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Fight! Fight!

We hate it when the rich and famous fight, but the slugfest between WIP-AM's Angelo Cataldi and Howard Eskin has spilled over to this realm. Bloggers are weighing in, and so we're duty-bound to report on the view from the cheap seats.

Fight! Fight!

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Fat_bastard We hate it when the rich and famous fight, but the slugfest Hhofwolfman between WIP-AM's Angelo Cataldi and Howard Eskin has spilled over to this realm. Bloggers are weighing in, and so we're duty-bound to report on the view from the cheap seats.

Fat Bastard v Wolfman is how RisingSign sizes up the match.

The ongoing feud between WIP's Angelo Cataldi and Howard Eskin has all the charm of two monkeys slinging feces at each other at the Philadelphia Zoo. Both men are obscenely overpaid (Cataldi rakes in over $1,000,000 per year), pathetically uninformed, and desperately trying to be something they're not.

Eskin slammed Cataldi's morning co-hosts Rhea Hughes and Al Morganti, Cataldi contends. On his site, Cataldi unloads:

As I've stated before on this sire, Howard Eskin is the most unprofessional person I've ever had to work with, and I've been at it for 34 years now. He has no respect for any of his co-workers, he has a vastly overrated work ethic, he trades his opinion to any athlete or coach who pays attention to him, and he is a gold-plated phony.

In Rising Sign's sights, Cataldi comes off as an old man in a trenchcoat hanging out by the cheerleaders' dressing room. Eskin -- the fur coat wearing, self-professed 'King Of Bling' -- gives new meaning to the word sycophant as he weasels his nose up the rear end of any third-tier athlete Philadelphia has to offer.

Together these colleagues make more than $1.6 million a year. Could pay for a lot of therapy.

Tim
Posted 06/02/2005 05:38:10 PM
Howard is the man. Cataldi is impossible to listen to, he knows virtually nothing about sports and isn't entertaining to listen to. Howard is very annoying is he's funny for some reason, Cataldi just flat out sucks.
Gabe
Posted 06/02/2005 07:00:09 PM
The morning "Show" is entertainment, if you want to call it that.  Eskin has ruled Philly sports talk and as I have said to my boy TJ, while sitting in Sonny Hill's living room, even the bruthers are with him.
Kevin
Posted 06/02/2005 08:33:03 PM
Eskin and Cataldi are both BRUTAL!  I rather listen to another station between the hours of 6-10 and 3-7.  So get rid of both of those baffoons !  Big Daddy and Glen Macnow are alot more entertaining and knowledgeable.
Dave Grippo
Posted 06/02/2005 09:00:16 PM
Eskin is a joke.  He's the most pompous, jock-sniffing, name dropping radio "personality" going right now.  He constantly states his opinion as fact and takes himself way too seriously with that phony tough-guy accent.  The guy's just an outright jackass and I can't stomach listening to his afternoon stroke fest.  Cataldi isn't much better but at least he takes himself far less seriously than Eskin.
Little Kebob
Posted 06/02/2005 09:56:42 PM
Eskin is a pompous, chauvinistic pig. When ever a woman calls to argue with him, he immediately tells them to go make dinner. If he had a real job in an actual office, he would be fired immediately. He also kisses the behinds of any sports figure who will give him the time of day. I don't know anyone who can stand to listen to him. He's also wrong most of the time, even though he would argue that. 
Ray
Posted 06/02/2005 10:17:21 PM
Angelo may be more knowledgeable than we think.  You don't get the impression it matters to him if we think he is great.  That's what makes him numero uno.  He
is comfortable with who he is and he makes you feel like you can go ahead and give him a call.  Howard on the other hand is the total oppposite.  He thinks he is so great that it brings his stock down regardless if he really is knowledgeable.  
Frank
Posted 06/02/2005 11:15:34 PM
Cataldi & Eskin both suck. But at least Cataldi has not cost his employer thousands of bucks ligigating hopeless law suits, then eventually losing the suits. Cataldi at least TRIES to be humorous & makes no pretense of being a know it all. Eskin comes across as a pompous blowhard, a loser in life & who is clueless about sports. Of the two, we could probably do without Eskin.
JORDAN
Posted 06/02/2005 11:24:19 PM
Cataldi is a flat out moron, a dope and a nitwit.  He has no knowledge whatesoever about sports.  He jumps on and off bandwagons quicker than you can blink an eye.  I can't stand that idiot.  Eskin has his flaws as well (his stance on A.I. sucks) but I would much rather listen to his opinions on sports than that idiot in the morning.
Dan
Posted 06/03/2005 02:36:41 AM When I was in high school (all those... 4 years ago), it was 610 on the way to school and damned near anything else but Eskin on the way home. Cataldi & Crew all the way.
Larry
Posted 06/03/2005 05:55:39 AM
WIP sucks....I listened to both shows for over 10 Years Back in the Tony Bruno Bill Campbell Jody Mac days.Now I listen to Stern and ESPN radio.Cataldi and Eskin are just an act just like Howard Stern but he makes it work.Both of their egos grew out of conrol the past 10 years      
MT
Posted 06/03/2005 06:16:56 AM
Angelo has no clue, Howard is as uneducated as you'll ever find in sports radio.  It's time for WIP to save face, bring back Mike Missinelli and Jody MacDonald.  Put Mac & Mac in the morning, Mike mid-days and Ant & Steve in the afternoon.  Then again, we are talking about WIP. Hello 950AM ESPN Radio! 
Douglas J Wild
Posted 06/03/2005 07:10:27 AM
Both of these guys (Eskin and Cataldi) are agonizing to the point of being insufferable.  Ironically, all of the co-hosts on the morning show are much more entertaining and - I'm guessing - more knowledgeable than Cataldi, and consistently put together a much more listenable show when "the Nose" is on vacation.  "Angelo, take more time off - Please!"
DG
Posted 06/03/2005 07:27:19 AM
I listen to WIP whenever I'm in the car, except between 3-7.  I find Eskin unlistenable.  

Cataldi is over-the-top in the morning, but at least he has co-hosts to dilute his brand of obnoxiousness.

Eskin by himself I just can't take.
Bill
Posted 06/03/2005 07:27:54 AM
It's simple. WIP is just as much about entertainment as it is sports. Cataldi's show is entertaining, particularly with Keith Jones. Eskin's show is not. 
Bill
Posted 06/03/2005 07:27:54 AM
It's simple. WIP is just as much about entertainment as it is sports. Cataldi's show is entertaining, particularly with Keith Jones. Eskin's show is not. 
John
Posted 06/03/2005 07:46:52 AM
Cataldi, Eskin, Hughes, Morganti are all very boring and tiresome as their rants, childish antics and petulant behavior consistently affirms. I'm sure if any of them are double-jointed they are pleasuring themselves.  There are only a few hosts on WIP that add any value to anything sports related or otherwise- Macnow, Gargano, Sonny Hill and Didinger. The rest of them are mindless bores with no real knowledge of sports. They are shameless self-promoters who feel if they read or repeat something about sports from a vetted authority - that they too somehow become knowledgeable. It's pathetic. Station management needs a complete on-air overhaul of staff other than the very few mentioned positively above. Where is Mike Missanelli when you need him? He was one of the few unique standup and knowledgeable hosts.
 
"opinions are like a___holes - everyone has one!! So what!! I think that this old expression sadly applies to WIP and its' staff!! 
 
Sincerely,
 
John Mariani
222 terminal avenue 
Erdenheim, Pa 19038
215-767-7606
 

 
mh
Posted 06/03/2005 07:56:02 AM
The Morning Show is the best! In fact, I listen to WIP all day long - except from 3 to 7.  I would rather listen to nails scraping a blackboard than listen to Howard.  And I'm sure I'm not alone.
thereyet
Posted 06/03/2005 07:58:43 AM
The misogyny has spilled over to the Inquirer's own sports pages. From Frank Fitzpatrick's column this morning:

"Female first. Kudos to Indy 500 rookie Danica Patrick, who, in finishing fourth at the famed Brickyard earlier this week, became the first woman to drive anywhere without talking on a cell phone."

