February 19, 2014 |
6ABC WENT DOWN to Texas for its newest hire, bringing up Sharrie Williams from CBS11 in Dallas. Williams will join the 5 p.m. broadcast as an anchor and the 11 p.m. as a general assignment reporter. But calm down, Monica Malpass / Rick Williams fans! There's no lineup change in the works. Instead, a rep from 6ABC tells me that Williams will augment the team already in place, much as Alicia Vitarelli does for the 4 p.m. newscast. (Vitarelli is, of course, on maternity leave after giving birth to Priscilla Isabelle last month.)
February 6, 2014 |
Philadelphia's 6ABC ZooBalloon had to say an early goodbye Tuesday after suffering irreparable damage in the snowstorm the day before. Philadelphia Zoo officials, on the recommendation of the balloon's manufacturer, Lindstrand Hot Air Balloons Ltd. in England, performed a controlled release of its 220,000 cubic feet of helium. An estimated five to 10 tons of snow - about the equivalent of five hippos - had fallen on the balloon. The ZooBalloon, was owned by the zoo and sponsored by 6ABC, flew guests up to 400 feet in the air in the spring and summer for a view of the zoo's grounds, Fairmount Park, and Center City.
January 31, 2014 |
6ABC'S ADAM JOSEPH is going national this weekend. The adorable meteorologist will guest-cast on "Good Morning America Weekend," appearing from 8 to 9 a.m. on ABC. Joseph will also hit up "World News with David Muir " at 6:30 p.m. Saturday to talk Super Bowl weather. Joseph has gone national before, when he chatted about New Year's Eve weather in 2009. 'Mob Wives' star drops video teaser "Mob Wives" star Natalie Guercio dropped a teaser for the music video for her single, "Delicious," featuring Ryan Banks and Teknartist . Guercio performs under the name Vegas . The teaser reps Philly hard, with shots of the Mummers, 2 Street and Broad Street.
December 6, 2013 |
Comcast Corp. has heavily marketed its video-on-demand service over the years, and its subscribers have responded with 30 billion downloads since its inception in 2003. The problem: Comcast, a pioneer in the platform, and broadcast-TV companies have little revenue to show for it. CBS Corp. research head David Poltrack now says video-on-demand's day may be here, and it could be a new form of television. "This is beginning to represent a very, very large marketplace," Poltrack, chief research officer at the nation's No. 1 TV network, said in an interview Wednesday.
November 27, 2013 |
LAST YEAR, 6ABC weatherman Adam Joseph overextended himself a bit. After running around all morning as master of the Fan Cam at the 93rd annual 6ABC Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade, he went home and cooked a full dinner for his entire family. At least he didn't have to do the dishes. Joseph made it clear to me that he despises dishes. This year, Joseph is keeping it low-key post-parade, opting instead to dine at someone else's house, although he'll have his signature dessert, a play on an old recipe that he's deemed Adam's Apple Delight (check out the recipe if you're in need of a last-minute turkey day treat)
November 15, 2013 |
6ABC's Rick Williams takes off his anchor hat for the weekend to star in the Moorestown Theater's take on "Thoroughly Modern Millie," about a small-town girl who travels to NYC to marry rich. The whole ordeal is flapper-fringed, and even includes a bit about white slavery in China (it all works, I promise). Williams performs regularly with the Moorestown Theater Company, previously calling it a good excuse to spend time with his family. Williams will play Trevor Graydon III, the wealthy head of the titular character's company, whom Millie tries to woo. Performances run this weekend and next at the Moorestown Upper Elementary School (325 Borton Landing Road)
November 14, 2013 |
E RIN O'HEARN fans, get excited. The former 6ABC personality is back in rotation for the time being. "Erin O'Hearn is committed to being a mom first, but truly enjoys spending time with her Action News family as well," a 6ABC spokesman told me. "She will be contributing to 6ABC on a part-time basis in the weeks to come. " O'Hearn officially returned Monday night to Action News at 5 p.m. O'Hearn took a leave from the station to focus on her family in 2010 and was back to fill in for Nydia Han when she went on maternity leave last year.
September 6, 2013 |
PHILLY has a swimmer in ABC's "Shark Tank. " Lori Greiner, an inventor and businesswoman who relishes her role as the "warm-blooded shark" on the show's panel of potential investors, is from Chicago but keeps a condo in Center City to be close to QVC, the West Chester-based shopping channel where she's been selling her products for 16 years. "Shark Tank" returns for a fifth season at 9 p.m. Sept. 20, but starting at 8 p.m. Sunday would-be entrepreneurs can wade into "Shark Tank Week," a six-night event featuring past episodes chosen by the "sharks" themselves.
August 20, 2013 |
6ABC's Alicia Vitarelli had some excellent news of her own to report last Friday. She and hubby Matthew Pantaleno are expecting their first child. Vitarelli, co-anchor of Action News at 4, surprised a shocked Brian Taff during the newscast with the sonogram picture. Villanova grad Vitarelli has been married to Pantaleno since 2007. She's been with 6ABC since 2010. Jim joins NBC Veteran newsman Jim Rosenfield will join NBC10's weeknight anchor desk with Renee Chenault-Fattah , Vai Sikahema and Jacqueline London starting Sept.
July 28, 2013 |
Jenny McCarthy is not necessarily a bad person. Yet when Barbara Walters announced recently that the anti-vaccination advocate would become the newest cohost of ABC's daytime talk show The View , my scientific colleagues and I cringed. McCarthy's hiring and the reaction to the news were the talk of our vaccine research lab. My coworkers initially laughed at the absurdity of the announcement but eventually settled into a state of unease. Sherri Shepherd of The View had this to say about her new cohost: "Jenny McCarthy is fearless.