WJZ says 'Hi, Hons,' to co-anchors of new show

August 04, 1996|By Sylvia Badger

CHANNEL 13's general manager Marcellus Alexander was the host of a party on the fourth floor patio of the Maryland Science Center. The occasion was to introduce Jane Robelot, Mark McEwen and Jose Diaz-Balart, CBS co-anchors of the new "This Morning" show, to local advertisers and WJZ's morning team, Marty Bass and Don Scott.

The CBS celebs were on a tour of key cities to meet local sponsors and personalities. And indeed they did, while enjoying the crab on endive leaves, beef tenderloin strips and shrimp, prepared by Innovative Gourmet.

Over the years, I've met dozens of entertainers, and never have I been so taken with the personalities and the chemistry exuded by Robelot, McEwen and Diaz-Balart.

Most of you know Mark McEwen. Over the years, he's been a weather reporter and music and entertainment editor for the previous "CBS This Morning," which was anchored by Harry Smith and Paula Zahn. Much to my surprise, McEwen considers himself a Baltimorean. "When I get off a plane at BWI, I feel like I'm home," he said. Mark's family, many of whom are still in the area, moved to Fort Meade years ago. He even earned money delivering two of my favorite (now defunct) evening newspapers, the News American and The Evening Sun. He graduated from Arundel High School and the University of Maryland.

While talking to Robelot, I asked how much weight she'd lost, since her jacket seemed about two sizes too big. She was delighted I had noticed and said she's lost so much that all her baggy clothes had to be tailored. "This is the best visit we've had so far," she said. "And Harbor Court Hotel is wonderful."

Soon CBS news publicist Kerri Weitzberg brought Diaz-Balart to meet me. He's from Miami, where he was co-anchor of the noon and 5: 30 p.m. news for WTVJ-TV. It didn't take long to discover we share a love of water and the thrill of riding jet skis.

Tune in the morning of Aug. 12, and I bet you'll agree with me!

Wild night

The Producers' Club chose "Where the Wild Things Are" as the theme for its welcome-back party for the cast and crew of the NBC television series "Homicide: Life on the Streets."

It was a hot summer night at the Baltimore Zoo, which was a perfect setting for the annual homecoming crab feast. More than 250 people were welcomed to the zoo by its director, Roger Birkel, and a full contingent of zoo staffers.

I'm told stars Richard Belzer and Kyle Secor spent lots of time in the Chimpanzee Forest, where they were entertained by the antics of baby chimp Raven. Others exploring the zoo were actress Melissa Leo and her son; "Homicide" executive producer Tom Fontana; one of the head writers, Henry Bromel, and his son, Will; George Mason University history professor Roger Wilkins, whose son is part of the local crew; and casting director Pat Moran.

It was an early evening for "Homiciders," who had to be on the set at 5: 30 a.m. the next day to begin filming shows for the fourth season of the show.

So-Bo-Q

I'm told dudes and dames had a wild time at the fifth annual So-Bo-Q held at the Museum of Industry. Party-goers captured in photos here were among 350 or so whose attendance raised money for the South Baltimore Learning Center.

Pub Date: 8/04/96

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