Grading Your Sports Talk Radio Lineups

Kyle Scott - July 14, 2017

You, the reader, never ceases to amaze me. I put together a somewhat convoluted sports talk radio daily fantasy lineup build complete with an Excel spreadsheet download and countless epople download it, fill it out, and sent screenshots. Let’s take a look at some of them:


I don’t hate the morning show. I feel like Mike will need to dominate the conversation more, and Harry would be a legit co-host that could get in his way. Also, Anthony Gargano and Silent Bro (Jamie Lynch) are boys, so I feel like they need to be a package deal. The mid-day show is good, but would be too much hockey with not enough structure for sports talk radio PDs. BUT, I’d love to hear two hours of Al and Keith, say from 10-12– the ol’ Vai and Gonzo time slot. The rest is workable.



Mike said he “went with the BOB reunion,” which is like saying you gave Geraldo another vault special. It didn’t work the first time and it’s not working again. Rob is not a morning guy– he’s too straight. You need more life in the mornings. I feel like Harry Mayes needs to be part of any morning show going forward (honestly, tell me you wouldn’t listen to a me, Mayes and Marks morning show– that’s the show that needs to happen). That said, Mayes and Myrtetus is a good pairing and may very well happen at some point this year. Mike and Ike 2.0– no thanks.



No. None of these shows work. Glen and Ray are terrific together, but you have to think about where they are in their careers– no way either of them are getting up at 4 a.m. five days per week at this point. They would be good with Westbrook, but it’s TOO MUCH FOOTBALL. Only Glen would be able to talk about anything else. Joe and Rob would be straight sports, but I feel like that show would need more life. Same deal as before with Mike and Harry– I think they would be good together, but I’m not sure Mike wants that much competition for the mic.



This is basically already 97.5’s morning show– I’m not sure how much of Ant sucking off Baldy I can take. Al and Brian– what? Al’s not a point man, neither is Westbrook. You need a point man… and someone to acknowledge basketball and baseball exist. Harry and Howard is interesting.



This morning show has potential, but it lacks experience and skews a little too new-school. I’d swap Harry for Jon and put Jon on with Keith. Myrtetus and Haddad in the evenings is the dumbest show I’ve ever heard. Also, you didn’t follow the rules and you’re disqualified.



I’m not that old, but BAE AF is lost on me.



Rob is not a morning guy! Replace him with Harry and you have a good morning show. Mike and Howard is like oil and… the thing that fucking hates oil. Wouldn’t work. However, I’d be willing to bet someone, somewhere along the line floated the idea of them working together. Would be interesting.



The first two shows are fine, but Baldy and Didinger doesn’t work. You can’t have drive-time guys who know only one sport. It would be wayyyyy too much football. Though I do appreciate The Hammer mention for Joe DeCamara.



I like this a lot, but I think you need to bring more in the afternoons. I’d replace one of them with Harry– he should be in every lineup.


OK, here’s mine:

Morning show: Harry is a classic morning personality and, I think, one of the best local radio guys. Jon Marks is a glue guy who works hard and would show up at 3 a.m. and prepare the show. Keith Jones would blend in really well with their personalities and you could continue the WIP Morning Show hysterics with a more modern tone.

Mid-days: Mac and Mac was one of my all-time favorite sports talk radio shows. They also like each other. BRING IT BACK, MAC AND MAC!!!

Afternoons: Devon is new enough that he wouldn’t be perceived by Mike as a threat. With the Sixers on the upswing, you’ll really need a basketball guy in a drive-time slot. Devon knows his stuff. He could add to the show without stepping on Mike’s toes, and I suspect they’d have fun back-and-forths when Mike professes to be a “brotha.” Devon could keep him in check.

Evenings: The Hammer excels by himself in this role.

Weekends: This could go to any number of guys, but ideally you have someone who is versatile and can fly solo for long stretches– Eytan is just that.

The total includes $1,000 ratings bonuses to Mike and Keith. Come in well under payroll, make the suits happy, and you’d fill Xinfity Live! for your lottery party or Fantasy Fest. Honestly, I should make much more money than I do for my expertise.


  • Ron Burgundy July 14, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Great story. Compelling, and rich.

    • Bartender at the reagle beagle July 14, 2017 at 1:07 pm

      Too bad your not going by C0CK size… Shander and Eagan would dominate.

