94.1 WIP host Glen Macnow gets not one, but two new radio partners to replace retired Ray Didinger.

Inquirer columnist Mike Sielski will co-host alongside Macnow on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., while longtime WIP host Jody McDonald will join Macnow on Sundays, though that show is on hiatus most of the time. weeks by the station’s Eagles pre-game show.

Sielski and McDonald will debut this weekend on WIP. Macnow’s on-air relationship with McDonald’s dates back nearly 30 years, when the pair hosted Macs and Macs on WIP for six years in the mid-1990s. McDonald, the son of former Major League Baseball executive Joe McDonald, has been affiliated with WIP since 1990.

Meanwhile, Sielski is just the latest Inquirer writer to put his talents to radio, where he will join fellow columnist Marcus Hayes at WIP. Current Philly sports talkers Angelo Cataldi, Al Morganti, Mike Missanelli, Anthony Gargano and Bob Cooney have all worked for the Inquirer or the Daily News during their careers, as have Macnow and Didinger.

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Speaking of Cataldi, the retired morning show host told his listeners in June that WIP would announce his successor in July. Now, it looks like that will be pushed back to August, but you can definitely expect a decision before the Eagles kick off their season Sept. 11 against the Detroit Lions.

It’s unclear who the station will choose to replace Cataldi, but in recent months WIP hosts Joe DeCamara, Joe Giglio and Jon Marks have all spent time hosting the show. The same goes for Jon Johnson, but it seems unlikely that he will get the gig after landing Big Daddy Graham’s old job as the station’s overnight host.

The only thing we know for sure is that it won’t be Mike Golic – dad Where son.

Although the Phillies haven’t always been a TV staple this season, the team is certainly drawing viewers to NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Through July 24, ratings on NBC Sports Philadelphia are up 23% from the same time last year, according to the network. The ratings are also up 21% from 2019, which featured the debut of Phillies slugger Bryce Harper. Among viewers aged 18-49, a demographic coveted by advertisers, ratings are up 29% from the same time last season.

Digital viewership on the NBC Sports app or the My Teams app (both of which require a cable subscription) is up 36% over last year, according to the network, but still remains a small portion of the hearing. Overall, Phillies games on NBC Sports Philadelphia average more than 215,000 viewers per game in the Philadelphia market.

Unsurprisingly, the most-watched game on TV in Philadelphia so far this season was Opening Day, which drew over 360,000 viewers on NBC10.

The increase in viewership is notable in a television audience environment where dish is the new thing, as more and more cord cutters are ditching cable all together. Last week’s All-Star Game averaged 7.51 million viewers on Fox, the game’s smallest TV audience ever, but still enough to top this year’s Pro Bowl on ABC and ESPN (6.69 million viewers), NBA All-Star Game on TNT and TBS (6.28 million viewers) and NHL All-Star Game on ABC (1.15 million viewers).

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NBA Hall of Famer and current TNT analyst Charles Barkley is set to play Thursday in the LIV Golf pro-am, which takes place at former President Donald Trump’s golf course in Bedminster, NJ

Trump is also expected to attend the event, as are former Olympian decathlete Caitlyn Jenner and NFL Hall of Famers Lawrence Taylor and Brian Urlacher.

In recent weeks, Barkley has flirted with the idea of ​​joining the controversial Saudi-backed golf league as an announcer, even though LIV Golf has yet to secure a TV deal in the United States. Instead, he streams his tour coverage directly through his website and on YouTube and Facebook.

Barkley defended the upstart golf team and said critics who complain about Saudi Arabia’s role in the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi or the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks are practicing “selective outrage “. But Barkley also admitted to Dan Patrick earlier this week that the process has been “stressful” and that he’s not ready to lose his job at TNT to join LIV Golf (so far TNT has remained silent) . Nor is he prepared to wait indefinitely for an offer.

“I’m not going to keep TNT in limbo,” Barkley said on the Dan Patrick Show Monday. “When I leave New Jersey on Thursday night, when I leave the golf course, if I don’t have an offer in hand, it’s over.”

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  • On the most recent episode of his weekly Audacy podcast Unwritten: Behind the Secret Rules of Baseball, Former Phillies star turned broadcaster Jimmy Rollins recalled famed announcer Harry Kalas who called him out for calling fans “favorites” during the 2008 season. “‘J-Roll, J-Roll, why you did you say it? Just why? ‘” Rollins remembers Kalas asking him. “You want to stand on your rock, but it’s Harry and you know his passion, he spoke from his heart… It’s like man, I almost had the feel like you’re disrespecting him by saying that.”

  • Rich Eisen isn’t going anywhere. The NFL Network face announced he had re-signed a deal to stay with the network after Front Office Sports announced last week that he was “close to hitting free agency.” Notably, Eisen said he agreed to the terms with the network on June 17, a month before the story aired. “If you had called me, I would have told you,” Eisen said on his show Wednesday.

  • Longtime Philly sports talker Harry Mayes is teaming up with Eytan Shander and Devan Kaney to launch a new sports betting show for PhillyVoice, aptly called Sports bet. Starting August 1, the 15-minute show will land three days a week on the PhillyVoice website and its YouTube channel.