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/11801264.htm
Geoff
Posted 06/03/2005 08:12:43 AM
How dare Frank Fitzpatrick make a joke! Let's find him and shove bamboo shoots under his fingernails.

In other news, I don't care about this food. Angelo is entertaining. I can only handle the negativity on Eskin's show in small doses.

They both know a thing or two about sports. But if you had to talk on air for 4 hours a day, I'm sure you would sometimes come off as clueless too.
Crackerby
Posted 06/03/2005 08:48:27 AM
The Morning Show is mostly an entertainmetn show and they do a decent job of it.  Angelo is a smart guy - he just throws stuff out there on purpose.  You're not meant to take it too seriously becasue he'll change his opinion (for fun) the next time the topic comes up.  

Eskin is pretty knowlegable but there are times when he just has his facts wrong because he isn't the most intelligent guy out there (nothing to do with going to college or not).  And the annoying part is when someone calls him on a wrong fact, he still says the guy is an idiot.  I also don't like the way he forms his opinions based on cuddling up to certain athletes and coaches.
Undertoad
Posted 06/03/2005 08:49:11 AM
Eskin is a total blowhard, ignorant about all things non-sports, a complete misogynist, and almost universally unlikeable.

But who does he compete with for drive time talk?

Sean Hannity.

In comparison, Eskin is sensible, knowledgeable, and likeable.
Mistahunter
Posted 06/03/2005 09:05:14 AM
Both of these Jamokes are almost as bad as Obscene Phil's fantasy draft! I agree that the morning show as lost it's edge and has too many no-talent hosts in Jones and Al. Glen is the best on the station (hands down). Mike and Jody would be a welcomed return but the station needs some new blood too...Big Daddy is the worst!

ESPN is better in some ways, but you can't always get the reception! Can anyone say digital???
emw
Posted 06/03/2005 09:08:57 AM
At times Angelo can come off as a  fair-weathered, dejected fan. He seems to change his opinion dependent on which way the wind blows. It is almost as if it's an characterization of the typical Philadelphia sports fan. Whether it's an act or it's for real, I'd rather listen to the morning show than Howard Eskin's afternoon rants. 

I've all but stopped listening in the afternoons. Eskin comes off as overly-opinionated, pompous, and an all together nasty person. He should take some lessons from Glen Macnow on how to do a 1-man show. Listening to your callers, not calling them 'Genius' when you disagree, and having a generally pleasant disposition makes for a more enjoyable listening experience.
Jim
Posted 06/03/2005 09:13:09 AM
Angelo is at least likable in that he can laugh at himself.  Although a bit too juvenile at times, he is extremely intelligent and rarely lets his ego get in the way. His allowance of Rhea Hughes to have free reign and repeatedly interrupt and "browbeat" him is totally unnecessary.  Who is she to be his moral guardian? That act has run its course - not cute anymore.
Eskin, on the other hand, has a good grasp of sports and gets some solid information, but his sense of self-importance is a "joke." When I think of him nowadays, one word comes to mind: REDUNDANCY.
Its the same show every day: Bobby Abreu is overrated, Iverson doesn't pass enough, Andy Reid poops gold bricks, John Street is an idiot, Charlie Manuel and Ed Wade are overmatched...
The most annoying thing though is that throughout his 4 hours of dripping sarcasm, how many times is he going to say, "it's just..."   Howard, you're act "IS JUST" old.    
Rob D.
Posted 06/03/2005 09:45:04 AM
If you listen carefully to Eskin's show you'll realize that, depsite how knowledgeable and connected he is purported to be, he never actually says anything, nor does he answer direct questions. He alludes to having some greater knowledge but doesn't give direct answers. He just talks in circles and belittles callers. The only callers who get a modicom of respect are the ones who kiss his ass within the first 5 seconds they're on the air. Cataldi and Eskin are prime examples of the fact that all you need to survive in that business is an opinion and a lot of attitude to go with it. Actual knowledege is irrelevant.
Michael
Posted 06/03/2005 09:49:58 AM
Eskind lacks a college education and it shows. Cataldi is a joker who cares little about real sports. Eskind is a name dropper who relies on tips rather than real investigative work or sports knowledge. If you want sports talk, then tune in WFAN in NY with Mike & The Mad Dog. They have forgotten more sports than Eskind and Cataldi know together. Bottom line - Eskind & Cataldi deserve each other; they're both losers!!!
cathy
Posted 06/03/2005 09:55:03 AM
After 10 years of listening, I gave up. Especially in the afternoon with Eskin.  I can't believe this guy still has a job.  It amazes me that anyone would want to call him and subject themselves to his ridicule.  Hannity is much more preferable.
enrico
Posted 06/03/2005 10:04:08 AM
Throw me in the category of "I don't really like either guy, but I still listen to them."

I am, however, a huge Glen Macnow fan.  I also like the mid day show, but unfortunately never get to listen to it much.  I will be pretty excited when they make 610 available via the web.  Get with the times!
Jim Lynch
Posted 06/03/2005 10:42:20 AM
 Just wanted to chime in on the Eskin/Cataldi debate. 

I have spent 36 of my 40 years living in Philly. Now having been here in 
Vermont for two years, and still a diehard WIP fan, the distance has 
given me perspective. 

Bottom line is that WIP is all about entertainment. And what a wonderful 
job they do at keeping Philly engaged in this pseudo-debate. 

If you want real information, go to NPR or the like. If you want good 
laughs, and some occasional good sports talk, listen to WIP. 

Everytime I go back "home", WIP is always on in my car. And ultimately, 
that is what Eskin and Cataldi want - the ratings. I still say that they 
meet together every night, hoist up a couple of cold frosties, and toast 
themselves on pulling off the biggest charade in Philadelphia 
entertainment. 

Missing my city, 

JIM 



PS For my money, the best "sports talk" occured on Saturday mornings 
with Don McKey and Ray Didinger. Now THAT'S sports talk. 

BlingHTR
Posted 06/03/2005 10:46:08 AM
I have listened to both shows for approximately 10 years. I can't stand either show but the morning show is more entertaining even with the beer swilling white trash chick. Howard is just a butt kissing, know it all, got beat up in high school jerk. I have had enough and will probably only listen to WIP in the afternoon when its entertaining and really talks about sports. I would rather listen to Keith Jones talk about farting and other obnoxious topics than listen to Howard any longer. Someone please fire him.
Derek
Posted 06/03/2005 11:15:55 AM
The morning show is the worst. Thanks to Al and Keith they know their hockey, but thats it. They know nothing about football, baseball and basketball. That would be OK if this was a one sport town, but its not. Its not even a hockey town. Eskin stinks too, more so because of his arrogance as opposed to his lack of knowledge, but I like him better because he atlest has the guts to say that Stephen A. Smith is a joke and an idiot as opposed to Angelo who sucks up to Stephen A. every chance he gets. 
Jack Burn
Posted 06/03/2005 11:22:37 AM
I cannot listen to that station any more
Both of those idiots are morrons. Cataldi
& crew suck, and King of Bling is a pompus 
ass. My alternatives are WFAN from NY (I
hate all NY teams)But it is still 10x entertaining than WIP. The other station in town ESPN radio  You can't get reception if it's cloudy.It's signal is horrible. Bring back Jody Mac and have lots of Guest and get rid of everybody else. 
Jeff
Posted 06/03/2005 11:40:39 AM
Eskin looks like Teen Wolf.  'Nuff said.
Tom
Posted 06/03/2005 11:43:09 AM
What's going on with Eskin's face?  I hate him.
Ken
Posted 06/03/2005 11:45:13 AM
I'll add that the feud between Cataldi and Eskin has been entertaining. I'll also add that Eskin is a pig. I enjoy listening to Cataldi & Crew in the mornings and WIP throughout the day, except during Eskin time.
Joe Costello
Posted 06/03/2005 11:52:17 AM
When you'd rather listen to NY sports talk than Eskin, something is wrong at WIP. They should either move Glen Macnow up to drive time, or bring back Jody MacDonald. 

