Monthly Archives: February 2012

Academy Awards Recap

Academy Awards Recap

Here are some observations about the 84th annual Academy Awards telecast on ABC.

Host Report Card – Billy Crystal turned in a predictable and reliable performance, with his trademark opening movie montage, and his “What Are They Thinking” riff.  However, his musical medley about the Best Picture nominees could not be heard, getting drowned out by the orchestra.

 Nip Slip – “J-Lo” (Jennifer Lopez) lived up to her nickname with a plunging dress that revealed too much.

 Nick Slip – Best Supporting Actor nominee Nick Nolte was scary-looking even for Nick Nolte standards.

 Hometown Presenters – Upper Darby’s Tina Fey and Jenkintown’s Bradley Cooper presented a few behind-the-scenes awards together.

 Best Dressed– Jessica Chastain, Michelle Williams, Penelope Cruz, Gwyneth Paltrow

 Hair Report – Presenters Cameron Diaz, Milla Jovovich, and Penelope Cruz all sported new short hair-dos.

 Whitney Watch – Whitney Houston was only mentioned in the “In Memoriam” montage, which also included Elizabeth Taylor, Ben Gazzara and former Academy Awards producer, Gil Cates.

 ABC Promos – ABC wants you to watch “Revenge,” “GCB,” “Once Upon a Time,” the ABC comedies including “Modern Family,” “Scandal” with Kerry Washington, and “Missing” with Ashley Judd.

 Roberto Benigni Award – Jean Dujardin winning Best Actor for “The Artist” over George Clooney (sob).

 Former Host Sighting – Former Academy Awards host Ellen DeGeneres popped up throughout the night in her new JC Penney’s commercials.

 Possible Host For Next Year – How about Tina Fey?

Best Actress For Life – I’m sad that Viola Davis did not win for “The Help,”
but it’s hard to begrudge Meryl Streep.

Fan Page for New Weatherman on 6ABC

Here’s the new Facebook fan page for 6ABC morning weekend weatherman, Chris Sowers.

G. Cobb’s Connection To Whitney

WIP’s G. Cobb told an amusing story about his connection to Whitney Houston on the air the other night.

According to Cobb, in the mid-80’s, when he was a linebacker for the Eagles, one time, he went out to dinner with Eagles quarterback Randall Cunningham, Houston, and mutual friends BeBe and CeCe Winans, whom Cobb knew from his days playing for the Detroit Lions.

He recalled how Cunningham did everything to try to impress Houston, including sending a limousine to pick her up, and mentioning his million dollar salary, but Houston wanted nothing to do with Randall.  He said that Houston spoke very fast and was opinionated.

Cobb also brought up the controversy that was caused when a bunch of Eagles, including Keith Byars, were given permission by head coach Buddy Ryan to leave a pre-season game early to attend Houston’s 26th birthday party.


CN8 Survivor Keeps Moving Up The Ladder At Comcast SportsNet


 Murphy will be the Field Reporter for All Home and Away Games on Comcast SportsNet, The Comcast Network and WPHL


New Broadcast Team debuts March 3 for Phillies –Yankees Spring Training Game


PHILADELPHIA – (February 21, 2012) – Comcast SportsNet today announced that the network’s anchor/reporter Gregg Murphy has been added to the Phillies broadcast team as a field reporter for the 2012 season. Murphy will join Tom McCarthy, Gary Matthews and Chris Wheeler, beginning with Comcast SportsNet’s broadcast of the Saturday, March 3rd Spring Training game featuring the Phillies and Yankees.


“As a kid growing up just outside of Philadelphia, this is a dream come true to cover a team that I grew up rooting for,” said Murphy. “Tom, Wheels and Sarge are the top broadcasting team in Major League Baseball and I am thrilled to be working alongside such a talented group.”


“The excitement around the Phillies continues to grow, and with the addition of Gregg, the broadcast team will be able to provide fans with additional insight and perspective that our viewers demand from our telecasts of the five-time defending National League East Philadelphia Phillies,” said Brian Monihan, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia Senior VP and General Manager.


“The Phillies are very pleased with the addition of Gregg to our broadcast team,” said Dave Buck, Phillies Senior Vice President of Marketing and Advertising Sales. “His personable demeanor, extensive knowledge of the team, and his local roots make Gregg the ideal candidate for the role.”


With his new role, Murphy will occasionally provide analysis on Comcast SportsNet’s news and Phillies programs including “SportsNite,” “Daily News Live” and “Phillies Pregame Live” and “Phillies Postgame Live.”


