Channel Surfing
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
April 20, 2004

Think you can sing better than "American Idol's" John Stevens?  You get your chance to prove it when the syndicated show "McDonald's Presents Gimme the Mike" comes to Philadelphia this summer on UPN 57.   There will be three open auditions beginning with the Theatre of Living Arts on South Street in Philadelphia Monday, April 26.  The next will be at McFadden's at Citizen's Bank Park on April 28, followed by the Plymouth Meeting Mall on May 1.  Contestants must be 18-years-old and not have a recording contract or professional representation.  Auditions are from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  "Gimme The Mike," premieres June 20 on UPN 57.  Paul Deanno of sister station KYW hosts.

Here are just a few of the musical stars over the years who have come from the Philadelphia area - Patti LaBelle, Hall & Oates, Eve, Will Smith, Chubby Checker, the late Jim Croce, Frankie Avalon, Fabian, Bobby Rydell, The Hooters, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Pink, the late Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes of TLC, Todd Rundgren, the late Grover Washington Jr., Evelyn "Champagne" King, the Trammps, and The O'Jays.

John Stevens Would've Been Perfect For This
Children will get the chance to show off their musical talent on WOGL 98.1-FM's "Kidz Idol."  Send a cassette tape or CD of your kid aged 3 -13 singing their favorite oldie. The top singers perform before judges.  The grand prize is a trip to Disney World. Competitions will be held at the Franklin Mills Mall the next three Saturdays.
Mail to:
98.1 WOGL Kidz Idol
10 Monument Road
Bala Cynwyd, PA

Well We're Living Here in Levittown
Speaking of music, WBCB 1490-AM program director and personality Paul Baroli's band, The Levittown Highlanders released its first album.  It is available at  The first single is "We Got the Fever (Not the Levittown Blues.)

WCAU weekday morning news anchor Steve Levy is scheduled to return to the air after suffering from Shingles since mid-March.

Marple Township Commissioners announced on the Marple community cable channel last week that WCAU is trying to make amends for renting a house in neighboring Newtown Township to lure internet pedophiles for a story during February sweeps.  As part of the agreement between the two parties, WCAU will air a story about the Color Guard at the Broomall Fire Department in the future.

Congratulations to CN8 host Lynn Doyle, whose daughter, Jennifer, 24, was married in front of four-hundred friends and family Saturday at the Hotel Atop the Bellevue in Philadelphia. 

Rosanne Barr, as part of her first comedy tour in 14-years is playing the Keswick Theatre in Glenside Saturday.  "Roseanne" is part of the Nick at Nite lineup.