How about another Wall Street shocker? KYW (1060) has terminated

Fred Sherman


The Royal Bank America chief economist, whose first Newsradio financial commentary aired Nov. 23, 1984 (Dow close: 1220.30), returned from vacation to a message that he was through.

Sherman, who just turned 85, said he called program director Steve Butler, who explained that KYW was making cuts because of the economy. "I told him, 'I know. I'm a banker,' " says Sherrrrrrrman, whose distinctive sign-off drips of his native New York.

Sherman said he offered to work for free because the exposure helped his public-speaking career and bolstered his status at the office. He said Butler passed.

A KYW spokeswoman confirmed that Sherman was no longer with the station and offered no further comment. His bio was still on its Web site yesterday.



F. Gary Gray

-directed film

Law Abiding Citizen

, with

Jamie Foxx


Gerard Butler

, will be shooting inside and outside City Hall this week and most of next week.

Wally Kennedy's new gig

Wally Kennedy


Suzanne Roberts'

first cohost on Comcast's

Seeking Solutions With Suzanne

, her senior-centric info/entertainment show. The job means some travel for Kennedy, who's done all kinds of TV here, including

AM Live


Philly After Midnight


Inside Story

. He'll keep his KYW Newsradio shift.


five-minute segments will continue at 11:55 a.m., 1:55 p.m. and 3:55 p.m. on CNN Headline News; weekly half-hour episodes, now shown at 6 p.m., will premiere at 7:30 p.m. Sundays, effective Feb. 1. The show also will be streamed at



Radio activity

Diego Ramos

, most recently the lone Philadelphia voice on the syndicated

Elvis Duran

morning show on WIOQ (102.1), was let go after nearly 20 years Tuesday as part of a purging at Clear Channel Communications, as was

Jo Gamble

, program director at WDAS (105.3). Nothing official, but

Ryan Seacrest's

syndicated show supposedly will join Q102 from 1 to 4 p.m. next week, requiring adjustments to schedules (

Lisa Paige


Joey Brooks


Jesse Jordan

) but no departures. As for Ramos, no one likely would be surprised if he turned up this spring with his former morning partner


, at Wired 96.5.

Old school is so old school. Adult urban-contemporary outlet WRNB (107.9), whose sound had been similar to that of WDAS, has been reformulated younger. "We want to become the hipper adult [R&B] station," says operations manager Elroy Smith. "The new sound of 107.9 WRNB, R&B of the '90s and Today," as it's known, will feature Boyz II Men, Jodeci, Babyface, Maxwell and Mary J. Blige. Tom Joyner's syndicated morning show will remain, followed by Mo'Shay LaRen (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), Lady B (3 to 7 p.m.) and DC Todd (7 p.m. to midnight). Mo'Nique's syndicated afternoon show is gone.

WYSP (94.1) will replay Saturday's sold-out Metallica show from the Wachovia Center at 10 p.m. today.

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