Wednesday, February 04, 2015

WIP picks Innes and Bruno for afternoon slot

PHILADELPHIA (The Phanatic Magazine) - SportsRadio 94WIP has announced that Josh Innes and Tony Bruno will be the station’s new afternoon hosts.

Innes and Bruno will be broadcast weekdays from 1:00-6:00 ET and will make their debut Wednesday.

The controversially Innes is considered an up-and-coming star by the CBS brass and joined WIP in 2014 as evening host from CBS RADIO station Sports Radio 610 in Houston.  In Houston, he was part of 610’s top-rated afternoon drive show.

Some have labeled Innes as a bit of a shock jock but his real sin to his detractors is the fact that he is not nearly as provincial as  the average Philadelphia radio host and the guy he is essentially replacing, Anthony Gargano..

“Philly has quickly become home for me,” said Innes.  “I spent every Eagles game this year sitting in the stands with fans to learn what Philadelphians think and feel about their teams.  I am tremendously excited to team up with Tony to deliver an entertaining show that we’re confident will quickly become Philadelphia’s most popular program in the afternoon.”

Pairing Innes with Bruno is a nod to the critics who only enjoy a heavily Philadelphia-centric show.

Bruno began his sports radio career on the WIP morning show with Angelo Cataldi and Al Morganti in 1991.  He also was part of the original crew to launch both ESPN Sports Radio and Fox Sports Radio before beginning his own night time syndicated program "Into the Night."

“(In the) 25 years after helping WIP build the morning show and pursuing my dreams in national radio, it’s great to be back at the station, helping  to take WIP to No. 1 in afternoon drive," said Bruno.  "With my local ties to Philadelphia combined with the energy and talents of Josh, Philly sports fans will experience something they've never heard before.”

Rob Ellis, who had paired with Gargano in the afternoons,  returns to host evenings from 6-10pm. Ellis has been with WIP since 2007.

"We’re excited about the partnership of Innes & Bruno in afternoons on WIP,” said WIP-WPHT Operations Manager, Andy Bloom.  “Josh clearly understands what makes WIP the legendary station that it is and brings his unabashed approach to covering sports each and every day.

"Tony is a Philadelphia legend with roots going back to the earliest days of WIP.  Together the two build a bridge that will allow listeners who have been listening to WIP for 25 years and those just finding us today to enjoy entertaining sports talk on the ride home each day."

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