August 27, 2016 |
James Austin, 80, of Sewell, the labor-union leader of an estimated 1,000 pressmen at the Inquirer, the Daily News, and other newspapers in the region from 1994 to 1997, died of complications from sepsis Tuesday, Aug. 23, at his home. "Jim was a very outstanding guy, firm but fair," said Joseph Inemer, president of Local 16-N of the Graphic Communications Conference-International Brotherhood of Teamsters, who succeeded Mr. Austin as the union's chief. Mr. Austin was a pressman at the Bulletin and, after it closed in January 1982, at the Daily News.
August 24, 2016
George E. Curry, 69, of Laurel, Md., a journalist, civil rights activist, and publisher whose syndicated column ran in hundreds of black-owned newspapers around the United States, died Saturday, Aug. 20, at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Md. Curry's syndicated column was carried in more than 200 African American-owned newspapers, and he served two stints as editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, a news service...
August 21, 2016 |
Richard Donnelly is bullish on print. Running counter to publishing trends, the owner of Philadelphia Weekly and the South Philly Review announced Friday that he had bought a South Jersey chain of weekly newspapers. Donnelly, president of Donnelly Distribution in Pennsauken, purchased Sun Newspapers from Elauwit Media for an undisclosed amount. The chain's nine South Jersey papers, and one in Princeton, have a combined readership of 55,000 in some of the region's most affluent communities.
July 24, 2016 |
John J. "Jack" Shirley, 79, of Lansdale, retired director of the Employee Assistance Program at the Inquirer and Daily News, died Saturday, July 16, of Parkinson's disease at St. Mary's Manor, Lansdale. Mr. Shirley worked for Philadelphia Newspapers Inc. - predecessor of Philadelphia Media Network - from 1980 to 2000, when he retired for the first time. He started out as a district manager in the circulation department, which is responsible for the distribution of newspapers. He quickly advanced to the position of zone manager.
July 19, 2016
By David Chavern At the end of June, the head of the Federal Communications Commission announced a proposal that would keep in place an absolute ban that prohibits investors from owning both a daily newspaper and a television or radio station in the same market. Established more than 40 years ago, in 1975, this ban on media cross-ownership seemed to make sense at the time. Those were the days of gasoline rationing, bell bottoms, and offices buzzing with the rat-a-tat-tat of the typewriter.
July 13, 2016 |
Albert V. Grifone, 92, of Newtown Square, former vice president and chief financial officer of Triangle Publications Inc., publisher of TV Guide, died Thursday, June 30, of congestive heart failure at White Horse Village. Mr. Grifone's business career at Triangle, under publisher Walter H. Annenberg, spanned more than four decades. He also served on the board of directors from 1975 to 1988, the year the company was sold. Despite Mr. Grifone's professional successes, family members said he remained humble and grounded.
June 2, 2016 |
City officials have added the white tower that formerly housed the Inquirer and Daily News to a list of possible locations for the Police Department's new headquarters, Mayor Kenney said Tuesday. The surprise search, first reported by Philadelphia Magazine online, comes even as renovations continue on a West Philadelphia site first earmarked as a modern, high-tech police hub under former Mayor Michael Nutter. Kenney said Tuesday that rehabbing the stately Provident Mutual Life Insurance Co. building at 4601 Market St. - initially estimated to cost as much as $250 million - has been expensive, and that the property might be better suited for a "health-related campus" or other use. Since 1963, the police have been headquartered in the circular, three-story Police Administration Building at 750 Race St., popularly known as the Roundhouse.
May 14, 2016 |
A coalition of media organizations, including the Inquirer and the Daily News, asked a judge Thursday to unseal court records surrounding settlements that Pennsylvania State University paid to accusers of Jerry Sandusky who said they told head football coach Joe Paterno or his assistants about their abuse as early as the 1970s. "Public interest in these proceedings is immense," attorneys for the news outlets contended in a motion filed in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court. The information in the records, attorney Craig J. Staudenmaier wrote, "may shed further needed light on a matter that is of serious public concern - sexual abuse of children over decades by an employee of the largest public university in the commonwealth.
April 29, 2016 |
Rosemary M. Kinsolving, 83, of Yeadon, an employee in the payroll and transportation departments of Philadelphia Media Network and its predecessor companies for more than four decades, died Friday, April 22, of heart failure at home. Mrs. Kinsolving was born in Southwest Philadelphia to Clarence and Margaret McGrail. She graduated from West Catholic High School for Girls in 1950. Three years later, she married Joseph F. Kinsolving Sr. The newlyweds bought their first home in Woodbury, but when they had the fourth of eight children, they moved to larger quarters in Yeadon.
April 23, 2016 |
William M. Danson Jr. "hung out at Shibe Park a lot" when he was growing up, his wife, Edith, said. Living in the Paradise neighborhood, near 26th Street and Lehigh Avenue, before Shibe became Connie Mack Stadium in 1953, Mr. Danson and friends were always on the lookout for a free ticket from a fan. Besides, his wife said, "he passed Shibe Park every single day" at 21st and Lehigh, walking to classes at Northeast High School when it was at...