On The Air
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
December 3, 2004


ESPN 920-AM’s “Philly Sports Live,” which airs weekdays from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m., wants to give area sports fans an alternative to longtime sports-radio leader, WIP 610-AM.


“WIP has been the boss with no competition for a long time,” said show co-host Tripp Rogers. 


Rogers and co-host John Mozes said there are many differences between their show and the “guy talk” of WIP.


“We are friendlier and talk sports with people, not at people.  This show isn’t about John or myself or our egos.  It’s about the callers and what they think and feel,” said Rogers, who has been with the show since its inception in 2002.


Mozes, who grew up in Levittown and graduated from Truman High School and Temple University, joined the show in April when former co-host Tom McCarthy became a play- by-play announcer for the Phillies.


He said, “Our listeners, the media, and the teams have all told us that they are glad we are here, because we talk about nothing but sports.”


Though ESPN radio can be heard in Bucks County and most of Philadelphia, there are many other parts of the Delaware Valley that can’t get the station. 


According to the spring 2004 Arbitron ratings, ESPN 920 had 22,700 different listeners every week.  WIP had 407,100 different listeners in the same time period.


Awesome Day

Congratulations to WTXF sports director Don Tollefson, 52, who married Marilyn Torres, 30, last week at the Pyramid Club in Philadelphia.


Around 150-guests, including Channel 29 talent Dave Huddleston, Dawn Stensland, Bill Vargus, Sue Serio, Rob Guarino, and Joyce Evans attended the ceremony.  Eagles head coach Andy Reid was also a guest.


Tollefson was back at work on Sunday for the Eagles/Giants game.  The couple is planning to take their honeymoon in the near future.


Saturday Night Lights

CN8 will broadcast the Catholic League football high school championship game between St. Joseph’s Prep and Cardinal O’Hara tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. with Mick Moninghoff and Jeremy Treatman calling the action.


Hey, Hey, Hey

The cast of the “Fat Albert” movie will be at the Sixers game on December 12th.  Remember this classic theme song?


“Hey, hey, hey, it’s Fat Albert.

We’re going to sing a song for you.

And Bill’s gonna show you a thing or two.

We’ll have some fun now, with me and all the gang.

Learning from each other, while we do our thing.

Nah, nah, nah, gonna have a good time (hey, hey, hey).

Nah, nah, nah, gonna have a good time (hey, hey, hey).

Nah, nah, nah, gonna have a good time!”


Laura can be reached at lauranachman@verizon.net