After a three-month delay, 94 WIP finally has a replacement for Angelo Cataldi, who is retiring. It will be the current noon show, which goes up a notch.
So, in the end, our intuition was right. The favorite ended up getting the job. I don’t know if Joe was the first choice this whole time, but I heard his name over and over.
WIP had a long search process to replace Cataldi. Which makes sense, because it’s a mike francesa equivalent to Philadelphia. Initially, rumors swirled about Audacy (the parent company) swinging for the fences and bringing in Mike Golic. And it looked like there was enough smoke for there to be fire on that front. But obviously that didn’t happen.
Either way, DeCamara was on the shortlist from the start. An internal promotion situation also likely appealed to Audacy during its current economic barrel spin. And WIP now has a similar morning host profile setup to WFAN: Ritchie is a former NFL player (but no Boomer Esiason stature) and DeCamara is a regular sports radio guy like Gregg Giannotti.
The Philadelphia market has seen a lot of upheaval recently. Cataldi retiring, Mike Missanelli forced out of The Fanatic and now WIP will have to come up with a new midday schedule (probably more moves and internal jerks). The sports chat scene in New York is fairly stable, on the other hand. At least for now. The first month of the fall gradebook should be out soon. Whether WFAN’s Craig Carton and Evan Roberts keep rolling ESPN Radio New York’s Michael Kay, speculation will continue that Kay will hang up when his contract expires next year. And that would be one hell of a story around town.
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