Monthly Archives: June 2011

July 4 on 6ABC

From 6ABC:

6abc Rocks July 4th!

LIVE Coverage of Wawa Welcome America! Festival

Monday July 4 Starting @ 7pm



(Philadelphia, PA) On Monday July 4th, the stars and stripes come to life in your living room!   6abc is the proud broadcast partner for Philadelphia’s Wawa Welcome America! Festival, putting you in a front row seat for all the entertainment.

Monday starting at 7pm, 6abc brings the celebration to your house, with hosts Rick Williams and Cecily Tynan broadcasting LIVE from the annual Party on the Parkway.  Karen Rogers and Adam Joseph join them with an exciting July 4th edition of FYI Philly.

Then, the musical stars shine!  6abc puts you center stage for the largest free concert in America!  All eyes will be on the headlining act, Philadelphia’s own hip-hop band, The Roots, with special guests Sara Bareilles, Michael McDonald, Estelle, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Earth, Wind and Fire, plus surprise guests!  It’s all topped off with the exciting fireworks finale.

Marty Bystrom Sighting

When did Marty Bystrom morph into my high school Biology teacher?

R.I.P. Rick Beardsley

I am sad to write that Rick Beardsley, of Temple’s communications department and the school television station, Temple Update,  died of cancer at the age of 52.

There are tributes on Rick’s Facebook page and here.


R.I.P. Mrs. Noah

Captain Noah’s wife, Mrs. Noah, whose real name was Patricia Merbreier died at the age of 86.

This isn’t the original version, but here is a nice version of the theme song, “I Can Sing A Rainbow.”

OT- A Very Funny YouTube Video

This has nothing to do with Philly TV and radio, but I wanted to post this because I think it’s great!

Susan Barnett Goes National

From CBS3:

June 24, 2011




Barnett to Join Co-Hosts Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne

Holly Robinson Peete and Leah Remini


Los Angeles – CBS 3/CW Philly (KYW-TV/WPSG-TV) Anchor Susan Barnett will guest co-host on THE TALK, Friday, July 1st (2:00-3:00 PM, ET; 1:00-2:00 PM, PT). Barnett will join co-hosts Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Holly Robinson Peete and Leah Remini. Throughout the week, news anchors from five CBS O&O stations around the country will be in Los Angeles to serve as guest co-hosts, filling in for Julie Chen who will return the following week, Monday, July 4.

Each day during the week of June 27 – July 1, THE TALK will feature a guest co-host: Monday, June 27 will be Pat Harvey from KCBS 2, Los Angeles.  Tuesday, June 28, Karen Borta joins the show from KTVT CBS 11 in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas; Wednesday, June 29 is Lisa Hughes from WBZ-TV in Boston; Thursday, June 30 will feature Kristine Johnson from WCBS 2 in New York; and Friday, July 1, Susan Barnett joins the show from KYW-TV CBS 3 in Philadelphia.


Barnett is the Emmy Award-winning co-anchor with Chris May of CBS 3’s Eyewitness News at 5, 6 and 11 p.m.  She also co-anchors Eyewitness News at 10 p.m. on The CW with Dave Huddleston.  Before coming home to the Philadelphia area in 2006, Barnett, a Bucks County, Pennsylvania native, had co-anchored the weekday morning newscasts in Miami at CBS-owned WFOR and its sister station WBFS.


THE TALK, CBS’s new daily daytime talk show that examines topical events and contemporary issues through the eyes of five female hosts who are all mothers, airs weekdays (2:00-3:00 PM, ET; 1:00-2:00 PM, PT).  THE TALK is hosted by Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Holly Robinson Peete and Leah Remini.  John Redmann and Gilbert, who developed the show, are executive producers.  Peter Johansen serves as Co-Executive producer. 


RATING: TV14-DL (Rating may change on day of broadcast due to specific subject matter.)


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Sports Broadcasting Camp Returns

Jim Jackson, Mike Missanelli, Paul Jolovitz, Joe Lunardi, and Sal Paolantonio are just a few of the local sports personalities appearing at the Play by Play Sports Broadcasting Camp at Villanova University, currently in session.

The camp, which began here a few years ago, is now is six other cities across the country.

The Debbie Downer of WIP

Is it just me, or is Rob Ellis the Debbie Downer of WIP (which is saying alot)?

Amy Freeze in NYC

For those of you like me who did not know this, former NBC10 weather anchor Amy Freeze, has been working as the weekend meteorologist for WABC in NYC since April.

Freeze departed NBC10 in 2007 for the Fox affiliate in Chicago.

New Mid-Atlantic NATAS Officers

Comcast SportsNet senior executive producer, special projects, Brad Nau is the new president of the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.  Dan Stamm of will be this year’s vice president.

Also, of note, fill-in meteorologist Karen Thomas, who is now part of the communications faculty at Neumann University is on the NATAS Board of Directors.