|Alma mater||Temple University|
|Occupation||Sportswriter, Sports commentator|
|Employer||NBC Sports Philadelphia|
|Television||Eagles Pre and Post Game Live|
Ray Didinger (born September 18, 1946 in Philadelphia) is an American sportswriter, author, screenwriter, radio personality, and sports commentator, and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (Writer's Honor Roll).
Early life and career
Born to Raymond and Marie Didinger, and raised in Folsom, Pennsylvania, Didinger graduated from St. James High School in 1964. He received a B.S. in Communications from Temple University in 1968. His nickname was Nauga, after the animated character used in commercials for Naugahyde. Ray spent four years doing sports radio for WRTI and served as the station's Sports Director.
In 1990, Didinger wrote The Super Bowl: Celebrating a Quarter-Century of America's Greatest Game. He co-authored Football America: Celebrating Our National Passion along with Don Shula in 1996 and co-wrote The Eagles Encyclopedia with Robert S. Lyons in 2005. Didinger also co-wrote The Ultimate Book of Sports Movies with Philadelphia radio personality Glen Macnow in 2009.
Didinger co-hosts a popular radio show every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on WIP-FM in Philadelphia with co-host Glen Macnow. The show features Didinger and Macnow discussing all aspects of what is going on in Philadelphia sports. It is also common to hear the two talk about movies, since both are avid movie fans. Didinger and Glen Macnow co-wrote a book entitled The Ultimate Book of Sports Movies, featuring what they both considered the all-time best in cinema sports dramas, published and released in 2009.
Didinger covered the National Football League for The Philadelphia Bulletin and The Philadelphia Daily News for more than 25 years. He was named Pennsylvania Sportswriter of the Year five times by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. In 1995, he won the Dick McCann Memorial Award for long and distinguished coverage of pro football, and his name was added to the writers' honor roll in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
Didinger is currently a full-time member of NBC Sports Philadelphia, writing articles and appearing on-air in a variety of roles, most prominently in Eagles Pre Game Live and Eagles Post Game Live. Previously, Didinger was a senior producer with NFL Films in Mount Laurel, New Jersey until he was bought out of his contract in February 2009. He has won four Emmy Awards for his work as a writer and producer on the weekly series NFL Films Presents and the Turner Network documentary Football America.
Didinger is married to Philadelphia magazine restaurant critic Maria Gallagher and has two children David and Kathleen. He also has an English Bulldog named Mack. Ray and his wife are very active with HeavenSent Bulldog Rescue (“HeavenSent”) a New Jersey non-profit corporation, dedicated to the rescue and placement for adoption of Bulldogs.
Awards and honors
- Dick McCann Memorial Award, 1995.
- Pennsylvania Sportswriter of the Year. 5-time winner.
- Keystone Press Awards, 6-time winner.
- Associated Press award for column writing, 3-time winner.
- Pro Football Writers of America award for outstanding feature story, 1991.
- Inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame, 2005.
- The Super Bowl: Celebrating a Quarter-Century of America's Greatest Game (1990). Simon & Schuster ISBN 0-671-72798-2
- Football America: Celebrating Our National Passion with Phil Barber and Don Shula (1996). Turner Publishing ISBN 1-57036-297-1
- Game Plans For Success (1996). McGraw-Hill ISBN 0-8092-3171-9
- The Eagles Encyclopedia with Robert S. Lyons (2005). Temple University Press ISBN 1-59213-449-1
- One Last Read: The Collected Works of the World's Slowest Sportswriter (2007). Temple University Press ISBN 1-59213-600-1
- The Ultimate Book of Sports Movies with Glen Macnow (2009). Running Press ISBN 0-7624-3548-8
- "McCann Award Winners, 1969-2010". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 29 December 2010.[permanent dead link]
- "The Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia". Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
- "CSNPhilly Eagles Insider Ray Didinger". Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia. Archived from the original on 2010-01-05. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
- "MCCANN AWARD WINNERS". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 18 September 2017.
- "Pennsylvania - NSSA Hall of Fame General". National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Archived from the original on 28 April 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2010.