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April 10, 1991 | by Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer
Is this town big enough for two Morning Zoos on the radio? The challenge is now on for Eagle 106's new morning man John Lander, leading "the morning crew live from the Nut House" against WMMR's long- established John DeBella and his Morning Zoo. One of the three original Zoo keepers in America, Lander has been lured to town with a "high six figures" salary. "It's three times what the station has ever paid before for its morning talent," allowed WEGX's new program director, Brian Philips.
NEWS
February 24, 2005 | By Michael Klein INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Mark Drucker, 48, a longtime Philadelphia radio personality, died yesterday at Holy Redeemer Hospital in Meadowbrook, about five months after being diagnosed with melanoma. He lived in Newtown Borough, Bucks County. Though he stopped working full time at KYW-AM (1060) after his diagnosis in September, he filed what would be his last report in December. In a brief phone conversation last Thursday, Mr. Drucker said he was undergoing experimental treatment and sounded upbeat about his recovery.
NEWS
August 17, 1987 | By DAVE BITTAN, Daily News Staff Writer
John DeBella and his WMMR (FM/93.3) Morning Zoo team are broadcasting their 6-10 a.m. show this week from Atlantic City's Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino. The zookeeper will host comedians Chris Rush, Yakov Smirnoff, Rob Bartlett and Dom Irerra, ex-Rolling Stone Mick Taylor, the Allman Brothers Band, Warren Zevon. Want to say your piece about the Phillies? Tell the world how great you think Juan Samuel is? You'll get your chance tonight talking to Daily News baseball writer Paul Hagen on the Daily News "Sports Forum," 6:30-8 p.m. on WIP (AM/610)
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 1986 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Staff Writer
"Do Not Adjust Your Set" Dept.: It's true, folks - Howard Eskin, the exuberant and highly paid sports anchor on Channel 29's Ten O'Clock News, was not at work last night and probably won't be there tonight, either. Instead, Eskin was flat on his back, with tubes coming out all over, in a room at Lankenau Hospital, where he was admitted late Sunday suffering from severe abdominal pains. "I'm just mad that I can't work," grumbled Eskin, who had not called in sick in seven years (and not once during his stay at KYW-TV, Channel 3)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 10, 1994 | By Kevin L. Carter, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Howard Stern regulars may be doubting their ears tomorrow. Early in the morning man's show, heard locally on WYSP-FM (94.1), John DeBella - the WMMR-FM "Zookeeper" whom Stern brutally forced out of Philadelphia's top a.m. ratings spot and ultimately off the airwaves - is expected to announce his return to radio. Neither DeBella nor WYSP officials would comment, but sources close to the negotiations say that DeBella has completed a deal with Infinity Broadcasting, parent company of 'YSP and Stern's flagship station, WXRK in New York, to take over the 2-to-6 p.m. shift on 'YSP beginning Monday.
NEWS
April 14, 1986 | By Jack Lloyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Quaker City String Band marched proudly down Chestnut Street yesterday, stopping outside Independence Hall just as the bell in the historic tower announced the noon hour. But something was wrong. Instead of their traditional gaudy satin attire, the musicians wore Hawaiian shirts. And instead of breaking into a rendition of "Golden Slippers," the Quaker City delegation jumped into "Louie Louie. " The crowd lining both sides of the street roared in approval. It was the same way at every stop along Chestnut Street from 15th Street to Penn's Landing.
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.
NEWS
October 17, 1988 | By Dan Geringer, Daily News Staff Writer
The morning guys . . . They are the aristocrats of the a.m. airwaves, the dukes of the dial, the kings of rock 'n' droll radio. The morning guys. They are considered the key to how well a station does for the rest of the day. They get the big bucks for the big yuks. They shock, they shlock, they shtick it to anything that breathes or has recently stopped breathing. The longtime ruler of the early risers is John DeBella, whose album rock WMMR (FM/93.3) Morning Zoo has been the top-rated a.m. show in Philadelphia for more than 3 1/2 years.
