Coming off a week where Mike Vick signed a $100 million contract, it seemed like things couldn’t get much better for him. Or could they?
Last Friday, 107.9 WPHI-FM began broadcasting as “Mike Vick Radio,” touting itself as Mike Vick 24/7. The frequency, previously home to WRNB, claims on its website “Mike Vick has taken over the radio station! 107.9 is now Mike Vick Radio and we have no idea what he’s going to do. Make sure you tune in to see what he has up his sleeve!”
The station does not have any jockeys, but plays a mix of hip-hop and R&B with some crossover. There are also sound bites of Vick from press conferences, but no direct commentary from No. 7 himself. No one at the station or Radio One, which owns WPHI, could be reached for comment Monday. According to numerous websites, the station is “stunting,” using the name as a way to drum up buzz.
Vick has been a polarizing figure since signing with the Eagles as a backup quarterback in 2009 following 19 months in jail for operating a dogfighting ring. In the last year, he has revived his career, winning NFL Comeback Player of the Year and finishing second in fan voting for the Madden 2012 cover.