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Joe Franklin Dies - 1/26 - From Tom Taylor Now: Joe Franklin influenced generations of talk hosts who grew up around New York – and many more who saw him parodied on “Saturday Night Live” and the Simpsons. Joe came onto the scene just as television was being born, becoming the first regular noontime show on then-WJZ-TV (now WABC-TV), says the New York Times. But like so many early TV personalities, he had years of behind-the-scenes and on-mic experience in radio. He chose the records for Martin Block’s seminal “Make Believe Ballroom” music show on WNEW (1130), then hosted his own show called “Vaudeville Isn’t Dead.” His eventual radio home was WOR (710), and though he never left NY-market radio and TV, he interviewed the famous and the might-be-famous for over 40 years. At one point the young Bette Midler and Barry Manilow were the musical regulars for his show, and he interviewed up-and-comers like Woody Allen, Bill Cosby, Barbra Streisand and Liza Minnelli. They probably all wondered just what Franklin’s act was about. He kept his dialogue in his head, ad-libbing his way through the show without cue-cards. Joe Franklin died January 24 of prostate cancer, at a hospice in Manhattan. He was 88.....
BR> WLTW & WBEB Top Radio Ratings - 1/21 - WLTW tops NYC. WBEB tops Philly. In the December monthly radio ratongs. More from Tom Taylor Now.....

WOR Pairs Schnitt & Berman - 1/21 - NYC talker WOR, 710 AM, now owned by iHeartMedia, brings Todd Schnitt from Tampa, to pair with local NYC sports broadcaster Len Berman to do the morning show. Starting January 26.....

WSTW Tops Wilmington - 1/14 - Contemporary hit WSTW tops the latest batch of radio ratings for Wilmington. More at Tom Taylor Now.....

Sabella To 104.5's Evenings - 1/12 - Jessie Sabella moves to weekday evenings on iHeartMedia's alternative rock WRFF, Radio 104.5, in Philadelphia. She has been a weekend personality on the station since 2009.....

Kernie Anderson Dies - 12/29 - Black radio pioneer Kernie Anderson has died at age 74. He got his break in 1963 as a messenger at Washingon's WQMR/WGAY. By 1968, he was the general manager and managing partner of Miami's WOCN, where the Philadelphia Inquirer says he hired the young Larry King. In 1981, Anderson managed Chicago's WBMX, headed to Philadelphia's WDAS in 1988, and headed that city's WURD in 2010.....

WLTW & WBEB Top Radio Ratings - 12/23 - WLTW tops NYC. WBEB tops Philly. In the December monthly radio ratongs. More from Tom Taylor Now.....

Delmarva Picks Up 2 In South Jersey - 12/18 - Delaware's Delmarva Broadcasting adds to its Wilmington presence, with the purchase of gospel Faith 1510, WFAI, and urban contempoarry Kiss 101.7, WJKS. They’re both south Jersey stations whose programming aims across the Delaware Bay to Wilmington. The seller is the Chanin family and veteran personality Tony Quartarone.....

Giannini Heads 17 - 12/16 - Vince Giannini has been named senior vice president and general manager of Tribune's Channel 17/WPHL and its DC sister, Channel 50/WDCW. He has been general manager of WPHL since 2003 and acting general manager of WDCW since August. Giannini was station manager of Tribune's Channel 11/WPIX in NYC from 2001 to 2003. Before that, he worked at Tribune TVers in Los Angeles and Chicago.....

Tollefson Withdraws Guilty Plea - 12/16 - Don Tollefson, the former sports anchor at Channel 6/WPVI and Channel 29/WTXF who pleaded guilty in September to scamming more than 200 people out of approximately $317,000, unexpectedly withdrew his guilty plea yesterday. More at philly.com.....

Q102 Cuts Rat & Puff - 12/16 - Philadelphia's "Rat And Puff" afternoon team at iHeartMedia's contemporary Q102, WIOQ, have been given the boot. The duo is actually Jeff Daly and Josh Foreman, who came back to Philly earlier this year from handling nights on iHeartMedia's like-formatted WFLZ in Tampa.....

Amy Buckman To Philly Newspapers - 12/12 - Amy Buckman, who recently left Philadelphia's Channel 6/WPVU after 25 years, joins Interstate General Media, the publisher of the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News, where she will be manager of public relations.....

