April 18, 1989 |
Alan Frio isn't leaving Channel 10 for another month, but already there is rumor, gossip and speculation over who will replace him. Will it be reporter Doreen Gentzler, who co-anchors Sunday's 6:30 and 11 p.m. newscasts? Will Larry Kane and Diane Allen anchor the weeknight newscasts alone? Welcome to a new round of everyone's favorite local game show, "Guess the TV Anchor. " WCAU management says that beginning June 1, Kane and Allen will co-anchor all of the station's newscasts - at 5:30, 6 and 11 p.m. The arrangement, said Steve Cohen, vice president and general manager of WCAU, will continue "most likely through the fall.
September 18, 2000 |
WCAU (Channel 10) received 10 local Emmys and Comcast SportsNet received six Saturday night as the Philadelphia regional chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honored broadcasters from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Other local winners included New Jersey Network and WTXF (Channel 29), with four apiece, and the Eagles Television Network and KYW (Channel 3), two each. CN8, the Comcast Network, the Phillies, the 76ers, Shirley Road Productions, of Narberth, WHYY (Channel 12)
October 11, 1991 |
Harvey Clark, the veteran WCAU-TV reporter who received national acclaim for his coverage of the 1985 MOVE disaster, has been fired. Clark, who joined WCAU in 1978, was halfway through a four-year contract when station management fired him Wednesday. The station had an option to cut short or renew the contract in January, and station manager Eugene Lothery "decided not to renew it," a station spokeswoman confirmed yesterday. It's not clear whether Clark will remain on the job until the first half of his contract expires in January.
December 29, 1995 |
George H. Thomas, 77, an announcer who spent nearly 50 years behind the mike in radio and television at WCAU, died of heart failure Tuesday at North Penn Hospital. A longtime resident of Chestnut Hill, he lived in Upper Gwynedd for the last three years. During his career at WCAU - which began in June 1937 on AM radio and ended on television in 1985 - Mr. Thomas played every role, from hosting dance band broadcasts and music shows to doing station breaks and commercials. Born in Millville, Mr. Thomas joined the station when he was just 19 and a year out of Upper Darby High School.
August 17, 1990 |
Gesa Sklaroff sat at her desk yesterday at WCAU radio - it will always be WCAU to her - and wept, and answered calls from listeners, and wept some more. "It's empty," she said of the newsroom on City Avenue where - until Wednesday - reporters, editors, producers and talk-show hosts worked at the oldest radio station in Philadelphia. Former employees said 65 had been fired, but CBS, owner of the station, put the number at 35 on Wednesday. "The computers are turned off," Sklaroff said.
February 27, 1987 |
Bill Campbell did not leave WCAU-AM radio for WIP because he would have the opportunity to host the new "Daily News Sports Forum" show Mondays at 4 p.m. Naturally, the "Sports Forum" was a terrific incentive, but Campbell left 'CAU primarily because he could not face another long baseball season. "Doing the pregame show and then the scoreboard is a seven-day-a-week job from March to October," said Campbell, one of the most popular sportscasters in this city's history. "After six years, I just thought I had done it long enough.
October 25, 1990 |
Robert Norman Pryor, 84, a former executive for WCAU radio and television, died Sunday at his home in Whiting, Ocean County, N.J. Mr. Pryor was a longtime vice president and director of promotion and information services for WCAU radio. He joined the station as director of promotion and publicity in 1944, and later assumed similar responsibilities for WCAU-TV. He retired in 1971. While working for WCAU, Mr. Pryor was one of the incorporators of the Hero Scholarship Fund, which benefited the children of Philadelphia police and firemen killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty.
August 16, 1990 |
It struck a complacent city like a bolt of summer lightning. One minute, it seemed, God was in his heaven, the Art Museum was at the end of the parkway, and Frank Rizzo was on WCAU-AM. And the next minute it was "Earth angel, earth angel . . . " One minute it was "Frank Talk With Frank" and "Bruno in the Morning," and the next it was "Take out the papers and the trash . . . " Out of an innocent blue sky, without warning yesterday, radio station WCAU- AM was wiped out, replaced by "WOGL - Oldies 1210," as the announcers now say. Gone somewhere into the limbo where old radio personalities go were the likes of Frank Rizzo, Tony Bruno, Dominic Quinn, Harry Gross, Steve Fredericks and Clark DeLeon.
August 17, 1990
Without fanfare or warning, CBS pulled the plug at 1:05 p.m. Wednesday on one of the nation's oldest radio stations. What listeners will now hear at 1210 on the AM dial is mostly a simulcast of WOGL-FM, the CBS station featuring rock-and-roll oldies. WCAU radio is no more. Thus endeth another Philadelphia institution, going back 68 years during most of which it had been known for its strong news and commentary programming. Edgar Williams, retired Inquirer columnist, historian and nostalgia buff, said, "WCAU was the Cadillac of radio stations.
May 23, 1988 |
Do you remember that automobile air-hose of a puppet "Willie the Worm" and Philly's first (and only) live Western drama from City Avenue - "Action in the Afternoon"? How about the weekly circus extravaganza that was "The Big Top" (with Ed McMahon toiling unhappily as the clown), or the funniest ghoul who ever escaped from the crypt - "Shock Theater" host Roland (aka John Zacherle)? If you do - and maybe even if you don't - you'll get a big charge out of "The First 40 Years," the kickoff to WCAU-TV's 40th birthday celebration, airing at 8 tonight on Channel 10. "This is not a salute to the good old days, not a history of television," notes show co-host Gene Crane, the sole station staffer who's been on board since May 23, 1948.