The first on-air hires have been made at Tango Traffic, the 24/7 service that starts Jan. 1 on WPHL's digital channel, as well as the Web and mobile platforms.
Kristen Celins, who has done traffic on NBC10, and Jason Lee, a radio DJ, have landed morning drive, while CBS3 and QVC alumna Stephanie Humphrey and former Eagles cheerleader/CW Philly host Vittoria Woodill are on afternoon.
Show must go on
Saturday's matinee audience at Jersey Boys, the hit musical playing at the Forrest, noted a stoppage between scenes and then saw the flurry of EMS activity after cast member Buck Hujabre suffered what was described as a minor injury. A show rep said he was taken to a hospital, checked out, and returned to the action Tuesday.
Philly's TV meteorologists are predicting not only less snow than last season - an easy call, given that a record 78.7 inches fell - but some are also suggesting even less snow than the season average of 19.3 inches. Cecily Tynan of 6ABC's Action News, the first to issue a forecast, calls for the least: 14.5 inches. Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz of NBC10 breaks it down as 12 to 18 inches. Kathy Orr of CBS3's Eyewitness News posits 16 to 23 inches, while John Bolaris of Fox29 throws out a wide range because of La Niña: 16 to 28 inches. "He's hedging," says Tom Thunstrom of Royersford, whose site PhillyWeather.net is a trove for weather watchers. "But they're all in the same ballpark."
The action movie Safe will shoot a few scenes with Jason Statham at Parx Casino in Bensalem on Thursday. A few dealers and cocktail servers will be included. Parx is gearing up for a Dec. 22 launch of Parx East, its expansion. Friday will be Statham's last day of filming, as the production hurtles toward its wrap next week.
Star & Buc Wild, the new morning show on WPHI-FM (100.3 the Beat), has sounded like a daytime drama this week: Beanie Sigel started out Monday by contending that Jay-Z's former partner Damon Dash owes him $11 million. Tuesday, former street boss Tommy Hill flew in from Atlanta and called out Sigel and other rappers as snitches while Hill lawyer Raymond Driscoll backed Hill's claims. Wednesday's show had West Philly rapper Tone Trump denying claims that he was slapped by Math Hoffa over the summer, and New York rapper French Montana was in the studio, smoothing over his differences with Star. Up for Thursday: Peedi Crakk is due in studio to respond to Hill's recent claims that he smokes angel dust.
Jane Norman - forever TV's Pixanne - will be on Steve Ross' Remember When show on WPHT-AM (1210) from 11 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday. "Last time I did the show, some kids I taught in kindergarten called in to chat," says Norman. "What a hoot."
Thursday early birds can catch rapper Flo Rida on Fox29 with Jennaphr Frederick at 7:45 a.m. at the Saks store in Bala Cynwyd. Rida was in town for Q102's Jingle Ball on Wednesday.
Food for thought
Meat & Potatoes, the Food Network show glorifying meat sandwiches and hosted by Rahm Fama, is in town through Friday to shoot at Nick's Roast Beef, Han Dynasty, and Village Whiskey.
Tony Luke Jr. flew out Wednesday to Bahrain, site of Sunday's grand opening of a sandwich shop in the Middle Eastern kingdom. It'll be called Tony Luke's - not Steak 'n Sheikh.