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October 5, 1992 | By Joe Logan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Today's the day to check out the new, improved "Jock 'n Rock" morning show on WMMR-FM (93.3), featuring the curiously combined talents of John DeBella and Howard Eskin. And what a day to up the infusion of sports chatter into 'MMR, what with the Iggles and Cowboys, both undefeated, set to clash at the Vet tonight on Monday Night Football. Eskin plans to seize the moment to steal listeners from his former station, sports-talker WIP-AM (610). "WIP is going to do what it does, we are going to go what we do and may the best guys have the most listeners," Eskin said Friday, drawing a bead on 'IP's morning crew of Angelo Cataldi, Tony Bruno and Al Morganti.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 1996 | By Kevin L. Carter, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If you listen to WMMR-FM (93.3), by now you might have noticed something about its morning show: Pierre Robert's not on it. He was last on the air Friday, June 28. Robert's three-year contract expired June 30, and he said that he chose not to work without a contract while management and his agent, Steve Mountain, negotiate a new deal. The long-haired, mellow Robert, 40, said he was dismayed by the station's latest proposal: a 50 percent pay cut on a one-year contract.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2012 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
IF SHE didn't know it already, Lisa DeBella will now: her husband of 17 years has been carrying on a 30-year love affair. But she needn't worry: the object of his affection isn't a woman; it's Philadelphia. How else do you explain why John DeBella, the 62-year-old WMGK-FM (102.9) morning-drive host - a native New Yorker, no less - has been in Philadelphia since the days when Ronald Reagan was president and Julius Erving and Moses Malone were the talk of the town? Why else would he have hung around even during the years when he was suffering professional humiliation and personal tragedy?
LIVING
April 2, 1993 | By Joe Logan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
WMMR-FM (93.3) signaled the end of an era in Philadelphia radio yesterday by announcing that it will move wake-up king John DeBella to the afternoon drivetime shift and kill its short-lived, ill-fated SportsRock morning show. Starting April 12, when DeBella relocates to 3-7 p.m. weekdays, veteran 'MMR midday personality Pierre Robert - a laid-back, 37-year-old hippie with hair to his waist - will take over the morning and infuse it with a heavier dose of rock music. Sportscaster Howard Eskin, DeBella's SportsRock sidekick, will stay on in the a.m., however his role will be changed.
NEWS
July 25, 1988 | By Joe Logan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Now that WMMR-FM (93.3) has been deposed as king of the local radio mountain, the obvious question is: What does it mean? Is the rock monster, slipping in the ratings for a year, in decline? Or is the slip just a glitch? Some local radio folks think that 'MMR's amazing run, including three years as the city's No. 1 station, could be in jeopardy unless the station freshens its sound and approach. Others say the new No. 1, WUSL-FM (98.9), is going to be a one-time winner. Nobody expects 'MMR to go into a tailspin.
LIVING
July 16, 1993 | By Joe Logan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
WMMR-FM (93.3) has risen from the grave. As followers of local radio know, over the past year the city's premier rock station tumbled from the Top 10 for the first time since the '70s, when disco was in its heyday. But yesterday, when Arbitron released its spring quarterly ratings book (April 1 through June 23), the red-brick building at Fifth and Market erupted in celebration. All-news KYW-AM (1060) was number one and sister station 'MMR had vaulted all the way to the number-two spot.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 31, 1993 | By Joe Logan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Face it, the man looks, acts and sounds like a hippie. The hair halfway down his back, the long beard, the strictly vegetarian diet, the complete indifference to sports, the clunky sandals, the T-shirts and shorts around the office, the oh-so-mellow radio voice. Hey, he comes off like some kind of aging flower child or something. Yet ask WMMR-FM (93.3) morning man Pierre Robert what's the most common misconception about him and he doesn't even pause before he answers: "That I'm stuck in the '60s, by virtue of my appearance.
NEWS
May 18, 1992 | By Joe Logan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Shocker at Kiss 100 last week. President and general manager Larry Wexler, the man hired last year to dig the station out of its downward ratings spiral, resigned to launch a management consulting firm. "Women have biological clocks," explained Wexler, 49, who exits at the end of the month. "I have an entrepreneurial clock, and it's ticking. " What it means for WKSZ-FM (100.3) is unclear. Owner Dan Lerner will temporarily take over GM duties; Wexler will continue to consult.
NEWS
January 6, 1998 | by Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer
While gearing up for a year-long 30th anniversary celebration, WMMR has decided to do it without the three remaining air talents who best remember the station's progressive heritage. Full timer "Bubba" John Stevens and weekend/fill-in jocks Helen Leicht and Ed Sciaky have all been given their walking papers. "It was the nicest firing I've ever gone through," mused Sciaky yesterday after getting the news. "I was told I'd done well, but that Helen, John and I appeal to an older demographic, and that the station has to go after a younger audience.
NEWS
July 26, 1989 | By Mary Flannery, Daily News Staff Writer
For the past week, confused parents and physicians have been calling the Philadelphia Health Department to ask for the latest word on measles vaccinations. Should a child get one shot or two? And what about adults? The confusion is understandable: federal, state and local health officials are issuing conflicting recommendations about measles as they grapple with new outbreaks of the disease. Although the ailment has been controlled by vaccination since 1957, the nationwide incidence of measles so far this year has risen approximately 400 percent over 1988.
