Monthly Archives: February 2013

6ABC Salutes Silver Linings Playbook and Oscars

Philadelphia, Pa. (February 15, 2013) – In celebration of the 85th Annual Academy Awards, better known as The Oscars, 6abc will feature special Oscar programming as well as engage social media fans with 6abc-exclusives all in anticipation of Oscar Sunday, February 24, 2013 beginning at 4 p.m. EST and going LIVE from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California at 5 p.m. EST only on 6abc.

OSCARS HISTORY! The first televised Oscar ceremony aired in 1953 allowing millions of movie fans throughout the U.S. and Canada to watch the proceedings live. Now, broadcast internationally, 6abc viewers will watch the awards ceremony alongside viewers in over 200 countries.

OSCARS FASHION! Oscar-themed programming will begin on 6abc on Saturday, February 16th at 7 p.m. during FYI Philly when host Alicia Vitarelli searches for the Oscar gown she will wear LIVE on the Red Carpet in Hollywood Oscar Sunday. Viewers must tune in to FYI Philly on the 16th to see her narrow down her top gown choices and then can vote for their favorites all week-long in an online poll by going to and To share gown favorites and votes via Twitter, tweet to @6abc using hashtag #AliciaRedCarpet. Alicia will reveal the “Viewers’ Choice Gown” on Saturday, February 23rd during FYI Philly at 7 p.m. and Oscar Sunday, February 24th including LIVE on Action News at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.

OSCAR-NOMINATED PHILADELPHIA! In a special Oscar-themed edition of FYI Philly airing Saturday, February 23rd, and repeating on Oscar Sunday, February 24th, hosts Karen Rogers and Alicia Vitarelli will take viewers on a tour of all-things Silver Linings Playbook. The Philadelphia-based movie earned a total of eight Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Best Director, as well as Best Actor for Philadelphia’s own Bradley Cooper and Best Actress for Jennifer Lawrence, who plays his love interest. Throughout the buzz-worthy FYI Philly episode, viewers will be taken on-location to the film’s famous scenes including the Llanerch Diner in Upper Darby and the “Ballroom at the Ben” in Center City Philadelphia. In addition, the episode will challenge Vitarelli to “Waltz like Bradley” during ballroom dance lessons, make the film’s famous “crabby snacks” and “homemades” with well-known Philly Italian chef, Marc Vetri, and much, much, more. (Oscar-themed edition of FYI Philly will air on 6abc on February 23rd at 7 p.m. and on February 24th at 4 p.m.)

OSCARS ON THE RED CARPET! Oscar Sunday officially kicks off at 4 p.m. EST on 6abc and runs through the evening with a LIVE On The Red Carpet (OTRC) Pre-Show from Hollywood, CA at 5 p.m. and continues up to the Oscar special post-coverage at 1:05 a.m. EST after a special Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards. The 85th Annual Academy Awards are LIVE from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA at 8 p.m. EST only on 6abc (Note: official programming guide below.)

OSCARS GET SOCIAL! Oscar fans can virtually predict the winners in each nomination category by going to and clicking the “My Pick” application. The online ballot application can be synced with Facebook and encourages fans to play with friends and compete for the best predictions.

Through the official Oscars® app and BACKSTAGE PASS, fans will have premier access to the most memorable moments of the night through over a dozen exclusive live cameras strategically placed on the Red Carpet and throughout the Dolby Theatre. To download the app, click here. The Oscars® app is available on iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch®, Android and Kindle Fire.

For the latest Oscar BUZZ, follow the conversation using hashtags #OSCARS, #6abcOSCARS, #AliciaRedCarpet and by following @6abc, @aliciavitarelli, and @oscars on Twitter.


Ukee Washington: Teen Angel

From CBS3:

Ukee Washington to make cameo appearance in Cherry Hill West student production

Move over, Frankie Avalon. CBS 3 Morning Anchor Ukee Washington has signed on to make a cameo appearance as “Teen Angel,” the role Philadelphia ‘50s teen idol Avalon played in the movie version of “Grease,” in Cherry Hill High School West’s March 2, 2 p.m. matinee of the student production of the popular play. Tickets are $12 for adults/$10 for children and seniors. Other performances are scheduled for February 22 and 23 and March 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. and a February 24th 2 p.m. matinee. Washington is performing at the March 2 matinee only. Tickets are available a the school box office, 856-663-8006, ext. 1224. Information is available at

Broadcast Pioneers Sports Luncheon

From the Broadcast Pioneers:

Our next Broadcast Pioneers luncheon is “All Things Sports, 2013 Style.” It will be held at the Bala Golf Club, 2200 Belmont Avenue in Philadelphia on Wednesday, February 20th (that’s the third Wednesday of the month). Meet and greet is at 12 noon and lunch will be served at 12:30 pm. Our MC is Joe Pellegrino, former Sports Director at WPVI and sportscaster at WCAU-TV.

Scheduled to speak that afternoon are (in alphabetical order):

Bill Campbell, former play-by-play announcer for Philadelphia Sports Teams

Al Meltzer, former Sports Director at KYW-TV, WCAU-TV, WPHL-TV

Mike Quick, former Eagles wide receiver & color commentator for the Eagles

Beasley Reece, former NFL defensive back & Sports Director at KYW-TV

Merrill Reese, current Eagles play-by-play announcer/co-owner WBCB Radio

Bill Werndl, air personality and former WPVI and WCAU-TV Sports Producer

Plus, as a special added attraction, Broadcast Pioneers member Beasley Reece will be playing a couple of jazz compositions on the piano. Make plans to be there and BRING A FRIEND!

Happy 50th Birthday Charles Barkley

Comcast SportsNet Celebrates Charles Barkley’s Birthday

“Barkley at 50” Premieres on February 20 at 7 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA- (February 14, 2013) – Comcast SportsNet celebrates Charles Barkley’s 50th birthday with an original special, “Barkley at 50,” airing on Wednesday, February 20 at 7 p.m.

Comcast SportsNet’s Neil Hartman is joined by Barkley, and his former coach and current CSN analyst, Jim Lynam, for this relaxed sit-down interview. The always outspoken Barkley reminisces about his life as he turns 50, his aspirations to return to the NBA, and shares some great stories about his former Sixers teammates and coaches including Lynam, who was the Sixers GM when he traded Barkley from Philadelphia in 1992. Lynam and Barkley talk candidly about that move.

Viewers will also go behind the scenes as Barkley prepares for his TNT broadcast at the Wells Fargo Center, and reflects back on his number being retired in the rafters.

“If you are a Barkley fan, this is a can’t miss opportunity to hear Charles and his coach relive some significant moments in his career, including some hilarious stories,” said Hartman.

“Barkley at 50” premieres on Comcast SportsNet on Wednesday, February 20 at 7 p.m. and will replay on Friday, February 22 at 4:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; and Saturday, February 23 at 11:30 p.m. The program will air on The Comcast Network on Sunday, February 24 at 6:30 p.m.

For a sneak preview of the show, click here:

Fans are invited to share their favorite Barkley moments on Twitter by using the hashtag #Barkleyat50

Shows I’m Watching

I know that nobody asked, but here are the shows I’ve been watching.

Revenge – hanging in there, but terrible this year.
General Hospital – hoping it doesn’t get canceled in April
Oprah’s Next Chapter
Vanderpump Rules
Family Guy – as great as ever
The Good Wife
Saturday Night Live
Any awards show – People’s Choice, SAG, Golden Globes, upcoming Grammys and Oscars
Enlightened! – My favorite right now, I’ll watch this over HBO’s darling, Girls, any day.
Inside Edition
Sopranos reruns on HBO – never gets old