If you’ve listened to 97.5 the Fanatic during past weekends, you’ve probably noticed some programming changes.
Hunter Brody, a 97.3 ESPN alumnus, is on the airwaves, along with Tyler Zulli and assorted hosts. Some of the Sixers game day schedules included Bob Cooney, Jamie Lynch, Devon Givens, Andrew Salciunas, and other weekday personalities.
Absent from the radio was Joe Staszak, who went on Twitter Sunday afternoon and said that he was taken off the schedule:
To Staszak Nation: I’m sad to announce that my run at 97.5 has come to an untimely end, I think. I was removed from the sched 3 mos ago w/o a word from mngmt. Real classy duo – P.D.s D’Amico & Camille. Thnx to all of u who supported me for the last 8 yrs! I ❤️ & will miss u all!!
— joe staszak (@joestaszak975) June 20, 2021
“Camille” is “Coach” Eric Camille, the Assistant Program Director and Operations Manager who has been tripling as Executive Producer for John Kincade’s show.
“D’Amico” is Chuck D’Amico, the Program Director, who took over for Eric Johnson almost one year ago to the day.
He provided this statement to Crossing Broad:
“Everyone at 97.5 The Fanatic is appreciative of Joe’s years of service and of course we wish him all the best.”
We also reached out to Staszak, who told us this:
“I just want to make one thing clear. The lack of professionalism and classlessness shown to me by my former bosses, Chucky D’Amico and Coach Camille will and would never cast an ounce of shade on the last eight phenomenal years at the Fanatic. I’m not sure if anyone had more fun showing up to work and bloviating about sports and life into a microphone with 50 thousand watts behind it then I did for almost the last decade. I never thought any job would usurp the awesome experiences I had producing and reporting on the home town teams when I was at Fox 29 or PRISM Sports but the last eight years came damn close and for that I am and will always be eternally grateful.
What’s up next? Well this may have put a bow on my 32 years of covering pro sports here in Philly whether it was TV, print or radio. I’m weighing my options. It’s an itch that I’ll never be able to fully satisfy so if you’re a degenerate like I used to be I’d put my money on me resurfacing in one of the mediums that I have enjoyed since 1989. I am planning to go back to school to get my master’s degree in clinical therapy. I’m fascinated with the “why” of bad human behavior via interpersonal relationships. How timely yet ironic eh?”
Staszak started hosting shows on 97.5 back in March of 2013. He was full-time with FOX 29 from 2008 to 2010 and also worked at the TV station on a part time capacity beginning in 2002. Other stops include CBS 3, WGAL in Lancaster, and WB17, and he also did sideline reporting duties for the Wings, KiXX, and Phantoms.