Inqlings | TV? Victorino has it covered, too

Posted: June 24, 2007

You've seen him score from first on a single and nail a runner from deep right. But host a TV sportscast? You can, tomorrow night on CBS3.

Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino will sub on the 11 for sports director Beasley Reece, who has the day off. Earlier that night, Victorino and teammates will attend a dinner for the Richie Ashburn Foundation at Morton's in Center City.

Victorino, who's expected to weight his three-minute segment toward baseball, got the nod because CBS3 sister station CW57 carries some games and management thought outside of the (batter's) box.

CBS3 is running low on sports anchors, after parting ways with Steve Bucci. Weekender Don Bell, a logical fill-in, has to entertain house movers tomorrow and is unavailable.


Veteran actors Peter O'Toole and Philly-bred Jon Polito, plus young hotties Emmanuelle Vaugier and Ross Thomas, are part of the cast of Baton, an independent film with an impressive $8.8 million budget, going before cameras here in August. Baton, directed by Jeffrey F. January (TV's Friday Night Lights) and written by Sam Freas, is set amid the antiwar movement of the 1960s as it tells of four Abington High runners (two white and two black, two of whom are Quakers) who win at the 1965 Penn Relays. Producers are Old City banker Scott Kuhn and Michael Fitzgerald, a friend from Ireland. Andrzej Sekula, who worked on Reservoir Dogs, will be director of photography. Thomas has the lead. O'Toole plays a Quaker who runs a peace organization in Canada, and Vaugier is his young wife. Polito will be a Franciscan friar/soccer coach. Mike Lemon Casting plans to announce a call for local actors.

The Greater Philadelphia Film Office is backing a rally Tuesday in Harrisburg to push for two state House bills offering incentives to filmmakers. Free rides are offered. See

Behind in her work

Sarah Schmalbach gives more than just her brain cells to Philadelphia Style mag, where she's Web editor. She's also lent her posterior. That's hers, modeling a $249 pair of Acne jeans, on the cover of the new "Best of 2007" issue. (It hit the street Thursday at a hot party at the Crystal Tea Room.) Editor-in-chief Sarah Schaffer says she'd gone the agency route to scout a suitable tush but emerged bummed. "Not that we check out each other's behinds around here," says Schaffer, but colleagues noticed Schmalbach in a similar pair of jeans and thought she'd fill the bill. "Happy to help," Schmalbach says.

Speaking of that new Style: The mag devotes about a third of a page to the "hot dog trio" served at 707, the new Washington Square bistro. Unmentioned is that Dana Spain-Smith, CEO of Style's parent company, is a 707 investor. Spain-Smith says she has nothing to do with editorial and, besides, "they have really good hot dogs."

The stork stops here

Two Philly-area TV faces have had their pregnancies featured at the online May's cover mom-to-be was CW57 "crew" member Ashley Harder of Marlton, who relinquished her Miss Jersey USA crown in January after learning she was with child. Harder, who turns 21 on July 29, and boyfriend Gregg D'Antonio are expecting a girl about Aug. 9. (Ava Marie is the baby's working name.) Both mother and daughter will model for New York's Expecting Models. "She's a natural, and that's basically what we're celebrating," says Liza Elliott-Ramirez, who runs both the online mag and the agency. The other TV type on is NBC10 alumna Karen Hepp, featured this month with her husband, Brian Sullivan, and son Quinn, born in March. Hepp, 36, who lives in Wynnewood, anchors for the Fox station in New York.

Media activity

Chicago's Angi Taylor, recently trying out on Chris Booker's morning show on WIOQ (102.1), is not quite a lock for the job - though she's announced she'll fly in for Friday's wedding of sidekick Diego Ramos. Q102, talking to two other candidates, is ironing out tech bugs, as Taylor is piping in by ISDN line and has expressed no plans to move east.

Center City's Joan Saltzman - whose search for a husband, to whom she donated a body part, became the romantic memoir Mr. Right and My Left Kidney - will appear on satellite outlet Sirius' Channel 198 at 4 p.m. tomorrow for a chat with Playboy Radio's Tiffany Granath. Saltzman and John Katz have been married for 10 years.

Many radio stations that stream online - including WXPN (which has four streams) and the sites of Greater Media (including WMGK, WMMR, WBEN and WJJZ) - will turn off their Webcasts on Tuesday to protest higher royalty rates expected to go into effect about July 15. WXPN, for example, says the new rates aimed at Internet stations could cost it more than $100,000 annually, several times more than it gets from supporters. WXPN also plans two minutes of on-air silence on 88.5 at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Briefly noted

Producers from ABC's Supernanny will interview parents for Season Four from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Penn's Landing's Great Plaza (121 N. Columbus Blvd.). Particularly in demand are families preparing for a big event (wedding, reunion); sports-obsessed parents; parents with mean girls or bullying boys. Other details at

The Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale, touring Turkey and Greece and due home Thursday, are featured right now on a Web site in Istanbul. Your Turkish is probably better than mine, but the story seems to refer to a meeting of the choir and a high official of Beyoglu province. It's linked at

Steve Madva, chairman of law firm Montgomery McCracken, turns up on HBO's Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel, in a feature on "active boomers" that's being shown through Tuesday. Madva, 59 next month, is profiled in connection with his latest surgery (for his torn ACL) - his eighth time under the knife in 10 years. He's had meniscus surgery, three rotator shoulder tears, an ankle tendon repair, one herniated disk, and a sports hernia. His legal specialty, by the way, is not personal injury.

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