Channel Surfing
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
June 7, 2005

WCAU’s Bill Henley loves his two jobs – weekday morning meteorologist and co-host of the weekday magazine show, “10.”

Henley said when he graduated from Chico State in California in the mid-80’s, weather wasn’t the “hot commodity” it is today.  “I just always had an interest in the weather,” said the senior member of the “Earthwatch” team who arrived here in 1994.

As for “10,” the chipper Henley said he has a great time interviewing celebrities when they come to town and going on remotes such as St. Lucia and Orlando. He expects the show to be heavily involved in the upcoming “Live 8” concert July 2.

So how can “10” compete with the national talk shows?  “We are local and are fun.  For people that want to know what is happening in town, we are your show.  We don’t have DNA tests,” Henley joked, referring to competitor Maury Povich and his proclivity for paternity tests.

However, in the May sweeps, more viewers watched those paternity tests, as “Maury” had a 3 rating/9 share ahead of “10’s” 2 rating/7 share. 

Hopefully, with time Philly will come around and support the local offering.

The WPVI “Action News” van served as a “limo” for area high school students Bryn Applebaum, James Coffman, Kate Page, and Mike Hennessey to take them to the Pennsbury High prom.  WPVI reporter Don Polec was the chauffeur.

The students requested the “Action News” van to take them to their prom, where students try to come up with creative ways to go to the annual event.

KYW-3 is providing a free 24-hour weather hotline for twenty shore towns this summer.  The number is 1-3-866-SHORE-3.

With Philadelphia anticipating the “Live 8” concert July 2, WHYY-12 will air “Live Aid: The Day the Music Changed the World”(except for Phil Collins) July 1 at 7:30 p.m. 

Those new Nielsen People Meters, which were supposed to start June 1, have been delayed until June 30.

New seasons of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” and “Blow Out” debut on Bravo tonight beginning at 9 p.m.  Diane Sawyer interviews Brad Pitt on “Primetime Live” on ABC tonight at 10 p.m.   “Beauty and the Geek” is on WB at 8 p.m.  Season two of “The Real Gilligan’s Island” returns to TBS tomorrow at 9.  Britney and Kevin are “Chaotic” on UPN tonight at 9 p.m.