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August 25th, 2004

Philadelphia News

I’ve lived in the DC Metro area for over six years now and the thing I hate more than anything else is that there isn’t a news broadcast in the area that doesn’t bite my left buttcheek.

Sure, there’s the occasional weatherperson I like, but the drama-heavy news broadcasts in there area have me rolling my eyes more than being informed. It seems like they all just regurgitate talking points without any sort of real investigation. And I really don’t need the fancy stock music and graphic packages announcing: “TERROR IN IRAQ!!!” everytime an Iraq-related story comes around.

Perhaps I’m spoiled, though, as I grew up on what I still consider the best news broadcast there is: Action News on ABC channel 6 in Philadelphia. Most of the same news team is there and they even still use the same kick ass theme song they’ve always used (well, it’s a slight variation). I’ll wait while you go listen.

But that’s all just mindless ranting… the real point to this Ping is…

When searching for some Philadelphia-related news information this week, I came across a page that proves that every possible topic has its obsessed fans… and that includes television news in Philadelphia. That site features history, sound bites, biographies (though the mighty Jim Gardner seems to be missing… man, what I’d give for a personlized autographed photo from that guy…), and way more other minutae on the subject that you could ever possibly imagine.

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

FROM: jk
DATE: Wednesday August 25, 2004 -- 10:03:34 am
Are you old enough to remember Jim O'Brien? (PLEASE, no jokes.) He is still legendary in my family, as well throughout the Philadelphia area.

Even though I live a couple counties away, we watch the news from Philadelphia. My dad and I (and many many others) would drop Comcast cable and get a dish if the dish would give us the Philly stations! I'd do it tomorrow if I could.

You know that Dave Roberts' son is David Boreanz, right?



FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday August 25, 2004 -- 1:47:06 pm
I remember the day Jim O'Brien died...We cried. He is still missed around these parts.



FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday August 25, 2004 -- 5:54:51 pm
I definitely remember Jim O'Brien and the day he died... a sad event, indeed.

I wasn't aware, though, of the Dave Roberts-Dave Boreanz connection... of course, I don't even know who David Boreanz is, so that makes it a little harder... :)



FROM: jk
DATE: Thursday August 26, 2004 -- 12:18:39 am
Dave Boreanz played "Angel" on Buffy and his own show. He would occasionally visit his dad on the set of WPVI.

I am sorry to read that Gary Papa is battling cancer....that explains his appearance, but he seems to be doing ok.

My brother the meteorologist was considered as a replacement for Jim O'Brien but they went with Dave Roberts because the people of Philly knew and liked him, and my brother bore too much of a physical resemblance and they thought the public would resent him as an outsider.

When Jimbo died, he had an incredible contract.....10 years I think, which was unheard of at the time. I remember where I was the day he died....I even knew the date for many years. I think it was in September.



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