Every year, Mark Behar is besieged by taunts: How could he not have TKO'd Bruce Jenner, the former step-patriarch of the Kardashian clan?
Behar's reasoning? Kardashian Svengali/matriarch Kris Jenner told Behar to bow out of the fight early.
In 2010, bodyguard/actor Behar agreed to fight Jenner for an episode of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" called "Body Blows" (airing at 10:30 this morning on E!) in which Jenner, Kim Kardashian and Rob Kardashian fight in a charity boxing event.
Today on "Good Day Philadelphia," Mike Jerrick and Alex Holley interviewed famed photographer Anne Geddes, known for her pictures of babies.
Not to be outdone, the anchor duo decided to get in on the action themselves, swaddling up to recreate a Geddes photo. "I think you need pacifers," a game Geddes said in response to Jerrick and Holley's take on her life's work.
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Congrats to 1210 WPHT's Rich Zeoli, who welcomed son Patrick Michael Zeoli with wife Brigid on Nov. 11, Veterans Day.
It's been a big couple of weeks for Zeoli. Late last month, he was named the 3 to 6 p.m. drive time host on WPHT, replacing Dick Morris after years of putting in his dues doing fill in work.
M. Night Shyamalan will give moviegoers a little glimpse of Philly next year. "The Visit," formerly known as "Sundowning," has an official release date: September 11, 2015.
Shyamalan shot the movie covertly in his regular Bucks County haunts earlier this year, starring Kathryn Hahn (usually known for her comedic turns in movies like "Anchorman" and "Step Brothers").
Deadline has the most detailed plot description I've seen of the under wraps flick:
In today's column, I talk about how injured Eagle Todd Herremans invited some soldiers to hang with him while he watched the Eagles poach the Panthers on Monday night. Unfortunatley, my tipster didn't know the names of the soldiers but thankfully one of the soldiers reached out to let me know that the group included Specialist Anestazia Hernandez, Specialist Monica Hall, Sergeant Michael Stancavage, Staff Sergeant Angel Mendez, Specialist Lauren O'Donnell, Staff Sergeant Matthew Langdon and Sergeant Angel Ponce. They are all from the Philly region, all Eagles diehards and all stationed with at the Horsham Air Gaurd Station with the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 28th Infantry Division.
The soldier (who asked not to be singled out by name) told me that as soon as they were ushered up to the empty box, Herremans saw the men and women in uniform through the glass. "We all filed into his suite and shook hands with him and his family. (They were very appreciative of our service and they could not stop saying thank you)," the soldier wrote in an email. "Once everyone met Todd and shook his hand (his good hand), he then told us that anything we want was on his tab, go and enjoy ourselves."
He also told me that Herremans and his fam (including his mom, Marilee Herremans), hung out with them throughout the game, "cheering along with us just like any normal Eagles fan would."
Yesterday, I hinted that the urban Hot 107.9 was changing formats to a throwback hip hop sound. Today, Radio One, which owns Hot 107.9, has made that change official. The new station will be called Boom 107.9 and is modeled after Boom 92.1 in Houston.
A release cited poor ratings performance for the change in format, adding that nine employees have been affected by the format change. The last couple of months had seen a decline in ratings for the station (WPHI), and it was consistently beat by similarly formatted Power 99 (WUSL).
“We take the loss of employees seriously,” Shawneen Thompson, General Manager, Radio One, said in a statement. “We are working to ensure all of our impacted employees are transitioned with the dignity and respect they deserve.”
Is Hot 107.9 changing formats? The radio trades seem to think so. RadioInsight is reporting that the Radio One Urban station has laid off its staff and is changing format to a classic hip hop station, to be known as Boom 107.9, in the same vein as Houston's Boom 92.1. The radio trade publication notes that BoomPhilly.com and Boom1079Philly.com have both been registered as domains, redirecting back to the Hot. 107.9 site. AllAccess.com, another radio trade, is reporting similar news.
The station hasn't tweeted since this morning. Usually, they have a heavy social media presence.
I reached out to Radio One Philadelphia Marketing Director Kay Bellamy, who referred me to Yashima White AziLove, vice president of corporate communications for Radio One, who did not immediately return a call for comment. I have also reached out to Hot 107.9 employees for comment as well.
6ABC and the Philadelphia Zoo have reupped their partnership and allowing the ZooBalloon to fly for yet another year. This season was meant to be the ZooBalloon's final year in the sky (at least in its current incarnation), but word from the station is that it will grace the skyline for the next three seasons, flying daily (weather permitting).
The current balloon will be shipped back to its UK headquarters (as intended) on November 23, with a whole new balloon coming into view spring 2015.
In February of this year, the ZooBallon was deflated because of weather conditions.