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December 31st, 2001


My favorite phrase is, “Well… it’s past my bedtime… need to get some beauty rest.” Actually, it’s not, but it’s a good lead-in for today’s Ping.

As a kid, I don’t remember having a set bedtime, though around fifth or sixth grade I think I generally went to bed at 8:30 or 9, depending on what TV shows were on that night. By the time high school hit and I could handle setting my own bedtime, I was usually up pretty late, midnight or later. College: forget it. A 3 or 4am night was normal.

These days, though, I’m feeling old. Sure, I’m up at 1:20am on a work night writing this, but there are times I can climb into bed at 9pm and sleep until the next morning, something unheard of during my college years. On weekends, I’ll find the “old me” really wanting to stay up and watch a movie, but the “new me” needing to put head-to-pillow before midnight. On those rare nights that I am up extremely late, say 3am, I’m damn proud of myself.

One thing I do pride myself on, though, is the ability to sleep until 11:30am on weekends with no problem. I figure I might as well seize the opportunity before I have any important weekend responsibilities like pets or kids. This still keeps me in the “nightowl” classification and not the evil “morning person” category.

What’s your bedtime? What was it as a l’il Pinger? -ram

Posted in Everyday Life

Chris September 14, 2006, 11:35 pm

Maria is good and all but she is not even the hottest one on her own station…Bianca is about 20 years younger and a much better babe!

Sure…she seems kinda lika an airhead and her clothing choices are often lie that of a a mental midget but she is HOTTTTT!!!

Plus, in those home makeover segments, she wears tight shirts and tight jeans. For crying out loud, her black thong was hanging out in one of them as she bent down to fix a cabinet door! Sure, Bianca may embarrass gerself all the time but major bonus points for the accidental visible underwear!

Joe October 2, 2006, 8:54 pm

What about that Sorboni Banerjee chick on 7? She is a major hottie! Plus, you talk about Bianca’s thong slip but during one of Sorboni’s Big Dig reports, her Victoria’s Secret frilly waist band was clearly visible about her pants. Now that’s hot!!!!

Andreas October 3, 2006, 12:30 am

Cie, Chris,
Maria is only 40 years old. You have to meet her in person to discover how “hot” she really is. Bianca is not 20 years younger. She is attractive but she lacks the personality and the overall sexiness that comes from Maria. Cie, I have to agree with you about Natalie. Good call!
Chris, sorry man. Bianca is very attractive but Maria is beyond beautiful. Now if you excuse me I have to take a cold shower.

bill rowe October 17, 2006, 12:20 am

marias face looks like mans she has great legs but cant compare to frances rivera or christa delamp linda ergas or janet wu channel 7 clearly has the hottest babes hands down..

brad fitts October 17, 2006, 5:22 pm

i agree maria stephanos’s face does kinda look like a mans.

Andreas October 20, 2006, 3:13 am

Absolutely does not. If she looked manly she would not be anchoring the 10 o’clock news. Sorry Brad, Bill, you guys are all alone on that one. She is a babe.

dale October 24, 2006, 10:47 pm

Hey Andreas,

She broke the black leather boots out of the closet last night! Yeah!

doug October 26, 2006, 2:03 pm

No one compares to Linda Ergas and Lauren Przbyl. They’re just so much hotter and classier than the other broads on 7 or 25.

SeanX October 26, 2006, 8:37 pm

Dale….cudos to you on the call of that one….! (keep it clean,profesh boys )

Francis R did he same as well….nice….! ( a babe in boots = a 10 )

CHANNEL7,FOX 25 ARE ON THE MARK….and I welcome any of the new ladies to the air around here…well worth the watch & a hopefully-get-to-meet-em !

I’d love toknow how/ what they all would/will dress as for ANY All Hallows Eve pahhhhhtaaaaay they go to….yeh, I bet the ladies still get down & do the costume thing, on an adult levle of creative tastefullness-

Happy Hauntings all

Andreas October 27, 2006, 1:54 am

Hey Dale,
Lucky for all of her admirers that those boots make a well-received appearance.
I must admit that I am a leg man and occasionally the conservative camera directors at Fox25 will oblige.
Sean X, For Halloween: My guess is that Maria does not dress up for her viewers nor will she wear anything inappropriate when she takes her kids out trick-or-treating. Nor will fellow co-workers get more than an eyeful at any company paaahhhddy.
My guess is that Mr. Stephanos will get the pleasure of Maria dusting off the black boots (and perhaps that’s all). Everyone else can only wish..

