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Bob Elliott Dies - 2/4 - From Tom Taylor Now: Bob Elliott has died at 92, after a rich career that began in radio and was always anchored there. He was drawn to radio and dry comedy even in school and he lucked out by clicking with Ray Goulding at then-WHDH Boston after his service in World War II. By 1951, “Bob & Ray” had a show on the NBC Radio Network. Like other radio talents of the era, they added television to their performing lives, and became familiar guests on TV shows hosted by Ed Sullivan, Johnny Carson, Steve Allen and later David Letterman. They even did Broadway, starring in a two-man show in 1970 (“The Two and Only”) that ran five months. Like many of their ventures, it featured Bob’s reticent reporter character “Wally Ballou,” and also him as the president of the Slow Talkers of America. (When the curtain rose following intermission, Elliott was still finishing a sentence from Act 1.) But radio was always key for Bob & Ray. Across their four decades together, they were heard nationally on NBC, CBS and Mutual, and important New York stations like WINS, WOR, and WHN. In 1995, Bob & Ray were inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. Until close to Ray’s death in 1990, in the 1980s they regularly popped up on NPR. Bob also appeared in movies, and you may know him through his work with his comedic actor son Chris Elliott. (Bob played Chris’ father on TV’s “Get A Life.”) Bob’s granddaughter Abby Elliott was a cast member of Saturday Night Live (as Chris had been). Granddaughter Bridey Elliott co-starred in last year’s “Fort Tilden” movie.....

WFAS Goes Sports - 2/3 - Cumulus news talker WFAS, 1230, in White Plains NY, has flipped to sports using CBS Sports Radio.....

Saul Adams Re-Joins 11 - 1/12 - Channel 11/WPIX names Saul Adams managing news editor. He started working at the Tribune station in 2003 and was the nightside executive news producer when he left in 2013.....

Inquirer Gets Donated To Non-Profit - 1/12 - Philadelphia Inquirer owner donates the entire Philadelphia Media Network, which includes the sister Philadelphia Daily News and philly.com website, to the nonprofit Institute For Journalism In New Media, part of the Philadelphia Foundation. More at philly.com.....

Sliwa Adds 5 PM Slot At 770 - 1/6 - Cumulus news talker WABC-AM, 770, adds a second helping of Curtis Sliwa, with a new "Drive At Five" one-hour feature. He'll continue his pairing with Ron Kuby in the noon to 3 PM slot, and then come back at 5 PM.....

CBS Cuts WCBS's Pat Carroll - 1/5 - Pat Carroll, the 20-year morning anchor at all-news WCBS-AM, 880, is out. Carroll's exit means that PM drive co-anchor Wayne Cabot transfers to mornings to work alongside Paul Murnane. Michael Wallace replaces Cabot in afternoons (working with Steve Scott). Wallace will also solo-host the noon hour, on either side of Pat Farnack’s 10 AM to noon and 1 PM to 3 PM solo blocks. Gone is a midday writer at WCBS, and there's also been some budget-cutting at sister all-news WINS, 1010.....

Rama & Treadway To Anchor Weekends For 11 - 12/24 - Kala Rama and Craig Treadway are the new weekend anchors at Channel 11/WPIX. They replace Kaity Tong, who returns to the weekdays, co-anchoring a new 6:30 PM newscast with longtime Channel 9/WWOR anchor Brenda Blackmon, who left that station when daily newscasts were shuttered in 2013. Previously, Rama worked as weekday morning anchor at Channel 7/WABC. Treadway has been at WPIX's morning news since it launched in 2000.....

ABC Hires 6's Pilgrim - 12/21 - ABC News has hired Eva Pilgrim from ABC-owned Channel 6/WPVI in Philadelphia. Pilgrim, an anchor and reporter at the station, will become an NYC-based correspondent for the network.....

Eric Fisher To 2 - 12/17 - Eric Fisher, the chief meteorologist at Boston's WBZ-TV, heads to NYC to be chief meteorologist at Channel 2/WCBS. Both stations are owned by CBS. He'll also do nightly weather segments on the "CBS Evening News".....

Geraldo Sues Cumulus - 12/11 - Geraldo Rivera has filed suit against Cumulus, claiming that the owner of NYC talker WABC, 770, backed out of a $600,000 deal for him to host a daily show. More at bloomberg.com.....

WABC Says Adios To Rivera - 11/30 - Geraldo Rivera gets cut loose from Cumulus news talker WABC, 770 AM, in NYC. More at radioinsight.com.....

