in a classic soul hits/Philly Sound vein. Rumor has it that folks at WDAS-FM (105.3), especially program director Joe "Butter" Tamburro, were freaked out by this. (Neither WDAS brass nor Tamburro could be reached for comment.) Didn't matter, though. After 12 hours, the music abruptly switched. Now 'DRE is playing a mixture of music that sounds, at least for the moment, a lot more like that of WUSL-FM (98.9)
October 19, 1992 |
Sounds as if things are taking shape at Philadelphia's soon-to-be progressive-rock station. We refer, of course, to what for years has been WIBF-FM (103.9), a quiet, unassuming religious-and-ethnic station in Jenkintown. But in about a month, 'IBF will change owners, change its call letters and change its music to the likes of 10,000 Maniacs, New Order, INXS, the Cure and Smashing Pumpkins. For competitive reasons, 'IBF's prospective owner, Jarad Broadcasting of Long Island, N.Y., is being hush-mouthed.
January 28, 2007 |
Frank Hogan is an encyclopedia of local radio. At the drop of a hat, the Rowan Radio general manager can spout off an endless list of long-forgotten call letters of stations as well as the disc jockeys who manned them. Hogan has been in radio more than 30 years, and helped in the transformation of WGLS-FM (89.7), which from 1964 to 1991 was a student-run, low-power outfit that had a range of "maybe three miles. " On Nov. 1, Hogan was awarded the March of Dimes Achievement in Radio Milestone Award.