RADIO WARS: Here's The Full Press Release From 97.5
Beasley Media Group’s 97.5 the Fanatic in Philadelphia Announces New Morning and Midday Show
Marc Farzetta and Tra Thomas named as new morning show
Anthony Gargano to take over middays with Jason Myrtetus
Philadelphia, PA (10/1/18): Beasley Media Group announces an exciting new chapter with the announcement of 97.5 The Fanatic/WPEN-FM lineup in Philadelphia. “Farzetta and Tra In the Morning” will officially kick-off weekday mornings from 6:00am – 10:00am, followed by Anthony Gargano and Jason Myrtetus from 10:00am -2:00pm. The on-air changes will officially take place beginning on October 8, 2018.
Marc Farzetta has been a Philadelphia Sports media personality since 2005. He currently serves as the Co-host of NBC Sports Philadelphia’s “Philly Sports Talk” and hosted the Emmy award winning show, “The 700 Level Show.”
Outside of his work in front of the camera or behind the microphone, Marc was an Associate Producer (AP) for NBC’s Sunday Night Football where he received Emmy recognition. While there, he worked as part of the production teams that produced the big game, as well as three Winter Classics and various Triple Crown events.
William “Tra” Thomas was the 11th overall pick in the draft from Florida State University and is recognized for his 12 year NFL career as an All Star Left Tackle. During his eleven years with the Philadelphia Eagles, he was a 3X Pro Bowler and selected as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles All-Time Team. After retiring from the league, he remained connected to football as a Sports Broadcaster, Philadelphia Eagles Assistant Line Coach and Technique Coach.
The duo will be joined by respected long time Philadelphia sports journalist and current morning show Co-host Bob Cooney and Producer Jamie Lynch.
Anthony Gargano, who has been on the air for the past 19 years talking about Philadelphia sports, will remain so from 10am-2pm with current Midday Host Jason Myrtetus.
“I’m thrilled to remain with my Fanatic Family,” said Gargano. I’m blessed to live my passion in life- talking 4 for 4 Philly sports and working on my writing projects.”
The Fanatic’s #1 rated Mike Missanelli Show will remain in afternoon drive.
“These moves for 97.5 The Fanatic put the brand in an even stronger position for our listeners and customers moving forward,” said Vice President of Programming Buzz Knight. “They also demonstrate that Beasley Media Group is committed to great talent and content acquisition.”
“We are very excited to be adding Marc Farzetta and Tra Thomas to The Fanatic line up,” said Content Manager Eric Johnson. “I’ve been a fan of Marc’s since he started on the air in Philly in the mid 2000’s. He’s evolved into a major talent in town, growing from Update Anchor and Time Out Entertainer at Temple basketball games to Radio Talk Show Anchor and NBC Sports Philadelphia Host. Tra has a natural gift of compelling story telling!”
He added, “With Anthony Gargano leading our midday show with Jason Myrtetus, these moves will put the station in a much stronger competitive position. This really ushers in a new era for a great brand…97.5 The Fanatic!”
I would describe Gargano as something less than “thrilled” to be demoted from mornings to mid-days and to find out about the news from this site. But it is a better alternative to accepting a buyout, I suppose.
No mention of Harry Mayes, who is out. WAR RAGES ON: