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.
November 14, 2008 |
Fox Television Stations and NBC Local Media announced yesterday that they would pool news video in six cities in which they both own TV stations, starting with Philadelphia. The partnership between rivals, tested this spring and summer at Philadelphia's Fox29 and NBC10, acknowledges the economic forces buffeting big media companies and eliminates some redundancies in coverage. John Wallace, president of NBC Local Media, called it "smart from a journalistic perspective because newsrooms can be laser-focused on enterprise" reporting.
October 8, 2008 |
BLACK TALK radio in Philadelphia is often an over-the-back-fence kind of conversation. For at least three decades, the African-American community has exchanged the latest news, gossip or social outrage daily on WDAS, WHAT or WURD. The strength of black talk is that it is an essentially private within-the-group dialogue in a public venue transmitted on a radio frequency. While the hosts changed over the years, many of the callers remained constant. The stalwarts, past and present, with their descriptive radio names include: Miss Ann (the Penn Fruit Lady)
September 8, 2008 |
Philadelphia's newest radio station, signing on this morning, is NOW 97.5, a soft rock station. The station, which previously played smooth jazz, now features a younger leaning adult contemporary format with a variety of artists ranging from Madonna, Rob Thomas and Kelly Clarkson to Rod Stewart, Elton John and Phil Collins. Station owner Greater Media on Friday silenced smooth jazz after less than two years. Greater Media had picked it up in November 2006, about three months after Clear Channel dumped the format, which had been heard at 106.1 for 13 years.
May 31, 2008 |
The name doesn't exactly trip off the tongue: The 8th Non-COMMvention gathering of Triple A radio stations hosted by WXPN-FM (88.5). But what that not-really-a-word neologism means is that more than 300 representatives of about 50 radio stations - most non-commercial - are having a confab that runs through today at World Cafe Live and the Inn at Penn, says 'XPN general manager Roger LaMay. The radio programmers, record label owners and music promoters seeking their favor are being serenaded by acts like the Hold Steady, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Ani DiFranco and Dr. John.
April 22, 2008 |
Whatever electoral fate awaits him in the Pennsylvania primary, Sen. Barack Obama's tone and body language in the campaign's closing hours yesterday seemed to indicate he was reconciled to it. "I'm not predicting a win," he said in a morning radio interview with KDKA-AM radio in Pittsburgh. "I'm predicting that it's going to be close and that we are going to do a lot better than people expect. " Obama did not speak directly with reporters traveling with him on his chartered plane from Scranton to Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, but his chief strategist, David Axelrod, said from aboard the Boeing 757: "I am not standing here telling you we expect to win. . . . I don't think anybody expects us to win. " Axelrod sought to emphasize how much ground Obama seemed to have gained in six weeks of on-and-off campaigning across the state - and from an expenditure of millions of dollars on campaign ads. "I'm confident we're going to get our share of votes," he said.
January 28, 2008 |
Super Bowl Week is filled with plenty of unique scenes that have nothing to do with football. Each day leading up to the big game, the Daily News will share our writers' unique view of the scene with our readers in "Postcards from Glendale. " Here is the first installment: PHOENIX ? As far as journalism, we in the printed press still feel like we have the upper hand, but an event like the Super Bowl only magnifies the influence of broadcast media ? particularly talk radio. Radio Row at the Super Bowl grows bigger and bigger each year.