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Lisa Thomas-Laury Retires From 6 - 5/25 - Lisa Thomas-Laury has retired after 38 years with ABC-owned Channel 6/WPVI in Philadelphia. She started at in 1978 when she was 24. She left the station in 2004 after a nerve disorder left her unable to project her voice. She came back to work two years later. The nerve disorder returned last year.....

Graham Parker Leaves WQXR - 5/25 - Graham Parker leaves his general manager post at New York Public Radio's classical WQXR, 105.9, to take a major job at Universal Music Group. He'll be president of its classical labels in the USA, including Deutsche Grammaphon, Mercury Classics, Decca, and Decca Classics.....

Rob Powers Leaves 7 - 5/16 - Rob Powers, the lead sports anchor for the past seven years at Channel 7/WABC, is returning to his hometown of Cleveland to become an evening news anchor at WEWS-TV.....

29 To Start 11 PM Newscast - 5/6 - Philadelphia Fox-owned Channel 29/WTXF is launching an 11 PM newscast on August 1. It will be anchored by Lucy Noland, with meteorologist Kathy Orr and Howard Eskin doing sports.....

Hunter Leaves KYW - 5/5 - Walt Hunter, a reporter for CBS-owned Channel 3/KYW, is retiring at the end of May. Hunter has worked at the Philadelphia station for 36 of the 44 years he's been in broadcasting.....

Salzberg Leaves WNYW - 4/26 - Russ Salzberg, who has spent 28 years as a local sports anchor in NYC, first at Channel 9/WWOR and then at Channel 5/WNYW, is leaving. His last sportscast will be Friday. No successor has been named.....

Hundreds Of Cuts Coming To NY Times - 4/25 - The New York Times Company is preparing to lay off a few hundred staffers in the second half of the year, the NY Post has learned. Chairman and Publisher Arthur Sulzberger management team has been talking with some of the Times' unions to come to a deal to provide reduced severance to those affected, sources told the Post. "There's a goal of a couple of hundred people," said a source familiar with talks. "They don’t want to pay out big packages, and they're having negotiations with the unions".....

WLIR Founder Dies - 4/22 - Elton Spitzer, who created Long Island rocker WLIR, 92.7, which introduced many "New Wave" alternative rock bands in the 1980s onto the American radio dial - including U2, the Ramones, Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, and the Cure, died April 17 in Baltimore of complications related to Parkinson's disease. He was 84. More at newsday.com.....

Anchor Changes At 11 - 4/14 - Anchor changes at Tribune's Channel 11/WPIX. Morning anchor Kori Chambers moves to weekends and will be replaced on the weekday morning shift by longtime sports anchor Scott Stanford. Andy Adler takes the weeknight sports duties. Weekend anchor Kala Rama and Craig Treadway are being moved to a revamped 5 AM news lead-in.....

Anchor Changes At 4 - 4/4 - Anchor changes at NBC's Channel 4/WNBC in NYC. Chuck Scarborough has a new co-anchor on the 6 PM newscast. Sibila Vargas will be replaced by Natalie Pasquarella. They'll be joined by chief meteorologist Janice Huff and sports anchor Bruce Beck. Vargas joins David Ushery and Huff for WNBC's 5 PM newscast and will continue to co-anchor with Scarborough, Huff, and Beck at 11 PM. Also, Pasquarella will join Stefan Holt and weather anchor Dave Price when the station's 4 PM newscast launches on June 13.....

Lario Replacs Medek At XTU - 3/30 - Ken "Doc" Medek leaves his morning show host position at CBS country WXTU, 92.5, in Philadelphia. He'll be replaced with Frank Lario, who currently does weekends at the station. Lario has spent much of his career in Philadelphia working at rockers WMMR and WYSP and also was co-founder of alternative rocker WDOX Wildwood Crest NJ.....

3 Moves Gallen Off Sports - 3/29 - Pat Gallen, who replaced Beasley Reece last July as the main sports anchor at Philadelphia's Channel 3/KYW, is moving to the news side as a morning feature reporter. In September, KYW-TV replaced Gallen on the sports anchor desk with Don Bell and moved Gallen to freelance sports reporting.....

