Dan Gross: Mary Carey too hardcore for Wing Bowl?

Posted: January 27, 2010

LAST WEEK we told you how excited

Mary Carey

was to be debuting as a Wingette in the Wing Bowl on Feb. 5 at the Wachovia Center.

But Chris Weinerman, a co-owner of the World Famous Gold Club (1416 Chancellor), where Carey dances Feb. 3-6, says 610 WIP has since told him Carey cannot be a Wingette because she's been in hardcore porn films.

Really? Because Katie Morgan, a hardcore-porn actress who hosts HBO's "Sex Tips" and who is at Cheerleaders (Front & Oregon) next week, is slated to be a Wingette, as are Alektra Blue and Kaylani Lei, both porn stars, who will be there for Delilah's (100 Spring Garden).

Weinerman says Corey Purcell of WIP's marketing department told him that those clubs had spent more money in advertising on the station than he did and that maybe Carey could serve as a Wingette if he spent more.

Weinerman, whose spot holds fewer than 100 people, told us that he felt like it was "a shakedown" and that he doesn't have the same advertising budget as other clubs.

CBS Radio market manager Marc Rayfield, who oversees WIP, told us yesterday that our report last week that Carey would be a Wingette was "incorrect," and that "any announcement stating otherwise is erroneous, and was done so without WIP's knowledge or consent. Wingettes cannot elect themselves."

Asked whether Carey's exclusion was related to the Gold Club's not buying enough advertising on the station, Rayfield replied: "We partner with many clubs and welcome their dancers. We have no such relationship with the Gold Club. That is why Mary is not appearing."

Wing Bowl generates the biggest crowds of the year at area strip clubs.

The station did reveal, on yesterday's morning show with Angelo Cataldi, that "Jersey Shore" star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi will be at Wing Bowl, though we don't know in what capacity.

CineFest canceled

The Philadelphia Cinema Alliance announced yesterday that the April 8-19 Philadelphia CineFest has been canceled.

PCA Development Director Thom Cardwell says that the festival will return in 2011 and that a lack of sponsorship made "the fiscal planning of the event too daunting."

CineFest debuted last spring under the helm of TLA Video owner Ray Murray, artistic director of the Philadelphia Film Festival for nine years, after he and J. Andrew Greenblatt, executive director of the Philadelphia Film Society, had a falling out, leading to Greenblatt's camp's staging the PFF in September.

"As the original organization responsible for bringing the beauty and depth of film to the masses in Philadelphia, we are confident in our ability to produce a movie festival in 2011 that honors this tradition," Murray said.

Sports site scores Phil Andrews

Former "Action News" sports anchor Phil Andrews is now reporting for HighHopesBlog.com, a local sports site run by a 16-year-old Friends Central student, Shay Roddy. No one would know Roddy was a teenager unless they saw his picture on the Web site. His own insight and interviews with Daily News baseball writer Paul Hagen and other journalists and broadcasters show maturity and Roddy's ability to scan the sports landscape for material.

He started covering the Phillies in July 2008 for Bleacher Report blog, then founded another site, which transitioned into HighHopesBlog.com, a very thorough site covering all major Philadelphia sports teams.

Roddy, who lives in Media, plans to study broadcast journalism in college and hopes to have a media career. Positive reader e-mail has been the most rewarding part of doing his site, Roddy says.

Watson's going out with a bang

Barry Sandrow will soon hang up his apron after 55 years in the bar and restaurant business. Sandrow is getting ready to close Doc Watson's Pub (216 S. 11th), which he opened in 1971.

He started out at Lou's Brighton (214 S. 15th) in 1955, then to the Frolic Show Bar (804 Walnut) and the Terminal Cafe (Broad & Olney) and has been involved in 19 spots altogether. He just sold Doc's to a few guys who are planning an English pub called Sherlock's Tavern that will open later this year. We reported last August that Sandrow, 77, was selling the bar.

He says he's planning a grand-closing bash on Feb. 3. No word on whether any past doormen, such as boxer/actor Randall "Tex" Cobb, comedian Dom Irrera and Villanova basketball star Fran O'Hanlon, will show.

Visit PhillyGossip.com for Dan's latest updates or follow PhillyGossip on Twitter. Have a tip? Call 215-854-5963, or e-mail grossd@phillynews.com. For recent columns, visit go.philly.com/dangross.

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