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June 20, 1988 | By Joe Logan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The latest monthly Arbitrends are out and two things jump off the page: Dance-oriented WUSL-FM (98.9), ever gaining in the ratings, continues to be headed for the top spot among the city's radio stations, and now seems all but certain to end the three-year reign of rock giant WMMR-FM (93.3). Adding insult to 'MMR's injury, WYSP-FM (94.1) morning man Howard Stern has eclipsed Philadelphia's longtime top-rated morning jock, 'MMR zoo keeper John DeBella. Granted, these are only "trends," not to be confused with the full-blown Arbitron quarterly ratings book that will be out next month.
BUSINESS
May 2, 1991 | by Jenice Armstrong, Daily News Staff Writer
HE IS: Bruce H. Holberg. HE DOES: Manage radio stations. HE SUCCEEDS: By knowing his market and promoting his product. When Bruce H. Holberg took over the helm of WUSL-FM in 1982, he had but one mission: to revamp the lackluster country & western station and vastly increase its listening audience. No easy task. At the time, WUSL was rated nearly at the bottom of all Philadelphia station rankings. Talk about coming a long way, baby. These days, Power 99 is the top-rated FM radio station in the city.
NEWS
October 19, 1988 | By Dan Geringer, Daily News Staff Writer
Horace the Taurus is having a miserable morning. The sexually potent horoscopologist and rapper/crooner, who arrived at WUSL (FM/98.9) last October along with new morning men Brian Carter and Dave Sanborn, is close to tears. Used to be, he tells Carter and Sanborn, that after he delivered one of his sensuous renditions of, say, "Turn Off the Lights" by The World Class Wreckin' Cru, his mailbox would be filled for days with panties and condoms sent by appreciative Power 99 lady listeners.
BUSINESS
November 25, 1986 | By Neill Borowski, Inquirer Staff Writer
A native of India who owns a defense contracting company in Virginia has agreed to buy WUSL-FM (98.9), one of Philadelphia's top-ranked stations, for $32 million. Sharad Tak, who owns four television stations and an FM radio station, yesterday confirmed his preliminary agreement with LIN Broadcasting Corp., which bought the station in late 1975 for $1.4 million. Tak, of Potomac, Md., also owns S.T. Systems Corp., a government contractor based in Vienna, Va. In separate transactions, two other radio stations in the Philadelphia market, WTRK-FM (106.
NEWS
July 15, 1988 | By Joe Logan, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's official: Philadelphia has a new No. 1 radio station, urban- contemporary WUSL-FM (98.9), or Power 99 to its legion of young listeners. A bridesmaid in the ratings off and on for two years, Power 99 surged past rock giant WMMR-FM (93.3) in the all-important spring Arbitron quarterly- ratings book, released yesterday, to march past 'MMR to the altar for the first time in three years. The spring ratings also brought more interesting news: 'MMR's John DeBella has once again turned back a hard-charging challenge by WYSP-FM's (94.1)
NEWS
April 23, 1991 | By Sam Wood, Special to The Inquirer
If music be the food of love, disc jockey Tony Brown must be Cupid's personal chef. As host of The Quiet Storm, Power 99's Escoffier of aural affection airs his romantic music five nights a week. His baritone purr and seductive playlist have made him one of the city's most beloved DJs and the undisputed king of late-night radio. Brown did it again last week. In the winter Arbitron "book" released Thursday, his weekday show on urban-contemporary WUSL-FM (98.8) was again the most popular broadcast in its time period.
NEWS
May 20, 1986 | By STEVEN A. MARQUEZ, Daily News Staff Writer
The pop song video "Sun City" clattered and jumped to its conclusion, and Denise Pullian called the audience of 200 frisky high-school students to attention. "What do you think the song is saying?" Pullian asked. "Na-na-na-NA-na-na!," shot back a wise guy, quoting the song's refrain. There was a serious, more polysyllabic message Pullian wanted to drive home to the Archbishop Ryan High School students: musical harmony can be interracial harmony. To demonstrate this, radio personalities from soul-and-rap-oriented WUSL-FM (Power 99)
NEWS
January 23, 1989 | By Joe Logan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Local lawyer Ragan Henry, through his wife, Regina, agreed in principal Friday to buy oldies station WFIL-AM (560) for just under $7 million, with an eye toward turning it into a talk, interview and information station. "That's my gut feeling right now," said Henry, who already owns 10 stations across the country. "But whenever we buy a station, we do considerable research to see what the market will bear. It also tells us to what degree we should aim to reach the black community or the community in general.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 1991 | By Anita Myette, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Ben Franklin used a kite in his electrical experiment, he created quite a spark. These days, something else is sparking a lot of interest: Philadelphia's Fifth Annual Kite Festival, April 27 and 28. All kinds of kites will fly the skies over Belmont Plateau, from simple homemade models to huge Japanese battle kites requiring four people to handle. The two-day event will feature a variety of kite-flying contests, exhibits, kite-flying lessons, stunt-kite demonstrations, plus face painting, a food bazaar, appearances by local and "historical" celebrities and more.
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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May 3, 2007 | By Michael Klein INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
That J. Peterman guy really has been working wonders for radio station WBEN-FM (95.7). BIA Financial Network, which estimates station revenue throughout the country, recently released 2006 estimates for Philadelphia stations. Stations themselves seldom divulge that information; executives contacted offered no comment. Ben-FM, whose "we play anything we feel like" pop/rock format is touted by actor John O'Hurley, saw a 64 percent rise between 2005 and 2006, BIA said. That makes it the city's largest percentage gainer - from $8.1 million to $13.3 million.