SeanX October 27, 2006, 5:02 pm

A full shot -n- do away with the desk…Please…! or at the very least ladies. get out from bhind the dang desk…

this morn,Both the lovely Kim Kerrigan and Cindy Fitzgibbons were in appropriate attire /foot wear to….as was the lovely Q- who is always hot

Ryan October 27, 2006, 5:10 pm

This thread has made me very happy I’m not a woman on television… because men can be *freakin’ creepy*.

SeanX October 27, 2006, 9:12 pm

With all due respect…I praise,applaud women everywhere and treat them as equals…not just objects of-anything…..There are those of the opposite sex whom probably feel/think the same of us/me…

To them I do say touche’ & with a very warm,sincere ,honest Thankyou to those
for having a open mind,honest heart,apprecitation for all things…beautiful.

anything/thoughts pertaining to “creepy” labelling may as well bring back the witch trials for all people…wrongfully labelled/accused….that would be rime against us all & to live with that scurge is unthinkable…

Andreas October 28, 2006, 11:03 pm

I think Ryan is right. Some of the comments here are creepy. Having personally met Maria I can say that she would not be happy with some of the comments made about her co workers or herself.
Ryan count me out of the “creepy” group. to chime in?

Dale November 3, 2006, 11:43 pm

Hey, My comments have all been tasteful.
The woman is a role model for all, and I look forward
to meeting her some day, as well. She is beautiful, smart
hardworking and appears to have a great personality. In other
words: close to perfect

Andreas November 4, 2006, 5:47 pm

For whatever reason I thought you knew her already. I have to agree with the “close to perfect”.


VERNON November 8, 2006, 8:02 pm

As some one whom is less than six months from having a 3 yrs of psyche
training…I think this is a good case study of the cliche’- “hot for teacher” syndrome….This site was mentioned to me by a friends daughter who works in media.

This would probably be a good study of harmless banter as would the observance of fan devotion to sports,sports figures,movie stars,etc. and the evidence & reasons behind such & if there is a commom thread of coroborating bearance to all…Not to mention the obsessive /compusliveness of wasting time/abuse of technology for which people have become too dependant upon,almost addicted to worse than drugs….with increase of laziness,lack of mental exercise.

though I am typing this,I highly recommend that people just turn off the t.v./ipod/computer & get out in the frersh air for a few hours a day…go talk to people in person…write letters…Do not type or e-mail….

Andreas November 10, 2006, 4:30 pm

Hey Vernon,
Good call. “Hot for Teacher” is an outstanding Van Halen song but this is more about Maria (who is not a teacher). Furthermore Maria prefers Rage Against The Machine and Prince. How dare you, sir, not include her favorites? Thanks to you I had to curtail my jogging regiment to respond to your insensitive remarks.

Oh did I miss your point? My bad.


P.S. Why didn’t you add “back when we were kids we didn’t have computers…yada yada yada..” Oh well. Next time. The Daily Ping and the internet await you sir!

Mark January 1, 2007, 2:34 pm

I know she isn’t a local newsbabe…but did anyone see Sumi Das’ live report from CNN for Channel 7 this morning?

When she went to speak she actually burped! It was hilarious…it wasn’t one of those small one that no one notices too you could actually hear it on-air. She immediately blushed and started to giggle with embarrassment. She said “ooh…excuse me” vefore continuing her report.

The thing is, her story was about services fro Gerald Ford so the giggling didn’t lead in very well. Of course…neither did the burping! LOL

Joe January 3, 2007, 2:57 pm

SO from the comment above…would that mean Sumi Das is now Sumi Gas?

Sorry, couldn’t resist, the pun was just too easy. 🙂

Ryan January 3, 2007, 3:02 pm

Very nice. 🙂

Joe January 3, 2007, 4:45 pm

Thank you, Ryan.

Anway, as some posts have been about news babes’ on air blush moments.

I realize she is not a local news girl but CNBC’s Bianna Golodryga says she wishes she could be a “7 girl” and she had one of the better red-faced moments a short while back.

Breofr the Money/Business segment that day, Channel 7 had some entertainment story about Justin Timberlake, so Christa Delcamp and the guy anchor did their adlib about “how Timberlake brought sexy back…ha ha ha.”

