Ben Around Philly



Produced by 95.7 BEN FM BEN Around Philly" is a weekly show highlighting fun, interesting and important events and trends happening around Philadelphia, PA.


  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Miles for Mentoring

    04/06/2021 Duration: 30min

    Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence CEO, Marcus Allen joins Kristen on BEN Around Philly to talk about the organization and their need for BIGS! Become a BIG by volunteering to use your free time to mentor a LITTLE who needs your help. Marcus explains the process and the time commitment involved, and talks about a cross country trip he's taking via bicycle to raise awareness. On June 5th, Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence will officially kickoff the Miles for Mentoring campaign. Marcus and Governing Board member, Gary Jonas, will embark on a 3,700 mile ride from San Francisco to Atlantic City with the goals of raising critical funding and to bring awareness to the 750+ local children currently on the waiting list to be matched with a mentor and role model.  BEN FM and the other Beasley Media Philadelphia stations will call upon our listeners to support this mission with an all day, all station Radiothon on Wednesday, June 9th.  Get involved! Donate by visiting MILES.GIVESMART.COM or texting MILES to

  • 45 Events for Gay Pride Month in Philadelphia

    29/05/2021 Duration: 18min

    June is Gay Pride Month in Philadelphia! Kory Aversa, (out and proud!) Owner of Aversa PR and Events returns to BEN Around Philly to give the details on this month's events. Check out his incredibly thorough list below, and find more details and updates at LOVE IS LOVE: PHILADELPHIA CELEBRATES PHILLY GAY PRIDE MONTH WITH 45 EVENTS, FUNDRAISERS, DANCE PARTIES, DRAG SHOWS, ART EXHIBITS AND MORE Please find 45 top ways to celebrate gay pride in 30 days of June in Philadelphia. We have broken the list down below by MONTH-LONG activities vs. DATE SPECIFIC activities. A) MONTH-LONG ACTIVITIES - 1) LGBTQ Hall of Flags and Philly Gay Pride Flag Exhibit Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square 120 S. 17th S., Philadelphia 215-569-8300 Sofitel Philadelphia invites the community to celebrate Philadelphia's Pride rainbow flag on the outside of the building in June. An oversize rainbow flag, with Philly's addition of the brown and black strip

  • Providence Animal Center in Media

    29/05/2021 Duration: 11min

    Providence Animal Center in Media, PA offers life-affirming rescue, medical care, treatments, protection, and placement of companion animals. Taylor Brooke met with Caitlyn, Head of Events at Providence Animal Center to discuss their newly renovated facilities and post COVID protocols. Caitlyn also describes her role within the shelter, and provides information on how to donate and volunteer. With same day adoption, bringing these sweet souls home has never been easier. If you're looking for your forever best friend, listen as Caitlyn describes some of the awesome animals currently at the facility, all in need of a loving home! Learn more at See for privacy information.

  • Main Line Animal Rescue's Tails & Trails 5K Walk/2K Run June 5th

    15/05/2021 Duration: 11min

    The PSPCA and Main Line Animal Rescue's 10th Annual Tails & Trails 5K Run and 2K Walk. Gillian Kocher, Director of Public Relations for the PSPCA gives the details on the event, happening in person at Main Line Animal Rescue’s beautiful location in Chester Springs, PA on Saturday, June 5th. Kristen will be hosting, and BEN FM has a team this year! Please join our team Gloria and BEN FM. Sign up to run, walk, or donate at Find all you need to know about the event HERE. See you there! See for privacy information.

