Friday, May 28, 2010

WIBBAGE is back...

Not sure how long it's been back, but WIBBAGE-FM is back on the radio dial in Ocean City, NJ at 94.3 FM and online HERE--playing hits from the 60's and 70's. CHECK IT OUT!
Bob Charger, one of the original WIBBAGE guys, hosts mornings 6 to 9 a.m. Also, John records Landeker, another WIBBAGE original, hosts "Into The Seventies" Saturday nights 7 to midnight!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

David Aldrich Lands Back On His Feet

Former FOX-29 weatherguy, David Aldrich, has landed the Chief Meteorologist slot at CBS affiliate WVLT-TV in Knoxville, TN. Aldrich, one of the nicest, down-to-earth types you could ever meet, says it's a dream come true for him. Check out his blog HERE.
Congratulations David! Philly's loss is Knoxville's gain.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Vince DeMentri Involved in ANOTHER Incident...

Former WCAU anchor/reporter, Vince DeMentri, is now involved in an incident in New York. DeMentri, who was hired several months ago by WPIX-TV, is now facing an assault charge. The full story is HERE, courtesy of the New York Post.
You may remember, DeMentri was suspended in 2006 while at WCAU after a verbal altercation with weatherguy Glen Schwartz. In 2008, he was let go by the station for an incident between he and a fellow anchor involving accusations that he took some personal items. A settlement was reached between he, the station and the anchor involved.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

TV News Observations

Does anyone actually rise at 4:30 a.m. in time to watch FOX 29's "Good Day at 4:30"? Only my bed and I know that I will never see the darkness of day at THAT hour...but did record the 4:30 show to check it out. Definitely not much traffic at that hour...and the typical weather segments with Sue along with news of the day. I have never been able to get used to or take a liking to Mike Jerrick. Probably a nice guy...just has never grown on me.
Speaking of FOX 29, I see they continue with their new format during the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. shows of doing more chat, opinion and conjecture than actually giving us "news". In a nutshell, this format is really what most TV newscasts have become. A wasteland of air time! I will never like this format, period! Just give me the news of the day. Is that so hard?
Over at Channel 6, I saw Lisa Thomas Laury anchoring with Rick Williams on the 5 o'clock news yesterday. It reminded me of the days "back when". It was good to see LTL on the desk for a change! I would much rather watch her any day than listening to Brian Taff's grating accent! Wow, it really is annoying.
I see Channel 6 has a new/second promo airing for the Action News "Big Board". Sure does make illustrating a story or the weather much more interesting and animated! My understanding is that one of those can cost big bucks! I've heard in the range of $300,000 including all the software. I'd be curious if that's accurate.
I hear Denise James remains sidelined as she continues her recovery from shoulder surgery.
Over at Channel 3, Liz Keptner sees her remaining days on the anchor desk continue to dwindle. Her last day is just a little more than a week away (May 28th). Still no "official word" from management on whom her replacement will be. Personally, I'd enjoy seeing Pat Ciarrocchi again in the mornings. Who knows if she'd even be interested in those grueling hours? I have a feeling Natasha Brown might be in the running for the job. We shall see!
Meanwhile, I can't comment on anything on Channel 10's airwaves as I do not watch NBC 10 News and haven't in several years. In my opinion, their news product has gone down the tubes; I don't care for most of their reporters and have never cared for Tim Lake or Terry Ruggles.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

So Long Liz...

CBS-3 morning anchor, Liz Keptner, says goodbye to the dawn patrol on May 28th, according to this morning's "Philadelphia Daily News" article by Dan Gross. Keptner says she wants to spend more time with her family.
Keptner joined channel 3 in 2005 as the Lehigh Valley reporter then began to substitute anchor for Susan Barnett who was the previous anchor for the early-morning broadcast. Barnett was actually demoted to make way for Keptner...Barnett relegated to reporter. That only lasted several months when the Larry Mendte/Alycia Lane saga blew up and both were removed from the air. Barnett was relegated back to anchor status in the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. anchor chair where she has remained.