October 16, 2013 |
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....
January 19, 1996 |
Chris McKendry describes herself as "the intern who wouldn't go away. " McKendry, 26, a graduate of Archbishop Ryan High and Drexel University, is now a popular weekend sportscaster at WJLA-TV, the ABC affiliate in Washington, D.C. Her interest in sports television began while she was attending Drexel: she was an intern at channels 29 and 3. McKendry started as a news intern at Channel 29, but a station photographer suggested she work with...
September 12, 1997 |
Sports fans tuning in Comcast SportsNet's morning show next month will be greeted by a familiar face. Channel 10 sports alumnus Ron Burke will anchor "Sportsrise" from 6 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. The 24-hour Comcast cable channel debuts Oct. 1. The channel will carry Flyers, Sixers and Phillies games. Burke, 33, left Channel 10 in January after eight years to join New York City's WBIS-TV, formerly public station WNYC. Bad move. In June, ITT and Dow Jones sold the station to Paxson Communications for $257.
July 14, 1986 |
A funny thing happened to CBS sportscaster Tom Brookshier last month while he was in town to cover the U.S. Pro Cycling Championship. He began to miss local television. "I know it sounds strange, but I want to get back into the local feeling in Philadelphia," says the former Eagles star and Channel 10 sports guy (1963-77). "You're not on a pedestal here. You can walk down the street, and people say, 'Hi.' You're not a stranger. It's very comfortable. " Brookshier will get his wish later this summer when he joins Channel 3 as an Eyewitness News sports analyst during the football season.
January 22, 1986 |
"Too Much of a Good Thing Is Wonderful" Dept.: On Jan. 31, Channel 57 will run 10 consecutive hours of the original Twilight Zone series, beginning at 8 p.m. If that doesn't send you right into the fifth dimension, nothing will. A total of 16 episodes, some of which haven't been seen in 25 years, will be shown. The first is an hour-long colorized version of "Miniature," starring Robert Duvall when he had hair. "Miniature" was last seen in 1961. Other segments of The Twilight Zone to be shown include "Nothing in the Dark" (1962)
June 18, 1986 |
Joe Pellegrino pulls into the service station in a shiny convertible, top down on a sunny afternoon, and is immediately recognized by the attendant on duty. "Goin' to the big game tonight, Joe?" he says, putting his greased hand on Pellegrino's shoulder. The "Action News" commercial's music track rolls as Pellegrino turns, face wrinkled, to see Harry's large, black fingerprint on his sport coat. "We only had three jackets that day," Pellegrino said. "Luckily, we got it right before we ran out. " They still have not lifted the greasy fingerprints, and Channel 10 sportscaster Joe Pellegrino, who left Channel 6 for Detroit in 1976, still has not escaped the "Action News" mystique that has gripped this city for, it seems, as long as people have been watching news.
April 18, 2011 |
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.
January 15, 2013 |
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.
June 16, 2008 |
A former Yale University varsity catcher, Jon Litner batted over .400 in his senior year but realized he didn't have the bat speed and other natural gifts to make the big leagues. So this student of the game attended law school and joined ABC Sports. Later, the National Hockey League hired Litner, who also played linebacker on the Yale football team, as chief operating officer. Today Litner runs Comcast SportsNet, the unit within the sprawling Comcast Corp. with 10 regional 24-hour sports networks and 40 million subscribers.
February 27, 1996 |
Kerry Kittles, the Villanova basketball star, was given a university phone card in Anchorage, Alaska, in November 1994 to call a reporter for an interview, school officials said yesterday. Since then, he charged $3,100 in unauthorized calls. Kittles was given the card "for one specific, legitimate call, and the student-athlete continued to use it after that," NCAA spokeswoman Kathryn Reith said yesterday. Jim DeLorenzo, the former Villanova sports information director who resigned in May, said he had given the card to Kittles for an interview from the lobby of the team hotel at the 1994 Great Alaska Shootout.