  • Upcoming Fundraising Events with Bancroft

    14/05/2021 Duration: 13min

    Bancroft is a local non profit organization that provides specialized services for individuals with brain injuries, autism and intellectual disabilities. Tess Tebaldi, Development Director for Bancroft joins Kristen to talk about two very fun - in person - events coming up in the next few weeks to benefit this awesome organization. Join them for Sip, Swirl & Support Bancroft on Tuesday, May 18th at 5:30pm at the Camden County Boathouse in Pennsauken, NJ. Enjoy this intimate and elegant wine tasting followed by wine, exquisite hors d’oeuvres and desserts and live entertainment. Buy tickets HERE.  Then, find a corn hole partner and start practicing! Friends of Bancroft is hosting Bags for Bancroft. This round-robin style corn hole tournament will take place Saturday, June 5th on Bancroft's transformational Raymond & Joanne Welsh Campus, and it will feature a BBQ lunch, drinks, live music and prizes! Find more information and register your team HERE. 
 All proceeds from these events support Bancroft’s mission

  • Miss Philadelphia 2021

    13/05/2021 Duration: 11min

    There’s a new Miss Philadelphia in town! Elaine Ficarra is Miss Philadelphia 2021. The Miss Philadelphia and Miss Philadelphia’s Outstanding Teen competition took place on May 1st at the CEG Performing Arts Academy on North Broad Street in Philadelphia. Kristen was one of the judges this year! Each winner receives a cash scholarship, and a full tuition scholarship to attend Cabrini University.  They will also represent Philadelphia at the Miss Pennsylvania state competition in June. Hear as Kristen speaks with Elaine Ficarra, your newly crowned Miss Philadelphia 2021. Elaine is from Glenmoore, PA and attends Drexel University as an Honors Biology Student. She enjoys singing and Taekwondo. She is also passionate about her platform, which she hopes will spread awareness about adolescent depression and suicide prevention. Elaine’s crowning marked the 100th Anniversary of the Miss Philadelphia Competition, and she is ready to hit the ground running. Be sure to say hello to Elaine if you see her out and about i

  • Blobfest 2021: House of Harris

    11/05/2021 Duration: 11min

    The Colonial Theatre has been a staple in Pheonixville since 1903. This iconic theatre hosts independent films and a number of special programing events throughout the year, and is run by the Association for the Colonial Theater (ACT), a non profit 501c3 organization. Blobfest is their biggest event and fundraiser of the year. The 1958 Steve McQueen film ‘The Blob’ was filmed locally, and the theater scene in the movie (where The Blob comes out of the projector screen to attack the audience) was filmed at the Colonial Theatre. Kristen speaks with Chuck Francisco, a longtime Blobfest committee member, film curator and host at the Colonial Theatre to talk about this year’s 22nd Annual Blobfest celebration. The festival will take place July 9-11, 2021. Because of Covid restrictions, there are no public festivals in the borough of Phoenixville until October 1st, so Blobfest will again be celebrated virtually.  Tickets for "Blobfest 2021: House of Harris" go on sale May 28th at 10:00 AM for Colonial Theatre memb

  • Gardening Tips From Proven Winners Flowering Shrubs

    24/04/2021 Duration: 15min

    Spring has sprung! Natalie Carmolli, Marketing and Public Relations specialist for Proven Winners ColorChoice Flowering Shrubs shares the secret to hydrangea success and some other great gardening tips. Learn more here: Find Mom a beautiful gift for Mother's Day at your local garden center. They’re easy to spot in Proven Winners white container. Find more information about these plants and all the shrubs they grow at, or buy online at   See for privacy information.

  • It's Philly Theatre Week!

    24/04/2021 Duration: 07min

    Theatre is BACK! Theatre Philadelphia’s Executive Director LaNeshe Miller-White talks about the 4th Annual Philly Theatre Week, happening April 22nd to May 2nd. There are 64 different organizations involved, with 75 events and hundreds of performances all over the area. Originating companies hail from every corner of Philadelphia, from Center City to the suburbs, from Chester County to Wilmington, and from South Jersey to the Main Line. Events will include a variety of live and pre-recorded virtual performances, panels, workshops, theatre-by-mail, audio plays and in-person outdoor events. All tickets for participating shows are specially priced to be accessible to all, with tickets being free, $15 or $30 each. Philly Theatre Week tickets are on sale now at See for privacy information.

