August 10, 2016 |
It's not pirate radio. But then again, it's not too far from a parrot and an eye patch. Ideas for programming include shows on geek culture, salsa music, and legalizing marijuana, along with poetry slams, local bands, and news from the neighborhoods. Some shows might be broadcast in Khmer or Bhutanese. Philadelphia's new radio station, low-power, public-access WPPM - as in "People Powered Media" - is inventing itself in a hurry. It's set to go live with all original programs next month, charged with serving the underserved and providing unique and educational points of view and information.
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]
December 30, 2014 |
KERNIE ANDERSON was always thinking. "He was one of those black men whose brain was always rotating and moving and thinking about the next project," said Thera Martin-Milling, a Philadelphia radio broadcaster. What Kernie was thinking about was how to improve the radio stations he ran in a 32-year career in broadcasting for African-American audiences in Philadelphia and other urban centers around the country. Kernie's restless brain was tracking "the next live broadcast, and what he could do from his position of authority in broadcasting to get the word out to black people," said Martin-Milling, former news anchor at WDAS-AM/FM and program director for WHAT-FM.
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...