September 21, 1993 |
Sandy Starobin, the best known news radio voice in Pennsylvania, the state capital reporter who signed off reports with his trademark "SAN-dee STAR-oh- bin, Harr-IS-burg," died yesterday of a heart attack. He was 51. "Sandy's distinctive signoff was as much a part of KYW in Philadelphia, and KDKA, our sister station in Pittsburgh, as the jingles promoting our news coverage," said KYW news director Bill Roswell. "Sandy always got the story. He was talented and tenacious, as tough on the beat as he was gentle with family and friends.
July 11, 1995 |
It's musical chairs time again at KYW (Channel 3). Out of the anchor seat at 6 p.m. is Bruce Hamilton, whose contract runs until December. Sliding into his seat starting in mid-August is Don Cannon, who until January was an anchor at Pittsburgh's WTAE, where he'd worked for 25 years. Cannon will share the 6 p.m. duties with current co-anchor Stephanie Stahl. He'll also co-anchor, with Pat Ciarrocchi, a noon newscast the station plans to start after it switches its affiliation from NBC to CBS sometime around Labor Day. (Channel 3 hasn't had a noon newscast since May 1991.
May 9, 1986 |
Almost six months after it was first reported on these pages, Ulysses "Ukee" Washington finally is headed for the KYW-TV news team. Washington, the sports director at WBBH-TV in Fort Myers, Fla., is expected to join Channel 3 as the weekend sports anchor starting July 12. His contract, one of the major roadblocks keeping him from heading north since last November, expires at WBBH in early June. Washington plans to meet with his attorney, Art Kaminsky, and KYW news director Randy Covington as early as Monday to formalize the new, long-term agreement.
March 6, 2004 |
Dick Covington, 77, of Wayne, a veteran KYW radio newsman whose baritone voice was described as "a river of honey in an underground cavern," died Wednesday at Paoli Memorial Hospital of complications from aortic aneurysm surgery. Mr. Covington had been on the air in Philadelphia for more than 28 years. Since his retirement in the 1980s, his voice continued to be heard on KYW-AM (1060) announcing station identification on the hour and half-hour; he updated the recording periodically.
December 28, 1990 |
KYW-AM (1060) went off the air for more than three hours yesterday because, sources say, an engineering operator in the newsroom had to be restrained by police. KYW general manager Roy Shapiro says "an emergency medical situation" involving engineering operator Margo Barnes, 23, forced the all-news station off the air from 1:50 to 5 a.m. "We were more concerned about the medical situation than whether we were on or off the air, particularly at that hour. " KYW officials won't give any details, but others at the station say Barnes, who was working the midnight-to-8 a.m. shift, suddenly began screaming, tearing at equipment, and frightening anchor Harry Johnson and reporters Susan Heath and Ron Corbin.
March 30, 1992 |
The other shoe will drop tomorrow at all-news KYW-AM (1060). That's when general manager Roy Shapiro, fresh from triple-bypass heart surgery, expects to pass out five more pink slips - this time in the 40-member newsroom. That will make it 10 layoffs at KYW, counting last week's five in other departments. "People are paranoid, disappointed, confused and upset," one KYW insider whispered into the phone Friday. "You're dedicated to the company and you come in one day and your name is on 'the list.
August 5, 1991 |
Roy Shapiro just put his money where his mouth is. Three weeks ago, when the 76ers announced that they were moving all but seven regular-season games to cable TV this fall, the KYW-AM (1060) general manager criticized the team management's decision in an on-air editorial. "The teams are forcing fans to decide whether to attend or watch games according to their wallets, not their loyalties," Shapiro said at the time. But talk is cheap. So last week, it was time to put up or shut up. Shapiro put up. When the 76ers, a longtime advertiser on KYW, submitted their preseason commercial buy to the station, Shapiro declined the business.
August 20, 1995 |
Harry Johnson, 61, a veteran radio news anchor whose familiar voice delivered the news with grace, clarity and wit to generations of Philadelphians, died Friday at his home in Center City. Mr. Johnson, who spent the last 25 years anchoring news broadcasts at KYW- AM, died of heart disease only hours after working an eight-hour shift the night before. "Of the thousands of words that go out over the radio, Harry was probably the most creative in making them have meaning for the listener," said KYW-AM news director Bill Roswell.
July 15, 1989 |
All-news KYW-AM (1060) is back on top for the first time in four years. Perennial first-place finisher WMMR-FM (93.3) took a nasty tumble, as did Top 40 hustler WEGX-FM (106.1). And soft hits WEAZ-FM (101.1) and contemporary dance WIOQ-FM (102.1) are moving up. Those are but a sampling of the highlights and lowlights from radio's quarterly spring Arbitron ratings book - the most important book of the year to advertisers, covering March 30 to June 21 - indicating the radio market is in the midst of volatile change.
January 5, 2003 |
Marc Howard loves that his life has been full of serendipity. Consider: 25 years ago, a spot opened up at WPVI (Channel 6), whose 5:30 p.m. newscast was a close second in the Philadelphia market. The main evening anchor, a guy named Larry Kane, had decided to work in New York. His backup, Jim Gardner, was chosen to replace him. The assistant news director called Howard, whom he knew when they both worked in Hartford, and offered him the 5:30 p.m. coanchoring job. At the time, KYW (Channel 3)