July 19, 2009 |
George Applegate Koehler, 87, a former television executive who developed Action News for what is now 6ABC, died of a stroke July 5 at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del. Mr. Koehler, a decorated World War II veteran, became ill at his home in Pilesgrove, N.J., on the Fourth of July hours before he was to be grand marshal of the Woodstown/Pilesgrove Independence Day Parade. In 1970, he was general manager of the radio and television division of Triangle Publications, which included WFIL-TV (Channel 6)
November 15, 2014
IT'S HARDLY news that local broadcast personalities sometimes lead double lives (as, for instance, notorious skirt-chasers or charity scammers). But when it comes to extracurricular activities, those of longtime 6ABC newsreader Rick Williams are far more wholesome. Williams, who co-anchors the "Action News" noon and 5 p.m. weekday newscasts, spends a good deal of his offscreen hours with the Moorestown Theater Company, both as a member of the community troupe's executive board and, more prominently, as a leading man in many of its musicals.
January 28, 2014 |
CONGRATS TO 6ABC's afternoon anchor Alicia Vitarelli, who gave birth to a baby girl, with husband Matthew Pantaleno . The baby, who was born Friday morning, is named Priscilla Isabelle . Vitarelli announced she was pregnant on-air back in August, surprising co-anchor Brian Taff in the process. Vitarelli, a Villanova grad, has been married to Pantaleno since 2007. She's been with 6ABC since 2010. This is the couple's first child. Vitarelli is part of the 6ABC baby boom.
July 20, 2016 |
Melvin Kampmann, 85, creator of the "Action News" format and name, died Tuesday, July 12, after suffering from Parkinson's disease. "Action News," with its reliance on many short stories and visual elements, has become the standard for broadcast news locally and nationally. The implementation of "Action News" brought WPVI-TV (Channel 6) from third place to first in the ratings. WPVI's Action News program started leading the local news ratings in 1971, and has retained its spot without interruption.
November 24, 2015 |
You might expect to see some new faces on your favorite news channel. Two local TV people bid adieu late last week. After an exhilarating 29-year run, reporter David Henry said goodbye to 6ABC on Thursday. He told me he has no immediate plans other than decompressing with his wife, Sara , for a few months, then on to some R&R in the form of skiing, sailing and traveling around the world. "I'm trading the big story on 'Action News' for the little things you miss while zipping along in the fast lane," Henry said.
June 5, 2015 |
CHANNEL 6's Kenneth Moton is trading in his "Action News" hat for a Nationals' cap, as he's headed to the nation's capital. "Kenneth Moton is following his dreams of being a network news correspondent, as he moves on to ABC NewsOne, in Washington, D.C.," said an "Action News" spokesman. "NewsOne provides news coverage for all of the ABC stations across the country, including WPVI. We will miss his passion and journalistic talents, but we're thrilled to keep him in the ABC family.
May 10, 2013 |
WE'LL NEVER know what Juanita Bennett whispered to Barack Obama. It was during his 2008 campaign for the presidency. He was in Philadelphia for a TV appearance, and Juanita was doing his makeup. Juanita, whose makeup clients included a staggering list of eminent people in politics, entertainment and every other kind of field, all yearning to be beautiful, didn't just do makeup. She always had something to say, always of an encouraging nature. But what she confided to Obama is something she always kept to herself.
August 31, 2003 |
In the here-today, gone-tomorrow world of TV news, on-air personalities often go out the door feet first. But former WPVI-TV (Channel 6) anchor and reporter Robin Garrison left under her own power. In fact, the popular TV newswoman had to persuade WPVI management to give her an early release her from her contract. They did, and Garrison, who came to WPVI from a TV station in Fresno, Calif., in May 1981, left "Action News" - and Philadelphia - in September 1994. She and her husband had decided to pack up their belongings and their two young sons and move to Arizona.
September 25, 2015 |
There's no reason to miss a single minute of Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia on Saturday and Sunday: Local TV stations will provide live, wall-to-wall coverage, and cable news channels CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC will offer rolling coverage throughout the weekend in addition to live special reports. Not near a TV? Streaming video will be available from local stations as well as several dedicated websites. If you're going to tune in to only a few events, the must-sees are: Saturday 4:45 p.m.: Pope Francis delivers a speech at Independence Hall on religious freedom and immigration.
March 19, 2012
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Action News meteorologist and longtime local crush Cecily Tynan. Today, the weatherwoman turns 43, and enjoys a slightly less breathless following than she did when she first sashayed onto the set of Channel 6 way back in 1995. A mom, celeb and triathlete, she'll have sunny days ahead. The stars see happy coincidences, increased riches, new opportunities and, predictably, more parade hosting. Also celebrating today are Penns Grove native Bruce Willis, still living free and hardly dying at 57, and still-with-us Birds coach Andy Reid, promising to do better at 54. Friday, beloved former Eagles QB and current ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski jaws 61, and ever-smiling Action News morning reporter Karen Rogers traffics 42. - Lauren McCutcheon