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Sports Radio WIP Parts Ways With Josh Innes

Jason Barrett

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Josh Innes’ time has expired at Sports Radio 94 WIP in Philadelphia. The talented and polarizing sports talk show host was fired prior to his afternoon program on Wednesday.

“We can confirm that Josh Innes is no longer with WIP,” said a WIP spokesperson said in a written statement. “Various station personalities will fill in during the afternoon show until a new host is announced.”

Marc Farzetta and Hollis Thomas hosted Wednesday’s show. No announcement has been made regarding the rest of the week.

The decision to drop Innes came the day after the afternoon host verbally criticized competitor Mike Missanelli and 97.5 The Fanatic for their participating in a story involving a white producer creating a black character to call in to their show.

Innes drew the ire of some listeners after sharing a photo on social media of a performer in blackface. He posted the image in response to the controversy over the incident at The Fanatic. It wasn’t the first time Innes came under fire. He was previously suspended in January after using a racial epithet to describe Philadelphia Eagles Center Jason Kelce.

David Brody, Innes’ agent, blamed WIP program director Spike Eskin for the relationship with Innes becoming sour. Eskin moved from hosting alongside Innes in afternoons to managing him when former boss Andy Bloom (the man who hired Innes in Philadelphia) lost his job due to CBS layoffs.

“Josh didn’t forget how to attract an audience in January 2016,” Brody said of his ratings decline after Bloom’s departure. “He lost a manager who knew how to manage him. He was suspended within 30 days of that managerial change. That has brought us to where we are today.”

Innes’s tenure in Philadelphia provided mixed results. Although he had his run ins with management and paid the price for a few on-air mistakes, he also recorded high ratings when paired with Tony Bruno. From February 2015 to July 2015 the duo gained the upper hand on Missanelli, beating him head to head in the ratings. When Bruno departed though after six months, the program went through a series of changes which eventually reduced the show’s momentum.

Following Bruno’s exit, Innes was paired with former Eagles defensive tackle Hollis Thomas and Eskin. Ratings for the show were strong out of the gate. But when Eskin left the show to become the station’s head programming boss, the decline began to take place.

The inconsistency with the show, combined with Innes’ love/hate relationship with local listeners led to the show experiencing a big drop in the numbers. For the past nine months, Missanelli has won the head to head battle against Innes consistently, leading to speculation that WIP wouldn’t retain him when his contract expired at the end of 2016.

With Josh now out of the picture, the big questions become, who fills his vacancy? Does the new afternoon show follow Innes’ playbook or explore a different creative direction? And which radio station will take a chance on adding Innes?

Making things more difficult for WIP is the fact that Missanelli has been on fire at The Fanatic and shows no signs of slowing down. To unseat him in the top spot won’t be easy but Eskin now has an opportunity to add someone who fits his vision, and demonstrate that he has the right blueprint to lead WIP to a stronger tomorrow. What happens next will tell us a lot about the future state of the afternoon sports radio battle in the city of brotherly love.

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Joy Taylor Says Aaron Rodgers Is More Likeable After Pardon My Take Appearance

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said.

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On Monday, the Pardon My Take podcast dropped their latest episode which featured an interview with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Big Cat, one of the show’s co-hosts, is a Chicago Bears fan and has spent a lot of time not liking Rodgers publicly.

Colin Cowherd saw one of the many clips that the show shared and brought up how much he thought that Rodgers took ribbing from Big Cat and the podcast in stride. That’s when Joy Taylor offered that the interview could help Rodgers in the long run.

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said. “When you can show that you don’t take yourself that seriously, all of the animosity that people have towards you just kind of starts to wither away.”

She added that the disarming quality helps if people don’t perceive Rodgers as thinking he has all the answers.

“When people feel like they are projecting ‘I know more than you’ and ‘I’ve got it all figured out’ energy, people are like: ‘you got to be the smartest guy on the room all time time? You’re not.’

This is so likeable,” Taylor said. “It’s really funny.”

Cowherd agreed and even said he is probably going to go listen to it after the show.

“Aaron is genuinely laughing as they make fun of him and that is an incredibly endearing quality.”

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WNSR Debuts ‘Power Hour’ with Sami Kincaid

Nashville’s WNSR debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

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Power Hour with Sami Kincaid

Nashville has a brand new voice to listen to on WNSR and her name is Sami Kincaid. On Saturday, the station debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

The debut show featured Associated Press writer Teresa Walker, Vanderbilt women’s basketball guard Jordyn Cambridge and North Georgia assistant softball coach Alea White. The show is focused on women that are operating inside sports.

The show airs Saturdays from 9-10a CT.

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Toucher and Rich: Dennis Eckersley’s Retirement a “Huge Loss”

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

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On Monday, Dennis Eckersley announced that he was going to retire from the Boston Red Sox television booth at the end of this season. The current NESN analyst is leaving after twenty years on the air with the team.

The news broke during Toucher and Rich on 98.5 the Sports Hub and it gave show co-host Rich Shertenlieb a chance to mention the news and praise the departing personality.

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

The show spent the rest of the segment talking about what Eckersley offered that made him so unique. That’s when Matt McCarthy, fill-in for Fred Toucher, said that Eckersley was exactly what you wanted in an analyst.

“You want someone that’s going to give you an opinion,” McCarthy said. “Eck gave you an opinion. He’ll be missed.”

McCarthy also pointed out that this is the latest major shakeup that has happened to the television broadcast in recent years.

“There’s no doubt this is a blow,” McCarthy added. “This is a tremendous loss to that Red Sox broadcast to which has taken a lot of hits over the years with the loss of Jerry Remy, the decision to move on from Don Orsillo and now Dennis Eckersley retiring… they are going to have to find an entertainer in there. Matt McCarthy

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