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Jon Ritchie Returns to 94 WIP

Kevin Kinkead - February 13, 2018

After two days off, WIP midday co-host Jon Ritchie was back on the air Tuesday afternoon.

Ritchie was arrested Thursday night after the Eagles’ Super Bowl parade, charged with DUI and simple assault following what he today confirmed was a car accident. He didn’t share many details but spoke briefly about the incident during the show’s open:

According to the court docket, Ritchie was arrested by Pennsylvania State Police then released on his own recognizance (ROR), which is when there’s no bail payment and you agree to return to court when ordered. In this case, that’s March 14th, a status hearing at Philadelphia Municipal Court.

You can see the entire docket after the jump:

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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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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: WIP Set to Announce New Afternoon Show As Early as Today

Jim Adair - August 13, 2015


Sources tell us that WIP could be announcing their new Afternoon show as early as today. As we previously reported, the show will be a three-way of hosts with Josh Innes, Spike Eskin and Hollis Thomas taking the air from, we’re hearing, 2-6 every day. The Mike and Ike Show will most likely be extended an extra hour, until 2 p.m., to accommodate the change. The plan is for the show to start next week, possibly on Monday, August 17.

The maestro has been busy with other duties, but I swear I just heard strings rising in the air around me:

Eagles Ink Contract Extension with WIP, Will Broadcast Merrill Reese in HD

Jim Adair - March 31, 2015

This offseason, the Eagles aren’t just signing formerly injured cast-offs and 30-year-old slot receivers. They’re extending 72-year-olds.

According to Jeff Blumenthal of Philadelphia Business Journal, the Eagles have inked an extension of unknown length (and unknown financials) with CBS Radio, which is hardly a surprise. The deal is a multi-year one:

The agreement calls for all Eagles pre-season, regular season and post-season games to continue airing on WIP and includes new elements such as an HD Radio station devoted exclusively to the Eagles 24/7 with year-round programming. CBS Radio’s Philadelphia stations have aired the games since 1992. Games will air on WIP and the 11 station Eagles Radio Network across the region.

If you’ve got HD radio (does anyone have HD radio unless it came by default in their car? what is HD radio?) you’ll be able to hear every Merrill Reese call and every Mike Quick … observation … as if though they were in the car with you. But having Mike Quick in your car sounds terrible.

Kyle: Almost non-news, but it’s good for WIP. Expect the Flyers to stick with 97.5 for some time, however. Ed Snider was none to happy when WIP bumped the Flyers to AM in favor of the Phillies after that deal was signed a few years ago. Nobody puts Eddie on the AM.

RADIO WARS: Rob Ellis Responds to Rumors of His Afternoon Demise

Jim Adair - January 5, 2015


Rob Ellis is Switzerland. He’s caught in the middle, he isn’t taking sides, and he’s just looking out for Rob Ellis. At least, that’s the best analogy I’ve got because in the only world history class I took in college I sat next to a 6’9″  guy and spent most of my time imagining what his day was like. It must’ve been so cool. Anyway…

Ellis is co-hosting with Josh Innes today from 1PM to 6PM, and he knows many listeners would rather it be Tony Bruno. Even Josh would prefer it to be Tony Bruno. Ellis is aware, and he sent out a couple of tweets saying as much:

“For those asking, I’m back on the airwaves 1-6 w Josh. I’m well aware of all the talk, tweeting, what’s been written of late. I’ve never been one to need a kick in the ass. Just served to throw fuel on fire. Good to know who’s with me and who’s not. Excited for show.”

So what has been tweeted of late? Mostly this and this. There’s also a pretty equal display of “Josh and Tony would crush bitchinelli” and “No matter who you work with, Mikey Miss is the king.” And poor Ellis is barely mentioned. RADIO WARS is at a fever pitch right now, but unfortunately for Ellis, he seems to be caught in the crossfire. Bang it:


Jim Adair - October 15, 2014

Well, that escalated. After Josh Innes went in on Mike Missanelli a couple of nights ago, Mikey Miss dismissed Innes’ comments as a ploy to get attention. Miss, as we mentioned is commonplace in the previous post, wouldn’t mention Innes by name and claimed Innes was just using his name to try to get attention.

And then when Innes came on the air, he kicked off his show with an unsubtle Missanelli jab that was immediately picked up by a caller who was calling Mikey Miss by name. Perhaps learning from his past mistake, Innes told the caller that he’d have to call him either “Bitchanelli” or “Bitchy Bitch,” before later calling him “old, tired, [and] uninteresting.” Audio of both shows is above, including the part where Innes says he’s not in a “Radio War.” We’re not changing that headline, though. Also, don’t miss the special shoutout to you, the CB commenter.

Scoring points?

Missanelli: Jason Myrtetus’ use of The Airborne Toxic Event’s Sometime Around Midnight, conveniently right at the lyric “someone you don’t know.”

Innes: His outstanding impression of bro sports talk radio callers to Missanelli’s show.

WIP Expands Role of Field of 64 Winner Ray Didinger

Kyle Scott - June 27, 2014

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That’s probably the last way Ray Didinger would like to be described – Philly Sports Media Field of 64 winner – but for our purposes, it works.

WIP and CBS Philly announced yesterday that Didinger’s role on the station will increase. His Saturday show with Glen Macnow will be expanded to include a Sunday edition and Didinger will spend more time on the air throughout the year. From the release, which, weirdly, wasn’t initially sent to the most-read sports blog in the city:

SportsRadio 94WIP has reached a new agreement with Veteran Broadcaster and Pro Football Hall of Fame writer Ray Didinger, it was announced today by Marc Rayfield, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, CBS RADIO Philadelphia. Didinger has signed a multi-year deal which will expand his role on WIP and will include work on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT and KYW Newsradio.

The highly popular Ray Didinger and Glen Macnow show that has been heard on Saturday (10 am – 1 pm) will be expanded to include a Sunday edition heard on air and on line at or through the app on mobile devices. He will make more frequent appearances on WIP throughout the year. Didinger will also be heard with Chris Stigall on Fridays during the football season and he will be doing commentary on KYW Newsradio and on

Good stuff. Honestly, and maybe this is something Didinger wouldn’t even want, but him and Macnow should have a weekday show.