Channel Surfing
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
April 11, 2006


WPHT 1210-AM’s Michael Smerconish will guest host on “Scarborough Country” this week on MSNBC at 10 p.m.  I wouldn’t be surprised if Smerconish, a cable staple, gets offered his own show soon.  If I were his agent, I’d tell him to hold out for Fox News or CNN. Don’t settle for CNBC or MSNBC. And yes, Smerconish will be in the studio for his 5 a.m. – 9 a.m. radio show that week too.


Here are some of the people I would consider to replace Meredith Vieira on “The View.” Lisa Rinna of “Soap Talk,” Robin Roberts of “Good Morning America,” Whoopi Goldberg, and Nancy Lee Grahn of “General Hospital.”   Now how do we get rid of Star Jones?


I’m glad Meredith will stay with “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.”  I love that show and she does a great job on it.


Remember when people stayed at Channel 6 forever?  Forever has gotten a lot shorter in recent years.  The upcoming departure of Sally Ann Mosey to New York adds to the list of veterans who have departed the station beginning when Marc Howard shocked the industry when he switched to CBS3 in 2003.  After Howard, it was Lisa Thomas Laury (health), Jack Brayboy (personal reasons), Scott Palmer (“retired” then “unretired” to join the Phillies), Phil Andrews (contract wasn’t renewed), and Michelle McCormack (took an anchor job in Milwaukee).


Congratulations to CBS3’s Larry Mendte and KYW 1060-AM, local recipients of the prestigious “Edward R. Murrow Awards” from the Radio and Television News Directors Association.


Lauren Hart’s song “Joyride” was featured on “Beautiful People” last week.  I’d like one of her songs to appear on “Gray’s Anatomy,” which utilizes music every week.


Ellen DeGeneres’ mother, Betty and other celebrities will appear at the 10th anniversary “NBC10’s Fit Fest” at the Pennsylvania Convention Center the weekend of the 21st. Isn’t television part of the reason so many Americans aren’t fit?


Flemington, New Jersey’s Maud Dahme, is the subject of the Holocaust documentary, “The Hidden Child” on NJN April 25 at 10 p.m.


Congratulations to the winners of our “Television Field of 64.”  Thanks to everybody who participated.

(1) Desperate Housewives over (11) The Daily Show
(1) American Idol over (3) Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
(1) The Sopranos over (14) Boston Legal
(2) Regis & Kelly over (4) Ellen