Monthly Archives: October 2008

Christmas Music Now

Now we know that Now 97.5-FM wants to compete with B-101, as it started playing holiday music Friday afternoon.

B-101 has been known for doing that for years.

Second Chance to See Parade

If like most of Philadelphia, you were at the parade in person,  you can see what it looked like on TV, as CW57 airs “Phillies: Parade of Champions,” Sunday from noon – 4 p.m.

Phillies Stuff

Here are some observations from Wednesday night’s telecast of the Phillies World Series victory over the Tampa Bay Rays:

Good Sign for Phillies – The close-ups of pitcher Grant Balfour showed how nervous he was in the sixth inning.

Santa is a Phillies Fan – There was a fan dressed up as Santa, who like the Phillies, wears a red uniform. 

Switch Hitter – Mitch Williams excelled in both radio on WIP and WPHT and television on CSN this season.

Fox29 Error – When Fox29 did not renew the contract of Don Tollefson a few months ago, there was no way it could’ve known that the Phillies would be in the World Series, but without hiring a real replacement for him, the station scrambled with newcomer Thomas Drayton whose been in town for three seconds, vowel challenged Jeff Skversky and Joe Staszak, and television rookies Hugh Douglas and Anthony Gargano.  The only person on the broadcast with major experience was Bill Vargus. They could’ve used Tolley. 

Experience Wins Out – 6ABC, led by veterans Jim Gardner and Gary Papa provided the best coverage, and CSN did well with Michael Barkann, Neil Hartman, and Leslie Gudel leading the way.

Outta Here! – CSN struck gold with video of Harry Kalas calling the final out.  Kalas and broadcast partner Chris Wheeler managed to celebrate the big moment completely seperately, while together.  Imagine how they are when the cameras are off.

Best Postgame Accessory – Not the ready-to-sell championship hats and shirts, but the leis from Shane Victorino’s family.

Good Job – Keith Russell of 6ABC stepped up to the plate and hit a home run with his post-game interviews.

Strike-Out – NBC10 should be benched for airing Lipstick Jungle instead of the postgame celebration then airing The Tonight Show at 11:35.

Bush League – ESPN 950 goes local with Michael Bradley from 1 – 3 p.m….Thursday and Friday only.

Second Career – Scott Palmer, who retired from his sportscasting career at 6ABC a few years ago, is having a blast working for the Phillies.

Viewers Couldn’t Turn to NBC10 For Post Game Coverage

When #54, Brad Lidge threw the third strike at 9:53 p.m. to win the World Series for the Phillies, every local station immediately went to live coverage of the city celebration except NBC10.

When I flipped around after 10 p.m., 6ABC, CBS3, CSN, and Fox29 were providing postgame coverage.  NBC10 aired the Brooke Shields’ show, Lipstick Jungle.

NBC10 finally covered the celebration during their 11 p.m. news with Tim Lake and Renee Chenault Fattah in their makeshift studio.  Then at 11:35, they went to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, while all the other local stations stayed with the biggest sports story in 28 years. 

Score that – E- NBC10

Viewing Guide for Phillies Game

Here’s your viewing guide for tonight’s Phillies-Rays game.

4 p.m. – Switch between NBC10 and CBS3 for more shots of babies and animals in Phillies gear, screaming fans at sports bars, and annoying local broadcasters jumping on the bandwagon.

5 p.m. – Phillies Pregame Live (Due to the Sixers game at 6 p.m., Pregame Live airs earlier).

5:30 p.m. – SportsNite on Comcast SportsNet or local news on 6ABC, Fox29 or NBC10.

6 p.m. – Local news on 6ABC, NBC10, or CBS3

7 p.m. – Fox29 pregame show

8 p.m. – National Fox pregame show

8:37 p.m. – Phillies vs. Rays – You may choose to listen to the local broadcast on WPHT 1210 AM.

