A couple weeks ago, former Sportsradio 94.1 WIP host Josh Innes packed up his home in Manayunk and left town. Now we know where he landed.
Innes has returned to Houston, where he’ll host the afternoon drive show from 3-7 p.m. for Sports 790 KBME. His new gig starts Oct. 10, nearly three years after he left his spot on Houston’s Sports Radio 610 KILT to move to Philadelphia for the night shift on WIP.
“I’m thrilled to be adding such a wildly entertaining show to our live and local lineup. Josh is a unique talent who approaches sports talk radio like no other,” said Bryan Erickson, Director of AM Programming for iHeartMedia Houston.
Innes was fired by WIP after he harshly criticized his 97.5 The Fanatic competitor Mike Missanelli over a story involving a white producer creating a fake black caller, “Dwayne from Swedesboro,” to call in to Missanelli's show.
After starting off strong in the ratings, Innes suffered from a constantly shifting cast of co-hosts, as well as a management change that saw former operations manager Andy Bloom laid off and replaced by Innes’ former co-host, program director Spike Eskin.
“2015 we were #1 in the spring and fall books. We were #2 in the summer,” Innes tweeted. “I believe 100 percent that if Bloom wasn't let go we'd still be on top.”
Innes also said he plans to continue his Facebook Live shows, “Live From Josh’s Couch,” once he settles in Houston.
Marks out at 97.5 The Fanatic
Over at The Fanatic, Mornings with Anthony Gargano co-host Jon Marks hosted his last show Monday morning, leaving the station a couple weeks before his contract officially expired.
Marks announced his departure at the end of Monday’s show.
“We've really enjoyed this show for the last 18 months,” host Anthony Gargano said to Marks prior to his announcement. “We started from nothing and it became a real show.”
As the Innes situation shows, it’s not often that an outgoing sports talk host gets to say goodbye on air. Marks made the most of the moment, choking up as he thanked just about everyone he worked with since 2005, when he starting his radio career as an intern when WPEN (then Sports Talk 950 AM) first became a sports station.
“This has been the best 10 years of my life. It's not easy to walk away,” Marks said, sounding emotional. “This has been my family, and thank you for everything.”
Marks joined Gargano when the former 94.1 WIP host jumped to the Fanatic to launch the station’s first morning show in an attempt to compete with longtime ratings champ Angelo Cataldi of WIP. Before that, Marks co-hosted The Jon and Sean Show alongside former Fanatic host Sean Brace, who now runs PhillyInfluencer.com.
For now, Marks is keeping quiet about where he might land. Currently, he’s managing a new sports website, PhillyFootballTalk.com and has a new Twitter account, @JonMarksMedia.
So far, there is no indication WIP has tried to recruit Marks. But in a town where hosts often go back and forth from station to station, it certainly wouldn’t be surprising if he ended up at his former competitor.