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FOX GETS EVEN YOUNGER, FILLIPELLI DENIES DISRESPECT
Published May 9, 1996
Josh Lewin, in only his second season as a play-by-play voice for the Orioles on WBAL-AM, will join Fox's MLB team doing play-by-play alongside analyst Ken Singleton. John Fillipelli, Fox Senior Coordinating Producer for Baseball, said Lewin, 27, is considered "part of the next wave of outstanding, young baseball talent" (Fox Sports). Fillipelli told the Baltimore SUN: "I guarantee you that this kid in 20 years will be one of the great announcers in our business. We hope it's sooner." On Fox Sports President David Hill's suggestion that on-air talent should avoid the mention of "dead guys," Fillipelli stressed that Hill meant, "Build on the present. Respect the past and honor it, but you're not going to get to the future by dwelling on the past" (Milton Kent, Baltimore SUN, 5/9). Singleton, on Hill's statement: "He doesn't know. He doesn't understand." In Montreal, Pat Hickey writes, "Fox and baseball are working hand- in-hand to win fans back to this game but turning their backs on history isn't the way to do it" (MONTREAL GAZETTE, 5/9).