June 6, 1997 |
WHAT radio talk-show host Mary Mason regularly slammed black politicians who failed to support female African-American candidates in the recent judicial primary. But Mason's desire to win a term on the Fairmount Park Commission may soon be fulfilled at the expense of an African-American woman. The irony isn't lost on June Hairston-Brown, the woman whose seat Mason will likely take unless a compromise is worked out. "This certainly seems to fly in the face of [Mason's views]
February 17, 1988 |
At the deadline yesterday, it was Mary Mason no, Milton Street yes. That's how two of the city's more notable political figures cast their ballots on whether to enter the April 26 primary. Mason, a popular radio talk-show host on WWDB-FM, and Street, a former state senator and longtime political lightning rod, had been hinting for weeks that they intended to seek political office - Mason eying the Seventh District state Senate seat being vacated by Freeman Hankins and Street itching for a primary rematch against state Rep. Ruth Harper, the Democrat who represents the 196th District.
January 6, 1988 |
Rep. Chaka Fattah says he is running for Freeman Hankins' state Senate seat whether the ailing Hankins retires or not. But Fattah may have an unexpected, well-known opponent if the senator bows out: radio talk-show host Mary Mason. "Should Sen. Hankins decide not to run, I would give serious considerations to a possible race, but only with his full support," Mason said last night in a prepared statement released to the Daily News by a family friend. Hankins spokesman Larry Diehl, meanwhile, said today that the senator wouldn't be influenced by the announcements.
July 17, 1989 |
Where will veteran talker Mary Mason land? The saga continues. The latest word is that Mason, who was a fixture on WHAT-AM (1340) for almost three decades, may very well be headed for WCAU-AM (1210). Mason couldn't be reached last week for comment. And 'CAU general manager Chris Whiting said only: "When there's an announcement to be made, we'll make it. " But people who know Mason are talking. Basically, they say she has told friends that a deal with 'CAU is all but done.
August 1, 1986 |
Mary Mason signed on for her last "Mornings With Mary" on WHAT-AM at 7:02 a.m. today by announcing she felt so good she had walked to work. At 7:04 a.m., she cut off her first caller. "I won't have a chance to cut you off for a long time," Mason said affectionately to a woman who was gushing her prayers and best wishes. The legendary and controversial Mason, feisty as ever, leaves WHAT (1340) today after 28 years on the air as a talk show hostess and spinner of gospel records to the station's predominantly black audience.
February 18, 1988 |
Controversial talk-show host Mary Mason, who has worked for nearly 30 years in local broadcasting, has left all-talk WWDB-FM (96.5). WWDB general manager Chuck Schwartz said that Mason and station management yesterday "mutually agreed" to terminate her contract, effective immediately. Mason "wants to devote more time to her family and other interests," Schwartz said. Mason could not be reached for comment. Mason, 57, had been on vacation for several weeks; her last on-air appearance was Jan. 29, Schwartz said.
January 15, 1988 |
Philadelphia police are investigating a car accident that involved controversial WWDB-FM (96.5) talk-show host Mary Mason to determine whether to take further action. According to Police Department sources, Mason, 57, backed her car into the doorman at the Latham Hotel on 17th Street Wednesday night, sending him to Graduate Hospital complaining of pains in his back and hip. Arleigh Goodwin, 55, of Thorofare, N.J., yesterday underwent surgery. A Graduate Hospital spokeswoman was unable to comment on his condition.
March 8, 1993 |
There was no nice way to pose the question, so radio host Mary Mason asked it bluntly: "Did you kill your daughter?" she asked Vivian King, the mother of slain track star Shilie Turner. "No, I didn't," King replied last Wednesday on Mason's show on WHAT-AM. Mason didn't believe her. In fact, she said, about a week before that broadcast, she had called Police Commissioner Richard Neal to urge him to have homicide investigators home in on King. King was arrested yesterday and charged with her daughter's murder.
September 3, 1990 |
Mary Mason's back on WHAT. Beginning tomorrow, she'll be reigning over drive time, 7 to 10 a.m. weekdays on 1340 AM, reviving her Mornings With Mary call-in. But that's only half the story. Beginning next Monday, Georgie Woods is also returning to 'HAT. He'll follow Mason, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It's quite a coup for 'HAT owner Cody Anderson. "I feel very fortunate to be able to get the two most professional, most experienced African-American talk-show hosts in this city and perhaps in this country," a triumphant Anderson said Friday.
June 12, 1989 |
Mary Mason back on the radio? OK, so there have been a couple of earlier false alarms about the scrappy Philadelphia radio veteran, but consider this: After months of rumors, Cody Anderson, former general manager of WDAS-AM/ FM, has finally purchased WHAT-AM (1340). The price: $1.65 million. The plan: a black-oriented talk format. "Mary and I have not officially talked yet," Anderson said Friday, "but if you talk about black-oriented talk, you have to consider Mary. At some point, I'll probably talk to her. " Mason, once queen of black talk radio in Philadelphia, and Anderson, once king of 'DAS, have never been kindred spirits.