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MEDIA PERSONALITY NEWS: WILL THE WRIGHT STUFF RETURN?

          A source "close to the camp" of ex-CBS golf announcer
     Ben Wright told GOLFWORLD that Wright is in talks "to join
     the golf broadcast team of another network."  Wright was let
     go by CBS at the beginning of '96 following remarks about
     lesbianism on the LPGA Tour.  The source adds to, "Watch for
     an announcement before Thanksgiving" (GOLFWORLD, 10/3).
          COURTING KORNHEISER? In N.Y., Keith Kelly writes that
     Washington Post columnist Tony Kornheiser "is the latest to
     turn up in [Disney's] sights" for its ESPN Magazine.  Kelly:
     "Under a deal that is being bandied about, Kornheiser would
     contribute 20 columns a year."  Kelly writes that Disney is
     offering Kornheiser a daily radio show on ESPN Radio, as "an
     incentive."  Kornheiser: "We're certainly talking, but it's
     not done yet" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 10/7). 
          CHECKETTS TALKS: MSG President Dave Checketts, on the
     possibility of Marv Albert ever returning to MSG Network:
     "I'm going to leave that door open.  I don't want to
     speculate on what his future is with us."  Checketts, on the
     effect the Albert trial may have had on MSG's reputation:
     "When I started to see, during testimony, talk about phone
     calls from the Garden and invitations to a party with
     Patrick Ewing and the Knicks, it is fair to say that I was
     upset. ... I was very upset to have those things we value so
     highly, and work so hard to keep above reproach ... dragged
     through that trial" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 10/7).

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