June 22, 2015 |
After years at the mike for WXPN, Michaela Majoun, the voice of morning for thousands of music-hungry people locally and worldwide, is stepping over to her other love: writing. She came to what was then a pretty good college station in 1989, the first professional on-air host the station had ever hired. Since then, and largely thanks to her efforts, XPN has become a cultural hub, connecting fans to artists they might not have known about, organizing concerts, conventions, and events such as the XPoNential Music Festival, with an especially splendid lineup Wednesday through Friday.
July 12, 2013 |
NINE DAYS after undergoing surgery, Darren Daulton has been diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. Daulton underwent surgery to remove two tumors July 1. But, his battle isn't over. The update on Daulton's condition was released in a statement on 97.5 The Fanatic yesterday afternoon. "[Darren] has returned to his Clearwater [Fla.] area home to continue recuperating amongst his immediate family and friends," the statement read. "He will eventually begin treatments in Florida.
April 29, 2013
Philadelphia's Top 50 Baseball Players By Rich Westcott University of Nebraska Press. 272 pp. $24.95 Reviewed by Larry Eichel According to local baseball historian Rich Westcott, someone named Bob Johnson is one of the top 50 baseball players in Philadelphia history. Never heard of him? The man known as "Indian Bob" (he was one-quarter Cherokee) played for the Philadelphia Athletics from 1933 through 1942, spending most of his time in left field.
April 7, 2013 |
The Phillies home opener on Friday against the Kansas City Royals brought back memories of a landmark season in team history. After winning an epic five-game National League championship series against the Houston Astros, the Phillies beat the Royals in six games to win the franchise's first World Series in 1980. With that as a backdrop, Hall of Fame third basemen Mike Schmidt and the Royals' George Brett took part in the opening-game ceremonies and then spoke about a variety of topics, including 1980.
November 16, 2012 |
Growing up in Jenkintown, Bradley Cooper lived and died with the Eagles. So he was quite at home in Silver Linings Playbook, which stars Cooper as the troubled Pat Solitano and Robert De Niro as his Eagles-obsessed father. During his youth, Cooper said, he and his own father, who has since died, were drawn together by the Eagles. "Anytime you can make a connection with your own life and your role, it's a great thing," Cooper, 37, said during an interview Wednesday at the Eagles' practice facility in South Philadelphia.
June 6, 2012 |
Christopher Laffey, 36, a country-music songwriter from Havertown, was driving down the shore during the summer of 2010, listening to the Phillies game on the car radio, when the phrase hit him: "Love Our Fightin' Phillies!" Then the tune hit him. And then he hit the beach, broke out his old-school notebook, and started humming and writing and going with the flow. "At first, I wanted to put Charlie Manuel in," he told SportsWeek in his native Irish brogue, "but then I thought, ‘No!
May 28, 2012 |
WILDWOOD — There were certainly sunbathers basking on the beach and children riding the boardwalk rides. There were hamburgers and hot dogs and backyard barbecues aplenty. Saturday was, after all, the first day of a three-day weekend that marks the unofficial start to the summer vacation season. But in this Jersey Shore resort, there's something more to Memorial Day weekend this year than the usual sun and sand: the city's first-ever "Celebration of Heroes Beach Festival," an event organizers say is expected to bring more than 250,000 people.
February 24, 2012 |
I've been fortunate enough to live through the two best eras of Phillies baseball: the late 1970s and early '80s, when the franchise won its first World Series, and the current period, which has seen a second championship and may yet see a third. I've watched Hall of Fame players like Mike Schmidt and Steve Carlton; potential Hall of Famers like Chase Utley and Roy Halladay; folk heroes like John Kruk and Tug McGraw; and one-shot wonders like Marty Bystrom and Mike Rogodzinski (who led the league in pinch hits in 1973 and then disappeared)
October 12, 2011 |
As Jim Croce, that Phillies fan from Upper Darby, cautioned long ago, you don't spit into the wind. Why seed black clouds that, even on the sunniest Philadelphia sports day, are hovering not far away? Why prod cruel fate when, after creating decades of devastation, it's sleeping at last? Why mess around with baseball karma? I'm still trying to figure out why, on the 34th anniversary of Black Friday, with the skittish 2011 Phillies desperate for a season-saving Game 5 victory, club officials decided to commemorate the lowest moment from one of the franchise's lowest points.
October 7, 2011
AFTER A TOUGH loss, venerable knuckleballer Charlie Hough could be found in front of his locker, alternately dragging on a cigarette and a beer, dispensing perspective with a casual been-there, done-that air. Such as: "Every baseball game is important, but no one game is that important. " With all due respect to Hough's sagacity, the game your Philadelphia Phillies will play tonight at Citizens Bank Park against the St. Louis Cardinals to decide which team advances in the postseason tournament is that important.