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June 4, 2006 | By Dan DeLuca INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
The buzz is over Bob Dylan, but satellite radio is crawling with rockers and rappers turned would-be Wolfman Jacks. In the iPod age, you are what's on your playlist, so if you really must know what makes Ashlee Simpson and Ashley Parker Angel tick, their mixes are for sale at iTunes. But the XM vs. Sirius satellite-radio battle one-ups Apple by putting name-brand musicians to work as DJs and programmers in pursuit of market share. Besides the Bard, Snoop Dogg, Tom Petty and Rancid, among others, have their own weekly shows on XM. Sirius employs the likes of New York Dolls front man David Johansen and hip-hop producer Prince Paul as DJs, as well as giving Eminem and Little Steven free rein to program entire channels.
NEWS
February 15, 2008 | By DANIEL BALLON
THE $4 BILLION merger of satellite radio companies Sirius and XM continues to languish in the hands of government regulators, despite hopes that the 10-month antitrust investigation wouldn't drag into 2008. An otherwise clear-cut approval process has been hijacked by competitors seeking to prevent consumers from receiving better service, more choices and lower prices. As a result, the government could become an accomplice in bankrupting satellite radio and removing a popular product from the market.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 1, 2004 | By Daniel Rubin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Joe Clayton, CEO of Sirius satellite radio, talks about what's next for his company, it's easy to see why traditional broadcasters are listening carefully. Starting in August, the service that's playing catch-up to market leader XM Radio will air every NFL game, live. By year's end, subscribers, who tend to listen mostly in the car, will be able to pick up local weather and traffic - services that Sirius' terrestrial competitors thought they had a lock on. Cartoon and music videos could show on backseat screens within 18 months.
SPORTS
October 26, 2012 | The Inquirer Staff
Philadelphia-area horses are among the strongest contenders in the $6.2 million Breeders Crown for the best harness horses in North America, to be held Saturday at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. Market Share, the 2012 Hambletonian winner, owned in part by Richard Gutnick of Blue Bell, Pa., is the 2-1 favorite in the $600,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old trotting colts. He will start from Post 8; his driver is Tim Tetrick and trainer is Linda Toscano. Gutnick is also a co-owner of Chapter Seven, the 6-5 favorite in the $600,000 Breeders Crown for older trotters.
NEWS
March 8, 2013 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael Smerconish, a longtime big talker on WPHT-AM (1210), is leaving terrestrial radio. On April 15, he's taking The Michael Smerconish Show over to SiriusXM. He'll hold forth from 9 a.m. to noon on SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S., channel 24, on weekday mornings, and will be rebroadcast 6-9 p.m. He's also leaving his 80-plus market syndication, just as Talkers mag rated the audience for Smerconish - Inquirer columnist, lawyer, MSNBC host, progressive rock maven, author - in the Top 10 of talk.
NEWS
April 2, 2008
Radio merger The editorial "Satellite radio: More competition, not less" (Inquirer, March 30) glaringly failed to mention the fiscal reality confronting the "nation's two leading satellite-radio companies" - by the way, XM and Sirius are the only two satellite-radio companies. Unlike all of the examples cited in the editorial alluding to the dangers of consolidation, both XM and Sirius, since their inception, have never been profitable and continue to hemorrhage red ink to this day. If the merger is not approved, it is most likely that one or both of these companies will no longer be in business within the next several years.
NEWS
October 7, 2007 | By A.D. Amorosi FOR THE INQUIRER
Philadelphia radio legend Lady B has kept old-school hip-hop alive - not just by playing it, but by living it. She was there back in 1979, making one of the first female rap records with "To the Beat, Y'all," and becoming one of the first radio personalities on Philly's WHAT-AM that same year. She was there back in 1984, playing some of the riskiest raps from Public Enemy and Schoolly D on WUSL Power 99 FM. Her groundbreaking show "Street Beat" introduced Philly rap luminaries such as Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince (Will Smith, of course)
SPORTS
March 20, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
NEW YORK METS ownership and the trustee for the victims of Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme reached a $162 million settlement, just as a civil trial was set to begin yesterday. The settlement involves an intricate formula for payments that doesn't require Fred Wilpon, Saul Katz and their Sterling Equities partners to pay out anything from their own pockets for 3 years. Essentially, the $162 million is expected to largely, if not exclusively, come from the claim of $178 million the Mets are now being allowed to make against the Madoff bankruptcy estate.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 16, 2013 | By Nick Cristiano, Inquirer Staff Writer
He's long been known as "Wayne the Train" - a fitting nickname for such a throwback - but these days Wayne Hancock has a new passion when it comes to wheels - motorcycles. "I've been riding for about five years now," the don't-call-him-country singer and songwriter says from his home in Denton, Texas. It's therapy, of sorts. He and his wife are separated, he says: "It gives some balance to my life now, so when I get home [from touring] I'm busy," he explains. "It helps keep my head clear.
