April 23, 1992 |
Local radio's winter Arbitron book was released yesterday and no one was popping Mumm's or Tums. All in all, it was a fairly uneventful ratings period, registering little upheaval as it measured the listenership of area radio stations from Jan. 9 to April 1. As usual, all-news KYW-AM (1060) was easily the market's top station. And WYSP-FM's (94.1) Howard Stern remained the grand poobah of morning personalities. Still, there were a few interesting changes. Most notably, urban station WUSL-FM (98.9)
October 29, 1997 |
Maury Povich says he's sick of Big Media having its cake, eating it, too - then tossing the dirty dishes at the talk shows and tabloids. Povich, a former KYW newscaster whose syndicated show runs on KYW at 9 a.m. weekdays, is coming to town tomorrow for a speech titled "News vs. Entertainment: Has the Line Been Crossed?" (The program, open to the public, is sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania's College Alumni Society and the World Affairs Council. It begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Warwick Hotel, 17th and Locust Streets.
August 9, 1991 |
A new 11 p.m. newscast isn't the only thing Channel 3 honchos are unveiling come Monday. They've also got a new early-riser special - ham and eggs - in the form of veteran KYW hands Dick Sheeran and Pat Ciarrocchi doing a 6-to-7 a.m. show called NewsDay. Sheeran, the ham, will be your new morning weatherguy, features fella and smiling face. Ciarrocchi, the eggs, will serve up the hard-boiled stuff - local news, global developments and such. Finally, if events warrant, still another KY' longtimer, Malcolm Poindexter, will be the reporter on call, ready to hop into the news van for a live shot from the field.
December 3, 1992 |
Another battered WCAU-TV refugee has crawled ashore at Channel 3. As rumored for months, former Channel 10 weekend anchor Stephanie Stahl has joined KYW-TV as an 11 p.m. general-assignment reporter and backup anchor for all newscasts. The announcement is expected today, her official start date. Stahl, 34, cut loose by top gun Gene Lothery after six years in May, had been freelancing for KYW since June. Under terms of her three-year deal, her primary responsibilities will be live reports and "The Issue Tonight" pieces for the 11 p.m. news.
June 23, 1989 |
Beverly Williams, a former KYW-TV (Channel 3) anchor, will return to the station in September to co-anchor the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts with Steve Bell. Williams, weekend anchor at WTNH-TV in New Haven, Conn., since last July, moves to Philadelphia in August and may be on the air here as early as Sept. 4, the station said yesterday. Terms of her contract were not disclosed, although a station spokeswoman called it "long term. " "It feels like I'm coming home, finally," Williams said in a telephone interview from her New Haven home.
July 15, 1994 |
Time to reprogram your VCR. Someday soon, "Murphy Brown" won't be on Channel 10 anymore. Neither will "Northern Exposure," "Murder, She Wrote" or "60 Minutes. " Instead they'll be on Channel 3. And "Seinfeld"? Not on Channel 3. In fact, for the moment, at least, Jerry's facing eviction from Philadelphia. CBS and Group W, the company that owns KYW (Channel 3) in Philadelphia, yesterday announced that: They are forming a new company that will initially jointly own and operate KYW in Philadelphia.
May 4, 1989 |
Do you strain to hear the grumblings of your favorite newscaster? If so, you're one of the estimated 250,000 to 350,000 hearing-impaired people in the Delaware Valley who can get a better grasp of the news as KYW-TV begins live "closed captioning" of its weekday 11 p.m. newscast tonight. To enjoy this special subtitling - visible at the bottom of the screen as white letter text against a black background - it is necessary to buy a special decoder box that sells for $170 to $200.
October 8, 1997 |
She's back! Former KYW anchor Jennifer Ward is returning to the airwaves, on Fox Philadelphia. General manager Roger LaMay said Ward would be working day by day, on a free-lance basis. Viewers will see her mostly in the mornings, reporting for Good Day, Philadelphia. LaMay, who has one reporting vacancy on the morning show and, thus far, no room for a new anchor, said he wouldn't call this a tryout - only smart thinking. "She knows the city; the city knows her. . . . It makes sense for us to use her. " Ward, 40, a Toronto native, anchored the KYW 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts from 1991 to 1994.
January 27, 1989 |
Two seasons ago, Philadelphia Orchestra executives came up with an idea called Come and Meet the Music - non-subscription concerts geared to lure newcomers into the Academy of Music. The bait in this marketing game is the much-admired, much-talked-about music director, Riccardo Muti, who has been taken to task - often unfairly - for shielding himself from the public. The idea is that Muti speaks to the audience, briefly introducing each piece. Come and Meet The Music isn't really so much about music, then, as about getting to know the conductor at closer range - the human-interest pitch to snare listeners.
August 17, 1987 |
It's 4:30 a.m. at 5th and Market streets. There's no traffic, and the only sign of life is a bag lady sleeping on a bench. Stepping briskly out of the darkness toward the locked lobby of KYW-TV studios comes Gary Geers. Gary who? Gary Geers, 60, for 34 years the early rising host of the longest-running television program in Philadelphia: the "Farm, Home and Garden Show," broadcast Monday through Friday from 5:35 to 5:45 a.m. Not all viewers roll out of bed at 5:30 a.m. in eager anticipation of helpful hints on pickling beets, fighting crab grass or making their own furniture polish.