Monthly Archives: November 2012

11th Annual DeBella Turkey Drop Returns

11th Annual John DeBella Turkey Drop Positioned to Aid More Local Families Than Ever

Bala Cynwyd, PA (November 13, 2012): 102.9 MGK’s 11th Annual John DeBella Turkey Drop is positioned to aid more families than ever this year as the demand for the services of the station’s partner (in the Turkey Drop) City Team Philadelphia has seen a record number of sign-ups for holiday meal assistance this year. Sign-ups have increased by 15% since last year. For the second year in a row, lines stretched from inside City Team Ministries’ Chester headquarters, around the block and over the 7th Street bridge. 50% of the families seeking assistance are doing so for the first time.

This year’s Turkey Drop will take place on Tuesday November 20 from 6am to 9am. John DeBella will broadcast live from Love Park (16th & JFK) and accept monetary and turkey donations. In addition to Love Park, members of the MGK on-air staff will be spread around the tri-state area accepting donations at seven Giant Food Store locations in Pennsylvania and three Panera Bread locations in New Jersey.

The Turkey Drop benefits City Team Philadelphia, an organization that provides food and services to less fortunate individuals, families, shelters and food groups in the tri-state area.

The following will be accepted at all donation locations: frozen turkeys, “free turkey” coupons from any super market chain, cash donations, checks made out to City Team Philadelphia. No food other than turkeys can be accepted. Listeners not able to make it to a collection location can make a tax deductible donation online by going to the station’s website,

John DeBella Turkey Drop collection locations

Live broadcast and collection location in Center City

1. Love Park – 16th and JFK Plaza, Philadelphia, PA 19102

All PA collection locations, other than the Love Park live broadcast locations, will be in front of a Giant Food Store. Locations listed below.

2. 550 E Lancaster Ave, Saint Davids, PA 19087

3. 2350 Susquehanna Road, Roslyn, PA 19001

4. 310 S Henderson Rd, King of Prussia, PA 19406

5. 1375 Boot Rd West Chester, PA 19380

6. 2550 Grant Ave Philadelphia, PA 19114

7. 4801 Edgemont Ave, Brookhaven, PA 19015

8. 720 Street Road, Warminster, PA 18974

All NJ Turkey Drop locations will be in front of a Panera Bread. Locations listed below .

9. Panera Bread at Garden State Park on 2010 Marlton Pike W Cherry Hill, NJ 08003

10. Panera Bread at 1200 White Horse Road Voorhees, NJ 08043

11. Panera Bread at The Promenade on 500 South Route 73 Marlton, NJ 08053

102.9 WMGK-FM is owned by Greater Philadelphia Radio, Inc., a subsidiary of Greater Media, Inc., the parent company of 22 AM and FM radio stations in the Boston, Charlotte, Detroit, New Jersey and Philadelphia markets. Greater Media also owns a group of weekly newspapers in central New Jersey and several telecommunications towers located throughout the United States.


Cahn, Cataldi, Tynan Lead Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame Inductees

Longtime Philly radio personality and executive Dean Tyler will be honored with the Person of the Year award, at the annual Broadcast Pioneers annual Person of the Year and Hall of Fame banquet,  Friday night at the City Line Hilton at 6 p.m.

LuAnn Cahn, Angelo Cataldi, Liz Matt, Jay Lloyd, Robin Mackintosh, Beasley Reece, and Cecily Tynan lead this year’s group of inductees into The Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame.

To order tickets, and to see a complete list of nominees, go to


New Reporter Joins NBC10

PHILADELPHIA, PA – November 9, 2012 – NBC10 Philadelphia announced today that Daralene Jones will be joining the station as a reporter starting on January 7, 2013. Jones joins NBC10 from ABC affiliate WFTV in Orlando, Florida, where she has been reporting since 2007.


Jones started her journalism career in 2002 at WICS-TV in Springfield, Illinois. She later moved on to WCIA-TV in Champaign, Illinois, where she served as a reporter and Decatur Bureau Chief from 2003- 2005. From 2005-2007 she reported for WREG-TV in Memphis, Tennessee.


In her most recent role at WFTV in Orlando, Jones earned a reputation for delivering breaking news and exclusive stories. She was the station’s lead reporter on the hazing death of Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion. She is known for holding authority figures accountable, and just this week pressed Governor Rick Scott on his refusal to extend early voting and the role that may have played in the state’s still-uncertified results from Tuesday’s presidential election.

“Daralene is an engaging and dynamic reporter,” said Anzio Williams, Vice President of News for NBC10 Philadelphia. “She’ll be an important part of our daily mission to deliver the best breaking news stories and information to our viewers.”


Originally from Chicago, Jones earned an M.S. in public affairs from the University of Illinois at Springfield as well as a B.S. in mass communication from Illinois State University. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, and served as president for the Central Florida Association of Black Journalists.

Jones will be relocating to the Philadelphia area.

NBC10 (WCAU-TV Philadelphia) has been delivering news and entertainment to the Delaware Valley for over 60 years. Part of the NBC Owned Television Stations, NBC10 serves over five million viewers throughout Greater Philadelphia, the Lehigh Valley, Southern New Jersey and Delaware. Viewers turn to NBC10 for the most up-to-date news, weather, sports, consumer, health and traffic reports. NBC Philadelphia Nonstop, the station’s digital channel, offers more than 20 original entertainment and news programs and can be seen on Comcast 248, Verizon 460 and over-the-air at 10.2. Other NBC10 properties include and StudioTEN Creative Group.


Michael and Ellen Barkann Launch Foundation



Join the Philadelphia Sports Community at Chickie’s & Pete’s on November 15, 2012

November 4, 2012 — (Philadelphia, PA) The Barkann Family Healing Hearts Foundation ( will launch their Foundation at their inaugural event, “Hearts For Heroes,” on Thursday, November 15, 2012 from 7-10pm at Play2/Chickie’s & Pete’s in South Philadelphia. The event will raise money for the families of our local police officers who were recently slain in the line of duty, K-9 Officer Brad Fox – Plymouth Township PD, Police Officer Brian Lorenzo – Philadelphia PD, and Police Officer Moses Walker – Philadelphia PD. The mission of the Foundation is to provide financial assistance to families who are overcome by the financial burdens caused by family crisis, long term illness or sudden loss of life.

The event will cost $35 and includes 3 hours of appetizers, as well as a special drink package. There will be silent auction and raffle items to bid on, as well. The money raised from this event will be given directly to the families of these officers. Members of the Philadelphia sports community will be in attendance, posing for pictures and showing their support of our local heroes. Scheduled to appear, but subject to change, are former Eagles Donovan McNabb and Duce Staley, and former Flyers Bernie Parent and Dave Schultz.

For tickets and information, please visit The Barkann Family Healing Hearts Foundation is proud to be a part of this effort, and we hope your family will join ours.


About the Foundation

The Barkann Family Healing Hearts Foundation seeks to provide financial assistance to families who are overcome by the financial burdens caused by family crisis, long term illness or sudden loss of life. We strive to be the first responders to families who are in desperate need of immediate financial help. Not only do we plan to support the families of every police officer and fireman who loses their life in the line of duty, but also everyday families who are suffering through a tragedy.