Monthly Archives: November 2008

Job Posting For Sports Anchor/Reporter on

Believe it or not, a local television station is actually hiring.  According to a job posting on, the the station is looking for a sports anchor/reporter.  A 6ABC spokesperson confirmed that because of the addition of the show High School Huddle and more sports specials, 6ABC needs a fourth person to join Papa, Jamie Apody and Keith Russell.

Get ready to be flooded with resumes from CN8 people, 6abc!

Gary Papa Battling Cancer For Third Time

6ABC sports director Gary Papa, 54, revealed to an awards dinner Thursday night that he is battling prostate cancer for the third time.

Papa was initially diagnosed in 2004, then again in 2006.

Here is the link to the column written about Papa by Phil Heron, editor of the Delaware County Daily Times.

A Channel 6 spokesperson wrote in an email, “Gary continues to battle cancer and we continue to love and support him.”

Is Gary Papa Ok?

When I was watching Action News Monday night, it looked like sports anchor Gary Papa had lost some hair.  Evidently, I wasn’t the only viewer who noticed as a few people have inquired about him on this site.

Papa, 54, battled prostate cancer in 2004 and 2006.

Channel 6 did not immediately respond to an email about Papa.

Larry Loses

The verdict is in.  Former CBS3 news anchor Larry Mendte was sentenced to six months of house arrest, three years of probation, 250 hours of community service, and more for illegally accessing the email of former co-anchor Alycia Lane.

Here are the details from CBS3.

Low Five Sunday, Eagles Thoughts

Just like numbers played a part in the Phillies winning the World Series (1980 – 2008), the number five popped up a few times in the Eagles disaster vs. Baltimore Sunday.

#5 – Donovan McNabb’s number of course

5-5-1 – The Eagles record

Date of the game – Nov. 23 – 2 + 3 = 5

5 – Turnovers by the Eagles

And last week, the Eagles played 5 quarters vs. Cincinatti.

It was too bad that the Sixers had a game early that night, because that knocked out Comcast SportsNet and WIP for the post-game talk at 5 p.m.

Thus listeners were stuck with second-stringers WPEN and WYSP.

My favorite is listening to Angelo Cataldi and the Morning Team on WIP Monday morning. He has complaining down to a science.

Mixup Prevents Many Fans From Ohio State-Michigan Game

College football fans were disappointed when instead of Ohio State-Michigan, 6ABC aired the LaSalle-George Washington High School game on Saturday.

According to 6ABC, the college game was supposed to be moved to ESPN, but there were many Comcast viewers who did not get the OSU-MU game.  6ABC said it is looking into the mistake.

Larrypalooza Set For Monday

Fittingly, during the last week of November sweeps, former CBS3 news anchor Larry Mendte will be sentenced for illegally accessing co-anchor Alycia Lane’s email (Just think a year ago at this time they were both on CBS3).

The federal sentencing guidelines for this crime are 0-6 months in jail.

Mendte probably will get probation, but I think his best chance for forgiveness from the public is to do a little bit of jail time like Paris Hilton and Martha Stewart.  

If he gets probation, the public will feel that he got away with it, even though he’s lost his job.

Here’s what to watch for on Monday:

Will the recent news that Mendte may have also hacked into CBS3 meteorologist Doug Kammerer’s email impact his sentence?

Will Mendte put on the old anchor makeup and do another press conference after the proceedings if he doesn’t go to jail?

Will Alycia Lane show up to give a victim impact statement?

Will Mendte’s wife, Dawn Stensland be at the courthouse then do the 10 p.m. news on Fox29 that night?

Which reporter from Mendte’s old station will cover the proceedings?

NBC10 Union Authorized To Strike

According to industry sources, the union for the photographers, editors, and other technical personnel at NBC10, IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98), has voted to authorize to strike against station management.

What that means is that the union is giving its leadership permission to call a strike if warranted.  It doesn’t mean a strike is happening.

The union, which represents around 75 employees at NBC10, has been working without a contract for the last three months.

We hear that the same type of situation occurred at CBS3, where the technical employees worked without a contract for two years.

When they authorized to strike, a settlement was reached with CBS3 station management two weeks later.

An NBC spokesperson said the station does not comment on personnel issues.

Fox29 and NBC10 Employees Uneasy About Video Sharing

Employees at NBC10 and Fox29 are uneasy about the video sharing agreement between the two stations.

We hear that many are worried that jobs will eventually be cut because of the agreement.

A few months ago the stations began sharing some helicopter services, then recently it was announced that they would share video for certain events.

Robyn Stevens Update

While CN8 goes away at the end of the year, former network weather anchor Robyn Stevens continues to get work, as she has popped up as the substitute weather anchor on the CW Wake Up News, while Christa Quinn is on maternity leave.

Stevens, who also was on the former WB17 news, has been working as PR Executive for Mindie Barnett and Associates since Channel 17’s news was outsourced to NBC10 a few years ago.