We Want Answers: Josh Innes, WIP Sports Talk Radio

WIP’s brashest talk-show host on crappy sportswriters, big boobs, and loving … the Cardinals.

Photograph by Gene Smirnov

Photograph by Gene Smirnov

How is Philly treating you more than half a year in? Considerably better than you might believe. Obviously, there are the comments you read online from newspaper stories or on Crossing Broad … but nobody on there likes anybody.

You’ve made a name for yourself as an acerbic shock-jock alternative to some of the older crusts in Philly sports talk. I wouldn’t call it necessarily “shock jock.” I don’t really like that term. The reality is, there isn’t a ton on the show that I would consider shocking.

Recently you had a guy and his girlfriend on speaker, and you asked him how big her “cans” were. You want to consider that shocking; I just consider it lowbrow. I’m not the first guy on the radio to ever do that. If you listen to Cataldi in the morning, the biggest thing they have is Wing Bowl. They bring the girls in here. And the whole thing is, they’ve gotta have great cans to be a Wingette, or whatever.

Is your radio persona consistent off-air? At a bar, are you going to call out some guy who’s drooling all over Chase Utley? When it comes to my overall demeanor, a lot of people will say, “You’re nothing like you are on the radio.” Not that I’m a fake on the radio — that’s my personality, and those are my ­opinions — but I’ve gotten to a point where it’s harder to always be at 100. When I go home, I just sit on the couch, don’t really want to talk, don’t want to go out all that much.

You live in Manayunk. Yeah.

I think that’s where every WIP caller under 35 lives. I’ve noticed that. What’s funny is when I tell people I live in Manayunk, they’ll say, “Yeah, you sound like the kind of douchebag that’ll hang out at Lucky’s.” People always use the term “frat humor.”

Maybe they wouldn’t say that if they knew you dropped out of college. Exactly! I try to tell them that. When I was in college, I didn’t go to parties, wasn’t in a frat. I don’t get the concept. Like, “Hey, you can be part of our crew, but first you gotta let Chad drop his balls on your face.”

In the absence of, say, organized religion, I guess we grab onto other stuff to bind us together. Frats, sports. Maybe. I’d prefer to grab onto soft-core erotica on Cinemax at home.

Your dad was the longtime voice of Scooby-Doo. In high school, my nickname was “Scoob.” On my letterman jacket, in a total douche move, instead of having my name on it, it said “Scoob,” because nobody knew my actual name.

You’re from Missouri, grew up in Louisiana, and then did talk radio in Houston. Do you have any legitimate sports loyalties? The one team I’m a huge, die-hard fan of is the St. Louis Cardinals. This city, New York and Boston are the three big sports-radio cities. I feel I’m in one of the best sports cities in the country. I bring all this up because this is where I want to be. I went to the sports store — Mitchell and Ness — and got a throwback Randall Cunningham jersey. I want to be really, really into a team other than the Cardinals.

Who in Philly sports media is doing a crappy job? I’ll look at some of the stuff [the Inquirer’s] Jimmy Kempski writes, and I’ve just not been a fan of anything I’ve read. It feels kind of like fluff most of the time. In the pocket of the team, in a way.

Last question: Who wins a championship first, the Sixers or the Eagles? Neither.

Originally published in the September 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine.

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  • Amar, CB who bought in

    Those were 5 mins of my life i’m never getting back.
    Thanks for nothing Phillymag.

  • RandlBackScrambln

    Wow, that’s just… terrible.

    So much inane, fill-in-the-blank banality, and then when asked to pick the worst person in Philly sports, you single out… one of the only people who’s genuinely thoughtful, interesting, and creative.

    Josh Innes, whoever you are… you are a hack.

  • Brian Zee

    Kempski forgot more about sports journalism than this dolt will ever know.

  • phil collins

    Josh Innes is a breathe of fresh air compared to the rest of the sports radio personalities on air in Philly. While i dont agree with every single thing he has to say, his sense of humor and self deprecation is the difference from the other humdrum self absorbed know it alls that spew from sports radio. I remember listening about 4 months ago a caller go off on Josh about how homosexuality is wrong and Josh went on to do a voice of God with autotune talking to the guy for about 5 minutes as God saying why he sees nothing wrong with being gay and the caller kept going on and on as Josh talked in autotune. I nearly had to pull off the road from laughing so hard. Humor goes a long way when used correctly. Other then when Josh is on, i have to change the station after 10 minutes from bordem hearing the same opinions about The Phillies and whether Nick Foles is the real deal beat to the ground over and over again.

  • capos and e chords

    why the hell do you guys listen? ever hear of sat radio? Thats all schoolboy humor , even in your 20s this stuff must get old quick, even if you are a yunker.you guys must spend more in the yunk on beers for one night . to cover sat radio . raise your iq level stop ;istening to schoolboy drivel.

  • Tony C

    All I know is that in Houston we are glad the Josh Innis moved to Philly. This guy is a total clown.

  • Classick

    Love how this guy just gives me more reasons not to like him. Jimmy K is one of my favorite sports writers now and one of the few bearable reads on Philly.com. Josh Innes has been the reason I turn off WIP after Anthony and Rob are done. Now I’ll just switch on the Fanatic instead.

    • chris

      Tank u the fanatic have a better line up then wip ..

  • Charliefoxtrot

    Yeah probly shouldn’t pick fights with Kempski, he’s not exactly unafrsid to mix it up, dude. Reporters in the pocket of the Eagles don’t get cursed at like Barkley did to him on Reddit after Kempski said he had a noodle arm.

    But it seems like this DJ’s schtick is trolling Philly fans for ratings, so maybe this potshot at Kempski is part of his plan.