Don Cannon, Philadelphia Radio Legend, Has Passed

Don Cannon, photo via Broadcast Pioneers

Don Cannon, photo via Broadcast Pioneers

A Philadelphia radio legend, Don Cannon, has passed away.

Cannon was known as “The Dean of Philadelphia Radio.” He was a voice on morning radio in Philadelphia from 1969 until he retired in 2004. The “Cannon in the Morning” show started on WIBG and has been heard on WIP, WFIL, WIFI, WSNI and WOGL.

Don Cannon could also be seen as host of “Inside Golf” Saturday nights on the Comcast Sports Network.

You may remember that in the original Rocky movie, when the morning alarm clock goes off for Rocky’s run, it is Cannon’s voice on the radio:

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Bring Rocky the Musical to Philly

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Andy Karl in Rocky the Musical.

This Sunday, August 17th, the curtain will close for the final time on Rocky the Musical on Broadway.  It opened with such promise, a star-studded opening night and decent reviews. But Rocky had trouble filling seats, meaning it is doubtful we will ever see Clubber Lang or Ivan Drago belt out a tune in Rocky II through V: The Musicals.

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Men of Rocky On Broadway Pose Nude For Out (NSFW)

Rocky On Broadway may be going black in just a few weeks, but some of the male cast members weren’t going to let the curtain close before showing off the chiseled physiques they earned from training for the show. Out magazine has an online exclusive slideshow of four Rocky actors—James Brown III, Adrian Aguilar, Okieriete Onoadowan, and Adam Perry—who volunteered to be photographed with little more than a boxing glove and a smile. Check out some of the NSFW photos below. I had to black out the naughtier ones, so head over to Out to see the real deal.



Katy Perry Climbed the Art Museum Steps in a Pizza Hoodie Last Night, Philly Twitter Roared

Pop star Katy Perry finished up her two-night Philly concert romp last night at Wells Fargo Center, but she didn’t leave town before doing what all our visitors have to do when in Philadelphia: Climb the “Rocky steps.”

Evidently the adventure started with a promise at her show that she made good on. Jaime Margulies tweeted: “Katy Perry made a joke about Rocky and going to the art museum steps after her show and than she literally did. Huh?? What?? Is she real??”

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Cast of Rocky On Broadway Performing on Atlantic City Boardwalk

A new entertainment series, Broadway on the Boardwalk, kicked off in Atlantic City this week. The free show, taking place every Monday in July, brings actors from current Broadway shows to perform on the Kennedy Plaza section of AC’s Boardwalk. This week’s first go-round featured singers from Cabaret, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and Motown: The Musical. Photos below:



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Is Frank Gehry Really “Apollo Creed-Level Bad for Philadelphia”?

Art Museum and expansion, seen in section. (Philadelphia Museum of Art/Gehry Partners)

In a City Lab piece titled “Philly: Let’s Talk About Frank Gehry,” Kriston Capps writes that Gehry “might be Apollo Creed-level bad for Philadelphia.” Them’s fighting words. Literally.

Capps’ commentary coincides with today’s opening of Gehry’s exhibit at the Art Museum that shows the architect’s plans for his expansion (renderings below), which includes a reworking of the famous “Rocky” steps. So far, the reaction to the expansion has been muted; if anything, it seems to be a relief that we won’t be getting some kind of crazy glass octagonal, pyramidal, Pythagorean, cut-glass, sharp-edged bean pod. Gehry’s interior changes sound — from Inga Saffron’s review of the plans — like they’ll make navigation of the museum and access to the artwork better.

In fact, Capps agrees that even Gehry haters “may find plenty to admire in his plans for the Art Museum. Frankly, it’s not very Gehry.”

So it’s not the architecture per se that engenders this comparison to Apollo Creed. It’s the role Gehry has been chosen to play within what Capps sees as a problematic context. He writes: “Cultural expansions aren’t necessarily a great investment for a city in 2014, and this one almost certainly isn’t.”

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PHOTOS: Director and COO of Art Museum Does Rocky Pose on Art Museum Steps

On Monday, March 10th, Rocky Director John G. Avildsen received the City of Philadelphia Special Citation in celebration of the release of “The Rocky Heavyweight Collection” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Here are a few snapshots — including the Director of Rocky and the President of the Art Museum doing the Rocky Pose on the Art Museum Steps. Unprecedented!



EXTRA READING: The People Want Rocky: Why Did it Take the Art Museum and the City’s Tourism Folks So Long to Understand That?

The People Want Rocky: Why Did it Take the Art Museum and the City’s Tourism Folks So Long to Understand That?

Dan McQuade, God bless you. Your immortal post on Rocky’s run through the streets of Philadelphia has finally shaken the marble pillars that keep the city’s art elite and tourism snobs high above us all and removed from reality. And the reality is that Philadelphia is Rocky and Rocky is Philadelphia.



In case you missed it, Dan’s post on how far Rocky’s run to the Art Museum steps equaled in real miles was shared and spread around the world. The overwhelming response was only eye-opening to those who have been trying so long to ignore the allure of the movie legend.

And now, with Dan’s post and the Rocky musical opening, the city’s upper crust can’t ignore it anymore.

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