February 24, 2005 |
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.
September 5, 1997 |
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.
November 10, 1994 |
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.
September 1, 1993 |
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.
July 16, 1993 |
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.
April 2, 1993 |
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.
April 2, 1993 |
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.
October 25, 1991 |
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.
September 30, 1991 |
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.
September 9, 1991 |
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.