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July 8, 2013 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic
It is the reliable affliction of many a classical listener that things are not as good as they once were. When was that exactly? No matter how old you are, it's usually just before you came in. Proof that a fine old era had fallen came when Philadelphia's longtime classical station, WFLN, changed hands and dropped classical in 1997. The accepted interpretation was that an important cultural marker had been breached. A city of this size without a full-time classical radio station would be something less than a real city, the vox populi lamented.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
WOMEN MAY be making progress knocking their heads against the glass ceiling, but the celluloid ceiling is still causing a problem. Female representation in major-release movies is at its lowest level in five years, according to a study released yesterday by the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and reported by the Los Angeles Times . And that's with "Bridesmaids," "The Hunger Games," the...
NEWS
March 8, 2013 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael Smerconish, a longtime big talker on WPHT-AM (1210), is leaving terrestrial radio. On April 15, he's taking The Michael Smerconish Show over to SiriusXM. He'll hold forth from 9 a.m. to noon on SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S., channel 24, on weekday mornings, and will be rebroadcast 6-9 p.m. He's also leaving his 80-plus market syndication, just as Talkers mag rated the audience for Smerconish - Inquirer columnist, lawyer, MSNBC host, progressive rock maven, author - in the Top 10 of talk.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 16, 2013 | By Nick Cristiano, Inquirer Staff Writer
He's long been known as "Wayne the Train" - a fitting nickname for such a throwback - but these days Wayne Hancock has a new passion when it comes to wheels - motorcycles. "I've been riding for about five years now," the don't-call-him-country singer and songwriter says from his home in Denton, Texas. It's therapy, of sorts. He and his wife are separated, he says: "It gives some balance to my life now, so when I get home [from touring] I'm busy," he explains. "It helps keep my head clear.
SPORTS
October 26, 2012 | The Inquirer Staff
Philadelphia-area horses are among the strongest contenders in the $6.2 million Breeders Crown for the best harness horses in North America, to be held Saturday at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. Market Share, the 2012 Hambletonian winner, owned in part by Richard Gutnick of Blue Bell, Pa., is the 2-1 favorite in the $600,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old trotting colts. He will start from Post 8; his driver is Tim Tetrick and trainer is Linda Toscano. Gutnick is also a co-owner of Chapter Seven, the 6-5 favorite in the $600,000 Breeders Crown for older trotters.
SPORTS
March 20, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
NEW YORK METS ownership and the trustee for the victims of Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme reached a $162 million settlement, just as a civil trial was set to begin yesterday. The settlement involves an intricate formula for payments that doesn't require Fred Wilpon, Saul Katz and their Sterling Equities partners to pay out anything from their own pockets for 3 years. Essentially, the $162 million is expected to largely, if not exclusively, come from the claim of $178 million the Mets are now being allowed to make against the Madoff bankruptcy estate.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 17, 2011 | By Margaret Wappler, Los Angeles Times
Today's music charts contain the past, glimpses of the future, and the ephemeral glitter and detritus of right now. And there's one compilation series, at once old-fashioned and progressive, that tries to encapsulate it all. The Beatles, whom Timothy Leary once called "mutants . . . with the power to create a new human species," are still the all-time best-sellers of the Billboard 200 chart, with 19 No. 1 albums. Rapper-mogul Jay-Z, with 12 albums, is the next-ranked artist. But nipping at the heels of the mop-topped harbingers is a throwback phenomenon known as Now That's What I Call Music!
NEWS
April 2, 2008
Radio merger The editorial "Satellite radio: More competition, not less" (Inquirer, March 30) glaringly failed to mention the fiscal reality confronting the "nation's two leading satellite-radio companies" - by the way, XM and Sirius are the only two satellite-radio companies. Unlike all of the examples cited in the editorial alluding to the dangers of consolidation, both XM and Sirius, since their inception, have never been profitable and continue to hemorrhage red ink to this day. If the merger is not approved, it is most likely that one or both of these companies will no longer be in business within the next several years.
NEWS
March 30, 2008
It will be interesting to see where Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin comes down on the merger of the nation's two leading satellite-radio companies. Especially in light of his efforts to limit the growth of cable companies, in particular Comcast Corp. If approved, the merger of Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio Holdings will create one giant company that basically controls this nascent medium. The FCC approved the $67 billion merger of AT&T and BellSouth in 2006, giving AT&T control of more than half of the telephone and Internet access lines in the nation.
NEWS
February 15, 2008 | By DANIEL BALLON
THE $4 BILLION merger of satellite radio companies Sirius and XM continues to languish in the hands of government regulators, despite hopes that the 10-month antitrust investigation wouldn't drag into 2008. An otherwise clear-cut approval process has been hijacked by competitors seeking to prevent consumers from receiving better service, more choices and lower prices. As a result, the government could become an accomplice in bankrupting satellite radio and removing a popular product from the market.
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