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The Philly Pressbox Radio Roundtable is a weekly, one-hour program, co-hosted by Bill Furman and Jim "Chet" Chesko since April 2014. It focuses on the major Philadelphia sports teams - the Eagles, Phillies, 76ers and Flyers - with some national-sports chat thrown in as well. Guests have included former star athletes like Seth Joyner, Bill Bergey, Vince Papale, Brian Propp, Bob Kelly and Glenn Wilson, and Philly media legends Merrill Reese, Tom McCarthy, Ray Didinger, Dei Lynam and Tom McGinnis.






Eagles Talk: Ken Dunek Visits Philly Pressbox Radio

Plenty of football talk on this episode of the Philly Pressbox Radio Roundtable: JerseyMan magazine publisher and former pro football player Ken Dunek joins Bill Furman and Jim "Chet" Chesko to talk about the Eagles' Week 2 loss to the Chiefs, the outlook for the Birds going forward and what's happening with Ken's JerseyMan and PhillyMan publications. Also on the show: Fred Hugo offers his Week 3 Fantasy Football tips, and the guys will talk about Phils slugger Rhys Hoskins and the early...

Duration: 01:00:33

Ray Didinger Visits Philly Pressbox Radio: Show #150! Eagles Talk, More

It's Philly Pressbox Radio's 150th show! And the guest for this special episode is Hall of Fame sportswriter and football expert Ray Didinger, Ray's 8th visit to the Pressbox. Ray joins Jim "Chet" Chesko to recap the Eagles' Week 1 victory over Washington, preview this Sunday's game at Kansas City, discuss the next Pro Football Hall of Fame candidates and much more. Also, some Phillies and Flyers talk, and Fred Hugo stops by with his Week 2 Fantasy Football tips. (Missing in action this...

Duration: 00:57:38

Voice of the Eagles Merrill Reese Previews 2017 Season: PPR

It's our 2017 Philadelphia Eagles preview show, with Eagles Hall of Famer Merrill Reese, the voice of the Birds the past 40 years, offering his views on what to expect. Also on the Philly Pressbox Radio Roundtable: Bill Furman and Jim "Chet" Chesko make their official predictions for the Birds' season as well as their Week 1 picks for the Eagles-Redskins and Giants-Cowboys games, and's Fred Hugo stops by with his weekly Fantasy Football advice. We'll squeeze in some...

Duration: 01:01:54

PSU Radio Voice Steve Jones Visits PPR; Eagles, Fantasy Football Talk, Too

The college football season gets under way this weekend for the Penn State Nittany Lions, and we'll get a thorough preview of this much-anticipated season when Steve Jones, the long-time radio voice of the Lions, visits Philly Pressbox Radio. Steve will tell us what he expects from Trace McSorley, Saquon Barkley and company this year and recall some of his favorite moments from calling PSU football and basketball games. Bill Furman and Jim "Chet" Chesko will also talk about the Eagles on...

Duration: 01:01:29

Inky's Mike Sielski and PSU's Ryan Bates: Philly Pressbox Radio

An action-packed Philly Pressbox Radio Roundtable episode this week! Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Mike Sielski joins Bill Furman and Jim "Chet" Chesko to discuss the Eagles, Phillies and his recent front-page story about former La Salle basketball star Michael Brooks. Also, Penn State offensive tackle Ryan Bates talks with Chet about being named a Freshman All-American last season, teammates Trace McSorley and Saquon Barkley and the high expectations for the 2017 Nittany Lions. There...

Duration: 01:01:24

Eagles Talk with BGN's Brandon Lee Gowton on Philly Pressbox Radio

We'll be talking EAGLES quite a bit on this Philly Pressbox Radio Roundtable, as we welcome Bleeding Green Nation's Brandon Lee Gowton back to the show. We'll also talk Fantasy Football with our pal Fred Hugo, and we'll announce the winner of the voting for this year's Philly sportscaster inductee into the Philly Pressbox Radio Hall of Fame.