Channel 10 did the right thing when they let Eskin go from the Sunday night show. His time in this city has passed. 
Marc Triplett
Posted 06/03/2005 12:03:33 PM
 I now live in Ohio and occasionally get back to the Philadelphia area.  I remember when Philadelphia radio was great - the days of the likes of Joel Spivak, Bernie Herman, Bill Corsair, Dick Clayton, Don Cannon, etc.  Now it's just said to travel up and down the Philly radio dial. Downright depressing. Cataldi strikes me as a likeable, reasonable, witty fellow, and I can listen to him. Eskin is a total idiot.  It is amazing that he is on the air  on a major station in that great city.  It is not difficult to see what Cataldi means when he refers to Eskin as "unprofessional."  That's a kind description.

Marc Triplett
Bellefontaine, OH
Dan
Posted 06/03/2005 12:08:19 PM
It's a shame that we are so preoccupied with talking about the mediocrities of WIP that we miss the big picture.  Glen Macnow is, far and away, the best all-round personality on sports radio bar none (and I grew up on NYC sports talk).  He is knowledgable, considerate, well-versed on a wide variety of topics that go beyond sports and is one of the few people I have come across in this medium that seems like he'd be a good guy to hang out with, have a few colds one with and discuss the sports-related issues of the day.  I am also a huge fan of Jody McDonald and thought for sure that WIP would snap him up again after the falling out at the FAN and re-team him with Macnow to (re)create the most enjoyable sports/sports-related talk show I have heard on this station or any other.  WIP -- are you listening??
Domenic
Posted 06/03/2005 12:11:37 PM
The thing about Eskin is that he does get information correct from time to time because of his sources within the teams. But he gets that by brown-nosing, e.g., Reid, Larry Brown, and Bowa. He doesn't care about hockey. You can tell how uneducated he is when he posits himself as some sort of political guru. He's clueless in that area.
As for Cataldi and his crew, he's nothing but a clown trying to be Stern Lite. In this city, for some reason, it works. Otherwise people like Rhea Hughes wouldn't have fat contracts and would have to actually use their brains for something other than calling and asking Billy King, John Brazer, and Dave Spadaro come on th radio.  
Fred
Posted 06/03/2005 12:21:20 PM
Philly doesn't get it....What is happening at WIP is what has happened at every other franchise in Philly with loser management... years and years of poor performers designed to hold enough attention by whatever means for them to make a buck. 

Nothing will change until WIP management changes... and the only ones who can make that happen are the people who listen, to stop listening. If you listen to these shows you are part of the problem. So don't complain!! 

I have lived in Virginia for the last 10 years and have not listened to either program for as long. I came across this site by mistake. This story has been going on so long, it could have been written 10 years ago.

Get smart Philly and show these guys the door. I agree with all of you with bringing back Mike and Mike and Jodie Mac... these were great shows!
Word
Posted 06/03/2005 12:23:31 PM
I couldn't agree with Dan...bring the Mac and Mac show back. Even Anthony and Glen were great together...pair up Macnow with someone and put him in drive time so that magic can happen.
TheKillerB
Posted 06/03/2005 12:26:22 PM
In reading the comments on this site, it seems like a lot of people agree with me in thinking Eskin is a pompous, obnoxious, jackass who talks down to his callers. He calls people "genius", asks women what they are cooking for dinner, calls African-American's "dog", and hangs up on anyone who diasgrees with them after pulling his "HOLD IT, HOLD IT, HOLD IT" routine. The best thing Eskin has going for him is that he has practically no competition in the evening drive. I agree with the earlier poster who said he would've been fired a long time ago if he had an office job and said those kind of things to people. 
DPC
Posted 06/03/2005 12:28:58 PM
The morning show is unlistenable, why?
-Angelo - Annoying, overly-whiny, let's not forget that HE'S NOT FROM THIS FRIGGIN AREA. Let's also not forget that this mental midget embarrassed the city in '99 with the NFL draft, whether he accepts the blame or not.
-Al - Too quiet, not much to say. Is it me, or is anyone else sick of listening to a morning show hosted by guys with thick Northeastern Accents?
-Rhea - I can't stand her role on the show, she's the one who "butts-in" on conversations. I find it very annoying. However, I've heard her host her own shows or do shows with Big-Daddy and think the opposite. She's much, much better when she's a full time host or co-host. Pair her up with Big Daddy Graham and you have an excellent mid-day crew
-Keither Jones - this guy SHOULD not be on radio/tv/insert any other form of media here. Listeniong to him on the radio is like listening to fingernails on a chalkboard, very uncomfortable. Plus, he's a daily reminder of one of the Flyers weaker trades.

Howard, whether you like him or not, is accurate with his news. His arrogance is part of his act, I love seeing a guy who looks like wolfman go around acting like his junk don't stink. I used to hate the guy but couldn't stay away because I wanted to hear who he would yell at next. Now I love listening to him for the same reasons. One point though, when callers do get a point across to him, Howard will nit pick on the smallest item (like mispronouncing someone's name) to prove you wrong and get you off the air. 
DPC
Posted 06/03/2005 12:33:17 PM
One more thing, I'm sick of how much of a pansy Glen Macnow is. There's nothing more annoying than hearing him cut someone off the air in such an uncomfortable motion when they ask him if it's true that he went to Boston University with Howard Stern. WHO THE HELL CARES, FINISH THE CALL, CONFIRM THE STATEMENT, RIP STERN AND GET ON WITH IT. Don't be a prude who has to treat the show as if no other radio stations or personalities exist. 

Disclaimer - no I'm not a stern fan. Just irked by things like that.
Rich Waddington
Posted 06/03/2005 12:35:38 PM
I have been in Fla. for 3 yrs. everytime I come to Philly I listen to WIP and still here the same old rhectoric. Get rid of both of them, it's getting real old, and I'm not even listening everyday.  
Mike
Posted 06/03/2005 12:41:28 PM
Eskin ought to shut his damn mouth. If people don't agree with his opinions, he hangs up on them. Next, never trash a co-worker on the air. What a punk! You suck Howie!!!!!! 
SM
Posted 06/03/2005 12:49:17 PM
They both are too full of themselves. But Angelo will always be the bigger jerk for putting 20 drunk guys on a bus to boo McNabb.  I'm sick of hearing how "Philadelphia" booed him.  The only time 610 is worth listening to in on the weekend with guys like Don McKee, Dick Gerardi, and Ray Diddinger. 
Rising Sign
Posted 06/03/2005 12:58:38 PM
My fledgling PhillyFuture blog cited in Blinq?  Worrrrrrrd.  That made my day, until it was surpassed by the "hot lunch"  and Richard Long comments above.  Nothing makes me laugh like a picture of Fat Bastard.  Nothing.

Since I was mainly thinking about the weekday WIP schedule, I forgot to mention Ray Didinger, who may be the brightest and most reflective of all WIP personalities.  There's a reason he's in the pro football Hall of Fame, right?  I usually enjoy Rob Charry's part-time appearances, as well.

Everytime I hear Rhea do the news segment in the morning and she says "Spoooooooooortsradio 610 WIP", I want to strangle myself with the clock radio's power cord.
Larry
Posted 06/03/2005 01:01:11 PM
I agree with the person that is tired of that white-trash, beer swilling, cackling hygena, Rhea. ........... What sort of woman dumps a guy she had been with since HS and gets married a year later. 
I almost died when they said she was going to Merion Cricket Club with her future mother-in-law. I wonder how embarassing that must have been for the lady. Her friends must have thought it was take a white-trash ugly chimmney to the club day.
Both the shows suck. Stern in the morning, the open window in the afternoon.
Jeff
Posted 06/03/2005 01:13:06 PM
SM is dead-on.  Eskin and Cataldi suck the worst, but the entire weekday lineup blows.

The Morning Show is terrible and the only people who like it are fat guys who can't get laid and think that stupid tool who walks around in shoulder pads is cool.

Steve Martarano is OK, but Gargano sucks.  

Eskin is a moron, and WHERE IN THE HELL are people coming up with this crap that Glen Macnow knows ANYTHING about sports?!?!?

