The Producer: Fran Duffy
Eagles Video Content Manager Fran Duffy is a Philadelphia sports fan through and through. While a student, Fran worked his way up from student assistant for the Owls' Video Department to video coordinator by 2006, his junior year at Temple—making him the youngest head video coordinator in Division I football at the time. A true ambassador of Philadelphia's take charge spirit and grit, Duffy worked full time for Owls Head Football Coach Al Golden while completing his degree.
Duffy is proud to stand for the work ethic that encompasses both the Eagles and Temple. He earned a degree in broadcast, television and mass media in 2011. "There's a reason why the Temple Owls earned their name," Duffy says. "The students were known for working hard at night classes while still holding jobs during the day. Both Temple and the Eagles share the attitude that makes the city of Philadelphia so special."
The Insider: Dave Spadaro
Eagles insider Dave Spadaro has the ultimate insight on everything Eagles. For 18 seasons, he has worked for the Eagles communications team, delivering content for radio, TV and the web. Spadaro ensures that Eagles fans have all the information they need about the team, from what music plays in the tunnel prior to players entering the field to sharing his understanding of the team’s goals, its players and its coaches.
As a student at Temple, he got his start as a sports personality on the university's radio station, WRTI. He earned a degree in radio, television and film in 1987. "I was able to jump right into the media business in one of the largest cities in the country and create my path," Spadaro says. "Temple gives students wonderful opportunities to learn any business and then actually enter the workforce."
The Voice: Merrill Reese
The voice of Merrill Reese is synonymous with Philadelphia sports and the Eagles. He has been the play-by-play radio announcer of the Eagles since 1977—one of the longest tenures in the NFL.
Reese’s career began at Temple, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and called football, baseball and basketball games on WRTI, Temple’s radio station. He even spun 45-rpm records from his personal collection as host of a weekly music show! Today, Reese is honored in both the Philadelphia Sports and Temple Communications halls of fame.
The Local Legend: “Bucko” Kilroy
Few players have been as feared as Owls and Eagles lineman Frank “Bucko” Kilroy. He led Temple football to some of its greatest seasons in 1941 and 1942 and was the first Owl to earn All-American honors.
After serving in World War II, Kilroy returned to Philadelphia and joined the Eagles. He helped the Eagles win back-to-back NFL Championships in 1948 and 1949—the team’s first-ever league titles. He is regarded as one of the game’s toughest players and is enshrined in the Temple University Athletics and the Philadelphia Sports halls of fame.
The Savant: Ray Didinger
TV commentator, football scholar and celebrated writer Ray Didinger graduated from Temple University with a bachelor’s degree in communications in 1968. He spent all four of his years at Temple doing sports radio for the university’s radio station, WRTI, and also served as the station’s sports director.
Didinger covered the Eagles for the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin and Philadelphia Daily News for 25 years and was named Pennsylvania Sportswriter of the Year five times. He also was added to the Writers’ Honor Roll of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995. His book “The Eagles Encyclopedia” details the history of Philadelphia’s legendary team since its inception in 1933.
The Energizer: Carson Smucker
When fans cheer or laugh at what’s displayed on Lincoln Financial Field’s many enormous video screens, they have associate producer Carson Smucker to thank. As part of the team that develops the content, Smucker finds his motivation in “the passion the city shows for its team.
This makes my job easy when everyone arrives at the stadium already so excited.” Smucker received a degree in film and media arts in 2012 from Temple, a university that, he says, “understands the value of hard work and real-world experience.” Now with the Eagles he gets to be part of the energy on game day in a very tangible way: helping to get everyone in the stadium on their feet and roaring about the action on the field.
The Fan's Man: Brian Dea
As assistant manager of Game-Day Staff Operations, Brian coordinates and directs approximately 450 game day staff including ushers, ticket takers and general guest services members, delivering a world class experience to 70,000 fans each game.
When asked about the best part of his job, without hesitation he answered, “The fans. I really mean that. I love the energy and enthusiasm they bring to every home game.”
Brian and his staff strive to make every event at Lincoln Financial Field a memorable experience for all fans.
A 2013 Temple graduate, he credits his two internships for the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management in helping him achieve one of his life-long goals: working for the Eagles. His senior-year internship with the Eagles led to a paid position. As he sees it, he went from Temple, characterized by passion and pride, to the Eagles, fueled by the same qualities.
The Director: Ray Doyle
From a young age, Ray Doyle was captivated by football — the passion, the intensity and the way every single player at every moment of the game puts everything on the line. As Doyle got older, the words “Eagles” and “Sunday” would be a mantra in his household.
Now as associate producer of Eagles Network, Doyle co-produces five separate digital shows, as well as all the live events — most notably Coach Kelly’s post-game and daily press conferences — that are showcased on the team’s official website. For this 2013 Temple graduate, the Eagles never meant just football; the team meant tradition, one that Doyle is now part of.
The Memory Maker: Catherine Dunn
Catherine Dunn, season ticket member services assistant manager, focuses on providing exclusive experiences for Eagles season ticket members while overseeing the Ticket and Fan Services Department’s call center. At each home game, Dunn hosts various season ticket member events including alumni meet and greets, anthem flag and the fan tunnel. Along with coordinating these game-day experiences, she gets the fun assignment of helping to create Eagles memories surrounding anniversaries, wedding proposals, retirements and other milestones.
She feels lucky to have experienced so many meaningful personal moments with season ticket members This 2014 graduate sees both the Eagles and Temple as integral parts of the Philadelphia: Both display an unwavering commitment to the city and its people.
The Master: Jennifer Pavone-Mastrangelo
In her position as operations administration manager, Jennifer Pavone-Mastrangelo says she enjoys the fact that “every day is different than the next.” That could be an understatement. One day she might be helping to coordinate snow removal at the stadium. The next, she might be organizing a concert.
Overall, she focuses on managing the schedule of events — internal, corporate and public — for all spaces at the stadium and training facility. Full of praise for the real-world perspectives she received from her Temple professors, the 2005 graduate loves supporting “one of the premier sports teams in Philadelphia and being part of this city’s history and culture.”
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