After nearly two weeks off, Mike Missanelli was back on-air for 97.5 The Fanatic Monday afternoon and began the show with an emotional apology.
The popular radio host had been absent since NBC Sports Philadelphia showed him throwing his headphones and shouting at producer Tyrone Johnson off-mic last month. Missanelli directly addressed the May 26 temper tantrum, which stemmed from an argument over a viral video of a white woman calling police on an African American male for requesting she put her dog on a leash.
“Rightfully, I was excoriated in the public forum and would like to say that I’m ashamed about it,” Missanelli said near the start of his Monday afternoon show. “I suffer sometimes from a thing I like to call Sicilian DNA. It’s a condition where, at times, my temper, and the temper of people of my culture, are triggers for this temper and they get really sensitive and need to be put back in the shop and fixed.”
Although he began the apology by highlighting “the temper of people of my culture,” Missanelli quickly pointed out his DNA is no excuse for the incident.
“I can’t blame what happened last Tuesday on DNA. This was 100% on me,” Missanelli explained. “My tirade was wrong and embarrassing and would have been considered foolish and immature for an eight-year-old, much less for a grown man like myself.”
The headphone throwing incident was immature, but it also didn’t seem like an action worthy of a two-week absence. We don’t know exactly what Missanelli said off-mic to his colleagues, but The Fanatic afternoon host seemed genuinely upset over the tirade. As he apologized to Tyrone Johnson, Natalie Egenolf and the listeners, Missanelli was on the verge of tears, which you can see thanks to Crossing Broad posting a video of the show’s NBC Sports Philadelphia simulcast.
“And the worst part is that I hurt people who are close to my heart, so I need to take this time to sincerely apologize to my good friend Tyrone Johnson, who has been more help to me on this show than you can imagine, and also my colleague Natalie Egenolf who was caught in the wake of the verbal diarrhea that I used and should never have been subject to the salty language I used that day,” an emotional Missanelli said. “You guys are both extremely important to me and I would go to the wall for both of you. I’m deeply sorry I put you in such an awkward position. And I also want to apologize to the people who were listening and watching that day and how I made you guys all feel uncomfortable.”
Neither The Fanatic nor Beasley Media ever acknowledged the almost two week long layoff as a suspension. The first day he was off-air following the incident, Missanelli told Crossing Broad’s Kyle Scott he was taking vacation time and The Fanatic afternoon host reiterated that claim during his Monday show.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
Rob Dibble, 97.9 ESPN Help Collect Nearly 5,000 Turkeys
“This year, the support from listeners, sponsors, partners and volunteers helped make a remarkable state-wide impact.”
The station, along with other iHeart Connecticut stations, also raised more than $189,000 during the 23rd annual Turkey Tuesday at Connecticut Foodshare’s headquarters.
“We are continually grateful of the outpouring of donations from our listeners and Connecticut community on our annual events to ensure a Thanksgiving for all,” said iHeartMedia Hartford and New Haven Vice President of Marketing Vanessa Wojtusiak. “This year, the support from listeners, sponsors, partners and volunteers helped make a remarkable state-wide impact.”
Dibble has been a longtime support of Connecticut Foodshare, hosting its director Al Marino on his show several times throughout the year to ensure families in Connecticut have access to the food bank.
Danny O’Neil is a sports media columnist for BSM. He has previously hosted morning and afternoon drive for 710 ESPN Seattle, and served as a reporter for the Seattle Times. He can be reached on Twitter @DannyOneil or by email at Danny@DannyOneil.com.
Ray Didinger Subject of NFL Films Feature, Tells Angelo Cataldi He’s Stayed Busy in Retirement
Former 94WIP host and Philadelphia Daily News and NBC Sports Philadelphia writer Ray Didinger retired earlier this year, but he told Angelo Cataldi he’s remained busy even though he stepped away from his media career.
“It’s been busier than I thought,” Didinger said. “Just because of the way things have gone in the city. The Phillies going to the World Series, the Eagles are 10-1, I don’t think any of us thought it was going to be this kind of run. Consequently, my phone hasn’t stopped ringing. I had no idea everyone in the world has a podcast so I’ve been getting all those calls. My name and my phone number are on way too many rolodexes all around the country. When somebody says ‘Hey, let’s do a piece about Philly’, my phone rings. It’s been busy but it’s been good. It’s been great to see what this has meant to the city.”
Didinger hosted shows from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays for 94WIP. In total, he spent more than 50 years covering the NFL before retiring in May.
After Cataldi asked for Didinger’s opinion on the 2022 Eagles, he asked the now-retired reporter if he was still using his yellow notepad. Didinger admitted he does still use the notepad, and Cataldi chastised his former colleague after he said he would retire the notepad. Cataldi joked when he retires after the Eagles season concludes, he hopes to lose co-hosts Al Morganti and Rhea Hughes’ phone numbers.
Didinger will be the subject of an NFL Films feature about his longtime career covering the league. The program will air on FS1 on Friday at 12:30 AM.
Colin Dunlap: ‘Insane’ What Tom Rinaldi Has Done During Last Week
“He’s going from Doha to Dallas and Kansas City to Doha and Columbus to Doha. Something’s up! There’s two Tom Rinaldi’s.”
It was a banner week for FOX Sports during the Thanksgiving holiday, and no one got more work than the network’s Tom Rinaldi. 93.7 The Fan morning show host Colin Dunlap believes Rinaldi deserves props for his schedule.
“It’s insane what he’s done,” Dunlap said. “I wrote it down and I saw somebody tweet it. Listen to this schedule — and I don’t even know if it’s worth it — but listen to what Tom Rinaldi has done: Wednesday? Qatar. Thursday? Dallas for the Cowboys game. Friday? Back to the US-England match in Qatar. Saturday? In Columbus, Ohio for Michigan/Ohio State. Sunday? Kansas City for the NFL game.
“And then if you’ve gotta guess, he’s gonna be at the American game tomorrow so he’s travelling back to Qatar today. I don’t even travel back and forth to Baltimore like that. He’s going from Doha to Dallas and Kansas City to Doha and Columbus to Doha. Something’s up! There’s two Tom Rinaldi’s.”
Dunlap, co-host Chris Mack, and producer Adam Crowley then discussed whether FOX Sports was using Rinaldi enough. While noting that he’s travelling to all these locations, they believe he isn’t being utilized enough for the bigger stories he’s been known for.
They also joked about whether Rinaldi was flying back and forth on Rupert Murdoch’s private jet and whether or not that would make life easier.