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September 6, 2011 | BY CHUCK DARROW, darrowc@phillynews.com 215-313-3134
THE SAD NEWS hit hard for those around Chris Stigall. Their sympathy knew no bounds. "There were so many people who got next to me and said, " 'Good luck, good luck.' They would almost talk . . . like [I was] a terminal cancer patient," recalled Stigall, who mans the morning drive-time shift on WPHT-AM (1210). Stigall's perfectly healthy. But concerned fans in his native Kansas City, Mo., and here, too, acted "like I was on death's door" when, late last year, he announced he was leaving talk-radio stardom in his hometown to take over the 5:30-9 a.m. slot at 'PHT on the first Monday of 2011, when Michael Smerconish moved to afternoons.
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March 8, 2013 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael Smerconish, a longtime big talker on WPHT-AM (1210), is leaving terrestrial radio. On April 15, he's taking The Michael Smerconish Show over to SiriusXM. He'll hold forth from 9 a.m. to noon on SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S., channel 24, on weekday mornings, and will be rebroadcast 6-9 p.m. He's also leaving his 80-plus market syndication, just as Talkers mag rated the audience for Smerconish - Inquirer columnist, lawyer, MSNBC host, progressive rock maven, author - in the Top 10 of talk.
SPORTS
August 31, 2011
The days of having to scan the radio dial are over for the Temple faithful. The Owls and WPHT-AM (1210) reached a multiyear deal for the radio station to broadcast every men's basketball and football game beginning with the 2011-12 seasons. The agreement goes into effect for Thursday's Mayor's Cup football game against Villanova at the Linc. For the 17th consecutive season, Harry Donahue will do the Temple football play-by-play. Former Temple standout quarterback Steve Joachim is the color analyst for the 12th season.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 2011
BEFORE HE entertained thoughts of doing talk radio for a living, WPHT-AM morning-drive DJ Chris Stigall spent the months after his junior year of college in New York City as an intern in the writing department of the "Late Show with David Letterman. " Sound glamorous and exciting? It isn't, suggested Philly's newest radio star. "Mostly, I did everything from coffee fetching to dry-cleaning running to script running," Stigall said. Occasionally, the writers let Stigall, who by union fiat wasn't officially allowed to contribute material, to suggest ideas for Letterman's signature "Top 10" lists.
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November 9, 1999 | by Al Hunter Jr.Daily News Staff Writer
It had been quite a day, even by Michael Smerconish's usual burn-the-candle-at-both-ends standards. At 7:30 a.m., he arrived at the cathedral-like offices of Beasley, Casey & Erbstein in Center City, where he's a trial lawyer specializing in medical malpractice, product liability and contracts. He worked till 3 p.m., then hopped into his Jeep and drove to WPHT radio (1210-AM) on Monument Road. There, he worked up a sweat (but never loosened his pink-checked tie) in the small studio, hosting his feisty, two-hour radio talk show.
SPORTS
January 11, 2011
Who: Flyers (26-10-5) at Buffalo Sabres (18-18-5) When: 7:30 Where: HSBC Arena TV: Versus Radio: WPHT (1210-AM)
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October 2, 2015 | Ryan Lawrence, Daily News Staff Writer
IF YOU slept in today and have a ticket for tonight's Phillies-Mets game, you better head over to the ballpark pronto. The final game of the penultimate series of the 2015 Phillies season was moved from a 7 p.m. start to an early matinee - first pitch is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. - because of inclement weather that's expected to arrive in Philadelphia at night. Gates open at 11:05 a.m. The change was made late yesterday afternoon at the direction of Major League Baseball, because the Mets are still playing for postseason seeding.
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October 16, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
THE RUMORS were true. I reported last week that Rush Limbaugh would be back at 1210 WPHT, and now sources are confirming it. And Sean Hannity is joining him. Morning-show host Chris Stigall is expected to announce Rush's return at 7:30 a.m. today. My sources at the station say the hosts are "really psyched" to have Limbaugh back on WPHT. Hannity was more on the "meh" scale, but I heard they had to take one to get the other. While Rush will get his noon-to-3 p.m. spot, Hannity won't be broadcast live, instead appearing on tape delay from 9 p.m. to midnight.
