December 11, 2015 |
The WPHT station promo says it so well. "Your grandfather listened. Your mother listened. And now you listen. " History records that Frank Sinatra died in 1998, but Sid Mark has kept the Chairman of the Board alive by continuing one of the most remarkable tribute shows in radio history. "I'm blown away by it," said Pierre Robert, who has been at WMMR for 34 years. "I don't think we'll see anything like it any time in the near future. " For four hours each week, Mark opens up his vast vault of Sinatra records and takes listeners for a brisk walk down memory lane.
April 14, 2013 |
I signed off from the AM radio band Friday. Starting Monday, I will be heard exclusively on SiriusXM's POTUS Channel 124. After 23 years on a terrestrial radio platform, this represents a major change. But while many see it as a futuristic move, given that 24 million Americans now have satellite radios, I refer to it as a return to my roots. My inauspicious start two decades ago was as the guest of a guest host. Advertising guru Brian Tierney was himself filling in on WWDB-FM (96.5), "the Talk Station," when he invited me. I was hooked from the first minute the "on air" light went on, a combination of ego and the belief that I could develop a skill set. I still have the letter I then wrote to the station owner, Chuck Schwartz, seeking a gig. (He gave me a meeting after Larry Kane put in a good word.)
December 31, 2012
ANOTHER YEAR! Can it really be We're about to start 2-0-1-3? We survived a Superstorm named Sandy , Renamed Obama Yankee Doodle Dandy. The Phils and Iggles let us down - So who's on first in our hometown? Happy New Year, Mayor Nutter , And every New Year Mummers strutter; You, too, Andy Reid , while you're still around, Chief Charles Ramsey (keep us safe and sound), Schools boss Bill Hite , please take a bow. Bart Blatstein (it's YOUR Tower now)
March 18, 2011
Phillippe Sinatra Ryan Phillippe also has a fascination - formerly an obsession - with Frank Sinatra. "I didn't date much in high school," he said, "and when I was 16 I used to drive around in my dad's pickup on Friday night and listen to Sid Mark. " A particular fan of Ol' Blue Eyes' 1950s period, "when his voice and swagger peaked," Phillippe named his daughter Ava (after Sinatra love Ava Gardner) and his bulldog, who passed away last year, Frank. He became this macho icon, Phillippe said of his idol, and he started as "a little runt of a guy from Hoboken.
March 8, 2011 |
James Kaplan wrote the book on Frank Sinatra - the 700-plus-page biography Frank Sinatra: The Voice. Monday night at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, under the auspices of Michael Smerconish's book club and in front of several hundred Sinatra fans, Kaplan encountered the man who could have written the book - Sid Mark , the Philly radio host who for 55 years has kept Mr. S's flame burning. Kaplan, a veteran journalist who says he regards Sinatra as a genius, recounted anecdotes gleaned from years of research, insisting that he didn't want his story to solely focus on "the women, the mob, and the fistfights.
December 12, 2010 |
Friday With Frank : Nov. 11, 1955-Dec. 31, 2010. Sid Mark , who's been ring-a-ding-dinging the sounds of Frank Sinatra for 55 years, has learned that WPHT-AM will eliminate his Friday radio program. Sunday With Sinatra - Mark's five-hour marquee show (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.) - is not going anywhere, he's been told. He expects to inform his audience Sunday morning about the imminent change. WPHT (the Big Talker 1210) is retooling its lineup over New Year's, moving morning talker Michael Smerconish to 3 to 7 p.m. and eliminating the syndicated talk shows of Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity (who have not yet found new Philadelphia stations)
March 4, 2009 |
Radio personality Frank Ford - a pioneer in talk radio who over the decades worked for just about every station in town - died yesterday from complications of a stroke at Vitas Hospice at St. Agnes Hospital in Philadelphia. A longtime Center City resident, he was 92. Although Mr. Ford built a reputation as a musical-theater impresario, he was best known as one of Philadelphia's first talk-radio celebrities and the husband of Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham. "No wife could have a better cheerleader and supporter," Abraham said yesterday.
May 13, 2008 |
Keep your eyes open for Ellen Barkin , who starts work today on Happy Tears , the family drama starring Demi Moore and Parker Posey as sisters. Barkin plays the girlfriend of their father ( Rip Torn ). Shooting has been bouncing around the area, including Prospect Park, Old City, Washington Square West, and Warminster. Cast members have been quite visible over the weekends in the Rittenhouse Square area. Considering that Happy Tears is a modest-budget independent film, Moore and husband Ashton Kutcher have been doing their part to pump up the restaurant economy.
October 19, 2007 |
Joey Bishop, 89, who deadpanned his way from South Philadelphia to comic stardom and a place in Frank Sinatra's Rat Pack, died of multiple causes Wednesday night at his home in Newport Beach, Calif. With his blank expression and dry delivery, Mr. Bishop could convey in his signature phrase, "Sonuvagun," a bemused wonderment that tickled audiences. His low-key demeanor and understated wit made him the perfect foil to the Rat Pack's hipster's row - Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, Sammy Davis Jr. - who made their mark during the '60s, starting at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas.
March 5, 2001 |
James Corea, 63, of Haddonfield, the well-known gym owner and host of local radio talk shows about fitness, died Saturday shortly after his arrival at Kennedy Memorial Hospitals-University Medical Center/Cherry Hill. "Dr. Jim" Corea, who had lived in the borough for the last 30 years, was well-known as a nutritionist and for 10 years was a weight trainer for the Eagles. He also had a sports-medicine practice and in 1962 opened Jim Corea's Gym & Health Club in the Woodcrest Shopping Center in Cherry Hill.