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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Joe Conklin Heard Again on WIP 

Warped. Juvenile. Maverick. Imitator. Philadelphian. Insults? Not in the least when applied to "Man of 1,000 Voices" Joe Conklin, who resurfaced this morning on WIP. It was a kind of see-how-it-goes audition, said the impressive impressionist, who was on WIP's Morning Show for years until 2003, when he wound up on WMMR's Philly Guys, till that got bumped for Preston & Steve. Enough yadda yadda yadda, though: We want jokes! This morning's bits, said Conklin, included Andy Reid saying, "We drafted two wide receivers and we think Hugh Douglas can beat up both of them if we have to." The "coach" noted Birds took Winston Justice from USC, Reid's second-favorite place after KFC. Another positive: The black draftees are speaking to Donovan, "so that's a good sign." (We trust you caught the references to T.O.'s trouble getting along with people here.) By phone he said he's added Ed Rendell and Allen Iverson impressions since leaving 'IP (and &%$#@*& I would have had audio to share if I'd just hit one more &%$#@*& button). Joe, call back!

All right, he did: Here's Joe and like five other guys! (Windows media, might need to play it loud)

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Back to the yadda, yadda, yadda: Word was 'MMR still had Conklin under contract till the end of April, although he has been doing a weekly "Chip Snapper's Tap" bit on sports-talk rival WPEN.

The vibes are good, reports the Inquirer's Mike Klein, who got this email from WIP program director Marc Rayfield: "We love Joe's work. He is the funniest man in Philadelphia. There is no 'defined' relationship at this point. But you will be hearing him from time to time on WIP."

For those of us who still occasionally hum the "Kato" song, a classic Conklin "Day-O" takeoff about O.J. Simpson's pal, "time to time" ain't good enough.

As Angelo Cataldi said at the time of Conklin's 'IP firing: "The prospect of losing Joe Conklin makes me sick to my stomach. He's the most talented guy I've ever worked with."

For more Conklin, check out his website.

Daily News photo above shows Conklin eating what looks like 239 Bean Soup. Why exactly 239 beans? Because, he loves to say in an Irish accent, one more would be "too fahrty."


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