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Rod Lakin: WIP Can’t Replicate Angelo Cataldi

“The WIP brand manager was recently asked how he is approaching the prospect of replacing one of the city’s most iconic sports voices.”

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Rod Lakin knew taking the reigns at 94 WIP in Philadelphia would be a challenge when he first accepted the job. When Angelo Cataldi announced that 2022 would be his final year on air, it added another wrinkle to Lakin’s path to success in a new market.

The WIP brand manager was recently asked how he is approaching the prospect of replacing one of the city’s most iconic sports voices. Rod Lakin says he isn’t using the word replace.

“Angelo is a once in a lifetime type talent. He’s a one of a kind of personality that can never be replicated,” he told Philadelphia Business Journal’s Jeff Blumenthal. “Trying to replicate Angelo Cataldi is a failure strategy to begin with. So the job really is to create a product in the morning drive that can adhere to the standards that Angelo created.”

WIP listeners have heard Angelo Cataldi in morning drive on the station for the last 33 years. Earlier this year, he told listeners that he had considered retiring at the end of 2021. Instead, he chose to work a reduced schedule for 2022 before calling it a career at year’s end.

Rod Lakin has a year to figure out his strategy and put the pieces he wants in place to wake WIP listeners up in the future. He knows how parochial Philadelphia sports fans can be. That doesn’t mean he is feeling any added sense of dread or pressure though.

“I’m listening to a lot of different things. We have a great lineup at WIP with a lot of great internal people as well. So I’m just taking it all in,” Lakin says.

Starting next month, Cataldi will do just four shows a week on WIP. He will be off every Wednesday.

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Marc Bertrand Signs Contract Extension at 98.5 The Sports Hub

“I take great pride in having been a part of the station since its inception.”

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Zolak & Bertrand co-host Marc Bertrand will remain on Boston’s 98.5 The Sports Hub for the next several years.

According to All Access, Bertrand and parent company Beasley Media Group reached an agreement on a contract extension.

Bertrand said being a Sports Hub lifer is something he’s very fond of.

“I take great pride in having been a part of the station since its inception,” Bertrand said. “I’m fortunate to have great teammates on Zolak & Bertrand and as a group, we are incredibly thankful for our loyal listeners. It is their support and engagement that makes this job fun every single day.”

Bertrand and partner Scott Zolak have been on the air together since 2015.

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Gabe Kuhn To Take Over Afternoon Drive On 92.9 ESPN

“Kuhn, who had hosted at competitor Sports 56 the last two years, will host The Gabe Kuhn Show from 4-7 p.m. central starting Monday.”

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Former University of Memphis offensive lineman Gabe Kuhn will soon be making his debut on 92.9 FM ESPN in Memphis.

Kuhn, who had hosted at competitor Sports 56 the last two years, will host The Gabe Kuhn Show from 4-7 p.m. central starting Monday.

Gabe Kuhn is a 2017 Memphis graduate with a degree in journalism. He played under Justin Fuente, Barry Odom and Ryan Silverfield.

“Love this city, can’t wait to talk to y’all everyday,” the newest addition to 92.9 ESPN tweeted. “Let’s get this thing going!”

92.9 ESPN is an Audacy station.

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Jeff Thurn To Exit ESPN Sioux Falls To Join ESPN Radio

“I get to stay here and do it from here. Who gets to radio from Sioux Falls on a national level?”

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ESPN Sioux Falls host Jeff Thurn will depart the station for a new national position with ESPN Radio.

The host of Overtime from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM on ESPN Sioux Falls, Thurn has been with the station for more than a decade.

Thurn thanked executives at Results Radio — owner of ESPN Sioux Falls — as well as listeners and guests for being so supportive during his tenure with the show and station during a thread posted to Twitter.

Thurn joined ESPN Radio as a fill-in host in February of last year.

“I’m so pumped to get to go out there and do something on a national level,” Thurn told Dakota News Now last year. “I get to stay here and do it from here. Who gets to radio from Sioux Falls on a national level? I think it’s really cool just growing up here, having that opportunity, to now do that on ESPN Radio throughout 2022…that’s pretty cool for me personally.”

His final show on ESPN Sioux Falls will be on Friday, February 3rd.

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