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NEWS
February 24, 2005 | By Michael Klein INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Mark Drucker, 48, a longtime Philadelphia radio personality, died yesterday at Holy Redeemer Hospital in Meadowbrook, about five months after being diagnosed with melanoma. He lived in Newtown Borough, Bucks County. Though he stopped working full time at KYW-AM (1060) after his diagnosis in September, he filed what would be his last report in December. In a brief phone conversation last Thursday, Mr. Drucker said he was undergoing experimental treatment and sounded upbeat about his recovery.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 1997 | By Michael Klein, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
They call Super Sunday on the Parkway the world's largest block party. Given that the Parkway is one of the widest streets in the world, and given that hundreds of thousands of people fill five blocks of it, you may never hear anyone contradicting that claim. This 27th running of Super Sunday will have everything - entertainment, health and fitness activities, crafts to do and buy, and food. A mascot parade at noon, led by Mayor Rendell, will feature characters, marching bands and drill teams.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 10, 1994 | By Kevin L. Carter, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Howard Stern regulars may be doubting their ears tomorrow. Early in the morning man's show, heard locally on WYSP-FM (94.1), John DeBella - the WMMR-FM "Zookeeper" whom Stern brutally forced out of Philadelphia's top a.m. ratings spot and ultimately off the airwaves - is expected to announce his return to radio. Neither DeBella nor WYSP officials would comment, but sources close to the negotiations say that DeBella has completed a deal with Infinity Broadcasting, parent company of 'YSP and Stern's flagship station, WXRK in New York, to take over the 2-to-6 p.m. shift on 'YSP beginning Monday.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 1, 1993 | By Joe Logan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's all over but the long farewell for John DeBella. DeBella, who reigned over morning radio in Philadelphia for much of the 1980s, confirmed yesterday that at the end of the month he would depart WMMR- FM (93.3), the station he helped turn into a rock-and-roll giant. Is he jumping or getting pushed? Depends on whom you ask. DeBella, 43, insists his departure is voluntary. He said yesterday that he has asked for an early release from his contract with the station, which expires in March.
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.
NEWS
April 2, 1993 | by Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer
The battle that began in 1986, when shock-jock Howard Stern came to town and vowed to unseat the No. 1-rated John DeBella, finally ended yesterday morning, when DeBella surrendered his morning spot and moved to afternoon drive time. The dethroning of the once-powerful and always abrasive morning king finally came after a long decline in his ratings. In 1986, at the height of his 11-year career here, DeBella's WMMR show enjoyed a nearly 14 percent share of the audience; as of yesterday, the "rock/jock"-format show that he had been doing with Howard Eskin hovered near a 2.9 share.
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
October 25, 1991 | by Leon Taylor and Edward Moran, Daily News Staff Writers
In the throes of childbirth, Susan Tracy called up disc jockey John DeBella at radio station WMMR yesterday morning. "Hi, this is the pregnant lady who wants to request a song," Tracy, 28, told DeBella, explaining that she was in labor in the birthing suite at Pennsylvania Hospital. She said she wanted to hear the overture to the rock opera "Tommy," by The Who, especially the part that goes "It's a boy, Mrs. Walker. It's a boy. " DeBella complied, although it wasn't clear whether Tracy had made the request because she wanted a boy. But we hope not, because early this morning Tracy said hello to her new daughter, 8-pound Amber Rose.
NEWS
September 30, 1991 | By Joe Logan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fans of Amandla! Music of South Africa, WDAS-FM's (105.3) Sunday morning feature, you've some good weeks of listening coming up. Even as we speak, Amandla! ("power" in the language of the Zulus) host James Eoppolo is hurrying back to town with armloads of new music and interviews he's been collecting during a two-week visit to a land he's come to love from afar. Starting next week at 11 a.m., all that material is going directly into the weekly music and public affairs show.
NEWS
September 9, 1991 | By Joe Logan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Some changes at WMMR-FM (93.3). Mark "The Shark" Drucker is leaving the Morning Zoo, which, you may have noticed, is almost never called the Zoo anymore. Station execs got sick of the term, so lately it's just the no-name morning show. Starting next Monday, Shark, the station's main news-and-information guy, is moving to afternoons on 'MMR, where he'll be paired as co-host with jock "Bubba" John Stevens Monday through Friday from 2 to 7 p.m. "It was time to move on, time for me to start thinking about the rest of my career," says Shark.
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