On the Air
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
December 2, 2005

For the first time in station history, a female will be a sports reporter on Channel 10.

Jade McCarthy will cover sports stories and be the backup sports anchor for NBC10 beginning Monday.

McCarthy arrives from the NBC affiliate in Huntsville, Ala., the 84th largest television market in the country. She spent a semester at Villanova and graduated from Mount Holyoke College (the school that "Baby" from "Dirty Dancing" was set to attend).

Last year, Heather Mitts was being groomed to join Vai Sikahema and John Clark on the sports staff, but those plans were thwarted when the former soccer star moved to Miami with her boyfriend, ex-Eagles quarterback A.J. Feeley.

Keep it Real

"Sex and the City" is over. "The Comeback" bombed. "Extras" isn't setting the world on fire and the season finale of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" is this week. Before you cancel your subscription to HBO until "The Sopranos" returns in March, you may want to hold onto it for "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel."

This month's edition features include reports about "Monday Night Football" and sports groupies. The "Monday Night Football" piece shows vintage clips of Howard Cosell and Don Meredith and looks at the future of the show, which is moving to ESPN next season. Monday's game against the Seattle Seahawks will be the Eagles' final "Monday Night Football" appearance on ABC.

The groupies story shows how there is plenty of action going on off the field. The surprising aspect of the story was learning that there are several Web sites that help women locate where athletes will spend after-hours, etc.

"Real Sports" airs at 5:30 tonight on HBO.

It's a boy!

Dei Lynam of Comcast SportsNet gave birth to a baby boy, Max Lynam Riviere, on Monday. Lynam worked right up to the baby's birth. Her last day on the air was Saturday.

While Lynam is on maternity leave, Neil Hartman and Phil Andrews will rotate as sideline reporter for Sixers games on Comcast SportsNet.

Channel flipping

Robert Hoffman of Warminster will appear in the "3 on 3" segment of "Sports Zone" on CBS3 December 18 at 11:30 p.m. ... The Cowboys-Broncos Thanksgiving game on CBS was the highest rated Thanksgiving game in six years with a 13.3 rating/34 share of the audience. Sheryl Crow performed at halftime. ... Mike Gill, formerly of 1490-AM "The Game" in Atlantic City will be co-hosting "Philly Sports Live" Monday from 4-7 p.m. "Philly Sports Live" is looking for a co-host to replace Tripp Rogers, who left the show a few weeks ago.

December 2, 2005 7:13 AM