Channel Surfing
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times

September 12, 2006


Larry Mendte and CBS3 had a big night at the Mid-Atlantic Emmys Saturday evening, as CBS3 led all stations with 23 Emmys, eight of which were won by news anchor Mendte. 


Some of the other individual winners from the Philadelphia market were Alycia Lane, Jim Osman, Beasley Reece, Steve Bucci, Don Bell, and Kathy Orr from CBS3; Joyce Evans, John Atwater, Tom Burlington, Bruce Gordon, and Gerald Kolpan from Fox29; Arthur Fennell, Lou Tilley, Lynn Doyle, and Nicole Fox from CN8; LuAnn Cahn, Linda Swain, and Cherie Bank from NBC10; and Michael Barkann and Jim Jackson from Comcast SportsNet.


CBS3 won both of the main newscast awards (“Newscast – Evening” and “Newscast – Morning”).  


The Mid-Atlantic Emmys are awarded for television excellence in markets in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.


NBC10 will be tweaking its anchor lineup beginning next week as “MyPHL17 News Powered by NBC10 News” anchor Lori Delgado will move to the NBC10 early weekday news from 5 – 7 a.m.  Delgado will join Terry Ruggles and Dawn Timmeney and current news anchor Lori Wilson will leave the morning news and exclusively co-host the “10” show at 10 a.m.  There is no word yet on who will join Vince DeMentri on the “MyPHL17” 10 p.m. news.


After speculation arose about the state of NBC10 weather anchor Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz's marriage, he releaesd this statement yesterday.


"Sadly, my wife and I are divorcing after 23 years of marriage.  Our separation and divorce is without acrimony, and all marital matters are being decided through mediation.  I have been part of a couple for so long that I can't even remember what being single felt like, and this decision was not made lightly.  I care deeply for my wife and wish her good health and much happiness in the time ahead."

Starting this week, NBC10 will air some of its old-time shows such as “Gene London” and “Ten Around Ten” on “Out of the Vault” weekdays at noon.  Maybe they’ll break out some vintage “Live on City Line” shows with Sheela Allen Stephens and Matt Lauer, who went on to the “Today Show” or “The Jane Whitney Show.” 


(If Channels 3 and 6 followed suit, we could catch classic shows such as "Al Alberts' Showcase," "Dialing for Dollars," "Evening Magazine," "Saturday Night Dead," and "Challenge.")


“Out of the Vault” will air until December 11 when NBC will premiere its new daytime show that it hopes will be as successful as ABC’s “The View.”  Fox29’s Jennaphr Frederick, who recently was taken off the anchor desk at “Good Day Philadelphia,” reportedly auditioned for the upcoming show, which will be based in Orlando, Florida.


The winner of “Rock Star” will be determined this week on CBS.  The final four are Toby Rand, Lukas Rossi, “Dilana,” and “Magni.”  My prediction is that Toby Rand will be selected to be the lead singer of the group because he seems the most compatible with Tommy Lee and the others.