Flyers Radio Broadcasts Leaving WIP for 97.5 The Fanatic

Flyers Radio Broadcasts Leaving WIP for 97.5 The Fanatic

After the Philadelphia 76ers radio broadcasts switched over to 97.5 The Fanatic from their previous home on 94.1 WIP for their first playoff game against the Bulls on Saturday, the Flyers announced this evening that they'll also be making the same jump from WIP to 97.5 on the FM dial. The Flyers, however, will finish out this postseason run on WIP before jumping to the Fanatic for the 2012-2013 season.

So much for WIP being able to tout all four major teams in town broadcasting live games on their airwaves. That lasted about a month.

Comcast-Spectacor President and C.O.O. Peter Luukko was a guest on Mike Missanelli's show this evening to announce the move to The Fanatic.

"We're very, very, very excited," Luukko said of the move, using the word "very" three times.

"For us to be on FM is so important to us," he added.

One source told us that the Flyers organization was not pleased to get bumped from 94.1 FM to 610 AM in favor of the Phillies radio broadcasts over the past few weeks.

This likely means very little to the casual fan who likes to tune in to listen to games on the radio while driving around town or grilling in your backyard, as the actual crews calling the games remain the same. Tom McGinnis will still handle the Sixers broadcasts while Tim Saunders and Bundy will still handle Flyers duties.

The interesting angle here is how having both of the Wells Fargo Center teams on their airwaves could help the shows leading into and coming out of live game action on 97.5 The Fanatic. If you're into that sort of thing...

Shady McCoy hung up on the Pittsburgh media after party question

Shady McCoy hung up on the Pittsburgh media after party question

Eagles fans likely yearn for LeSean McCoy's days in Philadelphia. Not only is Shady still beasting on the field for the Buffalo Bills this season, he's also entertaining per usual off of it.

The latest instance comes thanks to the Bills matchup this week with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the pro team in the city where Shady spent his formative years.

A Pittsburgh reporter, for some reason, decided to ask Shady about that infamous "females only" party he was going to host. You remember that one, don't you? The "no weird orgy thing" one?

Shady would eventually go on to cancel that party and plan another one DJ'd by Donald Trump -- the dude was ahead of his time.

But that doesn't mean he wants to talk about it all.

To be fair, who really wants to talk to the media anyway?

Phils lose LHP in Rule 5 draft, exit winter meetings balancing present with future

Phils lose LHP in Rule 5 draft, exit winter meetings balancing present with future

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The winter meetings ended Thursday morning with the Phillies sitting out the Rule 5 draft. The Phillies’ roster was at the 40-man limit and that prohibited the team from making a pick.

The Phils did lose one player in the draft as reliever Hoby Milner was selected by the Cleveland Indians. 

Milner, who turns 26 in January, is a left-hander who recently switched to a side-arm delivery. He had a 2.49 ERA in 49 games at Double A and Triple A in 2016.

Milner was eligible for the draft because he was not protected on the 40-man roster last month. The Indians selected him for $50,000. He must stay in the big leagues all season or be offered back to the Phillies for $25,000.

Andrew Pullin was a player the Phillies feared losing, but they hung on to the lefty-hitting outfielder. Pullin, 23, hit .322 with a .885 OPS between Single A and Double A in 2016. A late-season elbow injury prevented Pullin from playing in the Arizona Fall League and factored into the Phillies’ decision to leave him unprotected.

The Phillies selected one player, infielder Jorge Flores, in the minor-league phase of the draft. Flores had been in the Toronto system.

The Phils lost one player, 25-year-old pitcher Jairo Munoz, to Tampa Bay in the minor-league phase. Munoz pitched in the low minors in 2016.

With the winter meetings behind them, Phillies officials will head back to Citizens Bank Park to complete the construction of their 2017 roster. So far this winter, the Phils have re-signed starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson and added outfielder Howie Kendrick and relievers Joaquin Benoit, Pat Neshek and David Rollins.

Remaining on the Phillies’ to-do list is adding a backup infielder – Andres Blanco could return – and deciding whether to pursue a veteran hitter to play a corner outfield spot or give an opportunity to a young tandem such as Roman Quinn and Aaron Altherr. 

General manager Matt Klentak spoke often during the week about that balance he is trying to strike between improving the 2017 club while keeping intact long-range goals.

“Successfully balancing the present and the future is the single greatest challenge that a baseball operations department faces,” Klentak said. “We’ve talked about it all offseason. The decisions that we are making right now about giving playing time to a young player that has cut his teeth in Triple A and needs that opportunity to take the next step as opposed to a shorter-term solution from the outside – that’s one of the main challenges that we’ve run into this offseason.”

Time will tell which way the Phillies go on this matter.