It’s Philadelphia vs. New England in the Super Bowl, but Houston vs. Houston on radio row.
Former 94 WIP host Josh Innes got into it with Seth Payne this morning, a dude from rival station SportsRadio 610. Innes is at SportsTalk 790. Are there no FM frequencies available down there?
Anyway, Payne says Innes came over and “stuck his phone in my face” while they were on the air. Josh retweeted the video below, shot by Boston’s WEEI.
No idea, but here’s the video:
A fight on radio row!! pic.twitter.com/x4uUNnHKdC
— Mut at Night (@MutAtNightWEEI) January 31, 2018
Some of the exchange:
Payne: This is what Josh does, ‘I’m gonna pull a stunt, I’m gonna go break Texans’ media rules where I know I’m gonna lose my credentials, then i’m gonna claim that I’m surprised that I had my credentials pulled. You lie to your audience, and claim you had your credentials pulled because you’re the most honest guy in Houston. You’re a fraud, you’re a joke, you bounce around. The Philly people here, they know you’re a joke. The Houston people know.. you’ve got like one employer left you can work for.”
Payne: I don’t know, the Josh Innes network. A podcast?
Innes: Here’s the difference. When you guys inevitably get fired, because you have a 1.5 (rating)…
Payne: So what the hell’s.. (inaudible yelling)… based on ratings you only care about when you’re winning. When you’re winning it’s, ‘hey I’m Josh Innes I’m the best guy that ever lived.’ But when you’re losing, ‘oh it’s a flawed system.’
Innes: Well, it is.
Payne: You’re such a fraud. And you’ve got so much talent. You could have been so great. There were rumors you were going to take these guy’s jobs over, according to you. But now you’re bouncing around from place to place. It’s pathetic. It’s sad…. you’re a bad person.
Innes: I’m a bad person?
Payne: You’re a bad person.
Innes: Based on what?
Payne: You’re weak. You’re insecure. You can’t (inaudible). You’re so obsessed with everybody who doesn’t like you, that you fall apart.
Here’s another view:
— Jennifer McDermed (@McDermedFox9) January 31, 2018
And a third view:
— 105.3 The FAN (@1053thefan) January 31, 2018
If we’re being totally honest, I didn’t mind Josh when he was in Philly. He came over to CBS and did our Sunday night show. I think we did a KYW News Radio panel with some college students. I appreciated an outsider’s take on tired sports radio and the way he attacked the same lazy format we’ve been rolling out for decades.
I think he just wore out his welcome and didn’t do himself any favors internally at 94 WIP. He didn’t exactly befriend everyone over there.
And I did get a kick out of the radio row placement, where he ended up about 25 feet from Anthony Gargano and the 97.5 morning show: