February 4, 1992 |
John DeBella and the rest of rock station WMMR-FM (93.3) officially moved from the station's studios at 19th and Walnut yesterday - and they did it in style. DeBella, fellow jock Pierre Robert and an escort of about 30 bikers from the Tri-State Hog Club made the trek on noise-polluting Harley Davidsons, broadcasting every inch of the way. And when the entourage got to Fifth and Market - where WMMR will share quarters with sister stations KYW-AM (1060) and KYW-TV - DeBella, Robert and a couple of biker dudes rumbled right up the front steps and into the Channel 3 lobby.
March 25, 1986 |
Metromedia, owner of nine radio stations across the country, including WIP (610/AM) and WMMR (93.3/FM) here, reached an agreement in principal yesterday to sell those stations and Texas State Networks to an investor group headed by the president of Metromedia Radio, Carl C. Brazell Jr. The in-house sale, possibly the largest transaction ever involving a radio station group, is reported to be for about $285 million. The change probably won't result in a format change at either of the two local stations involved, said a source at WMMR (currently the No. 1 music station in the Philadelphia radio market)
June 11, 1996 |
Weekend disc jockey Michael Tearson yesterday handed in his resignation to bosses at WMMR radio, severing his 26-year on-again, off-again relationship with the station. To do what? Tearson, a fixture on Philadelphia radio since the late 1960s, doesn't have a new radio gig lined up. He quit, he said, to work on an array of projects, including freelance production in a new home studio, writing and acting. "It's a bold move to make, because I don't have a fallback position," he admitted.
April 29, 1989 |
How popular is The Who, seven years after the official breakup? WMMR is betting more than a million bucks that the reuniting British rockers still have what it takes to sell out Veterans Stadium, July 9. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today at $22.50 a pop plus service charge at all Ticketron locations (call 885-1212 for locations), via phone charge at (800) 233-4060 and at a trailer parked outside JFK Stadium. "We're promoting the show and guaranteeing The Who a sellout in order to be sure that Philadelphia would get a show on their tour," says WMMR vice president and general manager Michael Craven.
October 10, 1987 |
Sometime in the next few months, fans of WMMR-FM (93.3) may notice that John DeBella is sounding better and better. Not his show, the radio signal. Early next year, Philadelphia's top-rated rock-and-roll station will move its transmitter from the top of the PSFS Building to the city's tallest skyscraper, the 61-story One Liberty Place. The move, says Mike Craven, vice president and general manager of WMMR, will mean slightly better reception for some people, much better reception for others.
November 13, 1996 |
WMMR, the FM radio station that once dominated Philadelphia rock music airwaves, will be sold due to the imminent purchase of Infinity Broadcasting by its parent company, media giant Westinghouse. Westinghouse's proposed purchase of Infinity, for $4.23 billion, won antitrust approval yesterday from the U.S. Justice Department after the company agreed to sell radio stations in Philadelphia and Boston. The deal still needs FCC approval. Today's settlement, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., calls for Westinghouse to sell WBOS (92.9-FM)
April 22, 1989 |
All-news KYW-AM (1060) and rock giant WMMR-FM (93.3) are about to become sister stations. Late Thursday, Westinghouse Broadcasting, parent company of KYW and 13 other stations nationally, announced that it had agreed in principle to buy 10 stations owned by Legcy Broadcasting and Metropolitan Broadcasting, the parent companies of WMMR, in what broadcast-industry analysts say is a $385 million deal that will create the second-largest radio group...
April 26, 1993 |
Growing up in the late '60s in the Northeast, Tom Sheehy spent weeknights by the radio laboring over his trigonometry homework. But he didn't listen to just any old radio. Sheehy had a gadget freak of an uncle who gave him a portable FM. "I was one of the fortunate kids in the neighborhood to have one, and I used to listen to WIFI because it would play underground rock," recalled Sheehy, 41, publicist at J.C. Dobbs. "But one night," he said, "I was changing stations and this voice came on. It was so deep.
October 9, 2011 |
"Party Doll" by Buddy Knox was Michael Tearson's first record. His newest: Stuff That Works - by Michael Tearson. "The best compliment I've gotten about my album," the veteran Philly DJ says, "is that different people pick wildly different songs as their favorite. " Tearson's voice at 63 is as distinctive on CD - he sings 13 tunes, from Bob Dylan to Neil Diamond - as on radio. That's the medium where the Baltimore-area native got his start 44 years ago in Philadelphia, just as the FM revolution dawned.
January 6, 1989 |
The Eagle, officially, has landed. At No. 1, that is. Top 40 station WEGX-FM (106.1), the butt of local radio jokes only a year- and-a-half ago when it ranked 18th out of 25 stations, yesterday claimed the top spot among local stations, toppling traditional rock power WMMR-FM (93.3). WEGX, or Eagle 106 to its legion of fans, finished the fall quarterly Arbitron ratings book with a 7.9 percent overall share of the listening audience, just ahead of WMMR's 7.7 percent share. It was by far the strongest showing by Eagle 106, which finished in fourth place in the previous book, and the first time the station has ever led in the ratings.