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Each week, Mike Kern and Kevin Cooney bring the biggest guest and hottest sports talk to your ears with a podcast that discusses all of the things that make Philadelphia sports great.

Kevin Cooney


    • Oct 1, 2021 LATEST EPISODE
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    Sept. 30 Part II Joel Zings Ben; A Phillies Postmordem

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 36:38

    On Part II of Working The BEat, Mike and Kevin discuss the latest in the Ben Simmons drama with Joel Embiid taking a dig at his (former?) teammate. They also pour one out for the end of the Phillies playoff hopes.

    Sept 30, Part I- Les Bowen on the Eagles, Football Picks

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 73:33

    On Part I of our two-part Working The Beat, Les Bowen of the Associated Press (formerly of the Daily News/Inquirer) joins us to discuss last week's debacle in Dallas for the Eagles, how concerning Nick Sirianni's game plan and reaction was, what this all means for Jalen Hurts and where the franchise could tumble to before Thanksgiving. Then, Mike and Kevin give their NFL and College Football picks for the weekend.

    Sept. 24- Rob Maaddi on Eagles/Cowboys, NFL

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 70:55

    On this edition of Working The Beat, Mike and Kevin sit down with Rob Maaddi of the Associated Press about the Eagles-COwboys game, the state of the NFL and the league choosing to have a wild card game on Monday Night. Mike and Kevin then make their college and pro football picks.

    Sept. 17- Trying for 2-0; the Week 2 FB picks

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2021 74:59

    On this edition of Working The Beat, Mike and Kevin look ahead to the Eagles Week 2 clash with the 49ers and break down the weekend's slate in college and pro football.

    Sept. 10- Previewing Eagles/Falcons, FB Picks, Glen Macnow on Big Daddy Graham

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 97:21

    On the latest edition of Working The Beat, Mike and Kevin look ahead to the first week of the NFL season, the EAgles-Falcons game and make their football picks for college and pro. Then, WIP's Glen Macnow joins Kevin to talk about Big Daddy Graham, the legendary Philadelphia comedian and sports talk host who passed away this week.

    Sept. 8- Live from Chaps Pit Beef with Paul Hagen, Jack McCaffery

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 64:40

    On this edition of Working The Beat, Mike and Kevin are live from Chaps Pit Beef on Baltimore Pike in Media talking baseball with Paul Hagen and the rest of the Philadelphia sports scene with Jack McCaffery, including an Eagles preview and Ben Simmons talk

    Sept. 1, 2021- The Sixers Soap Opera; a College Football preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 82:13

    On this edition of Working The Beat, Jon Johnson of 94.1 WIP joins us to talk about Ben Simmons demand for a trade, whether the Sixers overplayed their hand and Joel Embiid twitter rant. The Phillies run at the NL East title is also discussed. Then, Mike and Kevin break down the start of college football season

    August 25, 2021- Howard Eskin

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 85:18

    On this edition of Working The Beat, Howard Eskin discusses the Eagles as they prepare for their third pre-season game against the New York Jets, the Phillies pennant race and his 35 years at WIP, which he will celebrate on Saturday morning. Mike and Kevin then get on the Sixers for their PR nightmare, the Phillies for their fading playoff hopes and the Eagles sparkless training camp.

    Aug 20- Charlie Manuel

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 65:06

    On this edition of Working The Beat, Kevin talks to World Series championship manager Charlie Manuel about hitting, the World Series winning Phillies, the changes in baseball and his relationship in Philadelphia.

    Aug 19- Snakebitten

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 69:22

    On this edition of Working The Beat, Mike and Kevin break down the Phillies surprising collapse at the hands of the NL-worst Arizona Diamondbacks, the Eagles at the midpoint of training camp and other topics.

    Aug. 11, 2021- Welcome To the Pennant Race

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 92:58

    On this edition of Working The Beat, Mike and Kevin look at the Phillies 8-game winning streak, the path to winning the National League East, what it bodes for the future of the franchise and the dominance of the Dodgers. The guys then discuss the start of Eagles pre-season and make a special announcement regarding their first LIVE show

    Aug. 6- Jody Mac on Phils/Mets, Eagles QB

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 97:27

    On this edition of Working The Beat, Jody McDonald from 94.1 WIP and the Eagles360 Podcast on Jakub Media joins us to discuss the Phillies-Mets first place showdown this weekend, the Eagles QB situation and other topics. Mike and Kevin then break down more on Ben Simmons trade talks, Bryson deChambeau and the Olympics

    July 27- Bob Brookover on Baseball; Matt DeGeorge on the Olympics

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 96:05

    On this edition of Working The Beat, Bob Brookover talks about the Phillies at the MLB Trade Deadline and his memories of 40 years in sportswriting, most of which at the Inquirer. Then, we travel to Tokyo with Matt DeGeorge of the Delco Times and Swimming World magazine to discuss the Games of the XXXII Olympiad. Mike and Kevin also discuss the Eagles opening training camp, DeShaun Watson trade rumors, Ben Simmons trade rumors as the 76ers hit draft night and the chaos of Oklahoma and Texas leaving the Big XII for the SEC.

