October 17, 1988 |
The morning guys . . . They are the aristocrats of the a.m. airwaves, the dukes of the dial, the kings of rock 'n' droll radio. The morning guys. They are considered the key to how well a station does for the rest of the day. They get the big bucks for the big yuks. They shock, they shlock, they shtick it to anything that breathes or has recently stopped breathing. The longtime ruler of the early risers is John DeBella, whose album rock WMMR (FM/93.3) Morning Zoo has been the top-rated a.m. show in Philadelphia for more than 3 1/2 years.
October 5, 1987 |
Listen closely to episodes of radio's "The Great Gildersleeve" on WCAU- AM's "Radio Classics," and you might hear the voice of a young Betty White. The show biz career of the bubbly star of TV's "The Golden Girls" goes back that far. Tonight at 11 on WIP (AM/610), White talks with Larry King about her 40 or so years on stage, screen, radio and TV. And she may talk about elephants - her favorite animal - or pigs. Her pet porker on her current show has just gone to that great pigpen in the sky. White is a member of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Assn.
April 18, 1988 |
A year ago this Wednesday, Harvey, of Harvey-in-the-Morning semi-fame, hitched up his pants and groped around in the dark of his back hall closet until he found what was left of his ego and self-confidence, and he went back to work in radio. WIOQ-FM (102.1), where he worked for more than a decade, until he got canned when the station's ratings started to slip, was history. It was a brand-new day, this time at adult-contemporary WMGK-FM (102.9). His anniversary as Magic's 6-to-9-a.
August 7, 2009 |
Paul Green, founder of the original School of Rock a decade ago, is used to being imitated. First it was comedian Jack Black, who seemed to play Philadelphia's Green - a quirky and irreverent guitar instructor - in the 2003 film. Then it was the emergence of a national market for kids' rock schools. Now Green is getting more competition in his backyard. Erin Riley, the '80s-era WMMR music director, has opened the Rock and Roll After School in Phoenixville, making her a rare regional challenger to Green's now coast-to-coast empire.
June 12, 1989 |
Mary Mason back on the radio? OK, so there have been a couple of earlier false alarms about the scrappy Philadelphia radio veteran, but consider this: After months of rumors, Cody Anderson, former general manager of WDAS-AM/ FM, has finally purchased WHAT-AM (1340). The price: $1.65 million. The plan: a black-oriented talk format. "Mary and I have not officially talked yet," Anderson said Friday, "but if you talk about black-oriented talk, you have to consider Mary. At some point, I'll probably talk to her. " Mason, once queen of black talk radio in Philadelphia, and Anderson, once king of 'DAS, have never been kindred spirits.
November 22, 2011 |
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.
March 14, 2011 |
P INK IS HEADING home this weekend for her baby shower. We hear the Doylestown- native pop star is flying here from Los Angeles to celebrate with family and friends Saturday afternoon. She and Motocross-rider husband Carey Hart are expecting their first child in June. Out and about Spike Lee checked out some new Knicks gear at Mitchell & Ness (12th & Chestnut) Friday afternoon. The filmmaker was in town to be honored by the African American Musuem of Philadelphia.
June 14, 1989 |
WUSL and WEGX have "Batman. " WYSP has "Great Balls of Fire. " WMMR has "Ghostbusters. " WMGK had "Cousins. " More movies than ever are turning up on the radio, and not only in the form of theme music. In this summer of "Batman," "Ghostbusters II," "Star Trek V" and "Indiana Jones III," stations are competing fiercely to promote the movies themselves with free sneak previews and album giveaways. "I can't remember any year being so competitive with the radio stations wanting these films," said one movie publicist who, like Batman, prefers anonymity.
April 16, 2009 |
'WE LOST our voice. " What fitting words for Phillies President David Montgomery to use to express the significance of the passing of Harry Kalas. Whether singing "High Hopes" or declaring a Mike Schmidt home run "outta here," Harry had a gift. He was our voice and we will miss him. But when it comes to giving good voice, Philadelphians are lucky. Not every sports town can boast of a legend like Harry the K or a voice like John Facenda. In fact, many sports fans, news junkies and music lovers never find that specific broadcaster, news anchor or deejay to put up on a pedestal.
March 19, 2005 |
NEIL YOUNG SANG, "Rock and roll must never die. " Well, Neil, in Philadelphia, it is. On Feb. 25, Philadelphia's only modern-rock radio station, Y100, ended an 11-year career. They ended with a fitting song, Pearl Jam's "Alive. " The ending chorus goes, "Oh, I'm, oh, I'm still alive. " And that's what Y100 wanted - to stay alive. The Y100 switch launched a campaign to keep rock in Philadelphia. According to the Web site dedicated to saving Y100 (Y100rocks.com), as of March 1, more than 40,000 people had signed their petition.