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April 15, 2001 | By Monica Rhor INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Even before it had a transmitter, Pan Asia Radio had a philosophy that set it apart from other radio stations: "Let us build a bridge to preserve our culture and traditions for the next generations. . . . " The ellipsis at the end was deliberate, meant to indicate a mission that was open-ended, said Grace Calvelo-Rustia, who founded the station with her husband in late 1996. The couple, both immigrants from the Philippines, weren't out to make money or score high on the Arbitron rating system.
NEWS
June 23, 1995 | by Mary Flannery and Victor Chen DENISE HARPER/ DAILY NEWS
If you listen to this station in Philly Try this one at the shore In Philly WUSL-FM (98.9) or WDAS-FM (105.3) In Jersey WTTH-FM (96.1 and 105.5) The shore's outpost for "urban" music, like hits from Barry White and Anita Baker. Sprinkles of jazz. In Philly WBEB-FM (101.1) WFPG-FM (96.9) For the light rocker in you. Artists include Genesis and Whitney Houston. WFNN-FM (98.7) The soulful sounds of adult-contemporary artists, such as Mariah Carey and Elton John.
NEWS
November 13, 2003 | By Michael Klein INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Sick of "Jingle Bells" yet? The town's two top-rated light-rock radio stations have gone to wall-to-wall holiday music through Christmas Day. Ratings front-runner WBEB-FM (101.1) flipped formats yesterday at 3 p.m., starting with the Carpenters' "Sleigh Ride. " Upstart WSNI-FM (104.5), which planned a switch to seasonal music later this month, apparently was caught by surprise. It launched its all-Christmas campaign last night. B101's move was a preemptive strike.
NEWS
January 3, 1990 | Daily News Wire Services
The new government closed television and radio stations linked to Manuel Antonio Noriega and a top Vatican envoy arrived to aid in negotiations over the fate of the ousted general. Noriega was still at the Vatican mission, where he sought refuge on Christmas eve to escape capture by U.S. forces who invaded on Dec. 20. The government said U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger would meet today with President Guillermo Endara. State Department officials would not say whether Eagleburger would be involved in the talks to get Noriega out of the Vatican embassy.
NEWS
April 28, 1989 | By Joe Logan, Inquirer Staff Writer
No doubt this has happened to you. You're driving down the street, completely absorbed in some catchy, new song playing on the radio. Gotta get this record, no question about it. Except the disc jockey didn't introduce the record. So, you pull in front of your house, still listening to the song. But you don't get out. You sit there listening, waiting to get the name of the tune and the artist. But when it's over, the disc jockey doesn't give you a clue - right into the next record.
BUSINESS
March 27, 1989 | By Anthony Gnoffo Jr., Inquirer Staff Writer
The clickety-clack of KYW Newsradio's ersatz teletype machine is familiar to many people in the Philadelphia area. Most folks, however, don't expect to hear it on their telephone. But the powerful signals from KYW and other radio broadcasters, especially amateur radio operators, often come to life on items other than radios. And telephones are among the most common receptors, according to the Federal Communications Commission. Just ask the neighbors on East Gowen Avenue in East Mount Airy.
NEWS
September 7, 1990 | BY BRIAN SIANO
Singer Sinead O'Connor has a policy of not allowing any national anthems to be played before her shows. Since rock concerts aren't usually preceded by the "Star Spangled Banner," nobody really took much notice of this, and no feathers were ruffled. However, when O'Connor threatened to refuse to perform at a recent concert in New Jersey, radio stations in the area found a dandy way to boost sagging ratings - organize anti-Sinead activities fit for the whole family. WMMR's John DiBella, once the highest rated DJ in the Philadelphia area, decided it'd be healthy and humane to hand out American flags at Ms. O'Connor's show at the Mann Music Center, and let the crowd give her what for. If the people at WMMR have ever actually paid attention to what happens at a rock concert, the results were predictable.
NEWS
October 3, 2014 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
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.
NEWS
May 2, 1986 | By Marc Kaufman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The city Commission on Human Relations has asked radio stations in Philadelphia not to play the "rap" record "The Discombobulatorbubalator," saying the song may be offensive to Asian people. "As the mandated agency to eradicate discrimination and to enhance intergroup relations in this city, the commission respectfully requests that you not air this song," the panel's letter reads. "The commission has determined that this particular song may be offensive to Asians and further strain relations between Asians and non-Asians," it says.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 1989 | By Maria Gallagher, Daily News Staff Writer
WUSL and WEGX have "Batman. " WYSP has "Great Balls of Fire. " WMMR has "Ghostbusters. " WMGK had "Cousins. " More movies than ever are turning up on the radio, and not only in the form of theme music. In this summer of "Batman," "Ghostbusters II," "Star Trek V" and "Indiana Jones III," stations are competing fiercely to promote the movies themselves with free sneak previews and album giveaways. "I can't remember any year being so competitive with the radio stations wanting these films," said one movie publicist who, like Batman, prefers anonymity.
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NEWS
October 3, 2014 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
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.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
"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.
NEWS
March 7, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
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.
NEWS
February 13, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
February 20, 2013 | By Jeremy Dillon, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 11, 2013 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
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...
NEWS
November 30, 2012 | By Dan Gross
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.
NEWS
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.
SPORTS
August 31, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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.
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