Entercom sports “SportsRadio 94.1” WIP-FM Philadelphia has signed a multi-year broadcast extension with the Philadelphia Phillies. The previous three-year deal between the team and former station owner CBS Radio extended through 2019. The two parties were negotiating a new contract last spring when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, forcing both the Phillies and WIP-FM to focus on internal issues, the Philadelphia Business Journal reports. The team and the station continued their partnership for the abbreviated 2020 MLB season under terms of the previous contract.
An official announcement is forthcoming. However, Entercom Senior VP/Market Manager David Yadgaroff released a statement to the Business Journal that read, “We’re eagerly awaiting the return of Phillies baseball and are happy to announce a new broadcast extension with the club.”
Entercom predecessor CBS Radio enjoyed a long relationship with the team, with games broadcast on WPHT (1210) for years. A simulcast on WIP-FM began in 2012, with games moving fully to the FM signal in 2016.
“There is an advantage with AM in terms of wattage,” Phillies Executive VP David Buck said. “But the sound of baseball on FM is wonderful. So, we've had no issues.”
Most of the terms remain the same, the Business Journal reports, with a key difference being an increased role for DraftKings, which will be the presenting sponsor for the Phillies pre-game show airing on WIP-FM. The sports book will also have a two-minute segment dedicated to sports betting analysis of the upcoming Phillies game, as well as other games around the league.
WIP-FM will broadcast play-by-play coverage of Phillies spring training, regular season and post-season games, with home broadcasts emanating from a permanent studio located on the concourse within Citizens Bank Park.
Scott Franzke, Larry Andersen and Kevin Fransden return to the booth for the 2021 MLB season. As earlier reported by Inside Radio, Jim Jackson, who hosted pre- and post-game shows for the radio broadcasts, is no longer with the organization.
Buck also spoke to the Business Journal about criticism the team receives at times from WIP-FM hosts. “That can get a little frustrating,” he said. “We don't mind if they have an opinion. The only issue we would have is if they would make things up. We would only want them to call us first.”
WIP-FM is also home to Philadelphia Eagles broadcasts. During any conflicts between game-day broadcasts between the two teams, Phillies games have traditionally moved to WPHT.