SportsRadio 94WIP has reached a new agreement with Glen Macnow, a 20-year celebrated WIP personality and Philadelphia sports authority, it was announced today by Marc Rayfield, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, CBS RADIO Philadelphia.
Macnow’s new responsibilities will include appearances on KYW Newsradio 1060 and 1210 WPHT, while he continues to host his long-running Saturday program from 10:00AM-1:00PM on WIP with Pro Football Hall of Fame writer Ray Didinger. The duo co-authored “The Ultimate Book of Sports Movies,” in 2009.
“I’m pleased we have reached an agreement with Glen that supports his relationship with WIP, and also allows us to increase his presence within the CBS RADIO Philly family of stations,” said Rayfield. “Being able to use his expertise across more of our platforms is a real win for our stations, the listeners and Philadelphia’s passionate sports fan base.
Beginning in January 2014, Macnow will be heard on KYW’s afternoon broadcast of the “Reporter’s Roundup,” and, during football season, with Harry Donahue on the station’s top-rated morning show. Additionally, he will be featured during Phillies pre- and post-game shows on WPHT, flagship broadcaster for the local team. Macnow will also make contributions to CBSPhilly.com throughout the year.
That is a very sunshiny quote from Rayfield, but this is not a particularly desirable outcome for Macnow. As I wrote last week, he’s getting the Howard Eskin treatment– weekend show, pinch hits on KYW’s roundup show (in which various reporters and commenters call in to briefly discuss the news of the day), and post-game shows. There is, obviously, no mention of the Afternoon show with Anthony Gargano, to which Macnow won’t be returning.
Keeping Macnow around in this part-time role allows the station to maintain relationships with sponsors that were tied to Macnow (presumably, there are many of those).
Personally, I feel Macnow should be given a bigger role. There’s likely a cost-cutting aspect to all of this, which is understandable, but in a world in which he who screams the loudest often wins (and gets the best ratings), Macnow’s measured and thoughtful approach was refreshing to listen to.
On his Facebook page, Macnow posted the following today:
Thanks to all who’ve reached out in the past 10 days. I’m more appreciative than you know.
I’ve hosted a daily show on WIP for 20 years and loved every minute of it. I’ve been through ups and downs, and learned to roll with the punches.
It’s management’s right to make changes as they see fit, and I respect that. Meanwhile, I’m looking forward to working with three great radio stations — WIP, WPHT and KYW — and staying part of Eagles and Phillies coverage.
I’m hearing that WIP will soon announce that Josh Innes, from Houston, will be joining the station, likely in the evening slot. A Houston Chronicle story from yesterday reported that Innes was rumored to be leaving for another CBS radio station.
UPDATE: Philly.com is reporting… well, the exact same thing I reported last week– that Rob Ellis will join Gargano on the Afternoon show:
The release did not mention a return to his weekday afternoon spot with Gargano and industry sources told philly.com that Gargano will instead partner with Rob Eillis, with that announcement expected soon.
Also: Innes is all but a done deal. Expect an announcement soon.