RADIO WARS: Bob Cooney Is The New 97.5 Morning Show Co-Host

Kyle Scott - September 8, 2017

97.5 made a somewhat unexpected announcement today, going outside the box and injecting some new life (…) into Philly sports talk radio by naming Bob Cooney, seen here during his Marshall Applewhite phase, as the new full-time co-host of their morning show. Eytan Shander and Brian Baldinger will remain as part of a rotating cast. Jamie Lynch will continue to serve as on-air producer.

Here’s the audio from the announcement:

I think there was some conjecture – perhaps generated by Tony Bruno – that Bruno would return to 97.5 and join Gargano in the mornings for what would’ve certainly been an over-the-top show. Rather, 97.5, which currently doesn’t have a program director after Matt Nahigian was let go last week, went with Cooney, who it sounds like will continue to cover the Sixers for the Daily News [update: he will not remain with the Daily News]. It’s a reasonable strategy, one that everyone else is using: double-down on the Sixers. My guess is a consortium of market managers and Beasley corporate overlords made the decision.

Cooney had been picking up fill-in shifts throughout the summer, and from what I’ve seen got generally favorable reviews. It’s maybe not a headline-grabbing addition, adding a newspaper beat writer, but that’s the tactic WIP used back in the day and obviously it worked out quite well for them. At the very least, 97.5 will have a competitive advantage when it comes to Sixers talk.

I would suspect a move like this doesn’t sit too well with Shander, who has essentially been the co-host all year and works, like, every day. He’s clearly the odd man out here. Meanwhile, no news – yet – on a new mid-day show, but I still wouldn’t be shocked to see Jason Myrtetus wind up with an on-air role.

The winds of change, they blow. TONES:


  • do you have Anything we haven't already seen on twitter? September 8, 2017 at 9:36 am


  • Reasonable Strategy September 8, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Where have I seen this strategy before? Overload on Sixers coverage and ignore hockey. Hmmmm

    • 97.5 cant do a show without a stupid twitter poll question September 8, 2017 at 10:20 am

      I like Hockey and the Flyers as much as the next guy. But hockey will never be talked about on Sports Radio. The hosts are too one dimensional. Even today the midday show on 97.5 is asking if the Eagles will win a SB in the next 10 years. That is possibly the worst show topic ever.

      • Chuck Cranston from Footloose September 9, 2017 at 2:55 pm

        Let me tell you a story. A year or so ago a guy called in and complained about the JVR trade. He was complaining cause he watched a Black Hawk game the night before and Van Riemsdyk scored. Now, all us Crossing Broaders know that is not James. Gargano and crew just kinda of listened and agreed that he should not have been traded. A couple of minutes later, some one must have googled it and saw it was not the former Flyer JVR. They all sat there with egg on their face. That is why I don’t want 97.5 or WIP talking hockey. THEY KNOW NOTHING. Don’ t insult real hockey fans like myself and my fellow Crossing Broaders.

  • Dave hoppen September 8, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Good hire. Bob seems like a good dude . Type of dude wouldn’t mind having a beer with arguing over the sixers

  • Eytan Butthurt Shander September 8, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Its obvious he feels some sort of way on the decision based on his replies to trolls in your tweet, Kyle. Way to take the high road Shander.

  • philly sports radio blows September 8, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Now if they’d get rid of the Cuz, the show would be listenable.

    • Third Brown Eye September 8, 2017 at 12:29 pm

      Best answer ever on this site

  • 10 9 8 76ers September 8, 2017 at 10:18 am

    i like Bob. He at least has real knowledge about the NBA and basketball in general. He doesn’t just rely on hot takes and glancing at other people’s headlines and twitter feed.

  • Jon Dorenbos September 8, 2017 at 10:33 am

    My heart hearts

  • Joe Cordell September 8, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Shander is a fraud, when he didn’t work in Philly he would bad mouth Philly teams. Total douche

    • Shander's Mom September 8, 2017 at 2:59 pm

      100 percent true. He’ needs to go!

  • Good choice September 8, 2017 at 10:46 am

    I really liked him when he was on during the summer. He brings out the best in Anthony who seems to genuinely like and respect him. He is the top choice for me.

    • pat e. gan September 8, 2017 at 11:09 am

      “the best in Anthony”…that’s a joke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Abracadabra Aortakazam September 8, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Anything on the Roast?

  • Philly Elite September 8, 2017 at 11:53 am

    There’s a reason Shander didn’t get the job – he’s f*cking terrible. I change the channel anytime he speaks for too long.

    Bob certainly isn’t a “sexy” pick, but I enjoyed what he brought to the table. Not revolutionary by any means, but an improvement on the current product.

  • Bob has been covering that slop BB team for several years now September 8, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Now that they are finally going to become a true title contender he is leaving the DN to take the radio job. I would think you would want to write about what is to become a great decade or so.

    • TS September 8, 2017 at 12:32 pm

      he’s probably going to make twice as much just talking about it…no deadlines… why not?

  • Still don't understand why Kyle thinks Mosh is going to be replaced September 8, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Mosh is an actual reporter and writer and has much greater knowledge about sports with the exception of maybe hockey.

  • Kyle September 8, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Harry just announced that Seth Joyner will be joining him and Jason Mryt every Monday from 10-12.. Kind of sounds like he let the cat out of the bag regarding a new co-host for the afternoon show. You’ve been predicting this all along

  • Jersey Jigs September 8, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    On the Fanactic Website it states Harry Mayes and Martinez doing mid-day. Then Mikey Miss and the Geoff Moser 7-11.

  • Instigator September 8, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Weird I had an insiteful comment about this that was waiting approval that got deleted. No swearing cursing ect… but comments about hosts children, host having big junk is posted everyday.. what gives

  • Big Orange Cat September 8, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    The Sixers are the most over rated topic on sports radio. The NBA gets shoved down our throats because so many sports writers love it. This is not representative of the population at large. Eagles and Phillies will always out distance the indoor sports.

    • How bou dah? September 8, 2017 at 7:09 pm

      No one cares sbout the phillies. Eagles rule talk percentage cause philly is a bunch of fat slobs reliving peewee glory thru a team that has nothing to do with them except geographical location


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