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.
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)
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.
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 24, 2014 |
BY ALL accounts, 6ABC reporter Annie McCormick is a fantastic reporter and wonderful woman, and it's a shame what's happening to her. Sources tell me that McCormick asked the station for some time off after her husband, lobbyist A.J. Marsico , was charged with sexual assault stemming from an August incident. A rep from 6ABC said that the station does not comment on personnel matters. McCormick is a part-time employee at 6ABC and does not have a regular schedule.
June 25, 2013 |
BURIED DEEP in the bowels of the 6ABC complex, at City Avenue and Monument Road, is a heavily guarded room that contains the mounted heads of the dozens (if not scores) of executives who, during the past 35 years, have come to Philadelphia determined to knock that station from its perch as the market's dominant provider of television news. OK, that isn't true. But the point is, even if it were, that wouldn't keep Anzio Williams from being the latest to challenge "Action News," whose decades-long death grip on the hearts, minds and eyeballs of local residents is unprecedented in the broadcasting industry.
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.
August 27, 2014 |
FOX 29 will have a new face for its new weekend broadcast, alongside a familiar one. Lauren Johnson will be the new kid on the block when Fox 29 debuts its weekend morning newscast starting Sept. 20 at 8 a.m. Johnson hails from Georgia and has worked at Fox affiliates in Memphis and Orlando, including a stint as a morning-show host. Johnson will be joined by Karen Hepp in the newscast, which is reportedly going to put a heavy premium on social-media use and interactivity.
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
June 23, 2009
I'D LIKE TO make a suggestion to the staff and management of WPVI 6ABC once they move this fall to their new headquarters on Monument Road: Dedicate the facility to the late anchor/weatherman Jim O'Brien. He was the life and guts of Action News and would've been 70 were he still with us physically. Bhoke S. Lumumba Merion Station