Channel Surfing
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
February 13, 2007

Penn State graduate, Erica Grow, is the newest member of the “Action News” weather team.  Grow, who debuted this weekend will work the weekend morning shift, and Adam Joseph will move to weekend evenings. A graduate of Bethlehem’s Liberty High school, Grow arrives from WHP-TV in Harrisburg.  Before that, she began her television career in Midland, Texas. Grow fills the vacancy left by Sally Ann Mosey, who took a job with WNBC in New York City in 2006.

According to industry sources, former Fox29 news director, Holly Gauntt, who departed the station at the end of January will become the news director of KOMO-4, the ABC affiliate in Seattle, Washington next week.

Former WB17 news and sports anchor Mike Dardis anchors the morning news anchor there.

Reporter Julie Kim is the latest hire at Fox29.  She arrives from the Fox affiliate in Orlando, Florida.

Amidst the Anna Nicole Smith frenzy on Thursday night, former Channel 3 personality Jerry Penacoli popped up as a guest on the Fox News show, “On the Record” with Greta Van Susteren.  Penacoli serves as a correspondent for “Extra” seen on NBC10 weeknights at 7 p.m.  For Anna Nicole news, my choices are “ET” and “The Insider,” and “Larry King Live.”

In the spirit of the upcoming Fox sitcom “Action News” with Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton, here’s a casting call for Philly’s “Action News.”

Jim Gardner –Harrison Ford
Cecily Tynan – Reese Witherspoon
Gary Papa – Billy Bush of “Access Hollywood”
Don Polec – “Weird” Al Yankovic
David Roberts – David Boreanaz
Adam Joseph – Matt Damon
Monica Malpass – Marcia Cross
Rick Willliams – Cuba Gooding Jr.
Matt Pellman – Bart Simpson
Matt O’Donnell – Ben Affleck
Tamala Edwards – Rashida Jones of “The Office”
Karen Rogers – Amy Poehler of “Saturday Night Live”
Erin O’Hearn – Lindsay Lohan
Jessica Borg – Jennifer Love Hewitt
Walter Perez – Mario Lopez
Nydia Han – Sandra Oh
Vernon Odom – Morgan Freeman
Denise James – Whoopi Goldberg

Speaking of Whoopi, have you heard those promos on 106.1-FM where it sounds like the station can’t even believe she is working in radio?

Show Me That Smile
“Growing Pains” with Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns, and Kirk Cameron debuts on Nick at Nite this week.

WHYY-12 remembers “Philly’s Favorite Kids Show Hosts” with old time favorites Sally Starr, Chief Halftown, Pixanne, Captain Noah, Gene London, and more March 5 at 8 p.m.

Grammy darling Mary J. Blige doesn’t need a fall-back career, but she held her own with Jennifer Love Hewitt on “Ghost Whisperer” Friday night.
Tryouts for "The World Series of Pop Culture" will take place at at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Wednesday.