The Daily Ping

Somehow, Ryan has written over 1 million Pings; Paul, just 60.

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

FROM: Matt
DATE: Monday December 31, 2001 -- 1:55:49AM
I don't really have one. I guess it depends on the season.
Ryan's fav phrase: "Carpre Sleepum"

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday December 31, 2001 -- 10:12:24AM
That should be my license plate...

DATE: Monday December 31, 2001 -- 2:10:07PM
These past few days, I've been staying up until between 2:30 and 5 and getting up past noon. It's not a good habit to get into, but I guess I've let my body clock get all screwed up.

Being unemployed bites.

FROM: Troy
DATE: Monday December 31, 2001 -- 6:47:30PM
On previous posts I saw some information about former Wash. newsbabe Kerri-lee Halket. What station in Boston did she end up at?

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday December 31, 2001 -- 10:26:57PM
Troy -- Fox 25.

I am a huge nerd for knowing that.

DATE: Tuesday January 1, 2002 -- 6:26:39PM
Wow. I see Jodi Applegate ended up there, too. Meow.

FROM: Danny
DATE: Thursday March 7, 2002 -- 9:53:43 pm
Hey thanks for the lead! I love Kerri-Lee Halkett and happen to be moving to New England this summer! Can't wait to be able to "turn her on" once I get there. (On TV, of course!)

FROM: Jackie
DATE: Thursday March 21, 2002 -- 9:55:59 am
Kerri-Lee is now at FOX PHILADELPHIA as a morning anchor if I'm not mistaken.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday March 21, 2002 -- 2:17:20 pm
Jackie, according to the Connie Chung Ping, you're correct.

I'll have to check for her on Fox 29 the next time I visit the fam.

FROM: Danny
DATE: Saturday April 27, 2002 -- 2:17:49 pm
You're right. She's in Philadelphia as a morning anchor. Lucky me, I go there all the time for business so I'll be able to watch. Kerri-Lee Halkett is a Canadian which is something I recently learned. I hear she's a big hockey fan. Where is her bio though? I didn't find it on 29's website.

FROM: Kelly
DATE: Wednesday June 5, 2002 -- 6:07:35 pm
Kerri-lee is Canadian, that is true, but a hockey fan, not a chance on that fact. Trust me, I know her well and this girl is no hockey fan!

FROM: Tim Bourgeois
DATE: Saturday July 13, 2002 -- 2:21:01 pm
Believe ME, K-L is a big hockey fan. I played hockey in college, and we dated for about 5 months last year. She loved going to both Bruins and Boston College games.

FROM: jodi applegate
DATE: Monday July 29, 2002 -- 6:46:30 am

FROM: Ron Armstrong
DATE: Tuesday August 27, 2002 -- 11:06:16 am
No way dude. You dated her? Tell all! I heard she was hooking up with some CNN punk. Probably a loser.

DATE: Tuesday September 10, 2002 -- 5:43:14 am

FROM: Sean
DATE: Sunday September 15, 2002 -- 12:25:18 pm
I think K-L-H is hot....! TOO BAD SHE'S NO LONGER IN BOSTON..........
stunning in business suits & boots!

FROM: Dan Myers
DATE: Friday November 22, 2002 -- 10:03:14 am
Ok, I love her. I have also seen her in boots and it is hot. I saw her at the airport once and just about spilled my nachos. There should be a law against a body like that.

FROM: tim the liar
DATE: Wednesday January 22, 2003 -- 7:19:27 pm
Tim Bourgeois never dated Kerri-Lee!!She also confirms that she never has or is just to embarrassed TO ADMIT IT!

FROM: friend of KL
DATE: Friday January 24, 2003 -- 10:04:17 am
I kNOW KL. She has had a boyfriend for a couple of years. She has never dated a guy named Tim. That is fact. Stop lying!

FROM: SailorMoonFan
DATE: Sunday January 26, 2003 -- 8:39:22 pm
I usually go to bed 'round 11:00 p.m...but on weekends, 1:00 a.m. or so is common...

FROM: kyle
DATE: Saturday February 22, 2003 -- 4:19:03 am
with kerri lee being in the philly area, it makes getting up at 6am MUCH, MUCH more enjoyable ... oh, and the news is good too.

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday February 22, 2003 -- 1:26:45 pm
First of all, for someone who is from Philadelphia, but just moved back, I just saw this Kerri Lee woman for the first time the other day, and oh yes, she is my morning inspiration. ;-)

On the actual topic of the Ping, I can really go to bed whenever. Starting out as a club DJ when I was 16, it meant a lot of nights up, and a lot of sleeping through the day. Moving into radio, the first gig was an overnight job, doing the 11p-7a shift.
Needless to say, that can throw sleep patterns off a little bit. By now, though, with a normal workday, I'm in bed by 2a, and up at 9, to be at work at 11, work till 8, repeat.

As a kid, it was 9p bedtime, no later, except New Years eve. Go figure how I ended up like this. ;-)

FROM: Steve Carreria
DATE: Wednesday March 26, 2003 -- 10:08:38 pm
KL is the best.

FROM: Mark Bystine
DATE: Monday August 4, 2003 -- 4:57:02 pm
Kerri Lee is missed here in Boston. Now, I turn on 4.. Sharyn Alfonsi or Al-Foxy. Saw her at the Red Sox game, even prettier in person. Great body and she was drinking a beer. I love her.

FROM: Bayer O\'Donnell
DATE: Tuesday September 16, 2003 -- 4:06:52 pm
Why did I miss that game? I love Sharyn Alfonsi. She is hot and I hear from friends in TV she is as down to earth as they come. Is there a Mr. Alfonsi?

DATE: Monday September 22, 2003 -- 1:51:21 pm
Sharyn Alfonsi is cool and smart...of course she is married! I am now going to buy Red Sox Season Tickets!
What about Sara Underwood? Also, gorgeous.

FROM: Mike
DATE: Wednesday February 4, 2004 -- 6:46:34 pm
I agree, Sara Underwood is HOT! She giggles a little too much, but she is still great to look at. I loved a couple of weeks ago when Bob Lobel congratulated Sara on her pregnancy. She put her head down, turned red and looked REALLY embarrassed! There is definitely no better way to end the news than with a blushing Sara Underwood!

FROM: Tim Bourgeois
DATE: Saturday May 1, 2004 -- 1:29:54 pm
This is really funny. I can't believe people are questioning the fact I dated K-L. She's a great girl, I really wish things had worked out between us.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday May 1, 2004 -- 8:36:03 pm
Even better that they're arguing about it in a Ping I wrote about going to bed.

FROM: towinlovinit
DATE: Sunday May 2, 2004 -- 1:15:46 am
mine was 7:30 for a very good reason, I had to milk cows by 4 am. In High School, it was 9:30 at tops. I still had cows to milk at 4 am. Now that I'm a little bit older...(smile) and back in college, I hit the sack about midnight. I am still up with the morning sun though. Ingrained in me, I guess. Can't sleep in even when I try. That comes with having teens...

FROM: Bardi
DATE: Sunday June 13, 2004 -- 12:39:03 am (the voice of Candlebox)

FROM: Paul
DATE: Sunday June 13, 2004 -- 9:24:35 am
Candlebox always puts me to sleep well before my bedtime. (There! Now it's on topic!)

FROM: rex
DATE: Tuesday September 14, 2004 -- 8:00:31 pm
NOOOOOOOO! Say it ain't so. Kerri Lee's pregnant! I hate seeing a good body bent outta shape. But hey she works out.
I guess I'll just have to wait until she returns from maternity leave.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday September 14, 2004 -- 11:45:56 pm
I hate seeing a good body bent outta shape.

Well, at least you're not a chauvinist ass, so you've got that going for ya.

FROM: Tony L
DATE: Sunday October 17, 2004 -- 8:40:19 pm
About Sara Underwood:

The funniest on-air slip of the tongue blooper I have ever seen on TV news.

