Monthly Archives: February 2009

My Friend Wrote a Book

My friend, Patti Hughes, is the author of the new romance novel Seconds.

Hughes, a graduate of Penn State, is a communications manager for Yellowbook USA.

High School Championships on Comcast

The Comcast Network (formerly CN8) will air the boys and girls high school basketball championship games from the Licaouras Center, Sunday March 1.

First at 11 a.m., Central High will meet Cardinal O’Hara for the girls championship.  Then at 1 p.m., South Philadelphia High School will battle Roman Catholic for the boys championship.

This is the first time the Public and Catholic Leagues are playing each other since 1980.

Steve Degler and Jeremy Treatman will call the games.

Inky Vs. KYW

The Inquirer, which filed for bankruptcy this week,  took a shot at KYW 1060-AM in a full page ad in the newspaper Wednesday.

Here’s what it said:

Where news radio gets its news

If you want the best news in the region, read it yourself.

The Inquirer, Daily News, and have over 420 journalists near and far digging into the things that matter to you.  The leading local all-news radio station has a fraction of that.

So where are they getting their news?

There is more news on one page of The Inquirer than news radio can read aloud in an hour. Do you want the first few lines …or the whole story?

And do you want it from a news source where nine Pulitzer Prize winners work or from a place where none do?

So many people already get their news from us.  In fact, more people turn to us for news on just one average weekday than listen to the leading radio news station for an entire week.

Let’s face it, you don’t need someone to read The Inquirer or the Daily News to you.  And if you really need ancient teletype sound in the background while you read, go to  It’ll play clacking in the background while you enjoy the real news sources in the region…The Inquirer, The Daily News, and

KYW 1060’s Director of News and Programming, Steve Butler had no comment about the Inquirer’s ad.

Watch Your Back Billy V

So what was the deal with Fox29 contributor Hugh Douglas anchoring sports the other night?

Even though Don Tollefson left the station almost a year ago, former weekend sports anchor Bill Vargus has never officially been named permanent weekday anchor,  and former part-timer Joe Staszak became the weekend sports anchor.

Seems like a bad sign for Vargus.

B & B To Debut on WPHT

We hear that John Brazer and Ricky Bottalico will host a post-game show on WPHT 1210-AM following every Phillies game this season.

Ricky Bo will also be busy doing Phillies minor league games, as well as Phillies Post Game Live on Comcast SportsNet.

New Game Show Seeking Contestants

The executive producer of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” is looking for contestants for its new game show, “Honey Please!”
In this new show, it’s up to YOU to convince your teammate to complete a series of tasks.  The catch is your teammate has no idea you’re playing a game.  For each task you pull of successfully, you will be rewarded.  All tasks will be lighthearted and non-hazardous.  Your strategy will be determined by you.  You can convince your teammate to comply by any means suitable for television.  If selected, you MUST be willing to allow video cameras to be placed around your home (or other personal space) for a day. 


An Assignment Changed Kevin Walsh’s Life

Former CN8 personality Kevin Walsh, who is freelancing for Comcast SportsNet these days, will be appearing on Sirius/XM’s The Catholic Channel 159 Friday at 9:30 a.m. to discuss his experience as a bone marrow donor.

When Walsh was a reporter in Hawaii in the mid 90’s, he reported on a man diagnosed with Leukemia who needed a bone marrow transplant.   

An avid golfer, Walsh was assigned the story because the subject of the story, also a golfer, found a golf ball that said “Beat Leukemia” shortly after he was diagnosed.

“It was like the ball found him,” Walsh recalled.

“I couldn’t tell people to donate without doing it myself.  Although I wasn’t a match for the man I reported on, the man found a donor and is still alive today.

Then four years later, I was told by the Hawaii Bone Marrow Registry that I was a match for a 16-year-old boy.”

At the time, Walsh was an anchor in Fresno, California.  He traveled to Sacramento for the procedure.

Unfortunately, the boy did not survive (the bone marrow transplant success rate is less than 40%).

“It was devastating.  I hopeful that I would meet him someday and felt it was a gift that I was asked to save a life.”

To raise awareness for bone marrow transplants, the story was covered on Walsh’s Fresno station and Walsh returned to Hawaii to run a marathon.

“Even though that transplant did not work,  many people told me they registered as potential donors.  It is satisfying because it could possibly save somebody else’s life.”

Walsh was so moved by the experience, he wrote the book The Marrow in Me, which was completed recently. Walsh is looking for a publisher now.

For information about donating, go to the National Marrow Donor Program website.

Winwood and Clapton Tickets

Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood are playing The Wachovia Center June 12.  Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m.

WOGL 98.1-FM will be giving away tickets before they go on sale all week during The Ross Brittain and the Breakfast Club show at8:10 a.m. on Valerie Knight’s Show Biz Quiz.

In case you were wondering, here is one of my favorite Steve Winwood songs:

Media Judges For Philly Cooks

Media personalities Marc Summers, Monica Malpass, Adam Joseph, Karen Rogers, Monique Braxton, Anne Marie Green, Marilyn Russell and Anthony Gargano will be judging Philadelphia magazine’s Philly Cooks event Monday at The Shops at Liberty Place.

More than 50 area restaurants will be competing for Dish of the Year and more.

Proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House.

For more information go to

Philly’s Jill Scott To Star in New HBO Series

Philadelphia’s own Jill Scott stars in the new HBO series The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, debuting March 29 at 8 p.m.