Channel Surfing
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
August 2, 2005


Popular weekday morning news anchor Amy Caples is leaving CBS3 to become a full-time professor at her alma mater, Temple University.  Caples worked for CBS3 for twelve years and also worked for KYW Newsradio.  Caples was the morning weekend anchor until she was promoted to weekdays a few years ago. 


There is no word yet on who will replace Caples on the morning news with Ukee Washington.  I wonder if they’ll make noon co-anchor and former morning anchor Pat Ciarrocchi wake up early again. Another name mentioned as a possible replacement is CBS3 weekend anchor Natasha Brown.


CN8 personality Mary Caraccioli and her husband, Tom, became first-time parents last week after the birth of Olivia Caraccioli.  Olivia weighed in at 5 pounds, 15 ounces.  Former Channel 6 personality Wally Kennedy will be filling in on “Money Matters Today” while Caraccioli is on maternity leave.


I’m looking forward to Kathy Griffin night on Bravo, as her new series “My Life on the D-List” premieres tomorrow at 10 p.m.   It will be preceded by her new stand-up special “I’m Not Nicole Kidman” at 9 p.m.  Bravo has been my favorite network this summer with “Being Bobby Brown,” “Blow Out,” and “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.”


Nikki Beach bar in Atlantic City is the new summer hot spot.  CN8’s “Your Morning” broadcasts live today from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and WCAU’s “10” visits Friday at 10 a.m.


WOGL 98.1-FM has a new logo and a new slogan – “ The Greatest Hits of the 60’s and 70’s.”  That’s a slight change from the “Philly Soul, Motown, and Rock and Roll.” WOGL came in fourth place among listeners ages 12 and above in the recent Arbitron ratings.


Believe it or not, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2006.  “The Oprah Winfrey 20th Anniversary DVD Collection” arrives in stores in November.


That's nothing compared to Sid Mark, whose "Fridays with Frank" and "Sundays with Sinatra" shows will be celebrating its 50th anniversary.


Finally, in the spirit of the WPVI promos where news anchor Monica Malpass states that “Action News” personalities are the type of people viewers want to have over for dinner,” let me extend an invitation for Monica to come over my house next week for some “Mac and Cheese.”