Channel Surfing
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
September 23, 2003


            Comcast SportsNet led the local stations with ten Mid-Atlantic Emmy awards in ceremonies last week. CBS3 was next with nine, NBC10 had eight, and Fox29 won six trophies that recognize excellence in television programming for the Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and other area markets.

            Some of the personalities that won were CBS3’s Denise Saunders for “Outstanding Individual Achievement – Anchor/News,” Michael Barkann of Comccast SportsNet for “Outstanding Individual Achievement – Host/Talk Program,” Fox29’s Bruce Gordon for “Outstanding Individual Achievement – Reporter/Hard News,” CSN’s Matt Yallof for “Outstanding Individual Achievement – Anchor/Sports,” and former WB17 personality Julie Bologna for “Outstanding Individual Achievement – Weathercaster.”

            The NJN News won for “Outstanding Single News Broadcast – Markets #38 and Larger.”  Fox29’s “Good Day Philadelphia” won for “Outstanding Morning Newscast.” 

            Some of the other personalities who took home Emmys were George Mallet, Dave Schratwieser and Gerald Kolpan for Fox29; Brad Sattin and Steve Highsmith for WB17;  Paul Moriarty, Stephanie Stahl, and Eleanor Jean Hendley for CBS3;  Lu Ann Cahn, John Clark, Cherie Bank, and Larry Mendte (now with CBS3) for NBC10;  Lynn Doyle, Suzanne Roberts, and Keith Taylor for CN8; and Fred Bibbo and Jim Jackson for CSN.

            For those keeping score at home, David Murphy is the permanent weekday morning weather anchor and Karen Rogers is the weekend morning weather anchor for 6ABC.

            Congratulations to Bucks County resident Diego Castellanos, whose series “Puerto Rican Panorama” celebrated its 33rd anniversary on 6ABC this month.

            “Hannity and Colmes” and “Fox and Friends” will do their shows from Philadelphia October 2 and 3 on Fox News Channel.  Sean Hannity’s syndicated radio show premiered in Philly September 8 on WPHT 1210-AM.  Former Fox29 personality Mike Jerrick is an anchor for the weekend version of “Fox and Friends.”

            Former Fox29 news director John Mussoni is the new news director at CN8.  He takes over for Peggy Giordano, who moves up to director of programming for the network.