Monthly Archives: August 2011

Comcast To Air College and High School Football

From Comcast:

Comcast SportsNet and The Comcast Network Deliver the Most Comprehensive High School and College Football Broadcast Schedule in the Region


60 NCAA Games and 8 Local High School Games Highlight 2011 Schedule



PHILADELPHIA- (August 30, 2011) – Comcast SportsNet, together with The Comcast Network, provides football fans with the most comprehensive local and national football coverage by airing 60 NCAA and eight local high school football games. The extensive schedule features Villanova and Delaware, plus national games from powerhouse conferences PAC-12, Conference USA and Big 12 and local high school favorites including Central Bucks West, Archbishop Ryan and Cardinal O’Hara.


The 2011 NCAA schedule includes five appearances by Delaware and three by Villanova including the Battle of the Blue matchup between the two teams on Saturday, November 19 at 3:30 p.m. from PPL Park.


In addition to comprehensive coverage including scores, highlights and special features during Comcast SportsNet’s news and talk programs, Comcast SportsNet and The Comcast Network will also have a full slate of college football shows featuring Penn State, Temple and Rutgers.


For the complete college football schedule, please visit


This year The Comcast Network will air eight local high school games including games featuring North Penn, Shawnee and Overbrook, plus the Pennsylvania State Playoff game in Hershey, PA. Calling the games will be the announce team of Marc Zumoff and Kevin Reilly.


Philadelphia-born Zumoff has been in broadcasting for nearly 35 years. He recently completed his 17th season as the television voice of the Philadelphia 76ers on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia. He has also announced for Turner Sports, Fox SportsNet and NBA-TV. His broadcasting experience includes play-by-play of the Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia Union, college football and basketball and various other events such as bicycle racing, horse jumping and the Dad Vail Regatta.

Reilly was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in 1973 after playing ball for Villanova University. He spent two years with the Philadelphia Eagles before ending his career with the New England Patriots. Kevin is currently a broadcaster for the Philadelphia Eagles Network and also works as a motivational speaker.


The Comcast Network’s High School Football Broadcast Schedule:



September 3

6 p.m.

North Penn High School at La Salle College HS



September 16

6:30 p.m.

Overbrook at Northeast High



October 6

7:30 p.m.

Central Bucks West at North Penn



October 21


Cherokee (NJ) at Shawnee (NJ)



October 29

1 p.m.

Cardinal O’Hara at Archbishop Wood



November 4

6:30 p.m.

Lenape (NJ) at Paul VI (NJ)



November 24

10 a.m.

Archbishop Ryan at George Washington



December 3


Pennsylvania State Playoff – Team TBD



The Sky Is Blue

Some of the posts are getting so mean on this board, I bet you would argue with me about writing the sky is blue.  Go for it!

Fox29 Bails Out of Hurricane Coverage First

It appears the Fox29 is the first station to bail out of Hurricane Irene coverage, airing regular programming on Sunday.

CBS3 Hurricane Info

Here’s some behind the scenes information about the CBS3 hurricane coverage courtesy of CBS3:

CBS 3 has been on the air continuously more than any other Philadelphia television station — we will be on until 6 p.m. today before clearing the CBS Evening News which would clock in at 37 hours of continuous local coverage. CBS 3’s Eyewitness News team went on the air at 5 a.m. Saturday with Morning Anchors Ukee Washington and Erika von Tiehl kicking off the marathon newscast. Anchors Chris May and Susan Barnett relieved the a.m. team at 2 p.m. staying on the air until early Sunday morning. The teams have been rotating since that time. The entire Eyewitness News weather team of Kathy Orr, Kate Bilo, Justin Drabick and Carol Erickson were on duty all weekend along with Traffic Reporter Bob Kelly as well Even new CBS 3 Morning Meteorologist Katie Fehlinger who doesn’t officially start on-air at the station until September 5, got an early introduction to Philadelphia audiences when she filed a report from WCBS in New York for CBS 3.on Saturday and Sunday.


