January 6, 2020|

Longtime early morning sports host Angelo Cataldi will need to stay up just a bit later than his usual bedtime on Monday January 20th.  The veteran morning host has been chosen as this year’s recipient of the Bill Campbell Broadcast Award.  The honor will be accepted on that date at the 116th annual Philadelphia Sports Writers Association banquet at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill.  Tickets are now available here.

Cataldi is a 30-year market veteran and has anchored WIP’s morning show since 1990. Since his arrival, the morning show has consistently ranked as one of the highest rated radio programs overall in the city, competing with all radio formats.  His ability to speak for the local sports fan with passion has led to Cataldi being identified as a true Philadelphia sports icon.  Before joining the station, Cataldi served as the Eagles beat writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he earned two Pulitzer Prize nominations. He recently signed a multiyear contract extension with WIP’s parent company, Entercom.

This is the fifth year the Campbell award has been presented. Past honorees have been Flyers and Phillies broadcaster Jim Jackson, Sixers announcer Marc Zumoff, Eagles announcer Merrill Reese and Phillies radio announcer team Scott Franzke and Larry Andersen.

The Campbell award is presented for excellence in broadcasting; local sportscasters, talk-show hosts, and radio/TV reporters or commentators are eligible.

Campbell, whose remarkable career touched parts of nine decades, was a broadcaster for the Eagles, Phillies and Warriors/76ers, as well as a sports talk-show host. A member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, he died in 2014 at 91.

It’s going to be quite a night in Cherry Hill on January 20th.  In addition to Cataldi, also dining at the Crowne Plaza and receiving awards will be Phillies All-Star catcher J.T, Realmuto (Pro Athlete of the Year); coach Jay Wright of the Villanova Wildcats (Good Guy Award); former Eagle Connor Barwin (Ed Snider Distinguished Humanitarian); and the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues (Team of the Year), represented by their coach, former Flyers player and coach Craig Berube.  More honorees will be announced soon.  New Phillies manager Joe Girardi will also attend.  And comedian Joe Conklin will entertain.

You can be there as well.  The PSWA Awards Dinner is the longest-running event of its kind in the U.S. 2020 marks the 116th annual. For the latest information, visit here.

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