For some, Saturday’s Drexel-Temple matchup at the Palestra is just another basketball game, yet for others, like Jeff and David Asch, it’s so much more.
When David scanned WHIP’s list of Temple Basketball broadcasts for 2017-18, one date stood out: “When we went through each individual game and decided who would get what games, once they got to December 22nd, Temple at Drexel at the Palestra, I thought to myself that since it was technically at Drexel, my dad would be the public address announcer, so I made sure I signed up for that game.”
David and his father, Jeff, will both be parts of broadcast crews for Saturday’s City 6 matchup between the Dragons and the Owls. David as a color commentator for WHIP, and Jeff the in-house announcer for Drexel. Their passion for Philadelphia basketball has landed them on opposite ends of the court (or booth) for one of the marquee matchups for both programs.
For Jeff Asch, taking advantage of every opportunity handed to him is how he got to the this point today, and that mentality has inspired his son to follow his passions. “Seeing my dad throughout my whole life, loving his job, being good at what he does, the passion that he has, that definitely helped me want to pursue sports media” said David of the family ties around his broadcasting career.
From Super Bowl victory to Palestra broadcasting, the Asch’s built a foundation on Philadelphia sports, as many father-son duos have done through the city’s years. Now, in the Cathedral of College Basketball, a new moment
While the two have their respective programs to stand by, it’s hard to root against either school so close to home. “I hope it goes into 6 overtime’s and ends in a tie.” Jeff said of his preferred result.
Regardless of outcome, Saturday, 1 P.M. EST, at the Palestra, the entire Asch family will be watching passion in the booth from one generation to the next, making this City 6 matchup more than a just game.
To tune in to WHIP’s broadcast of the game featuring David, listen on RadioFX or iHeart Radio.
Drew Bishop is a sophomore on-air personality and writer for WHIP Radio. He writes for Temple Volleyball and appears on The Main Event, Stadium Talk, and Temple Talks Philly.