ESPN New York Radio Host Convinced Rangers Played Penguins In NHL Playoffs (Audio)







What game was Robin Lundberg watching? The early-morning host on ESPN Radio 98.7, the New York Rangers' flagship station, said several times on the air that they had played the Penguins in the playoffs, when they were actually playing the Capitals.

What game was Robin Lundberg watching? The early-morning host on ESPN Radio 98.7, the New York Rangers’ flagship station, said several times on the air that they had played the Penguins in the playoffs, when they were actually playing the Capitals.

The National Hockey League has seen more than its share of disrespect in the media. We’ve already experienced the botching of team players and the botching of team logos.

But what was heard early Thursday morning on New York’s ESPN Radio 98.7 really takes the cake.

Robin Lundberg, who hosts a daily, one-hour show at 3 AM – I’ll give them credit for putting on live, local talent in overnight hours, but just one hour? Come on – had asked listeners several times to comment on the previous night’s playoff game between the New York Rangers and the Pittsburgh Penguins. (They’re actually playing the Washington Capitals.)

Mind you, ESPN 98.7 is only the flagship station of the Rangers.

So for Lundberg to make this mistake not once, not twice, not three times, but four times in twenty minutes probably won’t sit well with hockey purists, much less Rangers fans.

Click here to listen to an audio montage – the slip-ups are at 2:10, 3:15, 4:48 and 5:15.

The most baffling of these gaffes has to be the third one, which follows a minute-long conversation with his producer who provided insight on Game 4 of the Rangers/Capitals series. At two points (4:15 and 4:35) during the chat, Chris Mitchell mentions “the Capitals.” Seconds later, Lundberg takes a call and asks him, “What were you watching? Heat/Bulls or Rangers/Penguins?”

It took a tweet halfway through Lundberg’s one-hour show informing him of his repeated mistake. Then and only then did he acknowledge, “I know that. I misspoke because the Islanders play the Penguins” on Thursday night, in a playoff game that will actually air on ESPN 98.7 (the Islanders’ usual radio home is Hofstra University’s 88.7 WRHU).

If you “misspeak” one time, fine. But to do so four times in 50% of your radio show (did I mention it’s only an hour long?), all while assuring listeners, “I’m not trying to insult any hockey fans” (2:55), is downright mind-boggling.

You saw the Rangers game, Robin Lundberg. You said so several times on your program. But it looks like you weren’t paying enough attention to the Rangers’ opponent in that game.

I wonder if he’s going to Habib “Islanders/Capitals” on his next show.

Female Sports Radio Hosts Should Not Be An Endangered Species







Atlanta is one of the few markets where there are multiple females on the air on local sports radio, including Rachel Baribeau, co-host of the afternoon program on "92.9 The Game," which has had a female voice on both its "drive time" shows since its inception last fall.

Atlanta is one of the few markets where there are multiple females on the air on local sports radio, including Rachel Baribeau, co-host of the afternoon program on “92.9 The Game,” which has had a female voice on both its “drive time” shows since its inception last fall.

After four months on the air, there is already a talent change at Atlanta’s FM sports talker, WZGC-FM/”92.9 The Game.”

No, the station isn’t in as bad a shape as their sister station down Route 41. In fact, the move was completely on the host’s volition. C.J. Simpson, one-third of The Game’s “Opening Drive” morning show with Rick Kamla and Randy Cross, is leaving Atlanta to become a studio host for Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA) broadcasts on Time Warner Cable SportsNet.

Simpson’s replacement? Another woman: Kristen Ledlow, who has been the Atlanta-based field reporter for Fox Sports’ NEXT website, formerly known as

This means the number of female on-air hosts at “The Game” remains at two, with Rachel Baribeau continuing to co-host the station’s “Game Time” afternoon drive show with Carl Dukes and Kordell Stewart.

It’s certainly rare for a sports radio station in any city, let alone a major market such as Atlanta, employ two female hosts full-time.

But believe it or not, these “Game” birds are not alone: before “The Game” signed on last fall to become Atlanta’s third all-sports station, Sandra Golden had been heard on the others: first on the WQXI/”790 The Zone” morning show for five years starting in 2004, and later joining WCNN/”680 The Fan” in the same daypart in 2011; she’s since transitioned to a new midday show, “The Front Row,” which kicked off just this month.

