Channel Surfing
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
October 25, 2005


In the summer ’05 Arbitron radio ratings for ages 12 and above, it appears that new WMMR 93.3-FM morning team of “Preston and Steve” are the real “Philly Guys,” as they helped their new station jump from a 2.8 to a 4.2 share for the summer book. WBEN 95.7-FM also enjoyed a big jump from a 1.8 to 3.3 share (Evidently there are lots of people who like to hear “Come On Eileen.”) 


The top ten is KYW 1060-AM with a 6.3, WBEB 101.1-FM with a 5.2, WUSL 98.9-FM with a 4.8, WYSP 94.1-FM with a 4.5, WDAS 105.3-FM with a 4.4, WXTU 92.5-FM with a 4.3, WMMR with a 4.2, WOGL 98.1-FM with a 3.9, WJJZ 106.1-FM with a 3.8, and WPHT 1210-AM with a 3.5.


Due to the format change to sports at WPEN, a few news people were cut from the station.  Longtime WPEN employee Art Andrews was let go and Paul Perrello and Tom McDonald were re-assigned to other stations through Metro Networks.


MSNBC commentator Chris Matthews will be one of the recipients of the Temple University “Lew Klein Alumni in the Media” awards today.


Television has brought us “Beverly Hills 90210,” “The O.C.,” and “Laguna Beach.”  The next high school to get television treatment will be…Oxford Area High School.  NBC10 will air “The Oxford Project,” that will air every other Friday at 4 p.m. and every Saturday at 9 a.m. on the news.


Former Fox29 news anchor Jill Chernekoff ( will give the keynote speech at the Delaware Women’s Entrepreneur Expo November 10.  Clarification:  Fox29’s new reporter’s name is David Atwater, not David Atwood (guess I had “The O.C.” on the brain because of its character Ryan Atwood).  Fox’s new weekend weather anchor is David Aldridge.


6ABC’s Don Polec visited Neshaminy High for a story on the “Zit Zapper,” a iPod-type device that removes pimples.


Mary Caraccioli returns from maternity leave to “Money Matters Today” this week. Fittingly, one of her first shows will be about the expense of having a baby Wednesday and Thursday at 8 p.m. on CN8. 


Meteorologist Brooks Tomlin (Is that his real name?) joins CBS3 in December. Tomlin arrives from the CBS affiliate in Baltimore, MD. Tomlin joins Kathy Orr, Maria LaRosa, Paul Deanno, Tom Lamaine, and Carol Erickson on the weather map at CBS3.  Some are saying Deanno might leave CBS3 at the beginning of 2006.


New Jersey native Jim Osman, who got his start at WILM-AM in Wilmington, DE is joining CBS3 as a reporter.  Osman arrives the CBS affiliate in Tucson, AZ. 


Here are a couple of viewing tips.  Tonight, the classic “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” airs on ABC at 8 p.m. (“I got a rock!”) and “I Love the ‘80’s 3-D,” continues on VH1 at 9 p.m.