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WIP Adds Ex-Eagle Jon Runyan

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As the anchor chairs shift on Sportsradio 94.1 WIP, the station has landed an Eagles legend to bolster its on-air football coverage just as the season looms.

Sources say that former Congressman and ex-Eagles legend Jon Runyan will join WIP as an on-air personality. His first spot will be on Friday morning as part of the WIP Morning Show with Angelo Cataldi.

Runyan was among the finalists considered for the drive-time co-hosting spot alongside Josh Innes, and was well-liked by listeners and WIP management during his co-hosting stints.

Runyan’s role at the station, at least in part, will be to fill the gap left by fellow former Eagle Hollis Thomas, who along with WIP program director Spike Eskin will fill the drive-time void left by the sudden retirement of Tony Bruno.

Listeners can expect to hear Runyan’s football expertise as part of the WIP Morning Show, as well as co-host the station’s Eagles pregame coverage on Sundays.

With Runyan’s son playing guard for Michigan this season, don’t expect the former All-Pro to take over Thomas’ now-vacant Saturday afternoon spot. Though a replacement to co-host with Rob Charry has yet to be picked, sources suggest a former athlete is likely to step into the role.

WIP seems to have found a formula that works in recruiting ex-Eagles players and throwing them behind the microphone. In addition to Runyan and Thomas, who joined WIP back in 2011, former defensive end Hugh Douglas and linebacker Ike Reese have found success at the station.

Credit to Philly.com who originally published this article.

 

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Jason Martin Exits 104.5 The Zone

According to reports, Jason Martin has been removed from 104.5 The Zone’s morning show.

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According to reports, Jason Martin has been removed from Nashville’s 104.5 The Zone morning show.

The station website now shows Ramon Foster as the sole host from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM, while Twitter users claim the station’s Buck Reising said Martin is no longer with the station.

The morning show’s former Twitter handle @JMartAndRamon no longer exists, being replaced by @RamonAndWill, appearing to pair Ramon Foster with producer Will Boling.

Martin joined 104. The Zone’s morning show in August of 2020, and agreed to a multi-year contract in September of that year.

This is a developing story. More information will be added when available.

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97.5 ESPN Hosts Want Ian Eagle to Broadcast Deshaun Watson’s Return to Houston

“Ian Eagle, Charles Davis and Evan Washburn? I don’t want Spero Dedes and Jay Feely. I don’t want Tom McCarthy and Tiki Barber.”

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The Wheelhouse

The news of Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson‘s 11-game suspension was the story of the day in sports talk radio on Thursday, and for good reason.

Watson will be eligible to return to the Browns in Week 13 following the team’s bye week. It just so happens that Cleveland is scheduled to play at Watson’s former team, the Houston Texans, in Week 13.

Call it fate, or call it a calculated move by the NFL. ESPN Houston host Brad Kellner said on The Wheelhouse on Thursday that the league knew what they were doing when they landed on an 11-game suspension for Watson.

“This is the umpteenth time that the NFL has made a decision for money and ratings,” Kellner said. “This is what they do. It’s why they’re king. Of course they’re opening themselves up to criticism. But oh my god, that game, the ticket sales and the TV ratings? It’s gonna be maybe the most-watched NFL game the entire year.”

With it being an AFC matchup, CBS will likely carry coverage of the much anticipated contest. Host Cody Stoots said those tuning in to watch everything unfold on television shouldn’t expect the network to shuffle the assignment deck and have its top broadcast team on the call.

“From a TV perspective, you’re not gonna get Nantz and Romo and Tracy Wolfson,” Stoots said. “They’re gonna do the Kansas City Chiefs and the Cincinnati Bengals that week, just looking at the schedule. But you gotta get the number two team to the Texans/Browns, though. Ian Eagle, Charles Davis and Evan Washburn? I don’t want Spero Dedes and Jay Feely. I don’t want Tom McCarthy and Tiki Barber.”

Stoots, Kellner and Jake Asman both tossed around the idea of the game being flexed to NBC for Sunday night, but Kellner said the game will likely stay where it is on the schedule.

“They might just leave it at noon to try to minimize the headlines, even though they could’ve done that a lot better by giving him a full season suspension,” Kellner said.

Stoots added that having the game kick off at noon local time would probably be the smartest thing for the league to do in an effort to downplay Watson’s return. But the broadcast crew calling the game won’t be the bottom of the barrel either.

“They’re gonna act like it’s not a big deal, and you shouldn’t be focusing on this game, and then all of a sudden Ian Eagle is going to call his first Texans game all season, because they don’t want Spero Dedes and Jay Feely breaking it down,” Stoots said.

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Jim Rome: ‘Al Michaels Was Only Talk2 Guest That Didn’t Cancel After Jim Everett Fight’

“People don’t want to associate or be attached to you if they think you’re toxic like that, and he didn’t cancel.”

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Jim Rome has different, deeper conversations on The Jim Rome Podcast than he does on his CBS Sports Radio show. The latest episode features former Notre Dame and NFL star Manti Te’o.

The interview is a promotion for Netflix’s latest Untold documentary, The Girlfriend That Didn’t Exist. In the episode, Te’o talked about the friends that stood by him while so many were laughing at him being the victim of a catfishing scheme.

Rome related. He took Te’o back to 1994.

Right after his infamous interview with Saints quarterback Jim Everett aired on his ESPN2 show Talk2, Jim Rome says he was labeled as toxic and he and his producers felt the consequences.

“All the sudden, no athletes wanted to talk to me initially and people were cancelling their appearances on the show,” he said.

One person that didn’t cancel was Al Michaels, who was working for ABC at the time.

Not only did Michaels not cancel, but he was on Talk2 the night after the infamous interview, which turned into a physical altercation aired.

“I said ‘Al, I cannot tell you how much this means to me,. Why did you not cancel?’. He said ‘Because you’re a friend and I knew you needed it and I knew it would make a difference.’ You never forget stuff like that, do you?”

Rome told Te’o that he understands that Michaels, whether he knew it or not, was taking a risk. The broadcast legend showing up was proof that he was in Rome’s corner and helped Rome regain some credibility that he was worried could have been lost forever.

“People don’t want to associate or be attached to you if they think you’re toxic like that, and he didn’t cancel.”

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