Popular Sportscaster Leaving Philadelphia for Boston Sports Network

By Andrew Gauthier 


Jade McCarthy, a favorite sportscaster at Philadelphia’s NBC affiliate WCAU, is moving to Boston’s New England Sports Network, “not-so-happy news” according to John Gonzalez, of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Gonzalez confirmed the story with McCarthy herself on Tuesday.

McCarthy, whom Gonzalez calls “sweet and talented,” graduated from Mount Holyoke College, with a B.A. in politics. She got her start as a reporter with an internship at the Fox News Channel in New York City.

She will cover the New England Patriots as anchor and specialty program host for NESN starting early next year. The move is a homecoming for the 29-year-old, who grew up in the Boston suburb of Newton.

“It’s a little bittersweet. It’s a little melancholy,” said McCarthy, who has lived in Philadelphia for the last four years. “I’ve really come to love Philly,” she continued. “The city is great. The fans are great. I work in a fantastic department at a wonderful station. I can’t say enough great things about the people I work with.”

Sources told Gonzalez that due to financial hardship, the station may be unable to hire a replacement for McCarthy, whose contract runs through November. Others think WCAU may ask Howard Eskin, a sports radio personality on 610 WIP, to take over some of McCarthy’s slots.