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June 19, 2005 | By Jacqueline Soteropoulos INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Legendary radio broadcaster Georgie Woods, "the Guy With the Goods" who was a Philadelphia leader in both entertainment and civil rights, died early yesterday morning. Mr. Woods, 78, who moved to Florida in 1996, is believed to have suffered a heart attack at his Boynton Beach home, said his longtime companion, Doris Harris. He died shortly thereafter at Bethesda Memorial Hospital, according to staff at the Boynton Beach medical facility. After he came to Philadelphia from New York in 1953, Mr. Woods used the airwaves of WDAS-AM (1480)
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September 25, 1997 | By Kevin L. Carter, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
WDAS-FM program director Joe "Butterball" Tamburro, who will take his place today on Philadelphia's musical Walk of Fame on South Broad Street, has survived through thick and thin. He recalls one day relatively early in his career. He was playing a new record he thought was wonderful, but his boss didn't like it. "He called me on the hotline and told me to take that piece of garbage and throw it in the trash. And never, ever put another record on his radio station without his permission.
NEWS
December 1, 1988 | By Joe Logan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Irate callers yesterday besieged the switchboard at black-oriented sister stations WDAS-AM/FM as word swept through the city that the stations indeed had laid off 20 full- and part-time employees Monday and that the AM facility would soon switch to a gospel-and-talk format. "We can't just sit back and let this happen," one caller said on the morning talk show hosted by Georgie Woods, WDAS-AM (1480) program director. Another caller, referring to WDAS's parent company, Unity Broadcasting of New York, which apparently ordered the cutbacks, told Woods: "The African-American community in Philadelphia has got to come together and take buses or whatever up to New York and stand up and fight those people.
NEWS
July 29, 2012 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Joe "Butterball" Tamburro, 70, the radio personality and tastemaker who built a bond with Philadelphia music makers and music lovers over a nearly 50-year career at rhythm and blues station WDAS-AM, died Friday, July 27. Mr. Tamburro died at his home in Haverford, according to Loraine Ballard Morrill, news and community affairs director for Clear Channel, which owns WDAS (1480). No cause of death was given, but Morrill said Mr. Tamburro had been battling complications from heart disease and diabetes and had not been well.
NEWS
September 21, 1996 | by Myung Oak Kim, Daily News Staff Writer Staff writer Al Hunter Jr. contributed to this report
Texas company took control yesterday of WDAS-FM and WDAS-AM, local radio stations with deep roots in the African-American community. Evergreen Media Corp., which owns WUSL-FM (Power 99), paid $103 million to acquire WDAS (1480-AM and 105.3-FM), the influential adult urban contemporary and gospel music stations. Evergreen, based in Dallas, bought the stations from the Beasley Broadcast Group, the Florida company that paid $26 million two years ago for the stations. Beasley president Bruce Beasley called the sale "bittersweet.
NEWS
April 3, 1989 | By Joe Logan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Word is that Cody Anderson, the longtime general manager of WDAS-AM/FM, will soon leave the black-oriented sister stations. Insiders say Anderson is negotiating to buy WHAT-AM (1340), a black-oriented talk-and-nostalgia station, with an eye toward returning it to its former stature. They also say that Anderson will be replaced April 10 at 'DAS by Kernie L. Anderson, vice president and general manager of urban-contemporary WIZF-FM in Cincinnati. Cody Anderson did not return a phone call Friday.
NEWS
January 16, 1988 | By Richard Burke, Inquirer Staff Writer
A saleswoman, saying she was sexually harassed and assaulted for more than two years by a station sales manager, filed a lawsuit yesterday against Philadelphia radio station WDAS and its New York owners. In her suit filed in U.S. District Court, Andrea Corum accuses the station of sexual discrimination and harassment and says she was "economically retaliated against" for complaining about her boss, Peter Drialo, who is named as a defendant. Corum, 29, a saleswoman for the station since 1984, said that she had complained to WDAS general manager W. Cody Anderson numerous times about the alleged incidents of sexual harassment but that her "complaints were not taken seriously.
NEWS
July 28, 2012 | By Dan DeLuca, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Joe "Butterball" Tamburro, 70, the radio personality and tastemaker who built a bond with Philadelphia music makers and music lovers over a nearly 50-year career at rhythm and blues station WDAS-AM, died Friday, July 27. Mr. Tamburro died at his home in Haverford, according to Loraine Ballard Morrill, news and community affairs director for Clear Channel, which owns WDAS (1480). No cause of death was given, but Morrill said Mr. Tamburro had been battling complications from heart disease and diabetes and had not been well.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 1998 | By Kevin L. Carter, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was a long wait for those of us who follow the stories told every three months by the quarterly Arbitron ratings - two days, to be exact. But when the numbers came out Friday morning, it was kind of anticlimactic. No huge surprises. Unless you work at WDAS-FM (105.3), WJJZ-FM (106.1), or WUSL-FM (98.9). These three stations, all boasting large concentrations of urban, predominantly African American listeners, showed the most movement in the Arbitron winter book. The book measured the listening habits of selected area radio listeners between Jan. 8 and April 1. WDAS-FM had the most impressive gain in winter '98, surging from fifth place a year ago (5.4)
NEWS
May 15, 1989 | By Joe Logan, Inquirer Staff Writer
WDAS-FM (105.3) fans who think they've noticed a change in the station in the last week are not imagining things. It's the new 'DAS. Less than a month after he arrived, general manager Kernie Anderson has effectively dumped 'DAS's 20-year-old urban- contemporary format in favor of a softer, mellower sound designed, he says, to "bring our audience home. " "Black adult contemporary" is what Anderson and others in radio are calling this new format, a sort of a black answer to WMGK-FM (102.