The average guy sitting on a barstool knows more about sports than Macnow.  Did you ever hear someone ask him a question that's a little off subject from what he's talking about?  His response will be "nobody cares about that" and cut the person off.  When Macnow says "nobody cares about that" the translation is "i don't know anything about what you're talking about and even though it's sports related, i'm a know-nothing idiot who can't deviate from his format".
JH
Posted 06/03/2005 01:16:30 PM
The next time Eskin has a day off, WIP management should listen to the amount of callers who say "Glen it's nice to hear you this time of day". Eskin should've been fired immediately after the lawsuit from last year. Isn't a "journalist" supposed to report the truth and not lies. This gives Eskin no credibility (not that he had any to begin with). Angelo seems like a nice guy who tries to be something he isn't hard to incorporate other aspects into his show. I listened to him the last three months (while my other morning show was switching stations) and found that it's entertainig when they talk sports, but boring when they branch out (farm olympics??, poker tournaments - it's boring to watch poker on TV let alone listen to it on the radio).  
JB
Posted 06/03/2005 01:17:02 PM
I worked with a guy who grew up with Eskin in the Northeast. He described Eskin as a "take-my-ball-and-go-home" type. Also, his nickname in the neighborhood was "spot". Eskin has a birthmark on his face..that's why he has the beard. My co-worker says the only reason he was called spot was his attitude. Very sissified, always thought he was right, always kissing up to the "popular" or "Tuff" kids. Which is interesting because that is exactly how he is on the radio. I refuse to listen to his show, I haven't in 3 years. I listen to the NY guys on 660. 
James Tindal
Posted 06/03/2005 01:20:37 PM
I don't understand how either one of these guys stay on the air. I've been out of town for a while, but it always seemed to me that WIP's had better on-air personalities in the weaker time slots. I wish they would get rid of both of them, especially Howard.
luis
Posted 06/03/2005 01:23:38 PM
they both suck,but eskin is a total jerk with the callers,especially women...i also beleive he is a closet racist,if it's not AI,then it's Abreu...or Bonds...or Street...
Steve B.
Posted 06/03/2005 01:25:00 PM
Philly Resident for all of my 43 years. Cataldi's show is bad, but Eskin's is far worse (can not listen to him). Bottom line is that they are a distant 3rd choice for sports after WFAN (AM 660) in NY -- I hate NY teams but their sports talk hosts throughout the day are far superior than WIPs, as are their guests (WIP hosts are universally so caustic no guests of any note will come on) -- and ESPN Radio (AM 920). 
enrico
Posted 06/03/2005 01:32:53 PM
You Eskin haters will get a kick out of this old post on my site:

http://www.the700level.com/2005/04/howard_eskin_di.html

Hope its ok to post a link here, it is very related to the topic of Eskin/Teenwolf.
Jerk-Offs
Posted 06/03/2005 01:39:29 PM
you're all losers for listening to either one of these morons... why do you listen to anyone talk about sports, just watch the actual game and talk to your friends/co-workers... these nitwits have nothing useful to add to anything.
Dan
Posted 06/03/2005 01:40:13 PM
The morning show is garbage. Angelo Cataldi seems to know very little about sports, and his screeching voice grates on my nerves (which is why I do not listen).  I hope Howard loses one of his "stone cold mortal lock" bets sometime in the near future so we won't have to deal with him, either.  I enjoyed my drive home when he was on suspension, as I was able to listen to Mike Missinelli and Glenn Macknow (who, by the way, is my favorite on WIP).
Jeff
Posted 06/03/2005 01:51:07 PM
They are both horrible. And so is the whole line-up. WIP should do this bring back Jody Mac and Missanelli. Make a deal with Mike and the Mad Dog to simalcast there show to Phila and have them incorporate Philly talk as well as NY. Have more Didinger if possible especially football season.
Larry
Posted 06/03/2005 01:54:12 PM
I have been an avid listener and occasional caller to WIP for more years than I care to mention.  During that span of time, I have been consistent in one thing, my extreme distaste for Howard Eskin and his "unlistenable" segment in the afternoons.  I don't really have a glowing assessment for Angelo in the morning, but I can tolerate it during my 1 hour ride to work each day.  I can't stomach more than 13 seconds of Howard.  

Howard's obviously skewed and prejudicial opinions detract from any perceived credibility he might have ever had.  "dope", "nitwit", and "moron" are routine characterizations leveled on the people that call in to his show, and I 'd like him to know that the old adage, "it takes one to know one", certainly is applicable to this topic of discussion.

Angelo is entertaining, and if you tune in with no preconceived notions of having Boomer and Dan Patrick on the show, you can be entertained by his ability to laugh at himself, and his faults.  I don't believe Howard has the ability to show such levity, and his disrespect for knowledgeable callers os distasteful.  I don't know of anyone, personally that has ever called him, nor do I know anyone in my circle of friends, that likes him.


Edmundo
Posted 06/03/2005 02:02:38 PM
So it's not just me?  2 unlistenable shows.  I lived in KS for 5 years, returning in 2001, listened to those 2 guys for a year and then gave up.  
Cataldi's schtick is really old and not funny anyway.  Eskin is even worse, a butt-kissin' blowhard whose schtick is even older and who is even "unfunnier".  Eskin reminds me of the kid who would make up nicknames like "The Lip" for a harelip.  So-called sports expert? -- the thing he knows best is betting lines.  
The rest of the hosts vary: Ant & Steve I find very entertaining although YMMV.  Macnow is a little prissy but generally good, Charry is eh, most of the weekenders are pretty good, with Didinger and Jerardi as standouts. 
Jerry
Posted 06/03/2005 02:19:39 PM
Cataldi is not funny & is misinformed at times. Eskin is usually misinformed and worse yet can never admit he doesn't know something so he lies...LIES about it and makes something up.  I've heard it on more than one occasion.  It happens so frequently that I usually turn the dial if he's on.  Let's face it Glenn Macnow is the best one on there.  The only good thing about Cataldi is WingBowl!!  Eskin...I wish he'd just get sued again and leave radio.  Take them both...I could care less...
Bruce
Posted 06/03/2005 02:20:26 PM
I don't like Howard Eskin very much.
Caesr
Posted 06/03/2005 02:21:25 PM
I don't listen to either show but if I had to pick one person to get rid of, it would be Howard Asskin. This pompous loser spends most of his time kissing up to athletes and managers in the hopes of getting a "scoop", but most of what he reports is just "poop". He constantly misrepresents situations, facts and if a player doesn't give him the time of day (i.e. Iverson) then he goes on a daily rant which unfortunately for people like Iverson, has lasted 9 years. If I had a dollar for everytime this guy was wrong with one of his predictions,I'd be retired. 

The only people who he listens to are the ones that immediately come on the air calling him "King" and showing some kind of reverence towards him. What is he the King of exactly? Stupidity?

His show is tired, his rants are tired and 
WIP should be tired of the yearly lawsuits against them because of his constant and most times unwarranted defamations. I guess they figure controversy sells, but when do you finally say you've had enough of the boorish, childish, unprofessional and uninformed behavior?
daniel rubin
Posted 06/03/2005 02:21:58 PM
I've just finished removing a dozen or so comments from the same IP address -- all from the same guy with 5th grade pseudonyms and some sexual identity problems. Stop it, or I'll block you completely, which I'd prefer not to do.

Dan
Matt
Posted 06/03/2005 02:40:05 PM
Most people here seem to agree that Angelo is a blowhard and Eskin is a nitwit.

I like the reparte between Gargano and Motorola.  And I love Macnow--he seems like the most mature host on the station.

Others I like who haven't been mentioned in this thread:  Rob Charry, who seems pretty knowledgable and friendly; and Paul Jolovitz, whose speciality seems to be horse racing (completely uninteresting to me), but who I find very engaging.

I think that G. Cobb is one of the worst hosts the station has--he's completely incapable of putting together a coherent argument, and listening to his radio show promises an evening full of bizarre non-sequitors.  He's also a raging anti-affirmative-action conservative, which I find very strange (especially since he's unable to support those arguments, too, and just ends up shouting at people who disagree with him).

