Anthony Gargano is absent from the 97.5 morning show today. It’s the second day in a row he hasn’t been on the air after his compadre, Maureen Williams, was let go by the station. Williams had come to 97.5 along with Gargano as part of what some refer to as a “package deal.”
Eytan Shander, Geoff Mosher and Joe Tordy are co-hosting the show today.
In the AMA yesterday, someone asked me how long Gargano’s contract is. I guessed three years, but perhaps a more accurate way to word it would be to say that some radio contracts are two years, with a station option for a third. It is believed that Gargano has a similar type of deal. And Gargano, whose show debuted on April 20, 2015, is coming up on two years at the station.
The show more or less gets similar ratings to what Mike and Mike, ESPN’s national show, had before it on 97.5, but it has struggled to pose any real threat to Angelo Cataldi and the WIP morning team.
Last year, Greater Media, 97.5’s parent company, was sold to Beasley, a public company that owns many stations across the country. Their stock has more than tripled over the last year, largely as a result of the purchase, which was completed on November 1. They posted record fiscal fourth quarter earnings on March 21, leading to yet another spike in their stock. There doesn’t seem to be any indication that there are financial concerns, as Beasley has talked about backing its core local programming.
Jon Marks, who was part of the original crew along with Gargano, MCW and Jamie Lynch, left the show last year and is now at WIP. Gargano and Lynch are the only two who remain (Lynch is on vacation this week, avoiding the fray). But Gargano has now missed two days of work on the heels of Williams’ departure.
The waters appear to be choppy. Is a storm coming? DRUMS RUMBLING: