Bleeding Green Nation has produced one of the most popular blogs in Philadelphia, while developing a strong following for its podcast. What started with an average listenership of 300 people, grew to a base of 13,000 fans, with some episodes earning as many as 30-35K in total listeners.
That buzz helped BGN’s John Barchard and Brandon Lee Gowton land a weekly spot last year on 97.5 The Fanatic. But for 2016, they’ll be broadcasting from a brand new address.
Sports Radio 94WIP announced today that they have added BGN to their weekly programming schedule. The radio station will dedicate a two-hour show on Saturday’s to Bleeding Green. The timeslot is yet to be determined. Barchard will host the show, and it will include guest spots by Gowton and other BGN related writers.
“We are very humbled and grateful that Spike Eskin and SportsRadio 94WIP sought us out to be a part of their programing this year,” said John Barchard. “To be a part of the station that created sports radio in Philadelphia is truly an honor and I can’t tell you how excited we all are to walk into that building. Spike gets us and as podcaster himself, I think that really helps. He sold me on coming over to WIP almost immediately. I don’t think I’ve met someone that is so easy to communicate with and has a deep understanding of where the radio industry is and also where it needs to be going. This a dream come true. When we started the podcast three years ago I don’t think we ever had this in mind even though it’s something we all really wanted.”
The BGN Radio Show will also be available as a podcast on CBS’ digital platform play.it. Along with the addition of the BGN Radio show, John Barchard has been hired by 94WIP to be a part of the on-air staff.
Boomer & Gio: HBO Deshaun Watson Story Will Make Things Worse For NFL
“Real Sports is a very reputable TV news sports show and if they’ve got this 20-minute piece on how horrible a person Deshaun Watson is, that’s gonna factor into a lot of these other things.”
The NFL still hasn’t handed down a decision on whether or for how long to suspend Browns’ quarterback Deshaun Watson following 23 accusations of sexual misconduct. That is a problem, according to Boomer & Gio, and the WFAN morning duo thinks that problem is only about to get worse.
On Monday morning, Gregg Giannotti mentioned that HBO is set to air an episode of Real Sports on Tuesday. It will feature an interview with multiple women that have filed civil suits against Watson.
Watson’s lawyers believe that the league will make its decision regarding punishment in the next two months. Giannotti thinks the fallout from the HBO show may force it to act quicker.
“Let’s say it’s a horrible piece against Deshaun Watson,” Gregg Giannotti suggested. “Now that’s gonna be a part of the decision-making process. You know it is, because the NFL from a PR standpoint is always very conscious of those kinds of things. And Real Sports is a very reputable TV news sports show and if they’ve got this 20-minute piece on how horrible a person Deshaun Watson is, that’s gonna factor into a lot of these other things.”
Deshaun Watson sat out all of last year. Boomer Esiason said the fact that it is May and we do not have a decision on discipline only makes sense because of the team involved. He laughed saying that only the Cleveland Browns could guarantee a record amount of money to a player they have no idea will be available.
He agreed with Gio’s assessment. Watson’s lawyers have already acknowledged that they do not expect the Real Sports segment to do their client any favors. Esiason said there will be a whole new group of people waking up on Wednesday questioning league leadership.
“It’s gonna further inflame a fan base maybe, or female fans, against Deshaun Watson. It’s not gonna be good. It’s just not.”
Mark Chernoff Joins 107.1 The Boss in New Jersey
“I’m looking forward to getting back on the radio at 107.1 The Boss, and to being able to live in both the Sports and Rock worlds.”
Mark Chernoff has found a new radio home. The former brand manager of the iconic WFAN is now part of Robby & Rochelle In The Morning on 107.1 The Boss in Monmouth/Ocean, New Jersey.
Chernoff makes his debut on May 31 as the show’s sports anchor. He will also be available to cover swing shifts as needed on the station.
“I’m looking forward to getting back on the radio at 107.1 The Boss, and to being able to live in both the Sports and Rock worlds,” he said. “Many thanks to Robby and Rochelle for inviting me into THEIR world.”
It was the end of June 2021 when Mark Chernoff left WFAN. He spent 28 years there as program director. He also served as the VP of Sports Programming for Audacy. He was succeeded in that role by Spike Eskin, who Audacy brought to New York from its Philadelphia sports talker, 94 WIP.
Prior to CBS Radio being acquired by then-Entercom, Chernoff also served as VP of Sports Programming for that company and played an integral role for its push into FM sports talk in the middle of the first decade of the 21st century.
“Mark is exceptional talent and a brilliant strategic mind I’ve long respected. I’m thrilled to have him join our team of outstanding broadcasters at Press!” said Robby Bridges, who also serves as PD of 107.1 The Boss.
Danny Balis Explains Exit From The Ticket in Dallas
“The room for growth for me up here is not going to open up until all you knuckleheads retire.”
After 22 years, Danny Balis is finished as a producer on 96.7/1310 The Ticket in Dallas.
Balis, 54, told The Dallas Morning News the announcement of his departure “was an unusual situation to actually be able to speak on it on air.”
“I’d rather spend this time focusing on peace of mind, quality of life and maybe open the door for somebody else to take that [producer’s] seat,” he said on The Hardline with hosts Corby Davidson and Bob Sturm.
Balis is a musician and business owner in the Metroplex. That’s where he will shift his attention. He told Davidson and Sturm that there were no opportunities for advancement at the station that would warrant him sticking around.
“The room for growth for me up here is not going to open up until all you knuckleheads retire,” he said. “Then by that time, we’re all the same age.”