Monthly Archives: October 2010

Meredith Marakovits Joins Sixers Coverage on Comcast SportsNet




Season Opens on October 27 with High Definition Broadcast, Plus Extensive Pre and Postgame Coverage


PHILADELPHIA- (October 26, 2010) – Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, the leader in local sports coverage, today announced that Meredith Marakovits has joined the network as a sideline reporter for all home Sixers broadcasts. She joins longtime Sixers broadcaster Marc Zumoff and former Sixer and new color analyst Eric Snow on the Emmy-Award winning broadcast. The Sixers open their 2010-11 season on Wednesday, October 27 against the Miami Heat.

Marakovits most recent work includes covering the New York Mets and New York Yankees for ESPN 1050, and reporting for SportsNet New York. She previously covered the 76ers while working for ESPN 950 in Philadelphia.  Marakovits is a graduate of La Salle University where she played Division I volleyball.  

Season Opener

On Wednesday, October 27 Comcast SportsNet airs “Sixers Pregame Live” at 6:30 p.m. from the AT&T Pavilion in the Wells Fargo Center. The live game broadcast tips off at 7 p.m. with the new broadcast team of Zumoff, Snow and Marakovits. “Sixers Postgame Live” will immediately follow the game on Comcast SportsNet.

High Definition Broadcasts

Comcast SportsNet and The Comcast Network will air 81 of 82 Sixers game this season with all games available in high definition.   

Sixers Basketball Analysts

Comcast SportsNet has added two new faces to the network’s roster of basketball analysts. Temple University star and NBA veteran Marc Jackson, who played two seasons for the Sixers, and former 76ers GM/coach Jim Lynam, join former Villanova Wildcat and NBAer John Celestand to provide expert analysis throughout the season on “Sixers Pregame Live” and “Sixers Postgame Live.”

The region’s premier sports website, is the online source for all Sixers news.’s Sixers Insider Dei Lynam will preview each game, provide postgame recaps and provide insight on the team in her “Dei-Tales” blog. will also provide live streamed coverage of the Sixers’ postgame press conferences. Sixers’ fans can also follow the game with “In-Game Live” where viewers can track each Sixers game through box scores, play-by-plays and stats.

*Last year’s CSN sideline reporter, Jamie Maggio is now a sports reporter anchor for WCAL in Los Angeles

Smerconish Interviews The President

Philadelphia, Wednesday, October 27, 2010 – Michael Smerconish, 1210 AM WPHT morning host, also host of a nationally syndicated midday program, will conduct a one-on-one interview with President Barack Obama on Wednesday, October 27, 2010.  Smerconish will be live in his Bala Cynwyd studios as the President speaks to him from the Oval Office of the White House. 
“It’s a privilege anytime I have the opportunity to interview the President and I’m sure he knows he can count on my directness as well as my dignity and respect,” says Smerconish.
This will be the fifth time that Smerconish has interviewed the President – including a live on-site broadcast from the White House.  While there are no guidelines for the discussion, one topic that is sure to come up is Michael’s long-held concern about Pakistan and the hunt for Osama bin Laden.   In each of the previous four interviews, Michael has asked the President about this subject.  The audio clips from his interview will be posted on The Big Talker page on
The interview will air at approximately 12:30pm during Michael’s nationally syndicated program.  It will be re-broadcast during Michael’s morning program on The Big Talker 1210 AM WPHT on Thursday, October 28th at approximately 7am and streamed live on
The Michael Smerconish Program airs weekday mornings 5 AM to 9 AM and weekday evenings 12 midnight to 2 AM on The Big Talker 1210, WPHT. In addition to hosting mornings on WPHT, The Michael Smerconish Program is broadcast to 109 markets throughout the country.
WPHT-AM is owned and operated by CBS RADIO, one of the largest major-market radio operators in the United States.  A division of CBS Corporation, CBS RADIO operates 130 radio stations, the majority of which are in the nation’s top 50 markets.  CBS RADIO also owns and operates KYW-AM, WIP-AM, WOGL-FM and WYSP-FM in Philadelphia.

