WYSP called for 'illegal procedure' after game

WYSP 94.1-FM fumbled during its postgame show after the Eagles-Panthers game last week.

When playing sound bites from Donovan McNabb's postgame press conference, host John Russell awkwardly re-recorded questions asked by members of the media who were at the game and then played McNabb's previously recorded answers.

Because Russell was in the WYSP studio in Philadelphia, obviously he didn't ask McNabb the questions, so he edited in his own voice. It sounded like something that a college radio station would do.

Though Russell explained at the top of the segment that he wasn't the person asking the questions, by plugging in his own voice, it sounded rather strange.

WYSP, which loves to tell us that it has "the most honored radio broadcast in the NFL," should try to play McNabb's press conference in its entirety or before each sound bite. It should say something like "And here's what McNabb said when asked this ... ." Russell shouldn-t try to recreate the questions.

Eskin faces lawsuit

According to a report earlier this week, former Temple assistant basketball coach Nate Blackwell is suing WCAU sportscaster Howard Eskin for comments Eskin made about Blackwell on "Sports Final" in March. One person who could be caught in the middle is WCAU publicist Eva Blackwell, Nate's first cousin. Eva Blackwell had "no comment" about the lawsuit.

Hugs and kisses

I only caught the last couple of minutes of "Daily News Live" the other day when Comcast SportsNet president Jack Williams was on the panel, but that was more than enough time to watch host Michael Barkann and the other panelists "kissing up to the boss."

Some of the "newsworthy" comments included Barkann and company praising themselves for "being objective" even though Comcast owns the Sixers and Flyers, and patting themselves on the back for televising games in HDTV.

Guys, save that stuff for your holiday party. Don't waste the viewer's time.

Ratings game

WPVI's "Football Frenzy" led the Sunday night sports shows with a 7.9 rating/14 share. KYW's "Eagles Total Access" upset "Sports Final" for second place. "Total Access" had a 6.9 rating/13 share and "Final" had a 4.6 rating/9 share. Earlier, WTXF's "Sports Sunday" had a 3.9 rating/9 share and WPHL's "Sports Extra" limped in with a 0.7 rating/2 share.

Popular book

"The Great Philadelphia Fan Book" is hitting it out of the ballpark. A third printing already has been ordered for the book written by WIP 610-AM hosts Glen Macnow and Anthony Gargano.

Taylor-made for CBS

Lawrence Taylor's interview on "60 Minutes" was the highest rated show of the night last Sunday for CBS. About 14 million people watched the former New York Giant linebacker plug his new book that talks about his drug use and other unsavory behavior.

Meanwhile, still no word from ESPN if its "unrealistic" series "Playmakers" will make the cut for Season 2.

Happy anniversary

Fox Sports celebrates its 10th anniversary this month. Fox Sports considers its birthday the day it was awarded rights to televise the NFL - December 17, 1993. Fox broadcasts the NFL, MLB and NASCAR.

Cast your vote

You still have time to cast your vote in our reader's poll published in last Friday's editions. We'll print the results in an upcoming column.

Laura Nachman can be reached at bradyresident@aol.com.

December 5, 2003 7:32 AM