Then, out of the blue, Christa says something like, “And speaking of bringing sexy back, here’s CNBC’s Bianna Golodryga.”

They all laughed and Bianna turned bright red and had this really embarrassed look on her face as her jaw just dropped. She said “Omigawd! I am blushing here!” Again they all laughed and Bianna said “wow this is totally embarrassing…now I’m all flustered. I’ev got to get my compusure. Anyway, here today’s reports…”

After she did her biz reports, she kicked it back to the anchors where Christa said something like “a rather embarrassed Bianna today.” Bianna laughed adn she was wearing a red shirt so the guy anchor said “At least your face matches your shirt, Bianna” and Bianna said, “I know, you guys are making blush here!”

Bianna is such a little hottie that it was great to see her blush and squirm on live TV.

Matt January 9, 2007, 2:36 pm

Dude…Bianna got canned from CNBC. She tried to make off that she was leaving on her own but on google news it says she was fired.

This morning, Christa Delcamp had a pretty good blush moment.

She was supposed to say “pool party” but didn’t pronounce the “l” so on-air she said “poo party”.

She quickly apologized and when they were back on camera the other anchor said something about it and Christa turned red and giggled and said “I know, I apologize to our viewers.” She covered her mouth and blushed a little.

Very cute moment.

kevin January 12, 2007, 8:04 pm


She got canned? When? How? Why? She was on last week!?!?!

Please send the link of mail or press release. I can’t find it anywhere.

JOE January 22, 2007, 4:13 pm


Smashley January 29, 2007, 9:25 pm

Kerri-Lee Halkett lives in Philly now doing FOX 29 11am and they just gave her her own 5 o’clock news.
We happen to be very close friends and I googled her for fun, so reading this was quite entertaining!!! You guys are funny. CHECK OUT THE NEW ISSUE OF W MAGAZINE! She is in it!

VERNON January 29, 2007, 10:28 pm


THE INTERNET WAS ALREADY REALITY IN 1947 -being used by the military…computers were huge,complete with vacumm tubes….

and for what it is worth 1969 was a good year for a lot of people….
two way radio = walkie talkie-pre-dates cell phone & is making a comeback….-sans any of your C.B.-isms….

& I got a Very nice e-mail response from M. Lee the other day…she apreciates that her fans in New England miss her….

Chris January 31, 2007, 2:30 pm

To all the people who think Maria is the be all and end all of news babes…look at this:

At least one poll says Sar Underwood is the Top Hottie.

Runners-up included Linda Ergas, Beth Shelburn (very underrated IMO), Allison Bologna and Christa Delcamp.

Maria is an “Honorable Mention”. I think Maria is hot, too, don’t get me wrong, but at least some others agree that there are better ladies.

Also, speaking of Ms. Underwood, she all of a sudden found herself in an internet scandal (don’t worry, only her name was used):

BTW, for someone who won a poll as the hottest Beantown newsbabe, that’s kind of a crappy picture of Sara.

anna February 20, 2007, 8:27 am

this board need a woman’s opinion i think!
so… bianca’s way too lame, i mean, how many blond chicks are thereout there. too much pink.
sorboni is kind of the same type but an improvement.
maria stephanos is nice. some of you commented she looks lke a man. she’s mediterranena for chrissakes! women can’t all be infantile and barbie-looking. i think she dresses really well. she is a bit annoying – overly enthusiasti but i guess that’s good in tv.
frances rivera, forgive me, but she is HIDEOUS. what is up with her hair and thow lips painted outside the border. something is wrong with the make-up and the hair imo. maybe if she went for a sliiiightly more understated look she’d look good. she is not an ugly woman by nature, but her stylists aren’t doing a good job.
who else? sra underwood is ok, not too distracting lol she has a bit of an edgy face.
well i can’t think of any others right now.
if anyone knows what the the name of the clothing brand that maria stephanos wear on fox, i’d like to know. some of the styles have really caught my eye.

Vernon February 22, 2007, 10:10 pm

thank you Anna…..!

And I aggree that there somethings about the styles that need a point.

As cliche’ as it sounds…mens suits are (yeh,mine too…bland )a bit on the assembly line-cookie cutter sort of style….accents/color/texture should be added…!

Tho not in a shocking way…(ie: neon,leather,hot colors) AKA just keep the professional look but soften/liven it up a bit….ya might say it’d be a night time/daytime soft yet dark/light blend of the Sonny Crockett-Miami Vice sorta look (no-Not the bad movie…the series-first season )…..

