On The Air
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
June 23, 2006

Though Comcast SportsNet isn't talking, according to the television industry Web site, www.tvspy.com, weekend sports anchor John Boruk of WDIV-TV in Detroit will join CSN as an on-air talent.

According to industry insiders, Boruk almost got the job a few months ago, after former CSN anchor and reporter Matt Yallof went to SportsNet New York. The position went to Erick Weber, who quit after a few weeks partially because his wife did not like the Philadelphia area.

Weber's quick departure is rare for CSN, where most of the personalities have been there for years such as Michael Barkann, Neil Hartman, Leslie Gudel, Dei Lynam, Derrick Gunn and Ron Burke.

Hopefully, CSN will continue to use former WB17 sports anchor Matt Biondi, who does an admirable job on “Sports Rise.”

Salters has DelVal ties

Lisa Salters, the ABC sideline reporter for the NBA finals, grew up in King of Prussia and is a graduate of Upper Merion High School and Penn State. She joins Dresher's Suzy Kolber, who was a sideline reporter for “The Super Bowl” on ABC.

Top-rated show

Miami's championship win over Dallas in Game 6 of the NBA finals was the top-rated show of Tuesday night with an 11.5 rating/19 share for ABC. ABC is bad luck for Dallas owner Mark Cuban, who starred in the awful “Benefactor” reality show on ABC a couple of years ago.

In comparison, Carolina's Stanley Cup Game 7 victory over Edmonton had a 4.0 rating/7 share on NBC.

Each national rating point equals around a million households.

Trivia question

Kurt Russell once played a character in a movie based on then Lakers head coach Pat Riley. Who was that character? The answer appears at the bottom of the column.

Hard to stump

If you think you know everything about sports (you know who you are), a contestant search for the ESPN trivia show “Stump the Schwab” takes place Wednesday from 3 p.m.- 9 p.m. at the Fox and Hound at 15th and Spruce streets in Philadelphia. There aren't any cases to open, and no Howie Mandel. Take the deal!

Super job

Nolan Reese, son of Eagles announcer Merrill Reese, will receive a screen credit as “Digital Asset Coordinator” for “Superman Returns” opening next week.

Trivia answer

Kurt Russell played the character of detective Nick Frescia in the 1988 classic “Tequila Sunrise” with Mel Gibson and Michelle Pfeiffer.

June 23, 2006 7:50 AM