Lu Ann Cahn Leaves 10 - 12/11 - Lu Ann Cahn, a reporter for the past three decades years at NBC-owned Channel 10/WCAU in Philadelphia, is retiring December 19. Twenty-three years ago, Cahn was treated for breast cancer, which has not recurred.....

Michael Jack Leaves WNBC - 12/4 - Michael Jack, the general manager for the past four years at NBC-owned Channel 4/WNBC in NYC, will retire from NBC in June 2015. He joined the station in 2010 from NBC-owned WRC-TV in DC.....

DCRTV Ad Alert: Mervin Block Dishes Dirt On TV News - 11/26 - "Weighing Anchors" examines the work of the anchors on the TV network evening newscasts, and the author, Mervin Block, says he documents "distortions, deceptions and delinquencies." Block wrote news for Walter Cronkite on the "CBS Evening News," for Frank Reynolds on the "ABC Evening News," and for several anchors at NBC. He taught broadcast news writing as a part-timer at Columbia's journalism school for 30 years. He also wrote four books about how to write news for broadcast. He's a former Chicago newspaperman. You can order the book on amazon.com and get more information at mervinblock.com.....

WCBS-FM & WBEB Top Ratings - 11/25 - Classic hits WCBS-FM tops NYC's radio ratings for November. Adult contemporary WBEB again rules the radio roost in Philly. More from Tom Taylor Now.....

Family Buys WQEW - 11/21 - Disney's is selling its Radio Disney outlet in NYC, WQEW, 1560 AM, for $12.95 million to Family Radio, the not-for-profit Christian broadcaster co-founded by Harold Camping. Family recently sold then WFME, 94.7 FM to Cumulus for $40 million. That's now NASH country WNSH.....

Bob Taylor Dies - 11/10 - Bob Taylor died November 5 at age 87. In 1966, he relocated to Wilmington, Delaware, eventually becoming the general manager of WDEL and WSTW and later president and CEO of parent Delmarva Broadcasting. He chaired the NBC Radio Affiliates Board and was a chair of the Maryland-DC-Delaware Broadcasters Association, which welcomed him into its hall of fame.....

WPHI Flips To Classic Hip-Hop - 11/7 - Radio One flips urban contemporary "Hot 107.9" WPHI in Philadelphia, to "Boom" classic hip-hop. The old air staff is gone.....

"Mr G" Says Adios To CBS-FM - 11/5 - Irv "Mr. G" Gikofsky is ending a 37-year run as a weather and personality news contributor to the morning show at CBS Radio's classic hits WCBS-FM, 101.1. He'll continue his weather work for Tribune's Channel 11/WPIX.....

Nash Relay For Montauk - 11/4 - Joule Broadcasting's WELJ, 104.7, in Long Island's Montauk, has started simulcasting Cumulus-owned NYC area country outlet WNSH, 94.7, Nash FM.....

Buckman Leaves PVI - 11/3 - After 25 years, consumer affairs reporter Amy Buckman is leaving ABC-owned Channel 6/WPVI in Philadelphia. She wants to spend more time with her family.....
WCBS-FM & WBEB Top October Ratings - 10/28 - Classic hits WCBS-FM tops the New York radio ratings for October. With adult contemporary WBEB back on top in Philadelphia. More from Tom Taylor Now.....

WSNR Sold - 10/24 - NYC area WSNR, 620 AM, which airs mainly Russian language brokered programming, sells for $12.5 million. Brooklyn-based Davidzon Radio is the buyer. The seller is Blackstrap Broadcasting.....

WQBU Returns To Mexican Music - 10/20 - NYC's WQBU, 92.7 FM, will drop its Spanish talk-based Univision America Network programming and go back to regional Mexican music, which it dropped six months ago.....

Bill Campbell Dies - 10/7 - Bill Campbell, a broadcaster who covered some of the greatest moments in Philadelphia sports history, died Monday at Cooper University Hospital in Camden. He was 91, and his career touched parts of nine decades. Campbell was a broadcaster for the Philadelphia Warriors/76ers, Phillies, and Eagles. Among his most famous broadcasts: the Eagles' NFL championship win over Green Bay in 1960 at Franklin Field and Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game for the Warriors - still an NBA record - in 1962. More at philly.com.....

