On The Air
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
December 24, 2004


At the beginning of the year, Gregg Murphy will replace Lou Tilley as the sports anchor for the CN8 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. news.


Tilley will continue to host the Monday through Thursday 11 p.m. show, “The Sports Connection.”


Since CN8 expanded to the New England market, the focus of “Sports Connection” has become more national than local.  According to a station spokesperson, Tilley will be doing more interviews with sports figures around the country.


Murphy, a St. Joseph’s graduate, worked himself up from a behind-the-scenes role to his current position.


Deck the Halls with Shaq and Kobe
ABC, which is on the comeback trail thanks to “Desperate Housewives” and “Lost” will get another present on Christmas Day when it will air the first game between former Los Angeles Lakers teammates Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, as the Lakers host the Miami Heat Saturday at 3 p.m.


Al Michaels and new partner Hubie Brown, who recently resigned from the Memphis Grizzlies due to medical reasons, will do the game. Michele Tafoya will be the sideline reporter.  Tafoya then will travel to St. Louis to be the sideline reporter for the Eagles/Rams “Monday Night Football” game.


Philadelphia fans remember Brown (and his perm) from his years doing Sixers’ basketball on Channel 17 in the late 80’s.


Last year’s ABC analyst, Doc Rivers is the head coach of the Boston Celtics.


Trivia Question: Who was Hubie Brown’s announcing partner for Sixers games?  The winners’ names will be printed in an upcoming column.


National Gig

Cardinal O’Hara and Temple University graduate John Kincade will host “The Dan Patrick Show” on ESPN radio (920-AM) today from 1- 4 p.m. Currently, Kincade hosts a sports radio talk show in Atlanta, GA.


Trivia Question

Readers Jim Tinneny, Phil Andrews, and Damien Woods knew that Fox announcer Cris Collinsworth wore number 80 when he played for the Cincinnati Bengals.


Eagles Reunion

HBO’s “Inside the NFL” had an interesting feature - Cris Carter and former Eagles head coach Buddy Ryan discussed Carter’s departure from the Eagles.  It was the first time that the two publicly discussed Carter’s substance abuse problems when he played for Philadelphia.


Stocking Stuffer

An ABC “Monday Night Football” bottle opener that plays the MNF theme song by Hank Williams is available in stores.