Less than a week after Beasley Media announced salary reductions for their employees, 97.5 The Fanatic host Tra Thomas has been released by the company due to cutbacks made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thomas joined The Fanatic in Aug. 2018 as a regular contributor, making weekly appearances on their midday show and hosting 97.5’s Eagles pregame show. Later that year, Thomas moved to mornings as a full-time host after the station shuffled their weekday lineup. Thomas joined Marc Farzetta, Bob Cooney, Jamie Lynch and Sam Wilson for the show every weekday from 6 – 10am.
For a decade, Thomas played on the Eagles offensive line from 1998-2008, later spending two seasons as an assistant coach under Andy Reid. Prior to joining The Fanatic, Thomas also worked on-air at Philadelphia’s SportsRadio 94WIP.
Beasley is among a growing list of media companies making personnel changes to combat lost income during the current global pandemic. Sports Illustrated, DAZN, iHeartMedia, SB Nation and Entercom are all among those that have made budget cuts.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
The Ken Carman Show: NFL Begging For More Flex Schedule in Late Season Games For Higher Ratings
“They’ve never done what they just did: Move a game and have 55,000 people attend the game.”
The Cleveland Browns recently had their game against the Bills moved to Detroit due to more than 70 inches of snow falling in Buffalo. 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland hosts Ken Carman and Anthony Lima discussed whether that game being moved and allowing fans to attend with discounted tickets was a test balloon for future NFL scheduling changes.
“I am worried that the NFL is basically gonna have an open slate in terms of a schedule for the last four weeks of the season,” Lima said. “I’m worried the league will say “We’re worried making sure these games meet this threshold of if the game is a big game and a lot of eyeballs are on it’.
“And because they just demonstrated that they can not only move the time of a game, but they’ve moved the dates of games because of COVID. They’ve never done what they just did: Move a game and have 55,000 people attend the game. What that makes me nervous about is it gives the NFL the thought of ‘How can we maximize our television ratings late in the year and make sure we don’t have dog games in the late stages and bring the most value to our partners.'”
Lima then said he envisioned a scenario where the station had events planned in Cincinnati before a Sunday game at 1:00 PM but at the last minute was told the game had been moved to Monday Night Football. Carman asked if two weeks was enough time to prepare in advance.
“I’m just telling you, I can see this coming for the NFL,” Lima concluded.
Gregg Giannotti: Booger McFarland Take on Zach Wilson ‘Just Stupid’
“You gotta draft a quarterback that grows up poor. I’ve been saying that since the beginning of time. Those are the guys that you need.”
Last night, Booger McFarland had harsh criticism for New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson, saying he was “a young man who grew up with a lot of money” and has never “had to accept accountability”. Fellow Monday Night Countdown analyst Steve Young pushed back on the criticism, and he was backed up by WFAN’s Boomer & Gio Tuesday, with Gregg Giannotti taking a strong stance.
Young, who went to BYU like Wilson, immediately countered McFarland’s analysis, saying “that doesn’t resonate at all”.
“Steve’s gonna obviously protect his buddy,” Esiason said. “He’s a BYU quarterback as well, and lives out there. I’m sure they know each other very. That’s kind of a — I don’t wanna say it’s a cheap shot — but that’s the thought process a lot of people have with Zach.”
“You gotta draft a quarterback that grows up poor,” Giannotti said sarcastically. “I’ve been saying that since the beginning of time. Those are the guys that you need. That’s a stupid take. His uncle is the one who’s a billionaire. It’s not even his family.”
Wilson’s uncle is David Neeleman, founder of JetBlue Airways.
Angelo Cataldi Bans Michael Irvin From WIP Morning Show After Cowboy Comments
“Michael Irvin is a moron. Michael Irvin is a blithering idiot, and I will now prove it to you.”
The Philadelphia Eagles are on a roll this season, and 94WIP morning man Angelo Cataldi is not accepting criticisms of his team, and former Cowboy Michael Irvin is now in the crosshairs.
Irvin caught the ire of Cataldi after comments he made on First Take Monday about the greatness of the Dallas Cowboys.
“Earlier in the year, I featured comments made by Michael Irvin, then had him on the show and kissed his ass” Cataldi said. “Michael Irvin is a moron. Michael Irvin is a blithering idiot, and I will now prove it to you. ‘Oh my god, they won 40-3. Oh my god, let me start kissing the Cowboys ass again.’ Listen to Michael Irvin on ESPN yesterday.”
The show then played a clip of Irvin saying the Cowboys played a near perfect game, that showcased the best of their abilities, which saw the animated Irvin shouting in praise.
“Guy’s a moron. After calling the Eagles a dynasty in the offseason, he has changed his mind now. And guess who the best team is to him? You’re a moron, Michael Irvin! So I hereby decree that Michael Irvin is banned from the WIP Morning Show.”
“For the next two months,” co-host Rhea Hughes joked, alluding to Cataldi’s upcoming retirement.
“No! He’s done! Wait a minute,” Cataldi chuckled. “She’s right. She got me. For the next two months he’s banned, and then after that, all bets are off. And if he calls me at home, I’m not taking it!”