Channel Surfing
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
January 18, 2005

According to a source close to the situation, the new UPN 57 morning news, which was supposed to start this month, won’t debut until March.  UPN has been airing “KYW Newsradio on TV” for a couple of years, which features a KYW newsradio anchor, video set to their radio reports, and rolling weather, but will change formats to a more traditional newscast with new anchors and reporters.

In the November ratings period, “KYW Newsradio on TV,” which airs from 5-8 a.m., had less than a 1 rating point.  Each rating point equals around 30.000 households.

Funny Carson Kressley from Bravo’s “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” will appear at the Philadelphia Home Show Sunday.  A new batch of “Queer Eye” episodes began last week, as well as the spinoff, “Queer Eye for the Straight Girl.”

Tamsen Fadal is leaving KYW to become a reporter for WCBS in New York City.  Fadal worked for KYW since 2001. She can talk about Philly with former WCAU weather anchor John Bolaris, who is the weatherman there.  Other former Philadelphia newsies in NYC are Tiffany McElroy of the WB affiliate, Scott Matthews, news director of WNYW, and Karen Hepp of WNYW.  Fadal’s cousin is actress Shannon Elizabeth of the “American Pie” movies and “That 70’s Show.”

Lauren Cohn has been named the permanent weekend evening anchor at WCAU.  Cohn co-anchored with Joe Vazquez, who was fired a couple of months ago, for allegedly acting inappropriately in front of a news intern.  There is no word is WCAU will hire a co-anchor.

WCAU’s new reporter is Lori Delgado of Long Island 12. 

There is speculation that former KYW news anchor Denise Saunders may replace Toni Yates as the news anchor on WPHL. Saunders’ contract wasn’t renewed by KYW a few months ago.  Yates and WPHL could not come to terms on a new deal on January 1.

Meanwhile, maybe Yates should send her audition tape to WCAU, which will have a vacancy when Steve Levy retires.

WBEB 101.1-FM’s six weeks of Christmas music led it to the top of the fall Arbitron ratings with an 8.2 share of the audience ages 12 and above.  WDAS 105.3-FM was second with a 7.8 share, and KYW 1060-AM came in third with a 6.1 share.  WYSP 94.1-FM benefited from airing the Eagles games, as it came in fourth with a 4.9 share. WUSL 98.9-FM was fifth with a 4.8 share and WOGL 98.1-FM was sixth with a 4.4 share.  WJJZ 106.1-FM was in seventh place with a 4.3 share, and WPHT 1210-AM was in eighth place with a 4.1 share.  WRDW 96.5-FM shot into the ninth place with a 4.0 share (up from a 1.3 share last fall), and WSNI took tenth place with a 3.7 share.

Here’s the how the rest of the stations fared: 

11.    WXTU 92.5-FM

12.    WIOQ 102.1-FM

13.    WIP 610-AM

14.    WMGK 102.9-FM

15.    WMMR 93.3-FM

16.    WPLY 100.3-FM

17.    WPHI 103.9-FM

18.    WPEN 950-AM

19.    WPST 97.5-FM

20.    WMWX 95.7-FM

According to reports, Y-100 morning team Steve and Preston are moving to WMMR. Their contract is set to expire this month, and they will replace “The Philly Guys” when their no-compete clause expires in six months.