Services set for ‘Butterball'
Services have been set for longtime WDAS personality Joe "Butterball" Tamburro. A funeral Mass takes place at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Cathedral of Ss. Peter and Paul (18th & Benjamin Franklin Parkway).
Out and about
Slayer guitarist Kerry King drank Jagermeister at McGillin's (1310 Drury) Thursday night and was very gracious to fans, including a few guys in town for the International Association of Fire Fighters convention. King performed with Motorhead and more at the Mayhem Festival at the Susquehanna Bank Center.
Flyers Claude Giroux and Luke Schenn, along with recently traded James van Riemsdyk, were among around 20 NHL players who partied at Dusk at Caesars Atlantic City a couple of nights back. The guys had been shooting commercials and photos with Bauer Hockey at the Atlantic City Skate Zone. At Dusk, the players hung out in the bottle-service VIP area, sipping mostly Grey Goose and Jack Daniel's and, not surprisingly, surrounded by women.
Speaking of hockey and Caesars, the Stanley Cup will be in the lobby from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, compliments of former Flyer Justin Williams, who played on the cup-winning Kings team.
Just a few hours after pleading not guilty to DUI charges in Los Angeles, former porn queen Jenna Jameson was at Delilah's (100 Spring Garden) to host the Diamond G-String Awards on Wednesday. The best-selling author awarded the first-place, $10,000 prize to Luna, Eve, India, Naomi, Bunni-Luv, Alfie and Magic, who performed a sexy, stunt-filled "Mortal Kombat" theme.
Coming in second place was the "Alice in Wonderland" theme, which featured Got Pole (610 S. 3rd) instructor Ian Woodcock (yes, his real name), a cousin of Your Humble Narrator.
Charles Barkley was his accommodating self Sunday night at Derek's (4411 Main) in Manayunk, where he had dinner and posed for lots of pictures with fans.
NBC10's John Clark, 6ABC's Jeff Skversky, 93.3 WMMR's Kathy Romano and 102.9 WMGK's John DeBella helped Dave Magrogan celebrate his birthday and the opening of his Doc Magrogan's Oyster House (3432 Sansom) the other night. The event raised money for Fresh Smiles and Clark Park charities. Comedian Bret Ernst, who played Helium (2031 Sansom) last week, was also there, as well as attorney/ex-"Apprentice" castmate Erin Elmore.
Schwaid out at Fox 29
Fox 29 news director Steve Schwaid chose not to renew his one-year contract and worked his last day at the station on Friday. The former NBC10 news director had returned to Philadelphia for the job but is now off to Sarasota, Fla., where he will serve as vice president of digital strategies for consulting company Crawford, Johnson and Northcott. Schwaid said that he's been working in TV news since the early '80s and that this was a great opportunity to move into digital space. A Fox spokeswoman confirmed only that Schwaid, under whose tenure ratings went up, worked his last day Friday. There was no word on a replacement.
In other TV-news moves, 6ABC programming director Caroline Welch was promoted to vice president and general manager of WTVD, the ABC station in Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
Chubby Checker, Jerry Blavat and 98.1 WOGL's Tommy McCarthy will celebrate the 55th anniversary of the first national "Bandstand" broadcast on Aug. 6.
They'll help unveil a plaque at the Enterprise Center (4548 Market), which for years was the home of the WFIL studios where "Bandstand" was headquartered. The plaque dedication takes place at 6:30 a.m., followed by breakfast and dancing. Tickets are $55, available through Tuesday at americanbandstand55.eventbrite.com or by calling 215-895-4000.
Dreamy Icelandic orchestral act Sigur Ros opened its North American tour Sunday night with the inaugural performance at the Mann Center's new Skyline Stage, atop the hill on the Mann grounds. Although the venue — featuring great sound, lots of trees and an eclectic mix of food trucks — is lovely, the name is a little misleading, as you don't see the city skyline from the concert area. Mann reps say you will once a permanent stage is installed next year.
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