I'm also kind of annoyed by the guy (can't remember his name) who sounds like Gargano, and whom I'd characterize as Gargano-lite.
MAF
Posted 06/03/2005 02:44:57 PM
Eskin is extremely difficult to listen to so I rarely bother.  I confess to listening to the Morning Show if the topic or guest catches my ear.  Cataldi's frustrated fan act is wearing very thin.  He's a huge phony who does a horrendous job of imitating  Howard Stern  when he veers in that direction which is too often.  To his credit, he has an act that plays perfectly to the 700 level denizens who listen  and call frequently.  Morganti has perfected his own schtick of being the lazy co-host who purposely mispronounces names and intentionally forgets things.  Watch him on ESPN or listen to him outside of the 5:30-10 time period and you see the guy knows his stuff even if it's only hockey.  The big lie on the Morning Show is that Rhea is hot.  The expression "a face for radio" applies perfectly to her.  I think she wants to be Dei Lynam or Leslie Gudel but she's not even close to being acceptable for TV and that's even after a nose job and other procedures.  Her grating voice and white trash personna are barely tolerable on the radio. The only good thing I can say for Eskin is that he's not a phony - he's being who he is which just happens to be obnoxious, overbearing and boorish. As for the rest of the station, Didinger on Saturday morning's is the only time you might learn something.  Macnow somehow tries to pass himself off as a man's man which is a complete joke.  Martorano is an arrogant radio dinosaur while Gargano is an affable guy who has potential.
Jim
Posted 06/03/2005 02:48:54 PM
First off, they are both a couple of clowns. Eskin is a know nothing idiot who thinks he is the king of Philly sports, but he is far from it. I didnt think anybody liked him until i read the 2 or 3 entries above where i learned a handful actually can stomach him. I know for a fact that Angelo is a pompous jerk, my cousin taught with him at La Salle a few years back and said he acted better than everyone and was hated by the rest of the communications department. His whole persona on the air is a big act, a big phony. Moral of the story is both of these guys should get shipped to NYC so they can chat it up with the rest fo the moronic sports hosts on the radio...
Jon
Posted 06/03/2005 03:09:54 PM
I am a native Philly sports fan who lived away for many years before moving back a few years ago.  I was looking forward to listening to Philly-based sports talk radio for a change.  Since I listen only to and from work, I rarely get anything but Cataldi or Eskin.  While Cataldi is occasionally humorous, they sure don’t talk much sports.  Would it be so bad if he and his crew actually took calls and answered questions or gave opinions about actual sports topics so I might learn something I didn’t already know?  The only useful segment ever is his post-Eagles game wrap-up with Ray Didinger.  Now HE knows football.

As far as Eskin is concerned, it is absolutely unbearable to listen to his show.  I stopped listening shortly after arriving.  He knows nothing about sports, passes on rumors as if they are facts, never admits he is wrong when callers remind him of his past statements that turn our incorrect, and generally abuses anyone who disagrees with him about anything.  His ‘genius’ act is so obnoxious.  I have starting listening to Omar in the Zone because at least he talks sports and gives his listeners a chance to express a different opinion.

I have money to spend and you’d think that WIP would want to attract listeners that appeal to their sponsors for that reason.  What listeners are they trying to attract with a jerk like Eskin?

elvez
Posted 06/03/2005 03:18:13 PM
Just as a small aside, it seems like a lot of the guys on WIP will make these bets with on-air callers from time to time about a variety of stupid stuff (guesses about how many games Sixers will win in August, etc.).  Does anyone know if these things ever get paid off, or is it more akin to eight-year olds betting a million dollars on the playground (i.e. no chance of getting the cash)?

Just curious...
Frank
Posted 06/03/2005 03:23:23 PM
The Morning crew isn't what it used to be but I'll still listen for long stretches. Eskin however makes my skin crawl. I seriously think the man has an emotional disorder. I don't know why WIP management thinks Eskins' brand of radio is entertaining? 
Bill
Posted 06/03/2005 03:31:00 PM
While I don't listen to Cataldi at all (I listen to KYW and CD's on my morning commute), I occasionally switch on Eskin when Mike and the Mad Dog on NY's WFAN go to commercial. I immediately switch him off when I hear him mention Allen Iverson. How does he have the nerve to speak about Allen Iverson after what he did last year? Eskin has the least credibility of all the sports radio jocks in Philly. It's been proved.
Rising Sign
Posted 06/03/2005 03:38:15 PM
// I think that G. Cobb is one of the worst hosts the station has--he's completely incapable of putting together a coherent argument, and listening to his radio show promises an evening full of bizarre non-sequitors //

Oh my God.  Yeah.  G. Cobb is so dumb that he almost becomes entertaining.

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AUTHOR: PhillyMan



Posted 06/03/2005 03:46:43 PM
Eskin has made anti-Catholic remarks on the air which is why I will not listen to him. 

Cataldi is a likeable goof that doesn't know much about sports.

Let them have a "Shout down" match for a local youth charity. 
Jen
Posted 06/03/2005 04:41:09 PM
What fun it's been to read these hilarious posts on this rainy day - almost as much fun as listening to Glen and Ray the day before the Super Bowl.

I am an educated FEMALE sports fan and small business owner.  I know I could never call Howard with a serious question about the Sixers or T.O., since all he would do is ask me if the laundry is finished or if I've cooked for my man yet.  Loser.

He always claims to 'keep it real' when he lies about his age and other matters all the time!

And Howard, his name is Andre IGUODALA.  Learn how to pronounce it!
Richard Aceto
Posted 06/03/2005 04:43:27 PM
I almost never listen to 610 anymore.  The only thing worse than the redundant morons that call up the station are the morons that host the programs.  Listening to Mike and the Mad Dog break down the Mets issues in the bullpen is more appealing to me, and I couldn't care less about the Mets.  In the morning I listen to 1210.

1) Angelo Cataldi is by far the worse personality on the station.  The only redeeming quality this man has is that his show ends.  He knows absolutely ZERO about sports.  He'll rip an Eagles draft yet couldn't give you a brief breakdown of 5 college football games played that year.  His constant whining is unbeliebably annoying, he some how thinks it's becoming.  The sexual conotations that he likes to add to the dialogue are beyond lame.  He could be the most pathetic excuse for a man in the city.  Can't run 10 steps without blowing out his hamstrings.  Admits to having lyposuxion.  I can't believe he still gets good ratings, I don't know anyone that likes him.


rob
Posted 06/03/2005 04:43:55 PM
Does wip realize that mike missanelli is currently not working? he could easily take eskin or cataldi's place! he had a very entertaining wmmr show show he can do mornings. Mike and gargano had a great high rated show. Why does mortarano still work at wip. the man knows nothing about sports and has said so. mgnt at wip seems very clueless to continue with this current lineup without mike missanelli!!!
madmothajumpa
Posted 06/03/2005 04:57:56 PM
Come on...we know they're both a little over the top.  They're more entertainment than anything.  Can Howard Eskin really believe some of the things he says like Iverson is not a Hall of Famer, or Freddie Mitchell gets open, or he's a sex symbol?  Can...he?  But at least Angelo is a nut, knows he's a nut, and fraternizes with the nuts. He knows his audience and plays to them...not above them.
Danny Boy
Posted 06/03/2005 06:44:37 PM
If the produces at WIP took Eskin & Cataldi's mirror away, we might get more sports & less about themselves.

Since when does the Morning Show talk Sports??? i thought it was a comedy act... I only listen to Keith Jones & Al Morganti! Angelo is OK, he doesn't give me any reason to because he doesn't  tell me anything about Philly sports. I only listen during Wing Bowl. Besides, he's a Yankees fan, what the hell is he doing in Philly? 
Eskin, "King of Bling" although isn't someone i would want on my side in a bar fight or on the hockey rink, but he's a riot to listen to. At least he talks sports. He's a one man show & sometimes the favorite underdog to hear what he's saying. Besides Howards got the better nicknames. I listen to both, but Howard i think has the edge...
  
Oh yeah, GO PHANTOMS!!! 
Yo
Posted 06/03/2005 07:48:22 PM
I'll take Eskin over Cataldi anyday. The on again off again bandwagon jumper needs to strap on a parachute and jump off the Platt bridge with his dirty 30 team. This is what it'll sound like: Yo Ang, yo Ang, my chute (gobble gobble) is hurt....splash!
Mike
Posted 06/03/2005 08:12:25 PM
Went to high school with Eskin... We should all ask him to shave off that beard and everyone would be in for a surprise.. A nice HUGE birthmark or maybe defect that is more blantant than his ego.

