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Missanelli Slams Bruno & Innes

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One day after SportsRadio 94.1 WIP host Tony Bruno took to Twitter to celebrate another big ratings win with co-host Josh Innes, frustrated 97.5 The Fanatic host Mike Missanelli slammed both on air during an aggressive rant on his show.

In a three-minute tirade on Thursday’s show, captured by Crossing Broad, Missanelli responded to jabs offered by Bruno and Innes, calling Bruno a rat, tagging Innes as a “fatass out of towner with man boobs” and claimed The Fanatic morning host Anthony Gargano nearly made Innes pee himself.

“Tony Bruno is a rat, okay.” Missanelli said, in response to Bruno noting his Fanatic show beat WIP before being forced out at the station. “He never, at any point, was number one here, unless he confuses number one with number seven.”

Bruno took to Twitter to respond:

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“A kid who got beat up on the schoolyard every day of his life, kid who was afraid to take his t-shirt off in phys. ed class because he had manboobs. A kid that’s never played a sport in his life. A Howard Stern imitator. He’s what’s bringing you to sports talk radio in Philadelphia? Please.”

Missanelli also described a confrontation between Innes and former WIP host Anthony Gargano, who was upset over being replaced and badmouthed by Innes on the air.

“I love this story that this kid is denying the fact, when Anthony got in his face over there… and the kid turned white as a sheet and almost peed himself,” claimed Missanelli. “And he’s saying that didn’t happen. I know for a fact it happened. So keep your ‘Bitchanelli’, keep doing it.”

“Mike’s insults are about as fresh as his 5th place show,” Innes said in response before mocking one of Missanelli’s signature segments, “Here’s a general knowledge question: What fraudulent “Philly guy” has been knocked off his perch by a fat interloper?”

“Mike’s responses are the last gasps of a desperate man,” Innes said. “His empire is crumbling.”

This feud goes all the way back to October 2014, when Missannelli sent a tweet (later deleted) that made the cover of the NY Daily Dews after Victor Cruz was injured during an Eagles game that read, “Hey Giants fans: Victor Cruz is over. Dance to that.”

Missanelli claimed he wasn’t watching the game when Cruz was hurt, but that didn’t stop Innes from saying on air, “He’s the outright, undisputed king of douchebaggery in the city of Philadelphia.”

Innes followed that up with a segment called “Mikey Miss Tweets History,” where he claimed Missanelli sent out some truly tasteless tweets over the years involving MLK, Anne Frank and Magic Johnson.

So stay tuned. With a summer of lackluster Philly sports news on the horizon, this radio feud is only bound to get more contentious and interesting.

Credit to Philly.com who originally published this article

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Jonathan Zaslow No Longer With WQAM

An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.

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WQAM midday host Jonathan Zaslow is no longer with WQAM in Miami.

The radio station has removed his show from the website and references to him and his normal 10a-2p ET midday timeslot program have been scrubbed from the station website.

Zaslow tweeted at 5:19p ET confirming the news.

Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now.

Barry Jackson, a veteran journalist with the Miami Herald, reports that 790 The Ticket morning hosts Brendan Tobin and Leroy Hoard will move to that 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WQAM slot during the week of Oct. 3.

In more station movement, Joe Rose’s WQAM morning show with Zach Krantz now will be simulcast on The Ticket, replacing the Tobin/Hoard program. Audacy, which owns both WQAM and The Ticket, also simulcast Marc Hochman’s and Channing Crowder’s afternoon show.

Zaslow had been with 790 the Ticket since 2004. He was transitioned from Audacy-owned 790 to sister station AM 560 Sports WQAM last October. During his tenure he has worked with a number of established local voices including Joy Taylor, Amber Wilson, Brett Romberg, and Brendan Tobin amongst others.

WQAM has gone thru a number of changes, including a rebranding effort to call the station “560 The Joe”. That ended last year with the station returning to the AM 560 Sports WQAM brand listeners were more familiar with. What they have planned next in Zaslow’s timeslot is unclear but local listeners will likely get some answers next week.

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Vanessa Richardson Named Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter, Paul Gallant to Host Solo on ESPN 97.5

Vanessa Richardson will be on the sidelines for the Houston Rockets and Paul Gallant will host solo show on ESPN 97.5.

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Changes are taking place in Houston sports media. First, the Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season, and she’s a familiar name to Houston sports fans.

Vanessa Richardson, the now former co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, revealed that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

She tweeted the news saying, “Elated to be the new Houston Rockets sideline reporter! I can’t wait to travel the country & share the stories of this dynamic team during 80+ games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. I’ll continue to fill-in as a host/reporter for Astros broadcasts as well.”

Richardson’s co-host, Paul Gallant, tweeted that with Richardson leaving the show for the Rockets sideline gig, Vanessa and Gallant will become the Paul Gallant Show. The solo show led by Gallant begins Monday September 26th.

“We’re excited to have Paul host his own show”, said Todd Farquharson, General Manager of ESPN 97.5 & 92.5.  “He’s super creative, energetic, and likeable.  He’ll get the audience involved and have fun.”

Paul commented, “You know what I’ve always loved about sports talk radio?  That it’s interactive.  Whether through a phone call, text message, tweet or on Twitch, it’s the best place for sports fans to come together and celebrate…or vent.  And that’s what The Paul Gallant Show is going to be…Houston’s platform to talk about its teams. THE most interactive sports talk show in Houston.”

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Ken Carman: Al Michaels ‘Feels Untethered’ On Amazon Prime Video

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

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The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. 92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman applauded Al Michaels for his performance during the presentation.

“Al Michaels feels untethered for the first time. He’s not network television anymore and he can say whatever he wants. We interviewed him on the pregame show and I was nervous,” Carman said.

“He’s a legend,” co-host Anthony Lima added.

During the final play of the game, the Steelers fumbled a lateral into the endzone which the Browns recovered to make the final score 29-17. Michaels said “that may be meaningful to some of you. And you know who I mean”, alluding to people who had placed wagers on the game.

Carman, who hosts two-hours of pre-game coverage on the Browns Radio Network, continued to discuss how nervous he was interviewing Michaels. He also discussed how impressive Amazon’s behind-the-scenes production was, pointing out the only football broadcast with more cameras is the Super Bowl. More than 400 people work behind the scenes for Amazon Prime Video.

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

Carman later said people angry that Michaels misspoke by saying the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “down I-71” instead of I-77 were unreasonable, and joked “Al Michaels hasn’t been on a highway in 20 years”.

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