    July 8- Airing of the Grievances

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2021 96:45

    After a two-week break for vacation, Mike and Kevin return with an airing of the grievances edition of Working The Beat. The topics include Danny Green's defense of Ben Simmons, the Phillies and the trade deadline and the International Olympic Committee electing to have a spectator-less Olympics in Tokyo.

    June 21- The Mourning After

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2021 52:40

    On this edition of Working The Beat, Rich Hofmann from The Athletic joins us to discuss the end of the Sixers season at the hands of the Atlanta Hawks, the future of Ben Simmons and a glimpse of the window the franchise has going forward.

    June 17- Nightmare on South Broad Street

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2021 79:56

    On this edition of Working The Beat, Mike and Kevin break down the 76ers epic Game 4 and Game 5 collapses that leave them on the brink of elimination against the Atlanta Hawks, the future of Ben Simmons, where Game 5 ranks in all time disasters in Philadelphia history. The PHillies, US Open and the 27th anniversary of the OJ Simpson chase also enter the discussion.

    June 9- Heading To Georgia Even

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2021 96:16

    On this edition of Working The Beat, Mike and Kevin look back at the first two games of the Sixers-Hawks Eastern Conference semifinals, what the Sixers need to do to pull away, how dominant Joel Embiid has played, the ramifications of Ben Simmons non shooting and other topics, like the Phillies attendance woes.

    June 2- Natalie Egenolf

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2021 83:40

    On this edition of Working The Beat, Kevin and guest host Mike Sielski are joined by Natalie Egenolf about her departure from 97.5 The Fanatic, growing up in the region, the Philly accent, working in radio, the 76ers playoff run and the Phillies position in the city's sports rankings. Mike and Kevin then break down Doc Rivers comments on Ben Simmons' foul shooting woes, whether Aaron Nola and Alec Bohm are cogs the Phillies could build around and discuss Mike's upcoming book "The Rise" about Kobe Bryant's early years in basketball.

    May 27- Drubbing DC

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2021 89:31


    On this edition of Working The Beat, Mike and Kevin break down the Sixers easy wins in the first two games of the NBA Playoffs over the Washington Wizards, the Phillies split in Miami, Phil Mickelson's win at the PGA and begin a summer-long look at some of the best announcer calls in Philadelphia sports history with a look at the best from the Phillies history.


    May 19- Rhea Hughes

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2021 114:54

    On this edition of Working The Beat, Rhea Hughes from the WIP Morning Show joins Mike and Kevin to discuss her 25 years on one of America's most celebrated drive time shows, the way that the show sounds fresh, how the marketplace is for women within the media industry and the state of the franchises. Mike and Kevin then discuss the 76ers upcoming playoff run, Jay Wright's Hall of Fame induction, a historical date in Philadelphia sports history and a food violation that Kevin had on his trip to Boston over the weekend.

    May 12- John Kincade On Coming Home

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2021 97:51

    On this edition of Working The Beat, John Kincade from 97.5 The Fanatic joins Mike and Kevin to discuss his return to Philadelphia, what sports life in Atlanta was really like, how he sees the challenge of going up against long-time mentor Angelo Cataldi; how he runs a show; the Flyers disappointing season; the NBA's flawed regular seasons and his battles with cancer. Mike and Kevin then touch on the Eagles upcoming schedule.

    May 5- Pat Croce

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2021 98:15


    On this edition of Working The Beat, former 76ers team president Pat Croce joins Mike and Kevin to discuss his new HEALED program that he has developed with the American Cancer Society, his outlook on life, his own battle with cancer, the memories of the 2001 76ers, how he kept Allen Iverson and Larry Brown together and his relationship with Ed Snider. Afterwards, the Sixers, Phillies and Flyers are all on the topic list with the guys.


    May 1- Sweet Home Alabama

    Play Episode Listen Later May 1, 2021 92:03

    On this edition of Working The Beat, Mike and Kevin break down the Eagles first three picks of the NFL Draft - including Heisman Trophy winner Devontae Smith's pick in the first round. Also, the guys touch on the 76ers bid for top seed in the East, the Phillies leading the NL East's mediocrity and other topics.

    April 23- Feeling A Draft

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 24, 2021 84:19

    ON this edition of Working the Beat, Mike and Kevin talk about the Eagles draft plans, Nick Sirianni's attitude, the 76ers slump, the Phillies in Colorado and more.

