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September 25, 1997 | By Kevin L. Carter, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
March 28, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
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.
NEWS
March 12, 2012 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 10, 1992 | By Joe Logan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
July 8, 2004 | By Michael Klein INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
December 1, 1988 | By Joe Logan, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
August 24, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 13, 1986 | By JIM NICHOLSON, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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NEWS
July 20, 2016 | By Molly Eichel, Staff Writer
Melvin Kampmann, 85, creator of the "Action News" format and name, died Tuesday, July 12, after suffering from Parkinson's disease. "Action News," with its reliance on many short stories and visual elements, has become the standard for broadcast news locally and nationally. The implementation of "Action News" brought WPVI-TV (Channel 6) from third place to first in the ratings. WPVI's Action News program started leading the local news ratings in 1971, and has retained its spot without interruption.
BUSINESS
May 13, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
Wanda Green, of Philadelphia, went from employed to homeless. "I felt like I was a nonperson," she said. Software engineer Robert Cunningham has been out of work since April 2011 and now decamps with his sister's family in Port Richmond. "I have no place to live," he said. "I burned through my savings. " Someone fetched a tissue for Ernestine Rooker, of Philadelphia, who teared up when she described how she lost her home after losing her job in March 2014. "Usually when I get the interview, I get the job," she said.
NEWS
February 15, 2016
Five men with "CAMDEN COUNTY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY" printed on their mustard-yellow scrubs sit in plastic chairs facing Stephen Michael Tumolo. "We usually start," he says, "with a moment of stillness. " The beige, bare-bones classroom goes quiet. But elsewhere in the minimum-security unit of the massive facility in downtown Camden - currently home to some 1,400 male and female inmates - an undercurrent of boisterous voices flows on. And staccato chatter ("Mental health 1-2-3, Mental health 1-2-3")
NEWS
November 23, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joe Bender still can't believe it, but that giant new sign on the building where he works was a "complete surprise. " Of stainless steel, in capital letters, it reads: JOSEPH S. BENDER BUILDING. "Normally I'd see the invoices" for such a purchase, Bender, 65, said with a shake of his head last week. After 38 years as executive director of the Occupational Training Center (OTC) in Burlington Township - it trains and employs hundreds of area residents with intellectual and physical disabilities - "it's very seldom that I get good surprises," he said.
NEWS
October 9, 2015 | By Claire Sasko, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a still unexplained one-year hiatus, the renowned West Chester University Poetry Conference at West Chester University will resume in 2016 with a new program director, poet R.S. "Sam" Gwynn. Now entering its 21st year, the four-day poetry gathering has attracted poets from around the world for its intensive workshop sessions, acclaimed teachers, and traditional focus on craft. "I want to make the conference so attractive in its offerings that it'll be hard for people not to come," Gwynn, 67, said by phone.
NEWS
October 4, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Farewell, Department of Making + Doing October is the last chance to take classes at West Philadelphia's Department of Making + Doing. The two-year-old makerspace will close at the end of the month. Though the organization's programming and attendance have increased, it is unable to meet rising rent on its Market Street building, program director Michael Darfler said. The four partner businesses - NextFab, the Hacktory, Public Workshop, and Science Center - will continue to operate independently.
BUSINESS
September 8, 2015
James Metz has been named chair of the department of radiation oncology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He will lead the department's 60-plus radiation oncologists and medical physicists who work with the Abramson Cancer Center. The Morton M. Kligerman Professor of Radiation Oncology, Metz has been serving as interim chair since November. Firstrust Bank, Conshohocken, has made the following promotions: Genie DeLorenzo , to vice president, treasury management, from assistant vice president, treasury management; Gregory Sudell , to vice president, relationship manager, commercial banking, from assistant vice president, relationship manager; and Timothy Hill , to vice president, compliance department, from assistant counsel, compliance officer.
NEWS
June 20, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
As an assistant director of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, Donald E. Danser was not a 9-to-5 kind of guy. Mr. Danser was the tournament director for track and field and cross country competitions run by the NJSIAA since 2001. "He would come back here after games and work through the night" at the agency offices in Robbinsville, Mercer County, colleague Helen Goubeaud said. As editor of tournament programs, she said, his after-dark work involved "updating the programs for the next event," so that "every kid's name was in it. " "He made sure that everybody got his due. " On Monday, June 15, Mr. Danser, 69, of Mount Holly, a former Rancocas Valley Regional High School head cross country coach, died of a heart attack at home.
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