Channel Surfing
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
May 13, 2005


Viewers are invited to “Work Out with the Women of NBC10.”  WCAU personalities Lauren Cohn and Amy Freeze (who seemingly is always working out for sweeps) lead the six-week program. The next event happens Sunday at the Medford Sunshine Walk in Medford, NJ.  Register at www.nbc10com. 


Expect some kind of on-air send-off for WCAU anchor Steve Levy, who is retiring at the end of May. 


Lesley Van Arsdall takes over as the new Bucks County reporter for KYW-3.  She replaces Valerie Levesque, who was promoted to one of the lead reporters for the 11 p.m. news.


Marilyn Russell is no longer the mid-day radio personality for SOJO 104.9-FM.  According to program director Eric Johnson, balancing family and the commute to the SOJO studios in New Jersey was the reason for her departure after only a few months at the new station.


Maybe Russell will reunite with her former radio-mates Preston and Steve, who are beginning their new morning show on WMMR 93.3-FM any day now.  WMMR is owned by Greater Philadelphia Media, the same company that owns WMGK 102.9-FM, where Russell worked before SOJO.


Jill Whelan was a successful child actor as a regular on “The Love Boat” and a role in the classic movie “Airplane.” 


Today, the Bucks County resident wants to share her skills with others by starting a children’s acting workshop in Yardley in September.


“Acting is beneficial for lots of reasons.  It helps kids get comfortable with themselves and builds self confidence,” said the mother of two with another baby on the way in August.


Whelan will teach classes for children between the ages 9-13 and 14-17.  To find out more, email


Here are the crazy songs of the week heard on BEN 95.7-FM. “Waterloo” by Abba and “Trouble” by Joni Mitchell.


To hear more songs in that vein (Top 40 music from the mid-70’s through the 90’s), Rider University alumnus Jeff Fiedler hosts “Sounds from the Lost and Found” every Sunday at 8:05 p.m. on


With the chance of a strike by writers and producers at KYW, what would happen if anchors didn’t cross the picket line?  Remember the NFL replacement players?  Here’s my “replacement” anchor team – Ex-WPVI newsman Wally Kennedy and ex-WTXF anchor Jill Chernekoff as news anchors, Mike Missanelli formerly of WPHL for sports, and former WPVI consumer reporter Rose Tibayan for weather.