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March 27, 1989 | By Joe Logan, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a couple of days of mulling over whether to run a controversial pro- choice radio commercial for the April 9 march on Washington by the National Organization for Women, WMGK-FM (102.9) has decided to begin airing the spot today. As submitted, the 60-second ad began with an explosion, supposedly the sound of an abortion clinic's being bombed, followed by a crowd chanting. Then came "sound bites" of President Bush and Vice President Quayle making anti-abortion campaign remarks, concluding with a plea from actress Susan Sarandon to join the march.
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April 20, 2011 | By Matt Huston, Inquirer Staff Writer
The free "Let Freedom Rock Fest," cosponsored for 10 years by Camden County and WMGK-FM (102.9), will not be held at Cooper River Park on July Fourth due to municipal budgetary concerns, the county Board of Freeholders announced Tuesday. The concert, which last year featured Paul Rodgers, cost the county about $150,000, said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli Jr. "Each year we budget for special events," he said. "The number that we budget has been decreasing over the past three years as we face these difficult financial times.
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January 31, 2004 | By Michael Klein INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Bill Womack, a disc jockey at WMGK-FM (102.9) since 1979 and its sole African American on-air personality, has sued the station, alleging that his salary was cut in half because of racial bias. In his federal complaint, filed last month in Philadelphia by Center City attorney Jeffrey Campolongo, Womack alleges that he was given a choice in November 2001: Take a pay cut or be let go. He contends that management told him the cut was necessary for financial reasons. An attorney for the station denied the allegation.
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April 13, 1987 | By JOSEPH P. BLAKE, Daily News Staff Writer
John Harvey, who was fired last summer from his popular "Harvey in the Morning" radio show on WIOQ, has been hired to be the morning disc jockey at FM station WMGK. Harvey will begin his new job April 20, replacing Pete Sullivan on the 5:30-9 a.m. shift, station officials announced at a press conference this morning. Officials could not say what Sullivan would be doing. Details of Harvey's three-year contract with WMGK (102.9/FM) weren't released. In response to questions, Harvey said, "I'm happy with all aspects of the contract.
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April 19, 2011 | By Matt Huston, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The free "Let Freedom Rock Fest," cosponsored for 10 years by Camden County and WMGK-FM (102.9), will not be held at Cooper River Park on July Fourth due to municipal budgetary concerns, the county Board of Freeholders announced Tuesday. The concert, which last year featured Paul Rodgers, cost the county about $150,000, said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli Jr. "Each year we budget for special events," he said. "The number that we budget has been decreasing over the past three years as we face these difficult financial times.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 2012 | Jenice Armstrong
CHANNEL 6's Rob Jennings (left) turns a newsy 64 on Wednesday. The stars say the year ahead for the 35-year WPVI-TV veteran will be a good one, filled with action. In other words, Jennings will continue on his A game. Honestly, we expect nothing less. Abington-born stand-up comic and star of the Broadway adaptation of "The Wedding Singer" Stephen Lynch will be 41 Saturday. Former Philadelphia Orchestra music director Riccardo Muti, KYW Newsradio anchor Ed Abrams and former Channel 6 reporter Susanne LaFrankie also turn the page on a new year Saturday.
NEWS
April 27, 1987 | By JOSEPH P. BLAKE, Daily News Staff Writer
Mention Frank Rizzo's name and you're guaranteed to get some kind of response. The colorful, outspoken former mayor of Philadelphia who's currently trying to get his old job back is the featured guest on the Maxine Schnall show this afternoon at 5 p.m. on WDVT (900/AM). Monday evenings and baseball make a good combination - like a brief sunshower on a warm day. Tonight, shelve the problems of the office, fix yourself something refreshing to drink and tune into the Philadelphia Phillies as they battle the Montreal Expos at 7:35 p.m. on WCAU (1210/AM)
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April 15, 2011 | By WILLIAM BENDER, benderw@phillynews.com 215-854-5255
Animal lovers around the nation were demanding to know "Where's Steve?" as the porcine drama entered its second week yesterday with Ridley Township officials refusing to reveal the whereabouts of the 10-week-old pet pig they found in an alley. Steve, a Vietnamese micro potbellied pig, escaped from Brian Maguire's yard on April 7 and was quickly apprehended by Ridley cops. But officials said pigs are illegal in their township, so police extradited Steve to an undisclosed farm.
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February 6, 1988 | By Joe Logan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Starting today, beautiful-music fans can expect a slightly different, slightly younger-sounding WEAZ-FM (101.1). At 12:01 a.m. today, 'EAZ - Easy 101 to its legion of listeners - "fine- tuned" its format, dropping from its play list hundreds of easy-listening songs that were instrumental only and adding hundreds that contain at least some vocals. The move, which did not surprise many in the local radio community, is an effort to attract younger listeners - primarily those in their early and mid- 40s - without chasing away the older listeners who have made Easy 101 a perennial top finisher, No. 4 overall in the recently released fall Arbitron ratings book.
