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Josh Innes To Leave ESPN 97.5, Hints At New Job

“97.5 was the third sports radio station in Houston to house Innes’s show, previously hosting in drive time for Sports Radio 610 and SportsTalk 790, split by a stint on Philadelphia’s WIP in-between.”

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After close to a year with the station, Josh Innes announced he’s parting ways with Houston’s ESPN 97.5. Technically, Innes was never a salaried employee of the station, and by the end of this week, he’ll no longer be their host. 

Innes joined Gow Media’s ESPN 97.5 last May, shortly after the station was forced to make a couple of cuts to combat financial impacts of COVID-19. The lineup changes opened the door for Innes to return to Houston’s terrestrial airwaves in ESPN 97.5’s 2 – 4pm block. 

But that show has now entered its final week on-air according to recent social media posts by Innes. 

97.5 was the third sports radio station in Houston to house Innes’s show, previously hosting in drive time for Sports Radio 610 and SportsTalk 790, split by a stint on Philadelphia’s WIP in-between. 

In a Facebook post, Innes cryptically alluded to having another gig lined up, “The good news is that we will be back very soon. Things are looking up,” the Baton Rouge native wrote, later adding that he’s not yet allowed to say his next stop. 

Separate from his tenure on 97.5, Innes has continued to host a show on Twitch with his wife Jilly, a space that gives him total topical freedom. At most of his stops, Innes has displayed ratings success, but his unfiltered, cutthroat approach has sometimes been deemed too much for terrestrial radio.

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Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”

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The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.

“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”

Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.

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Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP

WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

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94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.

A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.

He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.

The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.

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Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open

“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.

In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”

The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.

“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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