"King" Eskin Returning To His Throne At WTXF/Fox 29

Longtime WIP/Philadelphia sports radio personality Howard Eskin is joining WTXF/Fox 29 as their new sports anchor in September, returning to the station after 21 years. Up until last year, he hosted a popular afternoon drive radio show.

Howard Eskin is proof that you can go home again.

No, he’s not returning to the afternoon drive time slot that he had held down on WIP-AM in Philadelphia for nearly a quarter-century.

He is, however, assuming a task at a familiar television station that he first held some twenty-five years ago.

It was on February 17, 1986, that WTAF/Channel 29 launched Philly’s first 10 PM television newscast. And Eskin had been hired away from his sports anchor position at KYW-TV, then an NBC affiliate, to join Channel 29 and become part of their original anchor team.

By the time he left in 1991, WTAF had become the Philadelphia affiliate of the upstart Fox network with the call letters WTXF. In 1992, he returned to KYW-TV, which would become a CBS owned-and-operated station in the fall of 1995, as a result of an ownership deal involving NBC and CBS, which had previously owned WCAU/Channel 10. Coincidentally, Eskin joined the newly-NBC-owned WCAU in 1996, where he has maintained a presence on local television ever since, notably on the Sunday night “Sports Final” program.

And starting Tuesday, September 4, roughly one year to the day he signed off from his daily sports radio gig (he has been hosting a Saturday morning show on WIP-AM/FM since then), Howard Eskin once again has a day job.

He will once again be the sports anchor at Channel 29 – known these days as “Fox 29” – for the station’s 5 PM and 6 PM newscasts, as well as the 10 PM newscast that he had been involved with for five years. Additionally, Eskin will also contribute to Fox 29’s daily morning show, “Good Day Philadelphia.”

Said the sports journalist and media figure referred to as “the king”: “I’ve been incredibly fortunate in my career, having had the opportunity to cover some of the most memorable games in Philadelphia. But there is nothing like getting a chance to return to Fox 29, where my heart has always been.

“It’s great to be back.”

It should be noted that of the four major stations in Philadelphia with news operations, Eskin has not worked for WPVI/Channel 6, the local ABC O&O whose newscasts have perennially dominated its rivals. And they’re still using the same ’70’s-era news theme, if you can believe it.

While Fox 29 may not unseat “6ABC Action News” overnight, they’ll certainly benefit from having a sports anchor on staff with years of experience and a history of breaking sports news.

There was also that time that Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, upon his team’s toughness being questioned after a 3-9 start to their 2007 season, challenged Eskin to a fight.

If the folks that miss “the king” on the radio every afternoon start getting their daily Howard Eskin fix via television, Fox 29 could very well be challenging 6ABC to a fight.

2 comments on “"King" Eskin Returning To His Throne At WTXF/Fox 29

  1. sammi lawruk says:

    To whom it may concern;

    Good morning!
    I’m sure you get many of these requests, however I thought it wouldn’t hurt to give it a try, so here it goes…

    My son has a 24 y/o friend, Nick Lyons who has recently been battling brain cancer. He has gone through several bouts of surgery, chemo and radiation treatments. Unfortunately, this condition is not curable. However, to date he is currently not seeing any new growth and remains in stable condition.
    He was/is studying psychology at his local community college about to graduate and was serving an internship when this unfortunate diagnosis was made. This has temporarily interfered with his dream of helping/ counseling troubled youth with less than a year to go. Yet, this young man is truly a kind, thoughtful, person who remains full of humor, love, faith and positivity. He would be the first to give anyone a smile and a hand if needed….
    Well, this guy LIVES and BREATHES for the Philadelphia EAGLES! I just recently saw he posted that he has NEVER been to an EAGLES game!!! This was shocking to me, since he is such a fan!!! However, I guess being a young struggling adult/student with medical costs does not allow this luxury…

    So my request is… Is there any way to get 2 tickets donated to him or some sort of special day for Nick?? It doesn’t matter when or who they play… I would just love to see this deserving fan enjoy a beloved day with his beloved team!!

    If there is any way…. “GO EAGLES” -“KEEP FIGHTING NICK”
    Thank you for taking the time to read and consider this request!

    (I have tried emailing the Philadelphia Eagles several times, but have not even gotten a response… Even a contact would be great!)

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