Monthly Archives: April 2008

Smerconish to Sub For Beck All Week on CNN’s Headline News

Michael Smerconish of WPHT 1210-AM will be guest hosting for Glenn Beck on CNN’s Headline News all week at 9 p.m.  When is somebody going to give Smerconish his own cable talk show?


CN8 Chef Creates New Salad for Saladworks

Philadelphia’s Hope Cohen, of CN8‘s “The Chef’s Kitchen” and Saladworks on teaming up to honor Administrative Professionals on Administrative Professionals Day next week with her new signature salad, “Avocadolicious.”

Anyone that brings in a business card from their company to any Saladworks restaurant on April 23 between 11-3 will get a free salad. The salad is made of diced Hass Avocado, mandarin oranges, hearts of palm, grape tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, black olives, and garbanzo beans on top of a spring mix.   The salad is topped with a zesty lemon dill vinaigrette dressing.

Bonnie Hunt Show To Air on Either CBS3 or CW57

We have learned that the upcoming syndicated “Bonnie Hunt Show” will air on either CBS3 or sister station CW57 in the fall, not NBC10 as was previously posted.

The station and timeslot has yet to be determined, but it seems like a good place for it would be on CBS3 at 9 a.m. 

Here’s the current CBS3 weekday schedule:

7 – 9 a.m. – CBS Early Show

9 a.m. – Family Feud

9:30 a.m. – Merv Griffin’s Crosswords

10 a.m. – Guiding Light

11 a.m. – The Price is Right

Noon – News

12:30 – The Young and the Restless

1:30 – The Bold and the Beautiful

2:00 – As the World Turns

3:00 – Inside Edition

3:30 – The Insider

4:00 – News

5:00 – Dr. Phil

6:00 – News

6:30 – CBS Evening News with Katie Couric

7:00 – Entertainment Tonight

7:30 – The Insider


Chris Matthews to Host Specials for NBC10

With “iVillage Live” history since the end of March, NBC10 has been airing various shows in the 12 p.m. timeslot, including infomercials.

However the next two Mondays, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews will host “Battleground Pennsylvania” about the upcoming primary.

The first week, April 14, Steve Highsmith, Aditi Roy, Kristen Welker and the “Inquirer’s” Larry Eichel will participate in a repoter’s roundtable discussion.

On April 21, politicians Bob Brady and Chaka Fattah are scheduled to join Matthews. 

The specials will also air at 7 p.m. each week.


Former NBC10 Sports Anchor Derek Castillo Update

Former NBC10 weekend sports anchor Derek Castillo is leaving NBC5 in Dallas to spend more time with his wife and 8-year-old son.  In an interview with Ed Bark of Above the Fold, Castillo said he did not want to sign another contract to work weekends.

Angela Russell Has Second Child

CBS 3 Anchor Angela Russell and her husband, Telly, a medical student at Georgetown University, welcomed a second daughter to their family on Tuesday, April 8.  Baby Maya Michelle Russell weighed in at 7 pounds, 2 ounces and was 19 1/4″ long.  They have a  two year old daughter, Ava. 

News Directors Panel – “We’re Not Relevant Like We Used To Be”

Philadelphia news directors - left to right - Chris Blackman - NBC10, Micheline Boudreau, WHYY, William Jobes - NJN, Michelle Murray, Comcast SportsNet, Susan Schiller - CBS3, Kingsley Smith, Fox29
Philadelphia news directors left to right – Chris Blackman – NBC10, Micheline Boudreau – WHYY, William Jobes – NJN, Michelle Murray – Comcast SportsNet, Susan Schiller – CBS3, Kingsley Smith – Fox29

In a panel discussion about the state of local television news, Chris Blackman, news director of NBC10 said, “In my 26 years in news, I’ve never seen things as dicey as they are now.  With layoffs, shrinkage, and downsizing, we need to reinvent ourselves.” 

“We are not relevant the way we used to be because viewers don’t neeed us anymore,” Blackman said referring to mobile devices and the internet.

Blackman proved his point when only a handful of people in the audience of around 150 television professionals raised their hands when he asked if anyone needed to watch local television stations to get their news.

All of the news directors on the panel agreed that the new media is the direction that the stations are headed, as a survey was cited that stated that people in their 30’s, 20’s, and teens get their information from mobile devices.

William Jobes, news director of NJN said, “We are less relevant than we’ve ever been.  Emerging media will be on the small screen rather than the big screen for the future.”

Kingsley Smith, news director of Fox29 concurred that the station’s web site will become the top way to deliver the news.

Susan Schiller, news director of CBS3 said when the station gets news it goes on the web first. Blackman added that the web site is the first thing discussed in the station’s daily morning meetings.

The discussion was hosted by the Mid-Atlantic chapter of The National Academy of Television Sciences at Drexel University.   Paul Gluck, executive director of the Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies at Drexel moderated.


New Real World Cast Member on the (Cutting) Edge

Craig Sumsky, owner of Philadelphia’s Cutting Edge Entertainment, isn’t surprised that his former employee, Brianna Taylor is part of MTV’s new season of “The Real World XX,” set in Hollywood, which debuts next week.

“Brianna was a very good singer, very talented, and very outgoing,” said Sumsky of Taylor who worked for Cutting Edge as a “party motivator” for two years while she was in high school.

Taylor stopped working for Cutting Edge two years ago, and Sumsky said he learned that she became an exotic dancer from Dan Gross’ column yesterday.

Taylor joins another Cutting Edge alum, Justin Guarini, of “American Idol.”

Sumsky still keeps in touch with Guarini and they get together when he returns to the area.

Sumsky said he’ll try to catch Taylor on MTV, but he doesn’t watch much television.


Real World Cast Member is From Philly

Philadlephia’s Brianna Taylor, 20, who will be starring in “Real World XX,” set to debut on MTV April 16 is the second alum of Philly’s “The Cutting Edge” entertainment company to make it to Hollywood.

Taylor, who was a dancer for the entertainment group, follows “American Idol’s” Justin Guarini, who was an M.C. for “The Cutting Edge.”

Tyler Green Joins CW57 Phillies Rotation

Former Phillies pitcher Tyler Green debuted on CW57’s post game show that aired after the Phillies game Sunday.

Green will join Don Bell or Beasley Reese for around 20 Sunday games.

Shane Victorino is scheduled to be a regular too (let’s see if he can hold on to his everyday centerfield job).