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Hollywood Couturier 08-15-2011 03:34 PM

Howard Eskin To Retire From Radio Show
 
http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/p...ost-today.html

Not set in stone yet but supposedly he's done with his every day show.

Figured it warranted it's own thread even though everyone in the city hates him.

There is a god...

ShawnTHW 08-15-2011 03:45 PM

Best news I've heard all day.

Phileeguy 08-15-2011 03:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hollywood Couturier (Post 35944493)
http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/p...ost-today.html

Not set in stone yet but supposedly he's done with his every day show.

Figured it warranted it's own thread even though everyone in the city hates him.

There is a god...

But is God a benevolent God? Less Eskin is fine by me, but I've got a sneaky suspicion/hunch he's got something cooking on a bigger or national stage. He's been on various ESPN programs already and has filled in on the Dan Patrick show multiple occasions.

Worst case scenario is he goes up to Bristol and debates Skip Bayless daily. My head would explode.

OriginJM 08-15-2011 04:02 PM

but whos going to break our blockbuster trades now

pelts35.com 08-15-2011 04:49 PM

Good riddence. I suspect that Missanelli kicking his a** in ratings has a lot to do with it.

I wonder if Jody Mac will take that spot, although I'd love to see WIP reunite Mac and Mac and push the Cuz to Eskin's spot with Ike.

Jray42 08-15-2011 05:14 PM

Finally! :D

JVR21 08-15-2011 05:28 PM

:clap:

Now we won't have a ********* who hangs up on people when they've proven he's wrong or when he disagrees.

Sawdalite 08-15-2011 05:42 PM

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Flyrs21 08-15-2011 10:16 PM

I can start listening to 610 again in the afternoon. :handclap: probably haven't really listened to the afternoon show in about 8 years

XS Chop 08-16-2011 12:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Phileeguy (Post 35944907)
But is God a benevolent God? Less Eskin is fine by me, but I've got a sneaky suspicion/hunch he's got something cooking on a bigger or national stage. He's been on various ESPN programs already and has filled in on the Dan Patrick show multiple occasions.

Worst case scenario is he goes up to Bristol and debates Skip Bayless daily. My head would explode.

Just heard a rumor he's the new play by play announcer for the Flyers on CSN. They've had him locked in a room for the last 5 hours while Jonesy tries to explain icing to him. He still doesn't get it...

Terence Peterman 08-16-2011 01:02 AM

I'd care, but I stopped listening to WIP years ago.

DeadPhish5858 08-16-2011 07:27 AM

I don't listen to 610 much besides Flyers games, but this is great news. That guy was horrible.

chimrichalds18 08-16-2011 08:31 AM

thaaaaaaaaaaaat's a shame

Hockeypete49 08-16-2011 05:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rick Blaine (Post 35961297)
I'd care, but I stopped listening to WIP years ago.

Same here. Just to corn ball for me.

youthoftoday 08-17-2011 03:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pelts35.com (Post 35946511)
Good riddence. I suspect that Missanelli kicking his a** in ratings has a lot to do with it.

I wonder if Jody Mac will take that spot, although I'd love to see WIP reunite Mac and Mac and push the Cuz to Eskin's spot with Ike.

One of the articles I read did say ratings had a lot to do with it.
I loved Mikey Miss back in the day with Fredricks, but he did get really annoying at the end of his run. I still can't believe they paired him with Eskin. I assume they did it just because they wanted him to quit which he ended up doing.
Since he came back to 97.5, he's been way more tolerable. I think he reinvented himself to become the anti-Eskin. He definitely was less confrontational with the callers than he was years ago and obviously with Eskin stepping down, it worked.

While it never was really noticable on air, I don't think Glen got along with Jody towards the end. I like Jody, but he needs to be solo. BTW, how long has he been back at WIP? I heard him on there for the first time a week or ago when I was driving to the beach one night. I was actually shocked to hear him.
Rumor was that Glen and Cuzz would move into Eskin's spot. That should be interesting because I think Mike and Anthony are still pretty good friends.

Maybe Rob Ellis gets partnered with someone for the mid-day show. I like his work and he's another guy on the station that likes hockey!

pelts35.com 08-17-2011 04:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by youthoftoday (Post 35998029)
One of the articles I read did say ratings had a lot to do with it.
I loved Mikey Miss back in the day with Fredricks, but he did get really annoying at the end of his run. I still can't believe they paired him with Eskin. I assume they did it just because they wanted him to quit which he ended up doing.
Since he came back to 97.5, he's been way more tolerable. I think he reinvented himself to become the anti-Eskin. He definitely was less confrontational with the callers than he was years ago and obviously with Eskin stepping down, it worked.

While it never was really noticable on air, I don't think Glen got along with Jody towards the end. I like Jody, but he needs to be solo. BTW, how long has he been back at WIP? I heard him on there for the first time a week or ago when I was driving to the beach one night. I was actually shocked to hear him.
Rumor was that Glen and Cuzz would move into Eskin's spot. That should be interesting because I think Mike and Anthony are still pretty good friends.

Maybe Rob Ellis gets partnered with someone for the mid-day show. I like his work and he's another guy on the station that likes hockey!

I think Jody Mac has been back for about 2 weeks or so.

Protest 08-18-2011 10:48 AM

Apparently they're also moving the station to 94.1 and getting rid of YSP.

http://www.rbr.com/radio/wip-am-to-a...simulcast.html

I used to love YSP back when I was in high school. Opie and Anthony, Mandatory Metallica, Rockers, Loud and Local... From what I've listened to lately, which admittedly isn't much, they play crappy 80's hair bands, and other overplayed music. You can pay Pearl Jam, but why the same 3 songs all the time?

