Channel Surfing
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
December 20, 2005


Philly’s Stephenie LaGrossa, 25, is reaping the benefits of coming in second place in the latest installment of "Survivor." The two-time “Survivor’s” post-show plans include appearing on the cover of “Fit” magazine, designing her own line of swimwear and sportswear, and launching a web site,


“I have meetings upon meetings lined up,” said the former Temple University and Monmouth University lacrosse star, who is represented by the same agent who represents “Survivor” host Jeff Probst and other former “Survivors.”


Though she isn’t returning to pharmaceutical sales in the near-future, LaGrossa is realistic about her future.


 “It’s hard for reality stars to break in Hollywood.”  She turned down the requisite “Playboy” magazine offer, stating “that wasn’t her thing.”


LaGrossa lost over twenty pounds in her thirty-plus days on the show, but said most of it was gained back after enjoying cheesesteaks and pizza back in Toms River, New Jersey. 


One of Philadelphia’s favorite disc jockeys, Anita, is returning for another guest-stint on WMGK 102.9-FM Christmas week.  She’ll be filling in for Andre Gardner on the 2-6 p.m. shift.   The Levittown native’s heyday was on WYSP 94.1-FM in the 80’s.


Here's where some of the local stations held their annual holiday parties:
NBC10 - The Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ.
Fox29 - Colleen's restaurant in the Art Museum section of Philadelphia.
CB3 - The Crystal Tea Room in Center City, Philadelphia.
CN8 - Marathon restaurant in Philadelphia.


CN8 is getting into the “New Year’s Eve” game, as it will air a live special from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. hosted by Barry Nolan and Sara Edwards.  The music and comedy show will feature Styx, The Funk Brothers, Gloria Gaynor, Jim Breuer, Kevin Meaney and Jeff Dunham.


Philadelphia fans will have to adjust without Howard Stern for the first time since 1986.  Stern’s final show broadcast on WYSP 94.1-FM was Friday.  Meanwhile, it doesn’t look like Stern sidekick Robin Quivers’ television talk show is going to happen.  It wasn’t on the list of proposed shows for the fall for the syndication season.


After watching the first week of “The WB17 News Powered by NBC10,” I’m not sure how it benefits WB17.  It seems like a half-hour commercial for Channel 10 news to me.  Channel 17 should have either continued with its own news or added another episode of “Cheers” reruns (only the Diane years, not Rebecca).