Jimmy Rollins and wife Johari are scheduled to return today from a vacation in Paris.
Angelo speaks up
94 WIP morning host Angelo Cataldi can afford a couple hundred dollars a month for parking, but is speaking out on behalf of many staffers at the sports-radio station who will face financial hardship when the station soon moves from Bala Cynwyd to Center City. We reported yesterday that the station was moving from its eight-year home in Bala, with free parking and no city-wage tax, to the former home of 94WYSP at 4th and Market streets.
"It's OK for a guy like me, but it's not OK for someone who makes 10 or 12 dollars an hour," Cataldi said yesterday. "They are mismanaging this terribly, and it's horrible for morale," Cataldi said of WIP management.
"There are two basic complaints," he explained. "There was virtually no notice. Two, when people who are going to be required to incur expenses complain about it, they're being told, 'You're lucky to have a job.' "
The move is taking place so that studio equipment from Bala can be sent to another CBS-owned station in Maryland, to save money, says Cataldi. "I don't think anyone at WIP speaks on behalf of WIP anymore; it's all about what's good for CBS," he told us.
Station management had set a meeting for today with staff to discuss the move, but that has been postponed as they scramble to possibly help low-paid staffers.
"We are working to make this transition as smooth as possible for all employees," was all CBS Radio market manager Marc Rayfield said yesterday when asked whether the station would subsidize parking for employees.
More sports talk
ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike in the Morning" will broadcast live 6 to 10 a.m. Friday from the National Constitution Center (6th and Arch). The broadcast is free and open to the public.
OUT AND ABOUT * "Top Chef" contestants Jennifer Carroll (who recently left 10 Arts by Eric Ripert at the Ritz-Carlton), Carla Hall, Ed Cotton and Tiffany Derry were among those who helped Willingboro, N.J.- native "Top Chef" winner Kevin Sbraga celebrate the opening of his restaurant Sbraga (Broad & Pine). More "Top Chef" alums, including Mike Isabella, Arnold Myint and Kenny Gilbert also joined Sbraga and his family and friend at the celebration. * "Everybody Loves Raymond" actor Brad Garrett stopped by the Borgata Poker Room to play a few hands before his show at the hotel's Music Box theater Friday. The giant dined at SeaBlue before the show. The Borgata's Fall Poker Open begins Nov. 9 and features a $1 million top prize. * Broad Street Bullies Dave Schultz and Bob Kelly hosted a party on Sunday for eight U.S. servicemen and women who are about to deploy. The dinner at Smith & Wollensky at the Rittenhouse was organized by the Flyers Wives Charity. * Comedian Brian Posehn, a huge metalhead, stopped by Teri's (1126 S. 9th) on Thursday for the bar's heavy-metal night. Posehn, who has appeared on "The Sarah Silverman Program" and "Mr. Show," was in town performing at the Trocadero (1003 Arch). * "Chopped" host Ted Allen, formerly of "Queer Eye," was spotted catching a smoke outside the AKA Rittenhouse.
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