Dan Gross: Sexy Single to put morning gig to bed

Posted: November 29, 2012

MORNING HOST Bill Anderson , of 900 WURD-AM, is expected to announce on his Wednesday "Wake Up With Bill" show that Friday will be his last day at the station.

Anderson, a former Daily News Sexy Single, has told friends he will be dabbling in television in the near future. He appears regularly on Fox 29's "Good Day" but denies that's where he's going.

"I wish I could say more, but I really can't," Anderson said Tuesday. "The decision to leave was mine, and the station has been great about supporting my decision.

"In the next few weeks, I'll be able to say more about a really exciting opportunity for me to grow but definitely stay in local, regional media," Anderson said. We asked if he was referring to "Good Day," and he said that while the Fox 29 staple is his favorite morning show, "their team is set. Stop trying to get me in trouble!"

Schoolly D back to rap

Philly rap pioneer Schoolly D is returning to his roots and is just out with two new singles.

Schoolly, aka Jesse B. Weaver, has been busy for about a decade contributing music to various Cartoon Network shows such as "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" but was itching to get back to rap.

He's now touring with Public Enemy and will perform Friday at the Liacouras Center.

Schoolly said that now that his kids are older, he wants to get back to touring.

" Chuck D. [of Public Enemy] wanted to do this for a while. We got on the phone about six weeks ago and put everything together," Schoolly said.

Public Enemy's label HipHopGods is going to issue Schoolly's upcoming album online, while Goldminded Records will handle the vinyl and CD.

The new singles, which are available on iTunes, are out through the recently relaunched Ruffhouse Records.

We asked Schoolly D, considered one of the first gangsta rappers, if he thought he had lost any cred by talking about practicing yoga and his vegetarian diet in interviews.

"I'm f---ing 50. I had to start eating right. Part of my job is I have to look good on stage and be able to perform," he said.

"The gold chains are gone, bravado is still there. I still write songs like I'm a 12-year-old Black Panther," Schoolly explains.

He says his doctor told him to quit "booze, weed and beef," and he doesn't miss any of it.

Schoolly plans to release his new full-length CD, "Chocolate Spider vs. Schoolly D," early next year.

Sheryl Lee's new sitcom

Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, wife of state Sen. Vincent Hughes, just landed a new sitcom. She'll play the mother of Tia Mowry in Nick at Nite's "Instant Mom," about a 25-year-old party girl who gains an immediate family after she marries a man with kids, reports the Daily News' Molly Eichel. Tia Mowry, who starred on "Sister, Sister," with her twin Tamera, is a new mom in real life and has a one-year-old son, Cree Hardrict. This isn't the first time Ralph has played mom to a '90s icon, observes  Eichel - She was also Brandy's mom on "Moesha."

Sixer aids Shining Stars

Sixers forward Thad Young hung out and played games Monday afternoon at Dave & Buster's (325 N. Columbus) with local twins Andre and Andrew Harris, 7, who have benefitted from the work of the March of Dimes.

They were taped for a segment to air at the Jan. 11 Comcast SportsNet Shining Star Awards at the Westin Philadelphia honoring six local kids helped by the March of Dimes. Young will attend the event. For more info, visit shiningstarawards.com.


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