Here’s The Story…
I was one of those kids who watched television all the time, especially “The Brady Bunch.”
I looked forward to Thursdays when “TV Guide” arrived in the mail and loved reading the big fall preview issue every September. In junior high, my friends called me “The Human TV Guide.”
In high school, I was inspired by a Journalism class that was taught by Mrs. Miriam Bedein. Mrs. Bedein took our class on field trips to the former WWDB 96.5-FM and WCAU-TV for a taping of “The Jane Whitney Show,” and we were also treated to guest speakers such as WYSP disc jockey Randy Kotz. The first television review I wrote was for the Sarah Jessica Parker show, “Square Pegs.”
Also in high school, I participated in the KYW Newsstudies program where my on-air story was about the historic Thomas Massey House in Broomall, PA.
At Temple University I was a sportscaster and disc jockey for the campus radio station, WRTI 90.1-FM. In my senior year, I worked as the game analyst for the Temple Owls Mens Basketball team. During college, I also interned for PRISM sports and Channel 10 sports.
After Temple, I worked as a production assistant for WPHL-17 telecasts of Sixers games for two seasons.
I entered the 9-5 world as copywriter for the now defunct Donnelley Directory Talking Yellow Pages. I wrote and recorded many of the entertainment codes including Prime Time and Cable Picks.
In 1997, Talking Yellow Pages turned into the Internet Yellow Pages. I launched “Brady Residence” a year later. The website led to appearances on “Brady Bunch: Biography” on A & E and “A Very Brady Marathon” on Philly 57 in Philadelphia.
In 2000, I started my media column in the Bucks County Courier Times. It was spun-off into a sports-media column the following year. My work has appeared in The Delaware County Daily Times, The Haverford Press, and The Philadelphia Metro.
Although the newspaper columns went away in 2007, I continue to write about TV on lauranachman.net. My blog may also be found on delcotimes.com.
Here is an article about me that appeared in Philly Magazine:
The TV Guide
Why your local anchor is reading the Bucks County Courier Times
As we turn our attention from beaches to television with the new fall season, there’s one reporter who’s quietly become a must-read for local network gossip. Her name: Laura Nachman. Her newspaper: The Bucks County Courier Times. And if you sue your station or defensetrate an anchor, she’ll be there- even though she’s never even been to her own newsroom. “I have no clue where the office is,” she says.
Getting hired six years ago without even meeting her bosses in person (which she still hasn’t to this day) is just one of the quirky details that make Nachman so refreshing, and her columns, as NBC 10’s Vai Sikahema has called them, “watercooler stories.”
A married 41-year-old mother of two and an obsessive fan of The Brady Bunch, Nachman digs up her dirt from home. In the six years her “Channel Surfing” column has run in the Courier Times, she’s kept pace with the big boys at the Inquirer and Daily News on juicy stories like former Fox anchor Rich Noonan’s reverse-discrimination lawsuit against his station, or more recently NBC10’s Vince DeMentri’s confrontation with reputed tough guy Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz. “I grew up on Gail Shister,” Nachman says of the longtime Inquirer scribe who stopped focusing on local newsies years ago. “I think I picked up the mantle from her.”
Nachman has heard from a few unhappy targets of her columns including one anchor who took exception to a Nach attack. “She wrote me a blistering email 10 minutes before her newcast and called me later,” Nachman says. It’s like, “I’m glad you’re busy.” Getting chewed out by the talent does expose Nachman to the often maniacal egos of the biz, but it also means they’re paying attention. “She knows more about TV than anybody around,” says an insider at one station.” She breaks stories It probably doesn’t get as much attention because she works for a sububran newspaper.”
– Richard Rys