Conclusion of Game – Fox Postgame Show, then switch to Phillies Postgame Live on CSN.

UPDATE – My mistake.  I forgot about the Barack Obama paid advertisement on Fox at 8 p.m.  Just turn to WPHT 1210 or WIP 610 AM.

P.S.  Was I the only one who thought it was a bad omen when Oates came out to sing the National Anthem instead of Hall the other night?

Eskin to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

WIP 610-AM’s Howard Eskin is this year’s recipient of the March of Dimes Achievement in Radio (AIR)Lifetime Achievement Award.

Don Banks of WUSL, Bob Craig of WMGK and WPEN, Andre Gardner of WMGK, Brenda Jorret of WHYY, and Chris Wheeler of the Phillies will also be recognized with Milestone in Radio Awards.

They will be honored at a luncheon/reception emceed by former Fox29 sports anchor Don Tollefson, November 6 at the Philadelphia Hilton.

Recap of Phillies Weekend

Here are some Philly Phun Phacts from the weekend of baseball.

Rain Delay Programming – I’m sure I wasn’t the only person who did not watch Fox’s offering of “Till Death.”  I watched the 1982 classic, Fast Times at Ridgemont High on one of the HBOs.

Forget Joe the Plumber – We have Joe the pitcher and power hitter.  Way to go Blanton!

Bad Facial Hair, Good Pitching – Blanton and Scott Eyre

Numbers Game – Maybe there is something to 1980 and 2008.

Father’s Day – Phillies announcer Harry Kalas and his son, Todd, who is an announcer for the Rays announced the starting lineups for Fox on Sunday.

It Sounded Better on Paper – Fox’s wired up feature was mostly used to hear Shane Victorino say “I got it, I got it.”

Comcast Error – Many viewers (including me) missed a chunk of the game during Saturday’s game.

Best Bench Warmer – Geoff Jenkins

Best Local Television Team – Comcast SportsNet

Jim Jackson Doubleheader

Flyers play-by-play announcer and Phillies pre and post game show host Jim Jackson was the busiest man in town yesterday.  Here’s his response to an email I sent him about how long his day went on Saturday:

Hi Laura,

SInce the Flyers moved their game up to 4 p.m., I was able to do both their game and the radio pre and post for the Phils.   So, I got to the sports complex in the early afternoon, dropped off my baseball work bag at the ballpark…walked over to the Wachovia Center, did the game (which happened to be one of the longest regular season games since the lockout thanks to several fights, an overtime and the smoke bomb tossed on the ice that delayed things).
Scott Franzke began our two hour Phillies’ pre-game show since I was a little late getting to the park.  The biggest problem of the day was that my scheduled ride from the arena to the ballpark couldn’t get to me due to all of the police called in after the smoke bomb incident.  So I jogged over, but unfortunately the heavens opened up, my umbrella went inverse and I got soaked.  What I sight I was when I got to the booth!  LOL
Anyway, I did the remainder of the pregame show and then took phone calls for another hour and a half during the rain delay before finally handing off to the guys to call the game just after 10 p.m. (at around 10:15 p.m.)  I was back for the postgame, just about finally having dried off!) between 1:30 and 2 a.m.  I remember signing off around 2:45 a.m. I think.   My head didn’t hit the pillow at home until somewhere between 3:30 and 4 a.m.
But you know what?!!  It’s all worth it.  I got to be part of two great sporting events and witnessed a Philadelphia sports team getting to within two wins of a championship!  I can sleep later!   🙂
Thanks for asking….sorry if this is a more detailed than you needed.   lol
Take care,

Martorano Writes About Demise of Philly Radio

Former WIP host Steve Martorano writes about the death of radio in this month’s Philadelphia magazine.

Jamison Uhler Named A Sexy Philadelphia Single

NBC10 reporter Jamison Uhler was named a sexy single in this month’s issue of Philadelphia magazine. Uhler is a graduate of Penncrest High School and Arizona State University.