Tuesday, March 21, 2006


From today's Inquirer:

WIP-AM (610) yesterday announced the firing of midday host Mike Missanelli for "violating company policy."

Said policy was not specified, but insiders point to a fight with a producer during a broadcast Friday.

The firing, supposedly dictated by CBS corporate in New York, followed a weekend of phone calls in which a contrite Missanelli tried to arrange a suspension, I hear.

Missanelli was set off by technical difficulties in the St. Patrick's Day show, which aired from Brownie's 23 East in Ardmore.

No word of his absence was mentioned on the air yesterday by cohost Anthony Gargano, who was on with Eagles alum Hugh Douglas. For now, Gargano and Douglas will cohost.

Missanelli, 50, returned to WIP, his longtime home, last summer after he worked about two years at WMMR-FM (93.3). The station made way for Missanelli by not renewing the contract of Steve Martorano. The Gargano-Martorano pairing was a ratings leader.

Missanelli had been on a short leash of late. In October, Missanelli apologized after a heated phone interview with Eagles kicker David Akers. A few weeks later, Missanelli and morning host Angelo Cataldi went at it in the studio.

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