Monthly Archives: May 2010

Halladay on Holiday

Comcast SportsNet will replay Saturday night’s Phillies game on Monday, May 31 at 8 p.m. On Saturday, Halladay become only the 2nd pitcher in Phillies history and the 20th in MLB history to throw a perfect game.

American Idol/Ellen Thoughts

As we learn that this year’s American Idol finale was the lowest rated since the first season, I believe one of the main reasons was the mistake of making Ellen DeGeneres a judge.

Not only did it make American Idol worse, but it greatly dimished Ellen’s image. 

Before Idol, Ellen could do no wrong – popular talk show host, Cover Girl spokesperson, etc., but now she’s thought of as one of the reasons Idol went downhill.

Joe Pellegrino Lives

Former Channel 6 and 10 sportscaster Joe Pellegrino will MC the Italian American Festival at Rose Tree Park  in Media, Saturday June 6, from noon – 6 p.m.

The event will also feature a salute to the late Al Alberts.

Save Our Soaps

As a longtime viewer of General Hospital, I am concerned about the ucpoming demise of SoapNet next year.

It’s just another blow to the genre, which has been on a slow death march for years

Can you think of other networks that have been canceled?


With Sex and The City 2 opening this weekend, here’s a cool HBO promo from  the season finale a few years ago.

Kristen Welker Leaving NBC10

We are hearing that NBC10 weekend anchor Kristen Welker is leaving NBC10 this week for a position as a reporter for NBC News.  The position is based in Los Angeles.

May Sweeps Results

From 6ABC:

May TV Ratings (M-F, 4/29– 5/26)

 Time   Station / Show                            Households    Total Viewers (2+)

 5-7am WPVI – Action News Mornings        113,000                  127,000

News WCAU – NBC10 News Today                   63,000                    64,000

      WXTF – Good DayPhiladelphia            51,000                  56,000              

KYW – Eyewitness News                        48,000                    53,000

Noon  WPVI – Action News at Noon           222,000                     249,000

News KYW – Talk Philly                                         65,000                       74,000

            WTXF- Fox29 News at Noon                      32,000                       35,000

5pm    WPVI – Action News at 5                    200,000                     236,000

News WCAU – NBC10 News                                 74,000                       93,000

            WTXF- Fox29 News at 5                             59,000                       66,000

6pm    WPVI – Action News at 6                     226,000                      282,000

 KYW – Eyewitness News at 6                         104,000                      129,000

News WCAU – NBC10 News at 6                        81,000                      104,000

    WTXF- Fox29 News at 6                                   42,000                        48,000

11pm  WPVI – Action News at 11                    236,000                      300,000

KYW – Eyewitness News at 11               201,000                      259,000

News WCAU – NBC10 News at 11                    130,000                      161,000

On the most popular destination pages are slideshows and photo albums.

  • Monica Malpass’ Twins – a first look at her new baby boys tallied almost ½ million page views.  How popular was this photo album?  So popular, the promotion video was the most played video during the entire month!
  • The hockey bandwagon has officially entered Philadelphia!  The “Flyer’ed Up” Photo Album on has earned more than 100,000 page views thus far!
  • Other photo galleries topping 80k page views for the month include –
    • Hooters Worker Claims Weight Discrimination
    • MOVE Disaster Photos
    • Phillies Fan Tasered
    • Broad Street Run Photos

SportsNet Bet



Comcast SportsNet networks in Chicago and Philadelphia, respectively the home of the Stanley Cup-contenting Blackhawks and Flyers, have made a wager to defend their hometown pride in the 2010 Stanley Cup Final.

If the Philadelphia Flyers are victors, Comcast SportsNet Chicago will serve Deep Dish Pizzas from the world-famous Giordano’s to Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia employees.  Should the Chicago Blackhawks win the 2010 Stanley Cup, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia will serve authentic Philly Cheese Steaks from the award-winning Campos, to Comcast SportsNet Chicago employees. 

“The Flyers have blown us all away on their journey to the Stanley Cup Final, and we look forward to enjoying some deep dish pizza from our friends in the Windy City,” said Brian Monihan, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.

“As much as we’re sure our friends in Philly would love a free lunch on us, we are definitely looking forward to a ‘Taste of Philadelphia’ in our offices come next month,” quipped James J. Corno, President of Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

Both networks are providing comprehensive coverage of the Stanley Cup playoffs to fans in their markets, including specials and features, pre- and postgame coverage, and “Behind Enemy Lines” reports featuring insights and analysis from experts from the other network.  Individual program lineups will vary for each network.  The networks’ pre- and post game programming through the 2010 playoffs has attracted a combined average audience of 111,000 Chicago and Philadelphia sports fans, including on nights when games have aired on other outlets.

NBC Press Release About Flyers-Blackhawks


 “This is going to be a whole lot of nasty.” – NBC Sports’ Pierre McGuire on the Stanley Cup Final

Olympic MVP Ryan Miller To Serve As Guest Analyst For Game 1; Game 2 on NBC Sports Monday at 8 p.m. ET


NEW YORK – May 27, 2010 – The 2010 Stanley Cup Final begins this Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports when the Chicago Blackhawks, champions of the Western Conference, host the Philadelphia Flyers, champions of the Eastern Conference, at United Center.

Mike “Doc” Emrick (play-by-play), who will call his 12th Stanley Cup Final, Eddie Olczyk (analyst), and Pierre McGuire (inside-the-glass reporter) call the action. McGuire will pull double duty, hosting NBC’s studio show alongside analyst Mike Milbury and Olympic MVP and Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, who will serve as a guest analyst for Game 1. Analyst Jeremy Roenick will join McGuire and Milbury for the remainder of the series beginning with Game 2.

