September 9, 2016 |
Telecom carriers bid $864 million for TV airwaves in Philadelphia in the first round of a secretive federal auction that transfers wireless spectrum from NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, and other over-the-air TV networks to wireless carriers for data-consuming smartphones. The auction - the "last, best chance for [wireless] competitors to get spectrum," said telecom analyst Craig Moffett - allows TV broadcasters to voluntarily cash out of their spectrum and close down. TV stations also can relocate broadcasts to new frequencies on the TV dial.
July 29, 2016 |
THREE NORTH DAKOTA TV stations made the trek to Philadelphia for Carson Wentz's first week of Eagles training camp. (Are there more than three TV stations in North Dakota? Was anyone left at home to chronicle progress toward the impending flax and soybean harvests?) Wentz, the quarterback from North Dakota State the Eagles traded up to draft second overall, North Dakota's biggest sports icon since Roger Maris, was not surprised or taken aback. "I know people back home are definitely interested in knowing what's happening out here.
September 20, 2015 |
Community College TV show vies for Emmy Saturday night are the regional Emmys. Among the nominees is CCPTV, the Community College of Philadelphia TV station, for Drop the Mic , a spoken-word program hosted by poet and CCP associate prof Michelle Myers and featuring CCP students.CCPTV is the only college TV show to be so honored. Fingers crossed! Soca now Pa. Ballet principal Cuban dancer extraordinaire Arian Molina Soca , a guest artist with Pennsylvania Ballet since April, has been named a principal dancer with the company, artistic director Ángel Corella announced at a Q&A Thursday night at the Cosmopolitan Club of Philadelphia.
September 15, 2015 |
The makeup mirror was stowed away. The studio quieted. Cameras focused on the news desk. "Ninety seconds," a tech warned. Coanchors Beccah Hendrickson and Phil Dupont did their special handshake, one they first saw on the remake of the movie Parent Trap . "Hey everybody, let's do the news, huh?" Dupont said in a deep voice. No one but the crew was watching the two Temple University seniors at that moment as they taped a news show for Temple's television station, TUTV.
March 5, 2015 |
HISTORY is seeming to repeat itself for an old Philly newscaster. According to the Illinois Times , former Philadelphia NBC10 anchor Vince DeMentri was fired from his latest gig as an anchor and reporter for WICS-TV, in Springfield, Ill. According to sources, DeMentri, 50, got involved in a fight with a colleague at a Hooters restaurant in Springfield on Feb. 24. Police were called just after midnight with reports of fists flying between...
December 29, 2014 |
The Jersey Shore's NBC40 broadcasts out of a converted Frito-Lay factory off Route 9 in Linwood, home to cerebral weatherman Dan Skeldon, sports nice guy Pete Thompson, and steady news anchor Michelle Dawn Mooney. For thousands of loyal viewers in Atlantic, Cape May, and Cumberland Counties, NBC40's 6 a.m. news is the first show they watch in the morning, and the station's hyperlocal advertisers seem as familiar as the nearest Wawa. There's Pastor David McGettigan from St. Andrews by the Sea, Doug and Linda from Beachcomber Collectibles, and Bill Kassner of the Chapman Auto Group in Egg Harbor Township.
March 2, 2014 |
KJWP, a new over-the-air TV station licensed in Wilmington with a Me-TV network affiliation, has been added to Comcast Corp.'s Xfinity cable-TV lineup in the Philadelphia area as part of the basic cable package. KJWP is a designated "must-carry" station, which means under Federal Communications Commission rules that pay-TV operators have to distribute it. It is broadcast as of Saturday on VHF channel 2.1. The station first showed up on Comcast on Thursday and will be available on Verizon Communications Inc.'s FiOS TV in mid-March, Robert McAllan, CEO of PMCM TV L.L.C., which owns and operates the station, said Friday.
October 24, 2013 |
WORD GOT OUT that Alycia Lane was fired from her anchor job in LA last week. It turns out former CBS3 anchor Larry Mendte is also looking for work. Mendte and Lane were embroiled in scandal in 2008 when he was busted for hacking into Lane's email. A spokeswoman at New York's PIX11, where Mendte did commentary pieces that aired locally on PHL17's "Eye Opener," confirmed that Mendte was no longer with the station. When I inquired why, I got no response. Mendte's last report for the channel, on swimmer Diana Nyad , occurred on Sept.
March 19, 2013 |
The 911 calls poured in. Giocondo "Joe" Navek, a disgruntled former Virtua medical resident, had fired several shots through the driver's-side window of Payman Houshmandpour's silver Audi as the victim pulled out of a parking spot at his Voorhees apartment complex in April. Houshmandpour, also a Virtua resident, died at the scene; Navek sped off in a Nissan. At the Camden County communications center in Lindenwold, a dispatcher gave the description of the suspect and the Nissan and the vehicle's direction to Voorhees police.
January 17, 2013 |
THE AMBER ALERT system was activated Tuesday after 5-year-old Na'illa Robinson was abducted from her school, but why wasn't her picture included in the alert when it was broadcast on local TV stations? State Police received the information from local police - including a photo of Na'illa - at 7:58 p.m. Monday and activated the Emergency Alert System (EAS) at 8:28 p.m., State Police spokeswoman Maria Finn said. A limitation of the EAS system is that it isn't built to transmit images, only text and audio, which is what most people in the Philadelphia area and beyond saw come across their television that night, Finn said.