On The Air
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times

June 16, 2006

There are a few sports-oriented offerings on television this summer:

Run 4 Your Life

6ABC sports director Gary Papa, who has prostate cancer, is the spokesperson for the “Run 4 Your Life” Father's Day race/walk starting in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art at 8 a.m. Sunday.

Proceeds will benefit prostate cancer research. Go to www.run4yourlife.org.

Breath of polluted air

Parents who live near power plants may want to rethink sending their kids outside to play sports after watching the report “The Air We Breathe” on HBO's “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” Tuesday at 10 p.m.

The piece shows how the pollution from the plants causes an increase in asthma in children.

'Final' first

For May sweeps, NBC10's “Sports Final” won the battle of the local Sunday night sports shows with a 3.3 rating/8 share. Fox29's “Sports Sunday” had a 2.8 rating/4 share, and CBS3's “Sports Zone” had a 2.5 rating/6 share. 6ABC only does its Sunday night show during football season. Each ratings point equals about 29,000 households.

Dad about you

During the third inning of Sunday's Phillies-Devil Rays game on UPN 57, announcer Harry Kalas will be joined by his three sons, Todd, Brad and Kane for Father's Day. Todd is a member of the Devil Rays broadcasting team.

Also, Happy Father's Day to Philadelphia television sports directors NBC10's Vai Sikahema, the father of three sons and a daughter; 6ABC's Gary Papa, the father of two sons; and CBS3's Beasley Reece, the father of two sons.

Bug juice included

The fifth annual “Scholastic Play-by-Play Sports Broadcasting Camp” begins Monday at Villanova University. The camp, which began here, is now in six other cities around the country. Another session will take place at Villanova in August. Go to www.playbyplaycamps.com.

Local flavor

Neshaminy High's Tom McEowen and Chris Daino will play in the “Big 33 Football Classic” featuring the all-stars of Pennsylvania vs. Ohio at 7 p.m. Saturday on CN8.