Was all for WIP 10 years ago.

WIP sucks. ESPN or XM radio all the way.

Joe
Posted 06/03/2005 08:58:18 PM
Where to begin? How about Al Morganti blaming the sexual mores of todays school children on Bill Clinton. Those kids have never even heard of Bill Clinton! Rhea Hughes has a very annoying laugh, which becomes even more annoying when laughing at her own jokes, while lacking any worthwhile sports knowledge. Keith Jones seems like a  nice guy, but watching paint dry would be better than listening to him. Angelo is certainly stealing money, and the movie Irv thing? Like who cares? Eskin is a self-promoter who sucks up to anyone willing to lower themselves to be in his company. He is obnoxious, but he deals in facts, which the morning show does not.
Robert
Posted 06/03/2005 09:51:23 PM
Rob from OCEAN CITY MARYLAND WE HATE HOWARD ESKIN
Kurt
Posted 06/03/2005 09:59:11 PM
I like them both.
 Howard is from my Hood and Ang is funny.
Scott
Posted 06/04/2005 12:43:23 AM
Both are 2 of the most entertaining talkers I've heard in my lifetime.  Angelo Cataldi though is really the voice of Philly sports.  His enthusiasm has me wanting to hear his take on everything that happens.  Eskin runs a good, informative show, he's a smart guy, but sometimes is hardheaded.  He becomes chummy with some of the main figures, like Larry Bowa for instance, and then champions them, which is annoying and obvious. 
joe sunday
Posted 06/04/2005 01:31:05 AM
rhea hughes looks like a horse with her  big teeth  she's even uglier in person
howard
Posted 06/04/2005 04:38:41 AM
"Eskin is a total blowhard, ignorant about all things non-sports, a complete misogynist, and almost universally unlikeable.

But who does he compete with for drive time talk?

Sean Hannity.

In comparison, Eskin is sensible, knowledgeable, and likeable."

I agreed with Undertoad there, but that shouldn't be taken as any sort of endorsement for the guy who sometimes makes me regret my name.

They're both idiots on the air. At least I know from Cataldi's past life as a qualified journalist (and the lack of lawsuits filed against him) that he isn't really that stupid. 

Eskin, on the other hand, only seems smart to some people because he's got that little button that can cut callers off whenever they start to sound smarter than him. 

And on the slander suits, I guess WIP management sees Eskin as enough of a draw that they're willing to put up with him on the liability end. That really says more about the listeners than about any host, though.
Bill
Posted 06/04/2005 06:23:47 AM
WIP ceased being relevant years ago, and I suspect that this is just another publicity stunt to bolster ratings. WFAN does it the right way (except for the dreadful Imus). WFAN proves that you can have fun and talk sports at the same time (without resorting to the personal attacks and rumor mongering that have become WIP's specialty). My morning show of choice is the one and only Tony Bruno, who's show from L.A. streams over the internet: http://www.1540theticket.com/main.html .
Bruno continues to be the best in the business.
Boo (so.philly)
Posted 06/04/2005 07:53:02 AM
Let's remember that the morning show is supposed to be more of an entertainment period with humorous content and I have to admit some times it is really hysterical! So for that reason I'll give Angelo and company a pass. As far as the ARROGANT, POMPOUS, SELF LOVING IDIOT who is on at 3pm, If you like this guy you really need to get a life and seek therapy now!! 
Why on earth would you subject yourself and the time you spend driving home from work to someone who hates everyone but himself! Anthony Gargano is by far the most  knowledgeable host on WIP and when him and Steve sign off for the day So do I !!
WIP: Please get rid of the Moron from 3 to 7 and get Missinelli back on the air.
Cous, "you are the man"
Boo (south philly)
GO PHILS !!!!      
Mary Ellen
Posted 06/04/2005 08:16:37 AM
I've listened to the Morning Show since the days of Tony Bruno.  I seldom miss a morning so that speaks for the loyalty I have for Angelo, Al, Rhea, and Keith.  Not only is it entertaining but I occasionally learn something about what's happening in the world of sports.  Howard, on the other hand, shows almost contempt to some of the callers which I consider ignorant.  I applaud WIP with the different programs and personalities to somehow reach everyone.
wally
Posted 06/04/2005 08:42:40 AM
I remember when Angelo co hosted with Tom Brookshire in the am. He was not so much of a blowhard, wishywashy, egomaniac as he is now. Maybe Brookie kept him in check.
mike
Posted 06/04/2005 09:23:03 AM
Eskin sucks. Angelo is great.
Domenic
Posted 06/04/2005 09:53:13 AM
I said this before in an earlier post, Cataldi's Stern Lite act works in this city. Why, I don't know. I really think that it would not anywhere else. If I had to give it a guess, I'd say that Philly is full of 700 Level types ( which is where I sat for almost 20 years).Rhea Hughes' white trash aspect is unfunny, boring, and quasi appalling. She is so bad and it's awful to hear AC and those bad guests they get to come on the air butter her up. Her and AC have zero credibility for a variety of reasons, none more so than their latent dislike of McNabb. They take an almost perverse pleasure in seeing him fail.

John
Posted 06/04/2005 11:14:09 AM
Cataldi lost any credibility he had with me when he sent his idiot minions to the NFL draft in 1999 to boo any non-Ricky Williams draft pick by the Eagles.  The pick ended up being McNabb, and that's why the morning show doesn't like McNabb - Cataldi needs to somehow justify the fact that he stupidly backed the wrong horse.  Look at where Ricky Wiiliams is now - nowhere.  And Eskin - he's an overrated fool whose lack of knowledge about sports is surprising considering his occupation.
Gary B
Posted 06/04/2005 11:33:47 AM
First off for anyone who suggests that Angelo is "stealing money" tell me how many radio personalities could fill a 20,000 seat venue at 5 a.m to watch men eat chicken wings?

 As far as the Eskin- Cataldi feud goes put me firmly in Angelo's corner. Come 3 o'clock and I'm switching to FM until Macnow comes on.
One thing though as insufferable as Howard is those two idiots in New York ( Mike and the mutt) make Howard almost bearable in comparison.

As for the moring show I have no idea why people are so threatened by Rhea? I find her professional and knowledgable. Angelo can get out there sometimes but he's almost always entertaining. Keith adds some spontaneity and I always enjoy Al's dry sense of humor. Still the show was at it's best when Joe Conklin was a part of it. I wish they would figure out a way to bring him back now that the old station mananger is gone.  
 
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AUTHOR: PHILLYinNY



Posted 06/04/2005 01:19:20 PM
LISTEN UP! BOTH THESE GUYS ARE WAY ABOVE 95% OF OUR PAY GRADES.  SO WHO CARES?  BUT I HAVE TO ASK  DOESN'T ANGELO LOOK LIKE THE BASTARD RETARDED HALF BROTHER WHO'S KEPT IN THE ATTIC FROM "EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND"?  ALSO DOESN'T ESKIN LOOK LIKE THE "KING OF BLING!" THAT KNOCKS ON YOUR DOOR IN THE BURGER KING TV AD? JUST ASKING.
PS. WHO WOULD BE MORE SCARY IN A SPEEDO?
MSA, ESQ.
Posted 06/04/2005 04:29:10 PM
Howard Eskin is the fat kid who was never chosen when sides were picked--this is true we knew him at Camp Sun Mountain-- and he has spent a lifetime spewing the bile of his pathetic insecurities at others. "Never had a bad day?" Yeh, right.

Cataldi, if at all possible, is even lower on the chain of putative humanity Walked out on his first wife the minute he made a "name" for himself--my name for him is Smarmy Puke-- and he has spent the past decade+  embarassing himself and the station that employs these two vermin.The typically uninformed lynch mob this scum organized for Donovan's draft-day should have never been forgotten or forgiven.

I'm a lifelong Philly fan (since 1949)but I'd sooner chew razor blades than listen to either of these two (or virtually all of the othe "personalities"--can you say panderers?-- on our shame of a radio station).

Listen to WFAN and/or ESPN Radio for informed sports talk. 

