What have you been up to since leaving 97.5?
Fixing up my mom’s house in South Philly where I grew up. Planning on moving back in when the expansion is done because she wants to go back to her own home.
What is Mike Miss really like?
Don’t really know him.
Ever gonna go back to 97.5?
Doubt it. They are more interested in saving money.
Was it all about the money or were you butting heads with the higher-ups at 97.5?
I don’t butt heads with anyone. They wanted me to leave to save money, thus the failure to negotiate a legit contract extension. I did all I was asked and beyond.
Any beef with Missanelli? He seemed like he always had it out for you.
I never had any issues with him. Don’t know what his apparent issues are with me.
Still keep in touch with Mayes?
If given the opportunity, would you ever consider working at WIP again?
Of course. They are they dominant station and I was part of helping that morning show take off in the late 80′s.
What ever happened to Tim Cates?
He’s still in LA covering local sports on AM570 and you can hear him during national radio games as the studio host on NFL games. Great kid and dad to three lovely daughters.
TB, always loved your perspective. Hope you stay in the area. What was the most enjoyable part about working at the fanatic?
Doing live remotes and hanging with the fans at public places. A lot of hosts hate that, but it’s why we do this.
Any truth that since leaving the station, Charlie asked you drop by his office?
Yes, and I did meet up with Charlie at Tony Luke’s a couple of weeks ago.
Why did 97.5 have you and other hosts only work two-hour shifts a day? Was that all just a way to save money so they didn’t have to pay you much?
They paid me well, but never put me on the four hours they kept saying they would for three years. Why? You’ll have to ask them.
More annoying caller: Arthur Correct or Levi from Overbrook park?
Didn’t talk to Levi much. I love Arthur Correct because you can bust his chops and he comes back with a clever reply most of the time.
Do you have any gripe with the staff using your soundbites occasionally?
Nope. I count it as an “homage” to me. Like when Mike and Mike use my original “Stone Cold Lead Pipe Locks” from the 90′s.
Do you keep in contact with anybody from the Into The Night show?
Yep. Tim Cates, Raider Ryan and Magdaleno on twitter and Facebook. Petros and Money on AM570. I also go back and forth from time to time.
Really looking forward to this podcast. There’s been a void since you left and it’s finally about to end. When things went down with 97.5, what was Harry and Joe’s take on things? Did they back you? Have anything to say? The chemistry you three had I thought was hands down the best I’ve heard yet.
They were supportive, but could see the handwriting on the wall as to how they wanted me to leave so they didn’t have to pay me.
Been a fan since back in the day with Cannon and Company. Glad you’re looking to stay local. Do you still maintain ties with former colleagues?
Not as much as I should. So crazy the last decade trying to catch up with so many great people.
How is your relationship with Angelo Cataldi and Al at WIP. Do you keep in touch with those guys?
Don’t see Ang much, but had a nice chat in AC with him last summer. See Al and Rhea around more so.
Who was your favorite co-host you have gotten to work with in all of your years of radio?
So many great ones. ESPN radio with KO and Chuck Wilson was very satisfying and we did 7 hours 2 nights a week. Probably the best sports talk weekend radio shows ever produced.
Tony, looking back, what’s the best radio job (most fun) you’ve ever had?
This may come as a surprise, but it was being the morning host on the old WCAU 1210 in 1989. It was a full service show with news, sports, traffic, weather, interviews and phone calls. Unlike sports talk, we got to do fresh stuff every day.