Logan Joins WBEB - 3/24 - From Radio Insight: Adult contemporary 101.1 More-FM, WBEB, Philadelphia, has appointed Logan as their new afternoon host starting April 11. Logan has spent much of his radio career in the Philadelphia market hosting afternoons at contemporary hits Q102, WIOQ, as Joe Mama from 2000-2004 and morning host hot adult contemporary Mix 106.1, WISX from 2006-2014.....

WNEW Calls Return To NYC's 102.7 - 3/15 - On Tuesday, the WNEW call letters officially moved from CBS Radio's former DC area all-newser on 99.1, now being leased to Bloomberg for business news, back to NYC. Those legendary WNEW call letters graced NYC's 102.7 for decades, mainly as a rocker, before CBS farmed them out to Florida and then to DC. "Of course CBS moved the WNEW-FM calls around to control them, so nobody else could use them in New York," according to Tom Taylor Now. Up until today, NYC's 102.7 had featured the WWFS call letters and the "Fresh" hot adult contemporary format.....

Rocco Jumps From 3 To 7 - 3/7 - Diana Rocco, a reporter for the past four years at CBS-owned Channel 3/KYW in Philadelphia, has been hired as a reporter at ABC-owned Channel 7/WABC in NYC.....

Hudson Joins 10 - 3/7 - Brandon Hudson, a reporter and fill-in sports anchor at WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh, joins Channel 10/WCAU in Philadelphia.....

Renee Chenault-Fattah Leaves 10 - 2/24 - Renee Chenault-Fattah, the longtime 4 PM and 6 PM news anchor at NBC-owned Channel 10/WCAU has parted ways with the station, six months after she was placed on leave following the federal indictment of her husband, US Representative Chaka Fattah. "Renee Chenault-Fattah no longer works at NBC10," the station said in an email Tuesday. "She remains a friend and valued colleague to all of us. We are truly grateful for her many years of service to the station and our viewers." NBC would not say if Chenault-Fattah had agreed to leave or was fired, according to NewsBlues.....

Jason Cage Og WZMP - 2/22 - Jason Cage leaves Chicago's B96 to be morning co-host at Philadelphia's contemporary hit 96.5 AMP Radio, WZMP. Both stations are owned by CBS.....

Cuts At WNBM - 2/18 - Radio Insight reports that Cumulus has let go of most of the local staff at urban adult Radio 103.9, WNBM, Bronxville NY, just north of NYC. Exiting the station are middayer La Loca, mixer Mister Cee, part-timers Roxie and Terry Bello, Creative Services Director Ghost, and specialty shows Irie Jam and Midnight Masters Of The Mix. Budget cuts were given as the reason for the cuts. Night host Marc Clarke and the syndicated Tom Joyner morning show and DL Hughley afternoon show remain in place for now.....

No Phillies For WPHT - 2/18 - CBS sports talker WIP, 94.1, will be the only place in Philadelphia to hear the Phillies this season. The games won't also air on CBS news talker WPHT, 1210, as in previous seasons.....

Stefan Holt To 4 - 2/17 - Stefan Holt joins Channel 4/WNBC as anchor of its soon-to-be launched 4 PM newscast. He comes from NBC's Chicago station, WMAQ, where he is the co-anchor of its morning and midday newscasts. He's the son of NBC Night News anchor Lester Holt.....

FCC Targets NYC Pirates - 2/8 - From Tom Taylor Now: The FCC pursues pirates all over the New York metro. The good news – Enforcement efforts in New York and North Jersey seem robust, based on NOW’s analysis of recent “Unlicensed Operation Notices” delivered to alleged pirates. But how about known pirate hotbeds like south Florida and Boston? Almost all the notices for pirate activity in the last three months have been handed out around New York, with a smattering in places like Phoenix (for an 87.9, just below the usual FM band). The pirate enforcement question becomes more critical as the Commission closes down some of its offices in cities like Tampa, Houston, Philadelphia, Detroit, San Diego and Buffalo. FCC Chair Tom Wheeler insists that some offices have been underutilized and that “tiger teams” can be dispatched to address interference complaints and reports of pirate activity. What we’re seeing in the last three months, though, is mostly a lot of pirate activity around New York. There’s a lot – a 101.5 in Queens, operations in the Bronx at 92.5 and 105.7, a 91.3, 92.1, 92.5 and 94.5 in Brooklyn, plus illegal transmitters across the Hudson in Irvington, NJ at 91.3, 92.5 and 97.5, plus a 97.5 in Paterson. All those operators were ordered to shut down immediately.....

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.....

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