Monthly Archives: November 2010

November Sweeps Ratings

6ABC barely beat CBS3 in the weeknight 11 p.m. news ratings.  6ABC led with a 9 rating, CBS3 had an 8 rating, and NBC10 came in third place with a 4 rating.

At 6 p.m., 6ABC led with a 9 rating, CBS3 and NBC10 tied for second with a 3 rating, and Fox29 had a 2 rating.

At 5 p.m., 6ABC led with an 8 rating, Dr. Phil on CBS3 was second with a 3 rating, and NBC10 and Fox29 tied with a 2 rating (although NBC10 had a higher share).

At 4 p.m., Oprah led with a 6 rating, Judge Judy on Fox29 was in second place with a 3 rating, CBS3 also had a 3 rating, but a lower share, and NBC10 had a 2 rating.

At 2 p.m., the new CBS show The Talk debuted with a 2 rating behind One Life To Live on 6ABC which had a 3 rating.  The Nate Berkus Show on NBC10 came in third place with a 1 rating.   

At noon, CBS3’s Talk Philly (2 rating)  got clobbered by the news on 6ABC (7 rating).

At 11 a.m., NBC10’s 10 Show (1 rating) came in third behind behind 6ABC’s The View (5 rating) and CBS3’s The Price Is Right (4 rating).

At 6 a.m., 6ABC led with a 5 rating, NBC10 was second with a 3 rating, and Fox29’s Good Day Philadelphia and CBS3 followed with a 2 rating.

At 10 p.m., Fox29 led with a 3 rating, myPHL17 followed with a 2 rating, and the CWPhilly  news had a 1 rating.

6ABC was the home to all the timeslot winners Good Morning America, Regis & Kelly, Rachael Ray, Who Wants To Be a Millionaire, One Life To Live, General Hospital, ABC World News Tonight, Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, Nightline and The Jimmy Kimmel Show.

Each rating point represents around 29,000 viewers.

Missing TV Talk

Does anybody else remember the old WPHT 1210-AM show “TV Talk” with Jonathan Storm and Gail Shister?  Loved that show!

Updated Appearances And About Pages

Included on the About page is the 2006 feature about me in Philadelphia magazine.

Norman Braman on Real Sports

Former Eagles’ owner Norman Braman is featured in the story about the Florida Marlins’ battle for a new stadium on “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” on HBO.

WMMR Credited on Billy Joel Biography

WMMR 93.3-FM was credited for helping Billy Joel hit it big on “Billy Joel” Biography playing on A & E.

According to the show, in the early 70’s WMMR’s promotion of “Captain Jack” helped bring Joel to the attention of record executive Clive Davis.

Radio Format Change

It doesn’t seem that different (same DJs, mostly the same music), but My 106.1 is now Mix 106.1.

Jewish Museum Opening

I was lucky enough to be at the gala for the grand re-opening of the National Museum of American Jewish History last week. Bette Midler and Jerry Seinfeld rocked the house (Bette may have actually been funnier than Jerry), and there were many local celebrities on hand including Jeffrey and Christina Lurie, Ed Snider, Ralph and Suzanne Roberts, and CBS3 people Susan Barnett, Chris May, Pat Ciarrocchi, Erika Van Tiehl, and Ukee Washington (CBS3 was the media partner for the event).

Also spotted were Renee Chenault Fattah and Chaka Fattah, David Lipson (Philadelphia magazine), Arlen Specter, and Nancy Glass.

Smerconish Personal Message

This is the mass email sent out by Michael Smerconish on Thursday:

As I have long planned, at the end of this year I will consolidate my two radio programs into one nationally syndicated program.  This is being announced today by my syndication partner, Dial Global.  In a simultaneous move, CBS Radio will announce that my home station in Philadelphia, The Big Talker WPHT, will carry my remaining program in the afternoons, along with an additional hour just for Philly.  I am very grateful to David Landau and Amy Bolton at Dial Global for making this a reality, as well as Marc Rayfield at CBS and my agent George Hiltzik.

TC and Greg will remain at my side.

Two years ago, I agreed to host both a morning and afternoon program for only a twenty-four month period.  I knew then that I could not sustain that level of commitment long-term.  I don’t know of anyone else in the country who is responsible for so much daily content.  In my case, in addition to two radio programs, I also write two weekly columns, appear daily on MSNBC, have published five books, and am at work on number six!   An additional and important consideration is that my wife and I are raising four children, one of whom has already graduated from college.  The days are flying by as our sons grow, and I relish the opportunity to spend more time with family.  I have zero regrets from the last two years, but as I expected, it is just too much and I am looking forward to applying a renewed sense of focus to one show daily.   I am also anxious to watch Phillies games beyond the 5th inning and no longer get up at 3:30 a.m.!