She was doing a story a couple of years ago about the Boston Duck Tours moving their dock from one site to another for some reason, I think related to the never-ending Big Dig project. These tourist boats are that amphibious type that look like a trolley and can go from the street into the water. Anyway, she was going to adlib the comment "I'm going to miss the sight of all those boats hanging out at the pier", which apparently is near the WBZ studios, but what she actually said was "I'm going to miss the sight of all those butts hanging out at the pier."

She caught herself right away and said something like "It's been a long week" to her co-anchor, Ted Wayman I think, who kept his cool and a straight face and said something vacuous and noncommital like "indeed."

She kept her composure very well considering the gaffe, which should have wound up on a blooper reel. I could easily see one or the other of them bursting into laughter, but it didn't happen. No scarlet blush that I could see, though one would have been expected and forgivable.

Speaking of bursting into laughter, there is a story I found on the net quite by accident once that Heather Unruh at WCVB lost her bid to become channel 5's prime time anchor with a very ill-timed fit of uncontrollable laughter during a very serious or tragic story. Apparently she was being groomed for the spot, but wound up at 5 AM instead. Liz Brunner eventually got it. Liz is a former Miss America contestant, I hear.

Thank God Jodi Applegate is going or already gone. She fancies herself a damn comedienne instead of an anchor, and she is terrible at both, just unbearably bad. She had an exclusive sit-down interview with then-Governor Jane (Not Too) Swift during which Applegate talked about their weight and smacked herself on her cheeks and called herself "chipmunk cheeks." That was just hideous to behold.

Applegate has failed everywhere she has gone with dreadful ratings: at Later Today or Weekend Today, or whatever it was. Canceled. At Fox 25 at 4:30 PM (canceled), then at 5:00 PM, then the early morning show. She's the epitome of "news lite"; every time I saw her, which was as seldom as possible, she seemed poised to make some little crack about a news story to lighten the mood. She was just incomprehensibly bad as an anchor for a real news show, as opposed to the ET/Access Hollywood types. Goodbye and good riddance. New York can have her.

Second worst female Boston anchor has to be Caterina Bandini. She redefines clueless for anchors, and seems stiff and wooden. How Channel 7 pulls in ratings with her and that flamer Randy Price is beyond me. It's too fast-paced and superficial. I can't belleve they panicked and extended Price's contract after HArvey Leonard jumped ship. Price was dumped by WBZ as a reporter for his DUI problems before WHDH picked him up. Supposedly he's sober; straight he ain't.

My own favorite is Liz Brunner, who is still attractive and slender, but starting to show her age, and is poised and confident. She has a little too much of that beauty pageant frozen smile about her, but it's a poor lot for anchors in Boston. Who else is there?

Lisa Hughes? A mental lightweight. Karen Marinella? Bland, and who watches 56 anyway? Maria Stephanos? No and no on two counts - blue collar type, and a very poor dresser, particularly for a primetime anchor. She just lacks class all around. I would expect her any day to adlib a four-letter word, or snack her co-anchor across the face with her copy for something. She just comes across as rough around the edges. Natalie Jacobsen? Over the hill and Booooring! Totally lacking in animation. Kim Carigan is good; channel 7 should never have let her go. Bianca de la Garza, married to David Wade, is the hottest anchor in Boston, but surprisingly fashion challenged in that she wears some weird inappropriate outfits from time to time, and is another poised but mental lightweight model type. I could see her going places, like to the networks. Great chicks at Fox25, even with Kerri-Lee Halkett gone to Philly. Worst chicks on WCVB; apparently their target audience is senior citizens from the Chet and Nat days.

FROM: Tony L
DATE: Sunday October 17, 2004 -- 9:16:32 pm
An addendum for Kerri-Lee Halkett fans:

Her name appears on several lists on, some of them of interest to male news junkies. Fans can cast votes for her there. Use the internal search feature to find the lists, but be aware that the search does not accommodate misspellings like Google. If you misspell, or the list item is misspelled, you won't find the item.

