Channel Surfing
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
June 22, 2004


Five more contestants will compete in the second week of the singing competition "Gimme The Mike" on UPN 57 Sunday at 8 p.m.  Each week, the winner of the singing competition will win a vacation package.  The Grand Prize winner will get a Pontiac Vibe, a demo recording session at Axis Music in Philadelphia, a karaoke machine and library, a chance to sing the National Anthem at a Phillies game this summer, and more. The guest judge this week is Musiq.

WTXF "Good Day Philadelphia" weather anchor Sue Serio is recovering from a broken arm suffered during her daughter's rollerskating outing last week. 

Since we are in the midst of the big summer movie season, the Independent Film Channel will air the game show "The Ultimate Film Fanatic" for eight weeks beginning July 9th.  Each week features contestants from a different city.  Philadelphia's top fanatics compete August 6.  The grand prize is $10,000 (not quite "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" money, but it's basic cable).

A good belated Father's Day present is the book "Parent Power," written by KYW sales manager John Iannuzzi.  Iannuzzi wrote the book about things to do with young children when he was at home recovering from surgery to remove a brain tumor.  The book is available at Borders Books.

Reality Roundup
"Jamie," 24, an assistant buyer from Bucks County was eliminated from "For Love or Money" last week.  Andrea Langi, from Marlton N.J., is still in the "competition" for "Preston."  Langi gained some notoriety a while back for dating former WCAU weather anchor John Bolaris.

Philadelphia native Todd Glass, 34, (whom I remember seeing perform while I was a student at Temple) is one of finalists in "Last Comic Standing" on NBC.

Thousands of fans flocked to the Wachovia Center last week for a chance to appear on "Wheel of Fortune," which will be taping three weeks of shows here in July.   Contestants were chosen from a random drawing taken at the arena.  Six players at a time got to play a mock version of "Wheel," but personality counted as much as puzzle-solving ability.

Many people remember that Chuck Woolery was the original host.  However, not many remember the original hostess.  The answer appears at the bottom of the column.

Susan Stafford turned letters for 7 1/2 years before Vanna White took over in the early 80's. 

Laura discusses entertainment on WBCB 1490-AM Tuesday and Thursday at 8:45 a.m.