Dan Gross: Ex-76er's mic man returning?

Posted: October 12, 2012

93.3 WMMR's Matt Cord, who served as Sixers announcer for 14 seasons before moving to host videos for Sixers.com last year, is among five finalists for his old job.

As we reported last month, the team decided to replace Tom Lamaine, who served as announcer last year, in favor of someone who wanted to be more interactive and energetic with the crowd.

Besides Cord, the other finalists are 94 WIP's Brian Startare; veteran Philly DJ Mark Sheppard; Kevin Linton, announcer for the Wilmington Blue Rocks and University of Delaware's football and basketball teams; and Kevin Casey, public- address announcer for the Union, Kixx, Wings and Camden Riversharks.

The five were narrowed down from 107 people who auditioned, Sixers chief exec Adam Aron told us Wednesday. Aron said that the five all had third callbacks Wednesday and that he expected to decide by Thursday.

The new announcer, whoever he is, will work Saturday in Atlantic City, where the Sixers and Brooklyn Nets play a preseason game called the Boardwalk Classic.

Sheinelle back to 'Good Day'

Sheinelle Jones returns to Fox 29's "Good Day" Monday morning. Jones has been on maternity leave since June.

She delivered twins, a daughter, Clara Josephine, and son, Uche Ade Christian, on July 10.

Jones and her husband, Uche Ojeh, have another son, Kayin, 3.

Karen Hepp has been a solid stand-in alongside Mike Jerrick in Jones' absence and is expected to remain on the program.

Clarke's kid pens Flyers book

You may not be able to see NHL hockey this season, but at least you can read about it.

Jakki Clarke, the youngest daughter of Flyers legend Bob Clarke, is just out with a new book, Flyer Lives: Philadelphia Hockey Greats Share Their Personal Stories. The book features interviews with Ron Hextall, Chris Therien, Dave Poulin, Danny Briere and 30 others.

Jakki now lives in Haddonfield, and spent more than a decade working as a political operative in Washington and throughout the Northeast.

* Speaking of the Flyers, the HBO sports documentary "Broad Street Bullies" screens at 7 p.m. Thursday at Xfinity Live, at the sports complex, where Joe Watson, Bob "Hound" Kelly and Gary Dornhoefer will walk the orange carpet and greet fans. After the film, 92.5 WXTU presents a concert from "American Idol" finalist Casey James at Xfinity Live's Victory Beer Hall stage.

Charitably minded

Friends of fallen Philadelphia Police Officer Brian Lorenzo will stage a benefit for his family from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the Bayou Bar & Grill/Cactus Cantina in Manayunk (4245 Main). Tickets are $40 at the door. For info, call Tony Casselli, bar manager at 215-718- 9455.

Pals of musician Paul Kurrey, who is battling throat cancer, will perform a benefit show Monday night at the Legendary Dobbs (304 South) It was at the former J.C. Dobbs where Kurrey started playing bass for Jamison Smoothdog. Performers will include Beru Revue, the Peace Creeps, Kenn Kweder and the Last Minute Jam Band. Doors open at 4 p.m. Tickets are $30 at tunestub.com/event.cfm?id=84038.

Contact Dan Gross at grossd@phillynews.com or 215-854-5963. Follow him on Twitter @PhillyGossip or at Facebook.com/dangrossphillygossip. Read his blog at PhillyGossip.com, or for his latest columns see philly.com/dangross.

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