Posts for RADIO WARS

RADIO WARS: Sean Brace Will Head Up FOX Sports 102.5 FM Station Which Will Focus Heavily on Sports Betting

Kyle Scott - August 22, 2019

Adding on to this Tweet from Matt Mullin of Philly Voice:

A Little Birdie tells maestro that FOX Sports will be taking over Star 102.5 FM, which currently airs… um, I don’t know what they air, with sports and betting content this fall.

This is a tie-in as FOX will be launching FOX Bet in Pennsylvania and New Jersey very soon. We recently posted about job opportunities in Cherry Hill related to the product, as well.

Per Birdie, the station will be mostly nationally syndicated content, presumably from national FOX Sports folks like Jason McIntyre and Todd Fuhrman (my guess), with Sean Brace being the local flavor in drive time.

The focus on betting would not be surprising. 97.5 The Fanatic and 94.1 WIP have only dipped their toe into betting insofar as 97.5 lets Anthony Gargano do his Parx thing and play up the Fredo angle, while both stations cash checks from all of the local sportsbooks delirious to gain market share. I know at least one local program director doesn’t want to go to deep when it comes to betting coverage. So a local station that focuses heavily on it is hardly surprising.

Brace, however, is as he hasn’t been on sports radio with any regularity and has been focusing more on the Union and some FOX Philly work. Most of the national sports betting coverage from FOX is reasonably analytical and thoughtful and tries to steer clear of the “STONE COLD LOCKS” culture from when betting was in the shadows and which has dominated most Philly sports betting talk over the years.

Sean’s tweeted a bit about betting lately, though:

So there you have it. Announcement likely soon, with heavy FOX Bet tie-in, and presumably some sponsorship from other sportsbooks as well.

RADIO WARS: Mike Missanelli Decimates Howard Eskin

Russ Joy - August 13, 2019

DING DING DING! Ladies and gentlemen, Mike Missanelli came out spitting fire in the 4 o’clock hour today. After leading off with a violation on Todd Zolecki for referring to the recently fired Phillies hitting coach John Mallee as “Maehls”, Philadelphia’s OUTRIGHT leader set his sights on former nemesis Howard Eskin who, as usual, showed up to a press conference with little rhyme or reason:

Missanelli: There’s this one guy that asks questions, right? You can shut this guy down right away. If I’m Kapler or Klentak and this dude comes into a press conference cause he’s got no life at all and goes into a press conference with absolutely no reason to be at the press conference and ask questions, I’d go, “Excuse me. Do you actually have a job? Is there a job that you have? Oh. You’re on one hour at 6 o’clock in the morning on Saturdays? And you’re here? Why?” Why don’t they shut the dude down instead of putting up with his nonsense?

Missanelli’s producer Tyrone Johnson then took on the “bombshell” that Eskin alluded to in his rambling press conference question/comment:

After the jump:

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Sports Radio 94 WIP Has a New Logo and Branding

Kevin Kinkead - June 3, 2019

I didn’t even notice this today until somebody pointed it out, but WIP has a new logo and some new branding on their website and social media pages.

The Twitter banner now features the station lineup with a slogan that reads, “The best team to talk Philly sports” –

Surely you gotta throw Big Daddy on that graphic, yeah? He’s been there for something like 50 years, or at least it feels like it.

That’s a typical corporate thing, though, just highlighting the dayparts or the “main talent” or whatever you wanna call it. Suits typically don’t give a shit about nights or weekends, which are very good on WIP and covered by veterans like Rob Charry, Hollis Thomas, Rob Ellis, Jody Mac, Jolly, Rickie Ricardo, Glen and Ray, Jon Johnson, Andrew Porter and the Go Birds dudes, plus whoever else I forgot.

But I digress.

This theme, the green and white colors, screams “Philadelphia Eagles” at me. WIP is the Birds’ radio partner, so I guess this type of MOTIF makes sense, though I’m partially colorblind and I couldn’t tell you if we’re looking at midnight green or kelly green.

New logo after the jump:

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Tony Bruno Called a $500,000 Kentucky Derby Bet, But Didn’t Play It

Kevin Kinkead - May 6, 2019

Beautiful, man.

Tony Bruno is doing his independent thing these days, and Friday he put out his annual Kentucky Derby picks on his daily Twitch show.

Bruno asked his friend, ESPN radio producer John Martin, to write down the following five horses:

  • 8 (Tacitus)
  • 5 (Improbable)
  • 13 (Code of Honor)
  • 16 (Game Winner)
  • 20 (Country House)

Sure enough, here’s how the derby finished after Maximum Security was disqualified:

  1. Country House
  2. Code of Honor
  3. Tacitus
  4. Improbable
  5. Game Winner

Don’t believe me?

Here’s audio proof of Bruno calling the Superfecta:

So Tony is now rich, right? Not exactly.

