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.
May 27, 2007 |
Riccardo Muti's youthful face, circa 1985, peers from the cover of the Philadelphia Orchestra's recording of Alexander Scriabin's sprawling landscape of orchestral color known as his Symphony No. 2 - a disc now getting another chance after daring to be among the first of its kind. In recent weeks, the disc occupied prime real estate on the home page of ArkivMusic.com, as the flagship release in a new agreement that gives the classical-music Web site the rights to discontinued items in the EMI catalog - but this time free of marketing projections or sink-or-swim sales goals.
April 12, 2007 |
The cellist's talent jumps off the fingerboard in a piece by Piazzolla, but this Masterman senior can also do a mean beatbox. The clarinetist, 18, dreams of a job in the Metropolitan Opera orchestra, but doesn't turn up his nose at klezmer. And sure, the 16-year-old violinist with the formidable name of Fabiola Kim played with the Seoul Philharmonic at an age when some children are casting off their training wheels. To her friends, though, she's just Farrah. Here, on the stage of the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall Tuesday night, is the face of classical music - at least the young, unpretentious faces curated by From the Top , the national radio show that came to Philadelphia for the second time to tape a show.
March 7, 2007 |
Saturday night, if 30 years is our guide, Bob Pantano will be holding a microphone while hundreds of people dance in front of him. Pantano has not missed one of his Saturday Night Dance Party shows since Jan. 12, 1985 - and that was because he was getting married the next day. A broken leg 12 years ago couldn't stop him. From 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., 800 to 1,000 people will pass through Benny the Bum's in the Holiday Inn on Packer Avenue in...
February 28, 2007 |
Arizona coach Lute Olson labeled speculation that he has Parkinson's disease "a vicious, vicious rumor" that is "totally false. " The 72-year-old coach brought up the subject at his weekly news conference yesterday. "I have gotten some calls about rumors and certain radio stations running some things about me having Parkinson's, which is a complete lie," Olson said. "I have physicals like everyone else does. There is absolutely no medical indication of any type of problem.