Wednesday, November 26, 2008

One More Christmas Station

WOGL-FM flipped the "jolly switch" this morning at 6:08 to debut their "Christmas Classic Station" format through Christmas day. The weekend specialty shows will continue to air as scheduled, however. B-101 and 97-Now both air all-Christmas, all the time and KYW 1060 is streaming the Christmas hits online. Also, WHAT-AM has jumped into the well as Wilmington's 99.5-WJBR as one poster has informed me.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Reporter Nearly Struck During LIVE Shot

CBS-3 newcomer/reporter--Dray Clark was nearly hit by a car tonight on the 6 p.m. newscast. He was doing a stand-up for his live shot from Chestnut Hill, coming out of his package, and was wrapping things up when he was within two inches of being hit by a car. Clark threw it back to Chris May who asked, "you okay out there Dray"? Clark reported the car ended up on the curb. Close call for Clark who arrived here in September from Cleveland where he was an anchor/reporter. Clark is a Chester, Delaware county native.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Mendte Coverage on FOX29

FOX-29 covered the Mendte story again last night on their 10 o'clock broadcast reporting his trial begins Monday. Also, that his attorney is requesting Mendte serve no prison time. As the story unfolded the first three minutes at the top of the newscast--I couldn't help but think how uncomfortable it had to be for anchor Dawn Stensland, wife of Larry Mendte. Thomas Drayton led the newscast with the story -- handing off to Joyce Evans for the toss to her package. It was reported how Mendte is a "Jekyl & Hyde"-- the good guy we all saw reporting the news everynight...the bad guy by the acts he committed. Was Joyce Evans not uncomfortable standing on-set a mere several feet away from Stensland at the anchor desk? All I can say is, "wow". Tense moments!
On the other hand--as I digested the report--I couldn't help but think "how dare Mendte wish not to serve prison time!" His attorney basically feels his time spent performing charity work along with his admission and remorse for his deed makes him a good candidate to not sit in prison BUT to possibly serve house arrest or community service. To this--I think, "unbelievably incredible!". What he did was plain wrong. By apologizing and displaying remorse does not take away the humiliation, the pain, the betrayal of human decency and the damage done to Alycia Lane and the reputation to CBS-3. I normally would keep my opinions to myself and not blog them here. However, this story simply amazes me as each detail surfaces. I ask myself how Stensland can forgive what this man did. Yes, we are to forgive -- but -- wow...the betrayal in this story makes it difficult! This man's insecurity got the best of him and in the process he put the final touches on destroying another's career and broke every privacy act in the process.
It will be interesting how this pans out after Monday November 24th.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

A Look Back...

With the upcoming changes just a few weeks off at Channel 10 (an improved set and graphics package as well as going HD) -- I thought it would be fun to reach into the video vault and share!
Let's take a look back at the "Channel 10 News at 6" from twenty-one years ago. The year was 1987. The anchor team was Stan Stovall and Alan Frio...and the reporters in the clip are Dennis Woltering and Stephanie Stahl.
Stovall is now at WBAL-TV in Baltimore; Woltering is back in his hometown of New Orleans at WWL-TV and Alan Frio is at WSMV-TV in Nashville. Of course, Stahl has been at KYW's CBS3 since leaving Channel 10.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Bonaduce Philly-bound

Michael Klein and Dan Gross report today, what was rumored a few weeks now. Danny Bonaduce relocates this week to Philadelphia to head-up the morning show on WYSP beginning Monday November 10th--6 to 10 a.m. Bonaduce worked at Eagle 106 in the late 80's.