Channel Surfing
by Laura Nachman

Bucks County Courier Times
November 28, 2006


Fans of 6ABC news anchor Lisa Thomas-Laury were thankful for the announcement during the 6ABC Thanksgiving Day parade that she could return to the air as soon as next month.


Thomas-Laury co-anchored the 5 p.m. news with Marc Howard for over twenty years, before leaving the air due to a rare nerve disorder in her feet a few years ago.


When she returns to the air, she probably won’t return to her old role.  Her former co-anchor, Howard switched to CBS3 in 2003, and the former 6ABC morning team of Rick Williams and Monica Malpass is cemented into the 5 p.m. slot.


Though she’d make a great team with 6 and 11 p.m. anchor, Jim Gardner, it’s not known at this point if she’ll take on a full-time role again with the station.


Congratulations to CN8 host Larry Kane, who will be presented the lifetime achievement award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society tomorrow at the 2006 Greater Delaware Valley chapter annual conference at the Valley Forge Convention Center.  Kane was also honored at the national MS convention in Orlando, Florida last month.   The lifetime achievement award is given to those who have volunteered for at least 35-years.


That dynamic duo of Maury Povich and Jerry Springer will be dominating the daytime lineup of Channel 17 beginning next week.  From 9 a.m. – 1:30, “The Jerry Springer Show” and “Maury” will alternate, then “Maury” will air again at 4 p.m., replacing the struggling first-year show, “The Megan Mullally Show.”  Though Mullally hasn’t been officially canceled yet, it’s not looking good for the former “Will and Grace” star.  The rest of the lineup features “Montel” at 2 p.m. and “Greg Behrendt” at 3 p.m.


Former “Good Day Philadelphia” host Mike Jerrick, who will co-host a national morning show on Fox (still no title) beginning in January, returns to “Good Day” today and tomorrow on Fox29 from 7 – 9 a.m.  The new morning show will air on all owned-and-operated Fox affiliates including Fox29 from 9-10 a.m.


Jerrick joined Fox News Channel as the weekend host of “FOX and Friends” in October 2002 on FOX News Channel. Most recently, he co-hosted “DaySide” on FOX News Channel. He co-hosted “Good Day Philadelphia” from 1999 – 2002.


Current “Good Day Philadelphia” host Scott Engler will sign copies of his new book, “The Ten Secrets” ( at the Rittenhouse Square Barnes and Noble December 4 at 7 p.m.
Greater Media, which purchased 97.5-FM from Nassau Broadcasting a few months ago, now airs "Smooth Jazz" on the station.  Many jazz music fans were left out in the cold when the "Smooth Jazz" format was taken off by Clear Channel's 106.1-FM and replaced with dance music.