On the Air
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
April 21, 2006

Though an NBC spokesperson said the network has not made an announcement about the sideline position for “Sunday Night Football,” sports industry sources say that ESPN's Andrea Kremer will take that position in the fall.

Kremer, a Philadelphia native and graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, worked for NFL Films from 1984-89 before joining ESPN in 1989. She has covered every Super Bowl since 1985. An ESPN spokesperson did not answer an inquiry.

That leaves vacancies for Fox's NFL pre-game show host and the NFL Network's broadcasting team for this season.

Also, CBS lost sideline reporter Armen Keteyian, who joined the network's news department.

It's raining Glen

If I were in charge of WIP 610-AM, I'd put Glen Macnow with Anthony Gargano on mid-days and give Brian Startare the evening shift in place of Macnow.

Macnow, who worked with Gargano one day this week, was 100 percent better than any of the other wannabes who have filled in since Mike Missanelli got fired last month. Startare, who has been getting more hours lately, is already popular with the listeners.

Jan, Jan, Jan!

By the way, WIP changed to sports talk in 1986, making this its 20th anniversary. News anchor Jan Gorham is the only on-air person who has lasted since the previous format.

Meanwhile, Sports Talk 950 is still hoping that its mix of national and local offerings will succeed. I like Jody McDonald and Jim Rome, but the rest is forgettable. Maybe the station should consider an all-Eagles format. There could be shows about Eagles' trivia, collectibles, old-timers, the present, and Eagles news.

Comcast SportsNot

Erick Weber, who was hired to be a sports anchor at Comcast SportsNet only a month ago, already has left the station. According to sports industry sources, one of the factors was his wife, who is a native of California, did not like Philadelphia.

Weber was hired to replace Matt Yallof who went to SportsNet in New York City.

No "Kazaam II'?

Our favorite thespian, Shaquille O'Neal, is in the No. 1 movie in the country, “Scary Movie 4.”

AI and the Heartbreakers

Tom Petty music will be used for the NBA Playoffs on ABC. Some of the songs will be “I Won't Back Down,” “Learning to Fly,” and “You Wreck Me.” A perfect Petty song for the Sixers would be “Free Fallin.”

April 21, 2006 7:36 AM