Duration: 01:01:24

Ex-Eagle Bill Bradley Visits Philly Pressbox Radio; Chris Wheeler, Too

Highlighting this week's Philly Pressbox Radio Roundtable: a visit from legendary Eagles defensive back (1969-76) Bill Bradley, who still holds a share of the team's all-time interceptions record. "Super Bill" will talk about players' approach to preseason games, his memory of Dick Vermeil's grueling 1976 training camp, how the NFL handles possible concussions today vs. 40 years ago, and the outlook for this year's Eagles season. In addition, longtime Phillies announcer Chris Wheeler...

Duration: 01:00:07

Frank Fitzpatrick, Fred Hugo and HoF Inductees: Philly Pressbox Radio

On this episode of the Philly Pressbox Radio Roundtable, Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Frank Fitzpatrick joins Bill Furman and Jim "Chet" Chesko to talk about the Philly sports scene in general, the Pete Rose mess, and to explain how Frank indirectly helped create the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame 15 years ago. Meanwhile, Bill and Chet unveil the five new inductees into our just-for-fun Philly Sports Hall -- three elected by fan balloting and two chosen by us. Also, Fred Hugo visits...

Duration: 01:00:35

4th Annual Philly Sports Hall of Fame Show, Plus Sandra Golden: PPR

This week on the Philly Pressbox Radio Roundtable, it's our 4th Annual Philly Sports Hall of Fame show. Bill Furman and Jim "Chet" Chesko will unveil the candidates who could join the 21 Philly greats we've already put into our Hall the past three summers. We'll remind you who's already in, as well as give you a profile of the legends on this year's ballot ahead of an online vote and next week's "inductions." Also on this week's show: a sure-to-be-fun chat with Atlanta sports-talk radio...

Duration: 01:01:14

'No Curveballs': Bill Werndl and Joe Vallee Visit Philly Pressbox Radio

Expect a trip down memory lane on this episode of the Philly Pressbox Radio Roundtable, with stories about Wilt Chamberlain, Chuck Bednarik, the Broad Street Bullies, Pete Rose, Howard Cosell and much, much more. That's because our featured guest is a guy who has been a fixture on the Philadelphia sports scene the past 50 years: radio host Bill "The Loon" Werndl. With Joe Vallee, who also visits the show this week, Bill last year wrote a terrific book called "No Curveballs: My Greatest...

Duration: 01:01:19's Bill Meltzer Talks Flyers on Philly Pressbox Radio

The Philadelphia Flyers have a new goalie and a couple new forwards (including No. 2 overall draft pick Nolan Patrick) and we have a guest on this episode of the Philly Pressbox Radio Roundtable to talk about those new additions and much more.'s Bill Meltzer makes a return visit to the show to talk with Bill Furman and Jim "Chet" Chesko about all things Flyers! Also on the show, Bill and Chet discuss what the addition of JJ Redick means to the 76ers' "process" and we take a...

Duration: 01:00:48

Inquirer's Keith Pompey Talks 76ers on Philly Pressbox Radio

The 76ers are the talk of the town right now, and you'll get plenty of Sixers talk on this episode of the Philly Pressbox Radio Roundtable. Making his first visit to the show, 76ers beat writer Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer joins Bill Furman and Jim "Chet" Chesko to give his views on the Sixers' decision to select guard Markelle Fultz with the first overall pick in last week's NBA Draft, how the roster is shaping up, whether the club might add a free agent, and the early...

Duration: 01:00:45

Roller Derby Legend Judy Arnold,'s Mike Kern Visit PPR

Roller Derby Hall of Famer Judy Arnold makes a return visit to Philly Pressbox Radio, to talk about the late 1960s/early 70s' popularity of the Philadelphia/Eastern Warriors and her life today as an evangelist. Also on the show, Philly Daily News columnist Mike Kern talks with Jim "Chet" Chesko about the 76ers' swap with the Celtics for the top pick in Thursday's NBA Draft, what it means for the Sixers' future, and other issues on the Philly sports scene. Plus, a recap of Tuesday's 25th...