For Boston news junkies, there is a somewhat out of date poll of favorite local female news personalities at that includes all the local stations including NECN. The voting is nonscientific and surprising, especially the votes for the lovely Andrea Stassou, who shot from the 5 AM early news at channel 7 to anchor at ABC's World News Now with a former Boston co-anchor David Wade, who was at WCVB. Andrea is a bit of a lookalike for the gorgeous Liz Cho; I wonder if that was a factor.

It's astonishing how many prominent news people have come out of that overnight format in recent years. Aaron Brown and Thalia Assuras were a team for a while. Mika Brzenski (however it's spelled). Liz Cho. Sharyl Attkisson. Anderson Cooper. Lisa McRee. Steve Osunsami. Susan McGinnis, a hottie. Quite a few others; I see them regularly as reporters on the network prime time news and say, oh yeah, he/she used to be on WNN or Up to the Minute. Apparently it's a good path for promotion at the networks these days. Lots of air time and a chance to show your talents.

FROM: Jake
DATE: Thursday December 2, 2004 -- 7:17:08 pm
Maria Stephanos is the sexiest females on TV. She comes off as approchable but is so hot...great legs!

FROM: Dale
DATE: Tuesday December 7, 2004 -- 9:33:11 am
Amen to that Jake!!! She seems down to earth, has gorgeous eyes and well-defined awesome calves. It must be from all that jogging

FROM: Jake
DATE: Sunday December 12, 2004 -- 8:12:02 pm
All I know is Channel 25 news is only worth watching because of her...

FROM: Mike
DATE: Tuesday December 14, 2004 -- 1:05:39 am
Wow, two stories regarding Sara Underwood and both have her embarrassed and blushing on live TV!

FROM: TommyC
DATE: Tuesday December 14, 2004 -- 12:39:45 pm
Sara is only cute, Maria is THE most beautiful anchor...Lordy, those legs!!! And what a smile!

FROM: Jimmy
DATE: Thursday January 13, 2005 -- 10:14:29 pm
Maria is incredibly sexy. A great body all around. I am amazed she has two kids... I saw her at a Sox rally once with a baseball hat, tight tank-top and shorts... beautiful!!

DATE: Thursday January 13, 2005 -- 10:48:30 pm
I am a lil pinger now and i never had a set bedtime, i just am responsible enough not to stay up late if i wont be able to handle it. I could never before but recently i can easily stay up late but then stay up til after school.

FROM: Nick
DATE: Sunday January 23, 2005 -- 3:20:34 pm
How come I never get to see Maria in is unfair!

FROM: Dale
DATE: Monday January 24, 2005 -- 3:34:05 pm
Not to mention the tank top!!!

FROM: Tommy
DATE: Friday February 4, 2005 -- 4:16:08 pm
It really doesn't matter what she is wearing, she is gorgous!

FROM: sara underwood
DATE: Tuesday February 15, 2005 -- 2:18:08 pm
hi im sara underwood wat is this about im really confused. well i always am im kinda the dumb blond tye really

FROM: dave wilson
DATE: Sunday February 20, 2005 -- 12:26:48 pm
I always thought Maria looked a little cheap, but not bad. Sara is classy, Kerri-Lee is gorgeous, Heather is both. Boston has it's newsbabes for sure. Too bad I'm moving to Miami.

DATE: Sunday April 10, 2005 -- 4:51:06 pm
I saw Sharyn Alfonsi (Al-Foxy) in Central Park today. Gorgeous. White tank shirt, jeans, flilp-flops, with her dog. WHAT A BODY!!!!!!!!

DATE: Friday June 17, 2005 -- 8:16:55 pm
I think the news camera should focus more on Maria's legs! They don't show her legs off enough. Sombody should make a website with pictures of her legs. Maria's legs are deliciously lickable!!!!!!!!!!!!

DATE: Monday June 20, 2005 -- 11:35:22 am
I would be the first to sign-up for
that site.