Which means there is at least one female voice on Atlanta sports radio for all but a couple of hours during the day.

And in a medium dominated by males – if you need any proof, Golden was the lone female that made the first-ever Talkers Magazine “Sports Radio Heavy Hundred” list last year – why not welcome more personalities of the female persuasion into the field?

On national sports radio networks, you can hear Amy Van Dyken co-hosting Fox Sports Radio’s weeknight program. The current lineup on ESPN Radio is virtually exclusively male, but in the past, Amy Lawrence was heard on their air; she now does weekends on the new CBS Sports Radio network, which actually has three female hosts on their roster: in addition to Lawrence, Dana Jacobson is one-third of their “TBD In The A.M.” morning show. Also, not long after WFAN/New York personality Marc Malusis started his Saturday morning program for CBSSR, they quietly added Sports Illustrated’s Maggie Gray as a co-host; the program is now known as “The Moose And Maggie Show.” Cute. In addition, NBC Sports Radio has given veteran Baltimore sports radio figure Anita Marks a show on weekends.

I must say it’s a good sign to have four female talents among two brand new national sports radio networks right out of the gate – of course, with CBS giving shows to three females, including one in the major daypart of morning drive, that to me is pretty damn impressive.

But as far as sports radio on a local scale is concerned, it really needs to get in touch with its feminine side.

On the Internet radio station that’s affiliated with this website, SportsRantz Radio, there are at least four or five female hosts at any given time, including Katy Mitchel from “The Rantin’ And Ravin’ Show,” Kristina Chambers from “Slicks And Sticks,” Amy Gist from “The Siren1363 Radio Show,” and Robyn Vandenberg from “The Sports Breakdown.”

Now, the point I’m about to make is not intended in any way to diss the aforementioned, or the radio station, or this website, or the man who makes this all possible, Anthony DiMoro.

But… It’s sad how no sports talk stations on terrestrial radio have hired four female on-air talents. Of course, we have one market, plus a new national network, that have three of them, so it’s progress. But shouldn’t we be at a point where there’s at least one female on-air host in several of the top major markets – and not just Internet radio?

And I’m not saying they should put them on the air, just to fulfill a quota, or we hear a female’s voice “for a change.” Of course, they should be qualified to do so – and I have no doubt there is no shortage of females that wouldn’t hesitate to seize that opportunity – why, just look at SportsRantz Radio.

Just last week, ESPN columnist Sarah Spain – who can also be heard daily on WMVP/”ESPN 1000″ in Chicago – published an article expressing her confoundment on the belief by many that women are just “incapable” of fulfilling many positions in sports media. In it, she featured a few tweets from Stephen “Steak” Shapiro, a radio host who thinks that “men simply do not want women as full-time sports radio hosts.”

By the way, “Steak” Shapiro has been doing radio for over fifteen years in the city of Atlanta – yes, that market with the rare existence (medium rare?) of three full-time female on-air sports radio hosts.

“Does [“Steak”] believe the chromosomal makeup of a person decides his or her ability to talk about people who make a living kicking, throwing, shooting or catching a ball?,” Spain wonders. “Your neighbor, Bill, who has never watched a football or baseball game in his life is not, in fact, more qualified to host a sports radio show than a sports-crazed woman with years of experience in the industry.

“There is nothing in the DNA of a woman that prevents her from understanding the Cover 2 or knowing which guy on the hometown squad should be batting cleanup.”

It’s encouraging to see that, when CBS Radio could have easily handed over C.J. Simpson’s vacant position to another guy – while keeping in mind that they’re equal opportunity employers – the end result is another woman in Kristen Ledlow waiting in the on-deck circle.

“I think it’s fantastic,” Ledlow told me, regarding the opportunity to work in a market where sports radio has shattered the glass ceiling. “Rachel [Baribeau] and I want to set the precedent for major markets hiring smart, funny, hard-working women in sports.”

Indeed, there is already a long list of women who meet all of those criteriae – many of them on television.

It shouldn’t be long before sports radio, locally and nationally, hires more females, thereby eradicating a stereotype that women in the business are “eye candy.”

In other words: if you’re not in front of a camera, your opinion and your talent should be just as valued as anyone else’s.

Hopefully, Atlanta will buck the trend – but at least for now, it’s a good sign that females are a force to be reckoned with in the medium.

Or, as Sarah Spain exclaimed to me: “I think that’s great… Good to see women are being given the same chances to excel there… Didn’t realize Atlanta was so evolved.”

The evolution continues.

(Sandra Golden did not respond to my request for comment; incidentally, at the time this post was published, she is scheduled to begin jury duty.)

Sweet Deal: Howard Hoffman Becomes Baseball Announcer On ESPN Radio/Walla Walla







Howard Hoffman, whose voice has been heard on many commercials, programs and radio stations, is now bringing his pipes to the ballpark, as he will be calling baseball games for the Walla Walla Sweets on the local ESPN Radio affiliate starting this summer.

Howard Hoffman, whose voice has been heard on many commercials, programs and radio stations, is now bringing his pipes to the ballpark, as he will be calling baseball games for the Walla Walla Sweets on the local ESPN Radio affiliate starting this summer.

Whether you’ve watched TV commercials or animated programs, or listened to big-market radio, chances are you’ve likely heard the handiwork of Howard Hoffman.

He’s lent his voice to several cartoons, and has been heard in advertisements from Hostess to Hyundai, and from Post to Publix.

But he also has an impressive track record on radio, having been heard in the top four markets over the last five decades, including three in New York City. Though his most recent radio gig with KABC-AM in Los Angeles was quite steady, enjoying a 17-year run that included being the station’s production director, as well as contributing to the Los Angeles Dodgers radio network, which was based at KABC.

In October 2011, Hoffman was a victim of budget cuts by KABC’s parent company, Cumulus. Not coincidentally, the Dodgers would be moving their radio flagship to KLAC the following year.

While largely a free agent since then, Hoffman remained busy through his voiceover production company, and would remain so even after he relocated to the town of Walla Walla, Washington last year.

You might think this is the point of Hoffman’s career where he officially starts dabbling into retirement – on the contrary. Because he has found a new calling: baseball announcer.

Yes, you can now add Howard’s name to the likes of Jack Buck, Harry Caray, Harry Kalas, and current Dodgers announcer Vin Scully, whom Howard himself has dubbed “a national treasure.”

Okay, so he’s going to be calling games for the Walla Walla Sweets, so it won’t be in the same league as the others. But given his background, Hoffman will be in a class by himself.

Because in Hoffman, the Sweets, who play in the West Coast League, Eastern Division (no contradictions there) will be getting a living legend – no, I’m not trying to upstage another living legend, Vin Scully, but he has the talent, the knowledge and the “enthusiasm” – a trait that Sweets vice president/general manager Zachary Fraser awaits – to pull this off.

Even if his only work as a play-by-play baseball announcer was in a Bud Light commercial.

“Doing play-by-play on the radio is a totally different animal,” Hoffman told the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin.

Recently, he spent some time with his good friend Ken Levine, who like Hoffman was a disc jockey in the “music radio” era of the 70’s, and is a noted film and television producer, writer and director – but he has a baseball announcing career of his own: for six years during the 1990’s, he worked games on radio and/or TV for the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres; upon the untimely passing of Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus, Levine agreed to step up to the plate, and is currently in his second go-round with the M’s in the booth. The time was spent watching baseball with the volume down and interpreting the game action – just as Hoffman will be doing for real starting with the season opener on June 5.

“I’ve got three months,” Hoffman said. “It’s going to be a lot of homework.”

The one subject in particular that he’ll be studying: stats. “When you’re watching the game, you really have to immerse yourself,” he explains. “You have to know if the batter’s right-handed, and describe what happens when he faces batters from a certain direction.”

In addition to painting a verbal picture for radio listeners, he’ll encourage Sweets fans at Borleske Stadium to get involved via Twitter and Facebook. “I’ll be keeping the lines of communication open through social media,” he promises. “It’s going to be a truly interactive live experience with every broadcast.”

