June 3, 2008 |
It has been a bad spring for TV newsfolk, and not just in Philadelphia, where CBS3's Larry Mendte is under investigation by the FBI. Two Bostonians are off the job, one after doing an Alycia Lane imitation with police at the airport. A Tampa executive was pinched in a raid at the Fantasy Land Adult Video Store. A New York anchorwoman bellowed an obscenity on the air. And, in California, an old Philadelphia friend, sports guy Rod Luck, was suspended from his reporter job after being charged with domestic violence.
October 6, 2002 |
Lee McCarthy is so good a teacher that some of his students decide not to follow in his footsteps. McCarthy, anchor of WTFX Channel 29's Ten O'Clock News from its 1986 launch until his unexpected and unceremonious 1993 dismissal, has been teaching broadcasting at Villanova University for the last five years. Telling it exactly like it is in broadcast news - "that it's not all bright lights and limousines," that you can be on top one day and on the trash heap the next - allows students to make career decisions with their eyes wide open, McCarthy said the other day. "On the first day of class, I ask for a show of hands of how many want a career in front of a camera.
January 21, 2000 |
The Logan Inn in New Hope. The Black Bass Hotel in Lumberville. The Brick Hotel in Newtown. Their names read like a list of quaint spots for a leisurely Sunday brunch or evening repast. But within their walls lies the history of a county that was among the first organized by William Penn 300 years ago. They are places where battles were planned, presidents slept, and some say ghosts still haunt. "This is where the human drama has unfolded, the love was made, and the fights were fought," said Charles J. Adams 3d, author of a 1999 book on ghost stories in the county.
April 14, 1998 |
Joey Coyle got one. So did Jessica Savitch. On the other hand, Ben Franklin is still waiting for his. So where does that leave Frank Rizzo, whose life story has just been purchased by Hollywood producers? Will there be a Rizzo blockbuster? Depends who you talk to. "The prospects are high right now," said Michael Mendelsohn, one of the showbiz executives who bought the rights to the biography "Rizzo," and now plans to turn it into a movie with partner Robert L. Friedman.
September 29, 1994 |
"At my wedding, I wore lace leggings and a short top to expose my belly. Don wore a snakeskin tuxedo. It was very naughty for a Catholic wedding in Ireland. " - Dolores O'Riordan, lead vocalist for the Cranberries POST-TRASHING PSYCHOBABBLE Last week, he was in trouble for trashing a New York hotel room. This week, Johnny Depp is pontificating about love - mainly his love for supermodel Kate Moss. It seems to be making him a little . . . confused? "You can't set out on a course charted for one special person.
September 16, 1994 |
As Robert Redford sees it, that old adage about absolute power corrupting absolutely applies to institutions as well as individuals. His new movie "Quiz Show" shows how television, motivated by profit, learned to be deceitful at the exact moment it discovered its awesome power to capture the public's attention. Can you imagine half the country watching "Jeopardy" as though it were the Super Bowl? Not today. But 30 years ago, when television was something of a novelty, at least to the extent that people didn't design their living rooms around it, a prime- time quiz show was the most popular event in the land.
April 30, 1993 |
One of America's most famous double bylines, Rowland Evans Jr. and Robert Novak, is splitting up after 30 years. "At 72, if you're in good health . . . you've got 10 good years," said Evans, a native of Whitemarsh. "By 82 . . . you can't climb the mountain. And I want to keep climbing the mountain. " He added that he would continue his CNN talk show with Novak, make joint speaking appearances with him - they're booked through 1996 - and contribute an occasional column. "I've got a lot of sources in (Washington)
November 21, 1988 |
If the keepers of the nation's airwaves really mean to spend the next six months or so beating up on the politicians who corrupted the 1988 campaign, a sense of minimal decency suggests they might better begin a lot closer to home. Let us take as a given that the political operatives around George Bush realized they could produce a sharp, stark, simplistic message designed in large measure to paint their opponent in highly unfavorable terms. Let us also assume that at least some of the message - that a bad mistake in a furlough program equaled softness on crime - was a major stretch of the facts.
September 14, 1989 |
Nolan Ryan, baseball's greatest strikeout artist, disclosed yesterday that he's considering a run next year for Texas agriculture commissioner while continuing to pitch for the Texas Rangers. The pitcher, who first talked about seeking public office in 1985, said he was asked to run last week by the 350,000-member Texas Farm Bureau, the state's most influential agricultural group. The bureau opposes the current commissioner, Democrat Jim Hightower, whom it sees as too pro-consumer. Ryan, who owns a ranch in Allen, Texas, campaigned for President Bush last year.
December 8, 1988 |
The hottest shows on radio station RICB-FM are called "The Inquirer" and the "Daily News. " The Shoppers Guide Program featuring supermarket specials also is a biggie. And the talk show lines jam up anytime the guest is an ophthalmologist. RICB is one of about 100 radio stations nationwide serving the blind and others with handicaps that make reading difficult or impossible. It's one of the largest, broadcasting 17 to 19 hours daily, manned by a half-dozen paid staffers and 150 volunteers.