Tho I do admit,there are those ladies whom are very professional yet have great taste in style,colors,textures,Blends of fabric to do an outfit….
( Cindy Fitzgibbons,Kerrie-Lee Halkett,Sorboni,Julie Chen,etc) right down to the boots….And there are the ones who could use help- Kate Couric being in the lead…..some of the News Center 5 team…..
Still they are professional and have my respect….

Adam March 2, 2007, 5:47 pm

Has anyone seen Dylan Dreyer, the 7 weather babe?


DALE March 18, 2007, 4:10 pm


I’m with you! Beth Shelbourne is exrtremely underrated

She would be an ideal replacement for any anchor opening

or an addition to Fox25. Anna, you in Maria’s clothing

style…..I like the thought.

Marty March 19, 2007, 1:48 pm

The absolute hottest Boston babes: Sorboni Banerjee and Victoria Warren of channel 7. Just behind them: Cindy Fitzgibbon of ch. 25. Nationally: Karyn Chetry of CNN and the babe that replaced her at Fox News, Cortney Friel.

Marty March 19, 2007, 1:52 pm

Also at Fox New: Julie Banderas.

dale March 24, 2007, 12:44 am

Kiran Chetry is the sexiest
woman on TV..Period.

Closest thing to perfect!!!

Steve March 25, 2007, 2:57 am

Marty, I agree with you…

Victoria Warren is HOT!!!

Plus, she is the only news babe who consistently is seen on live TV showing a visible panty line. Victoria doesn’t seem to be the smartest chick in town and if she ever sees the tapes, she proabably blushes bright red…but seeing her VPL time and time again is a major plus in my book.


Shawn April 10, 2007, 8:52 pm

DYLAN DREYER,welcome…!Vicotoria is cute…..
wuzzername Alredd is cute too.

I recently saw Wendi Nix now with ESPN….new hairdo & not so much but still looking very classy.


Bill April 11, 2007, 7:15 pm

Sara Underwood used to be hot…now she just looks busted.

Ryan April 11, 2007, 7:20 pm

I have no idea why I keep approving these dumb ass comments.

Aanen April 12, 2007, 12:42 pm

Maybe it’s because they are amusing?
like the quick lube comments or the tow truck companies

I suppose some of the more dumb ass comments make the Ping that much more interesting, but that’s just my opinion.

Keep up the good work!

dale April 29, 2007, 7:06 pm

I don’t know who made a bigger mistake
Kiran’s agent or Fox for not agreeing to
a contract. She is intelligent and
beautiful. She does have her own show
now on CNN. Courtney Friel is very hot,
however, its uncomfortable watching her.
She adds nothing and they don’t let her
say much, unless it pertains to Hollywood
entertainment. A poor hire indeed.

SeanX May 18, 2007, 9:06 pm


Please, somebody pull the plug on that show, quickly….

Oh,I forgot to mention my varied tastes in music aside,I sing,( -yeh-sing)& play guitar,bass,keys,drums,banjo,sax too….AND HAVE RECORDED WELL OVER THE AMOUNT OF 8 ALBUMS WORTH OF MATERIAL….AS TO WHY YOU’VE NOT HEARD….BEING EAST COAST-THE MARKET IS FLOODED WITH AI SEEKERS. locals like m’stuff tho!

I’m not that in need of my 3 minute &7 seconds of fame… I did the L.A. bit
and it was the same just a few years ahead of the rest….and across the pond,(U.K.)it be bland,lame too…the college scene,too drunk to care-listen-closed minds…sound tracks….cheesey,sticky sweet-YUCK….!

joe May 24, 2007, 6:45 pm

^^That’s nice…but nobody asked.

No one cares about your spam or the fact that nobody has invested in your music. Nice try with the excuse that every potential audience is not living up to YOUR standards…I’m sure that’s how it is.

