On The Air
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
June 10, 2005

Bristol native Mike Missanelli will be returning to WIP 610-AM in July, according to station insiders.

Missanelli worked for WIP from 1992 until he departed to go to the ill-fated "Philly Guys" morning show on WMMR 93.3-FM in 2003.

He was fired a year later, and the rest of the show, which included former WIP personality Joe Conklin, was dismantled this spring. Missanelli did some fill-in work for WIP in the fall.

It's likely that Missanelli will replace Steve Martorano, who replaced Missanelli two years ago on mid-days with Anthony Gargano.

"I can't confirm Mike's addition at this time," WIP general manager Marc Rayfield wrote in an e-mail.

Missanelli could not be reached for comment.

Remember the Alamo

Game 2 of the NBA Finals between former Sixers head coach Larry Brown, Coatesville's Rip Hamilton and the Detroit Pistons vs. former Sixer Glenn Robinson and the San Antonio Spurs airs at 8:30 p.m. Sunday on ABC.

Because the game is in San Antonio, maybe there will be an Eva Longoria sighting because The "Desperate Housewife" has been dating Spurs point guard Tony Parker. Al Michaels and Hubie Brown will call the action. Kelly Clarkson will sing the national anthem. Maybe the NBA has a package deal with her; she also was part of "All-Star Weekend."

There are lots of announcers with Philadelphia ties involved in the broadcasts - former La Salle star Tim Legler and Philadelphia newspaper reporter Stephen A. Smith are analysts for ESPN; Hubie Brown was a former announcer for the Sixers; and Dr. Jack Ramsay will do the games for ESPN radio.

Remember the Phillies

Langhorne resident and former Courier Times columnist ("The TV Movie Maven") Joe Amodei's company, Hart Sharp Video, is releasing a new boxed set collector's DVD commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Phillies' 1980 World Series Championship.

The three DVDs include Game 6 of the World Series between the Phillies and the Kansas City Royals; Game 5 of the NLCS between the Phillies and Houston Astros; and remastered versions of the 1980 specials "Glory Days" and "The Team That Wouldn't Die" narrated by the late John Facenda.

Other extras are footage from the victory parade, the 20th reunion of the team in 2000 and tributes to the late Phillies executive Paul Owens and reliever Tug McGraw.

The DVD is $24.99, which includes an eight-page booklet.

Rookie actors

Sixers rookie Andre Iguodala is one of the stars of the new series "Spike TV Presents NBA Rookies" debuting at 10 tonight. Emeka Okafor, J.R. Smith and Devin Harris are the other rookies in the series. Later in the summer, Spike will air a reality show in which Detroit Lions rookie Sean Cody wants to find a "Super Agent."

June 10, 2005 6:11 AM