March 10, 2012 |
John B. Roberts, 94, founder of the Temple University radio station, WRTI-FM, in 1953 and a teacher of communications at Temple from 1946 to 1988, died Thursday, March 8, of a spinal infection at his home in the retirement community of Rydal Park. Mr. Roberts was also the weekend news anchor at WFIL-TV (Channel 6) from 1952 to 1972, according to the website of Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia, which named him its person of the year in 1987. Paul Gluck, a former TV executive now on the Temple faculty, said Friday: "For people like me, who worked as practicing journalists and transitioned into the academic world, he is a near-perfect role model.
January 9, 2012
For more than a decade, a West Philadelphia buccaneer fought the Federal Communications Commission for access to the airwaves using Pete Tridish - "petri dish" - as his nom de guerre. The name took hold in 1997 when he cofounded Radio Mutiny, the pirate station whose two years on the dial helped bring "low power" to the people. This year, largely because of the efforts of Tridish and the organization he created, called Prometheus Radio Project, the FCC will grant licenses for up to 3,000 new low-power FM stations nationally, with an estimated five to 10 in the Philadelphia area.
December 9, 2011 |
EVER WONDER how an all-news radio format with commercials would sound on FM? Looks like Philadelphia will soon find out. Merlin Media, headed by controversial former newspaper executive Randy Michaels, announced Tuesday that it had won the bidding for WKDN Camden, situated atop the dial at 106.9-FM. If Merlin follows the same course it took this summer with FM outlets WWWN, in Chicago, and WEMP, in New York, then Camden's current home for nondenominational Christian "Family Radio" will soon be a news/talk rival for CBS Radio's long-mighty KYW NewsRadio (1060-AM)
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.
October 27, 2011 |
'I've got this amazing job where people come in and play music for me," says David Dye, whose World Cafe radio program from WXPN-FM (88.5) has been on the air for a remarkable 20 years. The nationally syndicated, two-hour weekday show is throwing an anniversary celebration capped with three concerts this weekend at World Cafe Live, the West Philadelphia venue that licenses its name from the program. Over the last two decades, Dye has conducted more than 4,600 interviews with veterans (Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Al Green)
October 9, 2011 |
"Party Doll" by Buddy Knox was Michael Tearson's first record. His newest: Stuff That Works - by Michael Tearson. "The best compliment I've gotten about my album," the veteran Philly DJ says, "is that different people pick wildly different songs as their favorite. " Tearson's voice at 63 is as distinctive on CD - he sings 13 tunes, from Bob Dylan to Neil Diamond - as on radio. That's the medium where the Baltimore-area native got his start 44 years ago in Philadelphia, just as the FM revolution dawned.
August 17, 2011 |
Just to jog your memory (or offer a history lesson), on Aug. 18, 1986: Ronald Reagan was president of the United States; George Herbert Walker Bush was vice president. Richard Thornburgh was governor of Pennsylvania. Barack Obama was a 25-year-old community organizer in Chicago. Wilson Goode was in his first term as Philadelphia's first black mayor. Philadelphians paid about 90 cents for a gallon of gas. They paid 35 cents for the Daily News . Buddy Ryan was conducting his first training camp as the Eagles' head coach.
June 9, 2011
(All games on 6ABC and 97.5-FM) Game 1: Miami 92, Dallas 84 Game 2: Dallas 95, Miami 93 Game 3: Miami 88, Dallas 86 Game 4: Dallas 86, Miami 83 Series tied, 2-2. Tonight: at Dallas, 9 p.m. Sunday: at Miami, 8 p.m. June 14: at Miami, 9 p.m. If necessary.
June 8, 2011
(All games on 6ABC and 97.5-FM) Game 1: Miami 92, Dallas 84 Game 2: Dallas 95, Miami 93 Game 3: Miami 88, Dallas 86 Last night: Dallas 86, Miami 83 Series tied, 2-2. Tomorrow: at Dallas, 9 p.m. Sunday: at Miami, 8 p.m. June 14: at Miami, 9 p.m. If necessary.
June 7, 2011 |
TRENTON - New Jersey plans to get out of the broadcasting business, hand control of its New Jersey Network television station to a public broadcasting powerhouse in New York City, and lay off NJN's 124 government employees, Gov. Christie announced Monday. State-owned NJN will become NJTV and will be operated by WNET-TV, Channel 13, in New York beginning July 1 - unless the Democratic-controlled Legislature blocks the five-year agreement. As part of the deal, NJTV would offer New Jersey-focused programming, including nightly news and political coverage.