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November 03, 2016

WIP picks new host for afternoon show

Chris Carlin will co-host with Ike Reese

UPDATE — 11/3, 12:44 p.m.: Sportsradio 94 WIP has officially announced Chris Carlin and Ike Reese as the new co-hosts for the station's afternoon drive show. The new show, airing from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., will begin Monday, Nov. 7.

Sportsradio 94 WIP has reportedly found a replacement for Josh Innes.

According to the New York Daily News, the Philadelphia sports station has hired Chris Carlin to host the afternoon show with Ike Reese, who was recently bumped into the slot from the midday show.

Carlin's current gig is as co-host of SportsNet New York’s "Loud Mouths," which he has been on since 2008. His last day on that show will probably be Nov. 4, sources told the Daily News. Here's more on his background, via the newspaper:

Throughout his TV career — he also hosted SNY’s Mets pre and postgame show for five seasons — Carlin worked radio doing a college sports show on SiriusXM and doing fill-in work at FAN. He made his early bones on radio serving as Mike (Sports Pope) Francesa’s producer for over six years. At that time, the Pontiff bestowed “The Continent” moniker on him.

Carlin should be a stoker of hot takes, much like his predecessor Innes. Crossing Broad uncovered this video of Carlin calling Yankees favorite Derek Jeter a fraud:

If the Daily News report is true, Carlin joins a station that's undergone a tumultuous few months. Innes was recently fired after three and a half years with the station. The decision came shortly after Innes' controversial response to a racially charged segment used by rival station 97.5 The Fanatic.

Earlier in October, Michael Barkann was ousted from the midday slot and his co-host Reese was given the midday slot with the yet-to-be-named Innes replacement.

Innes has since gone back to working in Houston, where he hosted before coming to WIP. As pointed out, Innes seemed to know that his old employer was going to hire Carlin, tweeting as much on Tuesday before the Daily News report:

Note: This story was originally published on Oct. 26.