FROM: dale
DATE: Monday June 20, 2005 -- 11:45:18 am
Kind of like a greatest hits collection

FROM: Tommy
DATE: Friday July 22, 2005 -- 1:30:23 pm
She is the absoloute package, looks, brains and personality and the best legs possible!

FROM: Andreas
DATE: Saturday July 30, 2005 -- 2:13:14 am
So far Dale has the most tasteful comments (although mostly agreeing with others) regarding the beautiful and talented Maria Stephanos. Please keep in mind that she is happily married with 2 kids. We are all envious of her husband (what is his name again?). Not only is he married to a great person but an accomplished artist in his own right. Anyone who has read a Rolling Stone or MAD magazine may have had the honor of seeing his work. But enough of my brown nosing...seriously.....just one night with your wife..that's all I am asking (kidding). Stephanos family kicks ass!

FROM: Andreas
DATE: Saturday July 30, 2005 -- 2:23:03 am
I just realized that there maybe enough positive, tasteful comments here to bring tribute to one of Bostons most accomplished news anchors. Anyone want to start a TASTEFUL website in her honor? I believe there maybe an artist (cartoonist) here somewhere that would agree. We would leave the pictures of her legs up to his discretion.

FROM: dale
DATE: Monday August 1, 2005 -- 5:45:16 pm
Sounds good to me.

FROM: Andreas
DATE: Saturday August 13, 2005 -- 10:28:32 am
Ok do we get this going? By-the-way....Happy Name Day Maria (it's a Greek thing)!

FROM: Dale
DATE: Tuesday August 16, 2005 -- 10:15:41 am
It's all Greek to me! I'll see if I can
locate some old footage and pictures.

FROM: Andreas
DATE: Monday August 22, 2005 -- 9:02:16 am
I am sure you can. I'll bet you have some stuff from her days in Providence too. Anyone catch Maria's interview with the Boston Police Commissioner last week? Great job!

FROM: Dale
DATE: Thursday September 1, 2005 -- 9:02:26 am
See, she is more than just a pretty face.

FROM: Andreas
DATE: Thursday September 1, 2005 -- 9:31:17 pm

FROM: Andreas
DATE: Tuesday September 6, 2005 -- 9:01:24 pm
Anyone else contributing to this website? I got autographed photos!

FROM: Dale
DATE: Wednesday September 7, 2005 -- 11:05:42 am

You are the man. Where did you get those signatures? I am going to sell T-Shirts on Route 1 with the website slogan on them.

FROM: Andreas
DATE: Monday September 12, 2005 -- 12:47:55 pm
Actually YOU are the man!

Would you believe that I got it (autographed photo) from her personally? She is, by far, the nicest TV News personality I have ever met. Very gracious. Save me a T Shirt and let me know what the website slogan is. Remember: Keep it tasteful. This girl has class!

FROM: dale
DATE: Wednesday September 14, 2005 -- 9:46:58 pm
I am a classy guy as well!!

FROM: Andreas
DATE: Saturday September 17, 2005 -- 1:10:50 am
No doubt!

FROM: Tommy
DATE: Tuesday September 20, 2005 -- 2:10:05 pm
So, where is this website? I want to join too! She is the best anchor working today, although Fox 25 seems to be going downhill the past couple of weeks. New director?

FROM: Andreas
DATE: Tuesday September 20, 2005 -- 8:53:05 pm
Hey Tommy. I believe this is in Dale's hands right now. Last I knew he was working on getting some old footage and some pictures. Dale.....Please let me know how I can help get this going. Lot's of news fans are getting restless.

FROM: Dale and Andreas
DATE: Friday September 23, 2005 -- 4:07:06 pm
Do you guys share a computer? Your IP number comes out the same. Wierd.

FROM: Andreas
DATE: Sunday September 25, 2005 -- 11:07:44 pm
I hope not. What the hell in an IP number?

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday September 26, 2005 -- 4:10:44 pm
I may rename this Ping "The Toolbox."

