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ESPN's "Show Killer" Gets New Gig


After 13 years behind the glass, ESPN's Phil The Show Killer Ceppaglia is changing roles. Having helped shape the sounds of Dan Patrick, Tony Kornheiser, and most recently Mike Tirico and Scott Van Pelt, Ceppaglia shed his associate producer headphones to assume ESPN Audios newly created position of Commercial Production Coordinator. The vacancy was created when ESPN ended its ad sales and distribution agreement with Cumulus Media Networks.

Ceppaglia said, I already have a good understanding of integrating commercials into our play lists and Im excited to start working with our New York Sales and Traffic teams. Were all learning at the same time. Everyone has different terms Traffic will ask me to Export the XDS log, and then Ill have to ask our engineers, What are they saying? But Im starting to understand it.
Similar to being in the center of this significant procedural change, Ceppaglia was in the middle of another historic ESPN Audio moment when it became a 24/7 network in September 1999. He had arrived in Bristol in October 1998 (I put everything I had in the back of my Grand Am) from Buffalos WBEN-AM and began working part time on the 1-4 p.m. Tony Kornheiser Show. He stayed in that time slot when The Dan Patrick Show debuted there and Kornheiser moved to the networks last unprogrammed hours, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., to complete the 24-hour cycle.
That was also the time Phil became The Show Killer to the networks mid-day listeners. I was screening calls, and typed a callers name and home town onto the screen, Ceppaglia explains. But Tony read the wrong town, and when the caller corrected him, Tony called me a show killer on air. Dan took that and ran with it.

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