We will never be a first-rate sports town as long as WIP(Idiots calling Imbeciles) is our alleged radio "beacon". 
bill
Posted 06/04/2005 09:56:26 PM
I make a point not to listen to either Howard or Angelo. I change the station when I hear either of their voices. Love Glenn and Ray! They are the only two that deserve to be listened to. They are both knowledgible sports analysts who respect the caller and seek to the inform and have some fun.    

Steve
Posted 06/05/2005 03:13:01 AM
Both of these guys are terrible but at least Cataldi's show has some discussion and sounding of ideas.  Multi host shows are far more entertaining and informative, Eskin's show is intolerable, just one ignorant person stuffing his "opinion" down your throat and proclaiming it gospel.   Eskin needs to go. 
Mike
Posted 06/15/2005 09:41:45 AM
The long and the short of it is simple.  WIP's ratings have never been better in the AM and the 3-7 shift.  They really could care less what any of us write.  My opinion is the shows are what they are if you want to laugh in the morning Angelo can provide that.  Eskin is very opinionated but that doesn't make him a bad guy.  You have to look at the big picture Howard stands by what he says, you have to listen hard and pay attention but he very rarely goes back on his word.  Angelo flops every 5 min which is ok that is his M.O. They both fill a need like most of us that work for a living.. 
Later All... 
OX
Posted 06/15/2005 12:53:25 PM
WFAN? Please. 
IMUS? OK but not for sports. 
Joe Benigno? Sid Rosenberg? Amateur hour. Mike & Mad dog? Please. Insufferable and Insufferable-er. The only cool thing is to watch 'em on YES and check out the dynamics during breaks and updates. 
Steve Sommers is OK,like listening to your dad.
Overall, the FAN makes WIP look like the Golden Age of Broadcasting.
mbg
Posted 06/16/2005 08:55:23 AM
Eskin is unlistenable.  His four hours on the radio basically consist of him repeating the same thing over and over again; if a caller disagrees with him he cuts calls them names and cuts them off and if a caller agrees with him he acts like they're stating the obvious.  I'm getting kind of tired of the morning show on WIP also.  Caltaldi's complaining is getting old, Morganti's corny humor and pathetic analysis of all sports but hockey has run its course and Rhea Hughes' injection of "That's awesome" whenever someone else says something remotely funny has never worked.  I've been listening to Preston and Steve in the mornings on 93.3 and Craig Carton on the way home on 101.5, much more intelligent.  In the mornning I think WIP should bring back Mike Missanelli pair him up with Jodi Mac and keep Keith Jones for the fart jokes.  Replace Eskin with Glenn Macnow (who by the way is the best on wip)  and I'll start listening again.
Howard
Posted 06/17/2005 02:07:24 PM
While Eskin has always been ferociously insecure and an ego maniac, he has made the mistake in recent years of thinking he is politically enlightened. I get embarrassed for him when he talks about any non-sports topic besides the Philly smoking ban. The only thing I like about him is his ability to scoop the rest of the city on football news. Unfortunately, he only gets the info because he's the Eagles little bitch. I can't listen to his "Holla, Cuz, Genious, Beat it!" schtick for more than 2 minutes.
And he's STILL a lawsuit waiting to happen.(the A.I./Sprague suit was settled for more than $10 million)
The Morning Show does nothing for me but I do respect the parts. Angelo, despite his dopey persona, is shrewd. It bothers me that he panders to the lowest common denominator and stirs up controversy where none exists. Collectively, they spend their mornings giggling at people's sexual orientation, bashing Ed Wade and clubbing our athletes over the head with a 2x4.
The show could be so much better. I almost resent the fact that they have alienated 90 percent of the players in this town to the point where they won't go on the radio. 
I agree wholeheartedly with the poster who said we should never forget the McNabb draft day fiasco. Those morons labeled this city as anti-Donovan, which it has never been. It sounds stupid, but they need to set aside some time on their show for sports. Rhea knows football, Angelo is a baseball guy and you've got two of the best hockey talkers around. Why do I have to hear these people make fart jokes and belittle Charlie Manuel's accent? 
I like Glen a lot but hate his phony "beer-drinking, barbecue-loving, everyman" persona. Martorano will be missed. He does no homework but he's a terrific sounding board and is capable of talking about everything under the sun. He's like Mike Miss. without the mean streak. A perfect tonic for a station that needs it. 
Big Daddy is a nice guy who should not be confused with someone who knows anything about sports. Jolly knows a lot about sports but should not be confused with someone who has a personality.
Rob Charry is a solid pinch hitter - another endearing homer - who thinks Philly fans will stop being so hard on their teams after they win a championship. He couldn't be more wrong. They will be miserable as soon as they lose two in a row the following year. And WIP is a big reason why.
Anthony is okay. He has a good heart; is not ashamed to be a homer; and listens to the callers, a rare trait in a WIP host. He flaps in the wind too much and picks with his emotions rather than his head, but he has gotten better each year.
By the way, the FAN is worse.






Chris
Posted 07/22/2005 11:31:18 AM
I hear you all on the Howard and Angelo gripes but you know who KILLs me the most of ALL the personalities @ WIP? Al Morganti!!! The guy is so whiney, doesn't like anything, complains about EVERYTHING and doesn't know anything about any sport other than Hockey.  Hockey is dead now Morganti should be let go.  He adds ZERO value to the morning show and has ZERO personality..... get rid of him....
jaydubz88
Posted 09/06/2005 11:37:48 PM
Rhea Hughes is the female BA BA BOOHEY..She is a horse toothed jackass!!!  Howard is a dope and whole station is a group of pansies..you cant rip another on air personality..give me a break..i wish another station would bring more edge to sports talk and let it all hang out...WIP sucks!!!!
art israel
Posted 11/15/2005 02:17:01 AM
CATALDI, ISN'T THE BEST,BUT HE HAS A ROUTINE AND ALOT OF PEOPLE LIKE HIS HARMLESS HUMOR , BUT , FOR PEOPLE TO DEFEND A PERSON LIKE A HOWARD ESKIN, I SERIOUSLY THINK YOU NEED MORE POSITIVE REVIEWS IN YOUR LIFE. BECAUSE YOU MUST BE A MISERABLE HUMAN.THANK GOD FOR JODY MAC, NOW I CAN HERE SPORTS TALK WITHOUT THE B. S. ON MY RIDE HOME. 
gary
Posted 01/07/2006 09:06:09 AM
what's wrong with Rhea's teeth?
Craig
Posted 01/22/2006 04:07:15 PM
Look gang...I've lived in effing Nashvile for 9 years now. Compared to what passes for sports talk down here both of these guys are Pulitzer winners. I miss WIP terribly! Now...between the two...Angelo hands down. The guy has a masters degree for God's sake! If he comes across as not knowledgable it's because he's smart enough to have you believeing that. Howard on the other hand plays the role of "Wiper" (ala Eddie Murphy's Prince in Coming to America...) to anyone even remotely famous. 15 Years later and Sir Charles can still be found picking Howards beard out of his butt.  Angelo and the morning folks make it fun. And Dear GOD I hope they go online soon!

