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.
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.
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.
April 5, 2012 |
Add the Icelandic sextet Of Monsters and Men to that list of rock acts with a "Philadelphia story. " Joined by seventh musician Ragnhildur Gunnarsdóttir on trumpet, accordion, and keyboards, the cheerful Icelanders delivered an exultant 90-minute set at the Theatre of Living Arts on Tuesday. It was the first of two sold-out nights and their purposefully chosen live Philadelphia debut, coming on the release date of their keenly anticipated debut album, My Head Is an Animal. The Philly honor roll that Of Monsters and Men has now joined includes old regional faves such as Yes and Peter Frampton (both playing before 130,000 at a gate-crashed JFK Stadium gig in June '76)
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.
February 19, 1997 |
Evergreen Media Corp., already the nation's largest radio broadcasting company, yesterday agreed to buy Chancellor Broadcasting Co. and Viacom Inc.'s radio stations for a combined $2.58 billion in stock, cash and debt. The merger and the $1.075 billion purchase of the Viacom stations would create a business worth $5 billion, the companies said. "This takes them from three companies with pretty strong positions to a juggernaut," said Bankers Trust analyst Mark McFadden. The 10 Viacom properties are in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Washington and Detroit.