Jerrick will leave 'Good Day' in September

"Good Day Philadelphia" co-host Mike Jerrick is saying "aloha" to Philadelphia when his contract expires.

Courier Times
After spending the last 10 days on vacation in Hawaii, WTXF "Good Day Philadelphia" co-host Mike Jerrick is saying "aloha" to Philadelphia when his contract expires Sept. 19. He'll take a position with the Fox News Channel in New York City.

"I've loved my three years here. It was a tough decision. The show is on a roll and it's hard to walk away," said Jerrick who signed a three-year deal that includes co-hosting the weekend edition of "Fox and Friends" from 7 to 10 a.m.

That means he won't escape the killer early morning hours. "All the people who work these hours do is talk about sleep - how we slept the night before, when we'll get more sleep," he said.

This will be Jerrick's third tour of duty in the Big Apple. He previously hosted an "Evening Magazine" type show for the New York Fox affiliate and a late night show for CNBC. Jerrick, who lived in the Rittenhouse Square section of town, will be moving to Manhattan, not too far from former partner Donya Archer whose wedding was postponed until January.

He's excited about returning to NYC and becoming a "Fox Fan." "Maybe I'll get to have lunch with Bill O'Reilly in the Fox cafeteria sometime," Jerrick joked. Meanwhile, WTXF is already getting flooded with tapes since news of Jerrick's departure leaked out. The station hopes it can continue to improve in the ratings with co-host Kerri Lee Halkett, who began in April.


When KYW weekday morning anchor Tom Negovan reported on the coal miners' rescue from western Pennsylvania, he knew of what he spoke. Negovan worked in a mine in his hometown of Flin Flon, Manitoba, Canada, and his father and brother were miners. His brother, who had once been trapped and rescued from a mine collapse, now serves as a mine rescue expert. Negovan was on the phone with both of them throughout the crisis to solicit their advice and opinion.

Local freelance producer Thomas Baldrick covered the dramatic story for ABC, live Sunday morning between 1:15 - 3:15 a.m. when the miners were rescued. He also set up the first interview with Gov. Mark Schweiker for "Good Morning America" on ABC.


Hot adult contemporary Alice 104.5 (FM), which was in its latest incarnation, is changing its format again. Since yesterday morning, the station has been continuously playing the Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun," and the Website has been taken down except for the Clear Channel communications' logo.

When the 104.5 office was contacted, the receptionist said the station was in a format change and referred other questions to the Clear Channel offices. A spokesman there could not be reached for comment.


The "Philadelphia Magazine Best of Philly" party and special televised on KYW Monday was hot -literally, as it took place outside at the Fairmount Waterworks in 90 degree-plus weather. Hosts Robin Rieger and Ukee Washington sweated it out, as Rieger wore a black dress and Washington was in a suit and tie.

Weather anchor Paul Deanno and his pink tie also did on-air duty at the 2nd annual special. Station personalities Larry Kane, Pat Ciarrocchi and Chris Dunn were spotted, as well as news director Susan Schiller and vice president and general manager Marcellus Alexander. Rieger's husband, Tom McGinnis, radio announcer for the Sixers, attended the party, but was dressed more casually than his wife as he wore shorts and sandals.


WPHL is on the hunt for a new general assignment reporter, since the station didn't renew Byron Scott's contract. Former WPVI reporter Rose Tibayan's name has been mentioned as a candidate for the job.

The new creative services director at KYW is Verdell Christopherson, who arrives from Dallas, Texas. Christopherson is a native of New Brunswick, Canada. Dave Huddleston of WTXF got some national exposure. He filed a report on the Erica Pratt kidnapping case for "The O'Reilly Factor" last week on Fox News Channel.

It looks like the newest accessory for anchors is heavy-framed glasses. Jack Brayboy of WPVI, Joyce Evans of WTXF and Tracy Davidson of WCAU are wearing new specs.


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August 01, 2002