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.
April 25, 2003 |
A management shake-up is in the air at sports-talk station WIP-AM (610). Drew Hilles, who last month was appointed to oversee WIP and the four other local CBS/Infinity stations, is expected to announce today that Tim Sabean, program director at sister station WYSP-FM (94.1), will also work for WIP. Sabean's title and responsibilities were not known as of yesterday. Several station insiders said a staff meeting had been called for this morning, reportedly to announce the change and to address the role of WIP program director Tom Bigby.
August 12, 2008 |
Chris Therien is in as the Flyers' color analyst on radio broadcasts. Brian Propp is out. Therien, a defenseman who played 11 seasons in two stints with the Flyers, has served as a hockey analyst on Comcast SportsNet's Post Game Live. He also was a part-timer on WIP-AM (610) and has done work for TSN and the NHL Network. "I'm thrilled to be part of the Flyers' family again," said Therien, after being hired by the team to join play-by-play announcer Tim Saunders for all games broadcast on WIP. "I want to make the fan know what the players are thinking and what the coach is saying in different situations.
June 29, 1987 |
Although the official word came Friday, employees at WIP (610/AM) were told Thursday afternoon that the radio station was on the block. Owned by the Metropolitan Broadcasting Corp., which purchased it from Metromedia earlier this year, WIP is being sold along with another Metropolitan property: WASH-FM in Washington, D.C. "A great deal of interest has been expressed in these two stations in recent months," said Carl C. Brazell Jr., Metropolitan's president. "We feel this is the optimum time to sell them and expect them to go at a premium price.
March 16, 1987 |
WIP (610/AM) went on the air today with a revised lineup that includes the latest addition to the station, Bill Campbell, formerly with WCAU (1210/AM). Ken Garland holds down the 5:30 a.m.-10 a.m. shift, followed by Bill Webber from 10 a.m. to noon. (Webber's time has been cut by two hours). From noon to 4 p.m. it's Steve Martorano, who used to man the 2 p.m.-to-5 p.m. shift. He's followed by "Pat Croce's Sports Medicine" from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Howard Eskin is still bending ears from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. with his "Sports Talk" show, followed by "The Bill Campbell Show" from 6 to 8. Also, the "Matt Guokas Show" has changed times.
November 13, 1993 |
An offer he couldn't refuse is taking Chuck Cooperstein from WIP-AM back to Dallas. Cooperstein, WIP's host from 10 a.m. to noon for 16 months, will host the afternoon drive time at a new all-sports Dallas station. Cooperstein did his last show on WIP yesterday. At the Dallas station, Cooperstein also hopes to do some play-by-play, plus a Cowboys pregame show. Cooperstein, 34, hosted a nightly sports show in Dallas before switching to WIP. Skip Bayless, a former Dallas columnist who frequently is a guest on ESPN, will host the morning show on the Dallas station.
August 14, 1998 |
Ed Snider, the Comcast-Spectacor chairman who last year said, "obviously, we want no relationship with WIP," today has a new five-year marriage with his least favorite radio station. The Flyers and the CBS-owned station yesterday announced an agreement that will make 610-AM the NHL team's radio home through the 2002-03 season. If you think something isn't right with this picture, join the club. Snider, whose Comcast-Spectacor firm owns the Flyers, 76ers, Phantoms, CoreStates Center, CoreStates Spectrum and SportsNet cable outlet, and WIP have not been pals in recent years.
August 30, 1990 |
"The Daily News PM Edition" will end its three-year run on WIP radio (610-AM) with this evening's show. The show, featuring sports writers and columnists from the Daily News, was on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. "We've had three years of fun doing the show," said Daily News executive sports editor Mike Rathet. "But WIP is going in a direction that makes it difficult for us to remain partners. It was particularly difficult for us to agree on a schedule that worked for both the Daily News and WIP. I thought we parted amicably.
January 28, 1994 |
I've got some unsolicited advice for the owners of WIP-AM, Philadelphia's all-sports radio station: Bring back Bill Campbell. Bring back Tom Brookshier. Bring back some sanity. For months the jeerleaders who man WIP's microphones and their knuckle- headed callers have engaged in round-the-clock trashing of the Eagles, with special venom reserved for their coach Rich Kotite and their owner Norman Braman. I've never met either Kotite or Braman but I've had it up to here with relentless attacks on them.
March 12, 1997 |
If the Flyers can negotiate their way out of their contract with radio station WIP, the 76ers will be right behind them. "Obviously, we want no relationship with WIP," said Ed Snider, chairman of the Comcast-Spectacor ownership group that oversees the Flyers, Sixers, Phantoms, CoreStates Spectrum and CoreStates Center. "If and when we discuss that, [the Sixers] will be part of it. " The Flyers are suing the radio station in the wake of talk-show host Craig Carton's report that star captain Eric Lindros was held out of a game Feb. 15 because he was hung over.