Love him or hate him, Angelo Cataldi isn’t going anywhere, at least for another year.
The longtime 94.1 WIP morning show host and former Philadelphia Inquirer reporter, whose tenure at the station dates back to 1989, announced on Wednesday that he had accepted a corporate option on the contract he has. signed in 2019 which will maintain it until the end of 2022.
“I officially announce that my last day at WIP will be December 2022, and I will be working an additional year,” Cataldi announced Wednesday.
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Cataldi, 70, said he made the decision to stay after meeting WIP’s new director of programs Rod Lakin, whose first day at the station was Monday. Cataldi told listeners he started to burn out during the pandemic and was ready to announce his retirement at the end of this year when his contract expired, but said Lakin asked him to stay for a year additional.
As a result, Cataldi said WIP agreed to a list of demands, including reducing his schedule to four days a week and hiring a driver to take him to the Borgata in Atlantic City during remote broadcasts. . Cataldi also said WIP has agreed to rehire former director of marketing Cindy Webster, who was fired amid company-wide cutbacks at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“They agreed to bring her back as a special consultant to our show, to help us with our relationships with teams and promotions,” Cataldi said.
Cataldi’s morning show, co-hosted by longtime radio partners Rhea Hughes and Al Morganti, remains an audience heavyweight in Philadelphia. The show also managed to keep things fresh with a series of rotating co-hosts, including former Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., former Sixers general manager Billy King, and announcer and former NHL player. Flyers Keith Jones.
Cataldi has flirted with retirement several times in recent years. He signed a multi-year contract extension in 2019, but told The Inquirer he would have already retired if his former colleague Marc Farzetta hadn’t left to start a competing show on 97.5 The Fanatic.
“I think it’s safe to say that I would have retired now if he had stayed,” Cataldi said in 2019. “Whether he had the opportunity or not, it wasn’t my Say. But I kind of took care of him for 13 years. So when he left it was like, ‘This plan is not going to work.’ “
Cataldi, a native of Rhode Island, started WIP in 1989 alongside the late Tom Brookshier, a former Eagles big who started the 610 WIP sports discussion format in Philadelphia. Prior to coming to radio, Cataldi was a sports writer for the Inquirer, where his work was nominated twice for a Pulitzer Prize.
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