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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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1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research

“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 billion for the Jay Fund.”

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Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.

This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.

“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”

Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of  Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College.  The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.

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Parkins & Spiegel Wonder If Trent Dilfer Will Still Appear On Their Show After Taking UAB Job

“I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

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Former ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer has been hired as the new head coach at UAB. However, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel wondered if that meant Dilfer would no longer be making his weekly appearances on Parkins & Spiegel on 670 The Score.

“Our guy is no longer gonna do a radio show out of Chicago?” Parkins joked, referencing an incident last month where Dilfer failed to say “Parkins & Spiegel during an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.

“I don’t know that that’s the case,” Spiegel replied.

“We don’t know that yet,” producer Shane Riordan said. “We have only shared a couple of text message — Trent and I — this morning and I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

Later in the show, Parkins and Spiegel jokingly wondered what jobs they could have on UAB’s staff, with Parkins balking at being a sports information director. He did say he would welcome being the offensive player caller, but believed that job might fall under the purview of Dilfer.

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Mike Milbury: Jack Edwards Is ‘Awkward’ and ‘A Different Breed’

“Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

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Boston Bruins television play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards has come under fire for recent comments he made about Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon and his weight. In turn, Maroon donated money in Edwards’ name to a mental health organization. On The Greg Hill Show Thursday, former NHL on NBC analyst Mike Milbury both slammed and defended Edwards.

“Jack Edwards. Who’s Jack Edwards? He went through all of junior high school being picked on and bullied,” Milbury said. “Now he’s trying to get even. Wouldn’t you want to smack that guy, Wiggy? Skinny, scrawny, mouthy son of a bitch.”

“Jack is screaming at the TV all the time,” he continued. “I gotta turn it down half the time.”

When asked by Courtney Cox if it was appropriate for Edwards to make comments about Maroon’s weight, noting that the comments were “awkward”, Milbury said Edwards is a divisive presence.

“Jack is awkward. I think half of Boston hates him and half of Boston loves him. He certainly loves the Bruins and is passionate about it but he’s a different breed of cat. Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

Milbury was “cancelled” after saying NHL players in the league’s playoff “bubble” weren’t being distracted by their wives and girlfriends being present. He was dropped by the NHL on NBC after the comments and has not resurfaced on a major network.

The comments and questions to Milbury came after Cox and co-host Jermaine Wiggins disagreed about whether Edwards’ comments were warranted.

Wiggins said he “thought hockey players were supposed to be tough”, adding “he’s got a few extra LBs. It’s a joke.”

Cox countered by saying “it’s not a joke. No one should be talking about it. Jack Edwards went on for like five minutes about it. It wasn’t funny.”

Hill said when Wiggins was in the NFL, nobody cared what television broadcasters said about them. Cox argued by saying “in your day, nobody talked to a therapist, either”.

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