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TV Note: 'Dubba Duo' will be the face of WCWB

Tuesday, August 06, 2002

By Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor

WCWB has selected two local twentysomethings to appear on-air and in promotional appearances as the "Dubba Duo."

Dubba is a reference to the station's affiliation with The WB network and its spokesfrog, Michigan J., who once danced across the screen extolling the virtues of the "Dubba, Dubba, Dubba, WB!"

Lacy Thomas of Latrobe and Dan Burda of Ross will hit the air in spots that begin airing next Monday. They'll introduce programming, open concerts, drive around town in a "WBeetle" and appear at events in an effort to put a face (or two) on a station that has no recognizable personalities because it has no news department.

Station manager Alan Frank said the idea for an on-air pair came from a sister Sinclair station in Birmingham, Ala.

Burda, a 2000 graduate of Shaler High School, is a local singer and entertainer with his own CD and Web site (www.dan-e1.com).

Thomas, a 1999 graduate of Latrobe High School, is an English literature major at the University of Pittsburgh who recently appeared in Pitt Repertory's "Learned Ladies."

One of their first gigs will be The WB's local Clean & Clear casting call Aug. 17 at the Mall at Robinson. (For a registration form, visit www.wcwb22.com). Thomas was first spotted by station executives at last year's WB casting call, and they remembered her a year later when casting for the "Dubba Duo."

Burda hopes to sing the national anthem at a local professional sports event, and they both look forward to meeting viewers.

"When I met Kathy the Shop 'n Save lady, I was so excited," Thomas said. "She is so connected to the community, and I want people to come up and talk with us and get people interested in the shows on the network."

'Guardian' wins awards

CBS's Pittsburgh-set legal drama "The Guardian" was named best new series and lead actor Simon Baker won a best actor award at "The Family Television Awards," which will air at 9 p.m. Friday on ABC.

Other winners at the ceremony, held last week, include PBS's "American Family," CBS's "The Rosa Parks Story," ABC's "Dinotopia" and "My Wife and Kids" and The WB's "7th Heaven."

Channel surfing

"Touched by an Angel" reruns leave Pax TV next month and move over to Hallmark Channel beginning Sept. 16. ... David E. Kelley has stepped aside as executive producer of Fox's "Boston Public" to spend more time working on ABC's "The Practice" and the new Fox drama "girls club." Jason Katims ("Roswell," "My So-Called Life") will take Kelley's place on "Public."

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