January 27, 2014 |
ON FRIDAY, SportsRadio WIP's Anthony Gargano and Rob Ellis left their broadcast spot at Chickie's & Pete's due to "technical difficulties," forcing the relatively new partners to head back to their Old City studio. But I heard it wasn't technical difficulties at all. Multiple sources confirmed to me that operations manager Andy Bloom was not happy when he found out that personalities from rival media conglomerate Greater Media, including WMMR's Matt Cord and, more interestingly, 97.5 The Fanatic's Jon Marks , were at the noted South Philly eatery's main bar area doing promotional appearances for a $1,000 MetroPCS giveaway.
February 23, 2012 |
"Glee" actor Max Adler has teamed up with local T-shirt company ShoutBcause to promote its line of anti-bullying T-shirts. Adler, whose gay character, David Karofsky, bullied Chris Colfer 's character, Kurt, and who was severely bullied himself on Tuesday's episode, has been working with a Los Angeles nonprofit called City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts. Chester County's Joe Harris , chief "movement" officer of ShoutBcause, contacted the group to get Adler their shirts. Adler wore one of the company's anti-bullying shirts yesterday while interviewing with national media, including "Access Hollywood.
January 19, 2012 |
GREATER MEDIA, parent company of 97.5 the Fanatic, has issued an apology on behalf of sports-talk host Tom Byrne. We reported yesterday that Byrne was arrested early Monday after allegedly assaulting a cab driver to whom he had refused to pay a $5 fare, according to a police report. "Tom deeply regrets his behavior on Sunday night and realizes that it was inexcusable," Greater Media spokeswoman Heidi Raphael emailed last night. "He also extends his sincere apology to the cab driver and would like to make amends if possible.
July 29, 2010 |
ESPN Deportes Radio, the national Spanish-language sports radio network, has secured a local affiliate, effective 6 a.m. Monday. It's WWDB-AM (860), whose stock in trade has been money-talk shows. 'DB owner Beasley Broadcast also added ESPN Deportes on stations in Atlanta and Boston in a package deal that shut out ESPN's English-language partner in Philadelphia, Greater Media, which broadcasts sports talk at 950 AM and 97.5 FM. Natalie Conner , who heads Beasley's Philly operations, says she will use the network feed but plans live and local programming, as well as tie-ins to the Latino community and local sports teams.
July 26, 2008 |
Roped by a federal lawsuit, Redlasso Inc. yesterday suspended access to the video clipping Web site that's a favorite of bloggers. The King of Prussia company did so voluntarily, but said it "has no alternative but to suspend blogger access" because of this week's legal action. On Wednesday, NBC Universal Inc., Fox News Network L.L.C., and Fox Television Stations Inc. sued Redlasso in federal court in New York, alleging the company has been infringing on the networks' copyrights and trademarks.
July 24, 2005 |
Where will Howard Stern's Philadelphia listeners go when he signs off of Infinity Broadcasting in favor of Sirius Satellite Radio? "That's the $10 billion question," said Mike Boyle, vice president and executive director of Friday Morning Quarterback, the Cherry Hill trade publication. Actually, it's a $10 million question. Ratings and ad dollars are closely tied, and analysts believe that the syndicated Stern - by far the most popular radio personality among Philadelphians - brings in $10 million a year to WYSP-FM (94.1)
April 24, 2005 |
The Philadelphia FM dial has finally stopped spinning after months of upheaval. The area now has its first FM gospel station (Praise), a new station playing urban adult-contemporary music (WRNB), and another pumping out a confounding assortment of hits from the last 30 years (Ben). Two Trenton stations swapped positions. Tom Joyner, second only to Howard Stern in popularity among adult morning listeners, got a new home. Philadelphia also lost Y100, its only modern-rock station, leaving an estimated 384,000 listeners without regular doses of Garbage.
January 31, 2004 |
Bill Womack, a disc jockey at WMGK-FM (102.9) since 1979 and its sole African American on-air personality, has sued the station, alleging that his salary was cut in half because of racial bias. In his federal complaint, filed last month in Philadelphia by Center City attorney Jeffrey Campolongo, Womack alleges that he was given a choice in November 2001: Take a pay cut or be let go. He contends that management told him the cut was necessary for financial reasons. An attorney for the station denied the allegation.
January 3, 2003 |
Two radio stations have started off the year with changes that will return veterans Glenn Kalina and Brian Murphy to the airwaves while Paul Barsky leaves. Barsky has bowed out at the Greater Media-owned WMMR-FM (93.3) after three years doing mornings. His contract expired, as did that of producer Ben Maxwell. Sidekick Vinnie the Crumb reupped. In the interim, Vinnie will sidekick for the solo-named Graeme, last at WHFS-FM in the Baltimore/Washington market. Barsky's future?
March 26, 2000 |
Every morning and every night, radio executive Dan Anstandig, who has been passionate about the medium since he was a preteen, spends hours listening to radio on the Internet. "I like computers, and I like radio, so there is no combination that is more logical for me personally," said Anstandig, speaking by phone from his home in suburban Cleveland. Anstandig is general manager and program director of soft rock Internet station www.daer.com. He is 16. A high school junior who takes classes at John Carroll University, Anstandig is on the front lines of a revolution that's transforming radio, as independent programmers take their message directly to the people.