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I'll start: Back in 1970s Birmingham, it was heavily rumored that rival "weather girls" Pat Gray (WBRC/Channel 6) and Rosemary Lucas (WAPI/Channel 13) moonlighted as high-priced escorts.

by Anonymousreply 6107/26/2013

Picture, OP!

by Anonymousreply 209/25/2010

Bill Bonds, a longtime TV news anchor in the Detroit area (who also appeared in one of the "Planet of the Apes" movies) was such a notorious drunk that he started ending his newscasts saying that he'd be back tomorrow evening, "God willing" (I guess reflecting a one day at a time philosophy.) A friend of mine said that he was involved at one time with a teenaged girl in her neighborhood, until her brothers beat him up.

by Anonymousreply 309/25/2010

About 20 years ago, when he was new to the market and not yet well-know locally, the chief meteorologist for the Houston NBC affiliate Frank Billingsley once came to a party my housemates and I were throwing. He came with a mutual friend; they headed straight for our bathroom and proceded to hoover I couldn't tell you how much coke.

by Anonymousreply 409/25/2010

Here's a story about our local anchor who starved herself to death. I'm good friends with "Peggy" in this story.

by Anonymousreply 609/25/2010

I knew her from TV. The sad thing is she really didn't look too deathly thin on TV, only in person and then it would take your breath away. Jane Pauley apparently did a story on her and I missed it.

by Anonymousreply 809/25/2010


Years ago over in Nashville, TN there was this lady named Oprah who worked on the local news with Chris Clark.

Chris Clark took a bit of flack for hiring Oprah because there were some intolerant minded people who did not want her on tv.

Even the news producers and everything did not even know what to make of her name.

Heck, when I was a kid I thought her name was kinda far out myself. Ain't gonna lie.

Please remember this is ages before Oprah was, well, you know, Oprah.

Chris Clark held to his guns and did the dutiful and tolerant minded thing. Please note that Oprah was only a fair (and very young and new) news reporter but she did always have a very lovely and low speaking voice and near perfect elocution.


The rumor for years was that Chris Clark (who had a Clark Kent look back in the day) and Oprah had some kind of "thing" going.

I do not know if it was sexual or what. But, that is what the rumor was.

They used to be spotted around town and all.

I have nothing more.

by Anonymousreply 909/25/2010

Rumor has it the NYC Police Commissioner's son, Greg Kelly, is gay.

by Anonymousreply 1009/25/2010

Speaking of Greg, I saw him jogging downtown this week. He looks thinner in person.

by Anonymousreply 1109/25/2010

Jogging? He doesn't look very fit on TV. Kind of short and dumpy looking

by Anonymousreply 1309/25/2010

^ OK, I exaggerated about the Cher thing, but it was considered very exotic and glamorous locally.

by Anonymousreply 1609/25/2010

Bree Walker looking beautiful, 1989 (with JIm Lampley)...

by Anonymousreply 1709/25/2010

... and Bree today.

by Anonymousreply 1809/25/2010

Anyone know anything about George Oliphant, the little hottie who does that "George to the Rescue" show for WNBC in New York? I hear he's married with a kid but would love to know if he dabbled in the homosex pre-wedding vows (which I doubt as he appears to be on the boring side, cute as he is). Also, anyone got any dirt on Brett Larson?

by Anonymousreply 2109/25/2010

Gayle Anderson of LA's KTLA has long been rumored to be a guy in drag. She does look pretty rough.

by Anonymousreply 2309/25/2010

r9, did she take him with her after she hit it big?

by Anonymousreply 2409/25/2010

What? No way, r23. I've never heard that before. That's funny.

by Anonymousreply 2509/25/2010

Dallas weatherman Steve McCalley (channel 8) was run out of Amarillo after being caught in a local park having sex with a male attorney according to a former friend

by Anonymousreply 2609/25/2010

Back in the 80's there was a weatherman at WSB in Atlanta named Russ Minchew. He was long married with children but it was well known among the gay crowd at the time that Russ had a penchant for trolling Piedmont Park looking for bush action. He'd been arrested several times by the Atlanta PD but WSB was always able to get it quashed because of their connections at city hall. Then in the mid 80's he got caught in Columbus, Ga. (90 miles away) soliciting a small group of teenage street trash for some action. The cops found a stash of gay porn mags in his trunk which Russ claimed he was "holding for a friend" (how original) LOL.

WSB wasn't able to quash that one because it was out of town. He went on trial and won mainly because the kids he solicited along with their scummy families showed what trash they were on every interview, and his lawyer was able to get the jury to think Minchew was set up by the Columbus cops.

After he won the lawsuit WSB forced him to resign. A short time later he moved back to his hometown of Pensacola, Fl. with the family and did some sort of show down there and died a short time later due to brain cancer.

by Anonymousreply 2709/25/2010

The gerbil incident in Texas occurred in Wichita Falls at KAUZ Channel 6. It was many years ago -- probably in the 1980s. As I recall, the weatherman's name was Rich Segal.

by Anonymousreply 2809/25/2010

Oh wow Bree looks like a completely different person and not for the better.

by Anonymousreply 2909/25/2010

Does anyone have any dirt on local Chicago celebrities? A little gossip could only make things at stations like WGN Channel 9 more interesting. Probably the only thing.

by Anonymousreply 3109/25/2010

There have been rumors for years that one of the anchorwomen in Seattle has a bit of a shoplifting problem.

by Anonymousreply 3209/25/2010

Wow, what dishy dirt, OP! Tell us more absurd stories about weather girls in obscure markets back in the '70s!

