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Another longtime WIP voice returns; Howard Eskin heckles Bills receiver

“It’s great to see some of our WIP family returning to the flock,” said longtime morning show host Angelo Cataldi.

Sue Schilling, seen here hosting on 1360-AM WNJC, will return to 94.1 WIP this weekend after being laid off in April 2020.
Sue Schilling, seen here hosting on 1360-AM WNJC, will return to 94.1 WIP this weekend after being laid off in April 2020.Read moreCourtsey of Sue Schilling

Sue Schilling is a name that should sound familiar to WIP listeners.

Schilling was a host and update anchor for the station for more 20 years, dating back to the Fourth of July weekend in 1999. But she was let go in April 2020 as part of layoffs by then-parent company Entercom in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Schilling will return to WIP to host the station’s overnight shift Saturday into Sunday, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. And despite the terrible hours, she’s excited to get back behind the microphone.

“I definitely have a lot to say about the Phillies and this issue with vaccinations,” Schilling told the Inquirer, alluding to a scoop by Marcus Hayes that nearly half the team’s roster remains unvaccinated. “If they’re in the middle of the pennant race, and if you’re a fan, you have every right to get angry if players get sick.”

Schilling has tried her best to remain busy during the pandemic. She continues to host a weekly show for families with special needs children, Everything Special Needs, which airs live on 1360-AM WNJC Mondays at 6 p.m. Shilling was inspired to launch the show in 2014 by her daughter, Jessica, who has autism and is considered nonverbal — except when she’s watching Phillies or Eagles games.

“The other night there was a base running blunder, and she yelled out, ‘Oh no,’ just before Tom McCarthy said ‘Oh no’ on the Phillies broadcast,” Schilling said. “That’s why I love sports so much. It brings us all together.”

The spot is just a one-off for Schilling, but she’s hoping it will lead to future hosting gigs during the summer, when schedules get tight as hosts go on vacation. She’s also not the only WIP veteran to return to the station recently — longtime host Rob Charry, whose tenure dates back to January 1989, returned as a fill-in host last month.

“It’s great to see some of our WIP family returning to the flock,” said longtime morning show host Angelo Cataldi.

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Howard Eskin renews feud with Cole Beasley over COVID-19 vaccinations

There is a long line of athletes who have been called a “dope” by Howard Eskin.

The longtime 94.1 WIP host has a history with Buffalo Bills receiver Cole Beasley that dates back to his time with the Dallas Cowboys. This time, Beasley has been in the news as the NFL’s poster-child for vaccine hesitancy thanks to his resistance to getting inoculated (he could fit right in with the Phillies).

Enter Eskin.

Beasley attempted to respond by claiming his real beef is with the NFL’s testing rules. But the reality is this phase of the pandemic is among the unvaccinated. More than 97% of people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 are unvaccinated, and 99.5% of recent deaths are people who have yet to get a shot, government health officials said at a briefing Tuesday.

Eskin also offered to hold Beasley’s hand as he gets a vaccine shot. He already has the photo for it.

» READ MORE: Sources: Almost half of the Phillies roster is unvaccinated for COVID-19

Quick hits

  1. The Milwaukee Bucks won their first NBA title in 50 years Tuesday, defeating the Phoenix Suns in front of a huge crowd in and outside of Fiserv Forum. Here are the calls from Mike Breen on ABC and Ted Davis on WTMJ:

  1. Everyone mocks Charles Barkley for his often-incorrect sports predictions, but he was on the money calling a Bucks’ win following the Eastern Conference Finals earlier this month. In fact, according to StatMuse, Barkley ended the season with six correct guarantees.

  1. ESPN analyst Jalen Rose gave NBA Countdown host Maria Taylor some love in what turned out to be her last broadcast for the network Tuesday night. “You know who else is clutch? You are, Money T,” Rose said. Taylor and ESPN officially parted ways Wednesday, and Taylor is expected to join NBC Sports and potentially cover the Olympics after a recording was leaked of Rachel Nichols complaining about being replaced by Taylor last year.

» READ MORE: Maria Taylor out at ESPN, likely on her way to NBC for the Olympics

  1. The Athletic’s Derek Bodner resurfaced this gem of a quote from Allen Iverson a few years back, and it’s too good not to share.

  1. NBC Sports announced Tuesday it has reached a multiyear deal with IndyCar that will boost the number of races on the network next season from nine to 13. The remaining races will move from NBCSN (which is shutting down at the end of the year) to USA Network and Peacock Premium.