Channel Surfing
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
February 24, 2004

With February sweeps halfway over, the trends continue to be the same as reported last week.  WPVI continues to lead in the news race, but KYW is catching up to WCAU for second place in some key time slots.  Weeknights at 11 p.m., WPVI leads with a 12 rating, WCAU is next with a 10, and KYW has a 9.  At 6 p.m., WPVI has a 13 rating, WCAU has a 7 rating, and KYW has a 6.  At 5 p.m., WPVI has a 12 rating, "Dr. Phil" on KYW has a 7 rating, and the WCAU news has a 6.  Also of note, the new Ryan Seacrest show has a 2 rating for WTXF, down 57% in timeslot from last year. What would Simon say?  *All ratings were rounded off to the nearest number.  Each rating point equals 28.743 households.

Freelancer Vytas Reid is the new weekend weather anchor for WPHL.  Reid takes over for Kirk Clyatt, who was promoted to the weekday spot when Steve MacLaughlin's contract wasn't renewed in December.  MacLaughlin is now doing weekend weather in Dallas, Texas.
A station spokesperson confirmed that Kim Adams, who had been co-anchoring on the weekend with Jim Sinkovitz is no longer with the station.  Adams is a graduate of LaSalle University.

WPVI will have a new assistant news director next month.  Tom Davis will join the station from WJLA in Washington, D.C.

Former WCAU reporter Karen Hepp, who now works for the NBC affiliate in New York City, will get married in her hometown of Malvern, PA this fall.  Hepp got engaged on Christmas Day to Brian Sullivan of Havertown, PA.

Kelly McGillis of the 80's will be live in the studio on "It's Your Call with Lynn Doyle" on CN8 Wednesday at 9 p.m.  McGillis will take on the role of "Mrs. Robinson" in "The Graduate" at the Merriam Theatre in Philadelphia for a one-week stint beginning March 16.

"IYC's" "Man on the Street" interviewer Matt Stafford will get his own series "The New Battling Bills" with CN8 political analysts Bill Palatucci and Bill Pascrell, III Sundays at 8 p.m.  Stafford is a resident of Bristol, PA.

Congratulations to CN8 political reporter Laura Jones who is expecting her first child at the end of August right in the middle of the Republican National Convention. 

The new face on KYW is per diem reporter Ji Young Min. 

Sunny 104.5-FM has a new nighttime love songs show hosted by Glenn Hollis. 

WCAU needs to do something about some of its segments at the Loews hotel for "10."  There is so much background noise, I'm expecting someone to check my bags.