Rod Lakin knew taking the reigns at 94 WIP in Philadelphia would be a challenge when he first accepted the job. When Angelo Cataldi announced that 2022 would be his final year on air, it added another wrinkle to Lakin’s path to success in a new market.
The WIP brand manager was recently asked how he is approaching the prospect of replacing one of the city’s most iconic sports voices. Rod Lakin says he isn’t using the word replace.
“Angelo is a once in a lifetime type talent. He’s a one of a kind of personality that can never be replicated,” he told Philadelphia Business Journal’s Jeff Blumenthal. “Trying to replicate Angelo Cataldi is a failure strategy to begin with. So the job really is to create a product in the morning drive that can adhere to the standards that Angelo created.”
WIP listeners have heard Angelo Cataldi in morning drive on the station for the last 33 years. Earlier this year, he told listeners that he had considered retiring at the end of 2021. Instead, he chose to work a reduced schedule for 2022 before calling it a career at year’s end.
Rod Lakin has a year to figure out his strategy and put the pieces he wants in place to wake WIP listeners up in the future. He knows how parochial Philadelphia sports fans can be. That doesn’t mean he is feeling any added sense of dread or pressure though.
“I’m listening to a lot of different things. We have a great lineup at WIP with a lot of great internal people as well. So I’m just taking it all in,” Lakin says.
Starting next month, Cataldi will do just four shows a week on WIP. He will be off every Wednesday.
Brady Quinn: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Criticism ‘One of the Dumbest Things I’ve Heard’
“And that’s saying something because Booger was on Monday Night Football and he said a lot of dumb stuff during that period of time.”
Last week, Booger McFarland said New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson “a young man who grew up with a lot of money” and has never “had to accept accountability”. Many criticized him for the stance, and FOX Sports Radio host Brady Quinn is the latest to point out the perceived absurdity in the comments.
During an appearance on the Pick Six Podcast, Quinn levied harsh criticism for the ESPN NFL analyst, saying it was completely unwarranted.
“It was one of the dumbest thing I’ve heard on air,” said Quinn. “And that’s saying something because Booger was on Monday Night Football and he said a lot of dumb stuff during that period of time.”
Quinn later made comments questioning McFarland’s legitimacy as an analyst.
“The interesting thing is that Booger came out on Ross Tucker’s podcast and defended himself as an analyst,” added Quinn. “O.K., well you just contradicted what you just said. Because as an analyst, you’re supposed to be analyzing what’s on the field. The last time I checked, you don’t have a doctorate or you’re not a doctor in understanding the sociology of the relationship or the parenting or anything else that goes along with that yet you want to analyze that. It was a bizarre deal.”
Greg Hill Creates NFTs For Foundation Fundraiser
“I have always dreamed of being immortalized digitally, and now we are doing that for you this morning.”
Greg Hill has done several good works with his foundation in New England, and has now created a new way for those to give to his charity on Giving Tuesday.
During The Greg Hill Show Tuesday, Hill announced NFTs will now be available as an option for those who seek to give to the organization.
“Because we wanted to try find a different way for you to give on Giving Tuesday –those of you who would normally give to The Greg Hill Foundation or to any other charity — I am pleased to tell you that we are — at this moment — dropping the first ever Greg Hill Foundation NFTs.”
After the show joked that he is the owner of a Marconi Award and now featured in NFTs, he should retire, Hill joked “I have always dreamed of being immortalized digitally, and now we are doing that for you this morning.”
Hill then added NFT buyers will be invited to a private event at Cisco Brewers Seaport in Boston. Buyers will also be in a raffle to win tickets to The Greg Hill Foundation events, a suite to a Boston Celtics game, $1,500 cash, or two tickets to a Taylor Swift concert this summer.
Danny Balis Joins 97.1 The Freak
“I feel kind of nervous because I haven’t done this in a long time. I thought this may not ever happen to me again, to do radio with people I’ve known for a very, very long time.”
Longtime Sportsradio 96.7/1310 The Ticket producer Danny Balis is joining 97.1 The Freak in Dallas.
Balis was introduced Monday as the newest member of The Downbeat cast, which already features Mike Rhyner, Mike Sirois, and Michael Gruber.
“He was the one I want, and I get what I want here,” Rhyner said during Monday’s announcement.
“I’m excited,” said Balis. “I feel kind of nervous because I haven’t done this in a long time. I thought this may not ever happen to me again, to do radio with people I’ve known for a very, very long time.”
Balis left The Ticket in May, citing an interest in focusing on other areas of his life outside of radio. He served as a producer at the station for 22 years before stepping aside. At the time, he said “The room for growth for me up here is not going to open up until all you knuckleheads retire,” the 54-year-old joked.
In addition to his work with The Freak, Balis continues to co-own the Twilite Lounge in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
97.1 The Freak launched in October, and features a “broad-based, personality driven format” that features several former Dallas sports radio personalities including Rhyner, and Ben and Skin among others.