Dan Gross | Forecast calls for a chance of Bolaris blowing back into town

Posted: July 02, 2007

LOCK UP your wives and girlfriends. It looks like former NBC-10 weatherhunk John Bolaris is angling to return to the Philadelphia airwaves in the fall.

Bolaris, who's been with New York's WCBS since 2002, did not re-sign with the station, sources tell us. His contract is up toward the end of the year. The weather anchor was recently moved to weekends with newly hired meteorologist Lonnie Quinn replacing him on weeknights, as FTVLive.com reported.

We're told Bolaris has put out feelers to CBS 3, NBC-10 and Fox 29, and there are casual, and somewhat secret, discussions going on.

Friends of Bolaris, a Long Island native, say he misses Philadelphia and is very much hoping to return. He'll only consider a market close to New York, where his daughter, Reina Sofia, lives with momTiffany McElroy, a former NBC-10 anchor who is now with New York's CW station.

Bolaris worked at NBC-10 for 12 years, taking off for New York.

The weatherman declined comment when reached Friday. His agent, Richard Leibner, did not return our calls. A WCBS spokeswoman could not be reached.

Relax, he can't pull you over

If you see a black Buick on the road this week with red and blue flashing lights on its dashboard, it's likely that of Rev. Clifton Davis, executive director of the Sunoco Welcome America! Festival. The actor and songwriter will be zipping around all week long.

* Speaking of Welcome America! Fantasia Barrino, the "American Idol" winner who performed on the Parkway with Lionel Richie last July 4, apparently wears some rather intimate jewelry.

Fantasia, now starring in "The Color Purple" on Broadway, used some down time Thursday at New York's Unimax, a tattoo- and piercing-supply company where she had the jewelry in her clitoral piercing changed. She tipped $10 for the free service and was very friendly to staff, our spy reports.

* 98.1 WOGL's Tommy McCarthy will be at Philadelphia International Records (309 S. Broad) from 5 to 7 today along with Sound of Philadelphia pioneers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff greeting tourists outside the legendary recording studio.

Out and about

Mets manager Willie Randolph and a few associates celebrated the Mets big weekend over the Phils with dinner at Davio's (111 S. 17th) Saturday. Randolph washed down mixed greens, a veal chop and garlic mashed potatoes with Grey Goose martinis.

Randolph paid, tipping well.

* Sir Charles Barkley and his family stopped for lunch at Finn McCool's (1900 Easton) in Warrington the other day. As usual, the Round Mound of Rebound was friendly, a generous tipper and happy to chat with fans and sign autographs. He was overheard discussing an upcoming book, "Start the Tape," about his second career in broadcasting

* Former Eagles coach Dick Vermeil took photos with other diners at Bookbinder's (125 Walnut), where he ate the other night.

* Local "Jackass" Bam Margera and bride Missy were at Reading's Sovereign Center the other night where Vains of Jenna, a band on Bam's label, was playing. Bam hit the stage to sing a few tunes with the band.

Uncle O's back on the mic

Power 99's Uncle O is back to co-hosting the Hot Boyz evening show on the hip-hop station. The host, real name Tracy Jackson, was recently suspended after being arrested and charged with aggravated assault for allegedly pulling a gun on a nightclub owner. Jackson, through his attorney, has professed his innocence. His case is listed for hearing Aug. 6. *

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