Glen Macnow has worked in every field of journalism: print as a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer and as an author of many books, including The Great Philadelphia Fan Book, and 12 children’s books, television as co-host of a popular Philadelphia TV Show, The Great Sports Debate, and radio as host of The Glen Macnow Show, The Ray Didinger Show, and now co-host of the Mid-day Show with Anthony Gargano and the host of the Eagles Pregame Show.
Macnow was dubbed “The Best Sports Writer in Philadelphia,” by Philadelphia Magazine in 1993.
He teaches journalism part-time at St. Josephs University in Philadelphia.
Shay Roddy caught up with him to discuss the Eagles, Raul Ibanez, Cheese-steaks, Rocky, and everything in between.
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SHAY RODDY: When did thoughts of being a journalist first strike you?
GLEN MACNOW: Back in college. It was the Watergate era and investigative reporters were seen as really cool. I started writing for the college newspaper and found that I really enjoyed it.
You have written for the Philadelphia Inquirer, co-hosted a television show, “The Great Sports Debate,” written several books, and hosted radio shows with NFL Hall of Fame journalists. Which has been your favorite?
Tough to say, because I’ve enjoyed them all. Writing “The Great Philadelphia Fan Book” with Anthony Gargano was really special, because we thought it was a story that needed to be told. But I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve done. I’ve had the chance to work with some terrifically talented people—Anthony, Ray Didinger, Angelo Cataldi. How do you top that?
What has it been like working with Hall of Famer Ray Didinger?
It’s a blast. Not just because Ray is smart and the world’s top football authority, but also because Ray is funny and clever, which not enough people know. Ray and I have become friends through working together. We’re writing a book together that will be out next fall.
How do you prepare for your radio show with Anthony Gargano (610-WIP AM)?
We meet before the show, lay out our ideas and figure out what people want to talk about. But you know what? A lot of it has to be spontaneous. Sometimes, you just need to let it flow.
Can someone who covers a team still be a true fan, or does the fan get sucked out of you and replaced by a purely professional relationship with the teams?
Certainly, the closer you get, the less glamorous it looks. And I’ve learned a lot by knowing people or viewing it close up that can turn me off. But I’m still at heart, a fan. If you don’t love sports, why bother doing what we do?
Is Philadelphia still a “football town?”
Sure. That doesn’t mean it isn’t a great baseball town as well. But people here will always live and breathe Eagles football.
Do the Flyers have a shot to become the City’s second World Champ?
Yep. I’m wary about the goaltending, but the nucleus of young forwards is good enough to get them there. Some of the young defensemen need to step it up a bit.
What books are on your nightstand?
I just finished How He Did It, Newsweek’s coverage of the 2008 election. And I’m reading a book recommended to me by Merrill Reese called The Tender Bar.
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