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February 4, 1992 | By Joe Logan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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March 25, 1986 | By JOSEPH P. BLAKE, Daily News Staff Writer
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)
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June 11, 1996 | BY FRANCESCA CHAPMAN Daily News wire services, the New York Daily News, USA Today and Premiere contributed to this report
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.
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April 29, 1989 | By Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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October 10, 1987 | By Joe Logan, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 13, 1996 | by Mark Angeles, Daily News Staff Writer Daily News wire services contributed to this report
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)
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April 22, 1989 | By Joe Logan, Inquirer Staff Writer
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...
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April 26, 1993 | by Mark de la Vina, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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October 9, 2011 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
  "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.
NEWS
January 6, 1989 | By Joe Logan, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 10, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
BLAME Stephen Starr for Bob Saget 's comedy career. Abington High grad Saget yesterday released his autobiography, Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian , including remembrances about his time living in Philadelphia. Saget was born here, moved to Norfolk, Va., then Encino, Calif., before returning to the Philly suburbs for high school and then college at Temple University. In the book, Saget says he didn't start thinking about becoming a comic until he moved back to Philly.
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February 20, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A FORMER CITY radio personality was indicted by a grand jury yesterday on child-sex charges. David A. Herman, 78, is charged with attempting to transport a minor to his home in St. Croix in order to have sex with her, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Herman, who for years worked as a DJ for 93.3 WMMR, was arrested in October at the St. Croix airport after engaging in a nearly yearlong online conversation with an undercover investigator from the Bergen County, N.J., Prosecutor's Office.
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October 26, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA David Herman, who launched a prolific radio career at WMMR-FM in the 1960s, arrived at the St. Croix airport Thursday expecting to meet a 7-year-old girl he wanted to sexually assault at his Virgin Islands home, according to prosecutors. Instead, Herman, 77, who had unknowingly been chatting online with an undercover officer for nearly a year, was arrested by Homeland Security and customs agents and charged with attempting to transport a minor for sex. That was the case made Thursday by the U.S. Attorney's Office in a complaint released after Herman's arrest.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
D ON WEST , the defense attorney for George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case, used to be a DJ at WMMR. Former 'MMR DJ Michael Tearson said West worked for the station between 1977 and 1978, during the second tenure of legendary program director Jerry Stevens . "He was there for basically a long sip of water," Tearson said about West's short stint. Other 'MMR employees who worked at the station around the same time could not place West. "Although he appears to have a made-for-radio name, not even the longest tenured employees recall his time at 'MMR," said program director Bill Weston.
NEWS
June 15, 2013
  A fire Friday afternoon at a Lower Merion office building disrupted four FM radio stations, including sports talker The Fanatic. No one was injured. Around 4 p.m., the fire alarm sounded at One Bala Plaza, the headquarters of Greater Philadelphia Media, which owns 97.5 The Fanatic, 95.7 BEN FM, 93.3 WMMR, and 102.9 WMGK, said Donna Gallagher, a receptionist for WMMR and BEN FM. Video posted on YouTube showed smoke billowing from the top of the six-story building. Firefighters quickly responded and extinguished the fire, Gallagher said.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 2011 | By Dan Gross
IT COULD HAVE been last week, it might be this week, it may even be today, but sometime this month Pierre Robert will have been at 93.3 WMMR for 30 years. Robert isn't sure of the exact date because he never thought he would need to remember it when he started in the music library and ended up on an overnight shift that same week in 1981. "I came out here from San Francisco and I said I'll give it a year or two," said Robert, who can't believe he's been able to do what he loves for so long at a station he loves.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2011 | By Jonathan Takiff
BILLY AND Philly. We've always been a team. Billy Joel has played and sold out more shows (56) at our South Philadelphia arenas and stadiums than any other solo artist. And while this brashly gregarious, immensely gifted singer/keyboardist/composer has moved more than 150 million albums worldwide, local fans have been in his corner and buying his music the absolute longest. For proof, look no further than the gatefold Billy Joel CD package hitting stores today and also available in download form, with liner notes by yours truly - but more on that later.
NEWS
October 9, 2011 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
  "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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 2011 | By Dan Gross
WHEN A Flyers official heard that "40-Year-Old Virgin" director Judd Apatow was looking for a hockey player with no teeth for his new movie, he knew just who to recommend: Ian Laperriere . The injured winger jumped at the opportunity and enlisted teammates Scott Hartnell , Matt Carle and James van Riemsdyk to join him in Hollywood for a 16-hour-day shoot in Apatow's "This is Forty. " The guys portray hockey players who hit up a bar after a game and end up dancing and somehow playing with Lappy's false teeth.
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August 17, 2011 | BY CHUCK DARROW, darrowc@phillynews.com 215-313-3134
"HELLO, Philadelphia. Welcome to your worst nightmare. " With those seven words, Howard Stern began in earnest his inexorable march toward becoming the multimedia phenomenon we know (and love and love to hate) today. They were spoken 25 years ago tomorrow, Aug. 18, 1986, when the groundbreaking satirist-entertainer debuted on WYSP-FM (94.1). By the time Stern began simulcasting his New York-based morning drive-time radio show here, he had already been a hit in Washington and New York.
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