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WIP-AM today announced that Philadelphia sports radio
legend Howard Eskin has agreed to a contract extension and will remain a key
team member of the top-rated station in the future.  Beginning in September, Eskin’s focus will be
on his role as host of the station’s Philadelphia Eagles Gameday coverage, as
well as his in-game sideline reporting duties. 
Additionally, Eskin will contribute breaking news stories to the various
weekday shows broadcast on WIP, guest host various timeperiods, and anchor
coverage of original special event programming.

Eskin
will celebrate his 25th anniversary with the station on Aug. 29.
 

Says Eskin, “This new contract provides me with the ideal
schedule for the future with the ability to remain part of the WIP team for
years to come.  Working Eagles football
and a variety of shows across the WIP lineup, while at the same time not having
to work the 3:00-7:00PM daypart will allow me the freedom to further explore
some national opportunities I’ve had recently. 
I’m looking forward to this new chapter and challenge of my career.” 

“Since the late 70’s, Howard Eskin
has had more impact on the Philadelphia sports landscape than anyone I know,” said
Marc Rayfield, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, CBS RADIO
Philadelphia.  “He is now, and will
always be, an icon in this city.  We are
thrilled he has chosen to remain with WIP while at the same time pursuing some
exciting, new opportunities.”
 

Eskin
started the sports talk revolution by hosting the very first sports talk show
on WIP in 1986.  Since then he has broadcast nearly 6,000 programs.  In addition, Eskin also appears weekly on
television as a regular co-host of the popular Sunday night sports show, “Sports
Final” on NBC10 (WCAU-TV), and is a frequent guest on ESPN's First Take and a
regular guest host on “The Dan Patrick Show” broadcast nationally on radio and
TV.
 

The
Emmy-Award winning sportscaster first made the transition from radio to
television in 1982 when he joined CBS 3 (KYW-TV).  In 1986, Eskin helped
launch Fox29’s (WTXF-TV) Ten O’clock News as part of its original anchor
team.  Later, he rejoined KYW-TV in 1992 and then moved to WCAU-TV in
1996. He has also been a contributor to the  George Michael Sports Machine
on NBC, co-hosted a nationally-syndicated radio show, Let’s Talk Sports,
written a column for the Philadelphia Daily News and has been called on for his
opinions by such diverse programs as NBC’s Today Show and PBS’s MacNeil Lehrer
Newshour.
 

Throughout
his career, this Philadelphia native and Northeast High grad, has used his
celebrity to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities,
including Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, The Terri Lynne Lykoff Child
Care Foundation, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and The National Multiple
Sclerosis Society through sales of his own signature bobblehead.
 

Among his
many honors, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has named Eskin "Man of the
Year", and the March of Dimes previously honored Eskin as its "Media
Person of the Year".  Eskin also was
inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, and he received the March
of Dimes prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for Achievement in Radio in
2010.
 
           

A
new afternoon drive host will be announced at a later date.
 

WIP-AM is one of the first
all-sports formatted stations in the nation and the leading station of its kind
in Philadelphia.  The CBS RADIO property is the flagship
station for the Philadelphia
76ers and the Philadelphia Flyers, and is also home to Angelo Cataldi and the
morning team.  Each year prior to the
Super Bowl, WIP hosts Wing Bowl in front of a sold-out crowd at the Wells Fargo
Center.  A division of CBS Corporation, CBS RADIO
operates 130 radio stations, the majority of which are in the nation’s top 50
markets. CBS RADIO also owns and operates KYW, WYSP, WPHT and WOGL in Philadelphia.