August 17, 1990
Without fanfare or warning, CBS pulled the plug at 1:05 p.m. Wednesday on one of the nation's oldest radio stations. What listeners will now hear at 1210 on the AM dial is mostly a simulcast of WOGL-FM, the CBS station featuring rock-and-roll oldies. WCAU radio is no more. Thus endeth another Philadelphia institution, going back 68 years during most of which it had been known for its strong news and commentary programming. Edgar Williams, retired Inquirer columnist, historian and nostalgia buff, said, "WCAU was the Cadillac of radio stations.
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.
January 23, 1989 |
Local lawyer Ragan Henry, through his wife, Regina, agreed in principal Friday to buy oldies station WFIL-AM (560) for just under $7 million, with an eye toward turning it into a talk, interview and information station. "That's my gut feeling right now," said Henry, who already owns 10 stations across the country. "But whenever we buy a station, we do considerable research to see what the market will bear. It also tells us to what degree we should aim to reach the black community or the community in general.
May 6, 1998 |
Michael Venditti, 46, a radio-station chief engineer who helped build stations around the country and also was a pioneer in comtemporary Christian music radio, died April 27 at his Cherry Hill home after battling cancer for 17 months. Born in Riverside, he was raised in Burlington City and Edgewater Park. He had lived in Cherry Hill for three years. Mr. Venditti was the co-owner of WNJC-AM (1360) in Washington Township, where he worked in sales and engineering and as an on-the-air personality.
October 9, 1990 |
Although several Philadelphia radio stations are celebrating what would have been John Lennon's 50th birthday today, the former Beatle is practically a nonentity among people born after 1970. For many college-age students, Lennon isn't a pop figure with whom they can easily identify. Give 'em U2 or R.E.M. anyday. Dan Schwartz, a 20-year-old associate editor for the Daily Pennsylvanian, explained that Lennon appeals more to the thirtysomething crowd. "He's so removed from our generation," Schwartz said.
February 12, 1986 |
Dorothy E. Brunson, a black broadcaster from Baltimore, has been awarded the right to operate a television station on Channel 48 in the Philadelphia area. The new station is expected to become the first in a top-10 market to be wholly black-owned. Brunson, who owns three AM radio stations, was selected by an administrative law judge for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The regulatory agency announced the decision yesterday. Competition for the license, which is allocated to Burlington, N.J., was touched off when WKBS-TV vacated Channel 48 in August 1983.
September 12, 1989 |
There are radio stations that play only country music or rock 'n' roll, and radio stations that specialize in "all-news" or "talk. " Philadelphia attorney and entrepreneur Ragan Henry hopes that soon there will be radio stations that solely feature programs for little kids. To that end, Henry, who owns several radio stations in the United States, and Linda Katz and Marcia Moon, co-directors of the Philadelphia-based, non- profit Children's Literacy Initiative, have formed a joint venture called "The Children's Radio Network Inc. " According to Moon, the network will pre-record in Philadelphia sufficient programming to fill 13 hours per day, seven days a week of radio time and will attempt to syndicate it to AM stations looking for a new and different format.
January 2, 2011 |
The electricity flickered in the basement offices at the Calvary United Methodist Church at 48th Street and Baltimore Avenue last week, and the heat wasn't so reliable either. But Brandy Doyle and Maggie Avener of the Prometheus Radio Project, bundled in heavy clothes, weren't complaining. After about a decade of lobbying and community organizing from these humble poster-filled rooms in West Philadelphia, Prometheus Radio finally had scored with federal legislation that will legalize hundreds of, and perhaps as many as 2,000 to 3,000, low-power FM radio stations in cities and rural markets.
July 8, 2004 |
Tom Bigby, who helped engineer the sports-talk format at WIP-AM (610) and as program director ran the station with an iron fist for 15 years, has announced that he is leaving later this month. Bigby, 61, will become program director at all-news KRLD-AM in Dallas, where his children and grandchildren live. Like WIP, KRLD is a property of Infinity Broadcasting. His last day in Philadelphia will be July 23. The move by Bigby was generally unexpected among the ranks but appears to be voluntary.
December 12, 2005 |
Once again, local radio stations have burned me out on Christmas music. How is that possible? After all, the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas had always been my favorite time of year. People seemed more kind to one another as those wonderful songs rang out and filled the holiday air. But no more. There was a time when holiday songs didn't come to play until Black Friday, when radio stations would air one, maybe two an hour - just enough to set a proper mood. As Christmas drew closer, more were added.