September 16, 2014 |
WHEN Sheinelle Jones left "Good Day Philadelphia" in March to spend more time with her three kids, she promised she wouldn't stay at home for long. After a seven-month hiatus, Jones is back with an even more high-profile gig. I've learned Jones will be the new weekend news reader on the "Today" show. Jones replaces Jenna Wolfe , a former WB17 sports reporter, who will move to the weekday "Today" as its first lifestyle and fitness correspondent. She begins the gig Oct. 4. Jones told me that the shift to the weekend "Today" show works around the reasons she left "Good Day" in the first place: to be with her family.
July 17, 2016 |
Welcome to the world of "economic disruptors," where a company, technology or way of operation is so different that it forces businesses, governments or individuals to change the way they operate. One of the major disruptors is the so-called gig economy. As with any transformational activity, though, all that glitters is not gold and some will benefit while others fall behind. What is the gig economy? The term borrows from musicians, who play individual "gigs. " That is, they usually, but not always, move from one place to another to perform.
September 20, 1986 |
For the five men reluctantly confronting midlife regrets and recriminations in The Gig, it's more than the chance of a lifetime. It's the opportunity to spend a vacation doing "a real job. " They are dentists and used-car salesmen so mired in routine that they look out at the world from a chin-deep rut. Their one solace is the four hours they spend together each week playing Dixieland jazz of decent, but still amateur, caliber. The chance offer of a gig - two weeks as genuine professionals at Paradise Manor in the Catskills - promises more than a fortnight's freedom in Frank Gilroy's charming and accomplished comedy.
January 13, 2016 |
Well, so much for fishing trips and relaxing at the beach. Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams announced Monday that former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey has been hired as a public safety consultant. Williams' spokeswoman, Alexandra Coppadge, said Ramsey's contract will last for seven months, and pay him up to $16,000 a month. Ramsey will meet regularly with Wilmington Police Chief Bobby Cummings, and work "hands on with the police department on a weekly basis," Coppadge said.
April 12, 2016 |
Between whitewashed singles such as 1999's "Smooth" and Carnivale-like celebrations such as 2014's Corazón , Carlos Santana all but turned from the mix of incendiary psychedelia, free jazz and wild blues that made up his earliest efforts, like 1970's Abraxas . Afro-Cuban yes, but where was the psilocybin-fueled fury and bliss of yore? Formed in 1966 in San Francisco the first Santana (Carlos with singer/keyboardist Gregg Rolie and conga player Michael Carabello) was as much a soundtrack to that city-by-the-bay's hot summers of love as was the Grateful Dead.
May 15, 2016 |
It's been some ride for Villanova senior center Daniel Ochefu. He won a national championship with the Wildcats, rode in a victory parade in Center City, rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange, and got to be a special guest at several pro games. Earlier this week, he was among the Wildcats who represented the team at City Hall as Council honored their accomplishment. And on Friday afternoon, he graduated. So how did he celebrate? Well, as it turns out, CBS3 sports anchor Don Bell was feeling under the weather.
August 5, 2006 |
Brian Eno said of the Velvet Underground that while only a thousand people purchased its 1967 debut, every buyer started a band because of it. The same can be said - minus 100 - of The Red Krayola. Mayo Thompson invented a brand of psychedelic rock and avant-garde folk touched by politically informed lyricism when his Texan ensemble released Parable of Arable Land. That debut has inspired the current vanguard of freak-folkies. Thompson's latter-day experiments in post-punk, too, influenced rock's new avant garde, from Tortoise to Gastr del Sol. Without nostalgia to guide or weigh him, Thompson - guitarist and singer - delved into his catalog for a rare Krayola gig at International House on Thursday, with Tortoise drummer John McEntire and Gastr guitarist-singer David Grubbs.
June 13, 2012 |
FOR ANYONE else, being a morning-drive radio personality in Philadelphia would simply be a great job. For Larry Mendte, being the co-host of WWIQ-FM's "Philly's Morning News" is exponentially more significant. The gig, which Mendte started when the station signed on earlier this spring, represents a chance to atone for the unseemly scandal that was ignited when it came out publicly that he had hacked the email account of Alycia Lane, his former news co-anchor at CBS3. "Because of my missteps and because of my great mistake, this is a chance at career redemption," said Mendte, who served six months on house arrest after being convicted in late 2008 of the digital snooping.
September 11, 1998 |
Andrea Patrick says fiance Fabian keeps asking her, "Now what time is that gig on the 19th?" Hey, that's no gig, that's his wedding. After almost seven years of courtship, the 1980 Miss Pennsylvania and the 1950s South Philly singing phenom plan to wed a week from tomorrow. Patrick told us that she and Fabian, who share a home outside Los Angeles, met while she was jogging and he was walking a dog early one morning. "This really ferocious-looking dog comes sniffing up to me and Fabian said, 'Don't worry about Louie.
September 11, 2009 |
Nobody's more amazed than Suzie Brown at how music has changed her life. Tomorrow night at Tin Angel, she'll be onstage, long dark hair, dark eyes, sweetly singing her love songs about mixed messages and tender feelings. But just last week, a decade of dedication finally landed her in another heartfelt gig - talking arteries and angina, statins and EKGs with patients three days a week at Albert Einstein Medical Center. Becoming a cardiologist - not surprising for a daughter of two doctors.