November 25, 2001 |
"I might be in Florida," Georgie Woods said the other day, "but Philadelphia will always be my home. " And it keeps calling him home, because though he was born in Georgia and began his career in New York, the legendary radio DJ was always especially attuned to Philadelphia. And vice versa. Woods called himself "The Guy With the Goods" - and for four decades, he delivered. In the 1950s, Woods helped break the color barrier in broadcasting and became a pioneer rock-and-roll promoter.
July 18, 2000 |
Douglas "Jocko" Henderson, a slick-haired, silver-throated, legendary pioneer in Philadelphia and New York radio, died Saturday at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania after a lengthy battle with cancer and diabetes. He was 82 and lived in Germantown for many years. Henderson, one of the first black disc jockeys in Philadelphia, was known for his rhythmic patter between songs. The trademark Jocko rap he sprouted at the beginning of his "Rocketship" radio show was so popular that kids recited it to keep time while jumping rope.
November 19, 1998 |
Power 99, WJJZ, Star 104.5, WDAS and Q-102 may be completely different radio stations, but they have one important thing in common. Charles M. Warfield Sr. oversees all of them. Warfield is the senior vice president of urban regional operations for Chancellor Media Corp., supervising 21 of their 114 stations. That makes him one of the most powerful men in radio. It's a job that doesn't just help him acquire frequent-flier miles. It also carries an enormous amount of responsibility.
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.