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December 12, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
RADIO STATION B101 will be no more Dec. 26. But it's only the name that's retiring. The station will be known as MoreFM at 101.1. The format of the station will not change, the DJs won't change, the place on the dial won't change. Just the name. In a statement, station owner Jerry Lee said the name change did not reflect poor ratings. And he's right. B101 consistently dominates in the Philadelphia radio market, a feat for an independently owned station. Instead, Lee thought of the change as a branding update.
NEWS
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2012 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
IF SHE didn't know it already, Lisa DeBella will now: her husband of 17 years has been carrying on a 30-year love affair. But she needn't worry: the object of his affection isn't a woman; it's Philadelphia. How else do you explain why John DeBella, the 62-year-old WMGK-FM (102.9) morning-drive host - a native New Yorker, no less - has been in Philadelphia since the days when Ronald Reagan was president and Julius Erving and Moses Malone were the talk of the town? Why else would he have hung around even during the years when he was suffering professional humiliation and personal tragedy?
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 2012 | Jenice Armstrong
CHANNEL 6's Rob Jennings (left) turns a newsy 64 on Wednesday. The stars say the year ahead for the 35-year WPVI-TV veteran will be a good one, filled with action. In other words, Jennings will continue on his A game. Honestly, we expect nothing less. Abington-born stand-up comic and star of the Broadway adaptation of "The Wedding Singer" Stephen Lynch will be 41 Saturday. Former Philadelphia Orchestra music director Riccardo Muti, KYW Newsradio anchor Ed Abrams and former Channel 6 reporter Susanne LaFrankie also turn the page on a new year Saturday.
NEWS
April 20, 2011 | By Matt Huston, Inquirer Staff Writer
The free "Let Freedom Rock Fest," cosponsored for 10 years by Camden County and WMGK-FM (102.9), will not be held at Cooper River Park on July Fourth due to municipal budgetary concerns, the county Board of Freeholders announced Tuesday. The concert, which last year featured Paul Rodgers, cost the county about $150,000, said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli Jr. "Each year we budget for special events," he said. "The number that we budget has been decreasing over the past three years as we face these difficult financial times.
NEWS
April 19, 2011 | By Matt Huston, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The free "Let Freedom Rock Fest," cosponsored for 10 years by Camden County and WMGK-FM (102.9), will not be held at Cooper River Park on July Fourth due to municipal budgetary concerns, the county Board of Freeholders announced Tuesday. The concert, which last year featured Paul Rodgers, cost the county about $150,000, said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli Jr. "Each year we budget for special events," he said. "The number that we budget has been decreasing over the past three years as we face these difficult financial times.
NEWS
April 15, 2011 | By WILLIAM BENDER, benderw@phillynews.com 215-854-5255
Animal lovers around the nation were demanding to know "Where's Steve?" as the porcine drama entered its second week yesterday with Ridley Township officials refusing to reveal the whereabouts of the 10-week-old pet pig they found in an alley. Steve, a Vietnamese micro potbellied pig, escaped from Brian Maguire's yard on April 7 and was quickly apprehended by Ridley cops. But officials said pigs are illegal in their township, so police extradited Steve to an undisclosed farm.
NEWS
February 4, 2004
ON THE surface, Ed Sciaky was a crusty guy who loved to pick out the flaws he saw. "You MO-RON," he loved to say. But there was a real sweetness to him at his core that only those who knew him well could see. Ed became one of my closest friends over the past several years. Ed not only enjoyed knowing all the famous artists that he did, but he enjoyed seeing me meet and be enthralled with my heroes. When I first met Yes in '94, Ed asked if I had gotten Jon Anderson's autograph.
NEWS
January 31, 2004 | By Michael Klein INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Bill Womack, a disc jockey at WMGK-FM (102.9) since 1979 and its sole African American on-air personality, has sued the station, alleging that his salary was cut in half because of racial bias. In his federal complaint, filed last month in Philadelphia by Center City attorney Jeffrey Campolongo, Womack alleges that he was given a choice in November 2001: Take a pay cut or be let go. He contends that management told him the cut was necessary for financial reasons. An attorney for the station denied the allegation.
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July 1, 2003 | By Pat Muccigrosso
Tom Infield's article about Chubby Checker ("Spurned, with a twist," June 19) stirred something inside me that crossed stubborn Philadelphia pride, empathy and confusion. Philadelphia has always stood alongside other blue-collar cities when expressing its love for native sons and daughters. But like most people who suffer from the curse of paternal and maternal instincts, Philadelphians quickly grow tired of those "kids" who find a way of rejecting that love. Will Smith wears a Phillies hat to a nationally televised awards ceremony, and we stand ready to elect him mayor.
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