After four years, WXPN has scaled back
Y-Rock on XPN
, canning the alternative-music show heard Wednesday through Friday nights on 88.5 FM.
Y-Rock will continue at www.yrockonxpn.org and at XPN's HD-2 side channel.
Operations manager Josh T. Landow was one of six people laid off this week from the University of Pennsylvania-owned station.
Station manager Roger LaMay blamed the economy. "We delayed it as long as we could, but we have an obligation to balance our budget," he said. "It's a sad day for us."
The format was developed in 2006 by Jim McGuinn, who programmed the late, great Y100 and is now at Minnesota Public Radio.
Weekender Dan Gutierrez now spins XPN-style music from 8 to 10 p.m.
Phils on 'Always Sunny'
From its base in L.A., the FX comedy
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
peppers itself with hometown images. Phillies stars
, I hear, will be part of the action when the gang and crew come to Philly for their annual visit to shoot exteriors. This year,
will work only two shooting days: June 21, when the Phils have a scheduled off-day, and June 22. Last season on the show, Mac (
) writes a gushy love letter to Utley, who was not shown. Also on the Philly agenda for McElhenney, wife/costar
is a stop June 23 at the invitation-only grand-opening party for Mac's Tavern at 226 Market St., in which McElhenney and Olson are investors. (The bar isn't all Hollywood-ed up, though there is an egg-and-turkey-bacon dish on the menu called It's Always Sunnyside Up.)
On the tube
Eric "Doogie" Horner
, 30, a mild-mannered graphic designer for Old City's Quirk Books and part-time comedian, absolutely killed with his routine Tuesday and won a trip to Las Vegas to compete on NBC's
America's Got Talent
. He'll be seen next on July 7 or 8.
CBS3 and CW Philly will use much of Thursday's broadcast day to raise money for the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. It's the 10th anniversary of 4-year-old Alexandra Scott's first lemonade stand; after her death in 2004, the childhood-cancer charity in her name grew into a national force.
Who wants to be on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? The quiz show will have reps here Saturday to find contestants. Auditions will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Room 202 of the Convention Center, which will host the Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con 2010. Details: www.millionairetv.com.
, widow of Philadelphia Police Officer
, was the top female finisher among police personnel in Saturday's second annual Badges of Honor 5K, a benefit for the families of emergency personnel killed in the line of duty. When John Pawlowski was shot in February 2009, Kim was pregnant with their son,
, who turns a year old on Friday. Her time for the 5K was 24:01. She's also training for the Irish Pub Tour de Shore bike race in July. As for her psyche: "I'm surviving, just taking one day at a time," Kim, 26, said.
Buzz Bissinger, the Inquirer columnist, Vanity Fair contributor, author, and screenwriter, has juice as a sports-media figure. So says Richard Deitsch of SI.com, who released his "power rankings" for May. Deitsch lauds Bissinger for his embrace of Twitter, where it's easy for Buzz to be Buzz. He can fit many four-letter words in 140 characters.
There's always a good story at the Philadelphia Writers' Conference, running Friday through Sunday at the Holiday Inn in Old City. One year, Rachel Simon gave her keynote speech while draped in an American flag. She was standing next to a window that was adjacent to a sidewalk. People stopped by to stare at her, laugh at her, and salute her throughout her entire speech. She frequently saluted back.