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Phila. Eagle Does Weather Forecast On WTXF

Corey Clement, a running back for the World Champion Philadelphia Eagles, jumped on the air to help give the weather forecast by WTXF’s Sue Serio.

WTXF is the Fox O&O in Philadelphia.

“I don’t know when it’s going to rain, but it’s going to rain,” joked Clement.

Clement went on to give an analysis of WTXF’s Doppler radar screen during which he noted that “all the clouds are moving that way,” meaning to the east, and gave a shoutout to New York for its lack of inclement weather.

Philadelphians, Clement recommended, should stay inside due to the rain.

The running back did such a good job, Serio asked if he’d take over for her during vacations. Clement noted that “if they’re paying good, I’ll be here.”

“That was a championship weather forecast,” Serio said following Clement’s on-air run. “Good job.”

Click here to read more about Clement’s appearance.

Philly TV ‘All In’ On Facebook For Super Bowl

Earlier this week, I asked TV stations sending crews to the Eagles-Patriots Super Bowl to share their experiences, the behind-the-scenes, fun stuff.

Then I got the flu. The ‘flu’ needs a more sinister name, something that connotes the pit of misery that one gets from the plague.

In any event, it’s not easy for a local news crew to respond with their behind-the-scenes pictures and accounts. First, they’re busy, and second, they need permission.

No problem, I completely understand.

But I did make it out of bed to some of the Philly station’s Facebook pages to see what I could find.

From WPVI, the ABC O&O, Sarah Bloomquist took to a zip line in 6 degree weather for a super ride. What a trooper!

It’s about 1,200 miles from Philadelphia to Minneapolis, about 18 hours by car. In a news van, the trip can be an eternity. But that didn’t stop two cameramen from WPVI from beating the boredom with a fun video.

From NBC-owned WCAU, this reporter filed this Facebook video from inside a plane full of fans. The fans are so boisterous, you really can’t hear what the reporter is saying, but you get the gist.

Here’s that same reporter getting a send-off in the airport before departure.

From KYW, the CBS O&O, here are some behind-the-scenes of how the media deals with the cold.
NOTE: No audio for the first 20 seconds or so.

Also from KYW, an Eagles fan in Keyna teaches his students to sing the Eagles’ song.

From Fox-owned WTXF, this video shot in Philly, shows an Eagles’ fan who’s taken his devotion to a new level, his basement.

Also from WTXF, this somber story about a little boy from New York who had to visit Philadelphia often to get treatment at a local hospital. In the process, he became an Eagles’ fan because many of the players and coaches stopped by his room to give him encouragement. That little boy lost his battle with leukemia, but this story shows how the game of football can mean so much to a sick little boy, and how much his fight means to the team.

And this video is hysterical as a young lady, a die-hard Eagles fan, coming out of dental surgery thinks she missed the Super Bowl.

WTXF Questions Priest’s Relationship With Former Secretary

Jeff Cole, right, and Fr. Joel Arciga-Camarillo

Jeff Cole, right, and Fr. Joel Arciga-Camarillo

WTXF-TV_logoAn investigation into the relationship between a Camden, N.J., priest and his former secretary by WTXF, the Fox O&O in Philadelphia, has led the Diocese of Camden to open its own investigation into the priest’s behavior.

WTXF’s Jeff Cole got a tip from a parishioner urging the station to take a look at where Father Joel Arciga-Camarillo spends his time away from the church.

Cole’s three-week investigation revealed that the priest appeared to stay overnight at the home of his former secretary, a divorced mother of four. Father Camarillo says the woman is just a friend.

Father Camarillo worked with the woman when he was an administrator at St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral in Camden until he was reassigned in July.

WTXF Tells Irish Viewers ‘Cead Mile Failte’

WTXF-TV_logoIt’s OK, it’s a common greeting in Irish that means “A Hundred Thousand Welcomes.”

And it was the station’s way of announcing that it will be airing the St. Patrick’s Parade on Sunday, March 13, from noon to 3.

“We are so excited to be celebrating Irish and Irish American culture in our region by bringing this historic parade to Fox 29,” said Jim Driscoll, WTXF’s news director. WTXF is the Fox O&O in Philadelphia.

st-patricks-day-parade-philadelphia-r_kennedy-1200VP“To all its members we say ‘Cead Mile Failte,’ which means ‘A Hundred Thousand Welcomes’,” Driscoll added.

Over 20,000 participants and spectators are expected to attend the parade.

Here’s how WTFX interrupted its own morning news to make the announcement.

WCVB To Show Undefeated Patriots On ‘MNF’

Monday-Night-Football-logo-645x356When you’re home team is playing on Monday Night Football, that’s a big deal.

When your home team is undefeated so far this season, that’s a bigger deal.

And even though the game is already airing on ESPN, if you have a chance to air the game on your ABC station, and squeeze in a half-hour of pre-game coverage, you take it.

wcvbEven if you have to move the finale to the popular show, Dancing with the Stars to your digital subchannel.

The New England Patriots are playing the Buffalo Bills on Monday night and WCVB, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Boston, is simulcasting the game with ESPN.

WCVB’s pre-game coverage, SportsCenter 5 Countdown to Kickoff, begins at 8 p.m. live from Gillette Stadium followed by the game at 8:30.


(NOTE: Here’s a preview of the game from the NFL featuring Colleen Wolfe and Elliot Harrison.
I worked as a freelance sports producer with Wofle at WTXF, the Fox affiliate here in Philly. Wolfe was a sports anchor, reporter and producer until moving to host the NFL Network’s NFL Now.

New Promo For WTXF’s Interactive Weekend News

fox 29This Saturday morning at 8, WTXF, the Fox O&O in Philadelphia, launches its weekend morning newscast called #fox29weekend.

The newscasts promise to be interactive and social with viewer-generated news content and regular contributors who are not reporters.

Here’s a new promo for the newscasts that I saw on Facebook.

To read more about what viewers can expect to see in the newscast, click here.



Fox To Launch Interactive Social Newscasts In Philadelphia

fox 29Starting Saturday, Sept. 20, at 8 a.m., WTXF, the Fox O&O in Philadelphia, will begin airing a weekend morning newscast called #fox29weekend.

The station already does an hour-long newscast on Saturday and Sunday at 6 and 10 p.m.

According to WTXF’s creative services director, Audrey Fish, “#fox29weekend is an interactive, social newscast with viewer generated news content and regular contributors who are not reporters, but news makers in the market.

“These contributors will Skype in or even shoot content via their phones.

“The content will be unique and reflect what our viewers/social media followers/fans expect.

“We are launching the show with a brand new stage that hosts 3 different newscasts.

“The set is designed to be 360 degrees, and has a street-side view of Center City Philadelphia.

“#fox29weekend allows us to experiment on unique types of stories, and different ways of gathering and presenting. Content that ‘works’ may be used in other newscast.

“It’s really part of the overall station goal to create the ‘newsroom of the future’.”