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.
January 4, 1992 |
All-news KYW and Howard Stern still own the mornings, Eagle 106 is finally flying again, rocker WMMR has awakened from its year-long coma and, don't look now, but sports-talker WIP is suddenly a contender. Those were the headlines gleaned from radio's fall Arbitron ratings book, measuring Philadelphia-area listenership from Sept. 19 through Dec. 11, which was released yesterday. Thirty-two stations, slightly more than usual, attracted a large enough audience to be included in the book.
December 1, 1992 |
Calling his departure "a matter of my emotional survival," Channel 10 anchor Larry Kane said yesterday that he'll leave WCAU-TV later this month to join Channel 3 as host of a weekly prime-time newsmagazine. Kane, 50, WCAU-TV's franchise anchor since 1978, signed a three-year contract with KYW-TV worth an estimated $400,000 a year. His final appearance on WCAU as 6 and 11 p.m. co-anchor will be Dec. 23. Kane won't debut on the air at Channel 3 until the newsmagazine's launch in July.
October 20, 1997 |
There's a (temporary) new gig for KYW anchorguy Larry Kane. Three days this week, starting tonight, he'll appear as a special correspondent on Inside Edition, the syndicated talk show that runs at 5 p.m. on KYW. (Hostess Deborah Norville is still on maternity leave/book tour). Tonight, Kane covers the Anne Marie Fahey story, about the Delaware governor's scheduling secretary who disappeared in June 1996 and Fahey's boyfriend, lawyer Thomas Capano, the FBI's prime suspect in the case and the last man known to have seen her alive.
December 23, 2003 |
To anyone in the radio business, the name "Mel" means Mel Karmazin, president of Viacom, the media giant. In Philadelphia radio for nearly 20 years, the name "Roy" could mean only Roy Shapiro, who last week retired as vice president and general manager of KYW-AM (1060), the city's only all-news station. "There aren't many people, who, if you just said their [first] name, everybody would know who you're talking about," said Warren Maurer, who runs the local office of Metro Networks/Shadow Broadcast Services, which feeds traffic reports six times an hour to KYW. And there aren't many people who give 41 years to essentially one company.
July 17, 1992 |
Urban-rocker WUSL-FM (Power 99) has muscled its way back on top of the local radio ratings. And in the mornings, all-news KYW-AM (1060) and WYSP-FM's Howard Stern remain in a class by themselves. WMMR-FM (93.3) morning legend John DeBella is in an unprecedented tailspin. Nostalgia station WPEN-AM (950) and WYXR-FM (Star 104.5) are on the move. Oldies WOGL-FM (98.1) has re-emerged, big-time. And the return of Gina Preston has given new life to mornings at WXTU-FM (Country 92). Such are the highlights and sore spots of the spring Arbitron ratings book released yesterday.
June 13, 2003 |
Anchor Beverly Williams, off the air at KYW-TV (Channel 3) since late April, has settled an age-, race- and sex-discrimination suit against the station and its corporate owners. Williams, 56, who worked at KYW off and on for nearly two decades, is no longer an employee of the station but has been hired to independently produce and host a half-hour weekend public-affairs show. The as-yet-unnamed show, premiering in September, will be produced in partnership with KYW, the station and Williams announced yesterday.
September 2, 1992 |
What do you get when you combine a television station scrambling to increase its ratings and a state attorney general trying to win re-election? If your answer is investigations that shed light and reason on important public health questions, you are wrong. But if your answer is lurid probes focusing on titillating sex practices, you are right on the money. For the last two weeks, KYW-TV reporter Paul Moriarty has been investigating the Philadelphia Health Department's activities in the city's gay bathhouses.
October 5, 2000 |
Mayor Street's communications director, Barbara Grant, said yesterday she was resigning to become an executive producer at KYW-TV. She is the second person to serve as Street's communication director, having taken the job after Ken Snyder was dismissed in January. Just a month ago, Street's chief of staff, Stephanie Franklin-Suber, left her position. Grant, 50, of Old City, said she was leaving because broadcast journalism was her "first love. " At least for now, Grant will be replaced by Luz Cardenas, the assistant communications director, when Grant's resignation takes effect Oct. 16. George Burrell, the mayor's secretary for external affairs, said someone would be hired to replace Grant.
February 4, 2011 |
Every city has a few buildings that are so completely mismatched to their surroundings that you can't help wondering how they got there. Such was the case with a small, brooding tower on Rittenhouse Row that I used to think of as the Dark Knight of Walnut Street. While the neighboring shops and early-20th-century skyscrapers all vie for our attention with big, eye-catching windows, the facade at 1619 always stood silent and inscrutable, veiled in a burka of black soapstone panels. How did such a loner of a building ever find its way onto Philadelphia's toniest shopping street?