November 20, 2015 |
Jesse Thorn is coming to Philadelphia to have old-school medical devices tested on himself. "I should have thought about this more before saying yes," he says on the phone from his home in Los Angeles. Thorn is the host of Bullseye , a radio show - hear it Thursdays at 10 p.m. on WHYY-FM (90.9) - and popular podcast, on which he interviews far-ranging artists, from comedians to rappers to directors, from revered soul singer Bill Withers to actress and director Elizabeth Banks to author Margaret Atwood.
November 6, 2015 |
The Prometheus Radio Project, a longtime Philadelphia organization that promotes the cause of low-powered community FM stations, earned a financial and emotional boost this week from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Also, four local groups prepping three new low-powered stations couldn't be happier, even though they didn't get Knight grants. Most of the Knight Prototype Fund grants - the one Prometheus received averages $35,000 - help news gatherers and community groups to develop data-crunching software to educate citizens how the government works and can be held accountable.
November 4, 2015 |
Sarah Frances Nolan, 91, formerly of Philadelphia, a seamstress and the mother of WDAS radio personality Patty Jackson, died Tuesday, Oct. 27, of complications from Alzheimer's disease at her home in Wyncote. Born in South Philadelphia to Samuel and Carrie Jones, "Pat," as she was known, graduated from Bartram High School and Apex Beauty Academy. In 1941, she married George Johnson, and the couple had two daughters before divorcing. George Johnson died in the 1980s. She later married Robert A. Nolan.
November 2, 2015 |
Seymour "Pinky" Kravitz, 88, a longtime Atlantic City radio host and booster, died Saturday, Oct. 31, at a South Jersey nursing home. Mr. Kravitz - who long ago had stopped using his legal first name - was a "cult legend" in South Jersey, his son Jeff said. A radio host of 59 years who never took a sick day, Mr. Kravitz retired in May when he had open heart surgery. Complications in the months since included a stroke and a heart attack, Jeff Kravitz said. Even then, the radio host continued his work of trying to better the city, his son said, with the Atlantic City mayor visiting him in the hospital and at home.
October 23, 2015
TWO OF the most iconic figures in the history of Philadelphia sports media, Daily News columnist Stan Hochman and broadcaster Bill Campbell, will be honored by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association with annual awards named in their memory. The Stan Hochman Writing Award and the Bill Campbell Broadcast Award will be presented at the PSWA banquet on Feb. 1 at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill. The Hochman award will be given to the best-written sports story in the calendar year, whether in a newspaper, magazine, book or online.
August 5, 2015 |
This season, Philly's modern rock station, Radio 104.5, has hosted weekend shows both fun (fun. singer Nate Russ) and furious (its birthday show with Of Monsters and Men). But none of its events had hit on novelty pop - one of the most fun aspects of summer music - until Sunday, when Matt and Kim headlined the station's afternoon Festival Pier block party. The Brooklyn indie-dance duo of drummer Kim Schifino and keyboardist/singer Matt Johnson were clinquant without being utterly tacky.
August 3, 2015 |
Former New Jersey Gov. James J. Florio recalled radio reporter Gene Dillard as someone who "asked penetrating questions" but always treated him well. "He was not adversarial at all," Florio said. "He was very fair and balanced. " Florio, who is now a senior fellow for public policy and administration at the Bloustein Graduate School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, said he dealt with Mr. Dillard during his time as a congressman from 1974 to 1990 and when he was governor from 1990 to 1994.
July 25, 2015 |
Tyrese: Radio too white? His latest car pic, Furious 7 , has made a trillion dollars. He's designing a talk show for OWN with Run D.M.C. 's Rev Run , and he has scored his first No. 1 album on the Billboard charts, with Black Rose . Yet, Tyrese Gibson , 36, seems irked it took him 17 years to make it. Radio stations, he suggests, prefer to play white R&B singers. "If Justin Timberlake , Robin Thicke , and Sam Smith are singing R&B/soul music, how is it possible that they're being played by . . . [these]
July 17, 2015 |
WHEN Beemon Johnson arrived in Philadelphia to host a morning radio show in the early '80s, he wanted to learn about the city. "He wanted to know who his listeners were," said Marsha Perry, a longtime friend. "He wanted to find out what they needed so he could connect with them. " Beemon, whose popular show on Power 99 WUSL-FM was called "Beej in the Morning," also wanted to help his adopted city beyond just being entertaining. He made personal appearances and worked in community betterment activities.
July 13, 2015 |
On Thursday morning in the pouring rain, Peter Sagal set out to run the streets of Philadelphia with 19 people in tow. Sagal, who is host of NPR's Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me , was in town to do a show at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts that night. But that morning, he went to the WHYY studios to get in a run, a city tour, and help fund-raise a little bit, too. "It's totally selfish of me because people want me to come out and hang with the donors," said Sagal, a multi-marathoner who also writes a column for Runner's World magazine.