Monthly Archives: July 2008

Dawn Provides Unintentional Laugh

During the Fox29 news Wednesday night, Kerri Lee Halkett read a story about a cat that got shot.

After the story, co-anchor Dawn Stensland said “What’s wrong with people?”

I wonder if Dawn thought that about her husband?

Huggins Memorial Service/NATAS Nominations Party

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Mid-Atlantic Chapter
today announced that it is moving the date of its Emmy® nomination party in
Philadelphia to Wednesday, August 6, 2008, so that members can attend services for legendary anchor and reporter Edie Huggins.  Huggins, who spent 42 years working at WCAU and NBC10, died July 29, 2008.  Her services are being held on Tuesday,
August 5, 2008, which was originally the same night as the Emmy® nomination party.

Many of our NATAS board members, members of the organization and
colleagues of Edie’s in Philadelphia are planning to attend her services.  Out of
espect for Edie and for our
we are moving the PHILADELPHIA
nomination party to Wednesday, August 6 at 6:30pm at the Field House.  The change
only involves PHILADELPHIA.  Pittsburgh and Harrisburg will continue their
celebrations as planned Tuesday, August 5, 2008, at 6:30pm.

 We ask you to help us spread the word about this change in Philadelphia and
hope this will allow our members to attend both events. 

While we are saddened that this honor will be given posthumously, we are honored to celebrate Edie’s professional life, her dedication to community service and
advocacy for social causes at the Emmy® Awards on September 13, 2008.

 On Tuesday, August 5, following the nomination parties in Pittsburgh and
Harrisburg, the Emmy® nominees from those markets will be posted on
our website at

On Wednesday, August 6, following the Philadelphia nomination party,
the full nomination list will be posted along with our press release.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Edie’s family and to her colleagues in
Philadelphia.  We look forward to celebrating excellence in broadcasting and
appreciate your support and understanding.

Susan Buehler
NATAS Mid-Atlantic

Save Swingtown!

I am disappointed that my favorite show of the summer, Swingtown, was relegated to Friday nights.

The drama, which is a refreshing change of pace from all the “CSIs”, “Law and Orders,” and other procedurals, brings us back to the 70’s.  And it has the best soundtrack on TV!

New CBS3 Promos

Has anyone seen the new CBS3 promos that emphasize the entire team including Ukee Washington, Pat Ciarrocchi, Jim Donovan, Chris May, Stephanie Stahl, and Susan Barnett?

Of course, CBS3 is hoping the audience will forget endte-May and ane-Lay.

Karen Thomas Back Again

Former Fox29 weather anchor Karen Thomas is back on the air, as she is filling in for NBC10’s Michelle Grossman who is on maternity leave.

Edie Huggins Dead

Pioneering Broadcast Journalist Edie Huggins Has Died


(For Immediate Release)


Edie Huggins, who began her television career at WCAU-TV now NBC 10) in 1966 as a feature reporter on the BIG NEWS TEAM WITH JOHN FACENDA and became one of Philadelphia’s most respected and celebrated television personalities during her 42-year career, has died after a hard fought, lengthy illness.


“In her uniquely dignified way, Edie helped open the doors and blazed the trail that made it possible for so many of us to be here,” said NBC 10 Vice President of News Chris Blackman. “Personally, I will always appreciate her support … checking in on me whenever I had a rough day. Although she’ll no longer be in our newsroom, she’ll remain in our hearts.”


Edie Huggins was a trailblazer in the industry and had been a mentor to a generation of Philadelphia broadcasters. She was the first African-American woman to report on the air in Philadelphia. Her versatile career included anchoring and co-anchoring the news, interviewing scores of personalities and newsmakers, reporting on countless news stories, and presenting memorable investigative series on a variety of subjects. In the early 1970’s she joined Herb Clarke to co-host “What’s Happening,” a midday news program. In the mid-70’s, she hosted “Morningside,” a daily one-hour live magazine show featuring interviews with celebrities and politicians, along with segments on health, finance and entertainment.


Edie accomplished these feats and met many more of her goals while raising two children, as a single parent.


Edie dedicated much of her professional life to community service and to being a strong advocate for many causes, as she served on many boards throughout the region. She is the recipient of this year’s prestigious board of Governor’s Award from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). Also, in 2008, the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists (PABJ) honored her with a lifetime achievement award. In 2006, Philadelphia City council declared March 30th “Edie Huggins Day” and adopted a resolution to honor her more than 40 years of accurate news reporting and her dedication to the City of Philadelphia. She received the 2006 Hall of Fame Award from AFTRA. Giving back to the community, Edie Huggins created “Huggins’ Hero” report series, a weekly segment profiling the heroic life of an ordinary person doing an extraordinary deed.


She was one of the founding members of the National Association of Black Journalists, an organization that honored her in 2005. In November 2002, Huggins was inducted into the Philadelphia Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame, and she was chosen by the Urban League of Philadelphia as one of the “Outstanding African-American Philadelphians of the 20th Century. “She was honored by the Philadelphia Chapter of American Women in Radio & Television as “Communicator of the Year” in 1993.



