Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Dawn Stensland, Don Tollefson, Phil Andrews launch new TV shows

Longtime Fox 29 anchor Dawn Stensland returns to television with a weekly show on WMCN-TV. Fellow familiar faces Don Tollefson and Phil Andrews will also host new weekly programs on the television station.

Dawn Stensland, Don Tollefson, Phil Andrews launch new TV shows

Phil Andrews, Don Tollefson and Dawn Stensland in a new promotional photo for WMCN-TV.
Phil Andrews, Don Tollefson and Dawn Stensland in a new promotional photo for WMCN-TV.

Dawn Stensland will soon return to local television, where she hasn't been seen on-air since leaving Fox 29 in 2009.

The longtime anchor will host a new show for WMCN 44 tentatively titled "A New View," a live weekly program that Stensland says will "delve into the issues - not politics, not sports, but it could be about health, social issues, education."

"I want to talk about your life, and hopefully people will walk away from the show thinking they learned something," Stensland told us Sunday. "It will be topical, but in-depth.

"The neat part of this is the freedom to talk about what's going on in people's lives," Stensland said.

During her time off, she has been involved with charities, such as the Montgomery County Police Athletic League, and cared for sons David, who turns 6 Friday, and Michael, 8.

Stensland isn't the only familiar face with a new weekly show coming to WMCN. Former Fox 29 sports director Don Tollefson will feature inspiring people from the area on his show "Tolly's Awesome Friends," while former 6ABC sports guy Phil Andrews hosts "Philly Sports Spotlight," with behind-the-scenes feature stories on local athletes and teams.

Talk Radio 1210 AM's Dom Giordano will launch "Dom Time," a weekly show on which Giordano will opine on the news of the week. Each of these new programs is expected to launch in early to mid-October.

Last year, WMCN began its original programming with "Propper Hockey" (with former Flyer Brian Propp and Lou Tilley, whom Stensland worked with a while back at CBS 3 and with whom she is also happy to be working again).

WMCN president of broadcasting Jon Gorchow, a CN8 veteran, enlisted Tess McGrath Brown, a former CN8 producer, to help launch the new roster of original programming.

WMCN is available on Comcast, Verizon Fios, DirecTV, Dish and satellite.

Read more from our column in Monday's Daily News.

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