Monthly Archives: December 2010

Tolley Working For Eagles

Former Channel 6 and Channel 29 sportscaster Don Tollefson is co-hosting a halftime highlights show with former Eagles Hugh Douglas at Lincoln Financial Field during Eagles’ games.

Maybe he’ll join former Channel 6 sportscaster and Phillies employee Scott Palmer who moved from broadcast television to a professional team.

Fav Sportscasters

Who are your favorite Philly sportscasters?

CBS3 – Beasley Reece, Steve Bucci, Jamie Smith (sub), Lesley Van Arsdall

6ABC – Jamie Apody, Keith Russell, Jeff Skversky

NBC10 – Vai Sikahema, John Clark, Howard Eskin

Fox29 – Tom Shredenzek, Anthony Gargano, John Anderson

Comcast SportsNet – Michael Barkann, Neil Hartman, Leslie Gudel, Amy Fadool, John Boruk, Gregg Murphy, Derrick Gunn, Ron Burke, Lisa Hillary, Dei Lynam, Marshall Harris

WIP – Angelo Cataldi, Rhea Hughes, Al Morganti, Joe Conklin, Keith Jones, Hugh Douglas, Rob Charry, Glen Macnow, Anthony Gargano, Howard Eskin, Ike Reese, Rob Ellis, Brian Startare, Paul Jolovitz, Sonny Hill, Ray Didinger, Big Daddy Graham, G. Cobb

ESPN – Harry Mayes, Tony Bruno, Mike Missanelli, Dan Schwartzman, Jon Marks, Sal Paolantonio

Baseball – Tom McCarthy, Scott Franzke, Chris Wheeler, Jim Jackson, Larry Andersen, Gary Matthews

Football – Merrill Reese, Mike Quick

Basketball – Tom McGinnis, Marc Zumoff, Eric Snow

Hockey – Jim Jackson, Steve Coates, Keith Jones, Tim Saunders, Chris Therien

SNL on VH1

I’m watching the old Saturday Night Live reruns on VH1 with the great Weekend Update team of Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon, as well as the female “fab four” of Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, and Maya Rudolph.

Television Year In Review

Favorite Shows – Mad Men, Oprah, Celebrity Rehab, Real Housewives of Washington, DC, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Jersey Shore (sorry), The Good Wife, Desperate Housewives, 90210, Joan Rivers Fashion Police, American Idol

Disappointments – The Office, Brothers and Sisters

Favorite movies on cable – The Devil Wears Prada, Road House, Dirty Dancing, The Firm, The Last American Virgin

Best Opening Credits – Saturday Night Live

Favorite Everyday Shows – Oprah, Joy Behar, The Insider, Family Guy, Jimmy Kimmel, Wendy Williams

Overrated – Late Show With David Letterman, Ellen

Local TV Year In Review

Here’s the 2010 local television year in review.

The Early, Early, Early Show – All of the local stations (except NBC10) launched 4:30 a.m. newscasts.  Fox29 pulled a TBS by starting at 4:25.

Gone National – NBC10’s Kristen Welker was promoted to the NBC Nightly News.

Recycling Project – Former NBC10 newspeople Karen Hepp and Lauren Cohn joined Fox29.

Goodbye – Veteran weatherman Dave Roberts retired and reporters Lauren Wilson and Denise James also departed from 6ABC.   Currently,  Erin O’Hearn’s status is up in the air.  After replacing Dawn Stensland at 10 p.m., less than six months later Kerri Lee Halkett was gone from Fox29.

Format Change – Fox29 switched to a more interview-commentary newscast.

Notable Newcomers – Lisa Hillary of Comcast SportsNet, Shirleen Allicot of 6ABC, Justin Drabick of CBS3, NBC10’s 24 hour channel

Spinal Tap Drummer – Erika von Tiehl becomes the fourth co-anchor to join Ukee Washington on the CBS3 morning news, following Liz Keptner, Susan Barnett, and Amy Caples.

Mellowing With Age – Former tabloid staple John Bolaris had a scandal-free year. 

Still The Same – Former NBC10 troublemaker Vince Dementri found himself out of a job in NYC after an altercation with a driver.  