    April 14- The Eagles in Turmoil

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2021 104:23

    On this edition of Working The Beat, The Athletic's Zach Berman details the story that he, Bo Wulf and Sheil Kapada released this week detailing the inner structure of the Eagles under Jeffrey Lurie and Howie Roseman. Mike and Kevin then discuss the Phillies centerfield situation, the 76ers playoff standing and the needed changes with the Flyers.

    April 7- Not Bad For Openers; a Masters Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2021 74:08

    On this edition of Working The Beat, Mike and Kevin discuss the Phillies hot start, Ben Simmons shooting problems, the Flyers delicate playoff position and look ahead to this weekend's Masters.

    April 2- Opening Act

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 2, 2021 110:21

    On this edition of Working The Beat, Mike and Kevin look at Opening Day for the Phillies, the MLB extra inning rules, the Eagles trade strategy, the Final Four, Roy Williams stepping down at North Carolina, the 76ers getting Joel Embiid back and the Flyers hitting rock bottom.

    Mar 24- Let's Make A Deal

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2021 84:22

    On this edition of Working The Beat, Kevin and Mike discuss the 76ers as they approach Thursday's trade deadline with specualtion stirring about acquiring Cardinal Dougherty product Kyle Lowry. The guys also look at Villanova's matchup against Baylor in the Sweet 16, the Flyers slump, the Eagles signing of Joe Flacco and what is a fair judge on the 2021 Phillies?

    March 18- A Little Bit of Everything

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2021 102:23

    On this edition of Working The Beat, Mike and Kevin touch on just about everything- starting with the Eagles press conference after the Carson Wentz trade, breaking down the NCAA TOurnament, the 76ers holding firm without Joel Embiid, the Phillies CF situation and the new NFL TV deals.

    March 12- Calm Before The Madness

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 12, 2021 77:05

    On this edition of Working The Beat, Inquirer college sports writer Joe Juliano joins Mike and Kevin to discuss the upcoming NCAA Tournament, Villanova's seeding after getting knocked out in the first round of the NCAAs and the trouble conference tourneys were having with COVID before the Indianapolis bubble. Mike and Kevin then discuss Eagles, Flyers, 76ers and a second round on the royal family.

    Mar 9- A Little Bit of Everything

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2021 96:25

    On this edition of Working The Beat, Jack McCaffrey of the Delco Times joins us to discuss the state of Philadelphia sports, a look ahead to the NCAA Tournament and other topics. Then, Mike and Kevin discuss the Eagles latest news and the latest developments with the Royal Family.

    March 5- Firing Up The Trade Machine

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 5, 2021 80:06

    On this edition of Working The Beat, Mike and Kevin take a look at the 76ers and the Flyers at the midway points, what tweaks they would need and what the trade deadline could hold. The guys then discuss the impact of Colin Gillespie's injury for Villanova's NCAA hopes, the Phillies dilemma with Odubel Herrera and more.

    Feb. 26- Rep. Brendan Boyle on Sports, Life After COVID-19

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 26, 2021 82:24

    On this edition of Working The Beat, US. Representative Brendan Boyle (D-PA) joins Mike and Kevin to discuss the reopening of venues, sports impact after COVID-19, his fandom growing up in Northeast Philly and other topics. Then, Mike and Kevin look ahead towards the NCAA Tournament

    Feb 18- EMERGENCY CARSON WENTZ TRADE PODCAST

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2021 68:25

    We break down the Carson Wentz trade to the Indianapolis Colts on this edition of Working The Beat. PhillyVoice.com writer Joe Santoliquito- who broke the original Wentz story back in January 2019- joins us to outline why the relationship went south, what's next for the quarterback and the Eagles and what the club may look like in the immediate future.

    Feb 17- Mike Jensen on the Big Five

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2021 91:18

    On this edition of Working The Beat, the Inquirer's Mike Jensen joins us to discuss his memories of John Chaney, Villanova's path to the NCAA Tournament and where the other Big Five teams stand in rebuilding efforts. Mike and Kevin then discuss the Carson Wentz trade situation.

    Feb. 12- Matt Breen on the Phillies

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 12, 2021 74:03

    On this edition of Working The Beat, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer joins us to discuss the Phils off-season, where they stand in the NL East and what to look for at spring training.

    Feb. 10- Jason Myrtetus on Flyers, Eagles talk

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2021 81:27

    On this edition of Working The Beat, Jason Myrtetus from 97.5 The Fanatics and Flyers Daily podcast joins us to talk about the Orange and Black's COVID shutdown, the NHL's plans, what the early season has shown about the Flyers and also not being in talk radio for Carson Wentz drama.

    Feb. 5- Carson Leaving? Super Bowl prediction

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 5, 2021 63:14

    On this week's edition of Working The Beat, Mike and Kevin break down the rumors of Carson Wentz wanting out of the Eagles. The guys also break down Super Bowl LII.

