Channel Surfing
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times

February 20, 2007


Central Bucks High School East alum Jim Nichols is the newest fill-in weather anchor for Fox29.  He arrives from Sioux City, Iowa where he was the chief meteorologist. Nichols was born and raised in Doylestown and received his meteorology degree from Rutgers University.


According to industry sources, Baltimore weather anchor Domenica Davis, who visited NBC10 a few weeks ago, will not get the weather vacancy left by Amy Freeze.  Sources say another female Baltimore weather anchor was interviewed but also will not get the job.


Here’s an updated list of the Philadelphia weather teams:

NBC10 – Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz (Chief Meterologist), Doug Kammerer, Bill Henley, Dave Warren

6ABC – Dave Roberts, Cecily Tynan, David Murphy, Adam Joseph, Karen Rogers (also traffic), Erica Grow

CBS3 – Kathy Orr (Chief Meteorologist), Maria LaRosa, Brooks Tomlin, Carol Erickson, Tom Lamaine

Fox29 – Rob Guarino (Chief Meteorologist), Sue Serio, David Aldridge, Jim Nichols


“American Idol” is becoming the new farm system for “The Grammy Awards.”  Following last year’s Grammy triumph of former “American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson, this year Carrie Underwood won “Best New Artist.”  Although Underwood has achieved fame and fortune since winning “A.I.” two years ago, she always seems a little sad, reminiscent of the Lynn Holly Johnson character in “Ice Castles.”


If you can’t get enough of “Idol” this week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; “American Idol Rewind,” which goes back to the previous seasons airs Saturdays at 7 p.m. on myPHL17. There is also “Idol Chat” every Friday on the TV Guide Channel at 9 p.m. with former “Idol” from Bucks County, Justin Guarini.


We won’t have “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” to kick around anymore. The underachieving show, which was supposed to leave the schedule March 5, was pulled a week early by NBC.  “The Black Donnellys” takes its place Monday at 10 p.m.  Even though I complained about “Studio 60,” I watched it every week.


Ellen Degeneres hosts "The Academy Awards" Sunday at 8 p.m. on ABC.  Though Ellen did a good job at the "Emmys" in 2001, I think Jay Leno is more deserving to host the "Oscars."  He's hosted "The Tonight Show" for over 15-years.  This is only the third season of Ellen's talk show.


The 7th annual “102.9 WMGK “Classic Rock Art Show” debuts at the Shops of Liberty Place March 2. The show features over two hundred pieces of art from John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Garcia, Bob Dylan, Carlos Santana, David Bowie, and more. Proceeds benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.