UPDATE: WIP to Take Over WYSP, Barkann to Join Lineup
Credit to Dan Gross of Philly.com, he has been all over this story. Two weeks ago, he reported this was a possibility, and now we learn that Angelo Cataldi will make an announcement this morning about the future of WIP, WYSP, and, by extension, Philly sports radio: [Philly.com]
Expect 610 WIP's Angelo Cataldi to announce what we reported two weeks ago, that the sports talk station will take over the FM signal of 94 WYSP on Sept. 6.
We hear the announcement will come toward the end of Thursday's morning show and that Cataldi will also reveal the new line-up for WIP, including who will take over the 3 to 7 shift that Howard Eskin is leaving, and additional changes.
Cataldi told listeners he will make the announcement at 9:30 A.M.
This is a big deal. WYSP has been on the air for almost 40 years- August 23rd, 1971, to be exact. Taking over an FM signal will allow WIP to compete directly with 97.5 The Fanatic, who in just a few short years has gone from a long shot to leader. Crazy.
On Monday, Gross and our friends over at Philly Sports Central reported the news of Eskin's departure.
We'll have an update at 9:30, when Cataldi announces the updates.
UPDATE: Gross now reports Michael Barkann will be on from 10-1 with Ike Reese. Gargano and Macnow from 1-6. I'm hearing the same.