On The Air
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
September 2, 2005
Eagles wide receiver and "crunch" enthusiast Terrell Owens might do a radio show on WPEN 950-AM when it switches to sports talk Oct. 3.
According to station manager Bob DeBlois, there is talk that T.O. might be doing a Friday night radio show on Sports Talk 790-AM in Miami, where Owens' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, is based. DeBlois said 950-AM would attempt to pick up the show.
In other "T" news, Tony Bruno's syndicated Sporting News Radio show from Los Angeles will air on WPEN from 9 a.m.-noon weekdays.
Bruno, who worked on the WIP morning show in the early '90s, will compete against his former radio mates Angelo Cataldi and Al Morganti for only one hour - 9-10 a.m. From 10 a.m.-noon, he will go against Anthony Gargano and Mike Missanelli on WIP.
It was already announced that former WIP host Jody McDonald will host afternoon drive on WPEN from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. In that time slot, there will be three local sports talk shows: McDonald, Howard Eskin on WIP, and Tripp Rogers and John Mozes on ESPN 920-AM (4-7 p.m.)
McDonald, who was part of the WYSP 94.1-FM Eagles pre-game show the last few years, won't be able to continue with that position because WYSP is an Infinity station, and WPEN is part of Greater Media Philadelphia. Postgame show hosts Kevin Reilly, John Miller and Bill Bergey also will handle pre-game this season. Steve Bucci of CBS3 will not do the pre-game show this year.
No announcement yet on who will handle the early morning, evening, overnight, or weekend shifts for WPEN.
DeBlois also said that Greater Media Philadelphia (WMMR 93.3-FM, WBEN 95.7-FM, WMGK 102.9-FM, WPEN 950-AM) will go after every sports play-by-play in town, including the Eagles and Flyers, whose deals with WYSP 94.1-FM and WIP 610-AM, respectively, end next year.
WIP personality Big Daddy Graham's one-man show, "Last Call," opens Wednesday at the Society Hill Playhouse. "Last Call" is based on Graham's book about his difficult relationship with his father. Graham said that after the book came out, "I found something out about my dad that was remarkable." To order tickets, go to www.bigdaddygraham.com.
"The Angelo Cataldi Show" returns to Comcast SportsNet for another season on Monday, Sept. 12, at 6:30 p.m. It will be broadcast live from Chickie's and Pete's in South Philadelphia. After the first week, the show will air at 7 p.m.
A new show called "The Eagles Kids Club" will air Saturday at 7 a.m. on Comcast SportsNet.
WIP host Anthony Gargano is the author of "A Sunday Pilgrimage: Six Days, Several Prayers, and the Super Bowl," which hits bookstores this week.
I caught new 6ABC weekend sports anchor Keith Russell last weekend. The Temple University graduate and former ESPNews broadcaster is OK, but needs to lose the "ESPN" in him.