SportsRadio 94WIP, may not have the radio rights to the Philadelphia 76ers but you wouldn’t know that given the brand’s commitment to reaching Philadelphia basketball fans. And for the 2017-2018 NBA season, the radio station is making an even bigger play to lead the Sixers conversation.
To satisfy the appetite of Sixers fans, WIP is adding Derek Bodner of The Athletic as an on-air contributor, forging a new content partnership with Liberty Ballers, and bringing Spike Eskin’s popular podcast. “Rights to Ricky Sanchez” to radio.
94WIP Program Director and Host Spike Eskin said, “With the Sixers ready to take the next step on the court, we’re proud that WIP is taking the next step in covering the team. With Jon Marks, Derek Bodner of The Athletic, Liberty Ballers, and Rights To Ricky Sanchez Radio as a complement to our air staff, we’re offering Philly fans a new and exciting outlet to engage around one of their favorite teams.”
WIP’s coverage of the 76ers includes the addition of “The Process Pregame Show,” hosted by Jon Marks, prior to the start of every game (when not preempted by Eagles or NFL Football). The show will take a fun, detailed and unbiased look at the team and the night’s game.
Marks will then interact with audiences throughout the live game during “GameTime React,” responding to calls, texts, tweets and Facebook reaction. When Marks is preempted by NFL Football, he’ll host the show on SportsRadio 94WIP’s Facebook Page via Facebook Live.
WIP also plans to air “The Process Halftime Show” and “The Process Postgame Show” at halftime and the conclusion of every game, respectively.
The station’s partnership with Liberty Ballers, will include programming initiatives through Facebook live shows and link sharing. Additional coverage includes the launch of “Liberty Ballers Live,” a one-hour radio show (time & day TBD) with Jon Marks and Liberty Ballers editor-in-chief, Kyle Neubeck.
Finally, WIP’s “Rights to Ricky Sanchez,” will launch Wednesday, September 20 at 6:00 PM led by podcast hosts Spike Eskin and Michael Levin and featuring Jon Marks. The new, weekly, one-hour show is inspired by the dedicated team podcast which has grown exponentially in popularity over the last four years, highlighted by the yearly “Lottery Party” attended by thousands of dedicated basketball fans in the Delaware Valley, and covered extensively nationwide.
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.”
Bobby Carpenter Tells Grant & Danny How Nick Saban Interview Came Together
“Carpenter’s partner on SiriusXM, Jacob Hester, played his college football at LSU. He was recruited there by Saban, who was head coach of the Tigers from 2000 until 2004 when he left to coach the Miami Dolphins.”
Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and Texas A&M head football coach Jimbo Fisher got the attention of the sports talk world with their comments about each other personally and about the programs they run.
Saban made an appearance on SiriusXM with Jacob Hester and Bobby Carpenter in the aftermath of Fisher’s fiery response, where the Crimson Tide coaching legend tried to set things straight. He wasn’t asked directly about what Fisher said.
Carpenter spoke to Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier on 106.7 The Fan in D.C. on Friday, and said the timing of Saban’s appearance was coincidental.
“It was pre-scheduled before all of that stuff happened,” Carpenter said.
Carpenter’s partner on SiriusXM, Jacob Hester, played his college football at LSU. He was recruited there by Saban, who was head coach of the Tigers from 2000 until 2004 when he left to coach the Miami Dolphins.
Hester, who played just one season for Saban, likely created a level of comfort for the coach that most other national media outlets could not offer.
Bobby Carpenter added that he did want to pressure Saban a little bit about what he had to say about other football coaches using name, image, and likeness deals to lure recruits.
“I don’t think his SID was really keen on him coming on there,” he said. “But I tried to ask some tough but respectful questions through everything.”
Saban in the interview apologized for singling out not only Fisher and A&M, but Deion Sanders and his Jackson State program as well as the University of Miami basketball program. Saban also attempted to contact Jimbo directly, but Fisher has admitted publicly he wasn’t going to take that phone call right now.