New AM Show For WPHI - 11/19 - Radio One raises its bet on classic hip-hop with a new syndicated morning show from its Reach Media division. It's headlined by Ed Lover and Monie Love, and their charter affiliate will be Radio One’s classic hip-hop "Boom 107.9" WPHI in Philadelphia. More from Tom Taylor Now.....

Comcast Says No To YES - 11/18 - In a carriage fee disagreement, Comcast has cable pulled the plug on the YES Network, the Fox Sports-owned regional sports network in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. YES, which carries the New York Yankees and the NBA's Brooklyn Nets, was reportedly asking Comcast for a 33% fee increase. The network will continue to be seen on Time Warner Cable and Cablevision.....

4 Hires Dave Price - 11/3 - Dave Price, who was ousted in December 2010 as the weather anchor on CBS's "The Early Show," has been hired as a full-time weather reporter at Channel 4/WNBC.....

Village Voice Sold - 10/13 - NYC's Village Voice has been sold to a new owner, marking the beginning of the latest chapter in the history of the storied weekly newspaper co-founded by Norman Mailer in 1955. Voice Media Group announced Monday that it has sold its flagship title to a company controlled by investor Peter Barbey of the Reading Eagle Company, a family-owned business that says it has been publishing newspapers since 1796. So reports capitalnewyork.com.....

XPN Gets NJ Relay - 10/13 - University of Pennsylvania-owned adult alterative WXPN, 88.5, buys Centenary College's WNTI, 91.9, in Hacketstown NJ. Look for the station's line-up of community-based programming to be replaced with a feed of WXPN.....

Ciarrocchi Leaving 3 - 10/8 - After 33 years at Channel 3/KYW in Philadelphia, most recently as the noon news anchor, Pat Ciarrocchi is leaving the CBS station October 15. No word on her plans.....

Philly City Paper To End Publication - 10/1 - Broad Street Me­dia, which publishes Philly Weekly, has acquired the in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty rights to rival Phil­adelphia City Pa­per from SB New York, publisher of the Metro US chain of free daily newspapers. City Pa­per will cease its print publication as of October 8, and its web­site will be consolidated with PhiladelphiaWeekly.com. The two alternative weekly papers will consolidated operations.....

NYDN Cuts Hinckley - 9/18 - A batch of pink slips at the New York Daily News. Including the departure of TV critic David Hinckley. More at capitalnewyork.com.....

Rosenberg Adds Sports Duties At NYC's ESPN Radioer - 9/15 - Peter Rosenberg, who does the morning show gig at NYC urban contemporary outlet WQHT, Hot 97, adds afternoon drive sports commentary duties at NYC's ESPN 98.7, WEPN. More at espnmediazone.com.....

Don Bell Returns To 3 - 9/10 - Don Bell, a former weekend anchor at CBS-owned Channel 3/KYW in Philadelphia, will return to the station this month as primary sports anchor, replacing Beasley Reece.....

New Gig For Mark Clarke - 9/1 - Marc Clarke (right), who is currently doing evenings in NYC at urban contemporary Radio 103.9, will now also be voicing mornings on Westwood One's adult urban contemporary "Touch" format heard in about 50 markets.....

Chuck Carter Upped At 11 - 8/28 - Chuck Carter has been named senior executive producer for the morning newscasts at NYC's Channel 11/WPIX. He had been morning show executive producer and managing editor.....

FUV Scales Back "Alternative Side" - 8/21 - Fordham University adult alternative 90.7 WFUV NYC is shutting down its "Alternate Side" HD subchannel/webcast/partial simulcast, according to Radio Insight. The "Alternate Side" currently airs on the city of New York’s 91.5 WNYE from 6 AM to noon weekdays and on WFUV from 10 PM to midnight weekdays in addition to a 24/7 HD3/webcast. Those will all end on Friday, August 21 as part of a lineup shuffle at WFUV that will see the "Alternate Side" staffers moved to the primary station.....

Disney Sells WWJZ - 8/13 - Disney sells Radio Disney outlet WWJZ, 640 AM, for $3.5 to Starboard Media which will flip it to a Catholic religious format. Disney originally paid $14 million for the Philadelphia market station located in New Jersey.....

Greg Argos Joins 3 - 8/7 - Greg Argos joins Channel 3/KYW as a reporter. He comes from KPHO in Phoenix. Before that he was a reporter at WCNC in Charlotte and WMBF in Myrtle Beach.....

Lauren Casey Joins 3 - 8/7 - Meteorologist Lauren Casey joins Channel 3/KYW. She has been the weekend meteorologist at the CBS-owned sister station WCCO in Minneapolis. Before that, she was the morning meteorologist at WINK in Fort Myers.....

