Monthly Archives: January 2008

Our Lady of Victory Not Coming Out in March

According to WIP’s Anthony Gargano, his movie, “Our Lady of Victory,” won’t be ready for its scheduled March release date.  He said it most likely will come out in the fall.

Gargano also reports that Academy Award composer Bill Ross of the “Harry Potter” films is scoring “OLOV,” which stars Carla Gugino, Ellyn Burstyn, and David Boreanaz in the story of the Immaculata “Mighty Macs” basketball team of the 70′s.

On the personal side, Gargano is getting married to his longtime girlfriend Tamara in August at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT

I’ll be speaking about the world of television at the Ohev Shalom Men’s Club Breakfast on Sunday, February 10 in Richboro, PA.

Local TV Googlegangers

As I was watching ESPN’s John Anderson, it led me to think about his “Googleganger,” John Anderson of Fox29′s “Good Day Philadelphia.”

A “Googleganger” is when you put your own name into “Google” and come up with your internet twin, a person who shares your name. 

Here are some of the “GoogleGangers” I found among some of our local television personalities.

In Philly, Tim Lake is the perfectly-coiffed weekday anchor on NBC10.  His Googleganger, Tim Lake is professional banjo and guitar player.

In Philly, Kathy Orr is the chief meteorologist with the great power suits on CBS3.  But in San Antonio, Texas Kathy Orr is a powerful divorce attorney.

We know Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz as the chief meteorologist on NBC10.  But another Glenn Schwartz was the original guitar player for the old rock group, “The James Gang.”

Ted Greenberg is the New Jersey reporter for NBC10.  But there’s also a comedian of the same name.

In Philly, Keith Russell is sportscaster on 6ABC.  But in Minneapolis, he’s an associate professor at the school of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota.

In Philadelphia, Lynn Doyle is a talk show host, but in Memphis, Tennessee, Lynn Doyle is a florist.

And in case you wondered why my web site is named lauranachman.net instead of “Dot Com,” check out my googleganger

Sports Radio 950 and Bruno Part Ways

Though Sports Radio 950 should have done this on their own a long time ago, Sporting News Radio made the decision for them, as “The Tony Bruno Show” was canceled.

Bruno, which aired from 9 a.m. – noon and “The Jim Rome Show” had abysmal ratings here. “Rome” was dropped a few months ago.  For some reason, Bruno survived.  Even though ‘PEN liked to talk about Bruno’s local roots, his show was not local.

Once and for all, ‘PEN should have an all-local lineup and hire somebody like station weekend host Jack McCaffery for the vacancy.

Barnett Continues to Benefit From Lane’s Departure

Susan Barnett continues to benefit from the firing of Alycia Lane, as Barnett will co-anchor the weeknight 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. news on CBS3 for February sweeps beginning Thursday, January 31.

With her contract up at the end of 2007, Barnett seemed like she was on her way out the door when she was replaced on the weekday morning news in the fall by Liz Keptner.

But when Lane got into trouble in mid-December, Barnett’s fortunes began to turn around.

First,  she was assigned a spot on the CBS3 New Year’s Eve special, while Lane was taken off the New Year’s assignment after her altercation with New York city police,  and now that Lane is gone for good, Barnett will get the top anchoring spot for now.

Though it’s not known if Barnett will get the job for good, one thing that is in her favor is that the former beauty pageant contestant has a squeaky-clean image.  The former Levittown native and homecoming queen at Truman high school in Bucks County is married to a doctor  and has a one-year-old son, something that CBS3 is looking for after Lane’s tabloid tendencies.

Anchor Changes at NBC10

According to industry sources, beginning next week, NBC10 weekend evening anchor Dawn Timmeney will move to the weekday 5 p.m. news to co-anchor with Vince DeMentri. Aditi Roy will move from weekend mornings to weekend evenings, and newcomer Lynn Berry will co-anchor weekend mornings with John Blunt.

It wasn’t that long ago that Timmeney seemed to be on her way out when she was taken off weekday mornings and moved to general assignment reporter.  One thing that helped -  never underestimate the power of a good hairstyle.

Paula Prevents Paul from Super Bowl

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On the American Idol News Front: 

PAULA ABDUL’S STALKER PAUL MARTURANO BANNED BY THE NFL FROM THE SUPERBOWL RELEASES THE OFFICIAL ‘STALKER’ MUSIC VIDEO ON-LINE 

January 24, 2008 – (Phoenix, AZ) – Paul Marturano, the off-the-wall comic/accomplished pianist from Philadelphia who recently appeared on American Idol and caught the nation’s attention as Paula Abdul’s ‘Stalker’,  has recently released the absolutely hilarious star-studded must see Official Stalker Music Video on the ever popular YouTube. The video can also be seen at www.paulpiano.net. 

Since Paul Marturano’s appearance on American Idol. He has conducted close to 150 radio interviews internationally, he was the lead story on Access Hollywood, and on Wednesday, Jan 16 and Thursday, Jan 17, Paula Abdul’s Stalker was the most searched phrase on Google, MSN, and AOL.  

