'Ear, 'ear for Holland's
, who says she's still living the dream, half a year after Playboy stapled her navel as Miss May.
Playboy is high on James, as she was just sent a Bunny outfit to wear during promotions.
"Only a few get to be Bunnies," says the 20-year-old Council Rock South grad born Shannon O'Brien.
James (left) also is in the running for Playmate of the Year; voting is online at
» READ MORE: www.playboy.com/pmoy
. Besides the honor and additional travel, the prize comes with $100,000 and a car.
"I'm riding this out," James says, hoping that the Drexel marketing degree she's pursuing online will steer her into a career in entertainment or broadcasting.
Family reaction has been positive, she says, though her father, who lives in Florida, still has not seen her eight-page magazine spread. Her mother assured him that it was tastefully done, she says.
Around town, she's not recognized too often, but "I was at a Phillies game - no makeup, my hair under a Phillies hat - and this guy kept staring. Finally, my boyfriend [
, a financial specialist for Wachovia] said, 'Do you want to get a picture?' That was the last place I'd expect to be recognized."
Maybe - though in one of her Playboy photos, she wore a Phillies tank top and shorts.
Get yer Hannah Montana stuff
"Hannah Montana" concert at the Wachovia Center is very much sold out. In a novel bit of pre-Christmas marketing, Cyrus' people will sell concert merchandise - shirts, posters, programs and light sticks from Montana/Cyrus and opening act
- in the center's concourse from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. (That's right; the day before.) No concert ticket is required for entry to the presale, which organizers think may alleviate lines Monday.
Pipes of Peace
, a biopic of Philly jazz bagpiper
(1936-2006), will air on WHYY TV12 at 10 p.m. today. The film by
premiered in September at the Wildwood by the Sea Film Festival.
Philly-based Comcast on Demand has brought back
The Yule Log
through early January. Though it's nothing more than a video of a burning hunk of wood set to Christmas music, the HD version got about a quarter-million views last year. With the Hollywood writers' strike, who knows how high that total will go this year?
On the radio
WYSP's decision to return to rock three months ago seems to be working well - though, predictably, success has came at the expense of competitors. According to the November Arbitron report, WYSP (94.1) finished second in cumulative weekly audience among listeners ages 18 to 49 - a 35-percent rise since mid-September.
WYSP's move coincides with a 16-percent drop in "cume" among that demo at rival WMMR (93.3).
Top station WBEB (101.1) - the front-runner among adult listeners by a wide margin - slipped 7 percent. Classic hits WOGL (98.1) was up 8 percent. Top 40 WIOQ (102.1) was down 3 percent. Alt-rock WRFF (104.5), logging huge numbers since its May sign-on, was down 3 percent.
Ratings did not reflect
, who started on mornings Oct. 26. Expect word shortly that
will do afternoons, and that a new-to-Philly jock will do nights.
) will start Monday on middays.