He also hopes that fan interaction can enable him to learn as he goes. “As a rookie in the broadcast booth, I know I’ll learn more from our fans than from anywhere else.”

And in a flash of wit, the kind displayed behind the microphone at radio stations like WABC and Hot 97 in New York and KMEL in San Francisco, Hoffman made sure to thank the Sweets “as a fan… for this opportunity to see all the games for free.”

The local radio station that will be carrying Sweets play-by-play is “1490 ESPN”, KTEL-AM – not to be confused with the K-Tel record label. And yes, the station streams online, so anyone who has followed Hoffman through his vast radio career can join him in his next chapter of broadcasting.

“This is a dream job for anyone who grew up loving the game,” he admitted. “I’m genuinely excited to be working with a great team that’s become an instant tradition in the Walla Walla Valley.”

As long as players aren’t fixated on any Bud Light vendors in the stands, Howard Hoffman should do a swell job.

No – a Sweet job.

Time To Panic In Tampa? 98.7 The Fan Unplugs Gary Shelton







Tampa Bay Times sportswriter Gary Shelton is the latest in a long line of personnel to exit "98.7 The Fan," which continues to see a large number of empty seats, as far as ratings go.

Tampa Bay Times sportswriter Gary Shelton is the latest in a long line of personnel to exit “98.7 The Fan,” which continues to see a large number of empty seats, as far as ratings go.

If you’ve been following the radio business over the last few years, you’ll know that CBS Radio has a penchant for launching sports talk stations on the FM dial in several markets, as well as migrating preexisting AM sports radio stations to the FM band (e.g. New York’s WFAN).

And usually, CBS Radio has a great track record when it comes to FM sports talk. Perhaps their biggest success story is in Boston, where WBZ-FM/”98.5 The Sports Hub” unseated the perennial sports radio leader in the market, WEEI, to the point that they’ve recently made drastic changes, including parting ways with longtime sports host Glenn Ordway.

But after just over half a year, it appears that the FM sports radio experiment in Tampa Bay appears to be going over as well as Alvin Harper’s tenure with the Buccaneers.

At first, WHFS-FM/”98.7 The Fan” launched with live and local sports talk around the clock, including notables such as former ESPN and Yahoo! Sports Radio host Todd Wright, Tampa Bay Lightning hockey analyst Chris Dingman, and Nanci Donnellan, best known as “The Fabulous Sports Babe.”

But just about a decade removed from the Bucs winning their first Super Bowl, “The Fan” appeared to be showing qualities very unlike a champion behind the scenes. The station’s first program director, Mike Pepper, who’s been a part of the CBS/Tampa cluster since the company’s original local sports talk effort on AM 1010 (which is now a 24/7 feed of the CBS Sports Radio Network), made a lateral move by taking a sales job within the company, before leaving CBS altogether. Also, Wright, originally co-host of the “Fan” afternoon drive show upon its launch, but moved to evenings just months later, announced his abrupt departure from the station. It was right around that time that WHFS-FM began simulcasting the nationally syndicated “Jim Rome Show” – also heard, of course, on WHFS-AM.

And now, today comes word that one half of the midday show on “The Fan,” Tampa Bay Times sportswriter Gary Shelton, has exited the station. He was informed after his show with Justin Pawlowski that today’s edition would be his last.

“It was a wonderfully positive experience that ended badly,” Shelton told, well, his colleague, Eric Deggans. “Right now, I’m not sure of any future in radio, [but] I have a future in newspapers.”

Shelton suspects that the high number of frequent flyer miles he collects while covering sports for the Times may have contributed to his demise, but the station didn’t confirm the reason for his dismissal. “I assume it had something to do with that and they didn’t tell me.”

Just to give you an idea of how much of a traveling sports reporter Shelton is: On “The Fan’s” first day on the air, August 2, 2012, during a two-hour program introducing listeners to the people that they will hear on this new FM sports station, Shelton phoned in live from London, where he was covering the Olympics for the Times. And Deggans says Shelton will be away from Tampa during the next few weeks, as he covers the NCAA tournament, as well as the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, GA.

