Channel Surfing
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times

May 9, 2006


Sheinelle Jones, 27, co-host of Fox29’s “Good Day Philadelphia,” is thrilled to be back in the same town as her father, President Judge of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, C. Darnell Jones.  Though born in Philly, when Jones was a child, she moved to Wichita, Kansas with her mother after her parents divorced.  


A graduate of Northwestern University, Jones worked in Springfield, IL and Tulsa, OK before getting the call to join the Fox morning show this summer as a reporter.  It wasn’t long before the verdict was in – Jones was promoted to co-host the show in Mid-February.


“My alarm clock goes off at 3 a.m. and the cab picks me up at 3:20 a.m.,” said the Old City resident.


Looks like you’re not in Kansas anymore, Sheinelle!


The syndicated fall schedule is becoming a little clearer.  For 6ABC, the major addition to the daytime schedule will be “The Rachael Ray Show” which replaces “The Tony Danza Show” at 10 a.m.  At 11 a.m., “The View” will return with new co-host Rosie O’Donnell.  There still isn’t a “final answer” whether Meredith Vieira, who will begin with NBC’s “Today Show” in the fall, will continue with “Millionaire.”


For NBC10, there will be a few changes.  “Starting Over” will not return to the schedule at 11 a.m.  Expect “Martha” to move to the 11 a.m. slot, and the proposed NBC daytime talk show to air at noon.  The locally produced “10” show is expected to continue at 10 a.m.  Though Lori Wilson has basically been the co-host of “10” with Bill Henley for a few weeks now, she hasn’t officially been named permanent co-host yet.  However, she is getting more work as NBC10 is trying a three-anchor team of Wilson, Terry Ruggles, and Dawn Timmeney from 5 – 7 a.m.


Fox29ers are wondering if maternity-leave bound 10 p.m. news anchor Dawn Stensland will work both the 10 p.m. and proposed 5 p.m. show if/when the early news begins.  Stensland, who has a 2-year-old son with CBS3 news anchor Larry Mendte is due with her second child in September.


Traffic Patterns

Though Lorraine Ranalli’s last day as a radio traffic reporter was Friday, she can continue to be heard on B-101-FM every Sunday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Former B-101 overnight DJ, Jason Lee made his debut doing news updates on WIP 610-AM as “Jason Sklar” last week.  Congrats to Anne Evans who celebrates her 12th year doing weekend evenings on the “B” and tenth year doing weekend morning traffic for CBS3.


Though the Eagles lost the Super Bowl, it meant a victory for CBS3 as the sportscast following the loss with reporter Steve Bucci and anchor Beasley Reece was named “Best Sportscast” at the Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcast Association awards.  CBS3 won a total of six AP awards, including “Best Newscast.”  Other station winners were Larry Mendte, Alycia Lane, Kathy Orr, Jamie Smith, and Valerie Levesque.


Tonight is your last chance to see one of the best shows of the year, “Veronica Mars,” as the season finale airs at 9 p.m. on UPN.  At the very least tune in for the opening credits (a lost art) featuring the theme song “We Used to Be Friends.”


Here’s the lineup for VH1’s“Celebrity Fit Club” beginning in August.  Carnie Wilson, Vincent Pastore of “The Sopranos,” singer Angie Stone, former “NYPD Blue” star Nick Turturro, former “Baywatch” regular Erika Eleniak, rapper Bonecrusher, Tina Yothers of “Family Ties,” and Ted “Issac” Lange from “The Love Boat.”


“A Different World” and “NewsRadio” join the Nick at Nite lineup in July. All together now, the theme song to “A Different World,” sung by Aretha Franklin.


I know my parents love me, stand behind me come what may.
I know now that I’m ready, because I finally heard them say
It’s a different world from where you come from.

Here’s a chance to make it, if we focus on our goals.
If you dish it we can take it, just remember you’ve been told
It’s a different world form where you come from.
It’s a different world form where you come from.