Channel Surfing
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
May 1, 2007

Congratulations to CBS3's "Eyewitness News" for winning 16 awards, including 10 first-place honors at the Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcast Annual Awards ceremony last week.  Its 11 p.m. show with Larry Mendte, Alycia Lane, Kathy Orr, and Beasley Reece won "Best Newscast" among major market stations in Pennsylvania.

The “Macho Row” of NBC10 - Doug Kammerer, Dave Warren, and John Clark, as well as other television and radio personalities participated in “The Richie Ashburn Memorial Home Runs for Heart” home run hitting contest at Citizens Bank Park last week

Kammerer, a former college baseball player, won the batting competition among the television personalities. 

Warren had a personal connection to the event.  He lives in the same Ardmore condominium complex where the late Ashburn resided.  Specifically, Warren bought his condo unit from former NBC10 personality Steve Levy, who retired and moved to Colorado a couple of years ago.

Another batter was Fox29 meteorologist Rob Guarino.  The former captain of the Fox softball team said he had to give up playing this year because of the added responsibilities of doing the weather for the new Fox29 5 p.m. news.

6ABC sports anchor Jamie Apody brought her own bat, courtesy of Phillies’ shortstop Jimmy Rollins.

Other television personalities who participated were David Murphy of 6ABC, Gregg Murphy and Jill Horner of CN8, and event co-chairperson Leslie Gudel of Comcast SportsNet.

“The Home Runs for the Heart” home run hitting contest for the general public takes place at Citizens Bank Park May 22.

Jon Bon Jovi will be the guest mentor on “American Idol” tonight (Tuesday) at 8 p.m. on Fox.  I’d love to see Lakisha sing “You Give Love a Bad Name.”

West Chester’s Bam Margera hosts the second annual VH1 Rock Honors, Saturday, May 12.  Ozzy Osbourne, Genesis, Heart, and ZZ Top are the honorees.  Nickelback, Gretchen Wilson and Keane are scheduled to perform. Margera and his wife Missy Rothstein recently completed their MTV reality show, “Bam’s Unholy Union.”

Unless I missed something last week, “Saturday Night Live” stayed away from making fun of the nasty Alec Baldwin phone message to his daughter.  Baldwin has hosted the show around a dozen times.

According to the syndication schedule that was released last week, “Martha,” and “iVillage Live” will not return next year. 

Returning series include “Access Hollywood,” “Jerry Springer,” “Maury,” “Judge Hatchett,” “Dr. Phil,” “Ellen DeGeneres,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “The Insider,” “Judge Joe Brown,” “Judge Judy,” “Judge Mathis,” “Montel,” “The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet,” “People’s Court,” “Wheel of Fortune,” “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” “Rachael Ray,” “Inside Edition,” “Live with Regis & Kelly,” and “Oprah.”

My web site,, experienced a nice spike in hits after “The Brady Bunch’s” appearance on “The TV Land Awards” and Maureen McCormick’s role on the season premiere of  “Celebrity Fit Club 5” on VH1 last weekend.  It was great to see “The Bradys” again, but it’s annoying that Jan (Eve Plumb) didn’t participate.  See how she manages not to mention “The Brady Bunch” on her web site –