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Judge Drops “First Time, Long Time” Joke While Sentencing Former WIP Host

Kevin Kinkead - April 5, 2019

You’d have to be a bit older to make this connection, but Craig Carton used to anchor on 610 WIP back in the day, I think from 1993 until 1998, or somewhere in that general time frame. He eventually made his way to WFAN in New York, where he anchored a popular morning show alongside Boomer Esiason.

Carton was sentenced to three and a half years in jail today, the result of a conviction on conspiracy, wire fraud, and securities fraud charges. The 50 year old bilked others to the tune of seven million dollars in a ticket resale scheme that he instead used to fuel a gambling addiction.

In court, the judge made a radio joke when sentencing Carton to prison.

Via the New York Post:

The 50-year-old shock jock begged for no prison in Manhattan federal court but couldn’t sway Judge Colleen McMahon.

“Colleen from New York. First time, long time,” the jurist greeted Carton.

Then she laced into him.

“Your marriage is over, your kids are terrified … reputation in tatters,” she said, as the dad of four sat expressionless. “Craig Carton, you have indeed descended into a hell of your own making.”

On top of the 42-month sentence, Carton was ordered to complete 150 hours of community service and pay $4.8 million in restitution.

Man, that’s savage.

Imagine getting that jail sentence while the judge slaps you right across the face with disrespect. The article says Carton faced  “up to 45 years but was expected to get far less under federal sentencing guidelines,” so I guess he actually got off easy.

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Josh Innes Explains Departure from Houston Radio Station

Kevin Kinkead - March 19, 2019

Josh Innes was let go by Houston’s SportsTalk 790 about a week ago. 

The former 94 WIP host explained on Twitter that his show was axed for “budget reasons,” though he did have a couple of previous run ins during his tenure there, including a confrontation with another radio host at Super Bowl 52 and a conflict with another 790 host that resulted in that dude’s firing. The Texans also pulled his credential back in 2017.

Anyway, there’s an article from the Houston Chronicle featuring a few quotes from a podcast Josh recorded in his underwear after he was axed.

From the Chronicle:

Innes said he was informed – along with his co-worker and fiancée Jill Osterman and producer Jim Mudd – that they needed to meet after his Wednesday show. He said the meeting was “quick and painless” and the group was told their forced exit was a business decision.

“I hate to say it is what it is, but that’s the reality of it,” said Innes, who occasionally will do podcasts until he finds his next gig. “I’m not going to sit here and dump on them. I had an opportunity here, it ultimately did not fail in my opinion. We had good sponsors, great listeners, fun moments … And it’s their sandbox. They can do what they want to do. It wasn’t, I guess, a perfect match.”

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Innes also ranted about the Houston Chronicle, taking umbrage with the headline about his departure: Josh Innes’ hyped Houston return ends in failure.

“I think we were successful,” Innes said. “Did everything succeed? No. Was it as big as I wanted it to be? No. But we put forth a lot of energy. We put forth a lot of money. We gave away a lot of tickets … They gave us an opportunity, it was what it was. I don’t view it as a failure.”

Sounds a bit like Josh’s Philly tenure.

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Josh Innes Was Let Go Again

Russ Joy - March 13, 2019

Former WIP afternoon host Josh Innes was let go from another radio station, this time SportsTalk 790 in Houston:

At first glance, it would appear Innes didn’t do anything to sabotage himself at the end of his most recent sports radio run:

That’s not to say he stayed out of trouble during his time with SportsTalk 790. From the Houston Chronicle:

However, Innes’ ratings have mirrored those of the station and of Houston sports radio in general. KBME’s morning drive audience share as of the most recent Nielsen Audio ratings ranked 25th among all Houston radio stations among men 25-54, the key demographic for sports radio, and trailed the station’s competitors at KILT and KFNC (97.5 FM).

Innes also was involved in occasional controversy at the station. The Texans in 2017 revoked his media credentials, citing repeated violations of team media policies, and station personnel were removed from the Radio Row broadcast area in Minneapolis prior to Super Bowl LII in January 2018 after a confrontation between Innes and KILT talk show host Seth Payne.

He also was suspended in May 2018 after he spoke on the air about his disagreements with talk show host Adam Clanton, who was subsequently fired by the station.

As always, people took to Twitter to air their grievances, after the jump:

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Eytan Shander is Going National

Kevin Kinkead - March 7, 2019

Eytan Shander is about to have the weirdest shift in the history of broadcasting.

Well, actually, that’s not true. Traffic anchor Bob Kelly used to work a wicked split-shift at CBS 3, but Shander is now taking on a new 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. gig to go along with his new 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. South Jersey gig with Harry Mayes, which debuts on April 1st.

Eytan:

Overnights are a bitch. I would know.

I did 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. for 18 months way back in the day, then I would do 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. shifts at channel 3 because the news never stops! Gotta get that traffic and weather on TV, plus all of the car accidents and other random stories, like the city of Philadelphia losing track of $30 million dollars. 

More from Eytan after the jump:

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