October 3, 2014 |
NTHE LOCAL RADIO scene should remain static despite a blockbuster deal yesterday involving two of this market's biggest broadcasters. As part of a four-city, 19-station deal, CBS yesterday swapped WIP (610-AM) for country-formatted WXTU (92.5-FM), and Top 40 outlet WRDW (96.5-FM), which markets itself as "Wired 96.5. " Both are owned and operated by Beasley Broadcast Group of Naples, Fla. The agreement was part of a larger trade encompassing stations in Charlotte, N.C., and Tampa/St.
March 26, 2014 |
"Business Radio Powered by the Wharton School " debuted Monday on SiriusXM Channel 111, where drivers and other hands-free listeners can hear scholars interview corporate bosses, comment on stocks and economic news, and offer the satellite station's subscribers how-to's on starting, running and selling companies. Wharton shows now broadcast 24/7, with an average of five hours live each workday - the organizers want to expand that to eight - plus playbacks on demand. Never mind that Bloomberg, CNBC, Fox Business , and other networks already offer business radio and relentlessly query Fortune 500 bosses, investors who own their companies, and disrupters who would replace them.
March 7, 2014 |
SOME producers at Sportsradio 94WIP have taken the first steps to joining SAG-AFTRA, the union that reps film and television performers and broadcasters. They will vote on whether to unionize March 18. "[Producers] realized the only way to have a consistent voice is to become a union and sit down and start bargaining," Steve Leshinski , executive director of the Philadelphia chapter of SAG-AFTRA, said about the efforts to unionize. Marc Rayfield , CBS Radio Philadelphia's senior vice president and marketing manager, sent out a staffwide memo last month urging the 14 producers to vote against unionization.
February 13, 2014 |
To the surprise of CBS Radio's engineers and lawyer, only six area residents turned out Tuesday for an informational meeting on the broadcast giant's plan to build a radio transmission tower on North Church Street in Moorestown. "Did we put the right time?" lawyer Louis D'Arminio asked one of his colleagues as they stood at 7:05 p.m. in the conference room of the Lenola Fire Hall, waiting for a crowd that never materialized. Homeowners and business owners near the company's 50,000-watt tower have complained for decades that its signal interferes with their telephones, TV, and radio reception, and even emanates from such unlikely sources as electrical outlets and switches, bathtubs, and radiators.
June 15, 2013
A fire Friday afternoon at a Lower Merion office building disrupted four FM radio stations, including sports talker The Fanatic. No one was injured. Around 4 p.m., the fire alarm sounded at One Bala Plaza, the headquarters of Greater Philadelphia Media, which owns 97.5 The Fanatic, 95.7 BEN FM, 93.3 WMMR, and 102.9 WMGK, said Donna Gallagher, a receptionist for WMMR and BEN FM. Video posted on YouTube showed smoke billowing from the top of the six-story building. Firefighters quickly responded and extinguished the fire, Gallagher said.
February 20, 2013 |
In an effort to bring one of the nation's most venerable high school radio stations up to 21st-century standards, the Kal and Lucille Rudman Foundation has donated $10,000 to Haverford High School's WHHS (99.9 FM). WHHS, which began broadcasting in 1949 and claims to be the nation's first high school station, is in the process of renewing its FCC registration, which requires an updated system. The station's current equipment does not have the power or digital capacity needed to run a modern studio.
January 11, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA is on track to break its own record for most volunteers participating in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Jan. 21, with 110,000 people expected to help out on 1,500 projects in the area, organizers say. The national event, which began in Philadelphia 18 years ago, aims to honor the civil-rights pioneer - who 50 years ago marched on Washington to deliver his "I have a dream" speech - by coordinating volunteer projects of...
November 30, 2012 |
UPSTART talk-radio station IQ 106.9-FM had its best ratings book since its April launch during the Oct. 11 to Nov. 7 period, according to the latest Arbitron figures. The station was the 10th most-listened-to station in the market by men and women 12 and older. Credit Rush Limbaugh , who can be heard from noon to 3 p.m. and the presidential election with much of the success, but it's still notable that a seven-month-old station was up from 18th place in the same category from the last ratings period from September to October.
September 8, 2012
Joe South, 72, who performed hits in the late 1960s and early 1970s such as "Games People Play" and "Walk a Mile in My Shoes," and also wrote songs including "Down in the Boondocks" for other artists, died Wednesday after suffering a heart attack. Mr. South, whose real name was Joseph Souter, died at his home in Buford, Ga., northeast of Atlanta. Mr. South worked as a session guitar player on recordings by some of the biggest names of the 1960s - including Aretha Franklin and Bob Dylan.
August 31, 2012 |
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Former Notre Dame running back and Fighting Irish radio analyst Allen Pinkett has been pulled off the broadcast of Saturday's season opener against Navy in Dublin, Ireland, following his comments that teams need bad guys to give them an edge. Andrew Giangola, a spokesperson for the IMG Notre Dame Radio Network, said Thursday that the game deserves to be distraction free and Pinkett's comments made to Chicago's WSCR-AM were unacceptable. He said further decisions on Pinkett are pending.