Philadelphia television personality Dave Frankel is going
national as a correspondent for ESPN's "Outside the
The investigative sports show, hosted by Bob Ley, expanded
from a weekly to a daily show a few weeks ago. The former KYW-3
news anchor and WPVI weather anchor spent many years at WPVI as
an investigative journalist, but this is his first stint in
sports since his college days at Dartmouth University.
Though the show is taped at the ESPN headquarters in Bristol,
Conn., Frankel can file his reports from Philadelphia. Right
now, he is working on a story about a controversy over Chicago
Cubs ticket sales.
Frankel, who was last seen on KYW in October 2001, is now
free to work for any station in town, as his no-compete clause
with KYW expired in March. The ESPN job is a freelance position.
"I've done news, weather, and now sports. All that is
left is sales," he joked.
One position that he didn't mention was morning host. His
name has been mentioned for the long-vacant "Good Day
Philadelphia" job on WTXF.
"Outside the Lines" airs at midnight on ESPN. In
other ESPN-related trivia, former WTXF weekend sports anchor
Bill Perry is a producer for ESPN News.
King of the hill
WCAU's "Sports Final" led the Sunday night sports
shows with a 6.3 rating/14 share of the audience for May sweeps.
One reason that the show succeeds is due to scoops by
contributor Howard Eskin, who had the Larry Brown story first
WTXF's "Sports Sunday," which airs an hour earlier
than "Sports Final" had a 3.3 rating/5 share, and the
"George Michael Sports Machine," on which Eskin also
appears and airs at midnight on WCAU, had a 3.2 rating/8 share.
That must be distressing to KYW, as its "Sports
Rap" had a 3.0 rating/7 share. WPHL's "Sports
Extra" barely registered with a 1.1 rating/2 share. Each
rating point equals 28,305 households.
South Jersey resident Brian Baldinger, a Fox football
analyst, is beginning another season as an analyst for NFL
Europe on Fox Sports Net Sunday. He is doing the Frankfurt-Rhein
game at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Get two Larrys for the price of one on "On the Record
with Bob Costas." Larry David of "Curb Your
Enthusiasm" and Basketball Hall of Famer Larry Bird are the
guests on HBO at 11:30. No word if Bowa and Brown were invited
Sixers television announcer Marc Zumoff is an organizer of
"Points for the Promised Land," a basketball
tournament to raise funds for the victims of terrorism in
Israel. The 3-on-3 event is looking for players high-school age
and up. It takes place at Montgomery County Community College in
Blue Bell on Saturday, June 8. To register contact http://www.jamminforpromisedland.com/.
Evidently, WTXF sports anchor Don Tollefson has finally found
someone who isn't a "good guy." Last week, Pete Rose
gave Tollefson the cold shoulder when Tollefson was trying to
interview him after his appearance at the Camden Riversharks
Laura Nachman covers television and radio sports for
the Courier Times. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.