Channel Surfing
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
April 19,2005


Where’s Monica?


Viewers are wondering why WPVI 5 p.m. co-anchor Monica Malpass has been off the air for three weeks and counting.


One guess is plastic surgery (the old stand-by when an anchor is off the air for an extended period of time).


Her absence probably isn’t permanent since Malpass is featured in the new WPVI promotional campaign (notice how every female personality is wearing a red blazer?)


A WPVI spokesperson did not respond to an email about when Malpass is returning.


Malpass, 43, joined WPVI in 1988 and recently was named the permanent 5 p.m. anchor along with longtime on-air partner Rick Williams.

Mason to CN-“Oy”-t

Add comedian Jackie Mason to the ever-growing list of talk show hosts.  “The Jackie Mason Show,” a live, half-hour talk show will air Mondays at 6 p.m. beginning April 25 on CN8.  Best known for his Broadway show “The World According to Me,” Mason also starred in a short-lived sitcom with Lynn Redgrave in 1989.   What was the title?  The answer appears at the end of the column.


KYW 1060-AM created a “Mark Drucker Internship” to honor the former reporter who died of cancer at the age of 48 in February.  Sam B. Sweeney, a senior at Academy of the New Church Boys School in Bryn Athyn, PA who participated in this year’s high school “Newstudies” program, was the first recipient.


Drucker, who worked at KYW since 1997, is also remembered for his role on WMMR 93.3-FM’s “Morning Zoo” in the mid 80’s.


The “Newsstudies” program has given high school students (including this writer) the chance to learn about the radio business since 1968. 


Philadelphia’s Hall and Oates popped up on “American Idol” Tuesday to watch Anthony Fedorov of Trevose, PA sing an admirable version of “Every Time You Go Away” and Scott Savol butcher “She’s Gone.” 


For the most part the voters agreed, as Fedorov was spared the “bottom three” for the first time in three weeks, and Savol was in “the bottom three.”  Luckily for Savol, Nadia Turner sang a song that probably only originator Crystal Gayle knew, so it was “She’s Gone” instead of “He’s Gone.”   The best performance of the night was “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Constantine Maroulis.


Though “Desperate Housewives” (rightly so) is the top rated show on Sunday nights, “Cold Case” on CBS at 8 p.m. is starting to grow on me.  Here a few reasons to watch.  Set in Philadelphia, this CBS crime drama always drops lots of hometown references. Kathryn Morris, the lead in the show, graduated from Temple’s Masters of Theater program.  Finally, since the stories are about unsolved mysteries from years ago, old music is incorporated into the show.   A recent episode involving a 1979 case played “Ring My Bell,” by Anita Ward, “Please Don’t Go” by KC, and “The Theme to the Goodbye Girl” by David Gates.


Jackie Mason starred in “Chicken Soup” on ABC for one season in 1989.