CNN host was influenced by Philly anchors Jim Gardner, Marc Howard

ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Wing Bowl mastermind flapped his gums: WIP's Angelo Cataldi used some colorful language on-air Monday, letting an F-bomb fly.
ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Wing Bowl mastermind flapped his gums: WIP's Angelo Cataldi used some colorful language on-air Monday, letting an F-bomb fly.
Posted: April 17, 2013

 J AKE TAPPER may be headlining his own CNN show, "The Lead," airing Monday through Friday at 4 p.m., but his news-watching habits began in his family's Queen Village home. His biggest local influences were guys like 6ABC's Jim Gardner and former ABC and CBS 3 reporter/anchor Marc Howard.

"I knew who Jim Gardner was long before Peter Jennings," Tapper told me. "One of the thrills of being at ABC was getting to know Jim Gardner."

Tapper doesn't stay nearly as niche as Gardner's local beat on "The Lead," saying his main goal as a newscaster is to bring front-page news to his viewers. "We try to go all over the world and then into the movie theater at the end," Tapper said. "People want to know what's going on in North Korea and in the gun debate, but they also want to know what's going on in sports, what's good on TV."

But no matter what he reports on, he'll always be a Philly boy at heart. "I am biologically incapable of rooting for a team other than a Philadelphia team," Tapper said.

He added: "I remember when I was filling in on 'This Week,' and I think it was with Hillary Clinton and [former Secretary of Defense] Robert Gates. It was me and David Gregory and Bob Schieffer. Gregory and Schieffer were having this conversation about how, when Obama threw out the first pitch at the Nationals game, he wore a White Sox hat. They didn't care for that, but I totally understood it, because if I were ever to be a president throwing a first pitch out, I would totally have a Phillies hat on."

Cataldi drops F-bomb

In a moment of technical difficulties, Sportsradio 94WIP morning-show host Angelo Cataldi dropped a not-so-nice word on the air, according to my many spies who heard it live Monday morning.

About 5:40 a.m., during the overlap show between Cataldi's and Big Daddy Graham's shifts, the show was about to cut to commercial. In the space between, Cataldi let slip: "What the f--- am I supposed to do?"

"I was trying to get a handle on what I should I say about Roy Halladay, because I watched him pitch eight innings against an awful team. I went to hit the button and I missed," an apologetic Cataldi told me. "My wife said, 'I'm amazed it took 23 years for this happen.' "

Cataldi said that when he started in radio, broadcaster Tom Brookshier pointed to the microphone and said, " 'Angelo, this can be a loaded gun.' "

"This morning, I took one to the head," Cataldi said.

Cataldi was glad his snafu happened early in the morning when not many kids were listening, but he said that's no excuse for foul language. "I can't apologize enough for it happening," Cataldi said.

Good thing Cataldi didn't go blue 20 minutes later: FCC indecency rules are in effect only from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

OUT AND ABOUT * World-famous backup singers (and solo artists in their own right) Darlene Love (of Sam Cooke, Elvis Presley, the Beach Boys) and Lisa Fischer (the Rolling Stones, Tina Turner) partied at the oh-so-delicious Modo Mio after a screening of "Twenty from Stardom," the Sundance-approved documentary about backup singers that's playing at the XPN Music Film Festival. Love and Fischer were joined at the Northern Liberties Italian eatery by Jerry Blavat; Love's love, Alton; and Winky, the set designer from the Rolling Stones. Winky and Fischer will be back in town come June when the Stones hit the Wells Fargo Center. Usually Modo Mio closes out at 10 p.m. on Sunday, but word is the group partied past 1 a.m. * Eagles linebacker Chris McCoy, owner Christina Weiss Lurie and team prez Don Smolenski all came out to help with the Eagles Youth Partnership's Give Kids Sight Day, providing eye exams for kids in need. * While comedian Aziz Ansari was in town April 10 shooting his next comedy special at the Merriam Theater, the noted food-lover dined on a variety of sushi from Center City's Morimoto.


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