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Tony Bruno and Harry Mayes are Reuniting

Kevin Kinkead - March 11, 2019

Tell ya what, I didn’t expect to see this news drop today.

Via AllAccess.com:

Sports radio legend TONY BRUNO and his former colleague HARRY MAYES are reuniting for a new show that is being targeted for digital platforms.

“TONY BRUNO AND HARRY MAYES — TRIGGERED!” is in pre-production for a debut later this year.  BRUNO, the former ESPN RADIO and FOX SPORTS RADIO personality, has been hosting a podcast since 2015 after departing WIP/PHILADELPHIA; MAYES, BRUNO’s former co-host at WPEN (97.5 THE FANATIC)/PHILADELPHIA, will also be co-hosting middays at TOWNSQUARE MEDIA Sports WENJ (97.3 ESPN)/ATLANTIC CITY with EYTAN SHANDER starting APRIL 1st.

“TRIGGERED!” is being produced by the new MAXPRO SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK, headed by former PROCTER & GAMBLE, BLOCKBUSTER, and CHANNELSPACE ENTERTAINMENT executive MARK ALLEN STUART as CEO with BRUNO and MAYES as principals.  STUART describes the new show as having “attitude, edge and irreverence… presented in a highly dynamic and humorous way that is purely unpredictable and totally entertaining.”

Sounds good to me. I’ll probably be checking this out.

Tony and Harry were great together back in the day. I always looked forward to phone calls with Jose from Norristown, who would say, “We’ve got hockey action, yo.

RADIO WARS: The First Domino to Fall

Kevin Kinkead - October 1, 2018

The maestro is preoccupied at the moment, so I’m handling this one.

Today’s news regards do-it-all 97.5 the Fanatic host Eytan Shander, who is informing the masses that his role has been cut back at the station. This appears to be the first domino to fall in the Anthony Gargano morning show shuffle.

From Eytan:

 

Yeesh.

It’s true that Shander was a grinder. No disputing that.

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Geoff Mosher is Leaving 97.5 the Fanatic

Kevin Kinkead - August 14, 2018

He had been with the station since 2015.

A handful of Tweets from him this morning:

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Former 97.5 Program Director Matt Nahigian Is Headed To San Francisco

Kyle Scott - November 1, 2017

It seems a notable name has popped up in radio industry news circles. Former 97.5 program director, Matt Nahigian, who was let go in August, has found his way to San Francisco to be the new program director of 95.7 The Game. Here’s what Matt wrote on his Facebook page:

San Francisco here we come! I am incredibly excited to tell all of you that I have accepted a position with Entercom and will be heading out to San Francisco to be the Program Director at 95.7 The Game. It’s such an incredible opportunity to be apart of a company that is one of the biggest and best radio companies in the country. Everyone we have talked to that has lived or is currently living out there says it is amazing. The station is the broadcast rights holder for the A’s and the Golden St. Warriors so I won’t be considered a bandwagon jumper if I become a Warriors fan. LOL. Thanks to all the great people that we have met in Philadelphia. It’s been 10 of the best years of my life. We have made so many great friends and will miss all of you a great deal. Please think of me in shorts when you are shoveling snow. From Chicago to Philly to San Fran!

Despite some late grinding of the axes – particularly when it came to our podcast – I always liked Nahigian as a person. Much better than Andy Bloom, who once blindsided me on the air and called me an “asshole” and then proceeded to yell at me off the air for doing my job. I felt like Bloom was a scumbag, whereas Nahigian was a decent human who didn’t quite get new media.

I had several conversations with Nahigian over the years – no, he wasn’t my source for RADIO WARS – including one around 2012 about a potential partnership.

He had approached me about being sort of the web arm of 97.5, doing posts about their interviews the way CBSPhilly.com does for WIP (which is now owned by Entercom, Nahigian’s new employer). I was open to the idea (at the time RADIO WARS wasn’t really a thing), but it became sort of a non-starter when Nahigian requested that we pull some punches lest he get a call from a local team that we pissed off (he cited the time I called Ruben Amaro a “fucking liar”). That wasn’t going to work for either of us. I countered with a more unofficial business partnership concept where Greater Media sales reps could represent CB and include us in potential ad buys, giving them a web component to sell. That never went anywhere.

Most notably, I had conversations with him over the years about podcasting, on which I found his views to be slightly archaic. Nahigian seemed to conflate delivery with quality, and refused to acknowledge that a certain demographic preferred on-demand, niche topic-driven content to big, loud radio shows, even if they were better produced. Ironically, WIP, historically more old school than 97.5, has excelled as of late in partnering with a number of team-specific local podcasts. Whether they’re bringing in any significant revenue I don’t know, but at the very least it has compelled a number of discerning local thought leaders among the most hardcore fans to embrace WIP and also steer clear of lambasting the sometimes archaic views of its hosts, which would typically be ripe for the picking with that crowd. Nahigian turned his nose up at stuff like that and, I always got the sense, felt that new media wasn’t worthy of mainstream attention. Still, he did a hell of a job turning 97.5 from an also-ran into a genuine contender and peer of WIP, the longtime incumbent. Getting Mike Missanelli, Tony Bruno, Anthony Gargano and others over to his station, whether you like them or not, was a job well done, and I think Nahigian deserves credit for what he built over there.

