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September 29, 1999 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
George H. Ortlip 3d, 65, a retired high school athletic director who had stressed academics and discipline, died Saturday of heart-related problems at his home in East Norriton Township. He retired in 1996 as athletic director for the Norristown Area School District, a post he had held since 1981. Mr. Ortlip began with the district as a mathematics and geography teacher at East Norriton Junior High School in 1956, and in 1973 was named activities director for the district's three middle schools.
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January 17, 1989 | By Joe Logan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Perhaps his listeners have already forgiven and forgotten. Or perhaps the onslaught of angry calls will come another night. Whatever the reason, the return to the airwaves last night of Steve Fredericks, WCAU-AM (1210) sports director, was about as anticlimactic as a cherry bomb that fizzled. Fredericks, who has been away from his Sportsline show since he was arrested Oct. 16 for buying a $20 bag of heroin on a Kensington street, was clearly braced for the worst that callers could offer.
SPORTS
April 14, 1998 | by Ellen Gray, Daily News Staff Writer Sports writer Bill Fleischman contributed to this article
Eight years after bowing out as sports director at top-rated WPVI (Channel 6), Don Tollefson is headed back to the locker room. Starting tonight, Tollefson will replace Carl Cherkin as sports anchor on "The Ten O'Clock News" on WTXF (Channel 29), ending a two-year run as co-host of the station's morning show, "Good Day Philadelphia. " Cherkin's last night on the air was last Wednesday. Preceding him out the door at 4th and Market streets was Bill Perry, Channel 29's longtime weekend sports anchor.
NEWS
October 19, 1988 | By Joe Logan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Some people think he ought to be fired. Others say the outspoken critic of drug-using athletes is just a hypocrite who got what he deserved. But most of those interviewed yesterday expressed shock, then said they felt sympathy for Steve Fredericks, the popular WCAU-AM (1210) sports director, who was suspended indefinitely without pay after being arrested Sunday on a Kensington street and charged with buying 0.5 grams of heroin, worth about $20. Fredericks referred questions about the case to WCAU on Monday afternoon.
SPORTS
December 16, 1993 | Daily News Wire Services
Don Earle, who teamed with Gene Hart on play-by-play during the Flyers' two Stanley Cup seasons in the 1970s, died Sunday at his home in Westfield, Mass. He was 64. The cause of death was not given. Before coming to the Flyers, Earle broadcast Boston Bruins games in the glory days of Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito and Derek Sanderson. After leaving the Flyers, he was a weekend sports announcer for CBS Radio network and was sports director of WGGB-TV in Springfield, Mass. He was a co-founder and past president of the NHL Broadcasters' Association.
NEWS
February 17, 2013
Marvin Schlenker, 85, an Emmy Award-winning TV news and sports director, has died. Mr. Schlenker, a resident of Chestertown, Md., died Jan. 16 while on vacation in Florida. He was director of Nightline from its inception in the opening days of the Iran hostage crisis and won an Emmy for ABC's coverage of the 1968 Olympics. - The Record of Hackensack
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 2012 | By Dan Gross
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.
SPORTS
January 14, 1998 | By Don McKee, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The main reason CBS poured so much money into its successful bid to televise AFC games for the next eight years was its presence in the local markets, KYW-TV sports director Lou Tilley said last night. CBS has owner-operated stations in 10 AFC markets. NBC had only three such stations. "Mel Karmazin [chief executive officer of the CBS Station Group] sees the profit coming from the local stations," Tilley said. "For example, he cited the amazing growth of the AFC ratings in New York and New England in the last two years.
SPORTS
May 7, 1997 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
The new Comcast all-sports cable channel has made its first staff production hires. Sam Schroeder, Comcast's vice president for programming and production, said yesterday that Tom Stathakes, sports director of KYW-TV (Channel 3), and Channel 3 producer Jim Cuddihy are joining Comcast later this month as executive producers for sports news. Stathakes has been with Channel 3 for 14 years; Cuddihy has been a producer at the station for five years. Schroeder also said that Jon Gurevitch, a former Sixers radio and television play-by-play announcer, will be Comcast's director of program development.