Whatever the reason for Shelton’s mysterious ouster, it can’t be for the fact that he’s a sportswriter. For just over a year, the leading sports radio station in Tampa, Clear Channel’s 620 WDAE, has had a morning show consisting of, not one, but two Tampa Bay Times sports columnists in Tom Jones and Rick Stroud. “The Sports Page” has been WDAE’s morning show since the station fired Dan Sileo (which, by the way, today is the one-year anniversary of that).

So how much of a leader in the format is WDAE in Tampa? In the February PPM, they outrate WHFS-FM 3-to-1 (2.1 vs. 0.7). In fairness, while “98.7 The Fan” has fluctuated between 0.4 and 0.7 in recent PPM’s, WDAE has seen its share drop from 2.7 in December (which might be expected as the station is the flagship station of the Bucs). The next Tampa PPM is released next week.

When I first wrote about the coming of Tampa’s first FM sports talk station, I speculated that Buccaneers legend and newly-minted Hall Of Famer Warren Sapp would be one of the personalities heard there. Now, because I want to see the station succeed, I’m simply lobbying for it to happen. We know that it’s possible for sports network figures to simultaneously hold down radio shows. And we also know that Sapp could use a little more coin these days.

Look: when a radio station launches a new format, it could take time for it to build an audience. Lord knows “98.5 The Sports Hub” in Boston wasn’t an overnight sensation by any means, but here they are, scaring the 850-pound gorilla WEEI, now a shabby 93.7, off its perch and into a frenzy.

There seems to be a consistent aura of woe and uncertainty at “98.7 The Fan.” A lot of it could be due to the fact that they’ve barely made inroads against the AM station that’s been around the block for years. Perhaps they expected to get no smaller than a 1 share by default, since they’re on the FM dial.

What the station needs is a person that can inspire all of the personnel that work there, not just the hosts. It needs a person that can reinforce what teamwork is all about. It needs a person that can explain from firsthand experience, how to be a winner.

That person is Warren Sapp. If he can right the Buccaneers’ pirate ship, imagine what the NFL Network analyst can do on the air for three hours a day.

Come on, CBS. Make it happen.

Low-Rated St. Louis Sports Talkers To Undergo Sex Change







St. Louis sports station KFNS/"590 The Fan," where Fox sports broadcaster Joe Buck (pictured) auditioned for a week last year in anticipation of a podcast plan that has yet to materialize, is switching formats this spring, along with its sister station KXFN, because ratings never materialized.

St. Louis sports station KFNS/”590 The Fan,” where Fox sports broadcaster Joe Buck (pictured) auditioned for a week last year in anticipation of a podcast plan that has yet to materialize, is switching formats this spring, along with its sister station KXFN, because ratings never materialized.

When last we checked in on the sports radio scene in St. Louis – just last weekend, in fact – the leading station in the genre, WXOS/”ESPN 101.1″, was so dominant that it accounted for 85% of the market share in the format, with the other two stations, KFNS/”590 The Fan” and KXFN/”1380 The Fan 2″ regularly posting Gary Keithley-esque ratings outside of one show in morning drive on KFNS.

Interestingly, the two are sister stations.

But now it appears that they will now become – get this – brother and sister stations.

That’s right: The firm that owns the duo, Grand Slam Sports, is expected to drop their respective sports formats as early as May. Their new identities will be – you’ve been warned – “590 The Man” and “1380 The Woman.”

As you would expect, the couple’s new formats remain spoken-word, but with talk programming that appeals to male and female listeners. In fact, “The Man”, which is expected to continue a tiny portion of sports talk, has announced that its new morning show will be the syndicated program hosted by Hulk Hogan’s best friend, Bubba The Love Sponge.

In giving birth to “The Man” and “The Woman,” Grand Slam Sports – which may or may not decide to change the name of its outfit to “Grand Slam People” – is cleaning house, displacing all on-air talent with the exception of KFNS late morning host Frank Cusumano, who will be a holdover with the new “Man” lineup.

“I felt the content of the shows was not drawing the audience,” admitted Dan Marshall, the president of Grand Slam Radio. I thought if we could change the formats, we could make better content… I think we can do better on the content and create more stable radio stations.”

