On The Air
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
August 11, 2006

Although Lou Tilley no longer has a full-time job at CN8, he's up for three Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards honoring the best in television in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

Tilley is nominated for “Program Host/Moderator,” and his former show, “Out of Bounds,” is nominated for “Sports — Regularly Scheduled Daily or Weekly Program,” and for “Sports — Program Series” for “Out of Bounds: Maxwell Awards Roundtable.”

After six years as the main sports person on CN8, Tilley was taken off his 11 p.m. show “Out of Bounds” three weeks ago. The show will be based in Boston when it re-launches in the fall, and Tilley's former producer, Gregg Murphy, will host the Philadelphia-based 7 p.m. sports show.

In other Emmy news, Comcast SportsNet leads in the sports categories with 16 nominations, followed by the Eagles Television Network with nine. The Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards ceremonies will take place in September.

Bad first impression

After 10 months on the air, Sports Talk 950-AM finally has a local morning show hosted by Detroit native Gregg Henson and Cherry Hill's Glenn Foley.

In its press release announcing Foley's hiring, Sports Talk wrote: “During his career Glenn was lucky enough to play for some of the NFL's best coaches, including Bill Parcells, Bill Bellicheck (sic), Mike Holmgren, Charlie Weiss (sic), and Tom Coughlin, as well as former Eagles head coach Rich Kotite.”

I'm not a fan of Kotite, but when a station is in 26th place in the local ratings, does it have the right to take shots at anybody? The station also misspelled the names of Bill Belichick and Charlie Weis.

As for the show, I've listened a few times, and I'm already sick of Foley's old Jets stories. Also, Foley called Phillies manager Charlie Manuel “coach” a couple of times during an interview. And though the station claims to be “interview driven” and “debate without the hate,” I heard Henson using words like “crap” and “old farts” a few times. Classy!

Flyers, Flyers and more Flyers

All 82 regular-season Flyers games will be locally televised during the 2006-07 season.

Comcast SportsNet will televise 61 games, CW Philly 57 (WPSG-TV) will broadcast 10, Versus (formerly OLN) will show seven and NBC four.

“We are thrilled to continue all of our partnerships,” said Shawn Tilger, vice president of marketing and communications for the Flyers. “They have always been great partners, and we are excited to work with them again this upcoming season.”

Where have you gone?

Though Channel 6 isn't talking, sports industry sources say that Eagles linebacker Dhani Jones is not returning to the Sunday night “Football Frenzy” show this season. (Can you see me cheering?) No word on who will replace Jones in the 6ABC lineup yet. Also, as we reported a few months ago, former Eagles receiver Irving Fryar is also not returning to the 6ABC football team this season.

Channel flipping

UPN 57, which will become CW 57 on Sept. 18, announced it will remain the local television broadcast station for the Flyers and Sixers for the next three years. ... The Eagles-Raiders game on NBC was the third-highest rated show of the week, just ahead of “Two and a Half Men,” which could describe the Eagles' backfield.

August 11, 2006 6:59 AM