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TV Note: New to KDKA

Saturday, August 04, 2001

KDKA is preparing for Monday's launch of a 10 p.m. newscast on sister station WNPA, Channel 19, with the addition of two staffers and new assignments for veterans.

Beaver/Butler bureau reporter David Highfield will become a night reporter for KDKA's late newscasts with newcomer Ross Guidotti taking his place in the bureau. Guidotti, a Pittsburgh native who grew up in South Park, joins KDKA from WJAC in Johnstown.

Weekend weathercaster Jeff Verszyla will read forecasts for WNPA's 10 p.m. news starting Monday. Reporter Rebecca Hower will replace Verszyla on weekends and continue to report three days a week. Hower was a reporter/weathercaster for a station in Erie before joining KDKA last fall.

New hire Keli Olexia comes to KDKA from WTOV in Steubenville. Olexia will report for KDKA and WNPA's late newscasts.

(Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor)

More 'Beach,' 'Glick'

FX has renewed the Howard Stern-produced comedy series "Son of the Beach" for a third season. New episodes will begin airing early next year, probably in March.

Separately, Comedy Central renewed Martin Short's "Primetime Glick" for 10 addition episodes that are expected to air early next year.

(R.O.)

'Bush' bagged

Comedy Central has canceled "That's My Bush" from "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The series cast President Bush as a bumbling sitcom cliche husband.

"Bush" had decent ratings by Comedy Central standards but was considered by network executives too expensive to continue. Stone and Parker are working on reviving the "Bush" characters for a film.

(R.O.)

'Gilmore Girls' moves

The WB's acclaimed comedy-drama series "Gilmore Girls" moves to its new time slot next week with back-to-back rerun episodes. "Girls" will air Tuesday at 8 p.m.

(R.O.)

UPN premiere dates

UPN has revised the premiere dates for two series. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" will now debut Oct. 2 with a two-hour episode, and "Roswell" will first air on the network Oct. 9.

Also, "WWF Smackdown!" will have its first live episode with its season premiere Aug. 16.

(R.O.)

Mass changes channel

Beginning Monday, the one-hour, 8 a.m. daily Mass from St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland will be carried on Channel 13 on AT&T's suburban cable systems. In the city the Mass will continue to air on Channel 9 and cable-ready Channel 12.

(R.O.)

College alternatives

Talk host Don Gamble usually talks about racing, but this week, he's changing gears.

Following his weekly 1 p.m. motorsports show, he'll take over the 2 to 4 p.m. open talk segment today on KDKA-AM (1020) to talk about higher education and career choices.

Gamble says he wanted to do this special to call people's attention to alternatives to the four-year college degree. While many college students drop out and others end up working in jobs for which they're overqualified, there is a need for more workers with technical education and skills.

His guest is Fred Monaco, leadership coordinator at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and former director of applied technology and career development for the Pittsburgh Public Schools.

(Adrian McCoy, Post-Gazette Staff Writer)

Sustainability

WDUQ-FM (90.5) will broadcast an eight-part series of lectures on sustainability.

"Champions of Sustainability" features talks by experts and leaders, both national and local, on issues relating to sustainability, the environment and the economy.

The lecture series was presented this year by Sustainable Pittsburgh, which advocates balanced social, economic and environmental needs for the region.

The series airs weekly, starting this Sunday at 7 a .m. (repeating at 2 p.m.) and running through Sept. 23.

(A.M.)

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