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April 18, 1989 | By Barbara Beck, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
September 18, 2000 | by Ellen Gray, Daily News Television Writer
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)
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October 11, 1991 | By Francesca Chapman, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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December 29, 1995 | By Andy Wallace, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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August 17, 1990 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer The Associated Press contributed to this report
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.
SPORTS
February 27, 1987 | By BILL FLEISCHMAN, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
NEWS
October 25, 1990 | By Ralph Cipriano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 16, 1990 | By Francesca Chapman and Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writers Staff writers Stu Bykofsky, Paul Domowitch, Bill Fleischman, John F. Morrison and Debbie Stone contributed to this report
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
May 23, 1988 | By JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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May 29, 2013 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
FOR EAST Germantown's own Jack Whitaker, the 1950 U.S. Open turned out to be his career-altering experience. Even though he was never within 50 miles of Merion's East course that historic week. The North Catholic and Saint Joseph's graduate ("I'm almost a Quaker," he quipped), who'd just turned 26, was working at Allentown radio station WAEB. Which for whatever reason isn't even listed in his Wikipedia bio. Nevertheless, he did pretty much "everything" there that needed to get done, from disc jockey to newscasts.
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June 24, 2009 | By Gayle Ronan Sims INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ed McMahon, 86, who began his half-century television career in Philadelphia before becoming Johnny Carson's sidekick on The Tonight Show, where his booming announcement "Heeere's Johnny!" became his trademark, died yesterday. Publicist Howard Bragman told the Associated Press that Mr. McMahon died at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, surrounded by his family. Bragman did not give a cause of death, saying only that Mr. McMahon had had a "multitude of health problems the last few months.
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August 1, 2008 | By Sam Wood INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A memorial service for Edie Huggins has been scheduled for next week at a North Philadelphia church. Ms. Huggins, 72, a vivacious television reporter and broadcast pioneer, died of cancer Tuesday morning. The service, which will be open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bright Hope Baptist Church, 12th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. Ms. Huggins was one of the first African American women to report on television in Philadelphia. She began her career as a broadcaster in 1966 as a features reporter on the Big News Team with John Facenda on WCAU-TV (Channel 10)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 28, 2007 | By ELLEN GRAY Daily News Television Critic 215-854-5950
TV may have divided the Mummers in the past, but this year, they'll all be back on WPHL (Channel 17), with even the wandering fancy brigades back in the fold. "We're very excited to have the brigades show back, because this puts all of the Mummers back on MyPHL17," said a station spokeswoman last week. Steve Highsmith and Tim Furlong from WCAU (Channel 10) will host parade coverage, which begins at 8 a.m. New Year's Day with "Breakfast with the Mummers," featuring highlights from last year's parade.
NEWS
July 25, 2005 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Warren A. Wright Jr., 91, a pioneering broadcast executive who created an endearing children's TV personality, died Thursday at St. Vincent's Hospital in Indianapolis. In 1950, Mr. Wright, then a producer-director for WCAU-TV, created Willie the Worm, a hand puppet for a new show. WCAU-TV had acquired cartoons for a show to be called Junior Hi-Jinx. Mr. Wright decided the show would need a whimsical announcer, his son Brian said. The weekend before it premiered, he bought some corrugated tubing from Pep Boys and added a mouth, eyes and glasses to make Willie the Worm.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2005 | by ELLEN GRAY Daily News Television Critic
The race for local news dominance at 11 p.m. actually was a race last month, with the No. 1 station and the No. 3 separated by only 2 ratings points and 3 share points during the February sweeps. (Each local ratings point equals 29,194 TV homes. Share is the percentage of sets in use tuned to a particular station.) That said, the horses, er, stations crossed the finish line in the traditional order, with WPVI (Channel 6) out in front with an 11.7 rating/19 share, down from 12.6/21 a year ago, followed by WCAU (Channel 10)
NEWS
December 22, 2004 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Lonnie Stephens, 52, of Bala Cynwyd, an award-winning cameraman for WCAU-TV (Channel 10) and a motorcycle and scuba diving enthusiast, died of multiple myeloma Monday at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Stephens had been with the station for 25 years. He met his wife, WCAU features reporter Sheela Allen-Stephens, on the job. The couple married on Christmas Day 1984. She said her husband was an experienced and talented photojournalist who had covered war zones, including Somalia.
NEWS
November 24, 2004 | By Michael Klein INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Surprise: Sex sells. KYW-TV (Channel 3) says it scored its highest 11 p.m. ratings in at least five years Monday, on the back of its story about Sharon Reed, the former Channel 10 anchor whose nude first-person report for her Cleveland station drew national attention. KYW, in a struggle with WCAU (Channel 10) for second place in town, drew a 17.3 rating and 27 percent audience share that night. Translated: Viewers in 505,000 homes watched anchor Larry Mendte debrief Reed on her experience and saw Reed's Nov. 15 story from her current station, though images of the report on posing for a group nude photograph were blurred.
BUSINESS
August 23, 2004 | By Akweli Parker INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In a venture aimed at harnessing at least some of the potential of media "convergence," The Inquirer and Channel 10 have reached a two-year agreement to share news and online offerings. As part of the agreement, next-day Inquirer news stories will be previewed on the 11 p.m. WCAU-TV (NBC10) newscast. The partnership "will combine the best of print and broadcast journalism in ways that will add value for our readers and their viewers," said Joe Natoli, chairman of Philadelphia Newspapers Inc. and publisher of The Inquirer.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2004 | by ELLEN GRAY Daily News Television Critic
It's been a long time since KYW (Channel 3) could accurately describe itself as another station's rival. But after years as an also-ran in the local news ratings race, where most of the drama's involved efforts by WCAU (Channel 10) to topple WPVI (Channel 6), Channel 3 was actually nipping at Channel 10's heels in the February sweeps period that ended Wednesday night, with its 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts scoring numbers considerably closer to 10's than 10's were to Channel 6's. In other words, Channel 6 is still out in front, but we finally have a race for second place.
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