Beasley Trades WXTU & WRDW To CBS - 10/2 - Beasley has entered into an asset exchange agreement with CBS Radio. Beasley will trade five of its stations in Philadelphia and Miami for 14 CBS Radio stations in Tampa, Charlotte, and Philadelphia. The Beasley stations going to CBS Radio include country WXTU and rhythmic contemporary WRDW in Philadelphia. Meanwhile, Beasley will pick up Philadelphia sports talker WIP-AM from CBS. Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, there is no cash consideration or other contingent consideration to be paid by either party beyond the asset exchange.....

More Cuts At NY Times - 10/1 - The New York Times plans to eliminate about 100 newsroom jobs, as well as a smaller number of positions from its editorial and business operations, offering buyouts and resorting to layoffs if it cannot get enough people to leave voluntarily. More at cnbc.com.....

CBS Eyeing WXTU & WRDW? - 10/1 - Might Beasley soon sell Philadelphia's country WXTU and rhythmic contemporary WRDW to CBS? More from Tom Taylor Now.....

WCBS-FM & WDAS-FM Top Radio Ratings - 9/30 - Classic hits WCBS-FM tops the NYC radio ratings for September. And adult urban WDAS-FM soars to the top spot in Philly. Tom Taylor Now has more.....

Tollefson Admits $317K Theft - 9/30 - Don Tollefson, the former sports anchor at Philadelphia's Channel 6/WPVI and Channel 29/WTXF, pleads guilty to scamming more than 200 people out of approximately $317,000 that was meant to go to charitable organizations. More at mcall.com.....

John Slattery Dies - 9/29 - John Slattery, a reporter for more than 30 years at Channel 2/WCBS, died at home of a heart attack on September 25. He was 63.....

Phillies Stay With CBS - 9/16 - The Phillies have reached a one-year renewal with CBS Radio to keep their games on both news talker WPHT, 1210 AM, and sports talker WIP-FM, 94.1.....

Former 29er To "Today" - 9/16 - Sheinelle Jones, who left in March after nine years as host of Channel 29/WTXF's "Good Day Philadelphia," starts October 4 doing news updates at NBC's weekend "Today".....

CBS-FM & BEB Top Radio Ratings - 9/3 - Classic hits WCBS-FM tops the NYC radio ratings for August. With adult contemporary WBEB taking the top spot in Philadelphia. More from Tom Taylor Now.....

Dan Donovan Dies - 9/2 - From Tom Taylor Now: Dan Donovan (Blaine Harvey) died Sunday in the Minneapolis area, of a heart attack. He was a link to the later top 40 era when WFIL ruled Philadelphia, and later he presaged the movement of many jocks into hot AC. For Dan, that came in 1979 at hot AC “KS95” KSTP-FM. He later worked at classic hits KOOL 108 KQQL there. But literally millions of folks heard him during his decade on WFIL, where he worked two different times. The second, as Jay Meyers recalls, was for just seven months, after which he settled in the Twin Cities for good. Dan was born in Philly, got his start in Gettysburg at WGET, then moved to York (WSBA), Providence (WICE), Boston (WMEX) and Baltimore (WCBM), before coming home to Philly. His onetime WFIL PD Jay Meyers tells NOW that Dan “was about the shyest person who ever worked for me as a big-time personality jock – he was as different once the mic was on as any human could possibly be”.....

Tom Llamas Leaves 4 - 8/27 - Tom Llamas, an investigative reporter and anchor, is leaving NBC-owned Channel 4/WNBC. He also works for NBC News as a fill-in anchor and correspondent.....

Roma Torre Takes Leave From NY1 - 8/27 - NY1 anchor and theater critic Roma Torre has been diagnosed with colon cancer and will be taking a leave of absence from the Time Warner-owned cable news outlet.....

Lauren Johnson Joins 29 - 8/26 - Lauren Johnson, a weekend morning news anchor at Fox-owned WOFL-TV Orlando, will debut September 20 as the new weekend morning co-anchor at Fox-owned Channel 29/WTXF in Philadelphia. She'll be teamed with WTXF veteran Karen Hepp.....

Don Cannon Dies - 8/25 - From Tom Taylor Now: Don Cannon knew what it took to be a morning jock on top 40 and later classic hits radio. He did it for 35 years in Philadelphia, starting at "Wibbage" WIBG and then at WFIL, WIFI, and WSNI. From 1990 to 2004, he worked at CBS Radio's WOGL. Its programmer Anne Gress tells Now that "Don was a true old-school, big-voiced, sharp-dressed, handsome man - even at 5 AM. He owned this town. He lived large and loud, and no one could touch him in his prime." Cannon, born Dominic Canzano, died August 22 at age 74. More at phillymag.com.....

