August 16, 2011 |
Howard Eskin, the bearded bad boy of Philadelphia's sports-talk radio who in 25 years as WIP's successful drive-time host has ruffled feathers, broken stories and infuriated as well as delighted listeners, will be relinquishing his show after Sept. 2. In making the announcement midway through Monday's show, a frequently emotional Eskin insisted the decision was his alone and was unrelated to increased competition from a second Philly sports-talk station, 97.5 The Fanatic, which broadcasts on both the FM and AM (950)
September 22, 2004
HOW CAN anyone say Babe Ruth's record has been broken? Babe Ruth at-bats: 8,169. Barry Bonds at-bats: 9,066. Hank Aaron at-bats: 11,145. If Ruth came to bat 2,976 more times than Aaron, he would have 1,000 home runs. No one will ever beat the Babe. Joe Ricci, Philadelphia Dhani Jones sounds like a figure that our young people should emulate. I applaud Mr. Jones and his parents for doing a fine job. He is inspirational and disproves a mind-set that continues to be perpetuated in the black community.
August 21, 2002
TOP 10 reasons Howard Eskin was speeding in New Jersey: 10. Barkley needed a caddy. 9. Had shopping date with John Street at Cherry Hill Mall. 8. Helping A.I. look for his wife. 7. Was trying to refund tickets for the Latin Casino. 6. Was going to a sleepover at Bobby Clarke's house. 5. Had a tip on a horse at the Garden State Park. 4. Had a dinner date with A. Charles Peruto Jr. at the Pennsauken Mart. 3. Wanted to talk sports with Bob from Marlton.
November 16, 1988 |
All sportscaster Howard Eskin can remember is a guy with a mean stare lunging at him as he hosted his live radio sports-talk show in a Cherry Hill restaurant. Eskin was shaken but unhurt when a man charged through the crowd of about 200 people last night and jumped across a table at him, shouting, "I hate you, Howard!" and obscenities. "He came flying over the table and hit me (as I sat) in my chair," Eskin said during a telephone interview several hours after the incident.
October 10, 2012 |
LOVE, IT'S been noted, is lovelier the second time around. But how about being Fox29's sports director and lead fun-and-games anchor? "It's intriguing the second time around," said sports-broadcasting titan Howard Eskin who, earlier this month, began his second tour of duty at the local Fox outlet. "Is [it] better the second time around? It was great both times. " The 61-year-old mouth that roars, who appears weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m., was initially seen on Channel 29 between 1986 and 1991, when he served as the first sports anchor-director on the station's then-groundbreaking "Ten O'Clock News.
August 19, 2011 |
On Monday, inflammatory sports-yakker Howard Eskin announced he was giving up his daily radio gig at WIP. Today, Burger King is expected to announce big advertising changes, including the "dethroning the creepy King character," according to USA Today. Coincidence? You decide. Both have brown beards, and for years, people have commented on the physical resemblance. Eskin's nickname: The King. Both are known to hang around sporting events. The Burger King once dumped Gatorade on an NFL coach in a commercial.
August 10, 2012 |
Listen up, nitwits, morons, losers and dopes. Howard Eskin has been named sports anchor at Fox 29. The veteran sportscaster and 94 WIP weekend host will start Sept. 4 as sports anchor for Fox 29's 5, 6 and 10 p.m. news, as well as for Fox 29 "Sports Sunday" and "Game Day Live. " And just so you know, genius, Eskin will also contribute to "Good Day Philadelphia," the station has announced. Current sports anchor John Anderson will become a reporter/anchor on various newscasts.
July 31, 1992 |
Howard Eskin, the brash, contentious and opinionated talk-show host on WIP "all sports" radio, will be leaving there to become weekday sports anchor on KYW-TV's morning news show at 6 a.m. He is holding down that position this week and next during the Olympics. He will continue his 4 to 7 p.m. show on WIP-AM (610) until the expiration of his contract at the end of August. He will begin full time at Channel 3 on Sept. 8. "I'll miss all these people who call me at WIP. Maybe I'll give them the number at Channel 3, and I can hang up on them there just like I do here (at WIP)
October 10, 2012
SO WHO WAS responsible for turning radio's Howard Eskin into TV's Howard Eskin? The folks at KYW-TV who, in 1982, gave him his first television sports-anchoring gig, certainly played a role. But there is someone else Eskin credits as much, if not more. That would be the late, great Jim O'Brien, whom Eskin met when he was just starting out in broadcasting in the 1970s, when working behind the scenes at Top 40 powerhouse WFIL-AM. At the time, O'Brien was already a beloved personality, doing double duty at both 'FIL and its then-corporate sibling, Channel 6. Eskin recalled that in 1981, a year before he was hired at Channel 3, "Jim O'Brien said, 'You should be on television.' " Then the Channel 3 offer came, and, remembered Eskin, "He was the first guy I called.
June 3, 1996 |
It's intermission during Game 2 of the Flyers-Panthers hockey playoff and Howard Eskin decides to go for a stroll through the crowded corridors of the Core-States Spectrum. The nerve. Howard, of course, has decreed the Flyers will LOSE the series - treason in a championship-starved town that already considers him a repeat offender. But tonight, nothing can keep the red-bearded, pain-in-the-airwaves from his personal ratings mission: to prove that, after 20 years of love and hate, of insult and injury, he's still the town's "King" of radio sports-talkers.