homesick in nashville
Mike
Posted 03/20/2006 11:32:57 PM
  First off I would like to start with anyone who bashes eskin for his Iverson comments is ridiculous. If you Eskin haters hate people who are about themselves than take a look at Iverson you morons. Hes impossible to win with and thats a fact. 
   Most Eskin haters are ussaully people who don't know alot about sports. I am not saying Eskin is right all the time but he ussaully is. I will admit he sucks up to the Eagles but for a reason. Its because if he does not bash the Eagles then they will give him more info on upcoming rumors. I do wish he could sto being obstinate and admit that he is jellous about everything of the Dallas Cowboys Organization.
    Cataldi cannot be a moron becaue he went to an ivy league college. Cmon guys think about whats really going on. Cataldi just acts as the dumb guy who always complains and wines. I enjoy both shows and Im not even a fan of any Philly sports team.
babaluke
Posted 03/21/2006 10:33:46 AM
I like listening to Mike Missanelli, even though he has some ridiculous political opinions.  At least he has some juice going.  Cataldi and Eskin are just so damn annoying.  Now that Missanelli has been fired for fighting, bring back Steve Martarano to the Gargano Show.  WIP never should have fired him...or how about hooking up that Steven A. Smith?  He's very arrogant but I bet he'd be great radio.  
Bill
Posted 03/27/2006 03:25:04 PM
Cataldi sucks.  He tries to be funny and is not at all.  Also, he is a total fake.  He proclaims to be a big Philly fan when in reality he is from Brooklyn.  If you really put the screws to him, he will admit to being a Yankee fan!  Eskin, what an idiot.  He is at least from Philly and somewhat entertaining but a complete insecure jerk.  Because he never graduated college, he feels as if he has something to prove.  I miss class guys like Tony Bruno and Jodi Mac (even though Jodi is a New Yorker)
Bill
Posted 03/27/2006 03:26:00 PM
Cataldi sucks.  He tries to be funny and is not at all.  Also, he is a total fake.  He proclaims to be a big Philly fan when in reality he is from Brooklyn.  If you really put the screws to him, he will admit to being a Yankee fan!  Eskin, what an idiot.  He is at least from Philly and somewhat entertaining but a complete insecure jerk.  Because he never graduated college, he feels as if he has something to prove.  I miss class guys like Tony Bruno and Jodi Mac (even though Jodi is a New Yorker)
Amin
Posted 04/18/2006 01:36:58 PM
Cataldi Show is entertaining and they bash everyone which make it funny.  Eskin is a complete Fraud!!!  "Coward Eskin,"  Don't know jack about sports eventhough he covered it for years.  He never played a single like of any ball for him to say that A.I. don't play the right way.  Eskin is the biggest hater who wears his Celtics Jersey under his Dallas Cowboys jacket.  The only thing Eskin is a "GENIUS" of is being the biggest "DOPE" ever heard on 610WIP.  
Patrick
Posted 05/04/2006 11:02:14 PM
There are more communists, I mean Democrats at WIP than any radio station in America. I thought it was a sports station. Macnow looks like Uncle Fester.
Larry
Posted 05/11/2006 11:48:16 PM
Hey Patrick...get a life
Go listen to your leader, Adolph, I mean Rush Limbaugh, and let us have at least one Democrat station. It is America, you dopey Neo-Con

Hillary '08
patrick
Posted 05/15/2006 08:29:57 PM
If my name was larry, I would be mad at someone, like my mother or father. What cave did you come from? larry, larry,larry, you need more fiber.
patrick
Posted 05/15/2006 09:02:09 PM
larry, you must be an effeminate man. Voting for Hillary. Think about like this. If you were heading up a hill to try to save America, Billary would be the last folks I would want. I guess that makes Bill the first man first lady. Very appropriate.
vince
Posted 06/17/2006 11:34:17 PM
Hey i like 610 WIP i usally don't listen to cataldi and i think eskin talks to much politics. There are some really good hosts on there i think macnow is the best and Jolovitz in my opinion is the best late night host and there are alot of knowledgeable hosts on WIP like  Gargano,Eckel,Reuben Frank, and  ray Didinger i know this was about cataldi and eskin but i don't think we need bring the whole station in to this.      
Jason
Posted 07/11/2006 03:08:00 PM
Great to see the Neo-Cons get right to the name calling. At least we got to skip the song and dance. 

Cataldi is passable, you may agree or disagree with him but part of his job is to state opinion which by definition will cause some to disagree. 

Eskin on the other hand is a different animal. His offhanded and usually rude and ignorant remarks towards callers is disgusting. I'm not here to coment on his specific views on Philadelphia sports because he is entitled to his opinion. Getting verbally abusive with any caller who dosen't posess his knowlege is where my issue lies. If Joe from South Philly calls and wants to discuss his opinion on trading Abreu I don't think he should have to actually read the verbage in his no trade clause before picking up the phone. Sure the callers ar sometimes not as informed as Eskin, but Eskin should be the subject matter expert. Only those terribly insecure  with themselves get any gratification from    
yelling at the less informed. Eskin's job is local sports. 

A word to the wise. 660AM (WFAN) comes in very well in most areas down here.  The morning show is dirt but Mike and the Mad Dog air at the same time Eskin does and they know more about tennis than Eskin knows about all sports combined. 

If you are home Comcast Daily news is a great program that I watch daily. 

I stopped listening to Eskin pick on people to make his fur coat feel softer a few years ago. 
Amin
Posted 09/03/2006 03:36:28 PM
Eskin ... takes the side of the management when it come to issues between player/management, hates Allen Iverson but hides it in every topic ablout the Sixers always mentioning about trading him and other B.S.  Eskin needs to be traded to another station, maybe PBS where there is no sports talk.  Please note:  Eskin Never played an organized sport in his life!!!!  My Eskin Burn!!!!!! 
John Crawford
Posted 09/25/2006 12:28:12 PM
And hear I thought I was the only person counting the number of times Eskin says "it's just...". I only listen to him because I love when he gets angry at callers - especially when he is wrong.

Here is my two cents on the WIP on-air personalities:
Angelo: good but only in limited doses and only when teams are doing poorly

Steve Martarano: Pseudo-intellectual with intelligent but annoying comments

Anthony Gargano: Only good when he is being negative; waves the pom poms too much when things are going well

Eskin: I hate him but I listen - because I'm curious of his spin

Macnow: The best on WIP

G Cobb: Unlistenable at times.. most times

Mike Kern: Annoying because he talks over the callers

Rob Cherry: A good utility guy

Hugh Douglas: A one-trick pony

Paul Jolavitz: Only good early in the morning

Big Daddy Graham: Has a charm but can be annoying and really is not that funny for a comedian

Mark Eckl: Has an annoying lisp but a tad better than Ruben Frank, who is an Eagle apologist

BY FAR MACNOW AND DIDDINGER IS THE BEST SHOW


steve
Posted 09/28/2006 10:48:29 AM
ok..I don't listen to Eskin anymore..unless Jody Mac is on commercial...AND BY THE WAY I LOVE HIS OLD "MHS LIFT" COMMERCIAL...his new one is ok. 

Cataldi i listen to...but he is VERRRRY WHINY...he is my holdover until BRUNO pops on at 9 am...then i switch between Ant and Steve and Tony...then i go Rome until i have work in the afternoon. 
I LOVEEEEEEEE BRUNO...HE SHOULD RETURN. 

Mikey Miss can't control himself...good stuff on the radio....but so wont to crack someone. 

Steve...eh...give or take...he's ok.

Anthony is a great dude...very gracious to the callers..wants to hear what people say...and cares to do it as well.

Rhea...i dont mind her....there is this pic on angelo's site that makes me think she looks ok...although i've seen her on Soul games...idk...im torn i guess..haha. She was great on her own show saturday mornings...i'll give u that...although i hate her DONOVAN hating.

Al....he's funny...but I hate that he takes so many breaks....guess im jealous that I cant make the amount of money he does for doing what i do now...NOTHING.

Hugh and Jones....athletes....they're whatever i guess.

Macnow is very entertaining..great shows...he is short with some people...which is annoying...and his prognositcatory skills suck...he couldn't predict what happened in the 1987 NHL playoffs...but he is very entertaining.
 
Startare...this guy is seriously the most cordial and true guy on the radio. He was one of us...and maintains that spirit...it hasn't gone to his head...and he just remains faithful to us 'commoners'. 

Mike Kearn...i love his south philly accent...and he's just another guy...he's very entertaining....especially with rob charry...who is a nut..and just mr everything at that station.

G Cobb....i dont think i ever learn anything from him....BUT HIS UGLY SHOW...AWESOME STUFF MAN.

Eckel....he's just there to tell people that there isnt any hope...and that the Eagles and Reid are wrong.

Ruben Frank....it's like his jingle says....HE WON'T BASH MCNABB OR IVERSON...or anyone other than the Phillies organization. 

Jason Martitis.....a Jim Rome wannabe that gives no feedback and expects the callers to carry the show..sad and pathetic...he should be used as Pat Burrell should be used....sparingly...AND ALMOST NEVER!

Don McKey...i like his style...it seems very laidback and like he's just having a good time. 

Ray Diddy is the man...NUFF SAID.

Sonny Hill...I get his deal...but let's stop continually reminiscing about thirty years ago.

Jolly man....UGH.



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