July 7, 2000 |
John Paul Weber, 83, whose voice carried news of events great and small to generations of the Philadelphia region's radio listeners, died yesterday of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a brain infection, at the Health Center at Galloway in Galloway Township, N.J. Before entering the nursing home in June, Mr. Weber had been a resident of Pennsauken, N.J., for more than 50 years. From 1937 until he retired in 1982, Mr. Weber broadcast news for WIP-AM (610), informing listeners of tumultuous times that included the threat of atomic destruction over Russia's staging of missiles in Cuba, the rifle shots in Dallas that killed a president and scarred a generation, the words of the first human to set foot on the moon, and the bitterness of a president brought down by what he called a "two-bit burglary.
May 19, 1994 |
He's a great guy who got in a little bit of trouble and they just wanted to help him out. That's what WIP (610-AM) sports-talk jocks Angelo Cataldi and Al Morganti said yesterday in explaining why they had written character references for Julius Terzini, who is involved in a drug case now pending in U.S. District Court. Terzini is service manager at DeSimone BMW in Marlton, N.J., a sponsor of their morning radio show that also services their loaned BMWs. Cataldi and Morganti wrote the letters on WIP stationery.
August 10, 1992 |
Two more departures from local radio. At struggling adult-contemporary Kiss 100, program director John Jenkins is out after only 11 months. Jenkins couldn't wipe his fingerprints off that new 50/50 mix of oldies and current hits, which has failed to ignite WKSZ-FM (100.3). He also hired a.m. sidekick John Lodge, who was just axed after only two months. Assistant program director Eric Johnson has been upped to PD. And former Kiss PD Mike Colby (1986-88), now working for a sister station in Boston, has been named corporate PD, meaning he'll have input into Kiss 100 and three other East Coast stations partially owned by Kiss chieftan Dan Lerner.
January 6, 2010
97.5 THE FANATIC'S Mike Missanelli said on yesterday's show that 610 WIP tried to woo him away to replace Howard "The King" Eskin . Missanelli made the vague remarks while announcing that he had signed a multiyear contract extension with The Fanatic, which also airs on AM as 950 ESPN. "We have had no formal conversations with Mike. However, we are friends and I do speak to him from time to time," Marc Rayfield , market manager for CBS Radio, which owns WIP, told us yesterday.
March 13, 1989 |
The Philadelphia Eagles and all-sports WIP-AM (610), home to the Birds for the last 20 years, have agreed to a three-year contract, reported to be in the $1 million-a-year range. "The long-term nature of the contract is something we felt strongly about," said a relieved Art Camiolo, vice president and general manager of WIP. "Listeners get comfortable, and advertisers want to lock up multiyear contracts. " The agreement, reached Friday, follows months of talks between the Eagles and several stations in town.
July 31, 1992 |
Howard Eskin, the brash, contentious and opinionated talk-show host on WIP "all sports" radio, will be leaving there to become weekday sports anchor on KYW-TV's morning news show at 6 a.m. He is holding down that position this week and next during the Olympics. He will continue his 4 to 7 p.m. show on WIP-AM (610) until the expiration of his contract at the end of August. He will begin full time at Channel 3 on Sept. 8. "I'll miss all these people who call me at WIP. Maybe I'll give them the number at Channel 3, and I can hang up on them there just like I do here (at WIP)
July 6, 1992 |
Sports station WIP-AM (610) has confirmed last week's report that the new hire to replace retiring Bill Campbell is Chuck Cooperstein from Dallas. Cooperstein's bio: age 33, born in New York City, reared on Long Island, brain-fed at the University of Florida. Has been at KRLD-AM since '84, where he was assistant sports director until he was released a couple of weeks ago in a shake-up. At KRLD, he did morning drive sports, hosted a nightly sports-talk show, did Cowboys pregame, halftime and postgame call-in shows, plus squeezed in some Cotton Bowl work for CBS Radio Network.
July 22, 2003 |
Angelo Cataldi, the bellicose morning host on WIP-AM (610), was suspended yesterday for two days without pay over a remark he made on his morning show last Tuesday, during a diatribe inspired by the Eagles' new policy prohibiting outside food at Lincoln Financial Field. During a rant over comments by team president Joe Banner, Cataldi said that if the team was responsible for picking the people running the security at the stadium, he expected the guards to be wearing swastikas.
June 3, 1994
Bill Conlin has done it again. Yes, the columnist who gave us that self-stroking "Be-Moo" piece last year in which he gleefully sounded his trumpet for predicting the Phillies' National League championship has done it again. On May 17, "Be-Moo" Bill devoted his column to scolding sports radio station WIP and its personalities for airing "off-the-record" comments Phillies manager Jim Fregosi made about that station. Full of the dream sequences, cliches and analogies that so often besiege Conlin's writing, Be-Moo's column gushed about "male bonding" and "the sanctuary of a major league clubhouse.
June 30, 1995 |
Looks like the WIP-AM (610) morning team has lost a player. Tony Bruno, who said last summer that he wanted to leave the sports-talk/ mayhem station to join ESPN Radio, where he had been weekending, decided to take the plunge this year. And at least sometimes, he'll be heard on rival sports-talk station WGMP-AM (1210) as a result. Bruno confirmed yesterday that he had left WIP. He signed a four-year contract with ESPN Radio and television; he has been hosting weekend talk shows on ESPN Radio for the last four years.