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Crossing Broad Reveals Top 5 2022 Storylines For Philadelphia Sports Radio

“In Philadelphia, there is plenty of competition in the sports radio landscape with Beasley-owned 97.5 The Fanatic going head-to-head against Audacy’s 94 WIP.”

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Competition in sports radio is always a good thing. It keeps things lively, can stir up some controversy every now and again, and provides listeners with variety.

In Philadelphia, there is plenty of competition in the sports radio landscape with Beasley-owned 97.5 The Fanatic going head-to-head against Audacy’s 94 WIP.

Crossing Broad’s Kevin Kinkead presented his list of five stories he plans to pay attention to in Philly sports talk for the coming year.

First off, Kinkead is banking on longtime WIP voice Angelo Cataldi actually retiring at the end of the year. Cataldi, who will be 71 years old in March, agreed to a contract extension that will run through some point in December. The Philadelphia Inquirer, which covered Cataldi’s retirement announcement back in October, notes that he will be on the air four days a week once the Eagles current season ends.

Kinkead wrote he has a bet with another local writer that Cataldi will in fact call it a career this year, otherwise he’ll be buying that person lunch.

The other story to pay attention to will be whether Mike Missanelli leaves The Fanatic. Missanelli’s contract was supposed to end around the same time Cataldi is set to retire, but he and Beasley Media agreed to a short-term contract extension that presumably will keep him on the air into 2023.

Keeping an eye on progress John Kincade at The Fanatic is making in the mornings is another story Kinkead will be watching. He wrote that the format of the show Kincade does alongside Jamie Lynch, Bob Cooney and Pat Egan provides the alternative listeners want. Additionally, it could mean an opportunity for the group to chip away more at Cataldi’s grasp at No. 2 overall in the market once he retires.

There was a change in leadership at WIP in 2021, with Rod Lakin taking over for Spike Eskin as the station’s brand manager. Kinkead writes he’ll be following what the extent of Lakin’s influence will be over the course of the year. He feels that Lakin was brought on to keep things pointed in the right direction and not to let anything go haywire.

Finally, Kinkead wrote that he hopes to get a better gauge on listenership in the market over the course of the year. With Nielsen using what Kinkead believes is an antiquated way to measure audience, it’s tough to get an idea of the exact number of people that tune in. He did say that both stations are factoring in streaming into their numbers, so there’s a little room to potentially purchase a way into Nielsen’s data.

Overall, lots to listen to and look for in sports radio in the City of Brotherly Love in 2022.

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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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