Monthly Archives: March 2008

Local Television Field of 64 First Round Results – Upsets!

Thank you for participating in our first “Local Television Field of 64.”


(1) Jessica Savitch over (16) Bill Custer
(2) Vince Leonard over (15) Trudy Haynes
(3) Mort Crim over (14) Jerry Penacoli
(13) Diane Allen over (4) Marciarose
(5) Dick Sheeran over (12) Larry Kane*
(11) Larry Mendte over (6) Robin Mackintosh
(7) Al Meltzer over (10) Ukee Washington
(8) Tom Snyder over (9) Pat Ciarrocchi

*Tie, tie goes to higher seed.


(1) Jim Gardner over (16) Chris Wagner
(2) Jim O’Brien over (15) Larry Kane
(3) Lisa Thomas Laury over (14) Don Polec
(4) Dave Roberts over (13) Vernon Odom
(12) Gary Papa over (5) Marc Howard
(6) Don Tollefson over (11) Cathy Gandolfo
(7) Cecily Tynan over (10) Dave Frankel
(8) Rick Williams over (9) Monica Malpass*

*Tie – tie goes to higher seed


(1) John Facenda over (16) Terry Ruggles
(15) Bill Baldini over (2) Herb Clarke
(14) Vai Sikahema over (3) Larry Kane
(13) Jane Robelot over (4) Gene Crane
(5) Larry Mendte over (12) John Bolaris
(6) Renee Chenault Fattah over (11) Tim Lake
(7) Sheela Allen Stephens over (10) Herb Dennenberg
(8) Cherie Bank over (9) Al Meltzer*

*Tie – tie goes to higher seed.

(1) Jill Chernekoff over (16) Bruce Gordon
(2) Lee McCarthy over (15) Kerri Lee Halkett
(14) Mike Jerrick over (3) Howard Eskin
(4) Don Tollefson over (13) Dave Huddleston
(12) Dawn Stensland over (5) Sue Serio
(6) Dorothy Krysiuk over (11) Dave Schratwieser
(10) Gerald Kolpan over (7) Rich Noonan
(8) Dr. Brian McDonough over (9) Bill Wine

Here are our second round matchups:


(1) Jessica Savitch
(8) Tom Snyder

(2) Vince Leonard
(7) Al Meltzer

(3) Mort Crim
(11) Larry Mendte

(13) Diane Allen
(5) Dick Sheeran


(1) Jim Gardner
(8) Rick Williams

(2) Jim O’Brien
(7) Cecily Tynan

(3) Lisa Thomas Laury
(6) Don Tollefson

(4) Dave Roberts
(12) Gary Papa


(1) John Facenda
(8) Cherie Bank

(15) Bill Baldini
(7) Sheela Allen Stephens

(14) Vai Sikahema
(6) Renee Chenault Fattah

(13) Jane Robelot
(5) Larry Mendte


(1) Jill Chernekoff
(8) Dr. Brian McDonough

(2) Lee McCarthy
(10) Gerald Kolpan

(14) Mike Jerrick
(6) Dorothy Krysiuk

(4) Don Tollefson
(12) Dawn Stensland

Email your votes to or fill out the comment form.

Baseball Music

Randy “Now” Ellis broadcasts his fourth annual “Baseball in Music” special Wednesday from 6 – 9 p.m. on WTSR 91.3-FM in Trenton.

Of course the first baseball song I think of is “Centerfield,” by John Fogerty, but what others do you think will be included?

Martorano Out at WIP

WIP 610-AM mid-day co-host Steve Martorano will be parting ways with the station for the second time in four years, as his contract will not be renewed.

Martorano co-hosted mid-days with Anthony Gargano until he was replaced by Mike Missanelli.  When Missanelli was removed from the station a few months later after an altercation with a producer, Martorano was brought back two years ago.

Coincidentally, Missanelli signed with Philadelphia’s other sports talk station, ESPN 950-AM this week.

No word on who will replace Martorano, but it wouldn’t hurt WIP to go younger.  Their weekday hosts Angelo Cataldi, Al Morganti, Howard Eskin, and Glen Macnow are all in their mid-50’s, and their “young” hosts Rhea Hughes and Anthony Gargano are pushing 40.

Hillary Clinton to Call into John DeBella Show Tuesday at 8:25 a.m.

Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Hillary Clinton is scheduled to call into John DeBella’s show on WMGK 102.9-FM Tuesday at 8:25 a.m.

950-AM Almost Listened to Me

ESPN 950-AM, which will move Jody McDonald to mid-days and bring in Mike Missanelli for afternoon drive, almost took my advice.  Here’s an excerpt from a column I wrote in July of 2007:

“Not that anybody is asking, but if I were program director, here’s what I would do:

* Change the morning show hours to 6-10 a.m.

* Move Jody McDonald to mid-days from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

* Bring Mike Missanelli back to town for afternoon drive from 3-7 p.m.

* Air local programming throughout the evening and overnight. There is no excuse not to have programming for people when games end.

* More local programming on the weekends. Get rid of the brokered and syndicated shows.”

950-AM is moving Jody McDonald to mid-days, but from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  ESPN Radio’s Mike Tirico will take over the 1 – 3 p.m. shift and Missanelli will work 3- 7 p.m.  These changes start on April Fool’s Day, April 1.

Dustin Diamond to Appear on “10” Show Friday

Dustin “Screech” Diamond who is part of the current crop of “Celebrity Fit Club” on VH1 will appear on the “10” show Friday at 2 p.m. on NBC10.

“10” and “Martha” traded timeslots a couple of weeks ago. “Martha” now competes with national shows “The Price is Right” and “The View” at 11 a.m.

There will be more programming changes to the NBC10 daytime lineup when “iVillage Live” goes off the air at the end of the month.

In another NBC note, the station said that the recent sale of NBC owned and operated stations in Hartford, CT and Miami, Fl will not affect Philly’s station.

Former CBS3 Reporter Tamsen Fadal Moving from NYC’s CBS2 to CW11

According to TV Spy, former CBS3 reporter Tamsen Fadal is moving from New York’s CBS2 to CW11.  Fadal will work on the morning news as a reporter with former NBC10 personality Tiffany McElroy.

McElroy and Fox29 meteorologist John Bolaris are the parents of a three-year-old daughter.

Mollywood from Hollywood Update

Former “Good Day Philadelphia” contributor “Mollywood from Hollywood,” Molly Mayock, who now works as a Hollywood producer, has a new show set to premiere on the National Geographic Channel, “America’s Port.” The first episode airs April 6. 

Here’s Mayock’s production blog.


Here are our quarterfinal results for the “Television Field of 64.”


(1) American Idol over (6) The Amazing Race


(14) Law and Order: SVU over (1) Grey’s Anatomy


(1) The Office over (6) Family Guy (which just aired a hilarious 100th episode)


(2) Late Show with David Letterman over (6) Late Night with Conana O’Brien


(1) American Idol
(14) Law and Order: SVU

(1) The Office
(2) Late Show with David Letterman

Email your votes to

Thank you for the wonderful response for our “Local Television Field of 64.”  First round results will be posted Wednesday. 

It’s Official – Missanelli to 950-AM

ESPN Radio 950 officially named Mike Misannelli the afternoon drive host (3 – 7 p.m.) beginning April 1.  Jody McDonald will move to 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and ESPN Radio’s Mike Tirico will air from 1 – 3 p.m.  Yesterday, the station announced that ESPN’s “Mike and Mike” show will air from 6 – 9 a.m.