Posts for RADIO WARS

Big Daddy Graham Returns With a Podcast

Kevin Kinkead - January 22, 2020

Longtime 94 WIP overnight host Big Daddy Graham is currently off the air as he recovers from a spinal bleed that left him partially paralyzed.

Good news, though – he’ll be back on the air next week with a podcast, as explained on Facebook:

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Entercom CEO David Field Talks Podcasting and Angelo Cataldi, Among Other Things

Kevin Kinkead - January 2, 2020

Jeff Blumenthal over at the Philadelphia Business Journal has a good story up on their site right now, an interview with Entercom CEO David Field, who now oversees the former CBS radio station cluster from new digs at 2400 Market Street.

Entercom now controls  94 WIP, 1210 WPHT, KYW News Radio, and the other stations that were operated by CBS prior to the 2017 sale.

Blumenthal’s two-part story is behind a paywall, but I’ll share three quotes and then you can go check out the rest and perhaps subscribe:

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RADIO WARS: The Fall Ratings

Kevin Kinkead - December 31, 2019

The RADIO WARS quieted down in 2019. The outrageous public brawls that used to take place during the Josh Innes and Andy Bloom era have subsided, though the competition remains. It’s more of a Radio “skirmish” these days, a Radio “cold war” if you will.

Crossing Broad obtained the fall ratings book, which includes 97.5 the Fanatic and 94 WIP’s over the air numbers. It also has 97.5’s streaming numbers, but the WIP stream is not tracked by Nielsen. They certainly do have a streaming audience, which is tracked internally instead.

As such, the streaming data is a missing piece, though I’ll touch on 97.5’s numbers and you can take them for what it’s worth. I’m sure WIP has a very reasonable chunk of people listening via and the app. Over the years, 97.5 has typically skewed younger, and has always been presumed to have the larger streaming audience, but it’s impossible to truly know without the full data set.

This quarter, Mike Missanelli regained the top spot in his time slot. And while WIP continues to win across the board, a solo Anthony Gargano made some headway during middays.

We can’t use exact data because it’s proprietary to Nielsen, but we’ll be as descriptive as possible.

All data is from the important men 25 to 54 demographic. And the fall book runs unofficially from October to December with the quirks of holiday scheduling making for some footnotes and asterisks here and there.

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How to Help Big Daddy Graham With His Rehab and Recovery

Kevin Kinkead - December 3, 2019

Saw this on Twitter for the first time today. There’s a GoFundMe page set up for Big Daddy Graham if you’d like to help out with his rehab and recovery.

The 94 WIP overnight host went in for emergency care back in July as the result of a spinal bleed. Now he’s paralyzed from the waist down and currently getting around in a wheelchair.

Here’s the blurb from the fundraiser page:

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Somebody Egged Angelo Cataldi’s Car

Kevin Kinkead - December 2, 2019

Which one of you jabronies is responsible for this?

It was not me, swear to God:

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Angelo Cataldi Likely Would Have Retired, if Not for Marc Farzetta

Kevin Kinkead - November 27, 2019

Angelo Cataldi recently signed a multi-year contract extension that will keep him at Sports Radio 94 WIP into his 70s.

Speaking with Rob Tornoe at the Philadelphia Inquirer, Cataldi revealed publicly what he had been saying privately for some time now – that Marc Farzetta’s departure for 97.5 the Fanatic fueled his decision to soldier on in the mornings.

From Rob:

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Eric Johnson Is Out as Program Director at 97.5 The Fanatic

Kyle Scott - November 25, 2019

Sources tell us that Eric Johnson is out as program director at 97.5 The Fanatic.

On a day where it was made public that WIP would be extending the contract of Angelo Cataldi, we learn that its competitor has fired its program director.

Johnson joined 97.5 in 2017 after a long stint in top 40 radio in New Jersey and, prior to that, working under Tom Bigby at WIP as assistant program director in the 90s and early 2000s.

We will have more soon.

Angelo Cataldi Signs Multi-Year Contract Extension

Kevin Kinkead - November 25, 2019

Angelo Cataldi’s 94 WIP radio show is borderline unlistenable, but it makes Entercom a lot of money.

That’s why the folks over there locked him up on a multi-year contract extension that will carry him into his 70s.

Here’s a snippet of the press release via Barrett Sports Media:

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