Thu. Feb 21st, 2019

Eytan Shander Joins 97.3 ESPN

Earlier this week, morning show contributor on Philly’s 97.5 The Fanatic, Eytan Shander found himself relegated to weekend hosting after the station retooled its lineup.

According to Shander, his on-air hours had been cut from 39 to eight, but that number quickly fell to zero when the station was unamused by his Monday Tweet which stated, “I’m not good enough to host during the week on the Fanatic. Sorry.”

Shander, who also hosts for SB Nation Radio, rebounded quickly, joining The Sports Bash with Mike Gill on 97.3 ESPN in South Jersey just one day after being let go from The Fanatic.  For now, Shander will co-host with Gill part-time, doing so Tuesday and Thursday this week for the shows entirety.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Shander and Gill have had a long friendship which led them to discuss teaming up on the radio even while Shander was still with The Fanatic.

“I knew the Fanatic was going to cut my hours,” Shander told The Inquirer. “So once they decided to let me go, it just got moved up to when I would start.”

Following his first week on 97.3 ESPN, Shander was grateful to all of his loyal listeners who joined him.  “Once again the amount of support from YOU is amazing” Shander tweeted. “ Philadelphia has always been special to me, and for you to show me this type of love, to follow me and download an app to hear me. I’m trying to follow all of you back. Back on 97.3 next week, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.”

After landing on his feet quickly, Shander told The Inquirer he’s not upset with The Fanatic for letting him go, a station he was part of since 2014. “I don’t have any ill will towards 97.5… They were going to significantly cut my hours before I sent that stupid tweet, so I can’t be mad I’m not in someone’s plans.”

The Sports Bash with Mike Gill broadcasts on South Jersey’s 97.3 ESPN each weekday from 2 – 6pm.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.