SCHEDULE: NBC Sports’ coverage of the Stanley Cup Final continues with Game 2 from United Center on Monday, May 31 at 8 p.m. ET. Games 3 and 4 will be played at Philadelphia’s Wachovia Center and will air on VERSUS Wednesday, June 2 and Friday, June 4, respectively. NBC Sports resumes coverage for Games 5-7, if necessary. Following is the Stanley Cup Final television schedule (all times ET):

Game 1                Sat. May 29        NBC                   8 p.m.

Game 2                Mon. May 31      NBC                   8 p.m.

Game 3                Wed. June 2        VERSUS             8 p.m.

Game 4                Fri. June 4           VERSUS             8 p.m.

Game 5                Sun. June 6          NBC                   8 p.m.

Game 6                Wed. June 9        NBC                   8 p.m.

Game 7                Fri. June 11         NBC                   8 p.m.

VIEWERSHIP: NBC Sports is averaging 1.89 million viewers for its NHL playoff coverage, the most for broadcast TV in the U.S. through three rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2002 (2.31 million on ABC) and up five percent over last year. Sunday’s game featuring the Blackhawks’ series-clinching win over the San Jose Sharks averaged 2.5 million viewers, up 19 percent from last year’s comparable game (2.1 million).

STANLEY CUP HISTORY: The Blackhawks, the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference, are making their first trip to the Stanley Cup Final since 1992 when they were swept by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Chicago has not won the Stanley Cup since 1961 and their 49 years without a title is the longest active drought in the league.

The Flyers, the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference, are back in the Final for the first time since they were swept by the Detroit Red Wings in 1997. Philadelphia has not won the Stanley Cup championship since they were repeat champs in 1974-75.

Both teams have lost their last five Final appearances. The Flyers are 2-5 all time in the Final, while Chicago is 3-7.

OLYMPIANS COMPETING FOR THE CUP: Ten players on the rosters of the Blackhawks (six) and Flyers (four) competed in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. Of the 10, five won gold for Canada, one claimed silver for Team USA, one earned bronze for Finland, and two competed for bronze with Slovakia but lost to Finland. One player competed for Latvia.


Blackhawks: Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook & Jonathan Toews

Flyers: Chris Pronger & Mike Richards


Blackhawks: Patrick Kane


Flyers: Kimmo Timonen


Blackhawks: Marian Hossa & Tomas Kopecky


Flyers: Oskars Bartulis

ON NBC SPORTS: Chicago is 4-2 on NBC Sports this season, including last weekend’s series-clinching Game 4 win over San Jose. Philadelphia is 2-3 on NBC Sports in 2010, including Saturday’s 3-0 win over Montreal in Game 4 of their series, which gave the Flyers a three-games-to-one lead.


1                      Office Trailer

2                      Net Cams

4                      Production Trucks

5                      Commentators

12                    Number of Finals called by Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, including 2010

24                    Cameras

35                    Pounds (weight of Stanley Cup)

81                    On-Site Personnel

15,840             Feet of Cable (approx)

NBCSPORTS.COM: “Star-cam” continues for the Stanley Cup Final. “Star-cam” tracks a player(s) from both teams throughout each of their shifts. Following the game, will present bonus material, including “Star-cam” and “Net-cam” and bonus analysis from NBC Sports commentators.

CONFERENCE CALL: The NHL today conducted a media conference call with, among others, Emrick, McGuire and Milbury to preview the Final. Highlights follow:

MCGUIRE ON THE MATCHUP: “This is going to be a whole lot of nasty…It’s going to be great hockey. It’s everything you want. You’ve got two sizzling cauldrons here in Chicago and back in Philadelphia. It’s going to be a ton of fun to watch.”
MILBURY ON THE MATCHUP: “(Chicago is) a quick, puck-moving group in contrast with a bigger, stronger Philadelphia group. They match up pretty well. It’s going to be a longer series, more than people realize.”

EMRICK ON PHILADELPHIA: “The fact that they could rally and still be able to have some skin left on their teeth by the time they got through the last game is a real achievement.”
EMRICK ON CHICAGO’S ORGANIZATION: “This team is very progressive in terms of getting out there, showing the quality products that it has…When you start winning games and start having 100-point seasons like they have in the past two years, that shows they are really tremendous.”

MILBURY ON CHICAGO: “The one fact that’s in the favor of Chicago is their team speed. It was outstanding throughout the playoffs.”
MCGUIRE ON PHILADELPHIA’S DANNY BRIERE: “This playoff season, he’s been phenomenal. He’s been a major reason why — a lot like Mike Richards — they’ve been able to survive.”
MCGUIRE: “Jonathan Toews is a no-nonsense kind of leader.” 

EMRICK ON TOEWS: “There’s no panic in his game whatsoever. He’s a terrific player.”

MCGUIRE ON DEFENSE: “A big part of what allowed these goalies to prosper is the fact that both these teams have unbelievable defensemen in front of them.”

NBC10 Flyers Coverage

NBC10, which will be airing Games 1, 2, and 5, 6, and 7 (if necessary) of the Stanley Cup Finals will air the special “Flyered Up for The Cup,” Saturday at 7 p.m.

Vai Sikahema, John Clark, and Tim Furlong will travel to Chicago for the big game between the Flyers and Blackhawks.

*Games 4 and 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals will air on Versus.