February 5, 2014

Mike Missanelli Has Been Suspended from 97.5 The Fanatic

Mike Missanelli, the afternoon host at 97.5 The Fanatic has been suspended indefinitely for using homophobic language in an email exchange with a listener who was not a fan of the host.

The suspension came after several emails between Missanelli and the listener were made public by the website Deadspin. Mikey Miss repeatedly called the listener a "homosexual."

Former KYW-TV Channel 3 news anchor Larry Mendte, who knows a thing or two about emails, came to Missanelli's defense in a PhillyMag.com article and says the suspended sports-talk host was “trying to be clinical” with the email troll.

After the announcement of his suspension, Missanelli issued a statement apologizing for his actions.

I apologize to anyone I have offended with such a poor choice of words. I am facing the consequences of those words. The person in question is a serial e-mailer who has been harassing me and threatening violence on me and my family for years, using countless e-mail addresses and computer servers to send his poisonous messages. Inquiries to discover his identity and have the law enforcement authorities deal with him have not thus far been successful. My response to him was a desperate attempt to get him to cease and desist, or at least discover the motivation for his hatred and obsession towards me. Anyone who knows me or has ever listened to my show knows that I would NEVER cast aspersions on anyone’s culture or lifestyle."

97.5 The Fanatic also issued an official statement explaining the persistent nature of the listener's contact with Missanelli.

“We are aware of the email communications between Mike and one of his listeners. This individual has been harassing Mike by email for several years, which is cause for concern, and we are working with Mike to try to identify this person and stop the abuse. However, that does not excuse Mike’s conduct. The content of his emails is unacceptable and does not reflect our values as a company. Mike has been suspended and understands that future similar conduct will not be tolerated."

Hope to hear Mike back on the air soon.

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