NBC10 Launches New Channel

From NBC10:



Unique Mix of Local News, Information, Entertainment and Lifestyle Programming Available to Viewers 24/7.

Bala Cynwyd, PA  (October 25, 2010) – NBC 10 Philadelphia has launched NBC Philadelphia Nonstop, a unique round-the-clock local information and lifestyle broadcast channel.

 This second channel increases local programming offered by NBC 10, Philadelphia’s most innovative local news source.  Shows and segments focus on food, culture, entertainment and lifestyle stories that have special interest to those living in the Philadelphia area.

In making the announcement, Dennis Bianchi, President and General Manager of NBC 10, said:  “We are so excited and energized about the launch of NBC Philadelphia Nonstop.  There is nothing even remotely like it available in the region — a 24-hour local channel focused on what’s going on and what’s of interest to those in the Philadelphia area.  It’s a great feeling for all of us at NBC Philadelphia to be able to expand our product offerings and do more of what we love to do — create and produce great television!”

Programming for NBC Philadelphia Nonstop features a mix of shows produced specifically for the Nonstop channel. They include audience favorites from NBC 10’s Emmy-winning HealthWatch, ConsumerWatch and Investigators franchises.

Other new programs are “The Rundown”, a daily show focusing on news of the day told in an informal style. “The Scene” features the people, places and events that make our region unique. “Foodies” celebrates local restaurants, chefs, food and cooking. “Dawn’s Pet Project” is about pets and the people who love them. “Phamous” goes behind the scenes of The 10! Show for longer chats with celebrity guests. And we’re proud to introduce the region’s only live 7pm news hour, NBC 10 News at 7, anchored by the news team you already know and trust: Lori Wilson, Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz, and Vai Sikahema.

This is just the beginning.  Over the next several months more local programming will be introduced, featuring anchors and reporters from NBC 10, in addition to contributions from food and fashion experts throughout our region.

NBC Philadelphia Nonstop is the second 24/7 channel supported by NBC Local Media.  New York Nonstop debuted two years ago, and announcements of launches in other cities will be made in the near future. 

NBC Philadelphia Nonstop is available on every major cable system in the market and Mobile DTV.

It can be seen on COMCAST Xfinity 248, VERIZON Fios 460, and over-the-air on NBC 10.2

Radio Appearance

I am scheduled to discuss the television season with Allan Loudell on WDEL 1150-AM, Monday at 5:20 p.m.

Baba Booey on Letterman

Gary Dell’Abate will appear on the Late Show With David Letterman Monday on CBS at 11:30 p.m.

As all you Howard Stern fans know, there are less than 30 shows left before Howard’s contract with Sirius ends.

Phillies Notes

Darren Daulton, who is getting lots of airtime on Comcast SportsNet and 97.5-FM will throw out the first pitch for the Giants-Phillies game.  Kane Kalas, son of the late Harry Kalas, will sing the National Anthem.

Broadcast Pioneers Salute To Wee Willie Webber

The late Wee Willie Webber will be honored at the upcoming Broadcast Pioneers luncheon at noon on Wednesday at the Bala Golf Club.  Webber, best known from his days on WIP, and who most recently worked at WHAT 1340-AM, died in the spring.

Ralph Ciriri, Len Stevens, Allen Stone, Dean Tyler, Les Waas and Bill Webber, Jr. will be part of the panel.

Dazed And Confused by Tim Lincecum

When watching Tim Lincecum, I kept thinking of the character of Mitch Kramer from Dazed and Confused.  They definitely look alike. ‘

One of the jarring moments of the game was the split screen of Lincecum and Jayson Werth.  Come on, Jayson, even Brad Pitt shaved his horrible beard.

I Am So Glad

I DVR’d The Fashion Police with Joan Rivers on E! Friday night at 10:30.  Joan has still got it!  Hilarious.

Ted Greenberg And Mouth McFadden

NBC10’s Ted Greenberg reminds me of Mouth McFadden from One Tree Hill.