WHYY, though cutting back its TV news operation, is seeing a ratings surge for its morning radio news.

The public station (90.9) nudged out powerhouse KYW (1060) for third place among the coveted demographic of persons aged 25-54 from 6 to 10 a.m. weekdays, according to May ratings from Arbitron, released yesterday. The Preston & Steve show on rock station WMMR (93.3) owns first place, followed by Tiffany & Michael on soft rock WBEB (101.1).

Among all morning listeners, KYW was Philly's top station in May, followed by B101 and WMMR.

As the chart below details, B101 was the top station among all weekly listeners ages 6 and up, locking 7.4 percent of the overall audience, followed by classic hits WOGL (98.1), KYW, urban adult contemporary WDAS (105.3), and classic rock WMGK (102.9.).

Looking up

The crown lights atop the Peco building, which were shut off Dec. 31 as the company replaced them with a bright system similar to those on Boathouse Row, are undergoing tests in anticipation of a July 4 relaunch. There will be a seven-minute video coordinated with Welcome America. The new lights will be more energy-efficient, as even Peco wants to keep its bill down.

Briefly noted

Julie Powell, the real Julie of the new movie Julie & Julia, will sign copies of her memoir about Julia Child - Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen - from noon to 1 p.m. today at the Borders store at Broad and Chestnut Streets.

Coach Dick Vermeil hosted a reunion of 1980 Eagles at Sullivan's Steakhouse in King of Prussia Monday, drawing such players as John Bunting and Carl "Big Daddy" Hairston.

Eagles long-snapper Jon Dorenbos, known for his magic tricks, made a diamond appear on the ring finger of girlfriend Julie Lesicki. The couple attended last week's Arc of Philadelphia Summer Celebration fund-raiser at McFadden's at Citizens Bank Park. Also there were Eagles David Akers and Chris Gocong, former Phillies Mitch Williams and Greg Luzinski, and hoops coaches Phil Martelli and Fran Dunphy.

After attending Joe Frazier's "SportzBox" live game show at Bally's in Atlantic City Saturday night, Cuba Libre owner Barry Gutin hosted an impromptu late dinner at his A.C. restaurant with some of the show's celebrities, audience members, and production crew. Among attendees: Joe Piscopo, Vincent Pastore, broadcaster Al Bernstein, boxer Vinny Paz, and Japanese female boxer Chika Nakamura. (Absent was Tonya Harding, who was on the bill at Bally's but among the uninvited.) Piscopo, Pastore and Gutin continued the night with cocktails at C5 and Cabana Club at the Chelsea Hotel, invited by promoter Brett Perloff.

Georges Perrier has extended his pay-what-you-wish dinner promotion at Le Bec Fin to August, as July's seatings are booked solid. Perrier is blocking out 20 seats at 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays for the experiment. Can you slap down a fiver at the end of the four courses? Yes, but Perrier is betting you won't.

Inqlings: Radio Audience Share, May

Rank   Station   Share

1.    WBEB-FM (101.1)   7.4%

2.    WOGL-FM (98.1)   6.4

3.    KYW-AM (1060)   6.0

4.    WDAS-FM (105.3)   5.3

5.    WMGK-FM (102.9)   4.6

6.    WPPZ-FM (103.9)   4.2

WXTU-FM (92.5)   4.2

8.    WIOQ-FM (102.1)   4.1

9.    WRFF-FM (104.5)   4.0

WMMR-FM (93.3)   4.0

SOURCE: Arbitron, sampling of listeners ages 6 and older.EndText