Pageants name Brady, Kroeger hosts


It's cross-promotional rush hour on the beauty-pageant ramp. Wayne Brady,
who hosts a new syndicated talk show distributed by Buena Vista Television, has been tapped
to host this year's Miss America pageant on co-owned ABC, which will
feature interactive voting from the audience a la American Idol.

Meanwhile, Gary Kroeger, co-host of Pax TV's Beat the Clock and NBC's
new fall sitcom, Hidden Hills (NBC is a part owner of Pax), has signed to
co-host the Mrs. America Pageant, which airs Oct. 12 on Pax.

Miss America Viewers will be able to vote for their
favorites online at
after each phase of the competition -- swimsuit, evening wear and
talent. Julie Moran, former senior correspondent and weekend anchor for
Entertainment Tonight, will serve as backstage