Morganti everywhere during NHL playoffs

It's a hat trick for hockey expert Al Morganti, who is working as an analyst on "Flyers Post Game Live" for every playoff game on Comcast SportsNet, a hockey reporter for ESPN and as co-host of "The Morning Team" on WIP 610-AM.

"It's fun," said the former beat writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, who continues to write columns for and a local newspaper chain.

Morganti, 51, has been part of the WIP morning show with fellow former Inquirer colleague Angelo Cataldi since 1993. Asked if the two have chemistry, Morganti responded in his typically understated way: "I guess." Morganti compares working with Cataldi to being "the little car next to the motorcycle."

Growing up in Boston, Morganti attended Boston University in the 1970s with Howard Stern ("very liberal") and not so liberal Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly, who was one of his best friends in school. Morganti said he and O'Reilly keep in touch, but not as much since O'Reilly "became a big star."

While at Boston U., Morganti began to write about high school ice hockey for the Boston Globe and remembers Flyers Tony Amonte and Jeremy Roenick from their high school days in New England.

Morganti also covered the Atlanta Flames for the Atlanta Constitution and the Miami Dolphins for a Florida paper before arriving in Philly in the early 1980s.

Married since 1985, Morganti lives in Medford, N.J., with his wife, Carole, their daughter Taylor, 15, and their pet dog.

Hometown horse

Philadelphia viewers will have something to interest them besides Tom Hammond's perm this year at the Kentucky Derby, as hometown horse Smarty Jones will compete tomorrow at 5 p.m. on NBC (Channel 10). Hammond co-hosts the race with Bob Costas.

For Pete's sake

Tom Sizemore will play Pete Rose in the upcoming TV movie "Hustle" which will premier on ESPN on Sept. 25. Sizemore graduated from the theatre masters program at Temple University.

Sneak peek

The Sports Emmys air on Fox Sports Net at 8 p.m. Sunday. Since the ceremonies took place last week, here are some spoilers: Bob Costas of NBC and HBO was named Outstanding Studio Host; ABC's John Madden was named Outstanding Event Analyst; Fox's Joe Buck was named Outstanding Sports Personality - Play by Play; and HBO's Cris Collinsworth was named Outstanding Sports Personality - Studio Analyst. HBO beat the "sports network" ESPN, as HBO had eight Emmys. ESPN had seven.

Laura Nachman covers television and radio sports for the Courier Times. She can be reached at

April 30, 2004 7:57 AM