Channel Surfing
by Laura Nachman
April 8, 2003

The permanent co-host chair on "Good Day Philadelphia," which has been vacant since Mike Jerrick's departure in the fall may be filled by former WPVI (1984-1997) and KYW (1997-2001) personality Dave Frankel. 

Frankel confirmed that he has been in discussions with WTXF to host the morning show.  "There are lots of nice people there, many who I previously worked with at Channel 6," said Frankel whose was last seen on KYW in the fall of 2001.  His contract lasted until March of 2002 and his "no-compete" clause from Channel 3 ended last month. 

WXTF reporter Christian Farr has been the most frequent interim co-host with Kerri Lee Halkett.  Former Sixers president Pat Croce subbed for around six weeks in the winter.

Things are looking up for Philadelphia's number one power couple, WCAU news anchor Renee Chenault-Fattah and U.S. Representative Chaka Fattah.  The couple announced that Chenault-Fattah, 46, is expecting a baby in the fall.  The baby will join Renee's daughter, Cameron, 4, and Chaka's grown son and daughter from a previous marriage. Also according to published reports Democrat Fattah's name is being considered to take on the GOP primary victor for the U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania. 

In more power-couple news, KYW-3 weekend news anchor Robin Rieger and Sixers radio announcer Tom McGinnis are awaiting the birth of their first child in early May. They have been married for almost two years.

Congratulations to reader Rich Diegel who knew that radio traffic reporters Randy Chepigan and Cindy Graham are a married couple.   Here were some of the other radio traffic reporters who were named favorites by our readers:  Tom Collins - KYW 1060-AM, Brian Ramona- KYW 1060-AM, John Brown - WPHT 1210-AM, Pat Winters - KYW 1060-AM, John Butterworth- WBCB 1490-AM, Dave Solomon - KYW 1060-AM, WBCB 1490-AM, and Jim Bachman - WBCB 1490-AM.

Valerie Levesque is the newest reporter on KYW-3.  She arrives from WHP/WLYH in Harrisburg.

CN8 is now available in New England.  That means parts of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Maine will get to see "Money Matters Today," "One on One with Steve Adubato," "It's Your Call with Lynn Doyle," and "Lou Tilley's Sports Connection.

With Lisa Thomas Laury out on medical leave, WPVI has settled into the anchor schedule of Scott Palmer and Anita Brikman from 5 - 7 a.m. weekdays and alternating Saturdays, Rick Williams and Monica Malpass weekdays at noon and 5 p.m., and Michele McCormack and Matt O'Donnell rotating on the weekend.  Palmer is off the sports beat and Gary Papa is doing the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. shows.

WPVI weekend anchor Rob Jennings spoke at an author's luncheon of the American Association of University Women last week at the Spring Mill Manor in Ivyland.  Jennings published his first novel, "Krista" last year.