Controversial radio host Dan Sileo will not be involved with Padres

According to a Padres spokesperson, the team has been “assured” that its radio content for the upcoming season will not include controversial sports-talk host Dan Sileo. Sileo recently left The Mighty 1090 and, according to people familiar with the situation, likely will join Entercom, the Padres’ radio partner. The possibility exists that Sileo, in a yet-to-be-announced capacity, and Padres games will be carried on the same station. Entercom operates several stations in San Diego. They include FM 94.9, the Padres’ home last season, and Energy 97.3, a potential destination for 2018. Both sides have considered a change in format. Bob Bolinger, vice president/market manager of Entercom San Diego, did not immediately return a message seeking comment. The Padres do not have input on Entercom hires, and Sileo will not be a club employee. Per their agreement, Entercom also supplies the personnel and format for pre- and post-game shows. The Padres determine in-game content. Radio broadcasters Ted Leitner, Jesse Agler and Tony Gwynn Jr. are expected to return in 2018. Speculation — and, in some circles, outcry — about Sileo’s next job has heightened, even as Sileo has increased his activity on social media. On Thursday, Sileo joined the masses chiming in on reports that President Donald Trump slurred immigrants from certain countries, tweeting a link to a news story along with the following comment: “TELL me this is NOT FUNNY!!” Sileo, who has a history of controversial statements, faced allegations of racism, sexism and anti-Semitism in prior workplaces. Between 2012 and 2013, he was fired by three Florida radio stations, once for remarks he made on air and twice for things he tweeted. He landed with The Mighty 1090, the Padres’ former flagship station, in early 2014. “I’ve stepped on my(self) so many times in this business,” Sileo told the Union-Tribune in an interview that year. “But I Continue Reading

Hot reads: ‘MNF’ quandary if Gruden leaves; Sileo leaves Mighty 1090

Assuming that Jon Gruden will eventually be hired to coach the Oakland Raiders — as reported repeatedly by ESPN — where does that leave ESPN and “Monday Night Football?” Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch began an examination of that with a column Tuesday. He noted that while the ratings for “MNF” have slipped considerably through the years, the broadcast still remains the highest for any cable station. An average of more than 10 million people watched “MNF” this season and Deitsch believes the analyst job is “easily among the top three talent jobs at ESPN.” Deitsch wrote that he spoke to a half-dozen people on the subject and offered this blueprint: “They will examine all the NFL coaches who get fired or retire and analyze if any could step in and have a Tony Romo-like impact. (Unlikely.) They will reach out to Peyton Manning and pray he has a change a heart about broadcasting. (Very unlikely.) They will do an inventory in-house of potential candidates for either a two- or three-person booth. They will determine how high they can go on salary, which will not be close to the reported $6.5 million Gruden makes annually. “The biggest problem for ESPN,” Deitsch concluded, “is that there is no can’t-miss candidate out there at the moment.” One high-ranking executive told Deitsch: “I think Mike Tomlin would be fantastic in the studio or the booth. Philip Rivers is interesting — he can talk ball with the best of them — but I’m not sure of the entertainment factor. Bruce Arians is engaging and likable but may not be polished enough to help carry a broadcast. It’s going to be a serious challenge for them.” Arians, who retired Monday from Arizona, is the only one of three mentioned above who are currently available. Sileo out at Mighty 1090 San Diego sports talk radio host Dan Sileo is moving on from the Mighty 1090. Where? That remains Continue Reading