Channel Surfing
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times

June 13, 2006




Former WB17 weekday news anchor Scott Engler will be signing copies of his book “The Ten Secrets” tomorrow (Wednesday) at the Rittenhouse Square Barnes and Noble at 7:30 p.m.  Today, Engler is an anchor and reporter for the Fox affiliate in Washington, D.C.  If you are keeping score, Engler’s co-anchor from WB17, Mary Stoker Smith is the weekend anchor for CBS3, sports anchor Matt Biondi is getting fill-in work for Comcast SportsNet, and reporter Tim Furlong is getting lots of airtime on NBC10.  Weather anchor Kirk Clyatt hasn’t found a job since the WB17 news was taken over by NBC10 in December.


For more about Engler’s book, go to


The new Philadelphia tourism ad campaign, “Philly:  The Musical,” which debuted during the Tony Awards Sunday, will run for the next two weeks.  How about “Channel Surfing:  The Musical?” 


A couple of weeks ago, Fox29 news anchors Dawn Stensland and Joyce Evans looked like bookends when they wore the exact same color blazer on the “Ten O’clock News.”  According to a newsroom source that may not have been an accident because the station’s wardrobe consultant tells the anchors to try to wear the same colors.  Things were so much easier in the days of “Garanimals.”


A funny summer show to watch is “My Life on the D List” with Kathy Griffin on Bravo at 9 p.m.  Others worth checking out are “Game Show Marathon” on CBS with host Ricki Lake and “Last Comic Standing” on NBC (though I miss Jay Mohr). 


The hot television web site is  You can access practically anything here.  I managed to catch a clip of Siskel and Ebert trashing each other while taping a promo years ago.  Hilarious.


WMGK 102.9-FM is presenting a free Doobie Brothers concert at the Willow Grove Naval Air Station Thursday from 5:00 – 10 p.m.  Remember when the Doobie Brothers appeared on a “very special” two-part episode of “What’s Happening?” 


I like WMGK, because it is one of the few stations that allows its DJs to be DJs.  We hear that former Philadelphia personality “Anita” will be return for another three-week appearance on the station in August.


Dear Readers,


Anybody else notice that Sunny 104.5-FM is becoming more dance-oriented?  If it’s intentional, keep it up. 


I love the nightlife, I like to boogie, on the disco round oh yeah.” 




Alicia Bridges