Thursday, October 29, 2009

Former KYW Anchor Retiring...

For those with good memories from the late 80's who remember former KYW anchor, Jackie Hays? She departed KYW in 1988 for NBC affiliate WAVE-TV in Louisville KY and will retire at the end of the year to spend more time with her family, after serving nearly 22 years with the station.
Hays began at WAVE-TV in 1988 and is currently co-anchor of the station’s 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

So Long to Dawn...

Well, it seems I write these "so long..." items more and more these Dan Gross reports that FOX 29's Dawn Stensland has exited the premesis, unfortunately.
Gone now are the teams of Noonan, Chernekoff, Cariello/Guarino and Cherkin/Tolefson as well as Huddleston, Stensland, Guarino and Tollefson. Quite a shame too because all the changes the powers-that-be have made at FOX do not seem to have made a darn dent in their ratings. Bolaris' return gave NO RETURN on the ratings scale and my personal opinion of Kerri Lee Halkett is not a good one. I'll suffice to say that her sing-songy voice surely grates on my nerves and I see her as nothing more than a stand-up Barbie doll. When have you seen her in the field showcasing her journalistic skills?
It's no surprise, of course, that Dawn was shown the door. For over a year now, she's been absent from most news promotions and at some points in watching the broadcast, it almost felt as though maybe Dawn should slide her chair right off the set to make room for Halkett.
Hopefully, Stensland's agent has some irons in the fire for her...and good luck is wished for her--for sure.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

CBS-3 Cancels Eyewitness News at Noon

CBS-3 is cancelling their noon newscast to make room for a new "daily, lifestyle program" -- Talk Philly, set to debut Monday October 18th.

The new thirty minute show will be hosted by Pat Ciarrochi and Ukee Washington who have co-anchored Eyewitness News at Noon since 1996. According to Jon Hitchcock, President and General Manager, “Talk Philly is our chance to offer viewers more health, consumer and lifestyle solutions with the advantage of in-studio guests, longer interviews and demonstrations.” The program gives CBS-3 the opportunity to showcase the arts and entertainment goings-on in the city.

Talk Philly will broadcast from a newly-constructed set that was created to resemble a cozy Philadelphia loft, allowing for casual interactive conversation between hosts, guests and the home audience. Liz Keptner will provide news updates within the program with Maria LaRosa providing weather.