"I've been incredibly fortunate in my career, having had the opportunity to cover some of the most memorable games and athletes in Philadelphia," Eskin saidWednesday. "But there is nothing like getting a chance to return to FOX 29, where my heart has always been."
Kevin Hart hosting VMAs
North Philly's own Kevin Hart will host this year's MTV Video Music Awards, on Sept. 6 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Hart performed the opening monologue and video skits at last year's VMAS.
MediaTakeOut.com, which is accurate about half the time, reported several days ago that Hart would host the show, but the formal announcement was made online Wednesday in a video starring Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, the latter of whom achieved VMA infamy when he rudely interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech for an award.
Naked Bike Ride returns
It's that time of year again: when people you don't want to see naked swarm the streets in various states of undress. On bicycles.
This year's Philadelphia Naked Bike Ride will be Aug. 25.
"We ride to promote cycling awareness, the cycling community and positive body image," says co-organizer Brendan McGuire. "We also welcome those who would like to join us for causes of their own." For info, visit phillynakedbikeride.org.
Benefit for ailing DJ
Friends of 98.1 WOGL's Joe Mama, a/k/a David Redpath, have organized a fundraiser for Sept. 11 to help the family of the radio host, who has been hospitalized for a month.
Redpath suffered a head injury in a home accident on July 11. His parents, Dave and Kathy, live in upstate New York and have been staying in the area to be close to their son.
The benefit, which will feature performances by Pretty Poison's Jade Starling and Whey Cooler, will be held from 6-11 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Aloft Hotel in Mount Laurel, NJ.
For information, or to make a donation, email Diego Ramos at Diegoramos1120@aol.com.
Dobbs doc screens soon
"Meet Me On South Street," George Manney's award-winning documentary about JC Dobbs (304 South) will screen at 7 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Legendary Dobbs, which is the new name of the relaunched rock club and restaurant. Manney's film, which is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's library and archives, covers the club's 1975-1996 heyday. The screening kicks off the Liberty Music Fest. For info, visit libertymusicfest.com.
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