Channel Surfing
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
August 12, 2003

Here are some of the major Emmy nominations for the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Television Academy, which includes Philadelphia and other markets in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

Outstanding Single News Broadcast - Markets #38 and Larger
"5PM News" - WTAE-TV, Robert Longo, News Director (out of Phila. market)
"FOX Ten O'Clock News" - FOX29, Scott Matthews, News Director
"WHYY Delaware Tonight" - WHYY, Inc., Marie Krips, News Director
"CN8 News at 10PM" - CN8, The Comcast Network, Margie Walsh, News Director
"NJN News" - New Jersey Network, William Jobes, News Director
"10 O'Clock News" - WB17, Chuck Carter, News Director
"CBS3 Eyewitness News at 11" - CBS3, Susan Schiller, News Director

Outstanding Individual Achievement - Anchor/News
Arthur Fennell, CN8, The Comcast Network
Michelle Wright, WTAE-TV  (out of Phila. market)
Denise Saunders, CBS3
Robin Rieger, CBS3
Larry Mendte, NBC10

Outstanding Individual Achievement - Host/Talk Program
Laura Jones, CN8, The Comcast Network
Larry Mendte, NBC10
Raymond Brown, New Jersey Network
Michael Barkann, Comcast SportsNet

Outstanding Individual Achievement - Reporter/Hard News
Bruce Gordon, FOX29
Jim Parsons WTAE-TV (out of Phila. market)
Tina Kim, WB17
Chris Glorioso, WTAE-TV (out of Phila. market)
Tom Negovan, CBS3

Outstanding Individual Achievement - Weathercaster

Rob Guarino, FOX29
Matt Morano, FOX53 (out of Phila. market)
Paul Deanno, CBS3
Julie Bologna, WPXI-TV and Pittsburgh Cable

Outstanding Talk Program/Series
"Spotlight" - Comcast SportsNet
"The Tribune" - CBS3
"Daily News Live" - Comcast SportsNet
"Money Matters Today" - CN8, The Comcast Network

The awards will be handed out September 13.  Former WTXF morning host Mike Jerrick will host the ceremonies.

WTXF's "Good Day Philadelphia," which has been without a permanent male co-host since Mike Jerrick left the show almost a year ago, is said to be trying to lure Jerrick back to Philadelphia.  Currently, Jerrick is one of the three hosts of the weekend edition of "Fox and Friends" on Fox News Channel, which is based in New York City. 

"Good Day," which premiered in 1997, had the highest ratings in its history when Jerrick and Donya Archer hosted.  Archer left the show to get married and move to New York City at the beginning of 2002 and Jerrick departed in the fall of 2002. 

Since then, the show used Pat Croce as a guest host in November and part of December, and Christian Farr the remainder of the time.  Farr, who was never considered for the full time position will likely be moving to Chicago soon, because his wife Karen Jordan, recently left WPHL for an anchor position in her hometown of Chicago. 

A WTXF spokesperson said the station is not attempting to re-hire Jerrick.  Attempts to reach Jerrick were unsuccessful.

Whether it is Jerrick or not, WTXF needs to find a permanent host to join Kerri Lee Halkett.  I think former WPVI and KYW anchor Dave Frankel, who previously was mentioned for the position, would do a great job.

Watch for three new faces on WCAU this month.  The new weekend morning anchor is Denise Nakano, arriving from Seattle.  Vince DeMentri joins Tracy Davidson to anchor the weekday 5 p.m. news this week.  The Temple University graduate is married to QVC host Pat James DeMentri. And Doug Kammerer of Orlando will be the meteorologist for DeMentri and Davidson beginning August 25. 

Meanwhile, WCAU "Traffic Child" John Ogden's "Greatest Summer Gig Ever" is scheduled to end on Labor Day.  A WCAU spokesperson said a decision hasn't been made yet on whether Ogden will be hired full-time.  Though the contest winner did a serviceable job, I believe he looks too young for this market.

WTXF's Rob Guarino begins his two-year term as president of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the American Meteorological Society this week.  The members consist of area professors, meteorology students, and radio and television weather broadcasters (sounds like a party to me).