By Sarah Paley
In the spirit of the moment, just call this Merrill Reese Madness!
Legendary Eagles announcer Merrill Reese will be back for three more years.
The 79-year-old Reese made the announcement on the Eagles flagship 94WIP, where the news was enough to get morning host Angelo Cataldi on-air for a rare Wednesday appearance.
“I can tell you, I will never willingly retire,” Reese told Cataldi. “They will have to remove me with a crane because this is what I love during more than anything else in the world.”
The extension for Reese is reportedly a three-year deal, which aligns with Audacy’s current broadcast rights agreement to keep the Eagles on WIP through the 2024 season. Audacy is the parent company of WIP.
Reese became the Eagles radio announcer in 1977. Originally hired as an analyst, Reese was thrust into the Eagles play-by-play position just two weeks into the 1977 NFL season. 45 years later, Reese’s impressive run with the Eagles makes him the the longest tenured play-by-play announcer in the NFL.