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Inqlings: Kalina to return to Philly air

Glenn Kalina, whose Philly resume reads like White's Radio Log, starts Jan. 5 doing mornings on NOW 97.5, the light-rock outlet owned by Greater Media.

Glenn Kalina on NOW 97.5.
Glenn Kalina on NOW 97.5.Read more

Glenn Kalina

, whose Philly resume reads like White's Radio Log, starts Jan. 5 doing mornings on NOW 97.5, the light-rock outlet owned by Greater Media.

If technical issues can be worked out, Kalina also will keep his current day job: midday host on the Greater Media-owned WJRZ (100.1) in Manahawkin, N.J. His Philly shift will be 5:30 to 9 a.m. (He'll give up his other job, assistant program director and specialty show host for Burlington County College's WBZC-FM.)

Kalina told me he'll aim for a "fun and local" show, while "keeping the chatter down."

Kalina's last Philly gig ended five years ago at Greater Media's WMWX (MIX 95.7). His first job in town was at the old Wizzard 100 in 1978, and he's since been on Alice 104.5, Q102 and WCAU-FM.

NOW 97.5 is playing Christmas music and will return to its light-rock format after Christmas.

Another DTV warning

WHYY TV12 will conduct a digital television test at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 - two months before TV stations switch off their analog signals and make many current TV sets obsolete. The station will broadcast a three-minute announcement alerting viewers as to whether their TVs have "failed" or "passed" the test. From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. that day, WHYY will staff a phone bank to address their questions at 1-888-640-9499.

No. 5 at the mike

American Idol


Ruben Studdard

- starring in

Ain't Misbehavin'

, which comes to the Academy of Music Jan. 9 - will sing the national anthem at the Eagles-Browns game on Monday night. He'll wear an Eagles jersey with

Donovan McNabb's

name on the back; he's his favorite Eagles player.

Media notes

After CBS3 4 p.m. anchor

Angela Russell's

expected departure next month, my sources say, the station seems content to work its main anchor team of

Chris May


Susan Barnett

on the 4, 6 and 11 p.m. shows. Gives them more exposure. Talk is that new hire

Dave Huddleston

, now doing weekends, will get the 4 p.m. job someday.

Dave Conant and Maureen Malloy of WRTI (90.1) will be in New York tonight to pick up the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' Deems Taylor Radio Broadcast Award for its classical music and jazz programming.

In honor of his father's birthday, Frank Sinatra Jr. will join Sid Mark on Friday's edition of A Friday With Frank from 6 to 8 p.m. on WPHT (1210). Sinatra has a private concert this weekend in Atlantic City with Tony Bennett.

There's a Philly connection to Homeward Bound: John Mellencamp, a documentary premiering at 9 p.m. Thursday on the Bio channel. It's a project of Stage 3 Productions, a subsidiary of Center City Film & Video.

Food stuff

Four months after its debut, the AMC Cherry Hill will mark the grand opening of its IMAX screen Friday night by allowing 25 people to jump into a giant tub of popcorn (pass the butter) to collect prizes. Top prize is an annual pass to AMC theaters. As it's a partnership with country station WXTU (92.5), prospective contestants can register at



Hair stylist Danielle Granato and her boyfriend Bob Keller stopped into Chickie's & Pete's in South Philly before the Madonna concert. Her order of crab fries was the 5,000,000th sold at the sports-bar chain. The prize: crab fries and beer for life. Granato, who lives in Wenonah, is 30. In actuarial terms, a "lifetime" supply should be a long-term payout - unless, as she said, giggling, "they kill me."