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October 11, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
HE'S BAAAAACK . Well, technically Rush Limbaugh hasn't left the airwaves yet, still appearing on IQ 106.9. But with that station switching formats to be closer to God, Limbaugh is free to go back to 1210 WPHT, the station that housed him for a decade. So when I started hearing rumblings that Rush would return to WPHT on Oct. 28, I asked Marc Rayfield , WPHT senior vice president and market manager, what was up. "I cannot confirm nor deny the rumor that Rush will be rejoining WPHT in late October.
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July 14, 2013 | By Ryan Lawrence, Daily News Staff Writer
SHORTLY BEFORE the first pitch was scheduled to be delivered last night, a rainstorm that brought to mind Game 5 of the 2008 World Series descended upon Citizens Bank Park. Thankfully, just about everyone had already gone home. The first game of the Phillies-White Sox series was postponed, their first rainout of the season. The game will be made up as part of a split-admission, day-night doubleheader today. All tickets for last night's game will be honored for an 8:15 start tonight.
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March 29, 2013 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
The Phillies will play two exhibition games this weekend against the Toronto Blue Jays at Citizens Bank Park. Friday's game begins at 7:05 p.m. Ashburn Alley opens at 4:35 p.m. and gates open at 5:35. Friday's game will be on The Comcast Network. Saturday's game is 1:05 p.m., with Ashburn Alley opening at 10:35 a.m. and gates opening at 11:05 a.m. Saturday's game will be on PHL17. Both games will be on WPHT (1210-AM) and WIP (94.1-FM). Tickets are available for both games, at www.phillies.com or by calling 215-463-1000.
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March 8, 2013 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael Smerconish, a longtime big talker on WPHT-AM (1210), is leaving terrestrial radio. On April 15, he's taking The Michael Smerconish Show over to SiriusXM. He'll hold forth from 9 a.m. to noon on SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S., channel 24, on weekday mornings, and will be rebroadcast 6-9 p.m. He's also leaving his 80-plus market syndication, just as Talkers mag rated the audience for Smerconish - Inquirer columnist, lawyer, MSNBC host, progressive rock maven, author - in the Top 10 of talk.
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March 7, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
THE TALK-RADIO AUDIENCE was becoming "too old, too white, too male and too angry" for syndicated host Michael Smerconish . On Wednesday, he announced that he's leaving terrestrial radio - including local affiliate 1210 WPHT - and heading for SiriusXM, where he'll appear on the nonpartisan POTUS station. The "Michael Smerconish Program," as it will be called, will begin April 15 and run weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon. A rep from WPHT says that Smerconish has no official end date at his home station but that the station wishes him the best.
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June 13, 2012 | Choose one .
Pulitzer-winning journalist, pundit, and noted Philadelphian Buzz Bissinger, best known for his football tome Friday Night Lights, has a new job: talk radio. Local CBS station Talk Radio 1210 WPHT (1210-AM) on Monday announced that Bissinger, 57, will take the wheel at the station's afternoon drive show (from 3 to 7 p.m. daily) with cohost Steve Martorano. Bissinger tells us he's excited about working in a new, fresh medium. "This will be my first regular full-time gig on radio," says Bissinger, who left The Inquirer in 1988.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 2012 | Dan Gross
Buzz Bissinger says Talk Radio 1210 WPHT asked him two questions when he was offered the afternoon drive slot at the radio station, where he starts June 25. "Are you gonna show up for work? Can you actually talk without dropping the F-bomb?" Bissinger recalls. The Friday Night Lights and Prayer for the City author has become known recently for his profane Twitter rants, which is why the cursing question makes sense. Fortunately, 1210 program director Andy Bloom knows how to handle foul-mouthed radio hosts.
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May 1, 2012 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
The Flyers are ending their longtime affiliation with WIP and jumping over to 97.5 FM The Fanatic beginning next season. The move comes just days after the Sixers abruptly ended their relationship with WIP and moved over to The Fanatic for postseason games. The Fanatic will be the flagship station, along with simulcast AM station 950 WPEN Radio. Several Flyers games will also be broadcast on WMMR (93.3-FM). "We're thrilled to be working with a partner that is 100 percent committed and excited about the Philadelphia Flyers," Comcast-Spectacor president Peter Luukko said in a statement.
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