September 15, 2010 |
THE REV. Peter T. Manzo has a wooden sculpture of Jesus on the cross, which he keeps by the door of his office. Its purpose, he says half-jokingly, is to protect him from any evil influences that might come through the door. The foot-high sculpture was carved by Thomas T. Primavera, a parishioner of St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, in Cherry Hill, N.J., and a man of many talents, not the least of which was that of a skilled woodworker. Tom Primavera, who had his own marketing-consulting business in Cherry Hill, a longtime ad salesman for Philadelphia radio stations, Army veteran of World War II and a loving family man, died Monday of cancer.
August 14, 2010 |
Vincent M. Raimondo, 57, a radio advertising sales executive and musician, died of colon cancer Friday, Aug. 13, at his home. Since 2006, Mr. Raimondo was vice president of marketing for Radio Direct Response and RDR Promotions in Media. Previously, he sold advertising for several radio stations including WMGK-FM, WPEN-FM, WYSP-FM, and WNTP-AM. As director of sports marketing at WYSP in the 1990s, he headed sales for radio on-air advertising for Eagles football games and was a committed fan. Mark Lipsky, president of Radio Direct Response and a friend since the 1980s, said Mr. Raimondo understood the market and was an excellent sales manager.
July 26, 2010
John E. Irving, 78, who helped turn his family's lumber business into Atlantic Canada's largest conglomerate, died Wednesday in St. John, New Brunswick. No cause of death was given. Along with his father, K.C. Irving, and his brothers James and Arthur, John E. Irving helped direct an expansion of the family's business after World War II that led it to dominate the economy of their home province. Today the family is among Canada's wealthiest and controls about 300 companies, with interests in oil refining, retailing, and distribution as well as lumber, paper, steel, hardware, trucking, shipbuilding, shipping, railroads, printing, and consumer products.
May 24, 2010 |
BILL WEBBER often said that he didn't look forward to retirement. He said that he wanted to continue working until they put him in the ground - "and maybe longer. " William W. Webber, known as "Wee Willie Webber" to countless TV and radio fans in Philadelphia for more than half a century, longtime officer of the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia and a man who never turned down a request to do a fundraiser, telethon or other charitable benefit, died yesterday. He was 80 and lived in Center City.
November 13, 2009 |
Awash in nostalgia and amped-up male camaraderie, Richard Curtis' Pirate Radio takes a great story - the hugely popular offshore radio stations that illegally broadcast pop and rock in 1960s Britain - and turns it into an aggressively irritating floating frat-party romp. Bobbing on an ebullient soundtrack of the Kinks, the Who, "I Feel Free," and "A Whiter Shade of Pale," Pirate Radio plops a gang of misfit DJs down on a red-hulled ship in the North Sea, where they spin vinyl and speak naughtily to schoolgirls, nurses, and university students - all of them listening giddily to the rock-and-roll the government doesn't want them to hear.
October 28, 2009 |
William J. Henrich Jr., 80, of Lafayette Hill, a preeminent real estate and trust lawyer and an adviser to the publishing magnate Walter H. Annenberg, died Saturday of heart failure at his home. Mr. Henrich spent most of his career as a senior partner at the Center City firm of Dilworth Paxson L.L.P., where colleagues remembered him as "the very definition of a partner. " "He was a first-rate lawyer and a first-rate business executive," said Stephen J. Harmelin, Dilworth's managing partner.
September 23, 2009 |
Radio station owners are gathering in Philadelphia today for the National Association of Broadcasters' Radio Show, where they will share stories about surviving this economy and celebrate radio's bright future - a future in which they will rely on music more than ever. Here in Philadelphia, radio stations are already pumping out more music on new HD signals. Twenty-five local stations broadcast in HD, and 13 offer additional music formats. More listeners are tuning in to these radio signals, too, as portable music players such as the iPod and Zune add FM and HD capabilities.
August 20, 2009 |
HOURS AFTER "Survivor" winner Richard Hatch proclaimed on "Today" and on two radio stations Tuesday that being gay is what landed him in prison, Hatch had his infamously naked butt hauled into jail again. For being gay? Nope, for running his mouth. WPRO-AM host John DePetro said that Hatch called in to his radio show twice without the station first getting permission from the federal Bureau of Prisons. Hatch, who had been serving out the remainder of his prison term for tax evasion on home confinement in Newport, R.I., was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon, just hours after his diatribes aired on WPRO, "Today" and WJAR-TV.
July 12, 2009 |
A small device introduced two years ago in Philadelphia is altering a troubled industry. The gizmo is called a portable people meter (PPM), and participants in ratings surveys - some as young as 6 - carry it everywhere. The meter reports what those who tote it around are hearing. Until 2007, Arbitron Inc., the research firm that compiles radio ratings, calculated audience size by analyzing diaries kept by a random sample of listeners. While some are happy about the new system, others see it as flawed and possibly discriminatory.
June 26, 2009
THE KING OF POP has gone to Neverland. Michael Jackson, age 50, died yesterday at a Los Angeles hospital yesterday after suffering a heart attack. The prevailing sentiment from callers on the many radio stations playing tributes last night was that they grew up with Michael Jackson. And those callers spanned all ages, a testament to his career longevity and a relevance few artists could claim. His death at such a young age is a shock; more complicated and more tragic is the death of someone who spent most of his life attempting to defy age and adulthood.