KYW anchor arrested

Alycia Lane, a reporter for CBS-owned KYW-TV in Philadelphia was arrested in New York City Saturday night for striking a police officer in the city’s meatpacking district. If you recall, Lane appeared on an episode of Dr. Phil a few years back to discuss her failed marriages (Dr. Phil also airs on KYW and sister station WPSG in Philadelphia.) Dr. […]

John H. Idler to head WTVD

Current WLS-TV vice president and general sales manager John H. Idler has been promoted to president and general manager of WTVD in Raleigh-Durham, N.C. Idler succeeds Bernie Prazenica, who was promoted to the same positions in Philadelphia at WPVI. WLS, WPVI and WTVD are owned and operated by Disney/ABC. WTVD is a solid number two in the Raleigh-Durham market, behind […]

WCIU snags ‘Chris’

Weigel Broadcasting’s Chicago independent WCIU-TV scored another urban sitcom coup by acquiring CBS Television Distribution’s Everybody Hates Chris. The program will air in off-network syndication as a strip beginning in the fall of 2009, assuming the CW renews the show for next season. WCIU is likely to pair Chris with Debmar’s Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, another urban sitcom that’s […]

"Dr. Phil" spinoff clears half of the country

CBS Television Distribution has cleared a spin-off of Dr. Phil called The Doctors in 50 percent of the country. Among station groups clearing the show include CBS, Belo, Gannett, Scripps, and Cox. Stations grabbing the strip include WCBS-TV in New York, KCAL-TV in Los Angeles, KYW-TV in Philadelphia, KTVU-TV in San Francisco, WSB-TV in Atlanta (which will likely replace Montel […]

McGee to do fill-in work in Philadelphia

They snared Iguchi and Aaron Rowland from the White Sox, now they’re nabbing our radio stars:”Crazy” Howard McGee, who was unceremoniously dropped from WGCI-FM in Chicago this summer for Steve Harvey, will fill in for WPHI-FM host Colby Colbs for the next four days in Philadelphia beginning next Tuesday. Urban Contemporary WPHI is one of three stations owned by Radio […]

Wallace named head of NBC-owned stations

NBC Universal announced this morning that John Wallace will succeed Jay Ireland as president of the NBC-owned stations (Ireland took a position with GE Capital management. GE owns NBC Universal.) Wallace will report directly to NBC Universal President and CEO Jeff Zucker. NBC owns and operates ten English-language stations in New York (WNBC), Los Angeles (KNBC), Chicago (WMAQ), Philadelphia (WCAU), […]

10,000 reasons not to go to a Phillies game

This has nothing to do with media, but it’s worth noting: The Philadelphia Phillies lost their 10,000 game on Sunday losing to the St. Louis Cardinals. Must be a great landmark to lose more games than Charlie Brown’s baseball team.

Elroy Smith is back – in Philadelphia

Elroy Smith, who recently resigned as program director at Clear Channel’s WVAZ-FM (V103), has now got a new gig: Operations manager of Radio One-owned WRNB-FM, an urban AC-formatted station, and WPPZ-FM, a gospel-formatted station, both in Philadelphia.

The craziness ends here

Robert Feder in today’s Sun-Times is reporting that “Crazy” Howard McGee will be dropped as morning host at Clear Channel urban contemporary station WGCI-FM and being replaced by Steve Harvey’s syndicated morning show. The move is expected to take place sometime around August 1. Harvey’s program had been airing on Crawford’s Urban AC outlet WSRB-FM, but Premiere Radio Networks, a […]

Philadelphians tuning out newscasts

First it was Washington, D.C., now its Philadelphia that’s suffering the news blues. While ABC-owned WPVI still leads all local newscasts, ratings for the four major stations in the market are down in the key 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. time slots. Not only that, the article points out that local news ratings are down nationwide – including here in […]