  • Kimmel Center Reopening Fall 2021

    24/04/2021 Duration: 11min

    Fran Egler, Senior Director of Programming and Presentations for the Kimmel Center talks about the Kimmel Center's plan to return to live theater and programming. The Kimmel Center just announced its planned re-opening this fall, along with the 2021-2022 season schedule for Broadway Philadelphia. It’s incredible. To start, they'll be offering a little-known show called HAMILTON. You may have heard of it? The upcoming schedule includes so many wonderful shows including Waitress, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, Pretty Woman: The Musical, the new Oklahoma! revival, Hairspray, Dear Evan Hansen, the Rent: 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour and lots more. Oh, and don’t miss the Philadelphia premiere of the multi-award winning Hadestown, and Aaron Sorkin’s super popular adaptation of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird. See all of the ways that the Kimmel Center is working to keep everyone safe, and find a full show schedule, ticket and subscriber information at See for

  • Jewish Relief Agency

    20/04/2021 Duration: 07min

    Jewish Relief Agency mobilizes volunteers to pack and deliver monthly food assistance to over 6,400 diverse low-income individuals across Greater Philadelphia who are coping with food insecurity. Visit to learn about opportunities to volunteer.  See for privacy information.

  • Concrete Cowboy on Netflix

    03/04/2021 Duration: 08min

    Kristen speaks with local filmmaker Ricky Staub, and actor Caleb McLaughlin (Stranger Things). Caleb stars alongside Idris Elba in the new Concrete Cowboy film, Directed by Ricky, and now streaming on Netflix.  Black urban horse riders have been an integral aspect of North Philadelphia culture for more than 100 years. Concrete Cowboy is set and shot in Philadelphia, and highlights and co-stars members of this unique Fletcher Street Stables community. Watch the film on Netflix now, and learn how you can help preserve this special community HERE. See for privacy information.

  • The Philadelphia Cheesesteak Adventure

    24/03/2021 Duration: 15min

    Jim Pappas talks about his epic Philadelphia Cheesesteak Adventure. Jim has eaten over 800 cheesesteaks since his adventure began on May 16th, 2018, at restaurants and dives all over the area. Check out his website for a video review of each and every one. Hear as he talks with Kristen about some of his favorites, his rating system, his favorite toppings, and lots more. His March Cheesesteak Madness competition is going on now. Who will be the 2021 champion?! Vote for your favorite cheesesteaks HERE. Find more info and follow along on Jim’s Philadelphia Cheesesteak Adventure at See for privacy information.

  • Bonnie Tyler: The Best Is Yet To Come

    13/03/2021 Duration: 16min

    Bonnie Tyler has a new album out, called "The Best Is Yet To Come". With over 100 million records sold and hits like, “It’s A Heartache,” “Holding Out For a Hero,” and “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” multi-Grammy Award winning artist Bonnie Tyler calls in (all the way from Portugal) to talk with Kristen about the new album, “The Best Is Yet To Come”. Hear the album’s first single, “When the Lights Go Down” in its entirety, plus clips and stories from other tracks. She talks TikTok, fan covers (like the awesome “Total Eclipse of the Heart” parody by the Marsh family in the UK), Footloose, International Women’s Day and more. Find "The Best Is Yet To Come" on Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube Music or anywhere you get your tunes. See for privacy information.

  • March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

    12/03/2021 Duration: 11min

    March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Jeff Smedsrud, a healthcare advocate and colon cancer survivor, shares his story as well as ways he has helped raise funds and awareness for various colon cancer organizations. In an effort to expand awareness, Jeff shares reasons why we should encourage younger folks to get tested sooner than later. Learn more about his story and colon cancer awareness with Jeff's resource guide at Get Your Rear in Gear Philadelphia is not holding their typical 5k walk/run this spring but will be participating in the 2021 National Tour de Tush (May 1st-31st 2021), a Ride to End Colon Cancer. Sign up to be on Get Your Rear In Gear’s team, and all of the fundraising Team Philly raises STAYS in our region to support Get Your Rear in Gear - Philadelphia colon cancer awareness efforts. See for privacy information.

