July 28, 2013 |
IT'S HARD TO ADMIT it, but contrary to my proclamation in my last article, I'm no genius after all. When the Phils put up 13 runs in their massacre of the Mets in the first game after the All-Star break, I thought my prediction of a resurgence was coming true. Alas, a disastrous six-game losing streak followed and it's over. It's really over. So forget what I said - no buying. Sell. Not the whole kit and caboodle, but sell. And I think it's time for the front office to be honest with the fans and admit the sad truth that we have all been trying to avoid - that it's over and it's time to look to the future.
July 12, 2013 |
DENNIS RODMAN, aka the U.S. ambassador to North Korea, is going into the liquor business. The former NBA star, a seven-time rebounding champion, is marketing Bad Boy Vodka, a brand that he says, is "a perfect representation of whom I am and what I am all about. " The etched glass bottle contains an image of a black bull in the logo, no doubt a nod to the three championships he won with Chicago. Jorge Olson, the CEO and president of Premier Brands, the company that developed the vodka, thinks he has a winner.
April 17, 2013 |
J AKE TAPPER may be headlining his own CNN show, "The Lead," airing Monday through Friday at 4 p.m., but his news-watching habits began in his family's Queen Village home. His biggest local influences were guys like 6ABC's Jim Gardner and former ABC and CBS 3 reporter/anchor Marc Howard . "I knew who Jim Gardner was long before Peter Jennings ," Tapper told me. "One of the thrills of being at ABC was getting to know Jim Gardner. " Tapper doesn't stay nearly as niche as Gardner's local beat on "The Lead," saying his main goal as a newscaster is to bring front-page news to his viewers.
April 12, 2013 |
Part 3 of a series about Philadelphia sports fans. Do the Eagles really have the most fans of any franchise in Philadelphia? "There is no question - none - that the Eagles rule the city," says Angelo Cataldi, lead talker mornings at SportsRadio 94 WIP. "Even in 2008 [when the Phillies won the World Series], the Eagles were a notch above the Phillies in fan interest. It changes according to the fortunes of the teams, but never to the extent where the Phils surpass the Eagles.
February 2, 2013 |
"I'm excited! This is such an honor!" exclaimed Alexandra Warner, a raven-tressed 20-year-old from Allentown, after being named top Wingette this morning. She beat 105 other women, to also win a Harley Davidson during Wing Bowl XXI, held at a soldout Wells Fargo Center. Warner got 56 percent of the texted-in votes, according to 94 WIP blaster of ceremonies, Angelo Cataldi. And it was just her first trip to the annual gorge-aganza, which was won by James "The Bear" McDonald from Connecticut.
January 17, 2013 |
FIVE-TIME Wing Bowl champ Bill "El Wingador" Simmons will not be part of this year's 21st annual celebration of gluttony and strippers Feb. 1, says 94 WIP morning host, Angelo Cataldi. Simmons is awaiting trial on a charge of cocaine distribution following his arrest last June in Gloucester County. "We all owe a debt to Bill for what he has done for our event," Cataldi said Tuesday. "But I think for his benefit that his role be downplayed while he's working things out with the courts," continued Cataldi, who wrote a letter on behalf of Simmons for his bail hearing.
December 2, 2012 |
IT WAS THE winter of our discontent. Let history show our beloved Eagles had reached a 14-year low. Our equally beloved Phillies were 4 months away from taking the field at Citizens Bank Park and, worse still, we had just learned that our most beloved player, Carlos "Chooch" Ruiz, had been suspended for the first 25 games of the season because of substance abuse. Our not quite so beloved Sixers were not reaching anywhere near their full potential, because their newly acquired savior, Andrew Bynum (for whom we paid a king's ransom)
June 8, 2012 |
The shock waves in the sports community suggest that the Eagles cutting Joe Banner loose is a matter of cosmic proportions. "There is a God," was one Philly.com comment. "WE ARE DOOMED!!!" a fan posted on the Eagles message board. "No one in Philly could have envisioned Andy Reid outlasting Joe Banner w/Eagles but it's happened. End of world next," tweeted Tim Panacchio of Comcast SportsNet. The news was broken overnight by The Inquirer's Jeff McLane that Banner was out as team president after 18 years.
June 6, 2012
BEST WISHES to 94WIP morning host Angelo Cataldi, who will undergo surgery for diverticulitis Thursday at Virtua Hospital in Voorhees. Cataldi was off the air Monday, and doctors have advised he stay out of work for three weeks, Cataldi's wife, Gail, told us Monday afternoon. "He's such an embellisher so I don't think people took this serious, but he was really sick," Gail said of Cataldi's bout with the digestive disease, which affects the bowels. She doubts her husband will listen to his doctors and stay out of work for three weeks, but Gail said she will encourage him to get all the rest he needs.
May 14, 2012 |
At this point in time, it's almost beside the point to refer to WIP-FM (94.1) as a mere "radio station. " Sure, that's what it is, technically speaking. But a quarter-century after it first got involved with sports-related programming (while it was still on the AM dial), the outlet has established itself as something more than just another over-the-air outlet. Instead, it can be argued that WIP has become so embedded in the culture of the Delaware Valley that it has taken on the status of a public utility.