New Lineup At Fresh - 8/4 - CBS's hot adult contemporary 102.7 Fresh FM in NYC has unveiled a new lineup, with Carson and Cane Peterson handling morning drive, while Trey and Ghia do afternoons. Karen Carson remains in middays, with Christine Richie doing evenings.....

CBS Radio Makes Management Changes In Philly - 7/24 - CBS Radio makes management changes at its Philadelphia cluster. According to Tom Taylor Now: Since Scott Herman's replacing himself as New York market chief with Philadelphia's Marc Rayfield, he needed a new Senior Vice President/Market Manager in Philly. That will be 20-year CBS'er David Yadgaroff, who once managed several of the cluster stations (KYW, WPHT, then-WYSP) before CBS went with a single market-manager structure. David’s currently the general sales manager of revenue leader all-news KYW/1060. He takes over from Rayfield on August 3.....

Kay Re-Signs With ESPN 98.7 - 7/21 - The television voice of the New York Yankees will retain his “other” job as afternoon host at 98.7 ESPN New York, WEPN-FM. Michael Kay has signed a three year contract extension with ESPN to continue hosting the show he has held since 2002. Kay and co-host Don LaGreca air weekdays from 3 PM to 7 PM and have been simulcast on cable's YES Network. So reports radioinsight.com.....

Gillette To Program PLJ - 7/15 - Rick Gillette will move from DC's contemporary hits WRQX to hot adult contemporary WPLJ, 95.5 FM, in NYC, as program director. Both stations are owned by Cumulus. He will retain his duties as corporate program director/contemporary for Cumulus. Current WPLJ Program Director John Foxx will remain with the station as assistant program director and afternoon host.....

Pat Gallen Joins 3 - 7/13 - Pat Gallen leaves his anchor, reporter, and hosting gigs at Greater Media sports talker WPEN, 97.5 The Fanatic, to join CBS's Channel 3/KYW, where he'll be sports anchor.....

WRCR To 1700 - 7/13 - Alexander Broadcasting's talk, adult contemporary, brokered WRCR in Rockland County's Spring Valley, makes the move to Ramapo, where it moves from 1300 AM to 1700 AM.....

More Newscasts For Ukee Washington At 3 - 7/13 - Ukee Washington, the longtime sports anchor-turned morning news anchor at CBS-owned Channel 3/KYW, will debut today as the station's primary news anchor at 5, 6, 10 (on CBS-owned Channel 57/WPSG, and 11 PM.....

Flyers Re-Sign With Greater Media - 7/8 - The Philadelphia Flyers have signed a new multi-year radio deal to broadcast their games on both 97.5 The Fanatic and 93.3 WMMR, which are owned by Greater Media. More at philly.com.....

Carol Erickson Leaves 3 - 7/2 - Carol Erickson, a longtime meteorologist at Channel 3/KYW, leaves. She writes on Facebook: "After being offered another contract with CBS3 today – that included another year of winter weather coverage! – I have decided instead to focus my time on what means the most to me – animal welfare. I love CBS3, where I have been since 1978, and thank them for everything".....

Green Leaves 10 - 6/22 - Johnny Green, an executive news producer at NBC-owned Chanbnel 10/WCAU in Philadelphia, joins CBS-owned Channel 4/WBZ in Boston as assistant news director.....

Nelson Doubleday Dies - 6/18 - Nelson Doubleday, the publishing heir who owned Doubleday broadcasting and the New York Mets, died June 17 of pneumonia. He was 81. Doubleday became chairman and president of Doubleday Broadcasting, which owned a batch of radio stations nationwide and in the NYC area, including the old WAPP, 103.5.....

Mendte Lands At WILM - 6/11 - Longtime New York and Philadelphia newscaster Larry Mendte has joined iHeartMedia news talker WILM, 1450 AM, in Wilmington and sister WDOV, 1410 AM, in Dover, for mornings. More at Radio Insight.....

Cannings At WFAS - 6/11 - Westchester County NY's adult contemporary WFAS-FM, 94.3, has let go of program director and morning host Mary DeSilva and afternoon host "The Hartman" and is now running Westwood One's AC format. More at Radio Insight.....

Met Opera Loses Radio Voice - 6/5 - Margaret Juntwait died of complications from ovarian cancer June 3 in Saddle River NJ. She was 58 and, for the past decade, was host of the Metropolitan Opera's Saturday matinee broadcasts. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Majoun Leaves WXPN - 5/21 - Michaela Majoun, host of the University Of Pennsylvania's alternative eclectic WXPN's morning show since 1989, will step away from the mic for the final time next month. For the past 25 years, Majoun has been at the helm of the show, championing Philadelphia culture and female musicianship with the Women's Music Hour. Her final day on the air will be June 30. More at philly.com.....