by Anonymousreply 3309/25/2010

Fred Richart, a local automobile dealer, decided to reward his top salesman with a trip upstairs at a New Years Eve Party. The salesman ended up tying Fred to the bed post for something a little kinky when his wife stormed in. The salesman ran away and Mrs. Richart proceeded to heat her curling iron before jamming it up her husband's ass.

by Anonymousreply 3409/25/2010

I don't remember the full story, I'll have to call my uncle in Baltimore, but when NY channel 7 anchor Sade Baderinwa (sp) was an anchor in Bmore she supposedly had an affair with a high ranking politician and alledgely left town because of it. A couple of years ago, Sade was hit by a wild out of control car while she was doing a field report. Its been said that that car was not out of control and aimed straight at her on purpose.

by Anonymousreply 3609/25/2010

Read the Nikki Finke article. Did ratings for Bree newscast go down because of the affair?

by Anonymousreply 3709/25/2010

Judging from this '70s parody reel from WWL-TV, complete with fake (?) bag of coke, New Orleans broadcasters are/were a fun bunch.

by Anonymousreply 3809/26/2010

[quote]Another weather guy was Bill Kamal; he's now in prison in Florida for molesting a kid.

He has only the one testicle, right?

by Anonymousreply 3909/26/2010

In Providence we had a local TV personality who cohosted PM Magazine with Matt Lauer. She was rumored to have a coke problem and then all sorts of weird things started happening. Here's a snippet from a news story:

Martines was found in the trunk of her Mercedes on a side road in Dighton in 1988. She claimed she had been abducted and beaten after stopping at an Interstate 195 rest stop. She claimed her alleged attacker drove the vehicle to Dighton and left her inside the trunk, but no arrests were made and police reports remain sealed. Later that year, she resigned her position as Matt Lauer’s co-host on WJAR-Channel 10’s “PM Magazine.” Four years later in November 2002, Martines Pina disappeared for six days before checking herself into Rhode Island Hospital in Providence.

by Anonymousreply 4109/26/2010

Let us not forget the troubled, scandal-ridden life and career (in NYC, anyway) of Steve Bartelstein....

by Anonymousreply 4409/29/2010

Any stories about local celebs in KY or IN?

by Anonymousreply 4509/29/2010

Who cares, R46? He's Chicago's problem now. Look out, Boystown!

by Anonymousreply 4809/30/2010

In Cincinnati, newscaster Norma Rashid had an affair with the very married Charlie Luken, former mayor turned newscaster and then mayor again. Rashid was fired and just sort of "disappeared" although no one was quite sure if it was over the affair or WHAT it was. She was quite popular for a long time in that city.

by Anonymousreply 5012/06/2012

Little Rock KARK Weatherman Brett Cummins woke up naked in a hot tub with a dead man who was also naked & wearing a dog collar around his neck. Needless to say, Brett is no longer employees with KARK. Cause of death was accidental drug/alcohol related.

by Anonymousreply 5112/06/2012

R43, this psycho sexual appetite must've been pretty extreme if it bothered KTLA. Wonder if any of the details ever got out.

Once my friends and I got bleacher seats at the Oscars when they were still held at the Shrine Auditorium. KTLA's Sam Rubin who's still there now, was covering the arrivals. He appeared to be quite the pig. He continuously felt up some young blonde who was also with the station, right there out in the open in front of all of us.

by Anonymousreply 5212/06/2012


by Anonymousreply 5305/10/2013

Fox 28 Columbus news anchor Yolanda Harris's hubby was accused of 'sexting' teen girls.

At least he didn't have them chained in the basement!

by Anonymousreply 5405/10/2013

Here's Mike Longman's LinkedIn profile, which indicates that he lives in NYC now and doesn't know how to spell the word "contributor."

by Anonymousreply 5505/10/2013

And Brett Cummins' LinkedIn page shows that he bounced back from his waking-up-next-to-a-corpse episode with a position as a call-center manager, and now he's an insurance salesman in Colleyville, Texas.

by Anonymousreply 5605/10/2013

R45 on the local WTTV channel in Indy, they replaced Popeye & Janie with Popeye & Peggy.

Peggy was married to my dentist and was a great gal. I had their daughter in my gymnastics class.

After she had been on the air a couple of years, Peggy divorced the dentist husband and ran off with one of the art directors of her show....

And she stayed on the air for a some time afterwards.

by Anonymousreply 5705/10/2013

Thanks R38. I had to post that blooper reel on facebook it was so good.

Mike Longman. When I was in high school all the guys used to talk about Mike Longman cruising them and trying to pick them up for money and other stuff. I'd never met him.

Then decades later when they finally caught him (or decided they'd had enough of his bullshit) I said I remembered what he'd been up to when we were in school. Everyone denied they'd ever said that and got on me for not reporting him.

by Anonymousreply 5805/11/2013

Philadelphia had two, one involving EXTRA reporter, Jerry Pennacoli.

1) Jerry's was the gerbil urban legend. I recall about 4 hospitals -- including one in Baltimore -- that he was rumored to have the gerbil removed. Local papers tried to confirm it was an urban legend, but it killed his broadcasting career here. I've always been impressed he was able to continue on with his career.

2) John Bolaris, a sleezy weatherman known for hitting night clubs. I've included the link below, and apparently he won some lawsuit against Am Ex, but this incident cost him his job as he blabbed about it in Playboy. Just a really pathetic guy -- he was down in Fla during spring break, I believe.

by Anonymousreply 5905/11/2013

anyone know where is pat gray now ?

by Anonymousreply 6007/26/2013

Bobbie Batista-former Headline News/CNN host and was rumored to be Ted Turner's GF was known locally as Backseat Bobbie when she worked in Raleigh NC

by Anonymousreply 6107/26/2013
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