On The Air
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
October 21, 2005
Things are going swimmingly for Fox29 sports director Don Tollefson.
Approaching his first wedding anniversary with his wife, Marilyn, he has a new radio show on WPEN 950-AM, and just signed a new three-year contract with Fox in the mid six-figure range, keeping him at the station through 2008.
"I am thrilled to be with the good people at Fox," said Tollefson, 53, a 10-year veteran of Fox29. "[News director Holly Gauntt] is wonderful to work for."
Tolley is also pumped about his new show on WPEN (Saturdays from 5:30 - 7 p.m.), where he'll be given free rein to talk about his charitable endeavors, including his involvement with the Eagles organization and their fight against breast cancer.
Tollefson, who attends about 15 charity and special events during a typical week (critics have wondered if his attendance at sporting events was as high) is scheduled to be the master of ceremonies Saturday at Villanova when former Wildcat and current Eagle Brian Westbrook's number is retired.
Biondi for hire
WB17's sports director Matt Biondi, who arrived in Philadelphia three years ago with his wife and two young daughters, is hoping he'll be able to find work in town when the station's newscast becomes an NBC10 production in December.
"I've lived in a lot of cities [Seattle, Charlotte, and Milwaukee to name a few], and Philadelphia is a place where journalism and credibility still mean something," he said.
Biondi, 45, began at WB17 as the weekend sports anchor and weekday sports reporter, then took over some weekday duties a year and a half ago. In a move that in hindsight foretold WB17's future, instead of hiring a new sportscaster, management assigned Biondi the sports three days of the week, and forced the news anchors to read the sports the other two days.
Former NFL linebacker Bill Romanowski, who had a stint with the Eagles, stops by "Out of Bounds" with Lou Tilley at 11 p.m. Tuesday on CN8 to hawk his new book "Romo: My Life on the Edge," that documents his steroid use.
The latest athlete to confess his sins to "60 Minutes" is former NBA superstar Michael Jordan.
Jordan discusses his gambling habit with Ed Bradley on "60 Minutes" on CBS Sunday following football. Jordan follows the aforementioned Romanowski and Miami Dolphin Ricky Williams who appeared on the program.