May 12, 2021
SportsRadio 94WIP program director Spike Eskin is leaving the famed Philadelphia sports talk station for a new gig as president of programming for WFAN and CBS Sports Radio in New York.
Eskin, 44, announced his pending departure late Wednesday morning on Twitter, confirming that he will maintain his Rights to Ricky Sanchez Sixers podcast.
At WFAN, Eskin replaces current president of programming Mark Chernoff, whose last day with the station will be June 30, the station announced.
According to the New York Post, Eskin is expected to reshape WFAN's weekend programming lineup. He enters the role with successful shows already cemented in the mornings with "Boomer & Gio" and in the afternoons with "Carton & Roberts."
The Post report speculates that Eskin could be in line to select the eventual successors to 82-year-old John Sterling and 74-year-old Suzyn Waldman on New York Yankees radio games.
Last summer, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, WFAN mainstay Mike Francesa retired for a second time. Joe Beningno retired last fall as well and John Jastremski recently left an evening slot on WFAN to join The Ringer, giving Eskin some early decisions to make about the direction of the station.
The son of SportsRadio 94WIP's longtime "King" Howard Eskin, Spike took over as WIP's program director in 2014 following the departure of Andy Bloom. Eskin had previously held on-air host roles during a period of flux for the station, and before that worked in various capacities for the former 94 WYSP, WKQX in Chicago and CBS Philly.
It's not yet clear who may be in line to fill Eskin's shoes at SportsRadio 94WIP, which also is owned by Philadelphia-based Audacy.