WDAS-FM’s Frankie Darcell bringing weekly “Headlines Live” show to Relish
By Monica Peters
WDAS- FM’s Frankie Darcell is extending her Sunday morning public affairs radio program “Headlines” from the airwaves and taking it directly in-person to “the people.”
“We felt it was time to take the show to the community,” said Darcell of the program’s extension.
Starting Feb. 5, the “Headlines Live” show will be held Wednesday evenings at Relish from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., giving Darcell the opportunity to connect with listeners in a different setting.
The in-person show will have sit-down interviews and engaging conversations with a variety of guests.
The first guest will be Dr. William Hite, Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia.
“There’s no secret to the challenges, not only in terms of curriculum, but the asbestos and aging buildings,” said Darcell citing one of the reasons she selected Hite as the first guest.
“He [Hite] has agreed that there are no questions off the table.”
The weekly live in-person show at Relish is free and open to the public.
Frankie’s Sunday morning show “Headlines” will also still air weekly at 7 a.m. on WDAS.
The first broadcast of “Headlines with Frankie Darcell” aired on WDAS-FM in 2016 with a tribute to the late Philadelphia Sunday SUN founder and publisher, J. (Jerry) Whyatt Mondesire.
Darcell filled the late civil rights activist’s Sunday morning program “Freedom Quest” slot after his untimely passing in late 2015.
Darcell offered Jerry’s fiance Catherine Hicks and his son Joseph Mondesire, who both still continue to publish the newspaper, the opportunity to call in during the show.
“I thought it was proper taking over that time [slot] to invite those very close to him to have an opportunity to be a part of the show,” said Darcell back in 2016.
Every Sunday morning Darcell tackles topics and controversies on-air with in-studio guests. Sometimes the shows are interviews with prominent leaders such as Mayor Jim Kenney.
Each Sunday “Headlines” broadcast begins with “The Philadelphia Sunday SUN Report” at the top of the hour.
“People have wanted Headlines to be live and local in the community for quite some time….the stars just all aligned for us in 2020 [to do it.]”
“Headlines Live with Frankie Darcell,” Wednesdays evenings 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Relish restaurant located at 7150 Ogontz Avenue in Philadelphia. For more information contact 215-276-0170.
SUN Note: Also, listen to Frankie’s Headlines 7am Sunday mornings on WDAS-FM.