    Jan. 29- Memories of John Chaney (1932-2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 30, 2021 93:42

    On this episode of Working The Beat, Mike and Kevin celebrate the life of former Temple men's basketball coach and Basketball Hall of Famer John Chaney, who died on Friday at the age of 89. They are joined by Owls radio play-by-play voice Harry Donahue and former Daily News beat writer Dick Jerardi to recall the legendary coach, his impact and stories from their time with him.

    Jan. 25- A New Head Coach for the Birds; Same old Chiefs and Tom Brady

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2021 79:09


    On this edition of Working The Beat, Mike and Kevin break down the hiring of Nick Sirianni as head coach, the future of the organization, the NFC and AFC Championship game aftermath and remember the late Hank Aaron.


    Jan. 19- Angelo Cataldi

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2021 85:08

    On this edition of Working The Beat, Kevin talks to Angelo Cataldi about his 31st anniversary at WIP, how much longer he wants to continue hosting the Morning Show, the Eagles head coaching search and other topics. Then, Mike and Kevin discuss a variety of topics.

    Jan. 14- Jeff McLane on the Eagles; NFL Picks

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2021 102:51

    On this edition of Working The Beat, the Inquirer's Jeff McLane joins us to discuss the Eagles' firing of Doug Pederson, why the franchise made the decision it did and where it goes from here. Mike and Kevin then give their NFL picks and discuss the 76ers missing out on James Harden.

    Jan 11- The Firing of Doug Pederson

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2021 91:37

    On this edition of Working The Beat, Mike and Kevin break down the Eagles firing of Doug Pederson, why Howie Roseman survives and where they go next?

    Jan 8- Marc Zumoff on the 76ers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 8, 2021 81:21

    On this edition of Working the Beat, 76ers long-time play-by-play man Marc Zumoff from NBC Sports Philadelphia joins us to discuss the club's hot start, the new COVID-19 protocols and what its like working in them, growing up in Northeast Philly and his memories of working at PRISM. Then, Mike and Kevin give their football picks for this weekend's NFL and CFP games.

    Tanks For The Memories

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2021 101:42

    On this edition of Working The Beat, Mike and Kevin discuss the Eagles 20-14 loss to the Washington Football Team, Doug Pederson's decision to sit Jalen Hurts for Nate Sudfeld in the 4th quarter, the Carson Wentz trade demand, the status of Pederson and Howie Roseman and plenty of other Eagles related topics.

    Dec. 31- The End Of The Season As We Know It

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2020 73:30

    On this edition of Working The Beat, Mike and Kevin break down the final week of the Eagles season, give their picks for the NFL in Week 17 and the College Football Playoff semifinals.

    The 2020 Year-End Roundtable

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2020 73:25

    On this special edition of Working The Beat, Mike and Kevin are joined by Mike Sielski of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Jack McCaffery of the Delco Times and Jon Johnson from 94.1 WIP to discuss Philadelphia sports in 2020. Among the topics discussed include the COVID-19 pandemic, the Eagles struggles and quarterback shift, the Phillies firing of Matt Klentak, the 76ers and Flyers in the bubble and predictions for 2021.

    Dec. 23- The Christmas Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2020 114:42

    On this edition of Working the Beat, Mike and Kevin discuss the beginning of the NBA season, the Eagles-Cowboys game and the NFL picks. Finally, the guy reflects on Christmas memories.

    The Voices Of 2020

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 18, 2020 92:49

    On this special year-end edition of Working The Beat, we go through some of our best interviews of the year and look back at the times that made the year so difficult. Among the guests featured are Michael Barkann, Dick Jerardi, Ray Didinger, Jim Gardner, Jay Wright, Larry Bowa, Mike Missanelli, Derrick Gunn and Anthony Gargano. For their complete interviews, tune into the Working The Beat page on ITunes, Google Play, Soundcloud or the archive on LastOutMediaNetworks.com

    Dec. 17- Raising Arizona; the NCAA/NFL picks

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 18, 2020 111:13

    On this edition of Working The Beat, Mike and Kevin are joined by Rickie Ricardo from 94.1 WIP and the Eagles Spanish Language broadcast to talk about the Eagles-Cardinals game, can Carson Wentz be salvaged in Philadelphia? Plus Doug Pederson's future, the new Phillies hires and what is the greatest song of all-time. Then, Mike and Kevin make their college football and NFL picks.

    Dec. 15- Rob Maaddi on Eagles, Hall of Fame talk

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2020 106:25

    On this edition of Working The Beat, Rob Maaddi from the Associated Press and 97.5 The Fanatic joins us to discuss the Eagles quarterback situation, what may happen to Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson and the Phillies change in leadership. Then, Kevin reveals his Hall of Fame ballot and the guys discuss championship weekend in College Football.

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