Dan Gross: Stern prankster's CBS Irene punk

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Bolaris
Posted: August 29, 2011

CAPTAIN JANKS strikes again. The Howard Stern-loving prankster got through live to CBS 3's Ukee Washington and Erika von Tiehl yesterday morning pretending to be Atlantic City emergency-management official Tom Foley. Von Tiehl continued to question "Foley" after he made a reference to Howard Stern's buttcrack, then Washington cut in to say that he didn't believe they were really talking to Foley, prompting Janks to declare, "No s---, Sherlock."

Expect Janks, a/k/a North Wales' Tom Cipriano, who works in plastics manufacturing, to share the call on Stern's SiriusXM show when he returns from vacation after Labor Day.

You can see video of the call on our blog, PhillyGossip.com, unless and until CBS 3 gets YouTube to pull the footage.

WRNB takes over The Beat

WRNB 107.9 FM took over 100.3 The Beat on Thursday, Radio One, the parent company of both stations, announced.

The company hinted at an upcoming "exciting" announcement as to what becomes of 107.9. A Beat spokesman would not comment on whether The Beat, a long-running hip-hop station in town, would move to 107.9.

Recently, 100.3 The Beat cut morning hosts Star and Buc Wild, and had not installed a new morning team since.

Radio One executives Bruce Demps and Elroy Smith were quoted in a statement as saying that the move will allow WRNB an expanded coverage area.

The station's weekday lineup is 6 to 10 a.m. the Tom Joyner Morning Show, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Moshay Laren, Lady B from 3 to 7 p.m. and DC Todd's Whispers in the Dark from 7 to midnight.

Victorino fashion show a success

Shane Victorino said that he had no trouble persuading teammates, including Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Hunter Pence, Cole Hamels, Chase Utley, John Mayberry, Jr., Brian Schneider, Ben Francisco and Michael Stutes, to model in his Celebrity Fashion show Thursday at the Union League because the players always support each other.

The event raised money for the Shane Victorino Foundation, which benefits underprivileged youth in Philadelphia and his native Hawaii.

Rookie pitcher Vance Worley attended the event but declined an invitation to model, telling us that he gets nervous speaking to a small crowd, let alone walking a runway. He hung out backstage with pitcher Michael Schwimer. Worley said that he saw the Liberty Bell on Thursday during an afternoon of sightseeing.

We asked Pence, whose "Good game. Let's go eat," quote after his Phillies debut has become a catchphrase, whether he's discovered any good restaurants yet. Pence said that he had been to Honey's (4th & Brown) for lunch Thursday and Buddakan (325 Chestnut) Wednesday night.

Victorino told us that he was happy that his father, Mike Victorino, was able to attend his charity event. Mike came in from Hawaii, where he is a councilman, to visit Williamsport, where he and his wife, Jocelyn, who couldn't make the trip as she had to work, are being honored as Little League International's Parents of the Year.

Shane played Little League baseball and says that he's been watching as much of the Little League World Series as possible.

Jamie Moyer and his wife, Karen, were among those modeling clothes from Saks Fifth Avenue at the event and got a huge hand from the crowd, as did models Bernard Hopkins, the Phillie Phanatic, and the Union's Kyle Nakazawa, from a roomful of guests including Phillies GM Ruben Amaro, Jr., team President Dave Montgomery and former Gov. Ed Rendell.

Charitably minded

* Fox 29's John Bolaris and his girlfriend, Erica Smitheman, were among guests at a Moyer Foundation reception Wednesday at Le Castagne (1920 Chestnut). Daily News editor Larry Platt, who is writing a book with Jamie Moyer, hosted the party for the rehabbing pitcher and his wife, who talked about their camps for young adults who have lost a loved one. For more info, visit moyerfoundation.org.

* Pat Croce's Rum Barrel bar, in Key West, is donating proceeds from its cheesesteak sales last week to Geno's Steaks owner Joey Vento's charitable foundation.

"We don't have that many great personalities in Philly," and Joey Vento was one of them, said the former Sixers president. Vento died Tuesday at 71.

Seamus saves the day

State Supreme Court Judge Seamus McCaffery helped a Mayfair couple get a marriage license Friday so that they could be married over the weekend.

Danielle Costo and Kris Dufner had been scheduled to marry in Somers Point on Saturday afternoon. The couple shared their story on Fox 29's "Good Day Philadelphia," and the Rittenhouse Hotel stepped up to host their intimate wedding ceremony for 50 people at the hotel Saturday afternoon.


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