Big Daddy Graham Does First Public Appearance Since Summer Surgery

via Twitter (Glen Macnow)

Last night Glen Macnow and Big Daddy Graham did a sold-out launch event at P.J. Whelihan’s in Cherry Hill, introducing the new and revised edition of The Great Book of Philadelphia Sports Lists.

The packed room included a who’s who of Philadelphia media and sports personalities and it was Big Daddy’s first public appearance since July, when he was hospitalized after suffering a spinal bleed that left him partially paralyzed. He’s doing rehab now and operating from a wheelchair after dealing with a months-long recovery process.

Rob Tornoe at the Inquirer was at P.J.’s last night and wrote this:

It’s certainly been a long four months for Graham and his family. It’s entirely possible the 66-year-old will spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair, though the sports talker holds out hope he’ll somehow regain the ability to walk.

Fortunately for Graham, he said he’ll be returning to WIP “soon,” though no official date has been planned. Due to his limited mobility, he plans on hosting his overnight show — a shift he’s handled at the station since 1996 — from a make-shift studio set up in his bedroom.

“It’s something I just have to do. I miss it too much not to,” Graham said. “Plus, believe me. I got a lot to say.”

Tornoe says Big Daddy will continue to write and make public appearances, which includes the “Two Funny Philly Guys” comedy show he’s been performing with Joe Conklin for years now.

Here are some more photos from the event:

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19 Responses

      1. if you want diversity, listen to 97.5…you got Nat, a woman who knows nothing, Tyrone, who knows next to nothing, and woke Mike Miss, who knows everything

  1. Are we sure this wasn’t a Make a Wish charity event for wannabe radio guy Brett Eskin? That guy looks like the sickest one in the picture.

  2. The MacMan is standing to his left. How about Jon Ritchie standing to the left of Joe DeCamera with a mustache and glasses. He has really aged since he played for the Birds.

  3. I miss the 4:oo who has a birthday today. Screw these new guys who have content on their show, I prefer shows that have the same thing night after night for 15 years.

  4. Wearing the ball cap. It’s funny, he reminds of the scene in Private Parts where Howard is made program director. A guy who had absolutely no experience who the owner of the station promoted so he could use him to f*re DJ’s.

  5. Why was this event in Cherry Hill? Couldn’t they find a nice eatery and/or drinking establishment in some ‘Hood areas in Philly?

  6. Where’s Paul Jolovitz? He’s probably waiting for Sunday’s eagles game in the press conference room so he has dibs on asking the first questions.

    1. Jolly’s weight classifies him as an oversized load in New Jersey, I heard he couldn’t get the permits in time so they stopped him at the bridge, hate to see it…

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