Mike Missanelli Admitted That He Was Fired From His 6 ABC Gig For Comments About Beth Mowins

Kyle Scott - October 6, 2017

Mike Missanelli took calls on the Cam Newton fiasco yesterday. This is a topic that’s right in his wheelhouse. Perhaps it is his wheelhouse, since he had to admit that he was fired from his 6 ABC show because of comments he made about ESPN broadcaster Beth Mowins a few weeks ago:

“Now, full disclosure, I gotta tell this, because I haven’t told it, and no one has asked me about it… but I had a regular appearance on Channel 6 on Sports Sunday. And I had made a comment, if you remember, three weeks ago about Beth Mowins, and what I was trying to do, actually, was trying stimulate conversation, and sometimes you get trapped into trying to stimulate conversation on touchy subjects. So what I said was why do we feel the need to have a female play-by-play announcer. Now, I said it to stimulate conversation, but I was wrong in saying it. And I walked the comment back almost immediately, if you remember, Andrew. I said I was out of line for saying that. But what happened was a lot of haters blew it up on social media, and I was dismissed from the Channel 6 gig. Now I have nobody to blame but myself. Did I think it was a harsh result? Yeah, I do think it was a harsh result. But I was the one who said it, so I took the heat basically. And there are some things you can’t do these days. So I accept full responsibility. And I was out. Just like that. Because what I didn’t realize is that Channel 6 is owned by Disney, which owns ESPN, and I had mentioned an ESPN broadcaster. And I had a lot of fun doing that show, and I thought it was a good show. But that’s the way it goes.”

His comment about “trying to stimulate conversation” goes exactly to our critique of sports talk radio in general– saying something you don’t think or mean just to drum up calls. Now whether or not Mike actually meant it or not is a different story, but he co-hosted the 6 ABC show with Jamie Apody, which probably didn’t help things.

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John Gonzalez Throws Twitter Jabs at “Mikey Mouthbreather”

Kyle Scott - September 13, 2017

From time to time I enjoy rants. From time to time I will post them. From time to time I will have nothing better to say and write like a third grader. I enjoyed this rant from Mr. Gonzalez responding to Mike Missanelli’s comments about Beth Mowins:

By the way, both John (97.5) and his wife, Colleen Wolfe (Phillies post-game show), have worked with Mike Missanelli in the past.

Mike Missanelli’s Views on Female Broadcasters Are Exactly What You Would Expect Mike Missanelli’s Views on Female Broadcasters to Be

Kyle Scott - September 13, 2017

I’ll start by pointing out that I am hardly a social justice warrior. I think the immediate reaction by many to champion the latest [insert historically maligned race, gender or orientation] to get to [insert role typically occupied by white men] does as much of a disservice to that person as it helps them, because it reduces them to nothing more than their narrowly defined identity, like the Rooney Rule does for people like Duce Staley when he’s laughably brought in to interview for a job he’s not qualified for (say nothing of the fact that the guy who got the job may not have been qualified either). Far too many people are quick to point out that “so and so” is terrific solely because that person has broken a barrier or shattered a ceiling. In other words, it’s OK to say a woman sucks if she’s a bad broadcaster. It’s OK to say a black guy sucks if he’s a bad writer. It’s OK to say a gay guy sucks isn’t good if he uses his orientation to heighten his draft profile and marketability the way Michael Sam did.

HOWEVER.

You are arguably a bigot if you have a problem with any of the aforementioned folks taking on a role, if they’re qualified to do so. I have no idea if Beth Mowins, a college football play-by-play woman who called the second game of the Monday Night Football doubleheader on Monday, is a good broadcaster. I don’t watch enough college football and didn’t see the Broncos-Chargers game she broadcast on Monday night. Neither did Mike Missanelli. But of course he has an opinion that hinges solely on the fact that Mowins has a vagina where Mike would prefer to find a flaccid old man’s penis that only summons the courage to right itself upon the sight of a young quarterback’s hot girlfriend.

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Solving Philadelphia’s Sports Talk Radio Problem

Coggin Toboggan - August 31, 2017

If you’re under the age of 50 and above the age of 15, it’s obvious that Philadelphia has a sports talk radio problem. This city is big enough for two separate stations to fill nearly 24-hours of original content every single day, so why do listeners have to restrain themselves from putting a boot through their radio after listening for an average of two minutes?

The answer isn’t an easy one, but I’d like to propose a potential four-step solution that I think will help improve sports talk radio in Philadelphia.

Step 1: Fill a room sky high in both the 97.5 Fanatic and 94 WIP studios with wheels of mozzarella, arms of salami, slabs of mortadella, Rocky Blu-rays, back issues of Playboy from 1984 and knock-off Chinese made Eagles jerseys.

Hang a sign from the door marked “Free.”

Step 2: Wait until room is filled. When at capacity, crack open door and throw in smoke bomb.

Step 3: Amidst confusion, send in army of interns with large burlap sacks. Stuff hosts into said sacks with notices of termination. Tag each host with tracking device to collect valuable data on the mating habits of the morbidly obese. Hire a forklift if interns alone cannot successfully remove hosts from their respective stations. Be prepared to widen doorways throughout each building. Unceremoniously dump fired, confused hosts in alleyway. Congratulate self on job well done.

Step 4: Hire new hosts.

Sure, it may seem harsh, but the unoriginality of the medium is so deeply entrenched in both stations that they need to be completely uprooted. They have such an incestuous relationship that it’s not a matter of “if” a fired host will find another job at the rival station, but only a matter of “when.” Rob Ellis. Anthony Gargano. Jon Marks. Tony Bruno. Mike Missanelli. All failed or otherwise flamed out at their respective stations…all found homes at the rival station. Continue Reading

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