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Archived Philly Talk Radio News for the year 2004

Saturday, November 13th, 2004

"Rick and Art" return to WWDB 860-AM with their fix it show.  Now it's branded as Art "The Builder McKeown with Rick Degregorio" and can be heard from 11am to 1pm.


Phillies back to 1210?
Posted by: PGB on Monday, July 19, 2004 - 02:36 AM

Word from a source close to the negotiations says that the Phillies and WPHT 1210-AM are seeking an agreement o­n a deal that would bring the baseball broadcasts back to the 50,000 watt flamethrower.

Ever since the Phillies left WPHT people have been complaining of the lack of decent signals.  While o­n 1210 the Phillies games could be heard all up and down the east coast.  Transplanted Phillies fans kept in touch with their team with the after dark skywave signal.

The Phillies tried to replace that with a network of smaller stations with mixed success.

Note:  Soon after this was reported the Phillies denied "speculation on the Internet" about them moving back to 1210

I TOLD YOU SO, nya nya nya


Bigby leaving WIP
Posted by: PGB on Thursday, July 08, 2004 - 02:31 AM

 Program Director of WIP 610-AM and former long time PD for WPHT 1210-AM Tom Bigby will be learving Philly to work at Infinity owned News/Talk  KRLD 1080-AM in Dallas, Texas.

His last day at the station will be July 23.  Tom has family ties in Dallas.


Ad glut hurting radio
Posted by: PGB on Sunday, June 20, 2004 - 11:20 PM

Ad glut rocks radio (Original story link)

Thu Jun 17, 6:09 PM ET  Yahoo news - Jill Goldsmith, STAFF

The strategy of stuffing commercial radio full of ads has backfired, as a handful of investment banks predicted slower growth, downgrading six key radio stocks -- Clear Channel, Emmis, Cox Radio, Entercom, Citadel and Westwood o­ne -- and the sector as a whole.

The strategy of stuffing commercial radio full of ads has backfired, as a handful of investment banks predicted slower growth, downgrading six key radio stocks -- Clear Channel, Emmis, Cox Radio, Entercom, Citadel and Westwood o­ne -- and the sector as a whole.

Wall Street's piling o­n the industry comes two weeks after the sector's most outspoken advocate, Mel Karmazin, exited Viacom. The media conglom subsequently hinted that it may consider selling its giant Infinity radio division.

Karmazin built Infinity and repeatedly predicted over the years that consolidation meant radio would be able to snatch an ever bigger piece of the overall ad pie. The results have been mixed.

As radio companies merged, the number of spots has surged to a high of 25 minutes per hour in some cases, said Goldman Sachs analyst Richard Rosenstein.

He and others said the ad inundation -- which consumers have bemoaned for years -- has eroded the value of the spots. Advertisers have started to worry that their message is being diluted by the sheer number of blurbs.

Radio stocks will be stuck, said Banc of America analyst Jonathan Jacoby, until the industry faces up to challenges.

Rosenstein said radio companies can either lower their prices or reduce the number of spots. But "it is difficult to believe that such a structural improvement in pricing/inventory can happen overnight, and could take as many as two quarters or longer to accomplish o­nce undertaken," he added.

JPMorgan Chase, Wachovia Securities and A.G. Edwards also lowered their investment recommendations o­n the sector after a report Wednesday cited weak ad data for the group in July.

Ad prices are expected to dip 4% in July from the year before. August is tracking flat against the same month last year.

National sales are down 7% in June and are seen dropping 13% next month, Jacoby said.

Overall, the radio sector has been the slowest in the media to recover from an ad downturn and the start of the Iraq (news - web sites) war last year. Generally, TV and newspapers have had a nice boost since then.

As a result, radio stocks are down nearly 20% since April, with many trading at or near their 52-week lows.

If there's a bright spot, A.G. Edwards thinks the stocks could be just about at bottom -- meaning there's no place to go but up. And Wachovia sees a possible rebound in September as a wave of political advertising o­n TV drives ad spending o­n secondary media like radio.

As the glum forecasts flew, investors pummeled most radio stocks Thursday. Emmis fell 6.10% to close at $20.02. Entercom dipped 2.32% to $36.70. Westwood o­ne was down 1.08% to $23.89. Cox eased 0.35% to $17.20. Citadel slipped 0.14% to $14.49.

Clear Channel, the biggest of the bunch, bucked the downtrend, rising 2.43% to $36.71.

The analysts didn't downgrade Viacom, since the company's exposure to other businesses buffers it from a slowdown in radio. Still, Viacom shares were off 0.75% to $37.21.


Salem pulls David Lawrence Show
Posted by: PGB on Sunday, June 20, 2004 - 11:25 PM

Salem Communications has pulled the David Lawrence show heard locally o­n 990AM from 3-6am.  After what some at Salem called a distasteful description of David walking in o­n his wife with another man Salem moved to pull the show.

Jerry Doyle, former candidate for Congress and actor, fills the slot.  Doyle is probably best known for his role o­n the science fiction TV series, Babylon 5.


Radio Ratings for Philly (Winter 2004)
Posted by: PGB on Tuesday, April 27, 2004 - 12:06 PM

The Winter book for Radio Radings in Philly are out.

No real big shockers ... well maybe WFAN (Imus?) showing up with a .4 is worth noting.

Website Notes: 1 million visits
Posted by: PGB on Tuesday, April 27, 2004 - 08:46 AM

1,000,000 unique visits to Philly Talk

Sometime yesterday, Monday, April 27, the Philly Talk Group of sites passed the million visits mark.  This particular counter only registers unique visits per day o­n this site, the talk site and the forums so if you were to visits 20 pages across all sites you only get counted o­nce.

One less "P" at WPHT 1210-AM
Posted by: PGB on Tuesday, April 27, 2004 - 07:30 AM

Laura Nachman reports ...

There will be o­ne less "P" at WPHT 1210-AM.  "Philadelphia Daily News" reporter Ronnie Polaneczky's Sunday afternoon show is over after o­nly two shows.  She wrote in an email, "I decided the show was a poor fit for me, and could just tell it wasn't going to work, long-term, so decided to nip things in the bud."

WPHT program director Grace Blazer said she probably will have a replacement in a couple of weeks.

Stu Bykofsky story on 990-AM
Posted by: PGB on Friday, April 23, 2004 - 08:29 AM

Stu (formerly of the BYKO! column, now morphed into a supposed respected columnist - a term which I'm sure he has conflicts with) has a column on 990 AM today.

Excerpts ... (they really don't give this guy enough space)

Suddenly WPHT/1210-AM (which has Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, who share a single brain) no longer had a monopoly o­n the Righteous Right.

Listeners can tune to 990-AM to hear hosts including Bill Bennett, the noted authority o­n self-control in casinos; Laura Ingraham, who clerked for Clarence Thomas (and whose hemlines are twice as long as the puff adder Ann Coulter); Dennis Prager, the pro-Israel, ethicist/moralist; Michael Medved, a Vietnam protester converted into a cultural conservative; Mike Gallagher, whose home base is Texas (enough said?); Hugh Hewitt, an intellectual ultraconservative, and the San Francisco-based Michael Savage, who takes a baggy-pants approach to hate speech (and whose TV career ended suddenly when MSNBC yanked him after he wished AIDS and death on a caller).

The inky makes you create an account to read the news now.

April 2004 - Random stuff

Jeff Katz
The Shomrim Society of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley has announced its selection of radio personality Jeff Katz as their 2004 Man of the Year.

Shomrim, which means guardian in Hebrew, represents police officers and firefighters of the Jewish faith.

Jeff will be honored at the 67th Annual Shomrim Banquet which will happen on Wednesday June 2, 2004 at Har Zion Temple located at 1500 Hagys Ford Road in Penn Valley, PA.

You may order tickets by going to The Herald (page 4) section of the Shomrim website at

WNTP "News Talk" 990-AM hits the air (April 5)
Carrying all syndicated shows, mostly from it's parent Salem, WNTP comes to town on a pretty decent signal.

Programming lineup (more)

WeekDay Programs
 12:00 AMThe Mike Gallagher Show Mike Gallagher
 3:00 AMThe David Lawrence Show David Lawrence
 5:00 AMBeyond the News Weekend Journal Bob Agnew
 6:00 AMMorning In America Bill Bennett
 9:00 AMThe Laura Ingraham Show Laura Ingraham
 12:00 PMThe Dennis Prager Show Dennis Prager
 3:00 PMThe Michael Medved Show Michael Medved
 6:00 PMThe Hugh Hewitt Show Hugh Hewitt
 7:00 PMThe Savage Nation Michael Savage
 10:00 PMThe Hugh Hewitt Show Hugh Hewitt

Forum Thread

Air America
Off to a rocky start Lib-Talk is storming the nation ... well ok they have a few rimshot stations but you just wait.  Al "" Franken claimes this is the beginning of the end for Bush.  Reports in both the Daily News and Inky say WHAT is being looked at as a local outlet for Air America.  Reportedly they would keep Mary Mason.  My sources say she would be booted out of morning drive.  How the listeners would react to a basically white slate of talker taking over "The voice of the African-American Community" remains to be seen but they should roll over and take it like the good democratic party robots they are.

Laura Tortella
The traffic babe known for her erotic candy business brings "The Sunlight Lounge" to WSNI 104.5-FM on Sunday mornings from 6:30 to 10:00 AM.

Sunday March 21st, 2004

WIP prepares to move out of Philly to Bala

Late last year Infinity Radio announced it was building new studios to house it's radio group here in the Philly market.

Full story link

Watts up - by Michael Klein

WIP-AM (610), whose studios have been in Philly pretty much since the dawn of wireless, signed a deal last week and will move out of the city.

The sports-talk station, now in Northern Liberties, will begin broadcasting in August across the city line in Lower Merion - Two Bala Plaza, next to Saks Fifth Avenue in Bala Cynwyd, to be precise. Sister stations WOGL-FM (98.1) and WPHT-AM (1210), now in the Bala Cynwyd building that houses WCAU-TV (Channel 10), also will move into Two Bala next year to consolidate space.

Let's talk about money.

Loser: Philadelphia. BIA Financial Network, a radio analyst, estimates WIP's annual billings at $17.8 million, which would come to about $1.2 million in lost city business-privilege and gross-receipts taxes.

Friday March 19th, 2004

Barky's contract details

Since 96.5 flipped to some other format last fall a number of people have asked about Barsky ...

This Philadelphia Inquirer article
By Michael Klein - Thursday March 18
lists the money specifics of Barsky's deal from court documents:

Looks like Paul Barsky's breakup with his former radio employer was most unpleasant.

The jock is suing Beasley Broadcast Group in Montgomery County. Barsky was last heard on the air in November, when adult contemporary WPTP-FM (96.5) flipped to an urban format.

In the suit, filed March 3, Barsky seeks $1,758,333.33 remaining on his five-year contract, which he signed in March 2003.

Click for the full article

Thursday March 11th, 2004

Yawn, Liberal Radio Network finally getting ready to launch... but NOT in Philly ... yet.

Thursday February 26th, 2004

As promised yesterday (C'mon, how many times to I actually post stuff on time?) here is the update on 990-AM.

In today's Inky Michael Klein sums it up nicely in his column ... (Column Link)

Talk about talk

There's been chatter for months that Philly will be getting a new talk station.

It's set to happen April 5 - and the station isn't the long-awaited local outlet of the liberal Air America radio network backed by former AOL execMark Walsh.

What is now religious station WZZD-AM (990) will air conservative news and call-in talk.

As WNTP - for News Talk Philadelphia - the station will mostly pick up syndicated talkers including Laura Ingraham, Michael Savage, Hugh Hewitt, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved and Mike Gallagher. Station owner Salem Communications also has religious station WFIL-AM (560), which airs Medved's show.

Still a mystery is the identity of the WNTP syndicated morning host. General manager Russ Whitnah, who plans an announcement today, identified him only as a "headliner-/newsmaker-type of commentator who has been at the crossroads of culture for many years."

As for Air America, known as Central Air when it was announced in December, though it's signed Al Franken as a host, it has yet to announce its network of liberal-talk stations.

But the Big Story is the co-host, Tom Tradup, the guy behind the scenes at Salem nominally in charge of much of what is going on programming-wise with all their stations flipping. This is lost on most but let me make this comparison ... During the Bush campaign a guy named Dick Cheney was in charge of finding the perfect running mate ... after an exhaustive search he names ... himself.

Tradup was in charge of the "short list" of local morning hosts for Philly. There was such a list.

Salem's station in Atlanta and Boston had already gone to this new formula with live and local morning shows. Now that is apparently out the window. The final morning team will probably include, if they get what they want, Ann Coulter as well.

Stern pulled from some CC stations
but not here

Wednesday February 25th, 2004

Coming April 5th there will be a new News/Talk station in Philly.  WZZD 990-AM changes to WNTP.  More tomorrow ... somebody else is developing this story.  forum post

Tuesday February 10th, 2004

Stu Bykfosky retires the BYKO! column in the Daily News.

Having been privy to this information for some time it's not a shock but I have to say that in the 17 years he stuffed his ego into that chair at the Daily News he did one hell of a good job.  In the last 5 years or so running Philly Talk Radio Online we quoted him often.  Dan Gross takes his place.  He's kind of like Byko but with better looks and people skills.

Read the BYKO OBIT

Thursday, January 15, 2004

Michael Klein in the Inky reports the following

KYW Contract Vote
A resounding "no" from the union representing about 45 newsies at KYW-AM (1060) on a three-year contract offer endorsed by shop stewards. The nays, who outnumbered yeas by 2-1, objected to management's idea to use nonunion assistants to gather sound bites and write news leads. The members of Newsradio's American Federation of Television and Radio Artists unit have been working since Oct. 1 under a contract extension that expires Jan. 30. No strike talk.

Wing Bowl News
Wing Bowl will make its TV debut this year. WPSG (Channel 57) will air the comic documentary The Road to Wing Bowl 12 from 10 to 10:30 p.m. Jan. 29, the night before the annual wing-eating spree sponsored by sister station WIP-AM (610). Channel 57 will relive the event in the one-hour Bad to the Bone: The Best of Wing Bowl 12, at 10 p.m. Feb. 5. The WIP morning crew will host the hour.

Wednesday, January 7, 2004

Philadelphia Radio Ratings are out.

Details on R&R.