97.5 to Broadcast Sixers Games

Well this came out of nowhere. 

97.5 The Fanatic and the Sixers announced today that they have entered into a multi-year agreement for games to be broadcast on the station, beginning with the first (and only?) round of the NBA playoffs.

From the press release IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS AND WITHOUT PUNCTUATION:

97.5 THE FANATIC TO AIR ALL PLAY-OFF GAMES THIS YEAR, STARTING THIS WEEKEND; GAMES TO BE SIMULCAST ON 950 ESPN RADIO TO BE ANNOUNCED PENDING RELEASE BY NBA OF PLAYOFF SCHEDULE 

MULTI-YEAR AGREEMENT FOR ALL 76ERS HOME AND AWAY GAMES TO BE BROADCAST ON 97.5 THE FANATIC, AND MANY TO BE SIMULCAST ON 950 ESPN RADIO

TOM MCGINNIS TO CONTINUE AS 76ERS PLAY-BY-PLAY BROADCASTER

BROADCASTS STARTING NEXT SEASON TO FEATURE A NEW 10 MINUTE PRE-GAME SHOW AND A 30 MINUTE POST-GAME SHOW WHICH WILL INCLUDE HEAD COACH DOUG COLLINS POST-GAME PRESS CONFERENCE

 

For a – very brief – period, 94.1 WIP had all four major sports on their air. Not anymore.

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23 Responses

  1. Wow. They got the least popular, least watched, least listened to team. Congratulations on such a huge achievement. I’m not sure what would be more painful, listening to the sixers or Jon Marks.

  2. Hahaha I was all pumped up when they kept saying major announcement at 5:15 & then all fired up when they said they are broadcasting sixes games. What a tease

  3. Kinda curious how this will effect the station. It gives them some filler in a sense, and the hosts have been pretty honest about using random topics to fill the time when there have been flyers/sixers/phillies games all going on to try to keep people listening. They never hit the low of ‘Pete Rose: in or out?’ But it got damn close.

  4. I don’t understand all this Sixers hate. You all act like the Flyers are the Red Wings and a threat to win the cup every year. They have choked for the last 37 years….THIRTY FUCKING SEVEN YEARS. And all the nerdy ass Flyer fans are ready to throw a parade every time they get out of the first round.

  5. What odd timing, switching stations at the start of a playoff run instead of the beginning of next season. And the sad part is that few fans other than Sixer diehards will know or care. I can only assume WIP was in a hurry to dump the Sixers since (and I’m guessing here) they couldn’t draw flies in terms of ratings.
    Who but WB Mason: This isn’t hate, for the most part, this is apathy, and that’s worse. The bottom line is that the Sixers have NEVER enjoyed the sort of rabid, unconditional loyalty in this town that the Flyers have, and never will. Not even in their championship season in 1982-83 with Doc and Moses did the Sixers sell out their home games, and if Allen Iverson never came here, chances are the team would have been totally forgotten, maybe even moved to greener pastures like Seattle or New Orleans.
    On top of that, with the current team in the hellish limbo of not being good enough to seriously contend for a title, but not bad enough like Charlotte to get the top pick in the draft, interest among fans will never rise to the level that the Flyers bask in. I like to think I’m wrong, but I don’t think I am.

  6. More people are interested in the Flyers than the Sixers. Dont be brainwashed by Missanelli saying that hockey doesnt “move the needle”. Nobody wants to talk hockey with them because the 97.5 hosts don’t know dick about hockey. Especially Marks. Dude couldn’t name one player on some of the teams left in the playoffs

  7. Awesome! Now the Flyers will never be bounced from 94.1 by Philly’s 5th team.
    But seriously, congrats to the sixers, who drew over 16,000 fans per game for the 9th time in their 49 year history!

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