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August 14, 2007
My58TV contestants grill KCRA newsies


Well, it's that time of year again. My58TV is staging its "Host Hunt," with the two winners to receive a year-long contract to appear in on-air promos and other publicity schemes.

The contestants have been winnowed to six. And there's still time to vote for your favs. On Friday, Aug. 17, they will reach the Final Four, and then, the two winners will be announced in a one-hour special on My58TV on Aug. 27.

The latest "challenge" for the contestants: to interview a member of the Channel 3 news team. The interviews were as revealing about the Channel 3 "talent" as they were about the aspiring hosts.

Here's what we learned:

* Consumer reporter Lynsey Paulo keeps her Emmys in her china cabinet.

* Reporter Mike TeSelle says he'd be an accountant if he wasn't in TV news. But when his interviewer, Anthony, shot back with the question, "What's 100x88?," TeSelle was stumped.

* Reporter Brian Hickey told his interviewer, Marcus, that the best way for a beginner to get ahead in TV news is to make him coffee.

* And morning anchor Walt Gray revealed intimate secrets about his personal life with his beloved wife, News10 weather guesser Monica Woods. The revelation: "Since I work for the No. 1 station, I really don't get into (talking TV) too much (with Monica)...In terms of ratings, we don't go there."

Walt did concede that, at home, Monica controls the remote and the couple watches News10.

As for the contestants, one of the questions asked of them on the My58TV Web site was to list their "secret pleasure." Three of the six listed "chocolate," but Shannon said, oddly, "people playing with my hair."

Er, get in those votes now, folks!

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