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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.

POSTED: Thursday, June 26, 2014, 1:36 PM
Tony Bruno. (

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." 

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.

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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POSTED: Monday, June 16, 2014, 2:25 PM
"Karate Kid"

In today's column, I interviewed "The Karate Kid" himself, Ralph Macchio, to discuss the 30th anniversary screening of his iconic '80s flick. Originally, the Thursday screening and Q&A were only open to Wizard World attendees.

But the Awesome Fest just announced that the screening is now open to the public. Just head to the Pennyslvania Convention Center and use the entrance at 13th & Arch. A Wizard World guide will direct you to room 108. The show starts at 5:30 p.m.

The movie will be followed by a Q&A with Macchio and Cobra Kai sensei Martin Kove. Just try not to claim your baby could have been Macchio's, k?

POSTED: Thursday, June 12, 2014, 3:26 PM

Woe to Philly comedian Mike Rainey, who had his chest waxed on last nights "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon." He took part in the game Wax on Wax Off, in which the fate of his chest hair was left in the hands of his buddy, fellow Philly comedian Tim Butterly. Butterly was charged with answering trivia questions from categories such as "Lesser known Czechoslovakian Prime Ministers." Answer wrong, and Rainey gets waxed. 

Rainey took it in stride:

POSTED: Monday, June 9, 2014, 11:23 AM
Nev Schulman, actress Tracie Thoms and Max Joseph investigate on MTV's "Catfish"

Ardmore was the setting of some internet deception on MTV's "Catfish" last week. The highly addictive show, based on the 2010 documentary, seeks to unmask online-only relationships. In the Philly-centric episode, actress Tracie Thoms ("Rent," "Deathwish") wants to learn more about "super fan" Sammi, who has deceived the actress through internet adulation. 

As I told you in today's column, Thoms is familiar with Philadelphia. She was here filming "McCanick," starring David Morse, in 2012, one of the final film roles of "Glee" star Cory Monteith before his death in 2013. She also starred in "Cold Case," the Philly-set crime procedural.

While in Philly filming in March, hosts Nev Schulman and Max Joseph visited the Food Trust's corner store at 16th and Ontario.

POSTED: Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 10:26 AM
Swift visited patients at CHOP during a Philly tour stop last year. (PR NEWSWIRE)

Seven-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift is donating $50,000 to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The money will pay for a music cart that will allow teens to create and produce their own tunes while at CHOP's Cancer Center.

"[Swift's] gift will help lift the spirits of many CHOP patients during a difficult time," said Steven M. Altschuler, MD, chief executive officer, in a statement.

The Berks County-raised Swift has a history of working with CHOP. Last summer, she visited kids as Ryan Seacrest Studios at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In 2012, she took former CHOP patient Kevin McGuire to the American Country Music Awards when she could not attend his prom. 

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