PHILADELPHIA, PA – August 6, 2020 – Entercom, a leading media and entertainment company and the unrivaled leader in sports radio, announced “Howard Walks to Tampa,” sponsored by PDQ Signature Systems, a two-month charitable initiative. Philadelphia sports media legend and SportsRadio 94WIP (WIP-FM) on-air host Howard Eskin is walking the virtual 1,103-mile distance between Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, the home of the Philadelphia Eagles, and Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL, the location of Super Bowl LV to raise money for fighting local hunger and animal welfare.
All money raised from Eskin’s daily walks, which will run through September 13 prior to the start of the Eagles 2020 season, will benefit Philabundance, Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, and the Brandywine Valley SPCA, a nationally recognized leader in progressive and lifesaving initiatives in animal welfare.
“It’s been a tough time in our country due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Eskin. “Without any games or practices to attend to, I needed an escape. So, I started walking. It’s been great for my physical and mental health, and raising money for two great charities like Philabundance and Brandywine Valley SPCA makes it even better.”
To date, Eskin has walked 736 miles with only 367 miles to go before September 13 and has raised over $10,000 for Philabundance and Brandywine Valley SPCA. SportsRadio 94WIP is tracking Eskin’s every step, delivering daily updates, including photos and videos, to followers on air and on its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages and encouraging them to donate via the station’s website.
Howard Eskin is an on-air personality for SportsRadio 94WIP (WIP-FM), the undisputed voice of the Philadelphia sports fan, and the flagship station of the Eagles, who joined the station in 1986. Eskin is touted as the station’s original sports talker. Eskin not only launched the station’s first sports talk show in 1986 (then 610 WIP), but his show launched the station’s transition to 94.1 FM in 2011. He has broadcast nearly 7,000 shows on the station, more than any other sports talker in the country. Today, in addition to hosting the station’s top-rated Saturday morning talk show and appearing frequently on air throughout the week, Eskin co-hosts the station’s Philadelphia Eagles pre-game shows and serves as a sideline reporter for the Eagles radio broadcasts. He has also served in multiple on-air television roles throughout his career, which has earned him two Emmy Awards. Throughout his career, the Philadelphia native has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities, including The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, The Terri Lynne Lykoff Child Care Foundation, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society named him “Man of the Year” in 2002 for his charitable efforts. He has also been named “Media Person of the Year” by March of Dimes in 2003 and received the organization’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for Achievement in Radio in 2010. He is a member of three hall of fames, including the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, Broadcast Pioneers’ Hall of Fame, and Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
Philabundance is Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, distributing food to 90,000 people weekly in nine counties in PA and NJ. Brandywine Valley SPCA is the only no-kill open admission shelter supporting over two million families in Pennsylvania and Delaware, and helped pave the way in making Delaware the first and only no-kill state in the country.
Listeners can tune in SportsRadio 94WIP (WIP-FM) in Philadelphia, as well as nationwide on the RADIO.COM app and website. Fans can also connect with the station on social media via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
About Entercom Communications Corp.
Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM) is a leading audio and entertainment company engaging over 170 million consumers each month through its iconic broadcast brands, expansive digital platform, premium podcast network and live events and experiences. With presence in every major U.S. market, and accessible on every device, Entercom delivers the industry’s most compelling live and on-demand content and experiences from voices and influencers its communities trust and love. The company’s robust portfolio of assets and integrated solutions offer advertisers today’s most engaged audiences through targeted reach, brand amplification and local activation—all at national scale. Entercom is the unrivaled leader in local radio sports and news and the #1 creator of live, original local audio content in the U.S. Learn more at www.entercom.com, Facebook and Twitter (@Entercom).