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RADIO WARS: 94 WIP Rides Eagles’ Hot Start Straight to the Top

Kevin Kinkead - December 6, 2017

Looks like Entercom made the right decision to acquire CBS Radio.

94 WIP topped the ENTIRE Philadelphia market in November on the strength of the Eagles’ 9-1 start.

WIP finished with an 8 share, which I’m told is the highest in the station’s history. The previous record share was set just one month earlier, when the Eagles were also cruising through September and October.

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RADIO WARS: Angelo Cataldi Is Not Retiring Yet

Kyle Scott - December 6, 2017

Angelo Cataldi won’t retire at the end of his contract, which was due to expire this month.

From CBS Philly:

Cataldi has renewed his contract with Entercom Communications — the No. 1 creator of live, original, local audio in the U.S. — to remain with SportsRadio 94WIP, the company announced on Wednesday.

Cataldi has anchored the 94WIP Morning Show, Philly’s most popular sports radio morning show, since 1990 and he will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.  The show airs weekdays from 5:30-10:00 a.m. ET, on-air, online at and via the site and app. The show also features Al Morganti, Rhea Hughes, Keith Jones and Joe Conklin. Morganti and Jones have also recently renewed their contracts with 94WIP.

“I’m honored to remain at WIP. For almost three decades, this has been my only home on the radio, and I have a great debt of gratitude to everyone associated with the station,” said Angelo Cataldi. “This also keeps alive my dream of being at WIP when the Eagles win a Super Bowl. Go, Eagles. And go, WIP.”

“We’re proud to continue our relationship with Angelo Cataldi, who for decades has been the voice of Philadelphia sports fans,” said David Yadgaroff, Entercom Philadelphia’s Senior Vice President and Market Manager. “Throughout our city’s sports ups and downs, Angelo has stood beside millions of Philly fans and we’re so happy he’ll continue doing it on 94WIP, Philadelphia’s number one sports talk radio station.”

When Cataldi signed his last contract, which sources say pays him well over $1 million per year and is believed to include incentives bringing it to upwards of $1.9 million per year, some of his colleagues (not those associated with the morning show) believed that he signed the deal partly for sake of Al and Rhea. He is very loyal to them, and obviously they have stable, well-paying gigs for as long as the show goes on, which it seems it will for a few more years.

If we get any details on the contract, we’ll let you know. Cataldi is coming off a big month, almost doubling Anthony Gargano in the ratings in November among men 25-54, and second only to Preston and Steve, who just dominate. Not surprised that he’s staying, seeing as though there’s been little chatter about a potential replacement lately. It’s gonna be tough for the 97.5 morning show to gain any traction with Cataldi sticking around. STILL GOING:

RADIO WARS: 97.5’s New Program Director Likes Listener Calls

Kevin Kinkead - November 16, 2017

Eric Johnson, 97.5 the Fanatic’s new Program Director, spoke to Rob Tornoe over at

Johnson talked about the ratings gap with rival 94 WIP, explaining that he sees some “great statistics” that he can work with to become more competitive. He also touched on the idea of making the Fanatic’s shows “a little hotter, a little more fast moving,” so we’ll see how that goes.

On the topic of audience involvement, this passage is relevant:

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RADIO WARS – Some Thoughts on the Changes at 94 WIP

Kevin Kinkead - November 15, 2017

94 WIP didn’t waste any time finding a replacement for Chris Carlin, who is headed back to New York to take over for the retiring Mike Francesa as part of a two-man and one-woman team.

Carlin got on the radio for a few minutes yesterday to confirm his departure, then turned it over to Jon Marks, the evening host who will now do afternoon drive alongside Ike Reese for the foreseeable future. Joe Giglio will take over Marks’ nighttime slot.

I didn’t listen to a lot of Carlin and Reese in that 2 to 6 p.m. slot, but I wouldn’t say I “disliked” the show. It just sort of existed.

Did Carlin’s New York roots bother listeners? I don’t know, but Angelo Cataldi and Jim Gardner aren’t from Philly and they made out okay. Difference is that those guys have been here forever and have their loyal audience, like Mike Missanelli, who was Chris and Ike’s competition at 97.5 the Fanatic. It’s always going to be tough to compete in that time slot, whether it’s Ike, Jon, Carlin, or anybody.

WIP finally had some stability in afternoon drive after going from the Glen Macnow and Anthony Gargano lineup, to the Gargano and Rob Ellis lineup, to the Josh Innes and Tony Bruno lineup, to the Innes and Spike Eskin and Hollis Thomas lineup, to the blah blah blah, you get the point.

