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Snow Plow Nearly Takes out Philadelphia Reporter

Steve Keeley, reporter for Philadelphia FOX owned station WTXF, learned first hand how a snow plow works.

Keeley was wrapping up a live report about the need for local routes to be cleared, when four plows approached, as if on cue, and showed viewers the amount of force it takes to get the snow out of the middle of the road and onto the side of the road where Keeley was standing.

To his credit, Keeley stayed on his feet and finished his report.

Philadelphia Anchor’s Green Sweater Becomes Focus of Morning Show

When WTXF‘s Mike Jerrick declared today a Green and White Party day to honor the green of the Philadelphia Eagles and the white of the snow, he made himself the target of taunts (some might say the center of attention) when he wore the wrong shade of green.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter who was on set for an interview asked Jerrick, “You actually bought that?”

‘He’s a Maniac’: Philadelphia FOX Anchor Recreates Iconic ‘Flashdance’ Scene

“Good Day Philadelphia” anchor Mike Jerrick braved the staged elements to recreate an iconic scene from the movie “Flashdance” to honor the 30th anniversary of the movie’s release.

The scene chosen was the one where Jennifer Beals‘ character in the movie sits on a chair and pulls a lever to release gallons of water in a cascade of sexiness.

According to the WTXF website, Jerrick’s co-anchor Karen Hepp was supposed to be the one under the water, but she was under the weather instead.

“We may have overdone it with the water,” said the anchor for the Philadelphia FOX owned station while returning to the morning show set. “We didn’t need that much water.”

VIDEO: Jennaphr Frederick Rappels Down 31 Stories on ‘Good Day Philadelphia’


Fear of heights did not stop WTXF reporter Jennaphr Frederick from rappelling 31 stories down a building on “Good Day Philadelphia” Friday (video above).

“I think people should know that I’m freaking out,” Frederick, who rappelled down the building for Outward Bound Philadelphia, said just before she did it. “Yes, I am afraid of heights. I have refused to look up.”

Spoiler alert: Frederick made it to the ground unscathed.

Philadelphia Anchor Criticized for Comparing News Story with Breaking Bad Finale

Joyce Evans, the weekend anchor for Philadelphia FOX owned station WTXF, tried to promote her 10:00 p.m. show last night by sending a tweet many thought was in bad taste.

In her tweet, Evans compared a shooting in South Philadelphia that killed one person and injured five others to the finale of AMC Networks’ hit show Breaking Bad.

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She also tried to turn the phrase on facebook saying, “Y’all “Broke Bad” with me last week, I forgive you But come on back home Tonight FOX 29 at Ten. Breakin’ Bad in S.W. 6 people hit in a SHOOTOUT!” Read more

Iain Page Named Evening Anchor at WTXF

After two months filling in on the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts, Iain Page has officially been named evening co-anchor at WTXF, the Fox owned station in Philadelphia.

“Iain’s on-air presence, engagement with viewers and versatility made him the right choice for this premier role on our evening news,” WTXF vice president and news director Jim Driscoll said in a statement.

Page joined WTXF in February as co-anchor of the 5 p.m. newscast alongside Kerry Barrett. When Thomas Drayton left the station in July, Page took over for him on the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts.

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After 21 Years with Fox, WTTG News Director Phil Metlin Announces Retirement

WTTG vice president and news director Phil Metlin has announced his retirement from the Fox O&O in Washington, D.C.

“I feel blessed to have had the chance to associate with so many great journalists over the past two decades here at FOX. Looking back, I am in awe of the things we witnessed together,” Metlin told TVSpy in a statement. “Great work was produced and I’m proud of what we accomplished. I wish nothing but the best for all my colleagues throughout the company.”

Before joining WTTG in 2010, Metlin was news director at two other Fox owned stations, WTXF in Philadelphia and WTVT in Tampa.

“I would like to thank Phil for his 21 years of outstanding service and dedication to FTS,” WTTG vice president and general manager Patrick Paolini said. “He has been a valued member of our team and I’d like to wish him well in the next chapter of his life.”

Chris Murphy Named Co-Anchor of WTXF Early Morning Newscast

Chris Murphy is joining WTXF, the Fox O&O in Philadelphia, as co-anchor of the early morning newscast. In his new role, he will helm “Good Day Philadelphia” from 4:25 to 6 a.m.

“Chris is the perfect addition to our dynamic morning team, whose energy, chemistry and camaraderie is unmatched. His personality is contagious and we can’t wait to introduce him to our loyal ‘Good Day Philadelphia’ viewers,” WTXF vice president and news director Jim Driscoll said in a statement.

Murphy comes to Philly from San Diego, where he was most recently a weekend anchor and reporter for KGTV. He has also worked at KNSD in San Diego, KGW and KPTV in Portland, Ore., KRON in San Francisco, KTVN in Reno and KIEM in Eureka, Calif.

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WATCH: WTXF Reporter Just Misses ‘Full Moon’ Shot Behind Him

Through no fault of its own, Philadelphia FOX owned station WTXF gave viewers an intimate look at a man’s backside during a live report last week.

As reporter Omari Fleming was wrapping up his report about theft in the Roxborough area, someone who appeared to be a teenage boy ran into the shot, turned around and dropped his shorts.

By the time Fleming noticed, the culprit was gone. “I’m sorry,” Fleming told viewers a few seconds after the full moon was revealed.  “Something was going on behind me.”

>Disclaimer: The youtube video has no audio.

Thomas Drayton Signs Off From WTXF

Thomas Drayton is leaving WTXF, the Fox O&O in Philadelphia. The news of Drayton’s last broadcast was announced this morning on “Good Day Philadelphia.”

“It has been a pleasure. You guys are unbelievable, talented, wonderful to work with,” Drayton told “Good Day” anchors Mike Jerrick and Sheinelle Jones.

Drayton joined the station in 2008 from KTXL, the Fox affiliate in Sacramento. He anchored WTXF’s 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts before shifting to mornings to anchor from 4:30 to 6 a.m. earlier this year.

“We want to thank Thomas for his many contributions to our station, as he was an important part of our news team for several years. We wish him success in the future,” WTXF vice president and news director Jim Driscoll said in a statement to TVSpy.

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