Fired or quit?
CN8's John Ziegler leaves the answer up in the air.
By LAURA NACHMAN
John Ziegler's departure from CN8's "It's Your Call" could be a talk show topic in itself.
Though CN8's official statement is that the commentator left the talk show to take a job with WHAS-AM in Louisville, KY; when Ziegler was called for comment, he cryptically answered, "Why I am leaving my hometown of Philadelphia for Louisville would require volumes of interesting material to fully explain. All I will say is that I am looking forward to working for WHAS where I will be very well paid, hope to have my talents appreciated, and will be working for a company that specializes in talk programming."
All other inquiries were referred to his attorney Lloyd Remick, which brings up the matter of why would Ziegler need an attorney? Especially Remick, who last represented former WPVI reporter Rose Tibayan in her battle with WPVI station management. Remick said he was retained to negotiate Ziegler's new contract with WHAS-AM.
However, that doesn't explain why Ziegler suddenly disappeared from the air on June 11, his new job wasn't announced until June 25, or why he would leave a television position in the fifth largest market for radio in the 55th largest market. Did the Washington Crossing native and Bensalem resident quit or was he fired? It's your call.
Once again WPVI is airing the "Sunoco Welcome
America" festival on Independence Day. At 10 a.m., Action News
Anchorman Jim Gardner will narrate the Philadelphia Liberty Medal
presentation. Wally Kennedy will host the Pageant of Flags, followed by
the honoring of U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell as a champion of
freedom. At 7 p.m., Lisa Thomas-Laury and Dave Roberts host the Fourth
of July parade on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway featuring local singing
favorite Lauren Hart and the Baha Men who will be sure to sing an
inspiring rendition of "Who Let the Dogs Out." At 8:30 Brian
McKnight stars in the annual concert capped off by fireworks.
GREAT AT A PARTY
KYW's newest reporter, Ken Stinson, would be great at a
cocktail party. Stinson has a degree in Women's Studies from Ohio
University (1994), is a member of the National Association of Black
Journalists and is active with the Anti-Defamation League. If he can
cook, I am proposing right now!
NOT GOOD IN PERSON
Last week, we were wondering about Rick Schroeder. WPHL
publicist Jesse Cute reported that he saw "Mr. Silver Spoons/NYPD
Blue" at Disney World three weeks ago at the Blizzard Beach water
park. Cute said that Schroeder didn't look as good in person, especially
in his bathing suit - MEOW!
Banyan Productions is moving its offices with over 120
employees to Independence Square on Fifth and Walnut Streets in
Philadelphia. It has produced shows for TLC, Discovery Channel,
Lifetime, The Food Network, HGTV, The Travel Channel, PBS, and more. http://www.banyanprod.com
is their web site.