September 25, 1997 |
WDAS-FM program director Joe "Butterball" Tamburro, who will take his place today on Philadelphia's musical Walk of Fame on South Broad Street, has survived through thick and thin. He recalls one day relatively early in his career. He was playing a new record he thought was wonderful, but his boss didn't like it. "He called me on the hotline and told me to take that piece of garbage and throw it in the trash. And never, ever put another record on his radio station without his permission.
March 28, 2014 |
S PIKE ESKIN is the new program director on SportsRadio WIP. He replaces Jeff Sottolano , who was named director of programming for the CBS radio network late last year. Eskin hosts a weekly talk show on WIP and acts as a sports anchor on KYW Newsradio. He's no stranger to program directing. He served as assistant program director at rock-music station WYSP before the it disappeared from the air, when CBS switched WIP to 'YSP's spot on the FM dial. Spike will now, effectively, be the boss of his dad, Howard Eskin , who runs the 8 to 10 a.m. shift on Saturdays.
March 12, 2012 |
BRUCE HARRISON Beale, a director, production manager and program director for WHYY, the public-radio and TV stations in Philadelphia, for 20 years in the 1960s and '70s, died of an apparent heart attack March 8 at his home in Norfolk, Va. He was 82. Bruce left Philadelphia in 1979 and went to WHRO in Norfolk, where he was production manager for more than 30 years. "He was regarded as a craftsman at shaping and coordinating a television product," said his son-in-law, Tom Kranz.
August 10, 1992 |
Two more departures from local radio. At struggling adult-contemporary Kiss 100, program director John Jenkins is out after only 11 months. Jenkins couldn't wipe his fingerprints off that new 50/50 mix of oldies and current hits, which has failed to ignite WKSZ-FM (100.3). He also hired a.m. sidekick John Lodge, who was just axed after only two months. Assistant program director Eric Johnson has been upped to PD. And former Kiss PD Mike Colby (1986-88), now working for a sister station in Boston, has been named corporate PD, meaning he'll have input into Kiss 100 and three other East Coast stations partially owned by Kiss chieftan Dan Lerner.
July 8, 2004 |
Tom Bigby, who helped engineer the sports-talk format at WIP-AM (610) and as program director ran the station with an iron fist for 15 years, has announced that he is leaving later this month. Bigby, 61, will become program director at all-news KRLD-AM in Dallas, where his children and grandchildren live. Like WIP, KRLD is a property of Infinity Broadcasting. His last day in Philadelphia will be July 23. The move by Bigby was generally unexpected among the ranks but appears to be voluntary.
December 1, 1988 |
Irate callers yesterday besieged the switchboard at black-oriented sister stations WDAS-AM/FM as word swept through the city that the stations indeed had laid off 20 full- and part-time employees Monday and that the AM facility would soon switch to a gospel-and-talk format. "We can't just sit back and let this happen," one caller said on the morning talk show hosted by Georgie Woods, WDAS-AM (1480) program director. Another caller, referring to WDAS's parent company, Unity Broadcasting of New York, which apparently ordered the cutbacks, told Woods: "The African-American community in Philadelphia has got to come together and take buses or whatever up to New York and stand up and fight those people.
January 9, 2014 |
KACIE McDONNELL , the hot "Good Day Philadelphia" traffic reporter, may not be the only camera-ready member of the McDonnell clan. McDonnell's 15-year-old sister, Isabelle , recently released her first song, "Clarity," on YouTube. To hear her sing, go to ph.ly/clarity . McDonnell, a sophomore at BVM High School in Pottsville, counts Adele , Ellie Goulding and Bruce Springsteen as influences. The song, recorded in Baltimore over the summer, is the younger McDonnell's only release so far, but she hopes to record again sometime this year.
May 7, 2015
A headline Tuesday misstated the amount of Comcast Corp.'s planned stock buyback, which is $2.5 billion. A photo caption in some editions Wednesday on the preparation of Mother's Day bags by the Occupational Training Center of Burlington County gave an incorrect name for program director Misty Kilgore.
August 24, 2014 |
Don Cannon, 74, a longtime fixture on Philadelphia morning radio, died Friday, Aug. 22, at Lankenau Medical Center after a brief illness. Around the world, fans of the original Rocky movie may remember Mr. Cannon's voice as he played himself talking on WIBG-AM (990) while Sylvester Stallone gulped raw eggs before training. Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell called Mr. Cannon "an incredible citizen" who volunteered to emcee events benefiting the city when Rendell was mayor.
January 13, 1986 |
Lee Paris, a writer, press agent and marketing consultant who helped start and develop the Kennel Club in Center City, died Wednesday. He was 31 and lived in Philadelphia. Paris, also known as Lee Salmons, was a driving force behind the Kennel Club, a showcase for art forms ranging from films to fashion shows. Active in a number of business projects, he still found time work as a reporter and columnist for the South Street Star newspaper/magazine. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he majored in alternative media, and a master's degree in communication from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.