SPORTS
March 17, 1990 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Tom Harmon, 70, a football star at the University of Michigan 50 years ago who went on to receive national recognition as a sportscaster, died Thursday of a heart attack shortly after playing a round of golf. Mr. Harmon, whose explosive running style made him the most celebrated college football player of his era, won the Heisman Trophy in 1940. "He was truly a legendary sports hero who was on the cover of Time and Life magazines," said Michigan associate athletic director Will Perry.
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February 28, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple Senior Associate AD/Communications Larry Dougherty was reflective after receiving the news that he was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (COSIDA) Hall of Fame. Dougherty will be inducted on June 15 in Orlando. Upon hearing the news on Wednesday, Dougherty spoke about the influence his late father Andy has had on his career and life. The senior Dougherty was a highly respected Sports Information Director at St. Joseph's and is a member of the St. Joseph's and Big Five Hall of Fames.
SPORTS
October 16, 2013 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
WHEN YOU do what you love for a living, 30 years can feel like a moment. After identifying her love for sports and turning it into a career in Philadelphia, Suzanne Smith worked her way up with CBS to become a sports director and the only woman directing NFL games for any of the five networks televising the NFL. Since joining CBS Sports in 1983 as a broadcast associate, Smith, now 55, served in many capacities before becoming the sports director....
NEWS
February 17, 2013
Marvin Schlenker, 85, an Emmy Award-winning TV news and sports director, has died. Mr. Schlenker, a resident of Chestertown, Md., died Jan. 16 while on vacation in Florida. He was director of Nightline from its inception in the opening days of the Iran hostage crisis and won an Emmy for ABC's coverage of the 1968 Olympics. - The Record of Hackensack
SPORTS
January 15, 2013 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
TEMPLE will honor longtime sports information director Al Shrier at its Jan. 23 basketball game against Penn. Shrier has worked for the Owls for nearly 60 years. "There is no more beloved figure in Temple University, or for that matter Philadelphia collegiate athletics than Al Shrier," athletic director Bill Bradshaw said in a statement. "Al graduated from Temple in 1953 and never left, dedicating his life to promoting what is positive in college athletics and in particular Temple student-athletes and coaches.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2012 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 2012 | By Dan Gross
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.
NEWS
July 14, 2011 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Donna McQuillan Luongo, 52, of Ridley Park, a former radio sports reporter in the Philadelphia region, died Sunday, July 10, at Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park of complications from a blood clot to the heart. Born in Upland, Mrs. Luongo was a 1976 graduate of Ridley High School and attended Temple University. She began her career as a desk assistant at KYW-AM (1060) in 1976 after she won the station's news study award, said her husband, Michael. From 1977 through 1979, he said, Mrs. Luongo was a sports reporter at WRTI-FM (90.1)
NEWS
April 18, 2011 | By Bonnie L. Cook, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Montgomery County officials this morning announced the arrest of Archbishop Carroll High School's athletic director on charges of seeking sexual favors from a former male student in exchange for gifts. Francis Murphy, 39, of the 1000 block of Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, was arrested Friday morning at the Frosty Falls Ice Cream Shop in Bridgeport when he went to what he thought was a meeting with the youth for sex. Instead, Montgomery County detectives had taken over the former student's identity on Facebook, and took Murphy into custody at 10:35 a.m. Murphy, coach and athletic director at the parochial school in Radnor Township since 1999, was charged with unlawful contact with a minor, promoting prostitution, and attempted corruption of minors.
SPORTS
June 20, 2009 | By Michael Klein INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
SPORTS
April 16, 2009 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Les Keiter, 89, the local broadcaster whose inventive catchphrases provided a soundtrack for the Big Five's Palestra heyday and whose popularity once caused The Inquirer to briefly halt its 76ers coverage, died Tuesday in Hawaii. His wife of 61 years, Lila, said her husband died at Honolulu's Castle Medical Center surrounded by his family. In addition to his memorable stint as the Big Five's radio and TV voice during the 1960s, Mr. Keiter also served as sports director for Channel 6. As a boxing announcer, he called several championship fights, including the historic 1964 victory by Muhammad Ali (then Cassius Clay)
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