97.5 Philadelphia

Eric Johnson Exits New Jersey 101.5 To Join Beasley Philadelphia As Director Of Sports Content

Longtime “New Jersey 101.5” WKXW Trenton Program Director Eric Johnson is departing the station after eighteen years in that position to join Beasley Media as Director of Sports Content for their Philadelphia cluster. In his new position Johnson will oversee all programming and digital platforms for “97.5 The Fanatic” WPEN-FM Burlington NJ and “610 AM” WTEL. He will also manage all programming and ancillary content and relationships with the NBA’s 76ers, NHL’s Flyers, AFL’s Philadelphia Soul, and Temple, Villanova, and St. Joe’s Universities. Prior to joining New Jersey 101.5 in 1999, Johnson spent five years as Assistant Program Director of Sports 610 WIP and programmed Hot AC turned Alternative “Y100” 100.3 WPLY from...[Read More]

Bob Cooney Joins 97.5 The Fanatic Philadelphia Morning Show

Beasley Media Sports “97.5 The Fanatic” WPEN-FM Burlington NJ/Philadelphia has announced the permanent addition of Bob Cooney as Anthony Gargano’s morning co-host after months of filling-in. Cooney spent 25 years writing for the Philadelphia Daily News with many years as the beat writer for the NBA’s 76ers. In addition to the morning show he will contribute to the station’s 76ers coverage. Cooney fills the opening created by Jon Marks’ jump to 94.1 WIP last year and the dismissal of Maureen Williams in April. Beasley Media Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBGI) announces Bob Cooney has joined Anthony Gargano as Co-host of the 97.5 FM/The Fanatic Morning Show. Cooney had been filling in on the FANATIC for several months....[Read More]

Jon Marks Joins WIP For Nights

CBS Radio Sports 94.1 WIP Philadelphia has named Jon Marks as its new 6-10pm host. Marks exited his position as morning co-host at then-Greater Media Sports “97.5 The Fanatic” WPEN-FM upon the end of his contract in October. Brian ‘Sludge’ Haddad, who had been hosting the 6-10pm slot will return to focusing on his position as Creative Services Director. Jon Marks will be the new weekday evening host for SportsRadio 94WIP. Marks will host the 6-10pm shift beginning on Tuesday, February 7th. He will also anchor week-day Phillies pre-game and post-game coverage, provide content for CBSPhilly.com and contribute to WIP’s daytime lineup. “Jon’s talent, relationship to Philadelphia sports fans, and history in the marketplace will be a huge addition to WIP. We’re thrilled t...[Read More]

Joe Bell Named Beasley Philadelphia Market Manager

Joe Bell is returning to Beasley Media as Market Manager for the company’s Philadelphia operations. Bell ran Beasley Miami from 1999 through the sale of its cluster to CBS in 2014. He exited CBS in July 2015 and later joined Brewer Media Chattanooga in the same role. Prior to coming to Miami, Bell served as GM of 680 WPTF Raleigh. Bell will oversee a cluster that includes Rock 93.3 WMMR, Variety Hits “95.7 Ben-FM” WBEN-FM, Sports “97.5 The Fanatic” WPEN, Classic Rock 102.9 WMGK, Sports 610 WTEL, Christian 800 WTMR, and Brokered Talk 860 WWDB. Beasley Media Group, Inc. a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBGI) has announced the company has hired Joe Bell as Market Manager of Beasley’s Philadelphia Market. “It’s tremendously exciting to ...[Read More]

WIP Sets New Midday Show With Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie

CBS Radio Sports 94.1 WIP Philadelphia will debut a new midday show on Monday, October 24 with Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie. DeCamara joins WIP from Greater Media’s “97.5 The Fanatic” WPEN-FM where he was hosting nights. Ritchie spent seven years in the NFL as a fullback including two with the Philadelphia Eagles. He currently also serves as a fantasy football analyst for DirecTV after spending time at ESPN and NBC Sports Network and recently ran for the Pennsylvania state senate. DeCamara and Ritchie will replace Michael Barkann and Ike Reese in middays. Barkann exits the station, while Reese will be part of the reconstituted afternoon show to be announced in the coming weeks. CBS RADIO’S SportsRadio 94WIP today announced the team of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie as the s...[Read More]

Anthony Gargano Joins 97.5 The Fanatic For Mornings

Greater Media Sports “97.5 The Fanatic” WPEN Burlington, NJ/Philadelphia is expanding its head-to-head format battle with CBS’ 94.1 WIP to mornings for the first time. Anthony Gargano, who worked at WIP for 15 years prior to his exit at the end of 2014, debuted today as morning host at WPEN. Gargano will be joined by midday host Jon Marks and update anchor Maureen Williams and producer Jamie Lynch. The show replaces ESPN’s Mike & Mike who relocate to Beasley’s 610 WTEL. The move gives WPEN a local morning show to compete against WIP for the first time since 2008 when both stations were heard exclusively on AM. With Marks moving to mornings, Harry Mayes & Eytan Shander will take over middays from 10am to 2pm and Joe DeCamara nights from 6-10pm. Mike M...[Read More]

Now 97.5 Philadelphia

Greater Media flipped Smooth Jazz 97.5 WJJZ Burlington, NJ/Philadelphia to AC as “Now 97.5” at 9am EDT today after a weekend of teasing “Something New. Something Now.” The station is targetting crosstown AC WBEB “B101” with a “younger approach to soft rock” and commercial-free workdays. While not as younger-skewing as “Fresh” branded stations in New York and elsewhere, WJJZ is cut from the same mold, while having to protect sister Variety Hits 95.7 Ben-FM. Discussions of the implications “Now 97.5” will have on the market are taking place right here. The first hour of Now 97.5 consisted of: Pink – Who Knew Lee Ann Womack – I Hope You Dance Mariah Carey – Always Be My Baby Jimmy Buffett – Margari...[Read More]