July 8, 2013 |
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.
May 15, 2013 |
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...
March 8, 2013 |
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.
February 16, 2013 |
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.
October 26, 2012 |
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.
March 20, 2012 |
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.
November 17, 2011 |
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!
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.
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.
February 15, 2008 |
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.