April 22, 2014
On Sunday, May 4 from 11am to 3pm, at picturesque Green Lane Park (2144 Snyder Rd Green Lane, PA 18054) in Montgomery County, 102.9 WMGK-FM morning man, John DeBella (weekdays 6a-9a) will host the 12th Annual DeBella Dog Walk, the largest canine carnival in the area. Over 7,000 people attended last year’s event; an even bigger turnout is expected this year.
The Dog Walk is a FREE, outdoor gathering for people and their dogs that features entertaining dog demos & interactive games, the ability to get advice from experts such as trainers and veterinarians as well as the opportunity to learn about various breeds from the twenty five to thirty shelters & rescue groups on-site. Throughout the event, people can get information that will help them become better pet owners while enjoying a super-sized playdate with their four-legged best friend.
The day’s dog demonstrations will feature a variety of talented canines including frisbee dogs, ‘dancing’ dogs, and a member of the Abington Police Department’s K9 unit. Dogs can take part in games such as lure coursing, musical hoops (musical chairs for dogs) and doggie tic-tac-toe to win treats. Both dogs and owners can win prizes in the ‘longest kiss between owner and dog contest’ as well as the ‘Simon Says’ contest. Photo opportunities abound as owners can take their pooch’s photo inside the “Dogs Playing Poker” painting and the Beatles ‘Abbey Road’ album cover (George Harrison will be holding a dog leash). One dog will be even be crowned ‘Mayor of Dogville’ as a result of an online photo submission contest that John DeBella is conducting. There will also be a food vendor and two caricature artists on-site. More information on the event can be found at the station’s website, wmgk.com
John DeBella has dedicated himself to the welfare of animals throughout his over thirty years on-air in Philadelphia. He hosted the DeBella’s Dogs segment on NBC’s 10! Show for years. In 2008, he was honored with an award at the Morris Animal Refuge’s 11th Annual Fur Ball Fundraiser.
April 10, 2014
Greater Media Vice President of Radio Engineering, Milford “Smitty” Smith is officially celebrating his 30th Anniversary at the company today. Over the years, Smitty has blazed new trails on behalf of both Greater Media and the radio industry at large.
“It is such a privilege to have Smitty on our team over the past three decades,” said Greater Media Chairman and CEO Peter Smyth.” His leadership, expertise and passion have been a driving force behind the success of our organization. He has made Greater Media greater.”
He has been recognized with countless awards over the past three decades, including receiving the prestigious Radio Engineering Achievement Award from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) in 2005, given to individuals for their significant contributions which have advanced the state of the art of broadcast engineering.
In November of 2010, he was selected to receive the 2010 Radio World Magazine “Excellence in Engineering” award given annually to an individual who “embodies the highest ideals of the radio broadcast engineering profession”.
In addition to his daily responsibilities overseeing the engineering division at Greater Media, he serves as a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEEE), the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE), and the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers (AFCCE). Smitty is also active in its FASTROAD technology advocacy program as a member of its technical advisory group and is also a member of the newly formed Radio Technology Committee.
He is likewise active in the National Radio Systems Committee (NRSC) serving as its overall chairman and is a member of various subcommittees and working groups including its Digital Radio Broadcasting (DRB) subcommittee, its Radio Broadcast Data System (RBDS) subcommittee and its AM and FM Analogue Broadcasting (AFAB) subcommittee.
Working with other radio companies and iBiquity Digital Corporation, he has been involved in research and development efforts over the years which have led to the FCC permitting significant increases in permissible transmission power for FM HD Radio stations.
His current work in the area centers around asymmetrical sideband power levels, digital on channel boosters and all digital AM transmission.
He holds a B.S. degree in physics from Amherst.