April 27, 1998 |
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)
March 20, 1998 |
When you think of South Philly, some things just naturally come to mind. Like Rocky running through the Italian Market, double-parked cars for miles and, of course, Patty Jackson. Unwrinkle your face and consider that for 16 years the warm and smooth voice of Philadelphia radio has come from a bona-fide alumna of South Philadelphia High School. Even if the classic R&B format at WDAS-FM is not your cup of tea, you've probably heard her at the airport. She's the voice that welcomes folks to Philadelphia and tells them what there is to see and do during their stay.
September 25, 1997 |
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.
May 7, 1997 |
Rushing to work minutes before midnight April 15, late-night disc jockey Miriam "Mimi" Brown drove up to WDAS-FM, rolled down her window, punched in a code to open the gate, and rolled the window back up. Then she heard the shots, heard the glass shatter, and turned to her left, where she saw someone familiar shooting at her, she testified yesterday. "I saw a woman, a brown-skinned woman with a cap on. Someone that I know but I can't place because I'm trying to get away," she testified at a preliminary hearing for Loretta Edwards, 37. Edwards faces charges of attempted homicide in the shooting, which injured Brown in the arm and back.
April 17, 1997 |
In the notoriously transient world of Philadelphia radio, Mimi Brown is a rare survivor. The Temple University grad has spent 20 years at one station, WDAS-FM (105.3), despite numerous management, programming and ownership changes. Tuesday night, however, Brown's survival skills faced a life-threatening challenge. A radio station groupie who had pestered and stalked the disc jockey for a decade sprang from the bushes and pumped five bullets into Brown's car, police said.
February 21, 1997 |
What is going on at WDRE-FM (103.9)? On Feb. 8, when the station first went on under the aegis of new owner Radio One Inc., it played music in a classic soul hits/Philly Sound vein. Rumor has it that folks at WDAS-FM (105.3), especially program director Joe "Butter" Tamburro, were freaked out by this. (Neither WDAS brass nor Tamburro could be reached for comment.) Didn't matter, though. After 12 hours, the music abruptly switched. Now 'DRE is playing a mixture of music that sounds, at least for the moment, a lot more like that of WUSL-FM (98.9)
January 10, 1997 |
You really didn't think we could go barely more than a week into 1997 without another radio station in Philadelphia being sold, did ya? Nah. So it's not a surprise, then, that yesterday at noon Mercury Radio Communications, which bought talk WWDB-FM (96.5) in April, unloaded the station that is home to Rush Limbaugh, Dr. Laura Schlessinger and Irv Homer. The buyer: Beasley Broadcasting, the Florida company that owns country WXTU-FM (96.5) and tropical Latin WTEL-AM (860) in this town.
September 24, 1996 |
Who in their right mind plans a party for 6 in the morning? The deeper question: Who in their right mind would come? Try about 350 folks - three Phillies, the head coach of the Sixers, a couple of pols, a jazz saxophonist, a gospel singer, a legendary disc jockey, two legendary songwriters, the Delfonics and a guy they call "Thick Love. " Stuff them in Philadelphia's trendiest jazz club, throw in some political commentary with the your-momma's-so-fat jokes, and. . . "Oh, oh, oh. It's the Tom Joyner Morning Show.
September 21, 1996 |
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.
August 22, 1996 |
Penn State football and basketball has a new radio home in the Philadelphia area this season, WDAS-AM (1480). The Nittany Lions were on WGMP-AM (1210) last season. A previous commitment Sunday will prevent WDAS from carrying the Penn State-Southern Cal football opener in the Kickoff Classic. The game will be heard on WFIL-AM (560). WDAS will air Penn State men's and women's basketball, except Sunday games. WSSJ-AM (1310) in Camden and WJBR-AM (1290) in Wilmington also will carry Penn State football and basketball broadcasts.