WHYY CEO Bill Marrazzo’s Pay Last Year: $842,832

Back in 2007, WHYY CEO Bill Marrazzo’s pay was called “excessive and inappropriate” by his employees. An Inquirer columnist demanded a boycott of the public radio station over it. An anonymous group of WHYY workers urged him to resign in large part because of it.

At the time, he was making about $430,000 a year. What’s the reaction going to be after his latest pay jump? Read more »

We Want Answers: Maiken Scott

Photograph by Claudia Gavin

Photograph by Claudia Gavin

You were born in Germany. How did you end up in Philly? I made a mistake that ended up in my favor. When I was very young, I got married to my American boyfriend. We moved to the Arizona desert together. It was totally crazy; I’d always lived in the city, and I had never been to America before. I remember landing at night and thinking, “I don’t see a lot of lights.” Then I decided I was going to Temple, and we broke up. I did not truly feel at home in this country until I moved to Philly. Read more »

Why Marty Moss-Coane Is Cutting Back Her Hosting Duties at WHYY’s Radio Times

Marty Moss-Coane has hosted Radio Times for 20 years. | Photo via WHYY

Marty Moss-Coane has hosted Radio Times for 29 years. | Photo via WHYY

Radio Times, they are a-changin’.

Marty Moss-Coane, the longtime host of WHYY’s call-in show Radio Times, announced on Thursday that she will be hosting only the first hour of the show, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., beginning next week.

The second hour of the show will be hosted by another familiar radio voice, Mary Cummings-Jordan, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. And the program will include more frequent interviews with producers Elizabeth Fiedler, Jon Ehrens, and Debbie Bilder. (Full disclosure: I was a staff writer for WHYY/PlanPhilly from January 2015 to April 2016, and am a fanboy of Moss-Coane’s.) Read more »

Will Inky, WHYY Compete for Grant Money?

Is this town big enough for two large-scale, grant-funded reporting enterprises? We’re about to find out.

Tuesday’s announcement that the Philadelphia Media Network — owner of the Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com — was converting to non-profit ownership in order to attract grant money raised eyebrows across town at public radio station WHYY, whose own non-profit reporting efforts are, of course, largely paid for by grants and donations.

We asked Tuesday if the philanthropic pie was big enough to support both news organizations. It seems that WHYY officials have the same question on their mind.

“There is real potential that we will have more competition for our own fundraising among the donor community,” WHYY CEO Bill Marazzo said in a Tuesday email to staff, adding: “I have no doubt that WHYY has the quality of staff and the depth of experience in news and information to fully meet the challenges ahead.” Read more »

LISTEN: Chefs Andrew Wood and Guillermo Pernot Talk Turkey

radio-times-400Today, Wednesday, November 25th, Andrew Wood, executive chef of Russet and Guillermo Pernot, chef-partner of Cuba Libre will be guests of WHYY’s Radio Times as host Marty Moss-Coane continues the show’s Thanksgiving tradition of inviting in area chefs to talk turkey and all the fixings.

The chefs will be on in the second hour of the show, that means from 11 a.m. to noon on 90.9 FM and rebroadcast from 11 p.m. to midnight. Radio Times can also be heard on Sirius/XM’s NPR Now 122 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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Satullo Lands at Annenberg Center

Chris Satullo

Chris Satullo

Chris Satullo, the former WHYY radio news honcho who left the station last month, has landed in a familiar spot: At Penn.

The Annenberg Center for Public Policy at the University of Pennsylvania announced today that Satullo is joining as a “professional in residence” for the Spring 2016 semester. “He will work on a project involving the intersection of media and civic engagement,” the center said in a statement. Read more »

PlanPhilly’s Matt Golas Is Out at WHYY

Matt Golas, founding editor of WHYY’s website PlanPhilly, has resigned from the NPR affiliate. WHYY spokesman Art Ellis said “he did not offer a reason for leaving,” and that his last day has not yet been determined.

“As I move on to my next assignment,” Golas said in an email, “I will be seeking a work atmosphere that appreciates entrepreneurial, nimble and collaborative behavior across the board.”

This is the second time in a week that a top employee at WHYY has announced his departure.

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Chris Satullo Out at WHYY


WHYY’s headquarters on Independence Mall. | Google Streetview

Chris Satullo, WHYY’s vice president of news and civic dialogue since 2008, is leaving the station. His last day of employment will be September 11th, but he’ll no longer be present at WHYY facilities following the close of business Friday.

He did not immediately return an email for comment. Art Ellis, a spokesman for the NPR affiliate, said only: “We can confirm he’s leaving, but I can’t get into why he’s leaving.”

l_satullo-300px-preferredBut his departure apparently came suddenly and with little warning: Satullo had, in recent weeks, been contacting reporters outside the organization to gauge their interest in new products, and reportedly spent this week in a retreat, helping strategize how to take one of WHYY’s local programs to a national audience — indications he planned to stay in his role awhile.

He met with stunned WHYY staffers off-campus, at Franklin Square, early Thursday afternoon.

Satullo told those staffers he was legally required not to comment on the reasons for leaving. “Please trust me when I say I simply cannot answer many of your questions right now,” he said, later adding: “No I do not know what I’m going to do next.”

He was applauded by staffers at the end of a short speech in which he exhorted them to keep doing their best work.

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7 Fun Ways to Get Your Kids Out of Your Hair This Summer

That hand won't go anywhere near your white walls if she's at summer camp. | Shutterstock.com

That hand won’t go anywhere near your white walls if she’s at summer camp. | Shutterstock.com

Yay Clay! Philadelphia
Throw on a smock and fire up the kiln! Yay Clay! is a ceramic art/pottery day camp program that offers a fun and creative outlet for kids and young teens ages 7 to 14. Professional instructors will teach campers the art of ceramics using real potter’s tools, techniques and the potter’s wheel. Yay Clay! offers 3-hour half-day (AM or PM) sessions or 6-hour full-day sessions. Pay by week starting June 22nd through August 15th. 3237 Amber Street. 

Philadelphia School of Circus Arts Camp
Fly through the air with the greatest of ease in a comfortable air-conditioned space. The Philadelphia School of Circus Arts operates three summer camps that accommodate all skill levels and youth ages 5 to 18. Campers will be moving, climbing and swinging upside-down while supervised by the regions most experienced aerials instructors. Here is a perfect opportunity to clown around without getting into trouble. Summer sessions start July 6 and run through August 28. 5900A Greene Street.

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