Mark Effron Leaves 11 - 8/20 - Mark Effron, the vice president of news for the past 15 months at Tribune's Channel 11/WPIX, will step down at the end of October. He says he'll teach and consult - and spend more time with his family.....

Radio Disney Stations Up For Sale - 8/14 - The Walt Disney Company is looking to sell 23 more radio stations and move its Radio Disney kids programming exclusively to digital distribution. Including NYC's WQEW, 1560 AM. The shift comes because young viewers have adopted satellite radio and online platforms when listening to music and other programming. More at broadcastingcable.com.....

Niles Named Head Of WBGO - 8/13 - Amy Niles gets officially named president and CEO of Newark Public Radio's jazz WBGO, 88.3 FM. She been serving as the acting head of the station and had been senior vice preident and COO before that. Niles replaces the retiring longtime presient/CEO Cephas Bowles, who took a health-related leave of absence last year.....

WCBS-FM Tops NYC, WBEB Leads Philly - 8/5 - Classic hits WCBS-FM tops the NYC radio heap for the month of July. And adult contemporary WBEB again leads in Philadelphia. Details from Tom Taylor Now.....

WSTW Tops Wilmington - 7/24 - From Tom Taylor Now: Wilmington, Delaware is the first two-book-a-year market today, receiving Spring and Fall surveys. It’s a stair-step trend for Delmarva’s top 40 WSTW, 7.5-8.5-9.0. That’s its largest share since Fall 2003, and its first #1 in six years, since Spring 2008. Next station to appear is Beasley’s AC WJBR, 6.5-5.8-6.2. Delmarva’s country WXCY jumps 4.4-4.0-5.4. Clear Channel’s Dover-licensed country WDSD is flat, 2.4-3.6-3.5. In talk, there’s Delmarva’s news/talk WDEL (2.3-1.5-1.9) and CC’s talk WILM (2.3-1.4-1.8).....

WAWZ Gets LI Relays - 7/16 - From Tom Taylor Now: Out on the eastern tip of Long Island, a new “Pillar of Fire” - New York-market contemporary Christian WAWZ Zarephath NJ is projecting itself east into Suffolk County, New York, with an LMA deal for 107.1/Hampton Bays. Radio Insight says the not-for-profit Pillar of Fire is LMAing not only WLIR Hampton Bays, its contemporary Christian “Star” will also be heard on a ring of translators. Those are in Hauppage (94.9), Shirley (96.5), Manorville (96.9), Plainview (101.5) and Selden (104.5). This isn’t the first time WLIR owner Livingstone Broadcasting has leased out its signal – it’s been all-sports as “Champions” and more recently featuring the “Hope Radio” Christian teaching format of Holding Out Hope Church. That church owns three of the translators, while Michael Celenza has Manorville and Apple Community Broadcasting has Plainview.....

Huff & Cimino Leaving 4 - 7/16 - From NewsBlues: Janice Huff, the chief meteorologist at Comcast-NBC's Channel 4/WNBC and one of NYC's most recognizable TV personalities, may soon leave the station. She's been with WNBC since 1995. "Early retirement" is what it's being called, we are told. In fact, her contract simply won't be renewed. Huff isn't alone. We're also hearing that morning meteorologist Chris Cimino is being edged toward the door. He, too, has been with WNBC since 1995, hired the same month as Huff.....

WLTW & WBEB Win June Radio Ratings - 7/8 - WLTW and WBEB top the June radio ratings for NYC and Philly, respectively. Details from Tom Taylor Now.....

Opie To Continue SiriusXM Show Without Anthony - 7/8 - From thewire.com: On Tuesday, Gregg "Opie" Hughes and Jim Norton announced they will continue the "Opie And Anthony Show" on SiriusXM without longtime partner Anthony Cumia. Cumia was fired from Sirius XM last week. The company cited a series of profane tweets that Cumia posted following an altercation with an African-American woman in Times Square last week, as the reason for the firing. Since that time, fans of the show have been up in arms, speculating about the future of the show, and protesting Sirius XM. A petition was started to reinstate Cumia on the show, Sirius XM headquarters in New York were picketed early Monday morning, and users began posting images of their closed Sirius XM accounts after they unsubscribed on social media. There was also speculation Hughes and Norton would leave Sirius XM to show their support for Cumia. However, their contractual obligations keep them with the show until October.....

