Dan Gross: New Philly radio station edges up the charts

Radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh brought on a boycott with his attack on student Sandra Fluke. BRIAN JONES / Associated Press

UPSTART talk-radio station IQ 106.9-FM had its best ratings book since its April launch during the Oct. 11 to Nov. 7 period, according to the latest Arbitron figures.

The station was the 10th most-listened-to station in the market by men and women 12 and older.

Credit Rush Limbaugh, who can be heard from noon to 3 p.m. and the presidential election with much of the success, but it's still notable that a seven-month-old station was up from 18th place in the same category from the last ratings period from September to October. Limbaugh had long been heard on WPHT (1210-AM), which was in 20th place but beat IQ until noon with Chris Stigall and Dom Giordano.

Leading the pack, as usual, was KYW (1060-AM) with a six-month high in listenership in the last ratings book, credited in large part to Hurricane Sandy coverage.


Vento cameo on DVD

"Swooped," a locally shot indie comedy that featured late Geno's Steaks owner Joey Vento in a cameo role, is now on DVD.

Vento, who died in August 2011, played himself, selling a cheesesteak to one of the film's main characters, in the movie, a buddy comedy about two friends chasing the girls of their dreams.

Directors Joe Gariffo and Shaun Paul Costello have since worked on a film called "The Independents," a hockey comedy that shot in town last spring. The film is available online at Amazon, or at createspace.com/259369.


Nutter loves Lincoln

We heard Mayor Nutter caught "Lincoln," last weekend at the Ritz Five (214 Walnut) and asked the mayor's office how he enjoyed the picture. Turns out he loved it and has seen it twice.


Apatow dines at Osteria

Filmmaker Judd Apatow and family dined at Osteria (640 N. Broad) Tuesday before he discussed his new film, "This is 40," at a screening at the Ritz Five. Apatow tweeted that he loved his meal at Osteria, which was recommended to him by "Parks and Recreation" actor Aziz Ansari.

Apatow, whose film opens Dec. 21, went for Lombarda pizza with wild boar candele, chicken alla griflia cacciatore, spit roasted pig with potatoes, grilled swordfish with kale and corona beans, grilled cobia with ovoli mushrooms and polenta budino. This sounds like a lot but only comprises two courses at the restaurant.


Media matters

* Eva Pilgrim joins 6ABC next week as a general-assignment reporter and fill-in anchor. Pilgrim spent three years at Fox 59 in Indiana, where she was an anchor, and also blogs at everydayeva.com, where she announced her departure Monday.

* Crime reporter George Anastasia, who recently retired from the Inquirer, is now covering the trial of reputed Philly mob boss Joe Ligambi and several associates for BigTrial.net, a site run by the Beasley Firm. Former Inquirer reporter Ralph Cipriano also writes for the trial blog and has worked for the Beasley Firm for a while. The firm's Jim Beasley Jr. defended Cipriano in a libel lawsuit against the Inquirer, whose former editor was found to have maligned his work in an interview. Cipriano received an undisclosed settlement believed to have been $6 million to $7 million.

No matter how hard we try to get our bosses to publicly defame us, they simply won't play along.


Segal solicits vodka

Philadelphia Gay News publisher Mark Segal made an interesting request on the invite to his annual holiday party, which is attended by many elected officials and other friends. "If you wish to bring a bottle, please make it vodka," it says.

We heard that the vodka was sought because Segal was afraid of red wine being spilled on his carpets, which is partially the reason.

"The vodka is for me. People keep bringing me wine as a present, but I don't drink red or white," Segal explains. He admits to having stopped serving red wine at the holiday party because of some "accidents."






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