On The Air
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
July 7, 2006

Charlie Pena, a 12-year-old Eagles fan from New York City being treated for sickle cell anemia, got to be an Eagles coach for the day on the new ESPN series "My Wish."

Pena is among ten children with life-threatening conditions whose sports-related wished were granted by ESPN and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The series with air during "SportsCenters" beginning Sunday.

The piece shows a very nice side of Andy Reid. The Eagles coach allows Pena to call a play for the offense during mini-camp a few weeks ago. The series can be described as an "Extreme Makeover: Sports Edition." Chris Connelley hosts.

Movie star

Former eagle Vince Papale's life story "Invincible" is set to hit theaters Aug. 25. Mark Wahlberg plays Papale, Greg Kinnear plays head coach Dick Vermeil and Michael Nouri plays late owner Leonard Tose.

According to www.imdb.com, some of the other roles in the movie are former Eagles John Bunting, Herb Lusk and Denny Franks, an former Cowboys Efran Herrera, Mel Renfro, and Cliff Harris.

Maybe they're use Pat Benatar's song "Invincible" for the theme, even though it was already used in another movie -- the 1984 gem "The Legend of Billie Jean."

NBC, AFL split

The AFL and NBC jointly announced that AFL games won't be on the network next year. NBC aired the games the last two years.

Philadelphia Soul owner Jon Bon Jovi and his band will be playing Lincoln Financial Field next Saturday.

New morning show

Sports industry sources are saying that new Sports Talk 950 program director Gregg Henson (www.gregghenson.com) might host the long-awaited local morning show that is scheduled to being sometime this summer.

Former NFL quarterback Glenn Foley, a graduate of Cherry Hill East High School, is another same being thrown around for the morning show. 

July 7, 2006 7:46 AM