June 20, 2009 |
Action News sports director Gary Papa, 54, died yesterday at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, more than five years after telling viewers that he was losing his hair due to treatment for prostate cancer. His last appearance on Action News was May 13. Mr. Papa, a Buffalo, N.Y., native who lived in St. Davids, joined WPVI-TV in April 1981 as a weekend sportscaster. His first story was a recap of a 76ers playoff game from Milwaukee. He became Action News' sports director in 1990.
November 13, 2008 |
Philadelphia's annual Boscov's-6ABC Thanksgiving Day Parade, in jeopardy since the Boscov's department store chain declared bankruptcy in August, has a new sponsor and yesterday secured a commitment for city aid. Swedish retail furniture giant IKEA, whose North American headquarters are in Conshohocken, agreed to replace Boscov's as title sponsor of the parade after being approached by WPVI-TV, the Disney-owned ABC affiliate that produces and...
November 22, 2007 |
With mild conditions and only a small chance of morning rain in the forecast, big crowds are expected to show today for the city's 88th annual Thanksgiving Day parade. "I suspect it's going to be a pretty big year" for turnout, said Caroline Welch, program director of 6ABC (WPVI-TV). Parade attendance varies from 400,000 to 600,000, depending on the weather. The 6ABC/Boscov's Thanksgiving Day Parade will feature 13 balloons, including Miss Piggy, Oscar the Grouch and Alvin the Chipmunk.
March 30, 2006 |
John J. Dougherty, electricians' union leader, city Democratic treasurer, Philadelphia mayoral hopeful, has opened a new front in the political wars that have enveloped him in recent months. But where Dougherty's other recent battles have been behind-the-scenes struggles with fellow Democratic power brokers, the latest engagement comes in the form of a lawsuit pitting his International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 against ABC affiliate WPVI-TV (Channel 6). In a suit filed yesterday in Common Pleas Court, the union claims it was defamed by a WPVI news report that said federal investigators were pressuring convicted City Councilman Rick Mariano to provide potential information for a probe of Dougherty's relationship with a local electrical contractor.
August 11, 2005 |
One thing can be said for certain about the 2005 local Emmys: Channel 3 news anchor Larry Mendte will go home a winner, and also a loser. Mendte is competing against himself for his coverage of two huge events in New Jersey last year that could be described as precipitous - raging floods and the hasty resignation of Gov. Jim McGreevey. Nobody else was nominated in the category of "special live news coverage. " But lots of folks from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware have been nominated for many, many other things, from investigative journalism to promotional announcements.
May 5, 2005 |
Willie A. Walker Jr., 51, a WPVI-TV (Channel 6) cameraman who brought skill, sensitivity and news judgment to his Philadelphia stories, died of liver disease Friday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He lived in Glenside. Mr. Walker worked at television stations in Charleston, S.C., and Buffalo, N.Y., before coming to Philadelphia in 1986 to work for Channel 6's Action News. "Willie was reassuring to work with," said Denise James, a Channel 6 reporter. "He was not afraid to immerse himself in community problems.
December 3, 2004 |
You could argue that Cleveland anchor Sharon Reed's naked backside helped propel KYW (Channel 3) to a solid second-place finish at 11 p.m. in the November sweeps. That's the way they see it at WCAU (Channel 10), which finds itself in third place at 11 during sweeps for the first time since February 1995, thanks, perhaps, to the station's inability to score an interview with Reed, who used to work at 10. And it's true that if you removed the night of Reed's interview with Channel 3 anchor Larry Mendte - who also used to work at 10 and with Reed - 3 and 10 would have tied for second place behind WPVI (Channel 6)
December 3, 2004 |
Philadelphia's WPVI-TV (Channel 6) attracted more political advertising money this year than any other television station in the country - $23.8 million, figures released yesterday show. With Pennsylvania a presidential battleground state, three stations in the city finished in the top 12 nationwide for political ad spending. In addition to WPVI, they were WCAU-TV (Channel 10) and KYW-TV (Channel 3). Pittsburgh station KDKA-TV ranked 19th in the country. TNS Media Intelligence/Campaign Media Analysis Group, a research firm in Arlington, Va., that tracks political ads, compiled the data.
September 5, 2004 |
Vacation's almost over and it's time to get your head back into the game. Not the office game. Not the campaign game. The game that's turned a quiet brainiac named Ken Jennings into America's newest television hero - Jeopardy! Tomorrow, the mild-mannered software designer from Salt Lake City returns to the classic quiz show to defend his title as the longest-running, highest-earning, best-ratings-getting player ever on the syndicated program, which airs at 7 p.m. weekdays on WPVI (Channel 6)
September 19, 2003 |
Local TV stations kicked into Doppler overdrive as Hurricane Isabel whirled up from North Carolina yesterday. Of course, we weren't alone. Up and down the Eastern Seaboard, telecasters were in batten-down-the-hatches and lay-in-the-sandbags mode. When it became apparent that the brunt of the storm would bypass the area, though, the local stations were left with lots of airtime to fill and not much urgent storm information. KYW (Channel 3) was the first of the big three stations to go to sustained, special coverage, at 3 p.m. WPVI (Channel 6)