Dan Gross: Bolaris gave a Stern warning about Irene

Posted: September 01, 2011

APPARENTLY Fox 29's John Bolaris is the personal meteorologist of Howard Stern and his wife.

Model and animal activist Beth Ostrosky Stern called Bolaris before Hurricane Irene to ask whether she and the SiriusXM host should cancel a planned trip to Vermont. Bolaris told the couple yes, and so they didn't visit the state which, though landlocked, was mercilessly pounded by Irene.

Hip-hop to 107.9

Today, WRNB takes over 100.3 The Beat and will simulcast at 107.9 until 5 p.m. Friday when a hip-hop music station takes over.

It won't be called the Beat, says Radio One spokesman Amir Khan, who wouldn't comment when we asked whether the station would be called Hot 107.9, like the hip-hop station in Atlanta.

Paranormal Ambler

"Paranormal State" star Ryan Buell will be in Ambler Tuesday to screen his new self-funded movie, "American Ghost Hunter," at the Broad Axe Tavern (901 E. Butler).

Buell made the film with his "Paranormal" colleague Chad Calek. The documentary investigates a series of suicides and claims of paranormal activity in Calek's home state of Iowa. The guys chose to bypass the studios by doing a grassroots campaign of screenings around the country, promoting it largely on Twitter and Facebook, Buell says. For more information, check out aghthemovie.com.


* Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore dined Tuesday at Village Whiskey (118 S. 20th) before his show at the First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut).

* Phillies pitcher Vance Worley stopped for a chicken cheesesteak at Talk of the Town (3020 S. Broad) a couple of days back.

Charitably minded

* Your Humble Narrator will be guest bartending from 7 to 11 Tuesday night at CJ & Eck's (384 Shurs), in Manayunk, to raise money for the Lemon Drops team which is walking/running in the Alex's Lemonade Stand Lemon Run, on Nov. 13. There's a $5 cover, and all tips go to the charity. There are $2 domestic bottled beers and $3 well drinks. Hope to see you there.

* The Greater Philadelphia District of the Zionist Organization of America honors 1210 AM WPHT host Dom Giordano at a gala Thursday at the City Avenue Hilton. A kosher dinner and open bar is featured at the event; Jonathan Tobin of Commentary magazine is the keynote speaker. ZOA national president Morton Klein will speak, as well.

For info or tix, visit zoaphiladelphia2011.eventbrite.com/

* "Basketball Wives" star Jennifer Miller hosts the Guess Who's Coming to Dinner conversation with Inquirer fashion columnist Elizabeth Wellington and CW Philly's Kharisma McIlwaine at 8 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Waterview Lounge (1020 N. Delaware). Tickets for the conversation and dinner are $50 and proceeds benefit the Stop the Madness Foundation. For tix: waterviewlounge.


Let them eat cake

Arcadia University will welcome students today with a huge cake from the Charm City Cakes bakery, in Baltimore, featured on the Food Network's "Ace of Cakes." The cake is a replica of Arcadia's Grey Towers Castle and will be cut at 4 p.m. in front of the real castle.

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