Dave June 4, 2007, 1:51 pm

Did anyone see the 11 pm news on 7 last night? Sorboni Banerjee totally forgot what she was talking about while on live TV! She was up in NH to cover the Democratic debate and as she was leading into her tape story, she got tongue-tied on “debate in the key primary state”. She unsuccessfully repeated the phrase two more times. By this time she was blushing and in full panic mode and literally spit something out just to end her embarrassment and agony. It was like watching a car wreck…only with a red faced babe!

bill August 7, 2007, 9:05 pm

for the person who said frances rivera is hideous..are you out of your mind!!!granted maria stephanos has a nicer body but put face shots of each one next to one another and its not even close…frances smokes her..better eyes, hair, nose, jaw line, cheek bones, skin tone,and if frances wore thoses same skimppy outfits maria wears she might beat her on the body too…

Teejaye August 14, 2007, 12:45 pm

the best looking man on TV is Frank Mallicoat… hands down

what an incredible chunk of man lol

Greg February 23, 2008, 1:30 am

Now that Sara Underwood has been fired from WBZ, where you guys (and gals) think she will end up? She’s probably too old for Channel 7’s taste. 5 has enough anchors. Maybe FOX? Or do you think she’ll have to move somewhere else? I think that’s unlikely since her husband has been set up for a long time at the Herald. Plus, if she moved, it would probably have to be a move down to a smaller market. I don’t know if her ego could handle that change.

Mark March 16, 2008, 8:49 pm

Fox would require Sara to wear tighter, lowe-cut tops, tighter, shorter skirts and knee-high leather boots.

So, yes. Fox should hire Sara. 😉

Scott March 19, 2008, 5:50 pm

They need to show more shots of the girls talking to guests on the high stools. This way you can see their crossed legs and high heel shoes. But you have to hate when the names or subject they are talking about are blocking this view.

Dylan Dreyer, it’s about time they show here full length body shots. She has a nice leg and great shoe wear. Now if Fox could get Cindy Fitzgibbon out in full length, that would be a great view in the mornings. And please dont forget Meridith Viera, great legs and shoes….along with Julliet Huddy from the morning show and last but not least for you leg lovers Amy Robach from the weekend Today show!

Ryan March 19, 2008, 5:56 pm

“They need to show more shots of the girls talking to guests on the high stools. This way you can see their crossed legs and high heel shoes. But you have to hate when the names or subject they are talking about are blocking this view.”

This Ping keeps getting creepier and creepier.

Dan Franzoni March 26, 2008, 5:56 am

Check out
I miss her in Boston.

DALE April 13, 2008, 4:21 am

What’s up with Sorboni Banerjee and that chin? She related to Jay Leno? Is that why she messes up all the time?

John c. June 26, 2008, 6:32 pm

What about Paula Ebben?

Mark September 4, 2008, 3:34 pm

Sara Underwood is now with Fox 25. Will she feel comforable in those super-short skirts and low tops Fox makes the female anchors wear?

Jon September 9, 2008, 6:16 pm

Bianca De La Garza, Lauren Przybyl, and Dylan Dreyer are the foxiest, hands down

Greg November 13, 2008, 3:10 pm

Dylan is hot…but she is also an airhead.

angela S November 22, 2008, 4:49 am

Maria Stefanous used to work at Hilltop Steakhouse as a waitress – for over 15 years! she is a local girl. Liz brunner is really beautiful however very affected. I went to a wedding where she was at as well. She tried to steal the womens show (bride!) by getting on stage and singing!!! She also married this guy Fred Chicos for like 9 months only before they divorced!! Very strange. Bianca Del a Garza is not spanish. Her real name is Burke. Her mother, Kathy, who is a NIGHTMARE stage mother -whom she is estranged from -married a spanish guy but divorced when Bianca was an infant. Bianca just recently (within 10 years) chose her fathers name and changed it, because she said it would get her a job in the news industry MUCH easier due to it sounding exotic and ethnic – rather than Bianca Burke. She wears very heavy make-up. Named her recent baby an african american name – Daninka. And if you havent noticed, most of the news anchors do not have “susan smith” type names any more! Speaking of which! Sorboni Bannerjee. She is gorgeous!! also I agree with Heather Unruth too – so is Liz Brunner.

Onionsayswhat? April 24, 2009, 9:49 pm

Your all losers to be drooling over women you only ever see on tv.

Maria Stephanous is a mutt. I can’t stand her she annoys the heck out of me. She’s got a nasty man face. without makeup I’m sure she’s positively dreadful

NOW SHUT THE HECK UP AND get a life and stop talking like idiots about people you only see on tev

JOE September 19, 2009, 3:16 am


Jim March 10, 2011, 8:20 am

Bianca de la garza is by far the hottest in boston

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