Translation: The fact that the most popular sports radio show in St. Louis was not a local program, but ESPN Radio’s “Mike And Mike,” means the sports radio landscape in St. Louis is just brutal, so let’s cash out now, while we still have our dignity.

With the new “guy talk” approach on KFNS, it appears as if the station is taking the advice of its former host, Kevin Slaten, who was quoted as saying: “I don’t think the all-sports format works anymore… I don’t think you can win anymore unless you do ‘man-talk’.”

I wonder if Kevin’s going to hit up KFNS for a consulting fee, on the heels of this news.

Also quoted around the same time was KFNS/KXFN general manager Katy Pavelonis, who said this: “I don’t know how you can have ‘the best sports city in America’ and not have strong sports radio.”

Oh, yeah: they’ve relinquished her programming duties for “The Man” and “The Woman” but remains with the station in a sales role – which was the initial purpose for her hire in the first place, before being thrust into the GM role last year. Instead, Marshall will have a say in programming on “The Man,” while “The Woman” will be run by Robin Jackson – a male, by the way.

One of the casualties of the upcoming consummation of “The Man” and “The Woman” is Tim McKernan. It was on his program for one week last March that Fox sports announcer Joe Buck co-hosted, and their show included guests like Charlie Sheen. Buck did the radio cameo with the goal of setting up his own podcast, which apparently has not come into fruition a year after the fact.

Now that “The Man” is looking for talent that can appeal to male listeners, why not have Buck on its roster – excuse me, schedule? It’s certainly feasible for sports announcers to hold down radio shows as they work their schedule of games. New York Yankees announcer Michael Kay has been a fixture on ESPN Radio’s New York outlet virtually since its inception. Buck calls, what, a few dozen baseball games a year, playoffs included? Should be a piece of cake for him.

Then again, maybe Buck would be smart not to align himself with what sounds like the tackiest radio branding idea ever. “590 The Man” and “1380 The Woman.” Reminds me of when two AM radio stations in Washington, D.C. became “McCain 570” and “Obama 1260” just around election time five years ago.

But it looks as if “ESPN 101.1” won’t be the lone sports radio choice in St. Louis for long: McKernan is considering launching his own sports station, provided he finds enough capital commitment to it.

And wouldn’t it be poetic justice for McKernan, one-third of the highest-rated show on KFNS or KXFN at the moment, if his new sports station made sweet ratings genocide of “The Man” and “The Woman.”

They say you really can’t judge a radio format prior to its launch based on the name alone – I disagree. This makes the mid-2000’s “Free-FM” format look like “The Rush Limbaugh Show.”

That being said, I give it about a year – fifteen months, tops – before Grand Slam Broadcasting revokes their “Man” card.

Dan Sileo Was Fired By WQAM/Miami For A Half-Assed "Half Hebrew" Remark







A complaint from the Anti-Defamation League following a comment Dan Sileo made about his ability to save money because he's "half-Hebrew" was what led to WQAM in Miami to fire him.

A complaint from the Anti-Defamation League following a comment Dan Sileo made about his ability to save money because he’s “half-Hebrew” was what led WQAM in Miami to fire him.

We figured there was something objectionable that Dan Sileo said on the air on WQAM/560 before the Miami sports radio station terminated him.

The difference is, his firing from WQAM did not appear to be as swift as his displacement from his previous stop on sports radio in Tampa on WDAE/620.

According to the Miami Herald, Sileo’s fateful comment this time around came during the January 30 edition of the show – or five days before Super Bowl XLVII, where he had been broadcasting from all week on Radio Row. At some point during the interview-filled show, Sileo was commenting on news that the family of Junior Seau didn’t receive enough financial compensation after he committed suicide on May 2, when he said this:

“Hey, one thing I’m very proud of, I saved every nickel I had. That must be the half-Hebrew in me. ‘Cause I saved it… That’s part of the old culture there, man, right? That’s why when that $2.06 on that airplane got taken from me, man, I’m still pissed off at that thing.”

At that point, Dave Dwork, producing Sileo’s show from the WQAM studios in Miami, chimed in: “You’re a Jew by association.”

“Thank you, Dave,” Sileo replied.

