On The Air
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
August 5, 2005

Former WPVI-6 sports anchor Phil Andrews, whose contract wasn't renewed in June, has resurfaced on Comcast SportsNet as part of Eagles training camp coverage.

"We are happy to have Phil join our family," CSN executive Tom Stathakes said. "It's a busy time of the year and he will jump right into the fray."

Andrews could be working for CSN for a while because anchor Leslie Gudel is expecting her second child in October, and anchor Dei Lynam is expecting her first child in November.

It's official

WPVI made an official announcement on what we reported here two weeks ago: It will air the Eagles preseason games and broadcast "Eagles Television Network" shows this season.

Sports director Gary Papa will host "The Donovan McNabb Show" Saturdays at 11:35 p.m. "Football Frenzy with Gary Papa" will air game nights at 11:35 p.m. However, one "Eagles Television Network" show that will not be on WPVI is the sleep-inducing "Inside the Eagles with Andy Reid." No word on what lucky station will air that gem.

Gannon joins CBS

Rich Gannon, former St. Joe's Prep and University of Delaware star, will join CBS as a game analyst this season. Gannon's most successful NFL seasons were with the Oakland Raiders. Greg Gumbel, Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason, and Shannon Sharpe return to "The NFL Today." The top broadcast team is Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, and sideline reporter Bonnie Bernstein.

The major change for Fox will be with its "A-Team," which is dropping Cris Collinsworth a year early, because he is going to NBC in 2006. This year, it will be only Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. Pam Oliver will work the sidelines again. The No. 2 team will be Dick Stockton, Daryl Johnston and obnoxious Tony Siragusa, who somehow made it to another season. Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, James Brown, and Jimmy Johnson return for the pregame show.

Local voice

Philadelphia baseball expert Jason Stark, a resident of Newtown, will be co-hosting the "Mike and Mike Show" with Mike Greenberg Wednesday morning from 6- 10 a.m. on ESPN Radio 920-AM.

Want to be a broadcaster?

Pack your sunscreen and microphone for the return of "The Scholastic Play by Play" sports broadcasting camp Aug. 15-19 at Bryn Mawr College. Past counselors include Jim Jackson of the Flyers, Steve Bucci of CBS3, Bill Vargus of Fox-29, Glen Macnow of WIP 610-AM, and Phil Martelli of Saint Joseph's University.


The 76ers haven't been on WIP for 30 years as was previously reported. They are going into their third decade on WIP, which has been broadcasting the 76ers games since 1988.

August 5, 2005 7:31 AM