Good Year For CSN – Thanks to the great years of  the Flyers, Phillies, and Eagles.

For Who, For What – Better Philly on myPHL17

Eagles Post Game Live Gets Record Ratings

Comcast SportsNet’s Eagles’ Post Game Live scored the highest ratings in its 14 years on the air with a 5.2 rating (155,000 households).

After exciting games like Sunday, these are the times I love CSN and WIP (even Paul Jolovitz).

CBS Philly Stations’ Fundraiser




Day starts at 4:30 a.m. Monday, December 20th with live toy drop-off event;

Concludes 3 to 8 p.m. with on-air fundraiser benefitting Salvation Army


Donate at 1-877-KYW-3ASK (1-877-599-3275) or text give joy to 85944


Philadelphia, December 16, 2010 – CBS 3 and The CW Philly 57 will wrap up the stations’ 22nd annual Joy of Sharing toy campaign benefiting the Salvation Army with a full day of toy collections and fundraising for families in need in our region.   


The campaign, which kicked off on Black Friday, November 26th, will conclude this Monday, December 20th as the stations encourage viewers and businesses to drop off new, unwrapped toys at its lobby entrance at 1555 Hamilton Street (entrance on 16th Street between Callowhill and Spring Garden Streets) in Philadelphia. CBS 3 and The CW Philly personalities will be on hand to personally collect donations from 4:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. that day.  CBS Radio sister station 98.1 WOGL will provide holiday music for the event.


In addition, CBS 3 and The CW Philly 57 will hold its second annual fundraiser for the Salvation Army, its holiday partner, to raise money for the neediest of our neighbors.  Anchors Chris May, Susan Barnett, Pat Ciarrocchi and Dave Huddleston will spearhead the fundraising effort from 3 to 8 p.m. on-air.  Local celebrities including CBS Radio’s 98.1 WOGL’s Breakfast Club team of Ross Brittain, Valerie Knight and Frank Lewis , The Big Talker 1210AM WPHT’s Dom Giordano as well as Spike and Metro from 94 WYSP and volunteers will staff the phone bank to take donations.  Viewers can participate by calling 1-877-KYW-3ASK (1-877-599-3275).  And for the first time, viewers can also donate $10 to the cause by texting give joy to 85944.


Proceeds from the fundraiser, sponsored by Herr’s, will enable The Salvation Army to not only provide new toys and food for needy families during the holidays, but support such programs as emergency shelters, child development programs, substance abuse programs, transitional housing and other forms of support on which so many depend. 


 For more information on Joy of Sharing and a complete list of drop-off locations, go to or or call 215-977-JOYS. 


CBS 3 and The CW Philly 57 acknowledge the support of their partners in this campaign:  The Blue Cross River Rink at Penn’s Landing, The Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, Famous Dave’s, Ashley Furniture Home Store, The Fred Beans Family of Dealerships, The Philadelphia Flyers and The Big Talker 1210AM WPHT.


CBS 3 and The CW Philly (WPSG-TV) are part of CBS Television Stations, a division of CBS Corporation.



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My Favorite Holiday Shows

In honor of the outrageous and hilarious Family Guy Christmas special Sunday night, here are some of my favorite holiday specials, etc.

Charlie Brown Christmas
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
A Divas Christmas Carol (with Vanessa Williams)
Ebbie (with Susan Lucci)
It’s a Wonderful Life
Home Alone
The Hanukkah Song by Adam Sandler
Brady Bunch Christmas episode

What are some of yours?

Merrill Dedicates Eagles’ Broadcast To Phil

Eagles’ announcer Merrill Reese dedicated Sunday night’s broadcast of the Eagles-Dallas game Sixers beat writer Phil Jasner, who died of cancer last week. Reese and Jasner were classmates at Overbrook High and Temple University.

Joan Is Tearing It Up

The funniest show of the week is Fashion Police with Joan Rivers on E! Fridays at 9:30 p.m.  Don’t let the title fool you.  The show is barely about fashion.  It really about Joan joking about celebrities. 

Joan Rivers: Piece of Work comes out on DVD Tuesday.  Her upcoming reality show with daughter, Melissa is scheduled for early 2011 on WE.