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POSTED: Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 12:28 PM
(L-R) Lorina Marshall-Blake and Gala host Kristen Welker NBC News correspondent at the cocktail reception prior to the African American Museum 35th Anniversary Heritage Gala at the Marriott Downtown Hotel in Phila. on March 11, 2011. (Elizabeth Robertson / Staff Photographer)

Former NBC10 reporter Kristen Welker is the fourth hottest person in Washington, according to the Hill. She made their coveted "50 Most Beautiful" list, a la People's with fewer celebs. Welker is a correspondent for NBC News, a job that included covering President Barack Obama's 2012 reelection campaign.

Welker, 38, is a Philly native who graduated from Germantown Friends before attending a little place called Harvard (you may have heard of it?). She worked at NBC10 from 2005 to 2010 before leaving to be a West Coast correspondent at NBC. The Hill notes she is a diehard Phillies fan. 

It also notes that's she's single and dating. Too bad she's too late to make the Daily News's annual Sexy Singles package. There's always next year, Kristen.

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POSTED: Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 3:39 PM

Larry Mendte returns to the airwaves. He will be on New York 77 WABC on Sunday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. starting this Sunday. Mendte previously appeared on the now-defunct talk station IQ106.9 before getting the axe.

Mendte isn't an unfamiliar name in the New York market. After he was dismissed from CBS3, Mendte was a regular on NY's PIX11.

Add that to Mendte’s TV duties—hosting ”The Delaware Way” and “ . . . And Another Thing with Larry Mendte”—on Me-TV affiliate KJWP Channel 2, broadcasting out of Wilmington, Del., as well as his gig as Public Affairs Director for the station, and it looks like the formerly embattled Mendte has a full plate.

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POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 1:23 PM
Comedian Bill Cosby attends 2014 American Comedy Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on April 26, 2014 in New York City. (Getty Images)

Bill Cosby, a noted Temple University alum and booster, will host an intimate evening of stand up to support the Temple men's gymnastics team on Thursday, August 14. The team will now function as club team as of this month, relying on its own fundraising efforts, after the team was cut from Temple's officlal athletic roster in December of last year. 

Available tickets for the 200-seat event, taking place at in the Ballroom of the Independence Visitor Center (1 North Independence Mall W) range in price from $175 to $300. Premium ticket holders will be able to participate in a meet and greet with the entertainment giant after the event. Tickets can be purchased here.

The Daily News' Tom Mahon spoke with coach Fred Turoff, who said he reached out to Cosby about helping. Turoff said he also as in talks with former Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com owner Lewis Katz before his death in May. 

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POSTED: Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 11:19 AM
Former Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Hugh Douglas. (Dan Loh/AP file photo)

Former Eagle Hugh Douglas was on the inaugural Cheap Shots, a new radio show from former Eagles tight end Luther Broughton and co-host Micah Warren. Among other things, they discussed the incident that led to Douglas' firing from ESPN in August last year. Listen to the episode here.

Douglas allegedly called his "Numbers Never Lie" co-host Michael Smith an "Uncle Tom" and other racially-charged epithets at the National Association of Black Journalists Convention in Orlando.

Douglas told Broughton that he was not drunk during the incident, "yet it was certainly a party atmosphere." 

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POSTED: Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 11:57 AM
Nicki Minaj performing at the Wawa Welcome America Jam on the Parkway, Friday, July 4, 2014. (Elizabeth Robertson / Staff Photographer)

Many television watchers were left scandalized on Friday while watching the 6ABC broadcast of the Wawa Welcome America festivities on the Ben Franklin Parkway.

"Fourth of July in Philadelphia needs to come with one of those 'Parental Warning: Explicit Lyrics' stickers," Philadelphia magazine's Victor Fiorillo mused.

Even Mayor Nutter was embarrassed. He told KYW-AM that the city will work to make next year's Welcome America concert more family-friendly.

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POSTED: Thursday, June 26, 2014, 1:36 PM
Tony Bruno. (facebook.com/975thefanatic)

UPDATE: Tony Bruno posted the below message to his Facebook page:

"Very disappointed my highly successful partnership with 97.5 The Fanatic is not going to continue long term beyond Sept 5th of this year. I chose to use accrued vacation time while my agent attempted to seek a resolution, but it became quickly apparent that wasn't going to happen. Since moving back to my hometown in 2011, I have rejected numerous overtures from major markets and national networks because of my commitment to building the mid-days at 975 and staying in Philly. The steady growth even led to hopes of an expanded presence, but that too never materialized. I want to thank all my loyal friends, fans, younger newcomers and faithful advertisers for helping my show achieve ratings success thought to be impossible just a few short years ago. I also want to thank Harry Mayes and Joe Younes for making the 10-12 show fun radio. As always, I will remain active on social media and look forward to bringing the alacrity, tom foolery and hijinks back to the radio in the near future."

Tony Bruno has resigned from 97.5 the Fanatic, according to a statement from the station. "Tony Bruno has chosen to resign his position at 97.5 The Fanatic. We thank him for his contributions and wish him well." 

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POSTED: Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 1:46 PM
Sarah Jessica Parker, whose hit show went off the air 10 years ago, talks to fans and shoppers at Nordstrom in Seattle. She and Manolo Blahnik CEO George Malkemus III designed the shoe line.

Busted, the memoir from the Daily News’ own Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman based on their experiences writing the Pulitzer Prize-winning series “Tainted Justice,” has been optioned for a television series from Sidney Kimmel Entertainment with Sarah Jessica Parker attached to star. The show will be co-produced by Anonymous Content, the company behind the much-buzzed about “True Detective.”

“We’re bonkers out of our minds with glee,” Ruderman said. 

This is Parker's first return to television since a stint on "Glee" and her first major role since "Sex and the City." Producer Carla Hacken had told the duo that SJP finished the book on a plane to the Caribbean with her kids and she cried at the end, adding that she simply had to be a part of this project.

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POSTED: Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 10:28 AM
Alex Holley

Welcome Alex Holley to the "Good DayPhiladelphia" anchor desk. She'll sit beside Mike Jerrick at the morning anchor desk. She starts Sept. 2. Holley replaces Sheinelle Jones, who left the station in March to be with her family. 

Holley comes to Philly from WMBF in South Carolina, where she was a reporter and morning anchor. Holley, an alum of the prestigious University of Missouri journalism program, originally hails from Texas. 

"I'm so excited and I just can’t hide it! Seriously, I am thrilled to welcome Alex to the ‘Good Day Philadelphia’ team as my new partner! She is smart, witty and funny and I know Philly is gunna love her," Jerrick said about his seatmate.

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