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RADIO WARS: Jon Marks Is Moving To Afternoons

Kyle Scott - November 14, 2017

WIP press release:

CBS RADIO Philadelphia’s SportsRadio 94WIP announced today that Jon Marks will begin co-hosting afternoons 2:00 to 6:00 PM alongside Ike Reese effective Thursday, November 16, 2017.  Marks is currently the station’s evening host, 6:00 to 10:00 PM, a role he’s held since February 2017.  Additionally, Joe Giglio will host evenings from 6:00 to 10:00 PM and anchor week-day Phillies pre-game and post-game coverage. Giglio has hosted every daypart on WIP, most often at night and on the weekends.

“I’m really excited to be part of the station I grew up listening to,” said Marks. “I’m thrilled to be able to work alongside Ike Reese, a guy I admired on the football field and have such respect for as a radio host. What a great time to get started as the Eagles and Carson Wentz have their eyes on the Super Bowl.”

No real surprise here. My guess is WIP was left scrambling to fill the role mid-football season, and Marks made the most sense.

He will replace Chris Carlin, who is going back to New York and WFAN to co-host their Afternoon show in December.

Somehow, Ike Reese keeps his role as a prominent host in a major sports market. THERE’S A BAND:

RADIO WARS: Chris Carlin Is Reportedly Leaving WIP, and 97.5 Has a New Program Director

Kyle Scott - November 14, 2017

I’m admittedly a little late on this, but it seems Chris Carlin and his loud-mouthed New York shtick are leaving for… well, New York, where he’ll replace one of the biggest sports talk radio personalities ever.

From the NY Daily News:

It will take three voices to replace Mike (Sports Pope) Francesa.

Industry sources say WFAN suits will soon name Chris Carlin, Bart Scott, and Maggie Gray — who the Daily News first reported on Monday as the third member of the team — as its new afternoon drive team replacing Francesa when he departs the station on Dec. 15.

Vacillating among CBS (and now Entercom) properties from New York to Philly and back, this is where Carlin belongs. Though technically fine in all the old-school sports talk radio ways, to me his shtick didn’t work here. Though I have nothing against outsiders, it always felt so hard to reconcile his Philly sports “passion” with the fact that he was a loudmouthed New Yorker. Continue Reading

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The Houston Texans Pulled Josh Innes’ Credential

Kevin Kinkead - September 14, 2017

Questions should be asked of the Houston Texans after their season opening 29-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. But Josh Innes will not be the one doing it, since the former 94 WIP afternoon host had this credential yanked by the organization.

He tweeted this during Sunday’s beat down:

According to the Houston Chronicle, Innes’ producer, Jim Mudd (who also had his cred pulled), was broadcasting live reports from a Texans practice that was open to the public:

“After being informed by a team media representative that he could not talk on the phone while on the sidelines, Mudd continued talking live with Innes on the air outside the gate to the practice field and later from the spectator section.

The Texans’ media policy, a copy of which is posted on the team’s website and which is referenced on credentials, prohibits live broadcasts from practice, including the use of social media, and the broadcast of live interviews on social media.”

Seems kind of dumb, but I’ve been there before.

I was ripped to shreds by Phillies PR back in the day for taking a still photo of Jonathan Papelbon while six video cameras were recording him.

Anyway, the Chronicle asked for comment from Innes, who said that the Texans acted “randomly and arbitrarily” in their response:

“We were providing entertainment for our audience. We were trying to give information,” he said. “… Were people amused by it? Yes. My objective is to make people laugh, have a good show, don’t take ourselves seriously.”

Innes was let go by WIP last August after a weird series of events that saw him criticize competitor 97.5 the Fanatic with a Tweet some viewed as racially insensitive. He returned to Houston as morning show host at KBME 790 AM.

RADIO WARS: Jason Myrtetus and Harry Mayes Will Be The New 97.5 Midday Show

Kyle Scott - September 8, 2017

Good thing 97.5 didn’t wait until the last possible moment before the start of football season to announce their lineup changes. This morning they named Bob Cooney their new morning show co-host. And this afternoon they announced that the new Midday show will be Jason Myrtetus and Harry Mayes, who will be joined on Mondays by Seth Joyner, oh he of threatening me with LeSean McCoy fame.

I’ve been predicting this since June – I DON’T KNOW WHY YOU’D READ ANY OTHER SITE – as Myrtetus and Mayes did well when they filled in for Mike Missanelli during his prolonged absence earlier this year. They put on a good show. They’ll talk hockey! Indeed the immediate feedback was positive:

97.5 now has its lineup in place. It will bring some stability to the station after what feels like a year of uncertainty in the mornings and several months of it in Middays. Of course… the station still doesn’t have a program director. But I’m not sure these announcements would’ve been any different if they did.

The generals are in place. The tanks are fueled. We march on. SEND THE BAND: