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Would Leaving Radio Put Wingo In Limbo At ESPN?

“The 56-year old will likely have other suitors, but timing is not great for free agent sportscasters like Wingo or FS1’s Skip Bayless as the COVID-19 pandemic has networks looking to cut dollars, not spend them.”

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Last November, rumors began that Trey Wingo wanted to see his ESPN Radio tenure end by the time the 2020 NFL season begins. 

In 2018, Wingo left as host of ESPN’s NFL Live after 15 years to partner with Mike Golic on the new Golic and Wingo radio show. If Wingo is indeed going to depart ESPN Radio, returning to NFL Live seemed like a good fit. But on Wednesday, Outkick’s Bobby Burack reported ESPN will revamp NFL Live and feature Laura Rutledge as the show’s next host. With Rutledge taking over NFL Live, it leaves two of the show’s former hosts, Wendi Nix and Trey Wingo with an unknown future. 

Being in “limbo” as The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand categorized it,  coincides with Wingo and Nix both owning contracts that are set to expire later this year. According to Marchand, ESPN has negotiated to bring Nix back, but it’s unclear in what capacity.  

After 23 years with ESPN, Wingo continues to be a focal point for The Worldwide Leader, but if radio and NFL Live are no longer options, what’s next? The 56-year old will likely have other suitors, but timing is not great for free agent sportscasters like Wingo or FS1’s Skip Bayless as the COVID-19 pandemic has networks looking to cut dollars, not spend them. 

ESPN needs to establish the role they view for Wingo while negotiating a potential contract, they also need to figure out how they’re replacing him if he does depart their national morning radio show. Wingo’s radio exit could also spell the end of a more than two-decade long era with Mike Golic on the morning show. 

In 2017, Golic stated he contemplated retirement when Mike & Mike was in the midst of their breakup. But when ESPN presented the idea of co-hosting a new installment of the show with his son Mike Golic Jr and Trey Wingo, the network’s longtime morning radio host decided to stay. With Stephen A. Smith ending his show earlier this year, Will Cain set to leave at the end of this month, and questions surrounding Golic and Wingo, ESPN Radio’s lineup appears to be nearing a total overhaul.

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K&C Masterpiece: Cowboys Could Add 30 Million More Viewers To Super Bowl

“The Cowboys in the Super Bowl against the Chiefs would’ve shattered all viewership ratings.”

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The matchup in this year’s Super Bowl is set, and the game will undoubtedly be the most-viewed program on TV this year. But if the Dallas Cowboys were taking part in the game, it’s safe to say the ratings would be astronomical.

The Cowboys divisional playoff game against San Francisco drew 45.7 million viewers. It was the second-most watched divisional round contest on record.

The NFC championship between San Francisco and Philadelphia drew 47.5 million.

On 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, K&C Masterpiece host Kevin Hageland said had the Cowboys made it to Philly, the viewership would’ve been even better.

“I know the game sucked, but that just shows you, because the Cowboys were like almost 8 million above every other divisional game, this could’ve gotten to 58 (million),” Hageland said.

Kevin added that if Dallas had gone all the way, the audience tuning in would’ve easily eclipsed some of the highest-rated programs of all-time.

“The Cowboys in the Super Bowl against the Chiefs would’ve shattered all viewership ratings,” he said. “Even with the new system and so many people streaming and everything like that.”

Usually the Super Bowl averages around 100 million viewers. Hageland said a Cowboys Super Bowl appearance in this day and age would’ve set the new top ratings mark for years to come.

“My estimation would be you would add approximately an extra 30 million people,” he said.

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Patrick McCarthy To Join Mets Radio Crew

“Patrick, the son of Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy, had been calling games for Philly’s Triple-A team in Lehigh Valley.”

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The New York Mets have called on Patrick McCarthy to join the team’s radio broadcasts this season.

According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, McCarthy will host pregame and postgame coverage on WCBS and fill in for Howie Rose when he takes time off.

Patrick, the son of Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy, had been calling games for Philly’s Triple-A team in Lehigh Valley.

Keith Raad will be added to the booth for Mets games on the radio this season as well.

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Angelo Cataldi Bans Andy Reid’s Voice From WIP Morning Show

“25% of the people who voted in our poll and said they admire and respect Reid more than Sirianni, you 25% have not been paying any attention for years.”

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As Super Bowl LVII approaches, many storylines have emerged. One includes Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid facing off with the team he coached for 14 years, the Philadelphia Eagles. Reid is a beloved figure in NFL circles, but 94WIP morning host Angelo Cataldi couldn’t hold back his disdain for the coaching legend.

On Tuesday morning, Cataldi mentioned he couldn’t believe Reid was so highly regarded in NFL media circles. The longtime host said Reid was never truthful during interviews.

After playing clips that included Reid saying the Eagles “were a good team” and how the Chiefs “would need a good game plan” to grab a victory, Cataldi took issue with the generalities Reid spoke with. When asked what he expected from an NFL head coach, Cataldi compared Reid to current Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni.

“I was expecting something like Nick gives me every time,” Cataldi said. “I hate Reid ’cause he never won me the Super Bowl, I hate Reid that it took him six years to get there, it took Nick two, and I hate Reid because he never bothered to share a damn thing. If you’re out there, with 25% of the people who voted in our poll and said they admire and respect Reid more than Sirianni, you 25% have not been paying any attention for years.”

Cataldi — who admitted “I don’t like the man, and I’ve never liked the man” — said he received more than 300 emails about Reid, noting he didn’t realize he was “widely regarded as the all-time Andy Reid critic” in Philadelphia.

The 94WIP host added listeners will not hear the voice of the “phony, fraud” Reid any longer on his morning show.

“I do not control the other dayparts here. I don’t control the newsroom. I’m done playing anything said by Andy Reid. ‘Cause I learned over 14 years it’s a waste of time.”

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