Channel Surfing
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
January 11, 2005


WPVI has finally settled on a morning news team to replace Monica Malpass and Rick Williams, who began the noon and 5 p.m. shows a few months ago.  ABC overnight anchor Tamala Edwards will join the station and will co-anchor with Matt O’Donnell.  Edwards has been with ABC since 2001, and before that wrote for “Time” magazine.


WTXF also has a new early morning news team.  Nick Smith of the Raleigh, NC ABC affiliate will co-anchor with Sharon Crowley on the 5-7 a.m. newscast.  Kerri Lee Halkett, who currently anchors that shift, will just do “Good Day Philadelphia” when is scheduled to return from her maternity leave in May.


UPN 57, which was scheduled to begin its new morning news yesterday, is still hoping to debut this month.  It will replace “KYW Newsradio on TV.”


WCAU sources say its likely that weekend morning anchor Denise Nakano will join Dawn Timmeney on the weekday morning shift permanently when Steve Levy retires the first half of the year.

Watch Out “Ten O’clock” News


With Dr. Phil earning high ratings for KYW at 5 p.m., it’s no surprise that “Dr. Philadelphia” will get a second showing (different episode) on sister station UPN 57 at 10 p.m.  It will be interesting to see if “Dr. Phil” puts a dent into the ratings for the local news shows on WTXF and WPHL.


Hepp-tic Year


Former WCAU reporter Karen Hepp completed her first weekend as the new Saturday and Sunday 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. news co-anchor for WNYW in New York City.  


Hepp began the year as the morning weekend anchor for WNBC, but was demoted to reporter partially because she referred to a tank top as a “wife beater” on the air.  


In a phone conversation, Hepp said it was a mutual decision by her and the station to end her time at WNBC.


She was hired at WNYW by news director Scott Matthews, formerly of WTXF.


Hepp, who splits her time between a NYC apartment and a Delaware Valley house, will get married to investment planner, Brian Sullivan of Havertown, PA in June.


Running Down the Aisle

WPVI weather anchor Cecily Tynan is engaged to fellow duathlete Greg Watson, a financial analyst for MBNA in Wilmington, DE.  It is the second marriage for both. Neither have children.


Besides Tynan, another popular Philadelphia news personality is off the market, as KYW's Alycia Lane, 32,  is engaged to North Carolina insurance executive Jay Adkins, 31.
Adkins and Lane met at a party in Miami last year.  Lane was a news anchor in Miami, before arriving in Philadelphia. 
It is the second marriage for both. Lane does not have any children.  Adkins has a 10-year-old daughter from his first marriage.  Coincidentally, his first wife and daughter live in the Philadelphia area.

WCAU is the media sponsor for the new set of lights for “Boathouse Row” scheduled to debut in May.


WTXF weatherman Rob Guarino is providing forecasts for the Mix 95.7-FM morning show with Joe Mama and Kim Douglas on Fridays.


Philly native Kevin Bacon and wife Kyra Sedgwick will discuss their new movie “The Woodsman” on CN8’s “Your Morning” Thursday between 9-11 a.m.
Laura is scheduled to be part of a panel discussing reality TV on "It's Your Call with Lynn Doyle" Thursday at 9 p.m.on CN8 and will discuss "The Golden Globes" on "Your Morning" on CN8 Friday between 9-11a.m.