Happy 100th birthday to SportsRadio 94WIP!
94WIP aired its 100th anniversary special on Wednesday night, celebrating our first century in broadcasting.
You can listen to the full special below.
Though we like to think we have a boatload of talent on our airwaves in 2022, consider that in the 1940’s, a pair of Philadelphia legends first made their names at WIP—John Facenda and Bill Campbell. Our morning men in the 1950’s through the 1980’s were local legends as well—Joe McCauley, nicknamed the Morning Mayor, and Ken Garland ruled the Philadelphia airwaves. The versatile Steve Martorano and Eagles star turned broadcaster Tom Brookshier got us to where we are today in the morning. In 1990, Brookie’s final year at WIP, he was given a partner. The Brookie and the Rookie show spawned Angelo Cataldi (the Rookie), and helped to usher in the all sports era at WIP.
Our 90 minute tribute to our rich 100 year history, takes you through all eras of WIP, and ends up with our air staff recounting their personal stories of the greatest day in our 34 years as an all sports radio station—February 4th, 2018, when all of our dreams finally came true and the Eagles won their first Super Bowl (spoiler alert—more than a few staffers shed tears). The show contains plenty of surprises—a new Joe Conklin song, Ray Didinger doing impressions, Howard Eskin revealing an offer he got that he could and did refuse, how Keith Jones got his job, and what really happened with the dirty 30 at the NFL Draft.
Get ready for a chronological fast paced story of how we got from 9th and Market in 1920's to 24th and Market in the 2020's. WIP was Philadelphia’s first radio station—there may be a slight dispute as to which radio station broadcast over the air first by a few minutes or hours perhaps, (we choose to believe it’s WIP), but, there is absolutely no disputing that the call letters WIP, are the only call letters to have lasted for 100 years in the city. Our first broadcast was said to be on March 18, 1922 out of the Gimbels department store building at 9th and Market.
Back in the day—100 years ago—the four major department stores in downtown Philadelphia housed radio stations. Lit brothers, Strawbridge and Clothier and Wanamakers all had radio stations. While we moved into our most recent home at 24th and Market, a little over 2 years ago, we’ve had previous homes on Rittenhouse Square, Northern Liberties, Olde City and Bala Cynwyd.