Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Howard Eskin is a local sports icon who sparked the sports talk revolution in Philadelphia, then parlayed that success into a multi-media career that includes both local and national TV and radio. Eskin is currently sports anchor and host of Sports Sunday and Game Day Live for FOX 29 (WTXF-TV) in Philadelphia. He also serves as sideline reporter for the Philadelphia Eagles broadcast team with Merrill Reese and Mike Quick on SportsRadio 94WIP as well as hosts a Saturday morning show for the station. In addition, Eskin is a weekly contributor to the NFL Network during football season and has also appeared as a commentator on FOX News. This is Eskin’s second tour of duty at FOX 29. He was part of the station’s original anchor team that launched the Ten O’clock News back in 1986. Previously, he was an anchor and regular co-host of the Sunday night sports show, Sports Final, on NBC 10 (WCAU-TV).
He began his career in television as sports director and anchor at CBS 3 (KYW-TV) in 1982 where he was first dubbed “the hardest working sportscaster” by critics for frequently beating other media on breaking stories. It is a reputation he has maintained three decades later. Before making his mark in TV, Eskin made a name for himself in radio by stirring up public opinion as the afternoon drive sports talk host on WWDB-FM. He later hosted the first ever sports talk show on SportsRadio 610WIP in 1986, launching the popular station’s format and changing the landscape of Philadelphia radio. In 2013, when WIP switched its sports talk to the FM band, Eskin had the honor of hosting the first sports talk show on 94WIP. Eskin’s reputation for no-holds-barred commentary has also made him a much sought after guest on the national stage. He contributed to the George Michael Sports Machine on NBC, co-hosted the nationally-syndicated radio show, Let’s Talk Sports, and has been called on for his opinions by such diverse programs as The Dan Patrick Show, NBC’s Today Show and PBS’s MacNeil Lehrer Newshour. He was also a sports columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News.
A Philadelphia native and graduate of Northeast High School, Eskin has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities, including The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, The Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and The National Multiple Sclerosis Society through sales of his own signature bobblehead. Among his many honors, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society named Eskin “Man of the Year” in 2002 and the March of Dimes named him its “Media Person of the Year” in 2003. In 2007, he was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. In 2010, he received the March of Dimes prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for Achievement in Radio and was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers’ Hall of Fame in November 2011.