Monthly Archives: March 2013

Loving the GH Marathon on SoapNet

I am glued to the General Hospital 50th anniversary marathon on SoapNet.

Former Philly TV Personality Comes Out

Here’s the story about former Channel 17 sportscaster Jenna Wolfe.

Watching Splash?

Am I a bad person for watching the first two episodes of Splash?

CBS3 and CWPhilly Fundraiser For Ronald McDonald House




Philadelphia, March 26, 2013 – CBS 3 and The CW Philly will present the fourth annual Ronald McDonald House Charities Phone Bank, a newly-expanded 14-hour on-air fundraiser live across both stations tomorrow, Wednesday, March 27th, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Segments will air in newscasts, in commercial break time and in one-hour specials at 9 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Pledges can be made by credit card or check by calling the phone bank at 1-877-KYW-3ASK (1-877-599-3275) during those hours or by texting the word LUCK to 20222 for a $5 donation or FAMILY to 20222 for a $10 donation.

All funds raised through the phone bank will directly benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Philadelphia Region, a non-profit organization that creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children in our community.

Anchors Susan Barnett, Pat Ciarrocchi, Chris May, Kathy Orr, Beasley Reece, Erika von Tiehl and Ukee Washington will host the event with special appearances by on-air personalities from the CBS RADIO stations in Philadelphia including Ross Brittain, Valerie Knight and Frank Lewis of 98.1 WOGL’s Breakfast Club, Chris Stigall from Talk Radio 1210 WPHT, Ike Reese of SportsRadio 94 WIP and KYW Newsradio 1060’s Cherri Gregg.

RMHC of the Philadelphia Region grants hundreds of thousands of dollars per year to support local non-profit programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. In addition, the charity supports the Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey and Delaware Ronald McDonald Houses; 13 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms® in area hospitals such as Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Cooper University Hospital (Camden, N.J.), and Alfred I. DuPont Hospital (Wilmington, DE); the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® operated by St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children and four scholarship programs for graduating seniors in the area. The charity receives its support from McDonald’s Corporation, McDonald’s Owner/Operators, corporate donors and McDonald’s customers.

“Our staff has seen the comfort and peace of mind that the Ronald McDonald Houses provide families in crisis first-hand as volunteers,” says CBS 3 and The CW Philly President and General Manager Jon Hitchcock. “That’s one of the reasons why CBS 3 and The CW Philly are so proud to expand our on-air commitment to the Ronald McDonald Houses this year with a 14-hour event.”

“Now in its fourth year, it is our hope that the phone bank will help increase the awareness of RMHC and raise the dollars needed to continue supporting the health and well-being of children and families in our area,” says Mike Anton, McDonald’s Owner/Operator and President of RMHC of the Philadelphia Region, Inc. “We are so appreciative of all our donors, sponsors, CBS 3 and The CW Philly for their support and commitment to RMHC.”

The Ronald McDonald House Charities Phone Bank is presented by Capital One 360, ConEdison Solutions and Tri State Toyota Dealers Association and sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management, Coca-Cola, Nemour/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children, Ravitz Shoprite, Wells Fargo and McDonald’s.

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



CSN Phillies Coverage For 2013 Season

Comcast SportsNet Announces 2013 Phillies Programming including Live Opening Day Coverage

Expert Phillies Analysis Provided by former Major Leaguers Ricky Bottalico and Ben Davis

PHILADELPHIA- (March 26, 2013) – The Philadelphia Phillies return to Comcast SportsNet for comprehensive coverage before, during and after every game on-air and online. Comcast SportsNet and The Comcast Network will air a total of 110 regular season games, all in high definition, with extensive Opening Day coverage, a weekly magazine show, pre and postgame coverage for every game, and exclusive features only available on

In addition to Comcast SportsNet’s stellar lineup of baseball experts, two former Major League players Ricky Bottalico and Ben Davis will provide expert analysis on Phillies pre and postgame shows as well as the network’s news and talk programs.

Bottalico returns for his fifth year as a Phillies analyst after playing 12 seasons in the major leagues, including seven with the Philadelphia Phillies and an all-star appearance in 1996. Returning to the lineup this year is Davis, a catcher and first round draft pick from Malvern Prep, who played seven seasons in the majors.

Comcast SportsNet’s lineup for Opening Day includes “Phillies Focus,” “Daily News Live,” “SportsNite,” “Phillies Pregame Live,” and “Phillies Postgame Live.”

Comcast SportsNet Opening Day Schedule for Monday, April 1

11:30 a.m. Phillies Focus – Season Preview Special

5 p.m. Daily News Live

6 p.m. SportsNite

6:30 p.m. Phillies Pregame Live

7 p.m. Phillies vs. Braves on MyPHL 17

10 p.m. Phillies Postgame Live

10:30 p.m. SportsNite

Comcast SportsNet Home Opener Schedule for Friday, April 5

1:30 p.m. No Surrender: 2012 Phillies Video Yearbook

3 p.m. Phillies Pregame Live

4 p.m. Phillies vs. Royals

7 p.m. Phillies Postgame Live

10:30 p.m. SportsNite

2013 Broadcast Enhancements

Gregg Murphy returns as the Phillies field reporter, joining Phillies broadcasters Tom McCarthy, Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews. All Comcast SportsNet and Comcast Network broadcasts will be in high definition and will feature a new graphics package, updated score bug technology and enhanced statistical data.

All The Bases Covered

Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN), Marshall Harris (@mharrisCSN) and Leslie Gudel (@LeslieGudel) team up for comprehensive Phillies coverage during the 2013 season. As’s Phillies Insider, Salisbury will report on the team both at home and on the road, providing feature stories, video blogs and Phillies chats for the website. Gudel and Harris will provide coverage on-air and online, including exclusive interviews and feature stories on the players, coaches and personalities that make the Phillies tick. Harris will also host Phillies Clubhouse this season.

