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Angelo Cataldi Honors Al Morganti As He Enters Hockey Hall of Fame

“What he has done in hockey is second to none because he truly acknowledged the sport at a time when not many people did. And he got inside it better than anyone else.”

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Al Morganti Hall of Fame

94WIP morning co-host Al Morganti will enter the Hockey Hall of Fame this evening, and his colleague Angelo Cataldi took time on the station’s morning show to honor Morganti Monday morning.

“I have to — at least for one moment — acknowledge the contribution that Al has made to our show and to our lives,” said Cataldi. “If you don’t know the story, the only reason I’m in radio is because Al conned management into giving us a part-time job 35 years ago. The only reason this show has lasted as long as it has is because Al refused to leave for his hometown of Boston when I had an offer to leave to make a dollar more than they were giving me here.”

Cataldi credited Morganti as being the “brains of the operation” so-to-speak.

“Al has made most of the important decisions we have made on this show,” Cataldi admitted. “Al will sit in our meetings we have after the show and contribute no more than he has on the show itself. Occasionally something, but doesn’t say that much. But then a crisis would come up and we would turn to Al and say ‘Al, what should we do here?’ And he always knew the right thing. We never contradicted what his decision was, cause we trusted him.

“He was the smartest guy on this show for the last 30 years. I can tell you that with 100% certainty. What he has done in hockey is second to none because he truly acknowledged the sport at a time when not many people did. And he got inside it better than anyone else.”

The station shared several tributes to Morganti from former NHL players, NHL media members, and station personnel giving their regards to the longtime Philadelphia personality. Cataldi also welcomed former Flyer and current NHL analyst Keith Jones to the show to honor Morganti.

“I just talked to him on the phone and he sounds like a different person,” Jones said. “I don’t know what’s happened to him since he arrived in Toronto over the weekend. Something has happened. He’s telling me how beautiful Canada is. Said it’s the nicest city he’s ever been to in the world. I think we’ve lost Al to be honest with you.”

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Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open

“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.

In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”

The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.

“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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Mike Conti: ‘Appaling’ That ‘Some Creep’ Posted Bob Rathbun Video Online

“He is a true gentleman. He is a friend to all of us. It was hard for me to do the broadcast last night having watched that.”

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Bob Rathbun, the television voice of the Atlanta Hawks, suffered a scary medical emergency on Monday night and it was captured on live television. The video then spread across the internet thanks to Twitter.

Mike Conti, the program director at 92.9 The Game in Atlanta, is part of the station’s coverage of the Hawks. He admitted that when he saw the video, he had trouble getting in the right headspace to do the game.

“Bob’s a friend to all of us,” he said Tuesday morning as he talked to John & Hugh, the station’s morning show. “He is a true gentleman. He is a friend to all of us. It was hard for me to do the broadcast last night having watched that.” 

Conti noted that he was not watching TV when the incident happened. He saw the video on social media and is not happy about that.

“Some creep decided to post the video online, which I thought was appalling, but I could not avoid the video. It came up on my Twitter.”

The video is indeed disturbing. Awful Announcing posted the video on Twitter Monday night, but deleted it after backlash from members of the Atlanta media.

Bally Sports Southeast issued a statement after the game saying that Bob Rathbun was treated for dehydration. Conti reported that he had spoken to Rathbun, who is expected to fully recover.

“He’s good. He’s okay,” Conti said. “I don’t want to say too much just to respect Bob’s privacy, but I think Bob would be okay with me saying Bob is okay.”

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WEEI Producer Begins Campaign To Get Greg Hill into Radio Hall of Fame

“He has been around for a long time in the Boston radio scene and raised a lot of money for charity and done a lot of good things and a lot of good radio.”

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Greg Hill already has a Marconi, but that honor isn’t enough according to one of his producers.

Jackson, who hosts The Greg Hill Show’s after-show podcast, revealed on Monday that he is ready to make the case to the Radio Hall of Fame for the WEEI morning man to be included in next year’s induction ceremony.

He said that Hill treats the Marconi Award he won for Major Market Personality of the Year like it belongs to everyone. Hill credits not just the current cast he works with on WEEI, but partners from his days at active rocker WAAF as well, with helping him take home that award. Jackson wants to see Hill get an honor that is just for him.

“The Radio Hall of Fame would be very much Greg only, and I think he needs that solo recognition. Not for his ego, but for posterity and for his legend because he is legendary,” Jackson said. “He has been around for a long time in the Boston radio scene and raised a lot of money for charity and done a lot of good things and a lot of good radio.”

This year, the Radio Hall of Fame included a trio of WFAN legends in its induction class with found Jeff Smulyan, Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo and Suzyn Waldman all being honored.

Jackson says he is taking it upon himself to make the case for Greg Hill getting in, but he encouraged listeners to find out what they can do and then do it. While he made it clear that Hill deserves the honor, Jackson acknowledged that the recognition would make him feel pretty good too.

“That would be cool because then I would be working for a Radio Hall-of-Famer and in the circle of trust of a Radio Hall-of-Famer perhaps.”

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