IHeartMedia has not acknowledged that it is experiencing a reduction in force, but talent and programmers from across the country in multiple formats report that have been laid off.
So far, the majority of layoffs being reported by All Access are in the music formats, but Barrett Sports Media has learned that Fox Sports 910 in Phoenix has lost Matthew Jarecki. Also in Phoenix, the cast of night show Kenny & Crash is out.
Late Monday afternoon All Access reported that Michael Rivera is out in El Paso. He was the PD of spoken word formats for the cluster including FOX Sports 1380 AM. FOX Sports 1380 also loses its afternoon host. Michael Tipton confirmed on his Facebook page that he was let go.
Matt Culbreath is out in Toledo. All Access reports that the creative services director who helped shape the sound of news and sports stations in the market has been let go.
Barrett Sports Media will report more names across the sports format as they become available.
Dan Dakich Exits 107.5 The Fan
“Greg Doyle of the Indianapolis Star obtained an internal email from David Wood. The operations manager for Radio One confirmed to his staff that Dakich was out.”
Dan Dakich will not be heard on local radio in Indianapolis going forward. His content disappeared from 93.5/107.5 The Fan’s website on Thursday afternoon. Later in the day, he took to Twitter to confirm that he would not return for his show on Friday.
Just last year, Dakich launched a new show on Outkick called Don’t @ Me. He says the demands of hosting two shows made it hard to give both the attention they require.
Greg Doyle of the Indianapolis Star obtained an internal email from David Wood. The operations manager for Radio One confirmed to his staff that Dakich was out.
Dakich had been heard in middays on the station for the last 14 years. He had been voted the #1 mid market midday show in BSM’s annual Top 20 an impressive four times.
In July, The Star documented two incidents that brought scrutiny on Dakich. Dana Hunsinger Benbow posted an audio clip of the host referring to a caller as a “meth head”. Then Greg Doyle reported that Dakich made off-color jokes at a station event that upset Radio One brass.
Dakich mocked the allegations. Radio One CEO Alfred Liggins chose not to answer questions about the incident or Dakich.
Outkick carries Don’t @ Me every weekday at 9 AM.
Mike Missanelli On Potential Radio Return: ‘My Ears Are Always Open’
“You know, I’m not ready for the grave. I think I would listen to any opportunity if it was palatable.”
Philadelphia sports radio listeners have been in a bit of a nostalgic mood all year as the farewell tour for Angelo Cataldi continues on WIP. On Thursday morning, it was a double dose of “the good ol’ days” as Cataldi welcomed Mike Missanelli to the show.
Cataldi introduced Missanelli, one of the original WIP sports radio hosts, as a “former star of WIP and other stations that I won’t mention here”.
The two visited for 15 minutes and covered a number of topics. Mike Missanelli was candid about his feelings on his past partnership with Howard Eskin, admitting that he never wanted to stop working with Steve Fredricks and saying that he “literally wanted to kill [Eskin] every day.”
“Eskin came back to radio from doing TV and they thought that putting us together would be a good show, but they kind of threw Steve out the door,” Missanelli says of the beginning of the duo’s partnership. “They gave him night hours or whatever. So, I wasn’t in favor of it and I didn’t think it would work because to me, our chemistry wasn’t good. Howard is what he is, but what he isn’t is a team guy.”
Cataldi asked Missanelli what he missed most about being on the radio.
“I’ll tell you where I missed it during that Phillies run was the everyday reaction from fans,” Missanelli answered. “So I’m doing podcasts now where you don’t get that immediate reaction. So like, that bias play was always good about what we did in sports talk radio.”
Mike Missanelli has been off the air since being let go from 97.5 The Fanatic earlier this year. Cataldi noted that it was the first time Missanelli’s voice had been heard on 94 WIP since 2006 and that it would have happened sooner if Missanelli didn’t have to wait three months for his non-compete clause to end.
Will it be the last time we hear Mike Missanelli on the radio? He told Cataldi that he isn’t opposed to doing a live show again.
“My ears are always open,” he said. “Like when this ended at the other station, I didn’t expect that I was going to do anything. Then all of the sudden, I started getting a couple of calls to do some things. You know, I’m not ready for the grave. I think I would listen to any opportunity if it was palatable.”
Scott Hastings Details How Inside The NBA Video Came Together
“They got three people, two camera guys, a sound guy, and a producer. And she’s got the whole thing storyboarded out. I added some of my own flairs to it.”
Inside The NBA analyst Charles Barkley and Denver Nuggets analyst Scott Hastings have an interesting relationship. During a game in 1990, Hastings took a swing at Barkley during a mele between the Detroit Pistons and Philadelphia 76ers. Earlier this year, Hastings admitted he “sucker punched” Barkley during the altercation, with the two jokingly setting a date of May 19, 2023 for a boxing match.
During a recent Nuggets visit to Atlanta, Hastings stopped by the Inside The NBA studios to film a segment to provoke Barkley.
During Polumbus, Hastings, and Dover on Altitude Sports Radio Wednesday, Hastings detailed how the segment came to be.
“I said ‘We should do something and show up at the studios’ because of the Charles and I thing,” Hastings said. “We get there and one guy lets us in and waits for us at the loading dock. They got three people, two camera guys, a sound guy, and a producer. And she’s got the whole thing storyboarded out. I added some of my own flairs to it. There’s probably another 10 minutes of footage — maybe five to seven minutes. We got to the hotel at about 5:15 PM and asked if we could be there by 6:00 PM.”
Hastings said the Inside The NBA studios are located directly beside where the Nuggets were slated to practice, so he could both attend practice and go to the studio, which he called “cool”.
“You could play a two-on-two game. It’s that big. It’s probably not ‘NBA three’ wide, but we’ve all played on narrower courts. Honest to gosh, you’d have enough room — if you put a hoop at the big screen where they run to — you could play a game. It’s like an old catholic school court with the carpet up to the side.”