Murphy has been a part of the on-air team at Comcast SportsNet since 2008. A multiple Emmy winner and nominee for numerous categories, Murphy has also been recognized twice as the winner of the Associated Press Outstanding Talk Program. In addition to anchoring and reporting for Comcast SportsNet, Murphy hosted “Eagles Extra” and “Full Contact.” Prior to joining the network, Murphy was at CN8 and WFMZ in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He attended St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.


Comcast SportsNet has a robust lineup of coverage beginning with Spring Training including 14 live high definition game broadcasts and will have daily reports from Clearwater from Comcast SportsNet’s Leslie Gudel, Michael Barkann, Marshall Harris, Ricky Bottalico and Ben Davis. will have Jim Salisbury, John Gonzalez and John Finger reporting throughout Spring Training.


Throughout Spring Training, Comcast SportsNet and reporters, producers and columnists will be tweeting news, photos and other interesting tidbits from Clearwater. Fans can join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #PhilsCSN.

Week In Whitney

Here are a few observations about television’s Week in Whitney. 

CNN  – Former Philly anchor Don Lemon was thrust into the spotlight as the Whitney Houston story broke during his shift Saturday night.  Wisely, CNN  brought in Piers Morgan to take the lead.  Larry King awkwardly called in, but don’t think it’s a coincidence that days later King and CNN severed ties. CNN is Morgan and Anderson Cooper’s network now.

Dr. Drew – It appears HLN made the right decision by hitching its horse to Dr. Drew and letting Joy Behar go.  The addiction specialist is needed when these types of events come up (which is often).

E! – The Entertainment network unbelievably didn’t do anything live when the story broke Saturday night.  Instead, viewers were treated to different configurations of Kardashians.  E! redeemed itself with two hours of Grammys pre-show coverage and was the first to show its video of Whitney crashing the Brandy/Clive Davis/Monica interview.

Grammys – The awards show had its highest ratings since 1984.  Jennifer Hudson is becoming the go-to person for tributes (Michael Jackson), but there probably could’ve have been more done.

ABC News – ABC had plenty of footage of Whitney over the years – from her babe in the woods talk with Barbara (Walters) to her denials with Diane (Sawyer), to one of her final big concerts on Good Morning America.

Oprah – Watching the 2009 interview on OWN, I thought “I miss her,”  I meant Oprah.  Hopefully, she’ll continue to appear more on her network.

VH1 – One of the best Whitney specials was a VH1 compilation of her greatest video moments, including television appearances on Gimme a Break and Silver Spoons.

Who’s Zoomin Who? – So Aretha Franklin couldn’t attend the funeral, but she could make her own concert later that night? 

Bravo – The universally hated show Being Bobby Brown is a low point for Bravo, which is saying alot.

Rudolph Rocks SNL

Maya Rudolph triumphantly returned to Saturday Night Live, with a little help from old friend Amy Poehler.  Since Poehler, Tina Fey, and Rudolph have returned, how about letting Rachel Dratch host?

New Reporter At CBS3





Philadelphia, February 17, 2012 – Diana Rocco will join CBS 3 (KYW-TV) and The CW Philly’s (WPSG-TV) Eyewitness News team as a general assignment reporter beginning February 20th, Vice President and News Director Susan Schiller has announced.


Rocco was most recently reporting for WHDH-TV in Boston since October, 2011.  Previously, she was a reporter for CNN Newsource in Washington, D.C. and WNYW-TV in New York, in addition to working at WFXT-TV in Boston and WFSB in Hartford, Connecticut.


She began her broadcasting career at News 12 The Bronx as an anchor/reporter in 2002. In 2006, Rocco received an award from the Associated Press for her live crime coverage in Hartford.


Rocco is a graduate of Syracuse University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism and political science. 


She is a native of New Jersey.


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

Congratulations to Bob Pantano’s Saturday Night Dance Party

Bob Pantano’s Saturday Night Dance Party celebrates its 35th anniversary at Adelphia in Deptford, NJ, February 18th from 7 p.m. – 2 a.m on WOGL 98.1-FM.

I love this show and WOGL!

In case you were wondering, my favorite disco song of all time is Got To Be Real by Cheryl Lynn.

Dave Grohl – Grammy’s MVG

My favorite performer at the Grammys was Dave Grohl, who gave a great acceptance speech after winning for Best Rock Album, starred in that cool mashup, and capped off the night rocking out with Paul McCartney.


Blossom Coming to Philly

Mayim “Blossom” Bialik, who currently co-stars on The Big Bang Theory, will appear at the National Museum of Jewish American History, March 25th.

My favorite Bialik role is as the young C.C. Bloom in Beaches.