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Jon Johnson Named New Overnights Host at 94 WIP

Johnson has been at WIP since 2005, working a variety of roles including producer, update anchor, and fill-in host.

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Philadelphia’s 94 WIP has a new overnight host. Jon Johnson, who has been a fill-in host and contributor to Angelo Cataldi and the Morning Team, will step into the overnight shift long held by the late Big Daddy Graham.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Rob Tornoe, Johnson’s first show will be Thursday, broadcasting from 2 a.m. to 5:40 a.m. ET.

Johnson has been a utility man for WIP since joining the station in 2005. As Crossing Broad’s Kevin Kinkead points out, he’s filled a variety of roles including producer, update anchor, hosting nights and weekends (including overnights), and filling in for Cataldi on Wednesdays.

In a tweet announcing the move, Johnson said that he’ll still contribute to WIP’s morning show. And why not? He’ll already be in studio, finishing up just before the morning show begins, right?

But Johnson also said that he intends to be at Wells Fargo Center to cover the Sixers and Citizens Bank Park to follow the Phillies. Presumably, that means he’ll go right to the radio station shortly after finishing up game coverage. That immediacy could bring some juice to his overnight show, sharing his observations and reporting soon after being on the scene.

Taking over the overnight shift means pulling up to a big mic. Big Daddy Graham (Edward Gudonis) hosted that show for more than 20 years. (He passed away last September at the age of 68.) That’s obviously a long time to form the special bond that can develop with an audience up late and looking to chat — about sports or other subjects — when most people are sleeping.

“I plan on bringing my own unique points and style to keep third shifters and night owls entertained into the morning hours,” Johnson told Tornoe.

Tornoe points out that Johnson has a wide range of cultural interests, especially in movies, that should help his appeal with listeners and give him something to push through nights when there aren’t many sports, topics have been talked out, and the audience is smaller. Sal Licata mentioned those challenges recently in taking over WFAN’s overnight shift.

As with Licata, a regular, full-time gig for Johnson brings some stability and a reward for years of doing several different jobs and helping out wherever needed. That new path begins for him on Thursday.

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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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