Connect with us
blank

Sports Radio News

94 WIP Names Awards Show After Late Caller ‘Levi’ Cephas

“Joining the station at least once a day, and sometimes more, for about a quarter-century, Levi was not just a listener and a caller, he was part of WIP.”

Brandon Contes

Published

on

blank

As 94WIP launched an awards series asking listeners to vote on a variety of sports topics from the last two decades, they came up with the perfect name for the campaign. ‘The Levis,’ an ode to famed WIP caller Darren “Levi” Cephas, who died in 2018 at the age of 56.

Joining the station at least once a day, and sometimes more, for about a quarter-century, Levi was not just a listener and a caller, he was part of WIP. The foundation of sports in the city of Philadelphia is their fanbase and that resonates true with 94WIP. Entercom might pay WIP’s bills, but this is Philadelphia’s radio station.

Program director and legacy WIP personality Spike Eskin penned an article on their website explaining the decision to name the award series The Levis, detailing Cephas’ importance to the station.

“When we were thinking about what to name the 94WIP Awards (the way the Academy Award is an Oscar), “The Levi” just seemed perfect,” Eskin wrote. “The magic of 94WIP is not just the people inside the station, it’s the listeners that turn our radio station into a true community. We are not just the voice of the Philadelphia sports fan because those of us who work here are fans, but because we actually give a voice to fans.”

Voters can click here to see the full list of nominations for The Levis.

Some hosts get thrown off by fan interjection, but many are great at using callers to enhance the show’s entertainment value and community. There were times Levi was a nuisance to hosts on both WIP and The Fanatic, but he undoubtedly represented Eagles fans and their city. 

WIP is one of the top sports radio station’s in the country, and making callers part of their foundation helped to establish themselves as a heritage brand in Philadelphia. It’s why WIP decided to name their awards series after Levi. When I started listening to WFAN as an elementary school kid in the ‘90s, the first three names and personalities I learned were Mike Francesa, Mad Dog, and Jerome from Manhattan.

Sports Radio News

Jonathan Zaslow No Longer With WQAM

An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.

blank

Published

on

blank

WQAM midday host Jonathan Zaslow is no longer with WQAM in Miami.

The radio station has removed his show from the website and references to him and his normal 10a-2p ET midday timeslot program have been scrubbed from the station website.

Zaslow tweeted at 5:19p ET confirming the news.

Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now.

Zaslow had been with 790 the Ticket since 2004. He was transitioned from Audacy-owned 790 to sister station AM 560 Sports WQAM last October. During his tenure he has worked with a number of established local voices including Joy Taylor, Amber Wilson, Brett Romberg, and Brendan Tobin amongst others.

WQAM has gone thru a number of changes, including a rebranding effort to call the station “560 The Joe”. That ended last year with the station returning to the AM 560 Sports WQAM brand listeners were more familiar with. What they have planned next in Zaslow’s timeslot is unclear but local listeners will likely get some answers next week.

Continue Reading

Sports Radio News

Vanessa Richardson Named Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter, Paul Gallant to Host Solo on ESPN 97.5

Vanessa Richardson will be on the sidelines for the Houston Rockets and Paul Gallant will host solo show on ESPN 97.5.

blank

Published

on

Vanessa and Gallant

Changes are taking place in Houston sports media. First, the Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season, and she’s a familiar name to Houston sports fans.

Vanessa Richardson, the now former co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, revealed that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

She tweeted the news saying, “Elated to be the new Houston Rockets sideline reporter! I can’t wait to travel the country & share the stories of this dynamic team during 80+ games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. I’ll continue to fill-in as a host/reporter for Astros broadcasts as well.”

Richardson’s co-host, Paul Gallant, tweeted that with Richardson leaving the show for the Rockets sideline gig, Vanessa and Gallant will become the Paul Gallant Show. The solo show led by Gallant begins Monday September 26th.

“We’re excited to have Paul host his own show”, said Todd Farquharson, General Manager of ESPN 97.5 & 92.5.  “He’s super creative, energetic, and likeable.  He’ll get the audience involved and have fun.”

Paul commented, “You know what I’ve always loved about sports talk radio?  That it’s interactive.  Whether through a phone call, text message, tweet or on Twitch, it’s the best place for sports fans to come together and celebrate…or vent.  And that’s what The Paul Gallant Show is going to be…Houston’s platform to talk about its teams. THE most interactive sports talk show in Houston.”

Continue Reading

Sports Radio News

Ken Carman: Al Michaels ‘Feels Untethered’ On Amazon Prime Video

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

blank

Published

on

blank

The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. 92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman applauded Al Michaels for his performance during the presentation.

“Al Michaels feels untethered for the first time. He’s not network television anymore and he can say whatever he wants. We interviewed him on the pregame show and I was nervous,” Carman said.

“He’s a legend,” co-host Anthony Lima added.

During the final play of the game, the Steelers fumbled a lateral into the endzone which the Browns recovered to make the final score 29-17. Michaels said “that may be meaningful to some of you. And you know who I mean”, alluding to people who had placed wagers on the game.

Carman, who hosts two-hours of pre-game coverage on the Browns Radio Network, continued to discuss how nervous he was interviewing Michaels. He also discussed how impressive Amazon’s behind-the-scenes production was, pointing out the only football broadcast with more cameras is the Super Bowl. More than 400 people work behind the scenes for Amazon Prime Video.

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

Carman later said people angry that Michaels misspoke by saying the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “down I-71” instead of I-77 were unreasonable, and joked “Al Michaels hasn’t been on a highway in 20 years”.

Continue Reading
Advertisement blank
Advertisement blank

Barrett Media Writers

Copyright © 2021 Barrett Media.