Monthly Archives: January 2009

Another Former Philly Athlete in Trouble

Recently, it was former Sixer Charles Barkley in trouble with the law. 

Now, former Phillie Lenny Dykstra is being sued by four pilots for allegedly not paying up. 

Let’s hope Lindsay Carson is behaving.

Havertown Singer Makes Hollywood Week on Idol

Havertown’s Kenny Hoffpauer, 18, made it to Hollywood week on American Idol from the New York City audition.

After a week of auditions, I’m still thinking that the new judge Kara DioGuardi is a waste of air time.

NBC10 Staffers Will Have to Re-Apply For Jobs

According to sources, NBC10 news director Chris Blackman sent out a memo Thursday that said like other NBC stations in New York and Chicago, the Philadelphia affiliate will soon be re-posting jobs for writers, producers and other staff.

Here’s the article about the Chicago restructuring.

Jade McCarthy To Try News

NBC10 sportscaster Jade McCarthy will be giving news a try, as she will fill in on an upcoming weekend morning newscast, anchoring alongside John Blunt.

McCarthy is just one of a few who have subbed since Lynn Berry departed for WNBC in New York City.

Introducing Katie

Christa Quinn is back from maternity leave on CWPhilly’s Wake Up News. 

Quinn, and her husband Jon Ganas, who is the director of news operations on 6ABC, became first-time parents to daughter Kate Elise in November.

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Another New Jazz Internet Station

Michael Tozzi, formerly of Smooth Jazz 97.5-FM and 106.1-FM is launching the new internet jazz station www.ijazzglobal.com.

Smooth Jazz 97.5-FM changed to Adult Contemporary Now 97.5 a few months ago.  However, Greater Media continued the Jazz format online with www.phillysmoothjazz.com.

Walter Perez Pinch Hitting In Sports

With sports director Gary Papa off the air indefinitely due to a medical procedure from two weeks ago, 6ABC news anchor Walter Perez is helping out the sports department of  Jamie Apody and Keith Russell.

Although viewers know Perez  mostly as a news person, he previously worked as a color analyst for Princeton basketball for five years. 

Plus, he’s a graduate of Duke University, which makes it a requirement for him to know college basketball.

87.7-FM Likely to Get a Reprieve

With the probable delay of the digital conversion until June, that means that 87.7-FM, which airs 6ABC shows, will survive a few months longer.

Guarini Gone Country

Former American Idol finalist and Bucks County native Justin Guarini is part of the new cast of Gone Country on CMT.  The others are Mickey Dolenz, Richard Grieco, Taylor Dayne, Tara Conner, Sheila E, and George Clinton.  

Guarini also co-hosts American Idol shows on the TV Guide Channel.

The first-season runner-up got his start here as part of Cutting Edge Entertainment.

Sweeps Delayed Because of DTV Transition

Because of the scheduled DTV transition in February, sweeps, which normally takes place in February, is being moved to March 5 – April 1. 

Also, May sweeps will be moved up a week, as it will take place April 23 – May 20, meaning there will be only three weeks between the sweeps periods.

Although the DTV transition looks like it will be moved to June, these new sweeps dates will remain.