NEWS
January 22, 1999 | by Al Hunter Jr., Daily News Staff Writer
One will pack his bags and hit the road. The other will spend more time with his young daughter and stay in Philadelphia. Two days after their ouster from Power 99's (WUSL-FM) morning team, Brian Carter and Dave Sanborn are looking in the future - just like the station. "They were looking to go into the full Y2K thing, into a higher direction with the radio station," Carter said yesterday. "If they want to go into the year 2000 with another slate, that's cool. " Carter and Sanborn, Power 99's morning team for 11 years, left Wednesday after their contract was not renewed.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 1995 | By Kevin L. Carter, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
"Nostalgia" and "urban" were the winning formats in the fall '94 quarterly Arbitron ratings released yesterday. WPEN-AM (950), the big-band/standards station that placed 12th during the summer Arbitron book, leaped to second overall and moved from a 4.2 percent share of the area's audience to a 5.9. "I'm happy, but as I always say, it's already history," said 'PEN general manager Dean Tyler. "I try not to get real excited, but it's nicer to have a good book than a bad book.
NEWS
July 14, 1994 | by Renee Lucas Wayne, Daily News Staff Writer Daily News writer Harriet Lessy contributed to this report
Wondering why you haven't heard Stanley T (Evans) lately on Power 99? It's because the popular WUSL (98.9-FM) disc jockey doesn't work there anymore. He was in the mix on June 29 on his regular 2 to 6 p.m. shift, out of it on June 30, replaced by DC Todd. Evans said the parting of ways between him and Power 99 resulted from a personality conflict with former program director - now operations manager - David Allen. "He told me we'd reached our professional potential with one another and to look at being fired as a divorce between he and I," Evans said.
NEWS
February 18, 1993 | by Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer
Now our children grow up prisoners All their life, radio listeners. "Radio Song," R.E.M. Let's face it: Most teens are slaves to the radio. But nowadays, there are several masters to choose from - whether you're into Naughty by Nature or Christopher Williams, Morrissey or Michael Bolton - and they're battling fiercely to make you theirs. There's Q-102 (WIOQ/101.9-FM), which plays the latest rap and dance songs; Power 99 (WUSL/98.9-FM), which programs contemporary R&B; Eagle 106 (WEGX/105.
NEWS
July 17, 1992 | By Joe Logan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Urban-rocker WUSL-FM (Power 99) has muscled its way back on top of the local radio ratings. And in the mornings, all-news KYW-AM (1060) and WYSP-FM's Howard Stern remain in a class by themselves. WMMR-FM (93.3) morning legend John DeBella is in an unprecedented tailspin. Nostalgia station WPEN-AM (950) and WYXR-FM (Star 104.5) are on the move. Oldies WOGL-FM (98.1) has re-emerged, big-time. And the return of Gina Preston has given new life to mornings at WXTU-FM (Country 92). Such are the highlights and sore spots of the spring Arbitron ratings book released yesterday.
NEWS
February 25, 1992 | Daily News Wire Services
Channel 61 (WTGI-TV) and WUSL-FM/Power 99 radio yesterday announced an agreement to produce "Power TV," an hourlong music video program that will air on Sunday evenings at 7, beginning March 15. The rap and R&B-oriented show, to be hosted by Power 99 evening disc jockey Stanley T, will feature appearances by popular recording artists and Philadelphia-area guest celebrity VJs, weekly countdowns of Philadelphia's top nine most-requested videos, celebrity...
BUSINESS
May 2, 1991 | by Jenice Armstrong, Daily News Staff Writer
HE IS: Bruce H. Holberg. HE DOES: Manage radio stations. HE SUCCEEDS: By knowing his market and promoting his product. When Bruce H. Holberg took over the helm of WUSL-FM in 1982, he had but one mission: to revamp the lackluster country & western station and vastly increase its listening audience. No easy task. At the time, WUSL was rated nearly at the bottom of all Philadelphia station rankings. Talk about coming a long way, baby. These days, Power 99 is the top-rated FM radio station in the city.
NEWS
April 23, 1991 | By Sam Wood, Special to The Inquirer
If music be the food of love, disc jockey Tony Brown must be Cupid's personal chef. As host of The Quiet Storm, Power 99's Escoffier of aural affection airs his romantic music five nights a week. His baritone purr and seductive playlist have made him one of the city's most beloved DJs and the undisputed king of late-night radio. Brown did it again last week. In the winter Arbitron "book" released Thursday, his weekday show on urban-contemporary WUSL-FM (98.8) was again the most popular broadcast in its time period.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 1991 | By Anita Myette, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Ben Franklin used a kite in his electrical experiment, he created quite a spark. These days, something else is sparking a lot of interest: Philadelphia's Fifth Annual Kite Festival, April 27 and 28. All kinds of kites will fly the skies over Belmont Plateau, from simple homemade models to huge Japanese battle kites requiring four people to handle. The two-day event will feature a variety of kite-flying contests, exhibits, kite-flying lessons, stunt-kite demonstrations, plus face painting, a food bazaar, appearances by local and "historical" celebrities and more.
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