A native of St. Joseph, Missouri, Edie Huggins graduated cum laude from the State University of New York with a bachelor’s degree in Science. After graduation, she worked at both Bellevue and Flower-Fifth Avenue Hospitals in New York City as a registered nurse. At the same time, she made national headlines by doubling as an actress and an unofficial consultant for the NBC daytime drama, “The Doctors.” She also appeared on “The Edge of Night” and “Love of Life,” both produced by CBS Television. Edie Huggins was first cast in a feature film with Sammy Davis Jr., “A Man Called Adam”. As of late, she was cast in a starring role of an independent movie titled “So Big.” which debuted at the International House in Philadelphia.


Edie Huggins was a committed member of Bright Hope Baptist church, where she initiated a full registered nursing scholarship for young women that will continue in her legacy.  


She is survived by her two devoted adult children, Hastings Edward, a Complex Engagement Manager with IBM and a daughter, Laurie Linn, a National Television Producer in Los Angeles and a Marketing Specialist for Broadcast Advertising in Baltimore and Philadelphia.

Philebrity Makes Fun of Me!

Cat Ladies Of The Internet: Could LarryGate® Produce An Existential Crisis For Laura Nachman?

You know how you’re always reading this crazy shit about our local news anchors and after a while, you begin to wonder if there’s actually anyone out there besides the parties directly involved who A) thinks TV news is real and B) has some kind of emotional stake in the comings and goings of their local Ron Burgundys? Well, there is. We found her. Meet Laura Nachman, pictured at right, presumably just at the moment when a love of The Brady Bunch led her on a path to dedicating her life to writing about and living in the background of local television. Since 2000, Nachman has been writing about TV for the Bucks County Courier Times, and for this service, she has been rewarded several times with the princely ransom of appearing on It’s Your Call With Lynn Doyle. On her blog, she chronicles the comings and goings of Larry Mendte, Alycia Lane and now, Vince Dementri (he’s in hot water for being an asshole again) with a kind of Trekky superfan aplomb that Michael Klein and Dan Gross can’t really muster, as both of those guys still seem to be hung up on admitting their deep sexual/pathological attraction to these people. (Don’t worry, though, I sense a sea change coming as Mendte’s trial nears — think of it as your Stonewall, guys!) Anyway, as you can imagine, Nachman is in a bit of a tizzy about recent events, and you can wing on over to her blog to see a nice charticle comparing and contrasting the present peccadilloes of Larry and Vince, presented with not a lot of irony and set up so that finally, it’ll be easy for you to tell the difference. Because why? Good question. We’ve been thinking about it all morning, and we think we finally have answer: Everybody needs a fan somewhere. Misbehavin’ anchordrones of Philadelphia, here is yours. Be careful though, we’re getting a Kathy-Bates-in-Misery vibe. Just saying.
LauraNachman: I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself

NATAS Statement Regarding Larry Mendte

July 28, 2008

Statement from Susan Buehler, President, Mid-Atlantic NATAS:


The annual Emmy Awards gala is about recognizing excellence in regional television,

so NATAS plans to keep its focus where it belongs: on spotlighting the achievements

of our many members across Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.  This year, like every year, we will gather to celebrate the accomplishments of hundreds of area TV professionals working in all facets of the industry; we do not want a situation involving one person to overshadow the achievements of many.    


NATAS has no authority involving itself in the personal situations of its members or entrants. None of the work entered by Larry Mendte is connected to his criminal case, which is still being adjudicated.  Finally, nothing in the NATAS bylaws gives us the authority to disqualify, remove or alter any entries as long as the entrant followed all the guidelines and met our Chapter’s deadline of April 19, 2008.   


We do want to reassure CBS 3 employees that NATAS is not planning to change or remove any of their entries from consideration.  If the judges determined them to be worthy of a nomination or award in this year’s program, then the nomination or award will stand.


It is also important to note that the over 700 Emmy entries received were judged outside our market, so at this point, only the accountants know whose work has been nominated.  We have discovered that many people are unaware of the judging process that leads to nominations and Emmy Awards.  To clarify the process:  


  • As it is every year, all work submitted locally is judged outside our region.  


  • Regional television professionals, including reporters, producers, directors, editors, writers and videographers, submit what they consider to be their best work – in one or many categories – during a calendar year. 


  • Those entries are then viewed and judged by panels of TV professionals in

top television markets across the country to determine who is nominated and ultimately wins the coveted Emmy Award.  Judges utilize standards of excellence to evaluate work in areas of content, creativity and execution.


  • Nominations will be announced August 5; our Board of Governors and members will receive the news at the same time we make the news public,  and not before.

Kalas on DL

Phillies announcer Harry Kalas is off the air for a few games, recovering from surgery to fix a detached retina in his left eye.

Meanwhile, last week voting closed for Radio Hall of Fame voting, of which Kalas was nominated.

To make up for Kalas’ absense, radio announcer Scott Franzke filled in on television and pre and post game host, Jim Jackson, did some innings on the radio.

UPDATE – Kalas returned for Sunday’s Braves/Phillies game, working only radio since today’s game was on Fox.  According to the Phillies, he will travel with the team to Washington, D.C. following the Phillies’ ALS event Monday.

New Show to Debut on NBC10 Monday

On Monday, July 28, 2008 NBC10 is premiering the week-long show, “I Do,” that focuses on trends in weddings, and addresses the reality, and dramas in their planning. It will air a 2pm & again at 2:30pm. “10,” which most viewers say “I Don’t” to, will air at 11am.