Since none of Sileo’s podcasts were taken down by station management, I was able to clip this audio from that show:

It was that very comment that led the Anti-Defamation League to file a complaint with WQAM, urging them “to take disciplinary action” against Sileo (he had already been suspended ten days prior for going after Erin Andrews on Twitter) for the “troubling… derogatory comment” he made “with regard to saving money.”

“That was the straw that broke the camel’s back,” a source close to Sileo said to the Miami Herald’s Susan Miller Degnan.

No word if Dwork will be reprimanded for his part in the controversial exchange.

Making matters worse for Sileo, there is a large Jewish population in Miami.

Well, not to make light of his comment, but I truly do hope Dan Sileo has saved up – because I can’t imagine anyone who owns a radio, let alone a radio station, hiring him after the tumultuous year he’s had.

Did WQAM/Miami Fire Dan Sileo For His Hatred Of Heat's Harlem Shake Or Their Morning Host?







WQAM/Miami morning host Joe Rose, seen here doing the Harlem Shake during his Friday morning show, expressed disdain with now-former colleague Dan Sileo, because he didn't care for the Heat's version of the dance.

WQAM/Miami morning host Joe Rose, seen here doing the Harlem Shake during his Friday morning show, expressed disdain with now-former colleague Dan Sileo, because he didn’t care for the Heat’s version of the dance.

When last we heard from Dan Sileo, he was conducting a radio experiment: being the first radio host to use deer antler spray.

Now, he’s no longer at that radio station – and it sounds like other personnel there are relieved they no longer have to put up with his bull.

For the second time in a year, Sileo has found himself out of a job at a radio station in a major market in Florida.

The former University of Miami football player couldn’t even last a full year at Miami’s leading sports radio station, WQAM/560, which suspended him earlier this year for using social networking to bully Fox Sports’ recent acquisition, Erin Andrews.

The station hired him less than a month after he was ousted by Tampa’s WDAE/620 after referring to potential Buccaneers players as “monkeys” – right on the Bucs’ flagship radio station, no less.

So immediately, I wonder what Sileo said on the air on what would be his final show on WQAM on Friday. And here are some bullet points:

Sileo is not a big fan of the Heat’s rendition of the “Harlem Shake,” which was first uploaded the day before (he jokingly refers to the dance as the “shuffle” and even the “polka”).

He said that other franchises that won titles like the New England Patriots never did any videos (“I don’t care about crap like that”).

And he apparently called out WQAM morning host Joe Rose for what he called sweating local meteorologist Vivian Gonzalez, who does a weekly segment on Rose’s show (Sileo would refer to Rose as “Brent Musburger” on his show later that day).

So I went and heard Friday’s edition of Rose’s show, and it sounds like he’s fed up with having another host on his own station being negative about the Heat. Later on his show, Sileo countered: “Joe was high this morning when he said that I thought that team sucked, I never said that; I said they were bored.”

Rather than have you sit through six hours of podcastage (or half of that, provided WQAM hasn’t yanked Sileo’s show audio from their podcast page, like they did their website), I’ve taken bits and pieces from both shows and compiled them into a 15-minute montage:

(By the way, the first thing Sileo did on his Friday show was use some deer antler spray – so I guess it was a regular occurrence since his first foray into the stuff four weeks ago.)

Meanwhile, I attempted to contact WQAM program director Jorge Sedano during his afternoon show, but because he was broadcasting from the facilities of Fox Sports Radio in Los Angeles, he could not be reached for comment. I specifically wanted to ask him if there was any content from Sileo’s show on Friday that was questionable enough to warrant his dismissal – like his previous termination in Tampa.

It should be noted that Sileo was originally hired to do afternoon drive on WQAM; last fall, he was shifted to middays – that was right around the time the station’s current afternoon driver, Sedano, assumed PD stripes.

Oh, and the guy Sileo replaced at WQAM? Sid Rosenberg – who, since then, has been on the air at another sports radio station in Miami, WMEN. Could that be Sileo’s next destination in Florida? Or could he be thinking national? We’ll find out soon if any radio station or network is going to hire, as his Twitter bio now reads, “America’s most controversial sports talk radio host.”

America, huh? Hope he’s brought enough deer antler spray.