Buzz Bissinger joins Steve Martorano on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT

Posted: June 12, 2012

Buzz Bissinger says Talk Radio 1210 WPHT asked him two questions when he was offered the afternoon drive slot at the radio station, where he starts June 25.

"Are you gonna show up for work? Can you actually talk without dropping the F-bomb?" Bissinger recalls. The Friday Night Lights and Prayer for the City author has become known recently for his profane Twitter rants, which is why the cursing question makes sense. Fortunately, 1210 program director Andy Bloom knows how to handle foul-mouthed radio hosts. He's the one who brought Howard Stern to 94WYSP in 1986.

Bissinger joins longtime WIP sports-talker Steve Martorano for the 3-to-7-p.m. slot, which follows Michael Smerconish from noon to 3 p.m. The station's all-local-talk lineup also features Chris Stigall from 5:30 to 9 a.m., followed by Dom Giordano from 9 to noon.

Bissinger says his show will be national politics, current events and sports, and will be "fun, lively and informative." We reached Bissinger in St. Louis, where he stopped on his tour for his new book, Father's Day.

Grandpa Ed

Congratulations to Jesse and Beka Rendell, who welcomed a son, Dean Thompson Rendell, at 10:21 p.m. Sunday.

The baby is the first for Jesse, an attorney, and Beka, an event planner, and first grandchild for former Gov. Ed Rendell and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Midge Rendell.

TV tidbits

Southwest Philly native Shannon Kelly will be seen on Thursday's episode of Fox's new celebrity dating show, "The Choice." Kelly graduated from Chichester High in 2002 and studied at Delaware County Community College and West Chester University before moving to Las Vegas to pursue modeling. She now works at the Haze nightclub inside the Aria Casino. Kelly says that when she heard about the "Choice" auditions she figured, "I'm young, single, living in Vegas and doing my thing. What do I have to lose?" Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers is among celebrities Kelly hopes to win a date with on Thursday's show.

When Bill Schaffer and Kris Kratt, of Schaffer Designs, were married at the Philadelphia International Flower Show in March, TLC's "Cake Boss" was there shooting the festivities. Mauro Castano, of Hoboken, N.J.'s Carlo's City Hall Bake Shop, made the cake, which — like the flower show — had a tiki theme. The episode debuts June 18.

Presley out and about

Lisa Marie Presley, musician husband Michael Lockwood and their young twins dined Sunday night at Ralph's (760 S. 9th), where the King's daughter/King of Pop's ex-wife went for rigatoni and sausage. The night before, the family ate at Smith & Wollensky at the Rittenhouse. Presley opened her tour Monday at World Cafe Live (3025 Walnut).

Book report

"Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice signs copies of her new cookbook, Fabulicious: Fast & Fit (Running Press), at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Penn bookstore; at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Chester County Books & Music in West Chester; and at 7 p.m. Friday at the Barnes & Noble in Fairless Hills.

In other book news, Sasha Issenberg, a former Philadelphia magazine writer, has just sold another book to Crown. The Engagement is being billed as the first definitive history of America's battles over gay marriage. Asked if he thinks the topic of his new book will lead people to assume he is gay, the heterosexual scribe replied, "I guess one of the ways to understand the social change I'm trying to explain in the book is how it came to be that I don't have to say, ‘Not that there's anything wrong with it' anymore." On Sept. 11, Crown will publish another Issenberg work, The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Elections.

Kevin Smith canceled

The "Bindlestiffs" screening and Q&A event with filmmaker Kevin Smith ("Clerks," "Chasing Amy," "Jersey Girl") scheduled for Wednesday at the Ritz East (125 Sansom) has been postponed indefinitely. Smith's production company Smodcast produced the comedy about three prep-school kids who go on a "Catcher in the Rye"-like adventure. n

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