Channel Surfing
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
January 31, 2006

The big news that the 11-year-old UPN and WB networks will cease operations next year means some changes to the Philadelphia affiliates, UPN57 and WB17. 

UPN57 will become a CW network affiliate beginning in September 2006.  CW is a 50/50 partnership between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment.

WB17 will become an independent station, like it was before it became a WB affiliate (Could “Channel 17, The Great Entertainer” be back?)  It will lose WB programming such as “Charmed,” “Smallville,” and “Reba.” 

The CW network will likely maintain the stronger UPN and WB shows such as “America’s Next Top Model,” “WWE’s Smackdown” and “Everybody Hates Chris,” (UPN) and “Beauty and the Geek,” “Supernatural,” and “Gilmore Girls.”

According to the stations, the 10 p.m. news will continue on Channel 17 and the early morning news will continue on Channel 57.

Meanwhile, according to WB17, the “WB17 News Powered by NBC10,” is getting higher ratings since it switched from an in-house to an NBC10 production.  January 16 – 22, the 10 p.m. show had a 2.2 household rating.  The November 2005 rating for the old WB17 News was a 1.6 household rating.  The 10 p.m. weeknight show features Vince Dementri, Lori Delgado, Vai Sikahema and Doug Kammerer.

Radio Notes
“I Love the 70’s” airs on WOGL 98.1-FM all day on Sunday beginning at noon. WPHT 1210-AM’s Michael Smerconish will guest-host for Bill O’Reilly’s nationally syndicated “The Radio Factor” Friday. It airs here from midnight – 2 a.m. Allan Loudell,  who had spent 18-and-a-half-years as a news anchor/host and program manager at WILM (1450) in Wilmington, approaches six months at cross-town rival WDEL (1150).

Newsroom sources say that new reporter Lori Wilson will get a month-long audition to co-host “10” on NBC10 at 10 a.m.  Wilson arrived from the CBS affiliate in Atlanta last month.

Here are some additions to last week’s column about the television personalities who grew up in the area.

Stacey Weaver – Grew up in Allentown, graduated from Parkland High School, and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh.

Dawn Timmeney – Lived in Easton and Newtown Square, PA and graduated from the George School in Newtown, PA.  Graduated from Emerson College in Boston.

Justin Pizzi – Grew up in Roxborough.  Graduated from St. Joe’s Prep and Syracuse University.

Jamison Uhler – New reporter, Uhler, who was recently hired from WFTV in Orlando, grew up in Media, PA.

Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz – Grew up in Mt. Airy, not Northeast Philadelphia as was previously reported.

David Murphy - Grew up in Drexel Hill, PA and graduated from Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield, PA.

David Henry - Grew up in Wayne, PA and graduated from Radnor High School and Temple University.

Matt O’Donnell - Grew up in Exton, PA, attended one year of high school at Bishop Shanahan when it was in West Chester, PA and graduated high school in Chantilly, Virginia.  He returned to the area when he attended and graduated from the University of Delaware.

Karen Rogers – Grew up in Washington Township, Gloucester County, NJ.  Graduated from Washington Township High School and Rutgers University.  Has a graduate diploma in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Wales, UK and studied public relations (Masters Program) at Rowan University. Rogers is currently studying Meteorology at Mississippi State Distance Learning Program.

Dr. Brian McDonough – Graduated from Archbishop Carroll High School in Radnor.

Steve Keeley – Grew up in Camden, NJ and graduated from Glassboro State.


With our final tabulations, NBC10 edges CBS3 for the most personalities from the viewing area.


  1. Bill Baldini
  2. John Blunt
  3. John Clark
  4. Vince DeMentri
  5. Deanna Durante
  6. Tim Furlong
  7. Ted Greenberg
  8. John Ogden
  9. Justin Pizzi
  10. Glenn Schwartz
  11. Mike Strug
  12. Dawn Timmeney
  13. Dave Warren
  14. Stacey Weaver
  15. Kristen Welker
  16. Jamison Uhler (Began on Monday, from Media, PA).



  1. Susan Barnett
  2. Steve Bucci
  3. Pat Ciarrocchi
  4. Walt Hunter
  5. Bob Kelly
  6. Cydney Long
  7. Robin Mackintosh
  8. Larry Mendte
  9. Sean Murphy
  10. Jim Osman
  11. Marge Pala
  12. Robin Rieger
  13. Lesley Van Arsdall
  14. Ukee Washington
  15. Tom Lamaine