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February 20, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEWARK, N.J. A grand jury has indicted David Herman, a radio personality who launched his career at WMMR-FM in Philadelphia, with attempting to transport a minor for sex. Herman, 78, was arrested in October after allegedly trying to meet a 6-year-old girl at an airport on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where he has a home. The onetime local DJ had been talking online with an undercover officer acting as a Bergen County woman named Kris, authorities said in September. Herman also has a home in Airmont, N.Y. According to a criminal complaint, Herman told "Kris" - supposedly a 36-year-old woman who said she had a 6-year-old daughter - that he wanted to have sex with her daughter.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2012 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
IF SHE didn't know it already, Lisa DeBella will now: her husband of 17 years has been carrying on a 30-year love affair. But she needn't worry: the object of his affection isn't a woman; it's Philadelphia. How else do you explain why John DeBella, the 62-year-old WMGK-FM (102.9) morning-drive host - a native New Yorker, no less - has been in Philadelphia since the days when Ronald Reagan was president and Julius Erving and Moses Malone were the talk of the town? Why else would he have hung around even during the years when he was suffering professional humiliation and personal tragedy?
NEWS
October 15, 2012 | By Mitchell Hecht, For The Inquirer
Question : A friend of mine advised me not to give my baby the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine because of a link between it and autism. My nephew is autistic, and I don't want to do anything that might cause harm to my son. What advice can you give me on this difficult decision? Answer: Rest assured that the vaccine is safe. The MMR vaccine will protect your son against three serious infectious diseases, and will not cause him to develop autism. The controversy came about as a result of a 1998 research study published in the prestigious British journal The Lancet citing a new syndrome of autism and an inflammatory bowel condition in 12 children who had recently received the MMR vaccine.
NEWS
May 20, 2008 | By A.D. Amorosi FOR THE INQUIRER
The smell of charcoal from the parking lot permeated everything. There was beer splashing, and Flyers jerseys everywhere. But this was no sports tailgate. The only hockey pucks to be found were guys wearing "Boobies R Nice" T-shirts. Instead, this was WMMR's 40th birthday show, Sunday's sold-out MMR B Q at Susquehanna Bank Center, with the station's on-air jock Pierre Robert as its host and goalie. With a lineup of Scott Weiland's reformed Stone Temple Pilots, Staind, Everclear and the Hooters, to say nothing of new-ish Philadelphia bands Jealousy Curve and Silvertide - well, 14 years ago this would have been a radio-ready alterna-rock-fest coup de grace, more Y100 than WMMR (save for the Hooters)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2005 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Former Y100 radio personality Matt Cord has found work. He will start at 10 a.m. today on WMMR-FM (93.3). Cord, who worked at WMMR until he joined Y100 seven years ago, initially will fill in and work weekends. He also is the announcer for 76ers games. Y100, the city's only alternative-rock station, was silenced on Feb. 25. Muti to be ousted? Reality at La Scala has become more melodramatic than the most flamboyant operas ever staged there, with a no-confidence vote this week by 700 of its workers demanding the resignation of music director Riccardo Muti.
NEWS
April 24, 2001 | By Huntly Collins INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A vaccine that has been the cornerstone of pediatric health in the United States for three decades is not responsible for a dramatic rise in autism among the nation's children, according to a comprehensive scientific review released yesterday. The review by a panel of 15 experts could find no epidemiological evidence to link the onset of autism among toddlers with shots of the so-called MMR vaccine, a single vaccine that protects children against three diseases - measles, mumps and rubella (German measles)
NEWS
August 23, 1999 | Mark Angeles, Jenice M. Armstrong, Jill E. Harmelin, Tom Starner and Daily News wire services contributed to this report
The life of every member of the family revs up at the start of the new school year. Daily routines get more complicated. Shopping lists grow. Budgets get strained. "To Do" lists never seem to end. We want to help. Here, then, is a checklist of things to do, items to check out, telephone numbers and Web sites to clip and save and, we hope, other helpful info: ORDER IN THE HOUSE House rules help every family member manage his time better. Decide on the new school-year rules now, before the grind begins, and post them on the fridge for easy reference.
NEWS
January 6, 1998 | by Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer
While gearing up for a year-long 30th anniversary celebration, WMMR has decided to do it without the three remaining air talents who best remember the station's progressive heritage. Full timer "Bubba" John Stevens and weekend/fill-in jocks Helen Leicht and Ed Sciaky have all been given their walking papers. "It was the nicest firing I've ever gone through," mused Sciaky yesterday after getting the news. "I was told I'd done well, but that Helen, John and I appeal to an older demographic, and that the station has to go after a younger audience.
BUSINESS
November 15, 1996 | by Rose DeWolf, Daily News Staff Writer
When it was announced Tuesday that rock station WMMR-FM would shortly be sold or swapped, it was just the latest maneuver in the increasingly volatile Philadelphia radio market. It's a playing field on which two radio titans - CBS/Infinity and Evergreen Media - are battling for dominance in the nation's fifth-largest radio market. The reason WMMR was put on the block by its owner, Westinghouse Electric, was to win Justice Department approval of a much bigger sales package: the purchase by Westinghouse, the nation's biggest broadcasting company, of the No. 2 company, Infinity Broadcasting.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 29, 1996 | By Kevin L. Carter, INQUIRER RADIO WRITER
Pierre Robert is coming back to WMMR-FM (93.3). But he's not going to be on mornings anymore. After a monthlong holdout, the long-haired DJ, who had manned the 6-to-10 a.m. shift, will be returning to the 'MMR airwaves on the midday shift (10 a.m.-3 p.m.), the one he worked for about seven years before taking over mornings three years ago. Robert left the air June 28 after the expiration of his contract, and station management had offered him a pay cut to come back. WMMR general manager Chuck Fee said Friday that the station had reached a "long-term deal" with the laid-back DJ. Robert said the contract, which he signed Friday, is for three years.
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