March 20, 1995 |
When the pop history of Philadelphia is written, Grady and Hurst should get a very long chapter. It seems like they've been around since Marconi invented the radio. Their longevity, popularity and recognizability in Philadelphia is unmatched. Joe Grady, 76, who began a radio career in 1935 and Ed Hurst, 67, who was on the air as a teen-ager, are genuine pioneers. They invented the teen dance show format when Dick Clark was in knickers. In fact, the duo got first crack at hosting "Bandstand," but had to turn down the opportunity because they were tied to radio contracts.
March 1, 1988 |
A Republican budget analyst raised questions yesterday about a state police contract for radio equipment that he said cost twice as much as similar equipment purchased by the Transportation Department. During a House Appropriations Committee hearing, budget analyst Michael Rosenstein suggested that the cost of the state police's no-bid, $4.2 million contract with Motorola Corp. was excessive compared with contracts put out on bid. The absence of bidding, he said, eliminated discounts.
June 6, 1999 |
Police departments and fire and ambulance companies throughout Bucks County will spend a total of about $8 million this summer to buy radio equipment that works with the new digital countywide dispatch system, communication officials said last week. Despite the price tag of almost $3,000 for each hand-held and in-vehicle radio, police chiefs around the county say the new system is worth the cost. Problems with aging equipment and with areas where the old analog system simply wouldn't work are strong arguments for new equipment, said Brent Wiggins, the county's director of communications.
April 12, 1990 |
The Springfield Commissioners have approved the borrowing of $400,000 to update the 20-year-old Springfield Township police radio system. The loan will be used to replace all patrol car and base station radio equipment and to renovate the police radio room, according to township manager Michael LeFevre. It was approved during a special township meeting Tuesday. "There were frequent problems with breakdowns resulting in an almost at- risk situation to an officer should he need backup," said LeFevre.
August 23, 1987 |
The ninth annual Hamfest sponsored by the Gloucester County Amateur Radio Club in Mullica Hill will be next Sunday and will feature testing for amateur radio licenses and the sale of new and used radio equipment ranging from nuts and bolts to satellite dishes. Hamfest chairman Harry Spiece said there were about one million amateur radio operators in the United States and that many outside the country. Amateur or "ham" radio operators use radio equipment to speak to other radio operators around the world.
November 7, 1990 |
Federal officials yesterday seized the radio equipment of a Norristown man they say is the rogue ham operator who harassed police and firefighters over the airwaves, interrupting their calls and cursing them. Officials of the Federal Communications Commission went to the second-floor apartment of Ernest Woods Jr., in the 500 block of Stanbridge Street, about 10 a.m. and seized two pieces of radio equipment. Wood, who officials say has broadcast insults over police and firefighter frequencies since September, has not been charged with any crime.
May 4, 1995 |
The Burlington County freeholder board gave preliminary approval yesterday to three bond ordinances totaling almost $4 million to fund several initiatives to upgrade the county's technology for the 21st century. A $1.8 million bond ordinance for county equipment will include $250,000 to install a closed-circuit video network between the county's Minimum Security Facility and Juvenile Detention Center, both in Pemberton Township, and the courthouse in Mount Holly. Retiring Sheriff Edward Cummings long campaigned for such a measure, to keep officers from having to escort prisoners between the jails and Mount Holly for court appearances.
September 18, 1994 |
It's budget time for Chester County municipalities, and many are facing sticker shock over the costs of radio equipment needed to meet the high-tech standards of the county's new communications system. For one 800 megaherz (MHz) mobile radio: $2,250. For a portable radio with accessories: $2,400. For an 800 MHz control station: $5,000. In other words, for a municipality with just one police officer and one patrol car, it will cost more than $10,000 to bring that small department up to speed.
April 1, 1993 |
Before getting married, Lee Robinson had to get permission from her senior officer to wear her wedding gown. "My trousseau was my uniform," she said. Robinson, a World War II veteran now living in Havertown, was one of the first of the lady leathernecks, women Marines. And the corps was adamant. Marines were not to appear in public out of uniform. About 10 members of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Women Marines, all World War II veterans, gathered Saturday at Williamson's Restaurant in Bala Cynwyd to celebrate the 50th anniversary of women in the Marines.
October 18, 1997 |
Just as sound reproduction systems have evolved from the music box through the phonograph through the tape deck to the compact disc system, so have bicycles evolved: from the old penny farthing, through the coaster-brake models and the derailleur gear-shifts to the dirt bikes of today. Yet in both cases, interest in the earliest models persists. That will be evident in two auctions next week. At 4 p.m. Tuesday in West Chester, William H. Bunch will offer 60 balloon-tire bikes from the 1930s to the 1960s.