Channel Surfing
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
October 19, 2004

Though WPVI denies that meteorologist Cecily Tynan will become an anchor, many television observers feel she would be able to help "Action News," especially at 11 p.m., where it came in third place in the female 25-54 demographic in May.

In May of 2004 at 11 p.m., WPVI had a 6.0 rating with the female 25-54 demographic.  WCAU was first with a 7.3 rating and KYW surpassed WPVI for the first time in recent memory with a 6.7 rating. 

Of course, factoring into those results is that WPVI is an ABC affiliate, which was the fourth highest rated network last year.   ABC is on the comeback trail with hits "Lost," "Wife Swap," "Extreme Makeover:  Home Edition" (I love you Ty!) and "Desperate Housewives" (Marcia Cross for President)!

WPVI would not comment on whether Jim Gardner, who reportedly signed a multi-year contract recently, has a clause in his deal that allows a co-anchor.

If Tynan makes the move to anchor, it wouldn't be the first time a popular WPVI weather anchor moved to news.  The late Jim O'Brien successfully made the transition from weather to news anchor before his death in 1983.

Congratulations to CN8, which celebrates its 8th anniversary this week.  Some of CN8's noteworthy shows are "It's Your Call with Lynn Doyle," "The Sports Connection with Lou Tilley," "Your Morning," and "Money Matters Today."

According to a WTXF spokesperson, when "Good Day Philadelphia" co-host Kerri Lee Halkett goes on maternity leave in January, George Mallet and vowel-challenged Jennaphr Frederick will handle the anchor duties.  Frederick has improved lately.  She's funny when she makes fun of her co-workers, instead of talking about herself all the time.

Tiffany Update
Former WCAU personality Tiffany McElroy was promoted to morning anchor on WB-11 in New York City. Tiffany and former WCAU weatherman John Bolaris are the parents of a six-month old daughter.

Small World Department
Coincidentally, the station in Atlanta where former WTXF anchor Rich Noonan is working is the same place where KYW reporter Calvin Hughes and former WCAU anchor Jane Robelot were co-anchors.

Get Well Soon
Best wishes to WPHT 1210-AM host Steve "Mr. Movie" Friedman who is suffering from kidney failure.  Friedman's show is a nice alternative to the gazillion dance-party shows on the radio on Saturday night.

Final Jeopardy
When watching an episode of "Jeopardy" last week, I sensed a simmering hostility from host Alex Trebek to champion Ken Jennings.  It seems that Alex is getting tired of Ken-Jen.

Laura discusses entertainment on WBCB 1490-AM Tuesday and Thursday at 8:45 a.m.