November winds will take Bolaris north
Nov. 27 will be the last scheduled air-date for WCAU meteorologist John Bolaris, who is leaving the station after 12 years for personal reasons.
By LAURA NACHMAN
Not even Earthwatch could have predicted this one - Nov. 27 will be the last scheduled air-date for WCAU meteorologist John Bolaris, who is leaving the station after 12 years for personal reasons. He plans to move back to Long Island, N.Y.
In a station press release, Bolaris said, "It was a terribly difficult decision to leave Philadelphia, which has become my second home. I've wrestled with this decision for a long time, as Philadelphia has been absolutely wonderful to me, and made me feel at home. NBC has provided me with everything I could ever ask for professionally, but sometimes there's a need to go back home." Bolaris helped WCAU win or tie the 11 p.m. ratings time period the last two years.
Known for his romances as much as his forecasts, Bolaris had relationships with former colleague Jane Robelot in the early '90s, and more recently singer Lauren Hart, daughter of the late Flyers announcer Gene Hart.
He'll also be remembered for his unfortunate "Blizzard of the Century" call two winters ago. In-house candidates for the vacancy are Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz, Kathy Orr and Bill Henley.
Chris Blackman, vice president of news at WCAU said, "John's been a big part of our success, and helped make us the weather leader in Philadelphia. "We'll miss him, but wish him the best of luck." Attempts to speak to Bolaris and Blackman for the "real story" were unsuccessful.
It would have been interesting to see how Bolaris would have fared against fellow popular weather personality Cecily Tynan, who was just promoted to the 11 p.m. news on WPVI.
Gubernatorial candidates Ed Rendell and Mike Fisher will
participate in a live debate moderated by news anchor Jim Gardner on
WPVI Tuesday at 7 p.m. WPHL aired a special about the election on
Saturday, at 10:30 p.m. called "The Final Round" hosted by
One of the women vying for "The Bachelor" on
ABC is "Gwen" from Chester Springs (no last names are given).
The 31-year-old executive recruiter in the healthcare industry took a
leave of absence from her job to spend six weeks at the end of the
summer taping the show in Malibu, Calif. The finale is Nov. 13.