Channel Surfing
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
April 20, 2006


Sports industry sources say that Comcast SportsNet hire Erick Weber, who joined the station from the NBC affiliate in Milwaukee only around a month ago, has already left the station due to “personal reasons.”  According to those familiar with the situation, one of the factors was that Weber’s wife, a native of California, was not happy with the Philadelphia area. 


Weber’s background included acting stints on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and time as an NBC page in Burbank. 


Weber was hired to replace Matt Yallof, who joined SportsNet New York.  A possible replacement could be former WB17 sports anchor Matt Biondi, who has been filling in on CSN.  A CSN spokesperson did not return an email about Weber’s departure at press time. 


LaSalle University alum Ralph Garman appeared on “Living in TV Land” with Adam “Batman” West last week.  Garman, whose regular job is part of the morning show on KROQ in Los Angeles, is best known as the host of “Joe Schmo.”


Speaking of reality shows, we know this is an oxymoron, but there will be an “All Star” version of “Big Brother” on CBS this summer. No cast members named yet, but host Julie (news credibility, what’s news credibility) Chen will be back of course.


“Mad About You” with Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt is now part of the “Nick at Nite” lineup weeknights at 11 p.m.  Remember the name of Jamie and Paul’s dog?  The answer appears at the bottom of the column.


Add Fox-29 undercover reporter Jeff Cole to the list of local winners of the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television News Directors Association.


Courtney Baker, daughter of Phillies public address announcer, Dan (now batting for the Phil-ays) Baker is the new news director on WBCB 1490-AM.  She takes over for Margaret Ann Kavanagh who is going to report for KNDU-TV in Kennewick, Washington.


BEN 95.7-FM celebrates its first birthday next month.  Any station that plays “Reminiscing” by the Little River Band is ok with me.



Paul and Jamie’s dog was named Murray.