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The Fanatic Debuts New Weekday Lineup October 8

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97.5 the Fanatic has a new weekday lineup featuring new shows in the morning and midday. The new lineup makes its debut on October 8.

Farzetta and Tra In the Morning is hosted by Marc Farzetta and NFL veteran Tra Thomas. Farzetta has been a mainstay in the Philadelphia sports scene since 2005 including TV work on NBC Sports Philadelphia and radio work with crosstown rival 94 WIP. Thomas is a 12 year NFL veteran that spent eleven of those seasons with the Eagles. He also has three Pro Bowl appearances to his name.

Eric Johnson, who serves as content manager for The Fanatic had high praise for his new morning team, saying “I’ve been a fan of Marc’s since he started on the air in Philly in the mid 2000’s. He’s evolved into a major talent in town, growing from Update Anchor and Time Out Entertainer at Temple basketball games to Radio Talk Show Anchor and NBC Sports Philadelphia Host. Tra has a natural gift of compelling story telling!”

The new midday show will be hosted by Anthony Gargano and Jason Myrtetus, who is the station’s current mid day host. Gargano moves off of mornings to make way for Farzetta and Thomas. Johnson adds that moving Gargano to the midday show “will put the station in a much stronger competitive position. This really ushers in a new era for a great brand.”

The station will not make any changes in afternoon drive, where the Mike Missanelli Show remains a consistent winner.

In addition, Bob Cooney, and Jamie Lynch who had previously worked with Gargano in mornings are expected to continue with Farzetta and Thomas. Eytan Shander, who had also been part of Gargano’s morning show had his role initially reduced to weekends, but later in the day he was let go by the station after expressing his disappointment on Twitter.

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Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”

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The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.

“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”

Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.

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Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP

WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

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94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.

A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.

He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.

The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.

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Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open

“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.

In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”

The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.

“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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