NFL RADIO: Favorite team not on television this week? Satellite transmission scrambled by the NFL? Tired of dialing scorelines? TRZ Sports Services, Inc. has an alternative.
At a rate ranging from 20 to 50 cents per minute, fans can call an 800 number, give a credit card code and gain access to a team's live radio broadcast. The cost of listening to a three-hour game will be $36.50. Not all teams are available through the service. The system's information line is 1-800-225-5321.
TRAGEDY: Paul Jackson Viall III, 37, the sports director at WSPA-TV in Spartanburg, S.C., and his pilot Robert J. Sumner, were killed Saturday night when the twin-engine plane they were riding in crashed into a house near Lynchburg, Va. They were on the way home from the Clemson-Virginia football game in Charlottesville.
KINER'S GOOFS: Rande Beidel, a producer for ESPN's "Major League Baseball Magazine," has made a 14-minute tape of Ralph Kiner's most outrageous broadcasting bloopers.
Some of Kiner's gems include "Live from Pittsburgh, New York. . . . " and the times he identified Howard Johnson as Walter Johnson, Darryl Strawberry as Darryl Throneberry, Marv Throneberry as Marv Strawberry, Gary Carter as Gary Cooper and Milt May as Mel Ott.
TNT EXPLOSION: Sunday night's NFL game between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles was the highest-rated program in TNT's two-year history. The game, the first regular season contest under a four-year, $450 million contract, got a 7.3 rating and a 12 share.
The previous high was a 6.8/11 for an NBA playoff game May 30 between the Chicago Bulls and the Detroit Pistons.
RATINGS: In the battle of the NFL pregame shows, CBS's "NFL Today" was first last week with a 6.0 rating, followed by NBC's "NFL Live" with a 3.9 and ESPN's "NFL GameDay" at 3.1, despite a limited cable audience.
NBA ON NBC: Ahmad Rashad and Julie Moran will host a new weekly, half-hour series, "NBA Inside Stuff," which will run every Saturday on NBC starting Oct. 27. The show will consist of interviews, news reports and light features as a supplement to the network's new contract with the league.
HOYAS ON 5: Channel 5 is expected to announce a six- or seven-game schedule of Georgetown University basketball games soon.