Dan Gross: Lamaine out as Sixers announcer

Jason "Wee Man" Acuna (right), of "Jackass" fame, met Aliza Mancini at a restaurant in Cherry Hill.
Jason "Wee Man" Acuna (right), of "Jackass" fame, met Aliza Mancini at a restaurant in Cherry Hill.
Posted: September 07, 2012

TOM LAMAINE will not return as Sixers announcer next season.

Lamaine confirmed Wednesday afternoon that Sixers CEO Adam Aron told him earlier this summer that the team was looking to go in a different direction.

"He told me I gave them exactly what they wanted," the former CBS 3 meteorologist said. "He's feeling his way through the NBA, and he did a lot of traveling around to different stadiums. He heard more excitable guys, something I cannot be and don't want to be."

"I've gotten away with being who I am for more than 40 years in this town, and I ain't about to change now," Lamaine said.

Lara Price, Sixers senior VP of business operations, confirmed the move: "We appreciate everything Tom did for us last year, in a transitional year, but we are looking to go in a different direction in our game presentation to be more interactive."

Price said the team would have PA-announcer tryouts later this month, open only to those with professional broadcasting experience and a knowledge of basketball.

Lamaine will remain as backup, a role he had while 93.3 WMMR DJ Matt Cord served for many years as Sixers announcer. Cord, who now hosts video reports for Sixers.com, never missed a game.

Lamaine broadcast Sixers games alongside Bill Campbell from 1970 to 1976 for WPHL-17. He now hosts "Memory Lane" on the first Sunday evening of every month for South Jersey's Kool 98.3.

L.A. 'Jackass' dating N.J. gal

The "Jackass" prankster known as Wee Man has found big love with a Cherry Hill woman.

JasonAcuna, 39, met Aliza Mancini, 25, in May during a bar appearance at P.J. Whelihan's in Cherry Hill.

"We just started talking and drinking at the bar and we've been together ever since," Wee Man said by phone Tuesday while he and Mancini, who manages a South Jersey Massage Envy location, were having drinks at 2nd Street Brew House (2nd & Morris).

Wee Man visits Mancini in town every two or three weeks and makes sure to stop for a cheesesteak at John's Roast Pork (Weccacoe & Snyder), where he's made friends with owner John Bucci Jr. and mother Vonda.

Mancini hasn't been out to California yet to visit Acuna, who runs Wee Man's Chronic Tacos in Redondo Beach, but she's looking forward to traveling there soon.

Wee Man says that besides heading up the restaurant, he's been acting. He'll appear in the comedies "Elf-Man" and "Feed the Dog."

She still crushes on Obama

"Crush on Obama" singer and songwriter Leah Kauffman is back with a new video and single, "Still Got a Crush on Obama."

But unlike the 2008 video sensation, which featured model Amber Lee Ettinger lip-synching to Kauffman's voice, this time the Old City resident is in the video.

Kauffman, 26, a Jenkintown native, says she was inspired to write her new song after an ABC News story wondered what the girl who wrote "Crush on Obama" thought of President Obama's performance.

The Abington High School and Temple University graduate is the executive producer of arts and entertainment and style for Philly.com. You can see "Still Got a Crush on Obama" at PhillyGossip.com or on YouTube.

Locals 'Stand Up to Cancer'

Pam Cromwell, a Stage 4 breast-cancer patient at Cancer Treatment Centers of America's Philadelphia location, will take part in Friday night's Stand Up to Cancer fundraiser at the Shrine Auditorium in L.A.

The event will be broadcast live on ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox.

Cromwell, 35, has a role in the live televised program, and is also the only cancer patient who will walk the red carpet with hundreds of Hollywood stars.

* And Dr. Jean-Pierre Issa, who heads the Fels Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Biology at Temple, will also attend Stand Up to Cancer. He's a leader of the epigenetics research program that is part of Stand Up to Cancer's mission. He's running a clinical trial of an experimental treatment for leukemia patients and those with a pre-leukemic affliction called MDS.

Kenzo couple cooks on TV

Old Kensington couple Stephanie Singer and Mike Pearlman will appear at 9 p.m. Thursday on the Game Show Network's "Beat the Chefs." Singer, a magazine designer, and Pearlman, a beer consultant, will have a cook-off with a family recipe against professional chefs.


Contact Dan Gross at grossd@phillynews.com or 215-854-5963. Follow him on Twitter @PhillyGossip or at Facebook.com/dangrossphillygossip. Read his blog at PhillyGossip.com, or for his latest columns see philly.com/dangross.

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