On The Air
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
August 10, 2007

NBC10's Jade McCarthy leads all Philadelphia sportscasters with four Mid-Atlantic Emmy nominations.

“Philly's fantastic,” McCarthy wrote in an e-mail. “Coming in, almost two years ago, I knew it would be a passionate, exciting place to cover sports, but it has more than lived up to my expectations.

“The Emmy nominations are exciting, of course, but I've had so many great opportunities and experiences here. And now it's time to rev up for football season again — always a blast.”

McCarthy, a former competitive horse jumper, is nominated in the category Sports: Single News Story or Series for her feature “Breeding Greatness.” She also is nominated in the same category for “Touring Philadelphia with the Stanley Cup.”

She is also nominated for Reporter: Sports. Her competition is John Boruk of Comcast SportsNet, Lance Crawford of Comcast SportsNet, Jason Bristol of WHP CBS21, and Derrick Gunn of Comcast SportsNet.

If this were a horserace, I'd say McCarthy would be even money to win.

Here are a couple of the other major sports categories with my choice in bold:

Anchor-Sports: Neil Hartman, Comcast SportsNet; Bill Vargus, Fox29; Steve Bucci, CBS3; Jason Bristol, WHP CBS21; Beasley Reece, CBS3

Sports-Regularly Scheduled Daily or Weekly Program: “Eagles Kids Club,” Eagles Television Network, Robert Alberino, executive producer; “Out Of Bounds,” CN8, The Comcast Network Gregg Murphy, host. Murphy is also the only sports host nominated in the “Host/Moderator” category; “Sportsnite,” Comcast SportsNet, Mark Jordan, news director.

Sports Analyst/Play-by-Play: Bob Capasso, Blue Ridge Cable TV13; Marc Zumoff, Comcast SportsNet.

The Mid-Atlantic Emmys, which recognize excellence in television for Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, will be handed out Sept. 15.

Reese's piece

Gus Johnson, Ike Reese, and Dave Spadaro will cover the Eagles-Ravens game at 7 p.m. Monday on 6ABC. Reese, who wisely talked to anybody and everybody who was holding a microphone while he was an Eagles player, replaces Ron Jaworski, who will be part of “Monday Night Football” on ESPN this season.

No stopping Papa

Although viewers can see the effects of chemotherapy treatments on 6ABC sports anchor Gary Papa, he hasn't missed a beat in delivering the sports. Papa, news anchor Jim Gardner, and weather anchor Cecily Tynan are practically automatic in their presentation.

I Love the '70s

Catch “The Bronx is Burning” on ESPN Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ... The NFL reality series, “Hard Knocks,” returns to HBO. This year's team is the Kansas City Chiefs. It airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. Former Eagle Herman Edwards is the head coach of the team.

August 10, 2007 5:45 AM