Schiller Leaves KYW - 5/18 - News Director Susan Schiller is retiring from CBS-owned Channel 3/KYW after 14 years. She's been with CBS more than 40 years and worked at Philadelphia's cross-town Channel 10/WCAU when it was a CBS station.....

Anita Marks Lands WEPN Gig - 5/15 - Former Baltimore sports radio personality Anita Marks will be doing Sunday midday hosting on NYC sports talker WEPN, ESPN New York 98.7, starting May 17. She'll also be doing fill-in work during weekdays on the ESPN-owned station, along with "SportsCenter" news updates. Most recently, Marks hosted a weekend show for NBC Sports Radio.....

Johnny Donovan Retires - 5/11 - From Tom Taylor Now: Johnny Donovan quietly retires from talk WABC New York – after a superb 43-year career as jock, voice-over guy supreme and production whiz. He’s also the voice of the Rush Limbaugh show and the guy with the long memory who assembled the WABC Rewound Memorial Day music specials. Hudson Valley native Johnny Donovan came to New York in 1968 hosting overnights on then-top 40 WOR-FM (98.7). He joined legendary ABC Radio-owned top 40 WABC in 1972, and stayed after its March 10, 1982 conversion to talk. Former WABC PD John Mainelli tells this NOW Newsletter that “Johnny was our link to the powerhouse days of Musicradio 77, and I loved to show him good ratings and see him smile.” Mainelli says Johnny “got it…he knew a good segment or riff when he heard it. The promo pulls, showcase presentations and imaging he did for Rush were all evidence of this. Naturally, WABC’s announcing, commercial production and imaging were top of the line under him – always.” There’s no telling how many people in radio today got their early ideas about making radio bigger-than-life from Johnny Donovan.....

Imus Ends TV Simulcast - 5/6 - Ric Harris, the president and general manager of NBC-owned Channel 30/WVIT in Hartford, has been named president and general manager of NBC's Channel 10/WCAU in Philadelphia. He replaces Eric Lerner, who moved in April to the top job at NBC's Channel 4/WNBC in NYC.....

Imus Ends TV Simulcast - 4/28 - Long-time radio morning institution Don Imus, whose WABC-AM show has been simulcast on the Fox Business Network since 2009, said, "We go off television May 29." More from the New York Daily News.....

Waldman Named ND At 11 - 4/27 - Amy Waldman gets promoted to be news director at Tribune's Channel 11/WPIX. She's been acting news director at the station since Mark Effron left last August. Waldman joined WPIX in 2007 as a news producer.....

Area Radio TV Veteran Ron Smith Dies - 4/20 - Ron Smith, a veteran broadcaster in the Mid-Atlantic region, died April 17 in Egg Harbor Township NJ. He was 75. He most recently served as general manager of WMGM-TV in Linwood NJ from 2003 to 2013. He came to WMGM in 1989 as sales manager after a brief stint as a radio sales manager in Roanoke. From 1987 to 1989, he owned and operated WCBG-AM in Chambersburg PA. Smith's advertising and broadcast management career began in the mid-1960s when he was a vice president at Adler Advertising in Washington. Smith and Warren Adler expanded the company's operations to include broadcasting, with Smith acquiring and operating Baltimore's WAYE-AM and Hagerstown's WHAG-AM/FM for the company. In January 1970, Smith launched WHAG-TV in Hagerstown. He stayed with WHAG-TV for 17 years through several ownership changes, mostly as sales manager. While at WHAG, he briefly and concurrently owned and operated WAAT-FM in Johnstown PA. Born in Baltimore, Smith began his broadcasting career as a weekend announcer at WFBR-AM while a senior at Catonsville High School. He would later work at WDMV-AM and WICO-AM on Maryland's Eastern Shore. At Baltimore's WITH-AM, his shift followed that of personality Buddy Deane who would hire him as an announcer for WJZ-TV's "The Buddy Deane Show." More at pressofatlanticcity.com.....

CBS Flips WRDW To Amp - 4/10 - From radioinsight.com: As expected CBS relaunched 96.5 WRDW-FM Philadelphia as “96.5 Amp Radio” at 5 PM on April 10. Bobby Smith has been named program director of the contemporary hit outlet. Smith most recently programmed Hot AC “Mix 105.1” WOMX and CHR “101.9 Amp Radio” WJHM in Orlando. He is also a South Jersey native who began his career in the 90’s at Modern AC “Max 95.7” WXXM.....

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