More Weekend News For 55 - 7/7 - Channel 55/WLNY, the CBS-owned independent station serving the NYC, is launching a weekend edition of its 9 PM newscast. Beginning July 12, the hour-long newscast will be anchored by Cindy Hsu with meteorologist Elise Finch and sports anchor Steve Overmyer.....

SiriusXM Fires Cumia After "Racist, Violent Tirade" Against Woman - 7/4 - Anthony Cumia, one half of the SiriusXM's comedy show "The Opie And Anthony Show, said via his Twitter account early Friday that the satellite radio firm has fired him after he took to Twitter to post controversial comments about a women. Cumia claimed to have been assaulted by the woman in NYC's Times Square Tuesday. According to his Twitter feed, he was apparently trying to take photos of the area when the woman was caught in the frame. When she objected to being in the photos, she allegedly starting punching him. Cumia then used Twitter to post "a racist, violent tirade," according to Gawker.....

Kathryn Brown Leaves 2 For NC - 7/1 - Kathryn Brown, a reporter at Channel 2/WCBS, starts in late August as a reporter and weekend news anchor at WRAL-TV in Raleigh.....

Lauren Johnson Joins 29 - 7/1 - Lauren Johnson, a weekend morning news anchor at WOFL-TV in Orlando, has been hired by Channel 29/WTXF to host the Fox station's new weekend morning newscasts, starting this fall. She'll also report during the week.....

Leaf Gets Jail - 6/30 - Charles Leaf, a former investigative reporter at Channel 5/WNYW, gets sentenced to 26 years in prison after being found guilty earlier this year of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl in 2010. More at nydailynews.com.....

Tony Bruno Leaves WPEN - 6/27 - From Tom Taylor Now: Tony Bruno is abruptly gone from the talent roster of Greater Media’s all-sports “97.5 the Fanatic” WPEN-FM in Philadelphia. The company says he’s “chosen to resign” and Philly.com adds that the Crossing Broad site “tweeted earlier this week that Bruno was off the air due to contract negotiations”.....

Cumulus Prepares To Launch NYC R&B Outlet - 6/27 - From Tom Taylor Now: Cumulus aims at Emmis with New York’s new urban adult “Radio 103.9.” Emmis thought it had the urban segment pretty much sewn up, adding urban AC WBLS (107.5) and gospel WLIB (1190) to its own hip-hop “Hot 97” WQHT. That’s probably still true, despite this new challenger from Cumulus. The former north-suburban WFAS-FM Bronxville (103.9) remains a Class A signal, which wouldn’t have been as big a problem ten or 20 years ago. But now the African-American population is more widely dispersed around the Tri-State area, and many won’t be able to pick up the new station. (And we’ll see how much promotion Cumulus puts into the effort.) But the new station does give Reach Media’s Tom Joyner a third shot at the New York market. And it will be a second shot for comedian D.L. Hughley, who like Joyner was previously featured on Emmis’ defunct urban AC “Kiss 98.7” WRKS. Joyner will do mornings and Hughley’s featured in afternoons. There will be some local voices, with Sharon “La Loca” Montero moving from Orlando for middays and Marc Clarke from Washington DC and Howard University’s WHUR (96.3), for a nighttime show named “Hanging Downtown.” Ken Johnson is programming. Cumulus vows “a heavy focus on community engagement.” And no doubt Joyner and Hughley are motivated to make it work, too. They’re coming as part of the Cumulus partnership with Radio One-owned Reach Media. But don’t tune in just yet – “Radio 103.9” doesn’t debut until July 7, and until then it’s still WFAS-FM, “Today’s hits and yesterday’s favorites.” Northeast Radio Watch supplies the new calls for 103.9 – WNBM.....

WBMP Calls Land On 92.3 - 6/23 - CBS Radio has flipped the calls of NYC's contemporary hit WNOW, formerly 92.3 Now, to WBMP, now that's it has rebranded as 92.3 Amp Radio.....

Angie Martines Leaving 97 For 105 - 6/20 - Angie Martinez is leaving Emmis's Hot 97. She notified the universe via Instagram: "Today I resigned form Hot 97. I am grateful to the Emmis family for my time with the company and the immeasurable way that it has shaped my life. We made history together." She's jumping to afternoons on Hot's competitor, Clear Channel's urban contemporary Power 105.1, WWPR, and its sister in Miami, WMIB, where she'll do middays.....