  • Mitchie tools July 14, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Nothing on radio wars?

    • Rob tornoe July 14, 2017 at 10:52 am

      Nah, I got that covered.

  • JG July 14, 2017 at 10:53 am

    “too much hockey”

    God for fuckin’ bid.

  • Gross July 14, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Anyone who suggested Ellis for any show let alone mornings should be checked out by a doctor. Same with Gargano. There’s a reason they both go through co hosts and time slots like no other.

    • Have some compassion July 14, 2017 at 2:05 pm

      Rob Ellis, just got fired from 97.5 the fanatic.

      • When did he say he was fired July 14, 2017 at 2:11 pm

        I thought he was leaving voluntarily.

  • Fonzo July 14, 2017 at 10:57 am

    My only hope is that the kids in the comment section appreciate your Geraldo vault reference.

  • Sonny Hill July 14, 2017 at 10:58 am

    What the shit?!

  • Devon Givens????? July 14, 2017 at 11:04 am

    The guy knows his NBA, but what is he gonna talk about for the 11 months of the year when no one cares about it?

  • Don Jr July 14, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Member when Kyle said he would never put auto play videos on his site? Guess that’s changed.

  • Mr. Furley July 14, 2017 at 11:17 am

    I wonder if Cosmo listened to sports radio

  • Linda from Mayfair July 14, 2017 at 11:29 am

    97.5 needs to hire a female host

  • em cee w July 14, 2017 at 11:38 am

    I’m free to do a shift

  • Rob Tornoe July 14, 2017 at 11:38 am

    It’s very apparent that the young dudes like 97.5 over WIP. Yet they get crushed in the ratings. You’ll say millenials don’t listen to ‘terrestrial’ radio so that’s why they get crushed, but then why are all of these posters choosing Fanatic hosts? They must be listening.

  • Cousin boo July 14, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Fanatic fest is going to be offf da chain this year . Going to be a lot of girls this year with the bikini contest. Can not wait Ending the day with the mchregor fight is epic

  • dagwoods July 14, 2017 at 11:48 am

    any truth to the rumor espn are actually thinking about doing a 30 for 30 on philly sports radio?

    • 30 for 30 voice July 14, 2017 at 12:07 pm

      What if I told you that one city with just 4 sports teams could split onto two sports stations totally diluting the talent pool leaving listeners with the same inane topics for months at a time

      • tbc July 14, 2017 at 12:13 pm

        that made me lol..

        can see people like pete the crab giving insights during the philly radio 30 for 30

  • G@y photo of Spike July 14, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    Rob Ellis takes a back seat to no one. He won a whiffle ball home run derby against 3 other out of shape guys.

  • cosmo July 14, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Only place these lineups belong is at the bottom of a 12 foot hole

    • Cosmo dads work boots July 14, 2017 at 12:46 pm

      Comment of the year lol

  • ... July 14, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Fantasy sports talk radio? I didn’t think anything could possibly be as bad as sports talk radio, but leave it to Kyle to come up with something worse.

  • I'm half black, from the belly button down July 14, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Philly needs innes, more than ever, he’s the city’s only hope. It all makes sense now

    • Mayor of Coleyn July 16, 2017 at 1:24 pm

      Heeeeeeeeeeeres Mr. Annoying

  • Sigh July 14, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Mike & Howard did do a show together way back in the day, before Mike left WIP the first time. It was actually pretty entertaining mostly because it was painfully obvious that they hated each other.

  • Islam is a beautiful faith July 14, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    I’ll never forget when The Cuz whipped out his 10 incher and told me to “wrap my lips around that”…. my jaw is still sore. And that hoagie loving fuck almost drowned me with he huge load

  • Nob Ellis July 14, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    You don’t have me too kick around anymore. Phuck all you all.

  • ELLIS IS GONE July 14, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Anyone know why he is leaving the Fanatic. Apparently no one knew. Mike was shocked and sounded a little chocked up

  • Just read the DN July 14, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    I have a theory that Ellis will replace Barkann on PST. It’s not like there is another radio job in the area left for Rob. He’s not going back to WIP. The only reason he would leave if CSN offered him a raise and that would mean he was getting PST and pre-post game duties.

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