Category Archives: Radio

WIP Speculation

Contrary to published reports, sports industry sources are saying that it is not a given that Glen Macnow will join Anthony Gargano on the WIP mid-day show to replace Steve Martorano, whose last day was Tuesday.
Sources say that WIP is considering a few different scenarios, including bringing in a personality from outside the station for a weekday slot.
Next week, the station will team Gargano with Howard Eskin for afternoon drive beginning Tuesday (on Monday WIP will air the Phillies’ season opener).
Gargano and Eskin will compete against former WIP host Mike Missanelli who debuts on ESPN 950 on Tuesday.  Another former WIP host, Jody McDonald moves to the 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. slot on ESPN 950.
Job opportunities at WIP are rare as the weekday lineup has basically been Angelo Cataldi, Rhea Hughes, Al Morganti, Glen Macnow, Mike Missanelli, Steve Fredericks, Jody McDonald, Anthony Gargano, and Howard Eskin in various configurations through the years.

Latest Philly Radio Ratings

Here are the latest Philadelphia radio ratings for ages 6 and over for February, courtesy of Radio and Records.  The first number is January’s “Cume,” accumulated audience and the second number is February’s “Cume.”

1.  WBEB 101.1-FM – adult contemporary (1,839,00 – 1, 851, 700)
2.  KYW 1060-AM- CBS Radio – news radio (1,255,00 – 1,273,000) 

3.  WOGL 98.1-FM – CBS Radio – classic hits (1,200,800-1,248,300)
4.  WMGK 102.9-FM  – Greater Media – classic rock (963,100-1,043,700)
5.  WIOQ 102.1-FM – Clear Channel – CHR/top 40 (982,600-988,800)
6.  WBEN 95.7-FM – Greater Media – adult hits (931,000-938,300)
7.  WISX 106.1-FM – Clear Channel – rhythmic AC (898,900-937,100)
8.  WRDW 96.5-FM – Beasley – rhythmic (904,400-919,700)
9.  WMMR 93.3-FM – Greater Media – active rock (840,700-881,200)
10. WRFF 104.5-FM – Clear Channel – alternative (768,600-830,900)
11. WXTU 92.5-FM – Beasley – country (753,700-774,100)
12. WUSL 98.9-FM – Clear Channel – urban (722,600-750,300)
13. WDAS 105.3-FM – Clear Channel – urban AC (702,300-721,800)
14. WYSP 94.1-FM – CBS Radio – rock (614,000-636,800)
15. WPHI – Radio One – urban (576,400-611,400)
16. WRNB 107.9-FM – Radio One – urban AC (459,500-514,100)
17. WIP 610-AM – CBS Radio – sports (500,200-479,000)
18. WJJZ  97.5-FM – Greater Media – smooth jazz (453,600-438,500)
19. WPHT 1210-AM – CBS Radio – talk (399,700-433,100)

Baseball Music

Randy “Now” Ellis broadcasts his fourth annual “Baseball in Music” special Wednesday from 6 – 9 p.m. on WTSR 91.3-FM in Trenton.

Of course the first baseball song I think of is “Centerfield,” by John Fogerty, but what others do you think will be included?

Martorano Out at WIP

WIP 610-AM mid-day co-host Steve Martorano will be parting ways with the station for the second time in four years, as his contract will not be renewed.

Martorano co-hosted mid-days with Anthony Gargano until he was replaced by Mike Missanelli.  When Missanelli was removed from the station a few months later after an altercation with a producer, Martorano was brought back two years ago.

Coincidentally, Missanelli signed with Philadelphia’s other sports talk station, ESPN 950-AM this week.

No word on who will replace Martorano, but it wouldn’t hurt WIP to go younger.  Their weekday hosts Angelo Cataldi, Al Morganti, Howard Eskin, and Glen Macnow are all in their mid-50’s, and their “young” hosts Rhea Hughes and Anthony Gargano are pushing 40.

Hillary Clinton to Call into John DeBella Show Tuesday at 8:25 a.m.

Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Hillary Clinton is scheduled to call into John DeBella’s show on WMGK 102.9-FM Tuesday at 8:25 a.m.

950-AM Almost Listened to Me

ESPN 950-AM, which will move Jody McDonald to mid-days and bring in Mike Missanelli for afternoon drive, almost took my advice.  Here’s an excerpt from a column I wrote in July of 2007:

“Not that anybody is asking, but if I were program director, here’s what I would do:

* Change the morning show hours to 6-10 a.m.

* Move Jody McDonald to mid-days from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

* Bring Mike Missanelli back to town for afternoon drive from 3-7 p.m.

* Air local programming throughout the evening and overnight. There is no excuse not to have programming for people when games end.

* More local programming on the weekends. Get rid of the brokered and syndicated shows.”

950-AM is moving Jody McDonald to mid-days, but from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  ESPN Radio’s Mike Tirico will take over the 1 – 3 p.m. shift and Missanelli will work 3- 7 p.m.  These changes start on April Fool’s Day, April 1.

It’s Official – Missanelli to 950-AM

ESPN Radio 950 officially named Mike Misannelli the afternoon drive host (3 – 7 p.m.) beginning April 1.  Jody McDonald will move to 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and ESPN Radio’s Mike Tirico will air from 1 – 3 p.m.  Yesterday, the station announced that ESPN’s “Mike and Mike” show will air from 6 – 9 a.m.

Mike Missanelli To Return to Philly Again on Sports Radio 950

According to sports industry sources, former WIP host Mike Missanelli will take over afternoon drive on Sports Radio 950-AM.

Current 3 – 7 p.m. occupant, Jody McDonald will move to the mid-day slot.

Earlier today, Sports Radio 950-AM announced that it will become an ESPN affiliate and ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike” show will air from 6 a.m. – 9 a.m. beginning April 1.

Missanelli currently co-hosts with Stephen A. Smith on New York City’s ESPN affiliate.

Missanelli had two stints on WIP, hosted a morning show on WMMR, and was a sports anchor on WPHL.

Mike and Mike Show Coming to Sports Radio 950 – Foley and Yannacone Gone

Sports Radio 950 announced that the syndicated ESPN “Mike and Mike” show will air weekdays from 6 a.m. – 9 a.m.  starting April 1, bringing an end to the local morning show with Michael Bradley and Glenn Foley.

“Mike and Mike” features Mike Greenberg and former Eagle Mike Golic.  The ESPN radio show is also simulcast on ESPN2.

According to sports industry sources, Foley is no longer with the station, and Bradley will continue only in a fill-in role.  Also noon – 3 p.m. mid-day co-host Jamie Yannacone, who won his position from a station contest is also gone.  No word on the role for current noon – 3 p.m. co-host Harry Mayes.

It will be interesting to see if Jody McDonald continues in afternoon drive or moves to mid-days.  McDonald signed a year extension last year.

Since 950 switched to a sports format in August 2005, it’s been close to the bottom of the ratings.

Over the last few months, it dropped the syndicated “Tony Bruno Show” and “The Jim Rome Show,” and moved “The Dan Patrick Show” to 9 a.m. – noon.

Former WIP Host Sandy Penner Update

Former WIP Host Sandy Penner, now the content manager for the web site College Fanz invites fans to play the site’s “March to Maui” bracket contest.  The grand prize is a trip to the Maui Invitational which takes place in Hawaii in November.