December 24, 2009 |
At 5 p.m. Oct. 9, after the final notes of "Streetcorner Symphony" by Rob Thomas, the voice of Mike Missanelli came up on music station WNUW-FM (97.5). The station, he proclaimed, was now "97.5 the Fanatic. " Greater Media had decided to drop its underperforming adult-contemporary format known as Now 97.5 and instead simulcast on FM most of the programming from its similarly low-rated AM sports-talk station, 950 ESPN. FM sports talk had arrived, a first in Philadelphia. The format, with its crisp, clear FM sound, is lucrative because of its appeal to young and middle-aged men. Sports talk has been migrating in recent years to the FM band, especially in rabid sports towns.
November 29, 2009 |
It began in 1947, with kids at Haverford High sitting around at lunch, spinning records, and pretending to be on radio. Principal Oscar Granger had an idea: Why pretend? Why not start an FM station? FM was new. The first FM station had begun only in 1941. But Granger applied for a Class D educational license, and on Dec. 6, 1949, listeners in the school auditorium - and elsewhere - heard this: "Friends and patrons of Haverford Township schools, good evening! You are now tuned to radio station WHHS, at 89.3 on your FM dial, your own Haverford Township broadcasting studio, located on the second floor of the senior high school building.
September 23, 2009 |
Radio station owners are gathering in Philadelphia today for the National Association of Broadcasters' Radio Show, where they will share stories about surviving this economy and celebrate radio's bright future - a future in which they will rely on music more than ever. Here in Philadelphia, radio stations are already pumping out more music on new HD signals. Twenty-five local stations broadcast in HD, and 13 offer additional music formats. More listeners are tuning in to these radio signals, too, as portable music players such as the iPod and Zune add FM and HD capabilities.
May 17, 2009 |
Meredith Lussier and Ashley Bevington scored three goals apiece during an eight-goal run in the first half to spur Franklin & Marshall to a 16-13 victory over Hamilton in the NCAA Division III lacrosse semifinals last night at Roanoke College in Salem, Va. F&M (20-1) will try to win its second national title in three years today at 3 p.m. against Salisbury (20-1), an 11-10 winner over Gettysburg. NCAA Division I women. Katrina Dowd scored seven goals to lead top-seeded Northwestern to a 16-9 win over visiting Princeton and a trip to the final four against Penn in Towson, Md. Elsewhere: North Carolina beat visiting Notre Dame, 16-10, while Maryland beat visiting Syracuse, 12-10.
May 15, 2009 |
The seniors on the Franklin and Marshall women's lacrosse team want to graduate this weekend, but they want to hold the ceremony in Virginia. And it doesn't have to involve diplomas. While their college's commencement exercises are scheduled for tomorrow morning in Lancaster, the Diplomats will be in Salem, Va., for the Division III Final Four, focused on winning their second national championship in three years and graduating officially into the lacrosse elite. "I'd rather be winning a national championship than graduating," senior midfielder Shannon Summers said Wednesday.
February 25, 2009
Who: Flyers (32-17-9) vs. Los Angeles Kings (26-24-9) When: 7 o'clock Where: Wachovia Center TV: Comcast SportsNet Radio: WYSP (94.1-FM)
December 13, 2008 |
Jere J. Sullivan 3d, 57, of Erdenheim, a nationally known radio personality whom local listeners might best remember as "C. Jonathan Morgan," died Tuesday of heart failure at Abington Memorial Hospital. "He was a consummate pro," said Ed Hurst, the longtime Philadelphia radio and TV host who came to know Mr. Sullivan while working at a local radio station. "He was very competent at whatever he did in broadcasting. " In a business notorious for a range of behavioral styles, Mr. Sullivan stood out, said Gerry Wilkinson, president of the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia.
October 29, 2007
Who: Cowboys (6-1) at Eagles (3-4) When: Sunday, 8:15 p.m. Where: Lincoln Financial Field TV: NBC10 Radio: WYSP (94.1-FM) Series: Dallas leads, 53-42 Last meeting: Eagles won, 23-7, at Dallas last Christmas Day
October 22, 2007
Who: Eagles (2-4) at Vikings (2-4) When: Sunday, 1 p.m. Where: Metrodome TV: Fox Radio: WYSP (94.1-FM) Series: Vikings lead, 11-10
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.