FROM: Andreas
DATE: Friday September 30, 2005 -- 12:06:14 pm
Sorry Ryan. Not all of us are well versed in the language of NerdSpeak.

DATE: Friday November 4, 2005 -- 7:18:05 pm
If you think Kerri-Lee is a babe, you should see her sister, Kimberly, a TV reporter in Canada

FROM: Andreas
DATE: Wednesday January 18, 2006 -- 2:08:09 pm
I want to keep this going about Maria. Anyone else agree that she is a total babe? By-the-way..Happy Birthday Maria!

FROM: Dale
DATE: Thursday February 16, 2006 -- 8:55:10 pm
I am sorry but I had a computer virus and Maria was ill for 3 weeks.

Now we can carry on.

FROM: Kelli
DATE: Saturday February 25, 2006 -- 9:19:23 pm
Is bianca de la garza pregnant or is she just fat? Either way she's doing a poor job concealing it!

FROM: Kelli
DATE: Saturday February 25, 2006 -- 9:25:58 pm
Is bianca de la garza pregnant or is she just fat? Either way she's doing a poor job concealing it!

FROM: dale
DATE: Thursday March 2, 2006 -- 8:10:46 pm
She recently had a child.

FROM: James anderson
DATE: Wednesday March 8, 2006 -- 9:45:01 am
I think its gonna be a nice decision to be with u guyz, but to catch with you guyz is an headache to me, i will appreaciates if u can put me through on how to belong. Cos i love u. >James anderson>nigeria>africa.

FROM: James anderson
DATE: Thursday March 9, 2006 -- 12:34:46 am
I think its gonna be a nice decision to be with u guyz, but to catch with you guyz is an headache to me, i will appreaciates if u can put me through on how to belong. Cos i love u. >James anderson>nigeria>africa.

FROM: James anderson
DATE: Thursday March 9, 2006 -- 12:49:28 am
I think its gonna be a nice decision to be with u guyz, but to catch with you guyz is an headache to me, i will appreaciates if u can put me through on how to belong. Cos i love u. >James anderson>nigeria>africa.

FROM: Phil Miglian
DATE: Wednesday March 22, 2006 -- 7:49:57 am
Ok, not sure what the above poster just said.

BUT to those interested check out KL on this:

FROM: Andreas
DATE: Tuesday May 2, 2006 -- 11:25:30 pm
Hey Dale,
What's new with Maria? Any new updates on the tribute website?

DATE: Wednesday July 5, 2006 -- 11:05:46 pm
Reading these comments I must say hmmmmm seems like Dale/Andreas are friends of Maria? I was searching what nationality De La Garza may be, due to the interesting name. Then I noticed these comments, one calling Maria S. "too blue-collar....classless...polyester suits....another blog said low-class face/voice and streaked hair...etc...etc..." How cruel! Why are posters so mean? Personally I find Maria OK , seems very sweet. IMO the most gorgeous anchor is Caterina Bandini Ch. 7 news. Randy Price is great. The men on Fox need to lose the hair dye though LOL. ;) I miss Chet and Nat too. BTW what on earth happened to Todd Gross ? Why was he fired?

FROM: Cindy
DATE: Tuesday July 11, 2006 -- 3:54:30 pm
Bianca de la Garza is gorgeous.

The de la Garza last names comes from Spain, so she would have some Spanish descent.

Anway, she had a baby and she looks wonderful, beautiful woman.

FROM: dale
DATE: Wednesday July 12, 2006 -- 7:06:11 pm
The website is still in the works. Check out a site called to tied you over.

p.s. Caterina Bandini is too skinny. Maria is the most none

DATE: Friday July 21, 2006 -- 7:25:13 pm
Thankyou Cindy for that info. Bianca is beautiful. Dale, Caterina Bandini is not "too skinny" she is petite and she has a perfect face with perfect features . Isn't her husband is very successful and very wealthy?? The Golden Couple ( family )as they all say. :) Also...Ch. 7 Phil Lipof is very handsome and is married to Juli Auclair who is very articulate and professional. I enjoy both Ch. 7 and Fox, but Fox seems way less polished, almost amateurish but informative. I like Randy Price too, he looks so GQ meets LouisBoston! (No hair dye). Weatherman Pete Bouchard is the best!!