Pre and Postgame Coverage

In addition to live game coverage, Comcast SportsNet delivers pre and post-game coverage and analysis. Before every game on Comcast SportsNet and The Comcast Network, viewers can catch the latest team developments, game previews and opposing team analysis on “Philly Sports Talk,” “SportsNite” and “Phillies Pregame Live.”

Following each match-up, Phillies fans get a game breakdown with stats and highlights, and a look ahead to the rest of the season on “Phillies Postgame Live.” Other features include manager Charlie Manuel’s press conferences and reaction from the clubhouse. Phillies Postgame Live analysis will be provided by former Major League ball players Ricky Bottalico and Ben Davis.

Phillies Clubhouse

Completing Comcast SportsNet’s Phillies lineup is the weekly 30-minute feature series Phillies Clubhouse. “Phillies Clubhouse” illustrates the deep bond between the Phillies and their fans with off-field player profiles and behind-the-scenes stories about fans and the people who make the team run. We’ll look into the future of the game with regular minor league updates, and on this 20th anniversary of the Phillies 1993 NL championship, we’ll look back at that magical team which captured the hearts of Phillies fans everywhere. This season also features “Beyond the Box Score,” in-depth breakdowns by analysts Ricky Bottalico and Ben Davis, to give viewers new insights into what happens on the field. “Phillies Clubhouse” airs most Mondays at 7 p.m.

Digital/Social Media’s Phillies Insider Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN) will provide exclusive player, coaches and management interviews, plus breaking news and in-depth features on He will also provide live reports for “Philly Sports Talk” and “SportsNite.” columnist John Gonzalez (@GonzoCSN) and feature writer John Finger (@JFingerCSN) will also contribute to the site throughout the season.’s popular Phillies-themed online show, “Phightin Words” returns with Davis and Bottalico discussing the Phillies and responding to trends, answering fan questions from Twitter and Facebook, and dissecting upcoming series and player performance. Fans can join the conversation by using the hashtag #PhilliesTalk.

Fans can also follow all games online with’s “In-Game Live” feature which allows fans to follow the game live with play by play, stats and Comcast SportsNet tweets.

Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, part of the NBC Sports Group, is the leading regional sports network reaching more than three million viewers in and around Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey and Delaware. Together with The Comcast Network, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia provides local sports fans with the most sports coverage including more than 250 live game broadcasts of the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers, NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, MLB’s Philadelphia Phillies, MLS’s Philadelphia Union, plus NCAA coverage, as well as Emmy Award-winning sports news and analysis. Visit for more information.

Comcast Sports Group, part of the NBC Sports Group, consists of 14 local networks that deliver 2,400 sporting events annually and breaking news and analysis to more than 50 million cable and satellite homes. Comcast Sports Group’s sports networks are: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, SNY, The Mtn. – Mountain West Sports Network, CSS and Comcast Sports Southwest. Comcast Sports Group also manages NECN (New England Cable News), the nation’s largest regional news network, and The Comcast Network, based in Philadelphia and Washington, which delivers community-oriented programming. For more information, see

Good Day Philadelphia is the Best

I’ve had the chance to catch the morning shows the last two days, and I like Good Day Philadelphia better than the national shows.

Mike Jerrick is one of those talents that makes everyone around him better, and I enjoy his banter with Sheinelle Jones and the rest of the crew.

I can also see why there are so many rumors about The Today Show.  They do not seem like they are having fun.

Weather Swap

Did anyone else see former NBC10 weatherman Dave Warren on Fox29 Sunday night?

Former Phillies Director Dies

This was forwarded to me by  reader:

Laura, Your followers might be interested in the passing of local Phillies director Steve Silverman.  Steve was with WPHL-TV and the Phillies through the 70’s and 80’s and earned a World Series ring for his work with the 1980 Phils.


Alycia Lane’s Lawsuit Against Larry Mendte Dismissed

Here’s the story from Media Bistro.

WIP and CSN Team Up

Sportsradio 94WIP On-Air Personalities TO Host Comcast SportsNet’s “Daily News Live”

PHILADELPHIA (March 21, 2013) – Comcast SportsNet, Philadelphia’s source for comprehensive local sports coverage, announced today that on-air personalities from local sports radio station SportsRadio 94WIP will host the network’s talk program “Daily News Live” beginning on Monday, March 25.

SportsRadio 94WIP on-air personalities including Al Morganti, Rhea Hughes, Anthony Gargano, Glen Macnow, and Big Daddy Graham will handle the hosting duties on “Daily News Live” next week.

“This is a great cross-promotional opportunity for both Comcast SportsNet and 94WIP,” said Comcast SportsNet Vice President of News Programming Michelle Murray. “In addition to hearing varying viewpoints on the top sports topics of the day, viewers will get to see their favorite WIP host in a different forum.”

“SportsRadio WIP has been the authority in Philadelphia sports radio for 25 years so it will be a treat for Delaware Valley sports fans to see some of their favorite hosts set the agenda on Daily News Live. We’re thrilled to showcase our talent on Comcast SportsNet,” added Senior Vice President/Market Manager CBS Radio Philadelphia, Marc Rayfield.

SportsRadio 94WIP hosts schedule for Daily News Live:

Monday, March 25: Al Morganti

Tuesday, March 26: Rhea Hughes

Wednesday, March 27: Anthony Gargano

Thursday, March 28: Glen Macnow

Friday, March 29: Big Daddy Graham

“Daily News Live” airs each weekday at 5 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet. The program is also available on Comcast’s Xfinity ON Demand service.