Fox should produce super halftime show
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
January 28, 2005

Fox Sports president David Hill says he is confident there won't be a repeat of last year's Super Bowl halftime show debacle with Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake.

This year's halftime show stars Paul McCartney and is produced by Don Mischer (the guy who was screaming for more balloons during the Democratic National Convention last summer.)

"What Don brings to the table is style and sensibility," Hill said. ''Everything he does is first-rate." Mischer is known for "The Kennedy Center Honors" and "The Academy Awards."

Hill reiterated that Fox had nothing to do with last year's halftime show. The Super Bowl was televised by CBS.

"Because of the nonsense in Houston last year, Madison Avenue (where the major advertising agencies are located) is well aware of the situation," Hill said.

This will be the first Super Bowl for Fox's No. 1 announcing team of Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Cris Collinswoth, who took over for Pat Summerall and John Madden last season. Fox last did the Super Bowl in 2002.

Super Bowl specials

Eagles fans will be able to watch a different Super Bowl special every night in the week ahead.

Tonight: "Unfinished Business," WCAU, 7 p.m.; "Fox Friday" special, WTXF, 10:30 p.m.; "The Road to Victory," CN8, 10:30 p.m.

Saturday: "Eagles Frenzy," WPVI, 7 p.m.

Sunday: "Countdown to Kickoff," Comcast SportsNet, 7 p.m., with Neil Hartman and Derrick Gunn; "Super Bowl Frenzy," WPVI, 11:30 p.m. through the Super Bowl. There also will be an edition next Friday at 10 p.m.

Monday through Friday: All the local stations will send personnel to Jacksonville to file reports for the newscasts.

KYW will broadcast the entire news from Jacksonville.

It will be safe to tune into CSN practically at any time to find Eagles' programming. "Daily News Live" will originate from Jacksonville from 5-6:30 p.m. CSN also will air many "Super Bowl" events throughout the week including press conferences, photo and interview days, and more (those infomercials during the day will have to wait.)

"NBC10 Presents: One More Win," Thursday and Friday, 7 p.m., Saturday, 8 p.m.

"Eagles Showdown: Jacksonville," Monday through Friday, KYW, 7:30 p.m. There will be an encore presentation at midnight on UPN 57.

"Lou Tilley's Sports Connection" will feature reports from Jacksonville each night at 11 on CN8.

ESPN Radio, including "Philly Sports Live" with Tripp Rogers and John Mozes, will be live from Jacksonville all week from 4 -7 p.m.

WIP 610-AM's Anthony Gargano and Steve Martorano will do their midday show from Jacksonville. Howard Eskin also will be there for his 3-7 p.m. show. Nightime host Glen Macnow will also make the trip for broadcasts. "The Angelo Cataldi Show" will not travel to Jacksonville because the annual "Wing Bowl" is next Friday. However, morning show regular Rhea Hughes will be in Jacksonville to file reports on Super Bowl weekend.

Ratings game

The NFC Championship Game scored a 57.4 rating/74 share in Philadelphia. Each rating point equals almost 30,000 households. Expect the Super Bowl to break an 80 share.

January 28, 2005 6:17 AM