Category Archives: Sports

Macnow Back to Mid-Days

Glen Macnow announced on the air today that he will be returning to mid-days and Ike Reese will take over his night-time slot on WIP.

Macnow, who has spent most of his 14 years at WIP in the mid-day slot, was moved to evenings a few years ago.

He’ll replace Steve Martorano, who left the station this week.

As we reported earlier, the other current mid-day host Anthony Gargano, will co-host with afternoon drive host Howard Eskin Tuesday through Friday of next week.

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.

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.

“Owl Access” To Temple and Other Philly Teams in Dance

Neil Hartman will cover the Temple Owls’ NCAA first round tournament game vs. Michigan State in Denver, CO for Comcast SportsNet.

Also, Michael Barkann will be in Tampa, FL to cover Villanova’s first round game vs. Clemson and Lance Crawford will travel to Birmingham, AL for St. Joseph’s first round game vs. Oklahoma.

New CSN Anchor Marshall Harris

Here’s new CSN Anchor Marshall Harris.

Sports Emmy Nominations

Of course, “Inside the NFL,” which was canceled by HBO leads with 5 Sports Emmy nominations.

Partially because of the cancellation of the show, NFL Films, which produced the show laid off 21 employees last week.

“Inside the NFL” is nominated for “Outstanding Studio Show: Weekly.”

Here are some of the major nominations with my choices in bold.

Outstanding Studio Show:  Weekly
College Gameday – ESPN
Football Night in America – NBC
Inside the NBA – TNT
Inside the NFL – Fox
NFL on Fox: Fox NFL Sunday – Fox

Outstanding Studio Show – Daily
Inside the NBA – TNT
Pardon the Interruption – ESPN
Sportscenter – ESPN
Wimbledon Tonight – NBC

Outstanding Sports Journalism

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel – Broken NFL Disability Debate – HBO
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel – Dogfighting- Bred to Die – HBO
Real Sprots with Bryant Gumbel – Fading Hope – Sports in Iraq – HBO
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel – Headgames – The NFL Concussion Crisis – HBO

Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Host
Al Trautwig – VS
Bob Costas – HBO/NBC
Bryant Gumbel – HBO
Ernie Johnson – TBS
James Brown – CBS 

Outstanding Sports Personality – Play by Play
Al Michaels – NBC
Jim Lampley – HBO
Jim Nantz – CBS
Joe Buck – Fox
Marv Albert – TNT
Mike Emrick – NBC

Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Analyst
Charles Barkley – TNT
Cris Carter – HBO
Cris Collinsworth – NBC/HBO
Jay Bilas – ESPN
Terry Bradshaw – Fox
Tom Jackson – ESPN

Outstanding Sports Personality – Sports Event Analyst
Doug Collins – TNT
Gary Danielson – CBS
John Madden – NBC
Phil Simms – CBS
Tim McCarver – Fox
Troy Aikman – Fox

The 29th annual Sports Emmy awards will be given out April 29 in New York City.  For a complete list of the nominations, go to