I have mixed emotions about this change only insofar as it might disappoint some morning show fans and disrupt your daily routine.  I hope that you will respect my decision.  It is as straightforward as I have just offered.  And I hope that wherever you reside, you will continue to listen to me as the national program continues to add markets.  In addition to Philadelphia, I can be heard in New York City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Dallas, Tampa, Indianapolis, and a host of other cities and towns.  I can also report that come January, the radio program will be available on a podcast basis at 

One final thought.  I am trying to chart a new course for talk radio and the nation’s future.  For quite sometime I have been concerned that the climate in Washington is being shaped by an artificial presentation of attitudes on cable TV and talk radio.  As I argued in the Washington Post last summer, to view and to listen is to become convinced that there are only two diametrically opposed philosophical approaches to the issues. And yet, working daily in both mediums, I often think that the only people I meet who see the world entirely through liberal or conservative lenses are the hosts with whom I rub shoulders.  Buying gas or groceries or attending back-to-school nights, I speak to people for whom the issues are a mixed bag; they are liberal on some, conservative on others, middle of the road on the rest. But politicians don’t take their cues from middle America.  Politicians emulate the world of punditry.  I intend to continue working to change that by offering a daily conversation without seeking to have the final word.   

Tonight, I continue with my weeklong guest hosting duties for Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s “Hardball” and hope you will watch at 5 and 7 p.m. eastern time.   

Thank you so much for listening to my radio program.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Smerconish News

I know this is old news already, but here is the Michael Smerconish press release about his move to afternoons:




Michael Smerconish To Contribute Exclusive Live Afternoon Program;

Respected Philadelphia Radio Personality Dom Giordano Takes Over Middays

CBS RADIO’s The Big Talker 1210 AM announced today an enhanced lineup of personality based programs which will begin to rollout on Monday, January 3, 2011.  Leading off the day on-air and online at will be one of America’s up and coming talk show hosts, Chris Stigall who joins the station from KCMO Talk Radio 710 in Kansas City where he has hosted morning drive since 2006.  From 5:30-9:00AM Stigall will discuss local and national policy, the economy, the biggest news stories and issues that affect all Philadelphians, coupled with interviews of the day’s news and decision makers.

Stigall’s hiring is the result of Michael Smerconish’s decision to discontinue his morning program so he can focus on his popular nationally syndicated midday program.  He will continue to be heard on WPHT weekdays from 3:00-700PM with the first hour of the show dedicated exclusively to the Philadelphia audience.  Smerconish will debut in his new time period on Monday, January 17, 2011.

“Michael has been the crown jewel in WPHT’s lineup for many years and we respect his decision to shift his focus to afternoons,” said Marc Rayfield, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, CBS RADIO Philadelphia.  “We’re thrilled he’ll remain an important voice on the station, shaping the political dialogue of Philadelphia for many years to come.

“We searched high and low before offering Chris mornings at WPHT.  He is a bona fide star who can tackle a variety of issues that relate to his audience.  Philadelphians have never been shy about sharing their views which will make for some engaging conversations in morning drive.”

Smerconish added, “First and foremost, I wanted to remain on our flagship station WPHT, but to put forth the best program I need to refocus my commitments.  This move allows me to continue with my other radio and television opportunities, as well as my books and newspaper columns, while at the same time maintaining contact with my loyal fans in Philadelphia who have been with me since the beginning.”

“We are in an exciting and historic time in our country and I couldn’t be more proud to be broadcasting in the birthplace of American democracy on the legendary WPHT,” said Stigall.  “Philadelphia listeners are very discerning, which places a premium on a show that unpacks the news of the day in a thoughtful and entertaining way.  Our job is to address the topics on everyone’s minds with input from those in the know and the listeners dealing directly with the issues.”




Rounding out the daytime schedule launching on Monday, Jan. 17, 2011 is long time Big Talker host Dom Giordano (weekdays, 9:00AM-12:00Noon), and Rush Limbaugh (weekdays, 12:00Noon-3:00PM).  Play-by-play coverage of the Phillies will dominate the lineup most weekday evenings when the regular season begins in April 2011.  Additional programming will be announced at a later date.

In addition to hosting morning drive at KCMO, Stigall has been a contributor to CNN and serves as a guest host for the country’s top radio talk show hosts including Senator Fred Thompson, Michael Savage, Lou Dobbs, Rusty Humphries and Jerry Doyle.  He also regularly contributes print and on-line columns for publications across the country.  His diverse background also includes Stigall’s work as a representative and press assistant to U.S. Congressman Sam Graves (MO-06).

Stigall received a degree in broadcasting and journalism from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville.  During that time, he also studied comedy writing and television production as an intern with The Late Show with David Letterman broadcast on the CBS Television Network.  Stigall, his wife, Christine, and their three children will relocate to Philadelphia.


I am scheduled to discuss the state of television for Wally Kennedy’s “Media and Morality” class at Immaculata University Monday night.