Crushin' on Dorothy Hamill: She touched my hand, warmed my heart
So my wife wants me to tell the truth.
Two weeks ago, I mentioned in This Space that I had gone to see Stars on Ice for the benefit of my wife and 2-year-old son.
Cindy wants the record set straight. Though she enjoyed it, and Jesse held his hands on his ears and said, "too loud," prior to sleeping through most of the show, it was actually I who wanted to go.
The real reason? It has to do with Dorothy Hamill, who was skating again with the stars. It seems I had a crush on her when I was 9, after she touched my hand at the Ice Capades in Hershey.
I had an opportunity to interview her for a feature story prior to her Dec. 31 visit here. After about 20 minutes, I could tell the spark between us was still there.
I set the mood for the interview quickly, telling her that she and Lynda Carter were my first two crushes. Hamill said she was in good company. (Carter, of course, played Wonder Woman on the 1970s TV show "The New Adventures of Wonder Woman.")
During this same time frame -- late '70s/early '80s -- my brother, three years younger, had a crush on Catherine Bach, aka Daisy Duke.
We watched "Dukes of Hazard" and "Wonder Woman" in prime time and later in reruns.
My wife and I joke about these crushes, and, yes, I have washed my hand since Dorothy touched it.
I asked my family about TV crushes they had growing up. It made for a lively conversation on New Year's Day.
Now I'm wondering who you, the readers, had TV crushes on growing up. Let me know, and I'll follow up in a few weeks.
WTPA is sold: Harrisburg's classic rock station WTPA-FM 92.1, which was a lot easier for local listeners to hear in their cars when its signal was 93.5, was sold to singer/songwriter Pat Garrett,who plans to keep the station's classic rock format.
Garrett is known for country songs including "In the Blue Mountains." He owns the Pat Garrett Amphitheater near Strausstown and helped country superstar Taylor Swift get her start.
Garrett also owns WWSM-AM Classic Country 1510, just north of Palmyra.
New hire: WPMT-TV Fox 43 has hired Crissy Clutter as a reporter. Clutter previously worked in the Huntington, W.Va., market.
Local programming: "Science Explorers with Jupiter Jen!" airs at 3:30 p.m. daily on LCTV 66. Jen and the kids conduct easy-to-understand experiments and visit interesting places to learn about our world. Included in shows are visits to Indian Echo Caverns, Bey's Rock Shop and Elmwood Park Zoo.
New position: Chris Tyler, formerly of WRVV-FM 97.3 "The River" and WTPA-FM 92.1, is now the program director and brand manager for Cumulus news radio on WSBA-AM 910 and CBS Sports Radio WGLD-AM 1440 in York.
High marks: The season finale of "Downton Abbey" was seen by 8.2 million viewers Feb. 17. That surpassed even the audience for the third season premiere in January, when about 7.9 million viewers tuned in. That's a 20-year record for PBS.
'Killing Lincoln' rating: National Geographic's premiere of the scripted drama "Killing Lincoln" on Feb. 17 pulled an average 3.4 million viewers over the course of the two-hour show, a network record.
Renewed show: FX has renewed "The Americans" for a 13-episode sophomore season.
Staff writer Eric Stark discusses trends and tidbits in broadcast media each week in the Sunday News. Write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.