Inqlings: Huddleston may not move far

Posted: June 15, 2008

Makes your head spin, following those TV news people around the dial:

Doug Kammerer and Kathy Orr from NBC10 to CBS3. John Bolaris from NBC10 to purgatory to Fox29. Dawn Stensland from CBS3 to Fox29. Larry Mendte from NBC10 to CBS3 to his family room. Dave Huddleston from Fox29 to . . .

CBS3, perhaps?

Huddleston's last Fox29 newscast was Thursday, after his contract was not renewed. Newsies at both CBS3 and his old station are talking him up for a job at CBS3, should one just happen to become available. A CBS3 spokeswoman declined to comment.

Huddleston - who has made no secret that he wants to stay in Philly - has a non-compete clause that would keep him home with his wife and kids till mid-August. Huddleston would not talk about his future on Friday other than to say, "I have to look at all my options." (From the looks of my inbox, Huddleston has quite a following.)

As for Fox29's plans, there's no Huddleston successor lined up. This week, Kerri-Lee Halkett will pair with Stensland on The 10 O'Clock News.

Meanwhile, Don Tollefson is set to return to the sports desk at Fox29 tonight. He was banged up in a March 23 car crash. He'll work Sundays through Thursdays. Tolly also is back on WPEN (950) with his show, The Other Side of Sports With Don Tollefson, 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

Fighting words

Comcast SportsNet last week suspended Philadelphia Daily News sports columnist Bill Conlin over a remark on Daily News Live - but while Conlin will be allowed back on the show next week, it's unclear if he wants to return.

An e-mailer who gave his name as Raul and his hometown as Vineland, N.J., on Tuesday chided the media for a question to Eagles coach Andy Reid about quarterback Donovan McNabb's shoulder injury: "It's tendinitis. Way to go, Philly media. You guys do a great job overanalyzing everything."

To which Conlin, a regular on the show for more than 10 years, said: "Amazing that guy would leave the blueberry harvest to send that off."

During the next night's show, SportsNet issued a statement: "On Tuesday's Daily News Live, Bill Conlin made a remark that may have offended some of our viewers. This comment does not reflect the views of our network and we apologize to our viewers."

The sports channel said Friday that Conlin was scheduled to return the week of June 22. But word is that Conlin is unhappy with SportsNet and is thinking of bagging the show, to which he contributes with other Daily News writers.

Conlin referred my request for comment to Daily News Managing Editor Pat McLoone, who said: "We have a great relationship with SportsNet, but I think they overreacted in this case." He said Conlin would go back if he wanted to.

Walk of Fame revived

Reviving a tradition idle for 71/2 years, the Philadelphia Music Alliance plans to install a 107th bronze plaque on South Broad Street as part of the Philadelphia Walk of Fame.

Friday's honoree will be the R&B/soul act Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, whose name will be put on the sidewalk in a noontime ceremony outside the Atlantic Building at 260 S. Broad St., near Spruce.

Maze and Beverly, a Philadelphia native, will concertize that night at the Mann Music Center on a bill with Chaka Khan.

The Walk of Fame's last installation was in 2000. It ran into money issues, including a loss of state funding, says Joe Tarsia, the sound engineer working with industry heavyweights such as Larry Magid and Kenny Gamble, the Rhythm & Blues Foundation (which moved to Philadelphia in 2005), and the Avenue of the Arts.

Tarsia says another ceremony will be held in September, though he declined to disclose the honorees.

Radio activity

As a fun visual for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for gymnastics, coming to the Wachovia Center this week, Comcast-Spectacor had personalized leotards made for TV and radio personalities. What to do with the one that says "Booker Q102"? Since Chris Booker was yanked from the radio last month, Comcast-Spectacor plans to drop it off tomorrow at WRDW (96.5) so former rival Chio can make fun of it. (Booker is lying low in New York.) Olympic gold medalist Dominique Dawes is scheduled to deliver leotards to WIP (610) on Tuesday to Hugh Douglas and Angelo Cataldi - both in bright, matching red and sized to fit a 10-year-old girl.

Matt Reilly is bowing out at WXPN (88.5) after four years of nights and weekends. He wrote to listeners: "My wife, Jennifer, and I are returning home to Austin, Texas, to be closer to family and to hopefully start one of our own. This is our number one priority at this point. You can take the boy out of Texas . . . well, you know."

Jerry Lee, who owns B101 (WBEB), has been selected as one of the 40 most powerful people in radio by Radio Ink magazine.

Briefly noted

Brit pop star Natasha Bedingfield ("Unwritten") and her tour mates, the Veronicas (twins Lisa and Jessica Origliasso) and Kate Voegele, will scribble their names on paper for fans from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Verizon Wireless store in Quartermaster Plaza, 2220 W. Oregon Ave.

Alex Capasso, chef/owner of Blackbird Dining Establishment in Collingswood, cheffed at the James Beard House in New York on June 2 and rated a callback to cook Tuesday for the cameras of ABC News Now. The segment is scheduled to air next month.

Ruff life

Publicist Nina Zucker has turned into a stage mother, pushing her apricot toy poodle, Lola, into the big time: a full-page ad for the new Hartz UltraGuard Pro in the June issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine. Lola, trained by Mark Grunwald and repped by talent agency All Tame Animals, had seemed destined for an inferiority complex after print and TV ad shoots for Vogue, Philadelphia Magazine and Marshall's ended up on the cutting-room floor.


Let go by Fox29, Dave Huddleston is being pushed for CBS3. "INQlings," B2.
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