Dan Gross: Reese to be paired with Eskin?

Dan Aykroyd: He'll be signinghis signature vodka here today.
Dan Aykroyd: He'll be signinghis signature vodka here today.
Posted: September 10, 2009

DON'T BE SURPRISED if 610 WIP soon announces that former Eagle Ike Reese becomes a permanent co-host of Howard Eskin's 3 to 7 p.m. show. We're told that Rob Ellis, of Comcast SportsNet, who guest-hosted with Eskin for a little while earlier this year, will take over Reese's 7-11 p.m. slot.

WIP operations manager Andy Bloom told us yesterday he could neither confirm nor deny our information.

Meanwhile, Angelo Cataldi and his morning crew beat 93.3 WMMR's Preston and Steve show in the coveted demo group of men 25-54 for the first time ever, according to the new Arbitron ratings. WIP's midday show of Glen Macnow and Anthony Gargano is also newly first in that demo.

'Desperate Housewives' actor here for breast-cancer event

Ricardo Antonio Chavira, who plays Carlos Solis on "Desperate Housewives," will be at the Rittenhouse Monday morning for a breast-cancer event sponsored by the Wellness Community. Chavira lost his mother, Elizabeth, to breast cancer and two sisters, Raquel and Rebekah, have fought the disease. His family's struggle led to his partnering with the Wellness Community to launch the CARE (Cancer Advocate Resources and Education) campaign for breast-cancer caregivers.

He'll be joined at Monday's event by Wellness Community's chief executive, Kim Thiboldeaux; clinical psychologist and author Barry Jacobs, and Paul Ricciardi, a local breast-cancer caregiver.

Radio report

Starting Monday, 93.3 WMMR is re-branding Matt Cord's weeknight show as The Pit. Cord will still host, but during Sixers season, when he works as PA announcer, Brent Porche and Jacky Bam Bam will fill in. The Pit will have 52-minutes straight per hour of music, and will play newer rock from the '90s on.

* Fox Sports broadcaster Tim McCarver co-hosts an hour of Sid Mark's "Sunday with Sinatra" this weekend (1210 AM WPHT). The former Phillies catcher, a huge Frank Sinatra fan, will be on from 11 to noon. McCarver told Mark that he used to listen to the show with Larry Bowa in the Phillies clubhouse before their games.

DaCav5 to appear on VMA's

Local group DaCav5 will be featured on MTV's Video Music Awards on Sunday. The guys just won the Breakout Artist of Philly award during a recent contest at the mtvU Six Flags Tour at Great Adventure, where they played with Kristina DeBarge, All Time Low and White Tie Affair. A portion of their performance is expected on the VMAs and is featured this month on Comcast on Demand. You can hear them at myspace.com/dacav5.

Madonna's brother judging here

Madonna's estranged brother, Christopher Ciccone, will be in town Sept. 26 for the Gayborhood Games at Pure Nightclub (1221 St. James). He'll be among judges of the live show, which will feature awards for and performances by dance crews, comedians, singers, hairstylists, bartenders, chefs and drag performers. For more info on the Games, visit nightlifegay.com.

Dan Aykroyd in town today

Dan Aykroyd is scheduled to lunch today with a party of 12 at Positano Coast (2nd & Walnut).

The Aldo Lamberti restaurant hosts a private party for Aykroyd's Crystal Head Vodka, which he'll sign bottles of from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Wine & Spirits (1218 Chestnut). That's just a few blocks from the Union League and Wachovia Building on Broad Street, where the actor shot scenes from "Trading Places."

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