FROM: dale
DATE: Saturday July 22, 2006 -- 1:43:39 pm

I definitely agree that Ch.7 is more professional. However,

I prefer Frances Riviera and a new reporter, Sorbani. Of

coarse Wendi Nix will be missed!

FROM: lisa
DATE: Monday July 24, 2006 -- 6:22:54 am
Bianca is Irish and Spanish. Her real last name is Burke. De la Garza is her dad's last name.
She uses it because it was more "ethnic"

FROM: gfkr2
DATE: Friday July 28, 2006 -- 1:39:38 pm
Good God THAT Bianca De La Garza is beautiful.

Lucky man, Dave Wade!

DATE: Wednesday August 2, 2006 -- 2:58:46 pm
Yes Dale! Rivera is fabulous! I emailed her ..told her she should replace Caterina B...she wrote back...soooo friendly. Does anyone know who is replacing Bandini yet? On a 'higher' level, lol, I was disappointed that Meredith Viera got Katie's spot!!! She is too old looking..Ann Curry or Natalie Morales were robbed. Campbell Brown is disappointed, u can tell she expected the position !

DATE: Tuesday August 8, 2006 -- 11:18:27 pm
Cat bandini has gone on mat. leave-best wishes....she always looked great...but seldom did a full shoot....shame.....!

ANY NEW NEWS BABES are always welcome but, aside from Sara Underwood,Francis Riviera,the FOX25 girls-sans babe Molly Line....Stephanos,Delagarza are,suits & all...

Ann Curry is hot,she deserved the Katie Couric spot....she always looks good,great boots,legs,stage presence.

I'd love to by the ladies cocktails or coffee (in the cool weather )...!

DATE: Wednesday August 9, 2006 -- 10:04:28 pm
What about Chikage Windler? She used to be the hottest weather babe around! I would have put her up against anyone else in the country if there were a "Ms. Meterologist Pageant.". She used to wear these tight shirts and had naturally long, silky brown hair.

Then she decided to wear tight-but-not-as-tight-as-possible sweaters, cut her hair to old-woman length and add some red and almost white hilights to her not-so-attractive 'do.

She used to be a she looks like an ass.

FROM: Andreas
DATE: Sunday August 13, 2006 -- 9:19:51 am
All of the women mentioned are absolutely beautiful. I am still a die-hard Fox25 fan due to Maria. Dale's original comments were right on the mark (about Maria). The other babes on rival new networks really don't measure up to the cougars on Fox25. Even the women on the morning newscast have been catching my eye (Anquinnete Jamison, Cindy Fitzgibbon). Caterina Bandini will be sorely missed but I can't wait to see more of Frances Riviera. Now...back to Maria: This woman truly gets better with age! Any fans of Maria should know that Aug 15th is her "name day" (it's a Greek thing). Wish her a happy one!

DATE: Monday August 21, 2006 -- 12:14:13 am
Andreas ? Was Francis Rivera chosen as the anchor? Chicage Windler has the 50-housewife look and could not be more irritating but she's classy. Maria (on Fox news) is about (mid?) 40 s , and Bianca is what 20-something ? Both do a good job imo. You know who has a beautiful face? Natalie Morales ! But back to ch. 7 now who will win the anchor spot-Christa or Francis?

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ryan January 3, 2007, 3:02 pm

Very nice. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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

What is this then?

The Daily Ping is the web's finest compendium of toilet information and Oreo™® research. Too much? Okay, okay, it's a daily opinion column written by two friends. Did we mention we've been doing this for over ten years? Tell me more!

Most Popular Pings

Last Week's Most Popular Pings

Let's be nice.

© 2000-2011 The Daily Ping, all rights reserved. Tilted sidebar note idea 'adapted' from Panic. Powered by the mighty WordPress.