WMMR owners react to Philadelphia radio station explosion

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Plus, a magical match against Mastriano… and lots of fun things to do this weekend.


A WMMR van outside the station offices just outside Philadelphia the day after DJ Jaxon and others left (photo by Victor Fiorillo)

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WMMR Corporate responds to Philadelphia radio station explosion

On Wednesday night, I told you about some big issues at WMMR — notably, that corporate ownership had kicked WMMR’s longtime DJ Jaxon (real name: Paul Jaxon) onto the sidewalk. And that they also eliminated live night programming at WMMR, opting instead for the automated shit that most radio stations in the country use. And we don’t know exactly how many ‘MMR employees were laid off Wednesday, but certainly Jaxon and at least several others.

On Thursday afternoon, I finally heard from Beasley Broadcast Group, aka Beasley Media Group, the Florida-based publicly traded corporate giant that acquired WMMR in 2016. I thought maybe the company would try to put a spin on the situation at WMMR. and at least soften the blow, acknowledging the station’s legendary status in Philadelphia and its (literal) generations of listeners, some of whom have been tuning in since 1968.

Alas, in true corporate giant form, a spokesperson for Beasley had only this to say: “Like other publicly traded organizations, we are restructuring our operations to reflect the reality of the country’s current economic challenges. .”

“Damn, they suck,” is how a longtime WMMR employee put it when I shared Beasley’s response with them.

A match made in heaven

Friday night over in Erie, Doug Mastriano a big rally. And who is his star guest? None other than right-wing fake news master Jack Posobiec.

a photo of candace owens with jack posobiec, who is due to appear at a Doug Mastriano rally

Former Philadelphia resident Candace Owens (left) with Pride of Norristown Jack Posobiec (Getty Images)

You can read all about the guy from Norristown in our in-depth 2017 profile. I’m sure nothing outrageous will be said at this rally I’ll tell you about on Monday.

Dr. Oz-John Fetterman’s Polls, Explained

We all know that polls should not be trusted at all. Okay, well, maybe we can trust them a little. But in general, we know not to trust them too a lot. That said, we constantly see and talk about them. John Fetterman had a big lead over Dr. Oz, according to the polls. Then Dr. Oz made a move, and maybe Dr. Oz is now ahead in some polls – if you consider the margin of error. That’s a lot of data to take in. And that can be confusing. Luckily, our friends at Vox are here to speak with polling experts and explain “How the Pennsylvania Race Got So Close.”

And more experts

Lots of people made a lot of noise about John Fetterman using closed captions during a recent TV interview, just like he will during his debate with Dr. Oz on October 25. Before making judgments, it would be helpful if people had a better understanding of what is going on here. Therefore the Washington Post talked to people who know. Original idea.

Dont forget to vote !

I say; Election day is not until November 8. But as I told you earlier this week, you can now request an absentee ballot. Many have already been sent to voters. And you can even show up at City Hall, get a mail-in ballot, and hand it in right away, in person. It took me less than 30 minutes. Read all about it.

What are you doing this week end?

see maybe Rocky: the musicalWhere Anne? Maybe get into the spooky spirit with the kids? Here are several dozen other great weekend ideas to get you started. (I’m more than a little intrigued by the unauthorized musical version of the macabre horror movie Seen from this list.)

Where are you eating this weekend?

Tired of the same old same old? Why don’t you try something new? What’s up, you ask? If only somebody would compile all of Philadelphia’s new restaurant and bar openings in one place. Me, I’m going to Fork in Old City to celebrate the 25th anniversary of this restaurant with its owner, the venerable Ellen Yin. (Check out my new interview with Yin here.)

And from the Always Hopeful sports office…

Have a good almost weekend! It’s going to be one hell of a stretch for Philly sports fans, starting with today’s Phillies playoff game against the Braves, scheduled for 4:37 a.m. at Citizens Bank Park. Aaron Nola is fighting what was still a Brave TBD when we wrote this, probably Charlie Morton or Spencer Strider. There’s another Phils-Braves game on Saturday, also at home, at 2:07. And WE DON’T NEED ANY BRAVE WHORES SCHEDULE BEYOND THAT. Right?

On Sunday, the Iggles have the game over, at 8:20 a.m. against Dallas, at home at Linc. Dallas is 4-1; the Eagles are 5-0. Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott came out with a broken thumb, and his replacement, Cooper Rush, never played for the Eagles. How refreshing! He has, however, spent his entire six-year professional career with the rivals Cowboys and Giants, appearing in a grand total of 10 games before this season. It was also the QB who won last four consecutive games for Dallas. It led to a (sip) Quarterback controversy! It couldn’t happen to a better team.

No problem here, because Jalen Hurts is toast to the damn town. The Birds have won eight straight regular season meetings with him at the helm. And as Inky’s Mike Sielski said this week, Jalen Hurts do not do bad things. Contrary to some other Eagles quarterbacks that the entire Washington Commanders fanbase can name. The game is on NBC, and you know what that means: Cris Collinsworth. Watch on NBC; listen on WIP.

We will not talk about what happened last night with Temple football.

The Flyers also played. And will play again. —Sandy Hingston

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