January 10, 1994 |
The weather was so bad Friday that KYW-AM general manager Roy Shapiro stayed home. Shapiro may have been stuck, but icy roads and rain and snow usually mean a good business day for Shapiro and staff. Lots of people listen to 1060 AM to get news on traffic and transit patterns, weather forecasts and school closings. And Shapiro, staying close to the phone in his Main Line home, got some news of his own Friday afternoon. Good news. Almost as predictable as the weather is unpredictable, KYW maintained its yearlong overall lead in the Arbitron ratings, garnering a 6.9 percent share of the Philadelphia market.
January 8, 1993 |
Have a seat and take a heart pill. Howard Stern has gone and done the unthinkable. The self-proclaimed King of All Media, who is at once the country's most reviled and loved radio personality, beat once-invincible KYW-AM (1060) in the mornings in the fall Arbitron ratings released yesterday. Not to overstate things, but in local radio this is an event about as momentous as the newly liberated Russians' tearing down Lenin's statue a couple of years ago. Indeed, this is the first time anyone has beaten the all-news titan in the morning since 1979, when Ken Garland was spinning records on WIP-AM (610)
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.