May 26, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - After a 2008 train collision killed 25 people in California, Congress mandated new safety measures to prevent more high-speed disasters. But the goal was met with an invisible obstacle: radio spectrum. Licenses to the airwaves - used for everything from TV to police scanners to space exploration - are critical to the new system, Positive Train Control. But Amtrak and most other passenger rail agencies floundered for years while trying to acquire those licenses, leaving them short of the bandwidth needed to use the new safety systems.
May 21, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - On April 15, less than a month before eight people were killed in last week's train derailment in Philadelphia, Amtrak closed on a deal to acquire the radio spectrum it needs to upgrade its rail safety system throughout the Northeast Corridor, according to Amtrak and the Federal Communications Commission. Had it been in place, the system, Positive Train Control, could have slowed or stopped the speeding Amtrak Train 188 and prevented the crash, a National Transportation Safety Board member has said.
May 18, 2015 |
Tom and Paul Kelly still work in commercial radio, polling listeners and advising such stations as More FM Philadelphia on what music to play. Big Daddy Graham is still happy holding down the overnight schmooze slot at Sportsradio 94WIP. But for more pleasure and maybe their future, these guys are banking on Internet radio - the Kelly brothers are co-operators (with third partner, Al Clay) of the Havertown streaming service iRadioPhilly. And Graham is weekly host of a music party on Wildfire Radio, a streaming Internet radio operation based in Collingswood.
May 13, 2015 |
The crowd at radio 104.5 FM's sold-out eighth annual "Birthday Show" at the Susquehanna Center on Sunday was decidedly young. On this Mother's Day, it seemed that many local young adults care more for music than for Mom. Then again, this concert line-up was something mothers could love. Despite a few dark souls, the schedule that showed the happy face of post-post-post-post-punk. I even thought I heard some nonspecific-insignia-T-shirt-wearing moms - more of them, actually, than the nonspecific insignia-T-shirt-wearing kids - cheering Irish singer Hozier.
April 12, 2015 |
In the fall, Camden officials installed a chain-link fence around the perimeter of the vacant Radio Lofts building in the city's downtown. The measure was intended to secure the aging structure from trespassers, as well as protect passersby from bricks and other falling debris, but it was also a tacit acknowledgment that the long-delayed plan to develop the property was nowhere close to getting started. The 10-story Cooper Street landmark formerly known as RCA Building No. 8 has long been seen as a next step toward revitalizing Camden's downtown.
March 13, 2015 |
A QUEEN has lost her crown. NBC10 has confirmed that reporter Nefertiti Jaquez is no longer with the station. A spokesman declined to reveal the reason, citing a "no comment" policy on personnel matters, but several sources say that Jaquez's departure was connected to her reporting on slain Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Wilson III last Thursday night. According to TVSpy, Jaquez, at 5:34 p.m. last Thursday, reported live from Temple University Hospital that she had solid information that the officer was dead.
February 17, 2015
ON AIR, OFF AIR, Josh Innes loves to talk. About his love of radio. Life in Philly. And the '80s sitcom "Coach," which he owns on DVD. Either way, it's the same guy. "Me on the radio is me here right now, and that's what I take pride in," Innes, 28, said yesterday afternoon, sitting at a bar table at Kildare's Irish Pub in Manayunk. "Obviously, when you're on the radio, you kind of ham it up a little bit. I have to say it in a way to get people responding, but every opinion I have on the radio is an opinion of mine," he said.
February 12, 2015 |
Stephen Timothy Roll, 61, of Bala Cynwyd, an executive at WHYY for more than two decades, died Friday, Feb. 6, of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Known as Tim, Mr. Roll had a long career in the Philadelphia radio and TV industry. He was a manager of corporate underwriting at WHYY, where he worked for 24 years. In his role with WHYY, Mr. Roll sold advertising spots to corporate and nonprofit clients across all platforms - radio, TV and on www.whyy.org . Before that, Mr. Roll worked in radio advertising sales for WCAU-AM, KYW-AM, and WMGK-FM.
February 6, 2015 |
J OHN BOLARIS is back on the regular broadcast beat for the first time since he was fired from Fox 29 in 2012, but this time he's radio-bound. Bolaris will host "CenterStage with John Bolaris," on WTEL (610-AM) (WIP's former signal) from 6 to 7 p.m. Saturdays, starting this week. His first guests include Mayor Nutter and "Mob Wives" star Natalie Didonato . "I'm just going to be honest and real, nothing phony," Bolaris said. Bolaris told me that "CenterStage" will interview celebs both local and national, trying to get to the person underneath the status.
January 9, 2015 |
Eugene J. Giello, 67, of Drexel Hill, a sports radio talk-show host, died Sunday, Jan. 4, of heart failure at Roxborough Memorial Hospital. Mr. Giello, known as "Gene," was the Bucks County-based producer and host of Sports Chatter Guys: Where Your Opinion Really Does Matter! The show was broadcast on WBCB (1490 AM), ESPN (950 AM), and WWDB (860 AM). It aired live Sundays between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. from Chickie's & Pete's Crab House & Sports Bar in South Philadelphia. Cohosts were Paul J. Solari and Kevin Midgette.