Marturano, also known as Pauly Nipple of the musical comedy duo, The Hairy Aureolas (www.hairya.net) is in talks with major licensing companies to spreadmerchandise across the nation, he is in contact with A&R representatives from major record labels and his face and songs are on iTunes and plastered all over the internet.  

Marturano was recently banned from the Super Bowl by the NFL. According to Sean Krause of http://www.thedailybs.com and WIRN radio station, they had planned to have Paul Marturano be their on-field correspondent at the Super Bowl and were denied press passes because Marturano was included in their pitch to the NFL.

Krause also stated that his contact at the NFL considered the musical comedian a liability and did not want any antics during Paula Abdul’s Super Bowl performance. 

When reached for comment, Marturano stated, “It is absurd that the NFL would deny WIRN’s its press passes this year because I was in their original pitch. Why not give them their passes on the condition that I stay home. Take me out of the equation and don’t punish WIRN for having a creative idea that you (NFL) didn’t like. Oh well,  maybe Tom Brady can lend me one of his girlfriends?” 

Once the passes were denied, WIRN’s sponsor backed out. Marturano is currently trying to find WIRN a new sponsor to fly their team, himself and another rejected Idol, Milo Turk (www.Miloturk.com) to perform a concert outside in the parking lot of the stadium while reporting on the game from there.   

Marturano continued: “I can understand the NFL’s concerns about me doing something wacky at the Super Bowl but I prefer not to get arrested or injured just for the joke. I had no plans of running out on the field during Paula’s performance. I was excited about the opportunity to interview the players, Tom Petty, and Paula Abdul and offer her a public apology so that she understands that there is no reason to fear me. I AM JUST A MUSICIAN AND A COMEDIAN FOLKS. Real stalkers don’t tell you that they are stalkers?”  

Chris Wheeler Donates $200,000 to Penn State

The following is from Penn State’s web site:
Even several months before the first pitch of baseball season, longtime Philadelphia Phillies broadcaster Chris Wheeler has produced an impressive double — providing $200,000 to the College of Communications at Penn State to support student scholarships through two separate efforts.

A 1967 graduate of Penn State with a degree in broadcasting, Wheeler has worked for the Phillies since 1971. He has regularly given of his talent and time to support the College of Communications by moderating or participating in events and panel discussions for students during regular return trips to campus.

With a $50,000 gift, Wheeler established the Christopher C. Wheeler Trustee Scholarship in the College of Communications.

The Trustee Matching Scholarship Program aims to ensure that a Penn State education is accessible to qualified students, regardless of their financial means. Implemented in 2002 upon approval by the University’s Board of Trustees, the program is unique in that the University matches 5 percent of the principal of each gift annually and combines these funds with income from the endowment to effectively double the financial impact of the scholarship.

During the 2006-2007 academic year, 217 students in the college earned Trustee Scholarships through the existing endowments. Individual awards ranged from $500 to $2,265.

A $50,000 gift payable over five years or less is the minimum gift eligible for the program.  Donors may designate their gift to any campus or college and may specify a major field of study as a first preference.

“The scholarship just seemed like a great way to help out,” said Wheeler, who joined the Phillies in 1971 as assistant director of publicity and public relations. He was added to the broadcast team in 1977 and has been handling the team’s games on radio and TV since then. “The atmosphere at Penn State and in the College of Communications is just so positive, and the students really put an effort into what they do. My memories of Penn State are vivid, and to see the students working so hard, it’s just wonderful to support that effort.”

In addition, through a $150,000 estate gift, Wheeler will support scholarships for students in the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism, which is housed in the college.

“I just want to help out,” Wheeler said. During his most recent campus visit, in October 2007, Wheeler moderated “Covering the Big Game,” a preview of the Ohio State-Penn State football game at Beaver Stadium featuring input from newspaper, magazine and TV reporters covering the game.

In 1982, Wheeler was named director of the Phillies’ new community relations department. In 1991, he became director of the department’s speakers bureau, a position he held through 1997. In addition, “Wheels” was the camp coordinator for Phillies Dream Week from 1983 to 1999.

Wheeler’s first job was with WCAU Radio in Philadelphia as a news writer and reporter. He also did traffic reports from an airplane.

The John Curley Center for Sports Journalism, established in 2003, includes four courses in its undergraduate curricular emphasis: sports writing; sports broadcasting; sports information; and sports, media and society. In addition, the center offers a course in sports and public policy, which is cross-listed with the Dickinson School of Law.

Along with classroom instruction, the center’s mission stresses the value of interaction, from on-campus guest lectures and on-site visits by students to real-life experience gained through internships. Sponsored programming includes lectures, panels and workshops on journalism and the role of sport in society as well as research on sports journalism topics. The Center emphasizes internships at newspapers, magazines or electronic media and on-campus cocurricular work.

Tom Brady + Brady Bunch = ESPN True Hollywood Story

Here’s the real connection between Tom Brady and the “Brady Bunch”

Former “10″ Host Releases New CD

Former “10″ host Lauren Hart returns to her former show to promote her new CD, “Good Things” February 22 on NBC10 at 11 a.m.