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December 11, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
NOTE TO VISITING CELEBS: If there's one way to get Philadelphians to love you, it's to publicly disparage any football team that is not the Eagles. Yesterday, comedian Chris Rock , a brilliant man, started his introduction of his new movie, "Top Five," with a rousing "Go Eagles. F--- the Ravens. " The crowd at the Ritz Five went wild. Of course, the next stop on Rock's five-city promotional blitz was Baltimore, where he tweeted, "You guys were great. " Could it be that Rock was being insincere about his distaste for the Ravens in order to promote his movie?
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
The late Don Cornelius would've dug Friday's Soul Train Music's first WDAS Holiday Jam at the Liacouras Center. Cornelius, the man who created the African American dance program, loved Philly. The band MFSB's 1974 hit, "TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)" was once Soul Train 's theme song. This city loved Cornelius back, evidenced in part by Philly's Questlove's having penned Soul Train: The Music, Dance, and Style of a Generation in 2013. It made sense then that DJ Questlove was the glue holding Soul Train's WDAS Holiday Jam together, spinning vintage funk and rap between sets from '90s soul classicists Faith Evans, Joe, Ledisi, Kem, and Philly's own Jill Scott.
NEWS
March 17, 2014 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
Alan E. Lott, 67, a legendary music promoter who began his career in the Philadelphia record business, died from a heart attack Wednesday, March 5, in Pasadena, Calif. Mr. Lott climbed the industry ranks to become one of the first black record promoters, said his longtime friend Philadelphia radio personality Sonny Hopson. "He got to be one of the top promoters," said Hopson, who was a major radio personality at WHAT-AM when Mr. Lott got his start. "He was good at that. He was a likable person.
NEWS
September 11, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
THERE HE WAS, a big, robust, happy guy, bubbling with energy, manning the grill for a pool party Saturday at his home in Laverock. E. Steven Collins, one of the most recognizable radio personalities and community activists in the city, was, as usual, the host with the most at the annual end-of-summer gathering of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists. The next day, he dispatched a tweet to Serena Williams congratulating her on her fifth U.S. Open singles victory: "You are unstoppable.
NEWS
August 29, 2013 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN, Daily News Staff Writer rudermw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5924
THE SUN HAD yet to rise on that warm 1963 morning. In the darkness, dozens of amped-up WDAS staffers and radio listeners converged at the station's Fairmount Park headquarters. One by one, they boarded buses - 13 in all - bound for Washington, and destined for the pages of history. The Philadelphia contingent, organized by the city's premier black radio station, was singular in size and scope. No other area radio station rivaled the amount of resources dedicated by WDAS in its coverage of the March on Washington 50 years ago today, according to WDAS historian Wynne Alexander.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 2012
THERE WAS the time in 2008 Tyler Perry showed up in the lobby of the WDAS radio station in Bala Cynwyd asking to see on-air host Patty Jackson. She'd met him years earlier when he was still producing stage plays and only dreaming of getting into the Hollywood scene. But Jackson hadn't seen him in ages. When Jackson walked out into the lobby, Perry greeted her and explained, "I had to come by and see you because you were there for me from the beginning. You talked with me when nobody else would talk with me. " Her stunned reaction: "You hang with Oprah and Gayle, and you remember me ?"
NEWS
August 3, 2012 | By Stephanie Farr and Daily News Staff Writer
THE OBJECT wrapped tightly in Terri Choplin's hands on Thursday as she stood outside the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul wasn't a rosary. It was a cassette tape. On the tape was the voice of the man she was there to mourn — longtime WDAS disc jockey Joe "Butterball" Tamburro. The tape held his last broadcast before his death on July 27. Choplin, 53, of the city's Bella Vista section, said that she has almost every one of Tamburro's broadcasts on cassette. "Anybody who listened to him was truly blessed," she said.
NEWS
August 1, 2012
The "Your Money" feature Tuesday incorrectly reported the holdings of EOG Resources. The company is leveraged 70 percent in oil and 30 percent in natural gas. The column "The Jersey Side" on Sunday incorrectly reported the hospital where the recently widowed Shayna Stoney's infant son, Seff, was treated. It was Virtua Memorial-Mount Holly. An obituary Saturday for the disc jockey Joe "Butterball" Tamburro incorrectly identified the person who hired him at WDAS-FM.
NEWS
July 29, 2012 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Joe "Butterball" Tamburro, 70, the radio personality and tastemaker who built a bond with Philadelphia music makers and music lovers over a nearly 50-year career at rhythm and blues station WDAS-AM, died Friday, July 27. Mr. Tamburro died at his home in Haverford, according to Loraine Ballard Morrill, news and community affairs director for Clear Channel, which owns WDAS (1480). No cause of death was given, but Morrill said Mr. Tamburro had been battling complications from heart disease and diabetes and had not been well.
NEWS
July 28, 2012 | By Dan DeLuca, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Joe "Butterball" Tamburro, 70, the radio personality and tastemaker who built a bond with Philadelphia music makers and music lovers over a nearly 50-year career at rhythm and blues station WDAS-AM, died Friday, July 27. Mr. Tamburro died at his home in Haverford, according to Loraine Ballard Morrill, news and community affairs director for Clear Channel, which owns WDAS (1480). No cause of death was given, but Morrill said Mr. Tamburro had been battling complications from heart disease and diabetes and had not been well.
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