Esteben Joins 41 - 6/12 - Esteben Creste joins Univision's Channel 41/WXTV as news director. It's a return to NYC for Creste, who began his career as a reporter, host and managing editor at Telemundo New York.....

Kelly Rape Charge Resurfaces - 6/10 - Maria Di Toro, the woman who accused Greg Kelly, a former White House correspondent for Fox News, of date-raping her more than two years ago, defended herself in an interview via Buzzfeed. She says that she was "scared into submission" after her accusations against Kelly, now a morning news anchor at NYC's Fox-owned WNYW-TV, who has denied the charges. He said the sex was consensual. Kelly, son of then-NYC Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, was never charged and prosecutors dismissed Di Toro's claims.....

WLTW Tops NYC Radio Heap - 6/10 - Analysis of the May radio ratings for NYC from Tom Taylor Now: The giddiness felt around WCBS-FM last month when it was just two-tenths of a share away from WLTW continues, down on Hudson Street – because that’s still just where they stand, 6.8 to 6.6 with total week age 6+ AQH share. CBS Radio’s classic hits WCBS-FM actually edges Clear Channel’s AC “Lite” WLTW in middays. As for ‘PLJ, it’s drifting down. Here’s the three-book trend at the top – Lite goes from a March-book 7.0 to an April 6.8 and now another 6.8 for May. WCBS-FM runs 6.1-6.8-6.8. While former Scott Shannon hangout WPLJ slips 2.4-2.1-2.0. While we’re in that general space, CBS Radio’s hot AC “Fresh” stumbles this month, 3.6-3.5-2.9. Picking up at the #3 slot, YMF-owned/Emmis-managed urban AC WBLS is solid, 5.4-5.5-5.6, tied with Clear Channel CHR “Z100” WHTZ, 5.5-5.6-5.6. It’s bounceback time for SBS-owned Spanish tropical “La Mega” WSKQ, 5.1-4.7-5.1. Nice month for CC’s classic rock “Q104.3” WAXQ, 4.2-4.2-4.4 (a recent high). Emmis' urban “Hot 97” WQHT gives its best performance since June 2011, 3.0-3.1-3.5.....

WBEB Tops Philadelphia Radio Heap - 6/10 - Analysis of the May radio ratings for Philadelphia from Tom Taylor Now: Strong morning numbers with “Preston & Steve” help propel Greater Media’s rock WMMR to a 6-share. It’s up 5.5-5.6-6.0 (compared to a 4.5 in the Holiday book). Up on top is Jerry Lee’s AC “More FM” WBEB, 8.6-8.0-8.0. Second is Clear Channel’s classic hits WOGL, 6.3-5.9-6.3. Then WMMR, closely followed by Beasley’s country WXTU, 5.7-6.1-5.9. Nice bounceback for Clear Channel’s urban AC WDAS-FM, 4.9-4.8-5.7. Big baseball month for Phillies FM flagship, all-sports WIP-FM, 3.6-4.2-4.1. It tops CBS sister all-news KYW, 6.0-4.5-4.0. KYW’s now tied with a very different station – CC’s promotionally-active alternative “Radio 104.5” WRFF, 3.9-4.0-4.0. The Phillies’ AM flagship is CBS’ talk WPHT, which is flat (2.6-2.1-2.1). Philly’s leading talk station is now WHYY Inc.’s non-commercial news/talk WHYY, 2.9-2.6-2.6. There's a substantial cume lead for AC “More FM” WBEB at nearly 1.7 million souls.....

John Muller Returns To 11 - 6/3 - John Muller, a morning news anchor at Channel 11/WPIX whose contract was not renewed three years ago, is returning to the Tribune station on June 23 as the 5 PM and 10 PM co-anchor with Tamsen Fadel. He replaces Scott Stanford, who will become the station's lead sports anchor.....

Buyer Of Philly Newspapers Killed In Plane Crash - 6/1 - Lewis Katz and six others were killed Saturday night when their Gulfstream IV ran off the runway and burst into flames in Bedford, Massachuetts. “I heard a big boom, and I thought at the time that someone was trying to break into my house because it shook it,” said Jared Patterson, who lives next to the Hanscom Field runway. “I thought someone was, like, banging on the door trying to get in.” The 72-year-old Katz and business partner Gerry Lenfest gained control of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, and philly.com on Tuesday after buying out their partners. More at jimromenesko.com.....

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