October 2, 2015 |
THE ALWAYS spirited and forever young Betsey Johnson will be at Lord & Taylor in the King of Prussia Mall (160 N. Gulph Road, KOP) this Saturday to promote her first-ever line of kids' clothing, Betsey Johnson Kidswear. Fashion fanatics can meet Johnson from 2 to 3 p.m., with celebrity blogger and TV personality Micah Jesse . "I do personal appearances throughout the year with Micah. We go all over the country, and I love that personal connection with my fans. It is very important to me," Johnson said.
August 19, 2015 |
ON HIS 16TH BIRTHDAY, Stevie Wonder came to Philly, met a girl and played Seven Minutes in Heaven for the first time. "I'd never been there before, naw . . . It was a Friday going on Saturday. I thought I could see," he joked. The crowd erupted with laughter. Then he launched into "Hey Love . . . may I have a word with you . . . " As most of Philadelphia now knows, the Motown multi-instrumentalist performed a free, outdoor show for thousands of fans at Dilworth Park yesterday afternoon.
August 17, 2015 |
MIKE DUNN got his start in news radio when he landed a weekend on-air gig at an AM station in a small town not far from the University of Maryland, where he was a senior. It was a love that endured for 35 years. Dunn spent 25 of those years at KYW Newsradio 1060, making his name as a newshound who posed laser-like questions to three mayors and scores of public officials. This Friday, which is Dunn's last day at the station, is bound to feel like the end of an era for listeners who've come to rely on his straightforward and succinct reports, followed by his signature sign-off, "At City Hall, Mike Dunn, KYW Newsradio.
July 15, 2015 |
Longtime KYW Newsradio newsman Vince Hill , anchor of "KYW's Opening Bell," heard the closing bell yesterday when CBS Philly laid him off. "I had no idea it was going to be my last show," he told me in a phone interview. "I didn't want to go out this way. I don't take it personally, not at all. It may be all part of the [CBS] shakeup. " On July 1, CBS3 fired three of its top TV news personalities - Kathy Orr , Chris May and Beasley Reece . Since his wife, Janis, died in 2011 following surgery to remove two brain tumors, Hill has lived with his two sons in Woolwich Township, Gloucester County, N.J. He said he learned of his firing not long after his midday broadcast yesterday and was six years away from retirement.
April 14, 2015 |
EMMY AWARD-winning local author and former TV reporter Lu Ann Cahn emceed the Women's Resource Center's ninth annual Leadership Luncheon on Friday afternoon. The Ohio native, breast-cancer survivor and familiar face, formerly of NBC10, helped the Women's Resource Center celebrate 40 years of serving women in the region, with the sold-out event "The Art of Negotiating Throughout Life. " More than 650 attendees converged on the Hyatt at the Bellevue (200 S. Broad St.) for the three-hour networking lunch, aimed at helping women transition through divorce, unemployment, legal problems, counseling and other issues.
July 22, 2014 |
THE LIFE of a reporter can be pretty tough sometimes. For example, you try taking notes while participating in a swim meet. KYW Newsradio's Jim Melwert knows how hard it is firsthand. Last week, with a little help from the Gift of Life program, Melwert was in Houston reporting on and participating in the Transplant Games of America, an Olympics-style event for people who have donated or received an organ. In 2006, Melwert stepped in to give his aunt Jean DelMuto , who had polycystic kidney disease, one of his kidneys.
April 4, 2014 |
Since the early 1970s, all-news radio KYW-AM (1060) had been broadcast from "here on Independence Mall" - a touchstone for the region. KYW anchors peppered the radio waves daily with that location as they fired off news bulletins that informed listeners of "the world" in 22-minute stretches. "We had a gorgeous view," morning anchor Carol MacKenzie said recently of KYW's 10th-floor studios at Fourth and Market Streets. "The sunrises there were spectacular. I had so many pictures on my cellphone.
January 24, 2014 |
ERNIE KOVACS, the legendary actor and comedian who got his start in Philadelphia television, knew what he wanted to make his show great. He just didn't know how to get it. That was where Glenn Farnsworth came in. Glenn was an electrical engineer for KYW-TV for nearly 40 years, and when Kovacs, the irascible, unpredictable comic, came to town in the early '50s, Glenn had his work cut out for him. "Kovacs was constantly innovating," said...
December 20, 2013 |
GLEN MACNOW will no longer be heard on middays for SportsRadio WIP. Rob Ellis , who currently hosts the 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. slot, will replace Macnow. Josh Innes , most recently the drive-time host at Houston's KILT radio, replaces Ellis in the 6 to 10 slot. Sources had hinted for some time that Ellis would replace Macnow. Macnow went into hiatus from his co-hosting gig with Anthony Gargano earlier this month due to contract negotiations with WIP. According to a WIP release, Macnow will continue to host his long-running Saturday midday show with Ray Didinger , and will appear on other CBS-owned stations, including KYW. Macnow will join KYW's "Reporter's Roundup" and, during football season, talk alongside Harry Donahue on the station's morning show.
October 25, 2013 |
THE PITCHER HELD the opposition to just one run while hurling himself into most-valuable-player honors. Never mind that the pitcher was 73 years old, and didn't quite have the arm of a Cliff Lee (after all, it was softball). But he made up for any deficiencies with determination and grit. It was the kind of spirit that Roy Shapiro carried through his long career as a radio executive in Philadelphia and New York - and he was still firing softballs in 2010 in charity games. If the name Roy Shapiro has a familiar ring - beyond the ballfield, that is - it's because you might have heard his incisive editorial comments on KYW Newsradio in the 1980s and '90s.