April 28, 1987 |
For 10 years, Sid Mark played nothing but Sinatra on his weekly radio show. Sinatra's people loved it and kept calling from the Coast. "What can we do for you, Sid?" they asked. "You want a TV, a couple extra records?" Sid wanted only one thing - to meet Frank. "Sure, kid, sure," Sinatra's people would say. But Frank never called. In 1966, Mark got an early release of a new Sinatra album and played it continuously for two days. A local record store sold out its 200 advance copies in one day, restocked overnight and sold out again the next day. Sinatra heard about it and went wild.
December 16, 2000 |
Merry Christmas, fans of Frank Sinatra. After you've eaten turkey and exchanged gifts, you can hear Sid Mark again on WPHT-AM (1210). All day, in fact. In what could be construed as a mild surprise, WPHT announced that Mark, the iconic Sinatra expert and friend who played Sinatra music every Friday since 1955 and many Sundays as well on WWDB-FM (96.5), will begin his new all-Sinatra music show at 7 a.m. Christmas Day and go a marathon 12 hours. He will start his regular schedule the following Friday night.
November 7, 1988 |
It was almost 33 years ago today that Sid Mark, then a 22-year-old DJ not long out of the Army, was pulling the wee-hours shift on a jazz station that is now all-talk WWDB-FM (96.5). As he was about to wrap things up, he got a call from the station manager. The host of the next show, due in at any time, wasn't going to make it this night. Mark had to fill in. "I wasn't prepared," Mark recalled last week. "So I went on the air and just said, 'What do you want to hear? Basie?
May 16, 1998 |
For Sid Mark, there will be life after Sinatra. Mark's lonnnng-running (43 years worth) Sinatra-only radio shows on WWDB-FM (96.5) will continue, and probably even flourish, as new generations discover Ol' Blue Eyes and as concert recordings that had been held back are posthumously released. But for now, Mark is among the mourning, finding it hard to believe that one of his best friends is gone. Yesterday, faced with the contradiction of being stunned by the expected, Mark - always a gentleman on-air - was a little quieter, his voice more somber.
November 13, 2000
Change in format for Philly station WWDB-FM I am 25 years old and have been listening to Sid Mark on WWDB-FM (96.5) for five years (a mere one-ninth of the show's air time). I was shocked to see that the station has changed formats so drastically and so suddenly (Inquirer, Nov. 7). From talk radio to all '80s is about as drastic as switching from classical to pop (oh, I forgot, that also happened in Philly). I ask any station in Philadelphia to please consider the fans of Mark's Frank Sinatra shows and keep them on the air. And to Sid Mark, thanks for entertaining your fans, both young and old, for so long.
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.)
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.
April 2, 1987 |
Tonight's Spectrum concert by Bon Jovi is sold out, but you can catch the New Jersey rocker tonight at 11 in a 90-minute music and interview special on WMMR (FM/93.3). The interview was conducted with leader John Bon Jovi in New York by free-lance rock writer Timothy White. On "Radio Classics," tonight from 8 to 10 on WCAU (AM/1210), host Gary Hodgson has three biggies from radio's glory days - "Fibber McGee and Molly," "The Green Hornet" and "The Saint. " Fibber was a comical guy who kept his closets overflowing with junk.
May 18, 1998 |
Franny Casella was distraught. Anne Ricco, too. A guy called from Argentina. Treasurer Otto Rankel checked in, wondering what they should do. The phone rang off the hook all day Friday for Edward "Stas" Stasny, 69, the founder of the Frank Sinatra Social Society. The 100-member fan club publishes a newsletter and sponsors a barbecue and pool party in July and a dinner dance around Sinatra's Dec. 12 birthday. But the first call on Friday morning was the worst. Stas was awakened at 4 in the morning with the news.
December 12, 1990 |
The moment Frank Sinatra's voice hit the airwaves, Betty Brown broke into hysterics, falling to her knees in front of the radio and screaming as if her heart was being ripped from her body. That was 1941. "I don't know when I stopped screaming when he sang," Brown, 65, said. "It just petered out. I matured. " Brown reclined in her "inner sanctum," a living room that doubles as a Sinatra shrine. Autographed photos, posters and a bronze statuette from the late '40s were scattered along the one wall.