Anyway, Gargano and Macnow are moving to the afternoon/evening, and Michael Barkann is doing the morning/afternoon with Ike Reese. The fact that Eskin is nowhere to be found is by far the best part.

might2mash 08-18-2011 11:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Protest (Post 36017519)
Apparently they're also moving the station to 94.1 and getting rid of YSP.

http://www.rbr.com/radio/wip-am-to-a...simulcast.html

I used to love YSP back when I was in high school. Opie and Anthony, Mandatory Metallica, Rockers, Loud and Local... From what I've listened to lately, which admittedly isn't much, they play crappy 80's hair bands, and other overplayed music. You can pay Pearl Jam, but why the same 3 songs all the time?

Anyway, Gargano and Macnow are moving to the afternoon/evening, and Michael Barkann is doing the morning/afternoon with Ike Reese. The fact that Eskin is nowhere to be found is by far the best part.

I'll be happy that Eskin is gone, but this won't save WIP in my opinion. The lineup of 97.5 is better imo (except for national Football & Basketball in the Morning Show), and the demographics they're winning aren't really just because they're on FM...

Hollywood Couturier 08-18-2011 11:31 AM

I really dislike Barkann.

Protest 08-18-2011 11:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by might2mash (Post 36018295)
I'll be happy that Eskin is gone, but this won't save WIP in my opinion. The lineup of 97.5 is better imo (except for national Football & Basketball in the Morning Show), and the demographics they're winning aren't really just because they're on FM...

I only listen during my commutes, but I'd rather listen to WIP in the morning then Mike and Mike because I prefer the local stuff and also because Keith Jones/Ricky Botallico/Morganti usually offset Cataldi's shtick for me.

I don't really like Missanelli by himself. He's a bajillion times better than Eskin, but I'm not big on how he is his biggest fan. I like him when's he's working with someone else because he reigns it in some.

I can't speak about the other shows, so I'll take your word for it.

kicksave27 08-18-2011 01:14 PM

Double fist pump. I hate howard, and get no AM reception in my area (power lines). Now i can finally clearly listen to the flyers clearly.

Kinda sucks for wysp's morning show, I liked Bonaduchi. The only "today's" music is 88.5 or 104.5 And I refuse to pay for XM, it's akin to bottled water for me.

I like the "color" guys more than the hosts. I like jonesy & Al more than Angelo; and I like Dutch more than whomever he is with. When mis had sir charles on, and lead into Dutch and they were trading stories, it was the best radio i've heard in a long time.

I liked Mac & Mac on WIP back in the day though. They were polite to callers and not self important. Too many pundents, especially howard thought they were just as or more important than the game.

Now if they can just get phillies games simulcast on an FM station I'll be set.

Gert B Frobe 08-18-2011 01:25 PM

I wish they would pull Jones or Morganti off the morning show and put them on the mid-day slot. There are a few guys - like Jody Mack and Glen MacDonald that actually like hockey - not just the Flyers - but they don't really know the game outside of Philadelphia. Ray Didinger knows a hell of a lot more about hockey than most of the hosts on WIP.

The morning show is just plain awful - Citaldi is such a foul pervert. I feel so bad for the girls that come on that show for him gawk at. He's like an older, uglier, non-funny version of Stern. I have seen him a couple of times at the beach in Wawa - he keeps his sunglasses and a hat on so his "fans" won't harass him.

Phileeguy 08-18-2011 02:40 PM

I don't know how much this will help WIP. Probably some at first, but I guess it'll end up to be just marginally positive.

Cataldi may be a jackass at times, but he's local and covers what we want to hear first thing in the morning for the most part, and your alternative is Mike and Mike on the other station, and Greeny can be pretty annoying in his own right. I think 97.5 cedes this timeslot, knowing it's not going to win this battle, for now.

The next show I think is most crucial to WIP's new programming in turning things around. Barkann is okay in my book, and a fair amount of people seem to like him so they're probably banking on some DNL fans tuning in earlier in the day to listen to him along with Ike. As for Ike himself, I'm kinda glad he got out of doing that 4 hour stretch with Eskin, perhaps it'll prolong his life. Unfortunately he's still got that voice that sounds a little too gravelly/grating to my ears so cutting him back to 3 hours is fine by me.

And since it's cut to 3 hours the afternoon show starts at 1pm, which undercuts the competitions afternoon show start by an hour. Which is why the 10-1 show is most important in my books in terms of keeping people interested up to the start of the next show and not turning them off until 2pm and the start of Missanelli. Still, as much as Gargano and Macnow's show is pretty much the polar opposite to it's decades long predecessor in terms of host personality, I do think that pairing needed a shakeup, not just a new time slot. Hopefully they've got some new show ideas to bring along.

Rob Ellis nightly starting at 6 is good for me. He's going to get cut off plenty of times during the year by various games, but what can you do? A guaranteed hour is better than nothing. If I had my druthers I would've preferred Ellis in the afternoon, and give Macnow back his solo evening slot, where that could actually be a haven for people who want to call and talk hockey again.

pelts35.com 08-18-2011 02:48 PM

I'm very disappointed by losing WYSP. I like 94.1 for music much more than 93.3. For a big city, I think Philly has the worst radio choices. To be honest, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Harrisburg have much better FM radio than Philly does.

might2mash 08-18-2011 02:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kicksave27 (Post 36020745)
Now if they can just get phillies games simulcast on an FM station I'll be set.

Yeah, they really need to get on this. There's an HD radio simulcast which is nice, but it's easy to lose that signal where I live.


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