Sportsradio 94.1 WIP has locked down one of its most popular voices, just as the Eagles season is about to start.
Longtime commentator and Pro Football Hall of Fame writer Ray Didinger has signed a new multi-year deal to keep him at WIP, the station announced Thursday.
Didinger will continue to host his popular weekend show with Glen Macnow on Saturdays and Sundays, and will continue to make pop-ins on other shows throughout the week. He will also join 1210 WPHT host Chris Stigall every Friday during football season.
“I’m delighted to continue my relationship with WIP,” Didinger said in a statement. “I enjoy talking sports with the Philadelphia fans and I’m grateful to CBS Radio Philadelphia for giving me that opportunity.”
In addition to WIP, Didinger is also a writer for Comcast SportsNet, and appears as an analyst on the station’s Eagles Post Game Live show. His first play, Tommy and Me, about Didinger’s lifelong relationship with Eagles’ Hall of Fame wide receiver Tommy McDonald, just finished its run at Theatre Exile.
In one of the more entertaining moments of last season, the normally calm and low-key Didinger ripped the Eagles and then-head coach Chip Kelly after an embarassing loss at home against the Miami Dolphins:
Didinger’s new deal comes ahead of a period of uncertainty in WIP’s lineup. The station will have to make a decision by the end of the year whether to re-sign afternoon host Josh Innes, who has faced ratings challenges over the past year.
Then there’s Angelo Cataldi, WIP’s longtime morning host, who is contemplating retirement when his contract expires in 2017. Midday host Michael Barkann’s contract also expires in 2017.
Last week, WIP hired Bleeding Green Nation Radio’s John Barchard for a yet-undetermined on-air role. Barchard and his BGN team will produce a new two-hour show every Saturday during Eagles season.