CBS Network programming on Saturday was broadcast on sister station WPSG-TV (The CW Philly). The CW Philly also simulcast some of CBS 3’s live news coverage as did sister CBS Radio stations WPHT which aired CBS 3 audio overnight Saturday and 94 WYSP which aired it 6-10 a.m. Sunday as a public service.


Many of the CBS 3 new staffers passed on nearby hotel accommodations to stay at the station all night including the station management team, including VP/News Director Susan Schiller, President/General Manager Jon Hitchcock and Chief Meteorologist Kathy Orr who stayed at the station around the clock.


The station’s locally-based closed captioning service, Philadelphia Captioning, stayed with the station 24/7 as well with two court reporters captioning the newscast rotating in two hour shifts.


Denny Somach Returns to WYSP

Former DJ and music director Denny Somach returns to WYSP Tuesday from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

The station becomes a simulcast of WIP on September 6.

Great Job By Local Stations With Hurricane

CBS3, 6ABC, NBC10, and Fox29 all did a great job staying on the air all day and all night during Hurricane Irene.  An especially great job to all the meteorologists.

Anita Returns To WYSP Tuesday

Former WYSP personality Anita will return to the airwaves on 94.1-FM Tuesday, August 30 at 1 p.m.

Anita will be broadcasting from her home base of Los Angeles, where she works for Shadow Traffic.  She is also working on  a book about her days in rock and roll and radio.

I Asked Anita

With the end of WYSP looming, I asked Anita, former ‘YSP personality Anita Gevinson, her thoughts about the end of the rock format.  Here’s what she said:

“After leaving WMMR, (what was I thinking?) I did my first show on WYSP on December 16, 1982 in the 10 am to 2pm spot. “Ask Anita” was invented when the program director, Michael Picozi was with me in the studio and he was listening to me talking to our listeners on the request lines while the music was playing. I was answering questions about anything and everything as fast as I could and it made Michael laugh. We were trying to come up with something to go against the very popular “workforce blocks” that I used to do on WMMR. ( 3 songs in a row from one band by request)

Michael said ” Why don’t you take calls live on the air and answer questions?”. We decided to call it “Ask Anita”. Michael recorded that perfectly creepy introduction and in spite of my shaky personal life I took calls live without knowing who or what was coming. My screener “Bob” kept it all on course and in those days no delay was necessary since no one was blurting out obscene words. (yet) Thanks to the many listeners who spilled their guts about everything from their bad romances to scoring Springsteen tickets. My mother “Happenin’ Janet” ( who turnes 87 on August 30th) even got in on the action. On September 17th, 1983 I became the morning show host along with R.D. Steele and Gary Lee Horn. I had a blast shooting the photo for the billboard complete with giant cleavage! It was a great time in my life. Warren Zevon moved to Philly and I we lived on Rittenhouse Square and when I wanted to go on tour with him Michael Picozzi was cool with that. WYSP was a happy place to be.. I started to feel like the station was becoming important to the tri-state listeners right along with WMMR. Then suddenly and sadly, Michael got fired and all communication stopped between “talent” and “management”. In May 1985, Andy Bloom was brought in as the new program director. I don’t know if he knew about the plans to hire Howard Stern and syndicate his show in Philly but I’m pretty sure it was already a done deal, even though Howard didn’t start until the following year. On August 28, 1985 I was fired by Andy Bloom along with Steve Sutton and Leslie Patton. I was offered the 10 am to 2 pm shift but I would have to take a big pay cut. Yeah, right. I went to WCAU AM and did a talk show but it wasn’t the same. I still miss those days even though it was so long ago. Thanks to all the listeners who still remember what WYSP once was.”

Anita said she is scheduled to appear on ‘YSP sometime before the station turns to all-sports on Labor Day.

Missing The Phillies

Since the best show this summer has been the Phillies, it’s been difficult finding something on TV tonight.  No more day games during the week!

My Appearance Coming Up

We are three weeks away from my appearance discussing all things television at the National Liberty Museum, Wednesday, September 14th at 6:30 p.m.  There will be prizes!