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.
September 13, 2012 |
NBC 10'S "10! SHOW" comes to an end Friday after more than 10 years. Starting Monday, the 11 a.m. news will run until noon, wiping out the 11:30-to-noon show, station general manager Eric Lerner told his staff Wednesday. He cited the station's commitment to strengthening its newscasts for the switch. Four off-air "10! Show" staffers could lose their jobs, although they are being encouraged to apply for open jobs at the station, says an NBC10 spokeswoman. "The 10! Show" started with hosts Steve Levy and Sharon Reed . In 2004, meteorologist Bill Henley and musician Lauren Hart began broadcasting it live from the Loews Hotel in Center City.
August 20, 2012
HAPPY BIRTHDAY on Monday to Ukee Washington, who'll wake up with the city (or, as he says, his "morning family") by celebrating his 54th on "Eyewitness News This Morning. " The West Philly-born news vet's been at Channel 3 since 1986, first as a sports anchor, now as the anchorman for both "This Morning" and "Talk Philly. " (You can also catch him on the CW.) Recently recovered from a left-hip replacement, Washington has a big year ahead of him, starting with a few more squats and lots more fabulous Fridays.
August 10, 2012 |
Bette Midler hasn't been on the big screen nearly enough as she should since wrapping up her Vegas revue, The Showgirl Must Go On , in 2010. "I . . . take meetings" all the time, Bette, 66, tells USA Today. "Doing a movie is like pulling together a giant ship. It's not easy. " Luckily, Bette has a new pic due over the holidays, the Billy Crystal comedy Parental Guidance . Bette, who bagged a reported $40 mil from the revue, isn't eager to return to the stage. "I served my time.
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.
January 30, 2012
HAPPY BIRTHDAY on Wednesday to Sherman Hemsley, who moves on up to 74. Born and raised in Southwest Philadelphia, the actor played a hilariously devious dry-cleaner and deacon on "The Jeffersons. " (In real life, he was in the Air Force, worked for the post office and performed on Broadway.) In the stars for Sherman: Like Mr. J., he'll be successful in money. Unlike George, Hemsley will also be successful in relationships. Former District Attorney Lynne Abraham prosecutes 71 tomorrow.
June 27, 2011 |
ATLANTA - Nick Charles, the former taxi driver who became CNN's first sports anchor and served in that role for nearly two decades, died Saturday after a two-year struggle with bladder cancer, the cable network reported. He was 64. He died peacefully at his New Mexico home, his wife Cory, a CNN International producer, told the network. Nicholas Charles Nickeas grew up in Chicago, working late-night jobs in high school to help his family, according to CNN. He eventually went to Columbia College Chicago to study communications and drove a taxi to help pay his tuition.
June 20, 2009 |
Action News sports director Gary Papa, 54, died yesterday at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, more than five years after telling viewers that he was losing his hair due to treatment for prostate cancer. His last appearance on Action News was May 13. Mr. Papa, a Buffalo, N.Y., native who lived in St. Davids, joined WPVI-TV in April 1981 as a weekend sportscaster. His first story was a recap of a 76ers playoff game from Milwaukee. He became Action News' sports director in 1990.
September 15, 2008 |
CBS3 was the big winner Saturday at the Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards, capturing 22 statuettes at a black-tie gala at the Philadelphia Marriott. NBC10 took home 9; CN8 and Pittsburgh's WQED 7; Eagles Television Network 6; and NJN, Comcast SportsNet, Fox29 and Pittsburgh's KDKA 3. Eight other outlets won 1. WPVI (Channel 6) did not enter, as usual. CBS3 news director Susan Schiller won for "news excellence," and for the fourth consecutive year, the station won for evening newscast with an entry that was among three wins for coverage of the shooting of Philadelphia Police Officer Charles Cassidy.
January 20, 2008 |
On the evening of Sept. 28, at an apartment complex in King of Prussia, a tragedy and a miracle occurred 2.5 seconds apart. The tragedy took place when Jordan Burnham, 18, a senior just nominated to the homecoming court at Upper Merion High School, jumped out his ninth-floor window. The miracle happened 90 feet below, when he hit the ground at 50 m.p.h. - and survived. Jordan has no recollection of going out the window. Even though he was suffering from depression, neither he nor anyone close to him ever expected him to do something so impulsive, so lethal.