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TV & Radio Note: Dr. Laura is out at WPTT

Tuesday, August 28, 2001

WPTT-AM (1360) is changing its programming lineup, and that's bad news for fans of Dr. Laura Schlessinger. The station is dumping the show.

But there's good news for WPTT morning drive talk host Jerry Bowyer, who will be able to sleep in a few hours. He's moving to the 8 a.m. to noon time slot.

Michael Sherry, general manager for WPTT, WJAS-AM (1320) and WSHH-FM (99.7), said the decision to drop Dr. Laura came from several factors, the most important being to give the station a more consistent local identity during its daytime schedule. "I wanted to make sure our three strongest talents were visible and available. With Jerry's talent and insight into politics and day-to-day Pittsburgh issues, it makes a great combination with Lynn Cullen and Doug Hoerth," and people will have the opportunity to listen to three great talents back-to-back, he said. Cullen's show airs from noon to 3 p.m., followed by Hoerth from 3 to 6 p.m.

Syndicated Doug Stephan will replace Bowyer in the earlier morning drive hours, although that may be a temporary move. Stephan's show airs as a replacement when Bowyer is off.

The station also is getting a new name -- 1360 The Point. The new tag was chosen because the station's three local talk hosts "get to the point," Sherry says.

The changes will take effect Sept. 4.

(Adrian McCoy, Post-Gazette staff writer)

'Runner' seeks contestants

Can you hide? Can you seek? Do you want to be on TV?

Those are the questions prospective contestants must ponder before they show up to audition for the new ABC "reality" series "The Runner." An open casting call will be held in Homestead on Saturday.

Executive-produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon (they're not expected to be at the auditions), "The Runner" will premiere on ABC in January and will feature a "runner" who tries to cross the country without getting caught by "agents" who are seeking the runner.

ABC says the potential prize to winners will be $1 million. Applicants must be 21 years of age or older and need to bring a current photo and a valid form of identification (driver's license, passport, etc.). For details, visit http://abc.go.com/, keyword: runner.

Auditions will be held at Dave & Busters at the Waterfront development from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

(Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor)

Colgan joins Fox News

Flavia Colgan, who is serving as campaign manager for Allegheny County Register of Wills David Wecht in his run for state Superior Court, has joined Fox News Channel as a political contributor.

Colgan, 23, graduated from Harvard University before serving as a "fund-raising and political consultant to both incumbent and aspiring Democratic elected officials," according to a Fox press release.

Colgan also worked on Catherine Baker Knoll's failed bid to become state treasurer. (R.O.)

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