Duration: 00:59:22

CSN's Dei Lynam, PhilliesNation's Corey Sharp Visit PPR: Sixers, Phils Talk

With the NBA Draft fast approaching, it's a great time to welcome long-time Sixers reporter Dei Lynam of Comcast SportsNet back to Philly Pressbox Radio. Bill Furman and Jim "Chet" Chesko will talk with Dei about what the 76ers might do with the third overall pick, whether a trade up or trade down is a possibility, and the early outlook for the 2017-18 season. Also on show: Phillies talk with's Corey Sharp, and a visit from Irish Rover Station House bar manager Chris...

Duration: 01:01:22

Sports Collectibles! Carl Henderson & Bill Mattis Visit PPR

A fun Philly Pressbox Rado Roundtable this week: Carl Henderson, owner of Carl's Cards & Collectibles, and Bill Mattis, founder and CEO of AllStar Inc., join Bill Furman to discuss sports memorabilia and collecting and the state of the Philly sports scene. Carl's store in Havertown, PA, frequently welcomes active and retired pro athletes for signings, and Bill M. is a sports agent who has worked with legends like Jim Bunning, Paul Hornung and Gale Sayers. Be sure to check out Philly...

Duration: 00:58:46

Ex-Eagle Kevin Reilly Talks Birds on PPR; Steve Cwitkowitz Visits, Too

With another round of OTAs wrapping up, Philly Pressbox Radio welcomes Kevin Reilly back to the show to talk about the state of the Eagles. Kevin, the former Birds and Patriots special teamer and ex Eagles Radio pre- and post-game co-host, joins Bill Furman and Jim "Chet" Chesko to talk about the Birds' off-season additions, the decision by a few Eagles to not show up for OTAs, and Kevin's planned book. Also on the show, Bill and Chet remember Hall of Famer Jim Bunning, and player...

Duration: 00:54:15

Leslie Gudel Talks Phils on Philly Pressbox Radio

She covered the Phillies for Comcast SportsNet for several years, and now Leslie Gudel makes a return visit to Philly Pressbox Radio. Leslie, who these days writes columns for and co-hosts a weekly podcast with Glen Macnow called "Inside Corner," joins Bill Furman and Jim "Chet" Chesko to talk about the struggling Phillies and whether it's time to bring up any of the prospects from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. She'll also talk about this summer's 2nd Annual Kendall's Crusade...

Duration: 00:59:33

Flyers Great Bill Barber, Sixers Reporter Tom Moore Visit PPR

He's the Philadelphia Flyers' all-time leading goal scorer, a Hockey Hall of Famer, former coach of the Orange & Black, and now Bill Barber visits the Philly Pressbox Radio Roundtable. Bill joins Jim "Chet" Chesko and Bill Furman to talk about his great career, the Flyers' 50th anniversary, those two Stanley Cup championships and the state of the current Flyers. Also, we'll hear from Calkins Media's Tom Moore to discuss what Tuesday night's NBA Draft Lottery means for the 76ers. We'll have...

Duration: 01:00:02

Baseball & Music: Ex-Phil Brett Myers, Willie Nile Visit PPR

On this Philly Pressbox Radio episode, we welcome a key member of the 2008 World Champion Phillies: Pitcher Brett Myers will talk about his 12-year major-league career (eight season with the Phils), his former teammates and his new career as a country singer! Bill Furman and Jim "Chet" Chesko have plenty of questions for Brett, including his relationship with catcher Carlos Ruiz, and what advice he might have for the Phils' beleaguered bullpen. Also on the program, Chet chats with...

Duration: 00:59:40

Jack McCaffery and Jake Pavorsky Visit PPR: Eagles Draft, Phils, Sixers Talk

The 2017 NFL Draft is in the books, so... how did the Eagles do? Delaware County Daily Times columnist Jack McCaffery joins Bill Furman and Jim "Chet" Chesko to discuss the Birds' selections and what it means for the team going forward. Jack will also weigh in on the Phillies and 76ers. Speaking of the Sixers, hear what Managing Editor Jake Pavorsky has to say about the state of the team less than two weeks away from the NBA Draft Lottery. That and more on this week's show!

Duration: 01:01:15

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