  • $1 Million Grant to Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse

    26/02/2021 Duration: 13min

    Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse opened in the city’s East Fairmount Park in 1899 and has been offering free family fun for 121 years. The non profit organization just received a $1 million grant by Governor Tom Wolf and PA's RACP for its Preserving Play Campaign. Frances Hoover, Executive Director of Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse talks about the grant and the upcoming play season. Come out to Smith on March 27th for their annual Play-A-Palooza to celebrate the beginning of the Spring/Summer play season!     See for privacy information.

  • Badass Women's History Tour

    26/02/2021 Duration: 13min

    Beyond the Bell Tours has a Badass Women’s History Tour that's a perfect way to celebrate International Women’s Day March 8th and Women’s History Month in March. Rebecca Fisher, Co-Founder and tour guide for Beyond The Bell Tours joins Kristen on BEN Around Philly to talk about the company's uniquely truthful city tours. Beyond the Bell Tours is Philadelphia’s number one rated tour company. They're committed to putting people back into people’s history. They create inclusive historical walking tours of Philadelphia highlighting marginalized communities, peoples, and histories. The Badass Women's History Tour challenges locals and tourists alike to think more critically about the story of Philadelphia and the ways in which women are left out of the primary narrative of the city. Private tours are now available at The tour costs $200 for up to 5 people, and $40 per additional person (up to 9 people total).     See

  • Want to Stay in Buffalo Bill's House From Silence of the Lambs?

    20/02/2021 Duration: 21min

    Buffalo Bill’s House (the house used when filming the movie Silence of the Lambs) was recently purchased. The new owner has plans to rent the property out to guests. The Queen Anne Victorian style home is located in Perryopolis, Pennsylvania. It’s a suburb of Pittsburgh, and only a day trip from Philadelphia. The house is 121 years old, sleeps 10 people, sits on almost 2 acres and features an in-ground pool, grill, secluded pond and lots more. Chris Rowan, an avid horror fan purchased the house and he is adding a number of very cool touches to enhance the guest experience. Trust us, any Silence of the Lambs fan will want to visit as soon as possible. Silence of the Lambs consistently ranks as one of the best movies of all time, and is the 3rd film ever to win all 5 of the top Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Listen as Chris gives a description of his plans to make this fictional serial killer’s house a destination for anyone. Rent Buffalo B

  • Action Wellness' Glamsino Royale Event THIS Thursday 2/18

    16/02/2021 Duration: 10min

    Sarah DeLaurentis, Director of Development and Communications at Action Wellness returns to BEN Around Philly to talk about their Annual Glamsino Royale event, happening virtually this year. Action Wellness is one of Pennsylvania’s largest AIDS Service organizations, providing services to people living with HIV and AIDS and other chronic illnesses. Their Glamsino Royale event helps to fund raise for the organization in the coolest way. Join in the fun virtually for entertainment including performances, Bond-themed trivia game rounds, and a cocktail demonstration (martini of course… shaken, not stirred).  Glamsino Royale is THIS Thursday,  February 18th from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, from the comfort of your own home. Buy tickets here:, and save the date for their Dine IN For Life event coming up on April 29th.  See for privacy information.

  • Greater Philadelphia Film Office Female Screenwriter Competition

    08/02/2021 Duration: 18min

    The Greater Philadelphia Film office is holding their Set In Philadelphia competition and awarding a $5,000 prize to a female screenwriter with ties to this area. Entries are due March 1st! Sharon Pinkenson, Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office joins Kristen to give all of the details. Find more information on the competition at, and help support the Greater Philadelphia Film Office through their GoFundMe at #savephillyfilm     See for privacy information.

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