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Angelo Cataldi To Accept Bill Campbell Broadcast Award

“The WIP radio host joins Flyers and Phillies announcer Jim Jackson, 76ers sportscaster Marc Zumoff, Phillies radio voices Scott Franzke and Larry Anderson, and longtime Eagles play-by-play broadcaster Merrill Reese, as other winners of the award.”

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Having graced the Philadelphia airwaves for three decades, SportsRadio WIP icon Angelo Cataldi is the 2020 recipient of the Bill Campbell Broadcast Award. Named after fellow local and legendary broadcaster Bill Campbell, the award was presented to Cataldi at the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association banquet January 20th.

“This award has great meaning to me for several reasons,” Cataldi said in a press release by WIP’s parent company Entercom. “First, it falls on the exact date of my 30th anniversary at WIP. Second, it comes from the Philadelphia sports writers, a role which I’m very proud to have had. Last, but not least, this award bears the name of one of my inspirations in broadcasting, Bill Campbell. I will never live up to Bill’s legacy, but this award gives me more reason than ever to try.”

A Providence, RI native, Cataldi’s passion has resonated with Philly sports fans since he began working as a journalist for The Philadelphia Inquirer more than 35 years ago. Cataldi joined WIP a couple of years after the radio station flipped to an all-sports format in 1988 and he’s continued as their featured morning host ever since.

Cataldi is the fifth recipient of the Bill Campbell Broadcast Award, an honor presented to Philadelphia area radio and TV sportscasters. The WIP radio host joins Flyers and Phillies announcer Jim Jackson, 76ers sportscaster Marc Zumoff, Phillies radio voices Scott Franzke and Larry Anderson, and longtime Eagles play-by-play broadcaster Merrill Reese, as other winners of the award.

“Congratulations on this well-deserved honor from the PSWA for SportsRadio 94WIP’s Angelo Cataldi,” added David Yadgaroff, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Philadelphia. “Now in his 30th year, Angelo has been setting the daily agenda for Philadelphia sports fans. His passion for our town, our teams and our fans is unmatched.”

At 68-years old Cataldi continues to wake up at 3am for his 5:30am start time on WIP and he doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon, having signed a new deal with the station in November. 

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here

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Dan Dakich: Craig Carton is ‘The Way Talk Radio Should Be’

“If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

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Craig Carton has prided himself on being one of those hosts who tells it like it is, especially when talking about New York’s pro sports teams.

That willingness to call a spade a spade and levy criticism on teams like the Jets and Giants, especially when things are not going well on the field, is something Dan Dakich has always seen as a recipe for success in the industry.

Interviewing Carton on Thursday on his Outkick show Don’t @ Me, Dakich praised the WFAN afternoon host for essentially creating a blueprint for how sports talk should be done.

“In Indianapolis I’m the bad guy right, because I say look the Colts stink, this regime is 46-49-1 – why are you telling me the GM is the best in the country – why are you telling me Frank Reich can really coach?” Dakich said. “New York’s different, though, right? I mean, New York they expect you to say look if you ain’t any good then you ain’t any good. Yu don’t sugarcoat nothing, and I think that’s the way talk radio should be.”

Carton noted that what’s key in how you critique a team or a front office, executive or owner is finding a balance. He said you can’t as a host be the ultimate homer and blow smoke up everyone’s behind.

“You have to be able to be critical when it’s warranted,” Carton said. “If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

Carton pointed out that the fan bases in both New York and in Indianapolis are ultimately the same, because at the end of the day it’s all about making sure you have competent people calling the right shots. He added that the organizations are the same too because of how sensitive they can be to criticism, which he said if they don’t like it, “too bad.”

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Nick Ashooh Joins BetMGM Tonight

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The talent lineup for the BetQL show BetMGM Tonight is expanding, and Nick Ashooh is joining the team.

The news became official on Thursday when BetQL announced the addition of Ashooh on Twitter.

Ashooh has worked mainly in the D.C. market up to this point in his career, hosting for Audacy and NBC Sports Washington. He had been contributing sports betting content for the BetQL network for the latter part of the last year.

Ashooh joins co-hosts Trysta Krick and Ryan Horvat on BetMGM Tonight. The show can be heard weeknights from 7-11 p.m.

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1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research

“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.5 billion for the Jay Fund.”

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Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.

This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.

“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”

Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of  Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College. The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.

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