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94WIP Announces Joe DeCamara, Jon Ritchie to Replace Angelo Cataldi

Cataldi announced he would retire in 2022 in October of last year. The 71-year-old then said he would continue on the station’s morning show until the Philadelphia Eagles season concluded.

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He gave them plenty of time to announce a successor. Now, 94WIP has done just that. Joe Decamara and Jon Ritchie will replace the legendary Angelo Cataldi in morning drive on the Philadelphia sports radio station.

Audacy Philadelphia Vice President and Market Manager David Yadgaroff and 94WIP Brand Manager Rod Lakin joined Cataldi to make the announcement.

“I have two primary aims here. One is to, hopefully, provide a great show. I’ve got very lofty expectations on who we’re going to reach out to to provide a great show,” DeCamara said. “But the second is to make you proud, Angelo.”

DeCamara has been a fixture in the Philadelphia market, hosting shows for both 94WIP and 97.5 The Fanatic for the past 16 years. He had previously been partnered with Ritchie from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM on the station.

In addition to his work with 94WIP, Ritchie also served as the co-host of The Artie Lange Show, as well as an analyst for ESPN and NBC Sports Network. He played seven seasons in the NFL, spending his final two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.

“They made absolutely the right decision,” Cataldi said. “One-hundred percent the right decision. If there’s anything I can do to help you along the way, I’d be honored to do it. If we have to hand it off to anybody, these are the people we should be handing it off to.”

Cataldi announced he would retire in 2022 in October of last year. The 71-year-old then said he would continue on the station’s morning show until the Philadelphia Eagles season concluded. He also joked if the Eagles were bad this year “I’m done around Christmas”. He began hosting the morning show in 1989 on the station.

Earlier this month, Cataldi pressed Lakin on who would replace him. Lakin said at the time that an announcement would be made “sooner rather than later”. Today, Philadelphia sports radio listeners finally learned who will lead WIP forward in morning drive.

The station also announced morning co-host Al Morganti will continue to be on the station, but will no longer be apart of the morning show. News anchor Rhea Hughes will continue in the morning timeslot. Morning show producer James Seltzer will continue to serve in that role with DeCamara & Ritchie.

94WIP will announce a new midday show in the coming weeks.

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Andrew Fillipponi: Peter Burns Made ‘Innocuous Joke’ To Ben Watson

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

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The on-air spat between SEC Network host Peter Burns and analyst Ben Watson continues to be bandied about in sports media circles, with 93.7 The Fan hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller discussing the topic Tuesday.

“I’m on Team Burns,” Fillipponi said.

“Forget who’s team you’re on,” Chris Mueller said. “I think you’ve do have to keep the wives and children out of this.”

“What are you talking about, keep the wives and out of it?!,” Fillipponi asked.

“Do we believe this is work or shoot here?,” Mueller wondered.

“Oh, I think this is real,” Fillpponi added, which Mueller agreed.

“Do you think a close fist from Ben Watson hit Peter Burns?,” Mueller asked.

“No, I think he picked him up by the lapels,” Fillipponi said.

When the subject of Watson’s religion was brought up, Fillipponi then pointed out the absurdity of the situation.

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

“I think he might have a shorter fuse and not taking in humor that Peter Burns was giving out,” Mueller said.

“It was an innocuous joke!,” Fillipponi stated. “It wasn’t a joke! Why is it in bad taste?”

Mueller then added the idea of Watson’s wife texting Burns insinuates there’s an inappropriate relationship.

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Craig Carton: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Analysis ‘An Embarrasment’

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ESPN NFL analyst Booger McFarland raised eyebrows on Monday Night Countdown this week by saying New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has never been held accountable for his actions because he was a “young man who grew up with a lot of money”. WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton called out McFarland’s comments Tuesday as outlandish.

“It was an embarrasment,” Carton said. “Someone should ask Booger McFarland if his kids — who grew up with amazing wealth — have accountability in their lives or if having a little bit of money in your pocket immediately discounts the possibility to have accountability. He’s an idiot and we learned that last night.”

“It’s funny that Steve Young was on the other side of it,” Evan Roberts noted. “Because a long time ago, Steve Young criticized Chris Simms because he’s the son of a famous quarterback.”

“You don’t have to invent reasons for why Zach Wilson isn’t playing well,” added Carton. “Just watch his tape. He’s not playing well. Maybe he’s just not good!”

Carton later said NFL reporters “will try to make a name for themselves by putting out a story” about quarterbacks who take responsibility for their teams failures, while Wilson wouldn’t accept the blame.

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Greg Hill: Ben Watson, Peter Burns Drama Was A Bit

“Be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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Peter Burns and Ben Watson shared an awkward exchange during the halftime show of an SEC Network football game over the weekend, and many are still debating whether Watson walking off the set was serious or not. Count part of the cast of The Greg Hill Show on WEEI as doubters.

“That was a a bit,” Courtney Cox said. “That was absolutely a bit.”

“Yeah, unlike the Chris Rock/Will Smith thing, I assume that was a bit,” Hill said. “I can’t believe that Ben Watson is really angry about that.”

“I dunno, man. There’s been a lot of speculation that it isn’t,” Jermaine Wiggins added. “There are people who are very sensitive about you clowning on them or joking with them. Especially with joking about their wife. Some people can’t handle jokes like that.”

After a back-and-forth with Cox about the legitimacy of the joke, Wiggins concluded by saying for some folks family is off limits.

“I’ve learned something in my 47 years on this Earth: be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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