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

Jim Adair - January 5, 2015

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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:

RADIO WARS: JOSH INNES AND MIKE MISSANELLI TRADE BARBS

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 www.cbsphilly.com or through the radio.com 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 www.cbsphilly.com.

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

This is the Video Shoot that Almost Killed Angelo Cataldi

Kyle Scott - February 3, 2014

This is the spoof Angelo Cataldi and the WIP team were filming when Angelo choked on a piece of steak and had to be saved by Spike Eskin.

That cheesesteak actually looks really good.

 

ESKIN SAVES CATALDI! MAN BITES DOG!

Kyle Scott - January 28, 2014

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Here’s one you weren’t expecting: Spike Eskin saved Angelo Cataldi’s life yesterday.

Per the conversation on the WIP Morning Show today, Eskin performed the Heimlich on Cataldi during a video shoot for a spoof of a Super Bowl commercial yesterday. As part of the skit, Angelo had to eat a cheesesteak while performing a dance move, but swallowed too much meat (…). He began choking, and that’s when Spike stepped in.

Peter Mucha of the Inquirer has the transcription from the show:

Eskin at first wondered if Cataldi, known for overdramatizing and kidding, was kidding.

When he realized it was serious, it was “here we go,” Eskin said.

“I think I must have done it five or six times before it came out,” Eskin said.

Cataldi hadn’t been able to breathe for about a minute, he said.

Why were your clothes on the floor next to you? cohost Keith Jones mockingly asked.

“We’re married in seven countries,” Eskin joked back.

And in 16 states.

Here’s Cataldi reacting to the Philly.com headline.

The comments on this one should be fun.

RADIO WARS

Kyle Scott - January 21, 2014

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These two logos fought each other for seven minutes before they agreed to appear in the same post

Molly Eichel with an interesting story today about how childish the so-called radio wars have become. She says that, on Friday, WIP operations manager Andy Bloom became unglued during a remote broadcast from Chickie’s and Pete’s Play 2 – which is adjacent but attached to the main restaurant – when, at around 3:30 p.m., Jon Marks from 97.5 showed up to take part in a MetroPCS $1,000 giveaway promotion for Greater Media, which owns 97.5 The Fanatic, WMMR, 102.9 and other stations. It was at that point that Anthony Gargano and Rob Ellis were told that they had to return to the studio mid-show.

From Philly.com:

The rivalry between WIP and 97.5 The Fanatic is quite storied. The hullabaloo did not start until Marks showed up about 3:30 p.m., according to sources. At that point, Chickie’s & Pete’s reps tried to get the promotion moved from the VIP area to the back of the space to appease WIP bigwigs, but Greater Media refused. WIP packed up and went back to the station, forcing someone from WIP to get on the air until Ellis and Gargano could make it back to Old City.

Ah yes, everyone acting like grown adults I see.

I’m told that Eichel’s account is very accurate, and that Gargano and Ellis moving back to the studio likely had nothing to do with line issues. Bloom was unhappy that Marks, who was in a completely separate part of the restaurant (VIP area behind hostess stand at Chickie’s), was allowed to exist in the same space as WIP talent and their live broadcast. There were Greater Media promotional items on the tables in the VIP area, and Matt Cord was working the event until 4, when he had to leave for the Sixers game. Marks was up next. At one point, Chickie’s representatives tried to move Marks’ promotional pictures to the back of the restaurant to appease WIP. Greater Media didn’t move, however, and that’s when Gargano and Ellis were told to take their show back to the studio.

The Philly sports community – from teams to media to advertisers – is extremely incestuous, probably more than you realize or than I can accurately explain in a single blog post. Big advertisers, like Chickie’s and Pete’s, work with just about everyone connected to Philly sports (full disclosure: they advertised with me last year as well). If you’re WIP, or 97.5, you can’t freak the fuck out when someone from the other team happens to be in the same building at the same time. In many cases, talent from one station sits next to talent from another station on a TV show that airs on separately-owned TV station– situations in which all parties may have the same corporate partners and advertisers. The Greater Media-CBS-NBC trifecta, if you will. That said, I can tell you with absolute certainty that there are people from both sides who positively detest people from the other side and are eager to trash-talk without prompting. It’s like high school, if only high school took place in a major media market filled with egos. The competition is understandable, but also pretty hilarious and highly entertaining. And it might soon turn ugly:

Brotherly love, baby!

UPDATE: Here’s What Just Happened on WIP

Kyle Scott - December 9, 2013

I wasn’t listening, but according to many who were, Glen Macnow just walked off his show on WIP, which was broadcasting from Chickie’s and Pete’s, and said that he was going to take time off and that he is in the midst of contract negotiations (his contract expires at the end of the year and has not been renewed as of yet, I’m told).


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For those who have asked, here’s what I believe is happening:

Over the weekend, multiple sources told me that the plan is for Rob Ellis to take over Macnow’s spot on the afternoon show, where he would join Anthony Gargano. That’s not confirmed, at this point, but I would bet on it.

The assumption is that Macnow will remain with WIP in a role similar to Howard Eskin’s– weekend, pre-game, etc. But, it sounds like that may still be getting worked out, too.

[Full disclosure: I appeared alongside Macnow all last year on the Great Sports Debate.]

Glen wrote the following message to fans on Facebook:

I’ll be taking time off from WIP (and away from Facebook) until my situation at the station is resolved. I just finished my 20th year at the station and I’ve cherished the opportunity to work with three great partners in Jody, Ray and Anthony. I love the people at WIP and I particularly love the Philadelphia fans I get to talk with every day. Hope to talk with you again soon.

Susie Celek Made Out with a WIP Intern This Morning

Kyle Scott - February 6, 2013

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Fellow Great Sports Debater Susie Celek, the ex-wife of Brent Celek – a very important detail here – made out with Jimmy, a WIP intern, today as part of a Morning Show stunt to recreate the Go Daddy kiss commercial. 

You can watch the (dare I say sexy) video after the jump. Or, fellas, stop by Chickie’s and Pete’s in South Philly tonight at 7 p.m., when the very single Susie will be filming GSD along with myself, Glen Macnow, Al Morganti, Rhea Hughes and Julie Dorenbos.

Oh, and which kiss was better– Bar Refaeli’s or Susie’s? You be the judge… after the jump.

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