The Mike Missanelli Show was rocked with the news that Mike Missanelli would no longer be a part of it after Tuesday’s program. Missanelli is an icon in Philadelphia sports radio so the news traveled quickly and stunned a lot of 97.5 the Fanatic listeners.
The news was made by Missanelli himself on the show. Usually the show ends with a segment for listeners to call in and voice their opinions to hopefully get heard on the show. It was no surprise that this edition of “Sound Off” was more focused on the departure of Philadelphia sports radio goliath.
Missanelli started by joking that this would be the last time he gives the number for future sound offs. Then the love poured in, caller, after caller, after caller.
“Hey Mike, longtime listener man. I’m so disappointed to hear that you’ll be leaving. Continued success with everything you do in your future venture. You’ll definitely be missed. You are a legend.”
“I’m just here to say Mike, I barely call in to the show but I listen to you every day. I love you man. You really are gonna be missed. It’s a sad day. I don’t really know what to say. The city of Philadelphia loves you and we can’t wait to see you again.”
That’s when Missanelli, who thanked every caller immediately after, mentioned it was getting to him again. “Thanks brother, I appreciate it. I thought I was over it, the crying part.”
“Oh man, I’m heartbroken man. I can’t even process this right now. Like you gone? Mike I was listening to you when I was in jail fifteen years ago. Got out, got my life together, been listening to you ever since. I’m going to miss you buddy.”
“Mike, you will be missed my friend. I really enjoyed your show. I will miss you dearly. You are on the Mount Rushmore of Philly sports talk. I love ya, my brother.”
“I followed you from West Philly to Savannah to Florida now I’m in Atlanta. Your guys show during the Pandemic was great to help me get thru. I’ve been working at nursing homes since 2010. I hope to follow you wherever you go, man. You guys helped me get thru that and I want to thank you a lot. I hope to be hearing from you soon.”
“I live far away. I listen to you guys every day. I spend sometimes four or five hours in my car a day. I’m either catching you live or listening to you later on in the podcast. I wanted to say you are what keeps me in touch with Philadelphia. You’re the best bud.”
Finally, Missanelli had to call it quits. “I, uh, let’s shut it down.”
“Listen, I don’t know what else to say,” Missanelli began his final moments on the air. “I appreciate the love today. It broke me down a little bit. This has been a great ride for me and it’s because of you guys out there and everybody I’ve worked with made it a lot easier for everybody to present a really good show for people. So, thank you so much and I don’t know where I’ll see you next but I hope I do see ya. See ya later.”
NHL All-Star Game Airing Exclusively on SiriusXM After Contract Extension
The game — held on Saturday, February 4th — will feature Steve Kouleas and Gord Stellick in the booth. Scott Laughlin will work as the broadcast’s rinkside reporter.
SiriusXM and the NHL have reached an extension that will see the satellite service continue to carry every league contest. The new multi-year deal will run through the 2028-2029 season.
Part of the deal includes the NHL All-Star Game airing exclusively on SiriusXM. The game had previously been distributed by Westwood One before Sports USA Media took over the rights in 2021.
The game — held on Saturday, February 4th — will feature Steve Kouleas and Gord Stellick in the booth. Scott Laughlin will work as the broadcast’s rinkside reporter. All three are regulars on NHL Network Radio. Stellick and Laughlin serve as hosts of NHL Morning Skate, while Kouleas hosts the station’s afternoon show, The Power Play.
NHL Network Radio will also provide live coverage of the league’s All-Star Media Day on Thursday, February 2nd and the NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Friday, February 3rd.
The deal includes SiriusXM continuing to produce and distribute SiriusXM NHL Network Radio on the platform for the duration of the contract.
“Hockey fans are among the most passionate sports fans, and our long-term relationship with the NHL enables us to deliver those fans across North America comprehensive access to the league, offering them live broadcasts of every game and the only 24/7 NHL channel in audio,” said SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein.
“Live sports, coupled with great, in-depth sports talk, is one of the key elements of our programming and we are very pleased to be extending our content agreement with the NHL for many more years.”
Peter Rosenberg: Gio’s Rant ‘Gimmick Infringement’ of Don La Greca
The comment from Rosenberg comes after Giannotti was critical of he and La Greca last week. Giannotti claimed the pair were “bootlicking” Michael Kay.
The war of words between WFAN’s Boomer & Gio and 98.7 ESPN New York’s The Michael Kay Show continued Monday, with a quip from Peter Rosenberg about a rant from Gregg Giannotti.
Giannotti, a Vikings fan, was discussing his viewing situation during Monday morning’s show as the franchise played the New York Giants. His wife, two daughters, mother, mother-in-law, and best friend joined him to watch the Super Wild Card game, and the WFAN host detailed that the situation grew more tense with each passing moment due to comments made by those in attendance.
Giannotti eventually admitted to yelling at his friend, and jokingly shouted “Not the time, Louise!” after his mother-in-law commented about how good the Giants had gotten during a Saquon Barkley touchdown run.
The rant didn’t go unnoticed by Rosenberg, however, and he replied to Giannotti’s video clip of the segment by saying “Fake Don Lagrecca (sic) much? This is called gimmick infringement”.
The comment from Rosenberg comes after Giannotti was critical of he and La Greca last week. Giannotti claimed the pair were “bootlicking” Michael Kay after walking back comments he made about getting a producer at the station fired by calling them “performance art”.
While criticising Kay, Giannotti could not identify Rosenberg, only calling him “whatever his face”.
“He’s gonna retire. It doesn’t matter whether you kiss his ass or not, it’s not gonna be the difference in you getting that job when he leaves,” Giannotti said of La Greca and Rosenberg. “Just stop it. Just stop kissing his ass.”
Rosenberg responded to the disapproval from Giannotti last week by tweeting “My favorite part of the trash talk from the guy on the fan is ‘pick on someone your own size Michael Kay… pick on me’…LOL who are you?!!!!”
Jim Rome: Sad Paul Allen Is The Saddest Thing Ever
“Never mind letting yourselves down, never mind letting your employer down, never mind letting your fans down, you let the great P.A. down.”
One of Super Wild Card Weekend’s biggest upsets came in the Giants/Vikings game on Sunday afternoon, and Vikings radio voice Paul Allen obviously wasn’t thrilled about the final offensive play.
Jim Rome picked up on that listening to Allen’s call of Kirk Cousins finding T.J. Hockenson short of the line to gain, ending Minnesota’s season.
Rome said he hurt for Allen, who like many followers of the Vikings were shocked to see the second seed in the NFC playoffs bounced the first weekend.
“On the one hand sad P.A. is the saddest thing ever. I hate that so much,” Rome said Monday. “But he turns into pissed P.A. too. I mean that is a brutal way to lose. And what’s sadder than sad P.A.?”
Allen went viral halfway through the 2022-23 season, with his calls of a wild game against the Buffalo Bills on November 13. Allen went through a complete roller coaster of emotions as Buffalo fought to win 33-30 in overtime.
Rome added that he thought disappointing Allen was the worst of all for the NFC North champs.
“Never mind letting yourselves down, never mind letting your employer down, never mind letting your fans down, you let the great P.A. down,” he said.
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He works full-time as a multimedia specialist at the Virginia State Corporation Commission, while also putting in part-time work for News Radio WRVA and 910 The Fan in Richmond. Additionally, you can find Jordan contributing coverage of the Washington Capitals for the blog NoVa Caps. His prior media experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly and ABC 8News. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.