Former WWE wrestler Mick Foley is trying his hand at a different type of grueling physical exercise. Angelo Cataldi announced that Foley will participate in this year's Wing Bowl 23, the annual chicken wing-eating bacchanalia hosted by 94.1 WIP every year on the Friday before the Super Bowl. Foley will also appear at the after party at Sugar House.
Foley is no competitive eating amateur. He's competed in Santa Claus, Ind.'s fruitcake competition, where he has had to down a pound of the holiday classic, twice. But on air this morning he admitted he was not the favorite to take down the cluckers. "Perhaps I will even wear black converse and my Rocky robe signed by [Sylvester] Stallone for this endeavor,” Foley said. “They’ve [Philadelphia fans have] always accepted me with open arms and win, lose, or draw, they know that I’m not going down without a fight.”
Foley recently starred in and produced the documentary "I Am Santa Claus," directed by South Jersey's own Tommy Avallone and executive produced by WIP's program director Spike Eskin.
In today's column, I wrote about how Nicki Minaj was caught cuddling up to Meek Mill at Friday's Wale concert at the TLA. The couple have been teasing a relationship for some time with North Philly rapper Mill guesting on two songs her new album, "The Pinkprint," and throwing out the line "Baddest bitch in the game wearing my chain, I'm ready," on his new track "The Get Back (Freestyle)."
Well, how does Nicki feel about the column? Let her speak for herself:
The Philadelphia Daily News 😩🙈❤️— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) January 12, 2015
On today's Preston and Steve show, longtime WMMR morning host Steve Morrison revealed that he had undergone surgery for prostate cancer. Now, Morrison, who only missed three days of work after robotically having his prostate removed, is cancer free. "Four or five hours after the surgery, I was walking around. The next day I was doing two or three miles on the treadmill," Morrison told me.
Morrison said he decided to go public with his diagnosis because he wanted to raise awareness for the simple tests that could catch prostate cancer in its early stages. Men, who make up a large portion of Preston and Steve's audience, have a hard time going to the doctor to get themselves checked out. "We tend to just want soldier on and take it," Morrison said. "Also, guys wants to be in control and you have to surrender your ego a bit. You put on a gown and you feel out of your element. The truth of the matter is, when it’s framed in a way that’s not you succumbing, or rolling over, it’s you doing what you have to do to take care of your family, your wife, your children."
Morrison credits early detection to his relatively easy bounce back. He was diagnosed in October even though he displayed no symptoms. "My doctor before [Dr. Mike Cirigliano] was the first to make me not feel hypochondriacal. When my former doctor got sick himself – he’s doing fantastically well – I made the decision that I owed it to the people around me, especially my wife, to not put myself in the situation where people are being emotionally destroyed because of what is happening with me."
Legendary DJ Gene Shay will retire from WXPN's "The Folk Show." His last show will be February 1.
Shay, who will turn 80 next month, told me that health issues and a desire to spend more time with his family spurred the decision to leave. "I have done everything I have set out to do with folk music and I won about every award there is to get," Shay said.
He added, "I was growing tired working on Sunday nights for years and working on the [Philadelphia] Folk Festival for 53 continuous years. The folk music crowd has changed considerably. It’s not there where it used to be. The old guys I used to know are dead or they moved out of town or they’re into rock ‘n’ roll. I want more time with my family."
DJ Casey Reed is coming back to the Philly market. She takes over the drive time spot from 4 to 8 p.m. from Rat and Puff on Q102 starting today. Reed was also named music director under program director Jared Fallon.
Reed was previously at Wired 96.5 for nine years before leaving the station in March of last year. The South Philly native, Temple grad and Sexy Singles Class of '10 tried her hand at a syndicated radio show in New York but preferred her hometown.
Reed started her career at Q102 as an intern, getting coffee for Chio, of Chio in the Morning fame. Speaking of Chio, I've got an item on him in tomorrow's column...
Dan Sterling, "the guy that brought down Sony," is from Philadelphia.
Sterling wrote "The Interview," the film at the center of the Sony hacking scandal that stars James Franco and Seth Rogen as TV journalists tasked with assassinating North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Sony cancelled the theatrical release after hacker group Guardians of Peace threatened an attack on theaters screening the film.
Sterling canceled an upcoming speaking event at his alma mater, Germantown Friends School. He graduated in 1989. Last year, he thanked GFS for his career at an alumni event, saying, "If I had spent my time here, at GFS, reading all of the books that they told me to read and listening to what these brilliant teachers had to say, and had I actually engaged for seven hours a day in all of that mind-expanding discourse... I wouldn't have found myself in the surreal situation of sitting in a de facto fart-joke factory and still feeling like a complete philistine." Sterling hails from West Philly.
Angelo Cataldi's contract has been renewed at 94.1 WIP. Cataldi told me there are three and five year options. But after that?
"I figure that'll probably be it for me," Cataldi, who has been with the station since 1990, said. "I think someone else should get a chance after this one. I definitely wanted to hang around awhile longer because I just got to make it long enough for the Eagles to win a Super Bowl. Then I’ll see what I needed to see ... I’ve always had this fear the year after I left they’d win a championship. That’s the ultimate goal. I would love to see them do it and I think with Chip Kelly they can."
Marc Rayfield, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, CBS Radio Philadelphia, in a statement called Cataldi a "Philadelphia radio legend."
Alas, Matt McAndrew is not the winner of season 7 of NBC’s “The Voice.”
He came in second to country singer Craig Wayne Boyd took home the crown. He also beat out R&B singer Damien and popster Chris Jamison.
McAndrew was a clerk at Center City’s Trader Joe’s and a teacher at Bach to Rock in Wayne before his loss on last night’s show.