January 11, 2013
THEATER IS SUPPOSED to surprise. But there was no way I was prepared for what happened last Sunday afternoon when I arrived at the Players Club of Swarthmore for a matinee performance of playwright Tom Gibbons' "Permanent Collection. " I opened the playbill and learned the character of Paul Barrow is being played by John Harvey. The name "John Harvey" may not immediately ring any bells, but readers of a certain age are likely to remember "Harvey in the Morning," the popular show he hosted for more than two decades on WIOQ (102.1-FM)
June 13, 2004 |
A 17-year-old girl described on Friday the elaborate ruse - including hijacked calls from a popular radio station and passing out $100 bills to strangers - that she said initially convinced her that a 23-year-old South Philadelphia man was a WIOQ-FM employee and that she had won coveted concert tickets. But she testified that once she was locked inside the Kimball Street home of William Passarella Jr. on Jan. 20 and noted his bizarre behavior, she knew things were very wrong. "I realized I was in a terrible situation that I had gotten myself into," the teenager told Family Court Judge Joseph C. Bruno.
June 12, 2004 |
A 17-year-old girl yesterday described the elaborate ruse - including hijacked calls from a popular radio station and passing out $100 bills to strangers - that she said initially convinced her that a 23-year-old South Philadelphia man was a WIOQ-FM employee and that she had won coveted concert tickets. But she testified that once she was locked inside the Kimball Street home of William Passarella Jr. on Jan. 20 and noted his bizarre behavior, she knew things were very wrong. "I realized I was in a terrible situation that I had gotten myself into," the teenager told Family Court Judge Joseph C. Bruno.
May 17, 2001 |
Now that summer is almost upon us, a lot of people are getting ready for the Shore. Swimsuit? Check. Summer rental? Check. Boogie board? Check. Big breasts? Whaaa? That's what somebody's going to get when - as part of a Philadelphia radio station promotion - a woman will be awarded free breast-augmentation surgery. The station, Q102, has been deluged with more than 1,500 entries since last Monday, when it asked women to tell them, in 102 words or less, why they needed new breasts.
March 12, 1998 |
For Terry "The Motormouth" Young, his afternoon spot on WIOQ (102.1/FM) is a return to the local airwaves. You can hear the way he was the first time around, and listen to the history of radio in Philadelphia and America, by visiting the Reel Top 40 Radio Repository (http://www.reelradio.com). Young's work at the old "Hot Hits" WCAU-FM is preserved on two audio clips in RT40RR's large, fascinating collection, a labor of love by former radio vagabond "Uncle Ricky" Irwin, who's now a Web-page designer in California.
February 18, 1993 |
Now our children grow up prisoners All their life, radio listeners. "Radio Song," R.E.M. Let's face it: Most teens are slaves to the radio. But nowadays, there are several masters to choose from - whether you're into Naughty by Nature or Christopher Williams, Morrissey or Michael Bolton - and they're battling fiercely to make you theirs. There's Q-102 (WIOQ/101.9-FM), which plays the latest rap and dance songs; Power 99 (WUSL/98.9-FM), which programs contemporary R&B; Eagle 106 (WEGX/105.
July 22, 1991 |
Funk-pop station WIOQ-FM (102.1), already hit with a Gay and Lesbian Task Force petition to deny its license renewal, now has somebody else on its case. Pennsylvania Broadcasters, a brand-new partnership of two West Coast radio executives, has filed papers with the Federal Communications Commission to take 'IOQ's license away from Virginia-based EZ Communications. The two execs want to start their own station on the frequency. Tom Quinn, managing partner of Pennsylvania Broadcasters, said Friday from his L.A. office that the challenge would focus on 'IOQ's failure to provide adequate public-service programming and its "lack of candor" with the FCC in various matters.
July 1, 1991 |
It almost happened twice before - most recently in February - but this time, Mark Driscoll, the creative, controversial, arrogant program director of WIOQ-FM (102.1), is really gone. (Quick, somebody, get a stake.) The ax fell Tuesday evening, apparently during a dinner between Driscoll and EZ Communications president Alan Box, who flew in from Washington for the occasion. Driscoll returned to the station and cleaned out his belongings. Why is he gone? "You could say it was a mutual thing," said station general manager Gil Rozzo.
December 10, 1990 |
You never saw so many grateful parents in your life. Actually, there were only about 50 of them, but they were grateful. If it weren't for this, the complimentary "parents' room," all these people would probably be upstairs in the Spectrum right now, fingers in their ears, as 17,000 teenagers screamed uncontrollably to one of the hottest young groups around, the New Kids on the Block. As it was, they were downstairs in Ovations, where radio station WIOQ-FM (102.1) has rented out the members-only bar/restaurant for the New Kids' three-night stand so parents can take refuge from the chaos upstairs.
October 11, 1990 |
WXPN general manager Mark Fuerst isn't just seeking more listeners. He wants a more diverse audience - "educated but younger than the average listener a public radio station attracts . . . and an audience more reflective of the city's multi-cultural population - white, African-American, Hispanic and Asian. " Fuerst has used this pitch to win big grants from foundations, government and national public radio - dollars that paid for community and cultural reporters like Roseanne Bucci and Kimmika Williams and helped the station develop a mixed-bag afternoon radio show that it can sell to other stations.