Martorano confused about WIP departure

Steve Martorano, whose contract wasn't renewed by WIP 610-AM in June, is perplexed about why he is out of a job.

"The frustrating thing is the rules changed," he said. "We were No. 1 with men, 25-54 years old. For management to tell me they are going in another direction, what other direction is there to go?"

Martorano co-hosted the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. shift with Anthony Gargano for two years. He was replaced by the man he replaced, Bristol native Mike Missanelli, on July 5.

"I am not concerned about getting a job," said Martorano, who already filled in on New Jersey 101.5-FM and could end up back on the air or in management. "I'm just confused, but I can't wallow in it. I must move on."

Martorano said listeners are welcome to e-mail him at

Jody Mac is back

Former WIP host Jody McDonald, who does a mid-day show for Sirius radio, has another new job. He will do weekends for the ESPN Radio affiliate in New York City. McDonald said he expressed interest in the WIP vacancy that was filled by Missanelli, but did not get that job. He is also scheduled to return to the Eagles' pre-game shows on WYSP-FM.

Wanted: Channel 6 sportscasters

In the span of a month, WPVI Channel 6 has gone from four on-air people with more than 15 years experience each, to only one - sports director Gary Papa. Reporter Jack Brayboy departed the station, weekday anchor Scott Palmer retired, and the contract of weekend anchor Phil Andrews wasn't renewed.

As a stopgap measure, WPVI reporters David Henry and Chad Pradelli have anchored sports.

Sports insiders say that a sports anchor from Washington, D.C., auditioned for a job, and that Irving Fryar is certain to have some kind of role with the station for Eagles' season.

Although there is no official word from Papa or the station, the sports director who had prostate cancer a year ago seems to be recovered. He has worked up to seven days a week to fill the holes left, and he looks good.

Together again

Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens of the Eagles are on the list of presenters for the "ESPY Awards" at 9 p.m. Sunday on ESPN, along with Owens' Monday Night Football partner Nicollette Sheridan of "Desperate Housewives."

Other celebrity presenters include the cast of one of my favorite summer shows, "Entourage," Patrick Dempsey, and Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson.

Former "Friend" Matthew Perry hosts. In real life, Perry was a top tennis player as a teenager. Pre-"Friends," he once played a troubled high school tennis star in a very special episode of "Beverly Hills 90210."

July 15, 2005 8:27 AM