RADIO WARS: 97.5 Caller "Dwayne From Swedesboro" Is Actually 97.5 Producer Pat Egan
Note that we’ve removed all photos of the Nosike Onyemaobim, the man whose likeness was being used by Pat Egan as “Dwyane From Swedesboro,” at his request.
On Friday night, tipster (@TheREALJAYEMCEE) reached out to me and claimed that infamous 97.5 caller “Dwayne From Swedesboro,” a stereotypical black guy with paternity test problems, is actually 97.5 producer Pat Egan, who is white.
That tip was correct.
Dwayne is known for calling Mike Missanelli’s show, but he’s also called other 97.5 shows. Here’s a sample, from when he called Jason Myrtetus at 4 a.m. this January:
“Look man, I ain’t gonna lie to ya, the paternity test was a big relief. It’s like I didn’t think that kid was my kid, but then its that little bit of fear like, oh snap, Dwayne could be paying for this for 18 years.”
“I don’t have that many minutes man, I have a set number. I can’t be using it to wait 45 minutes. Look man, I ain’t got the baller budget that you radio people got so I gotta get the limited mintute plan.”
And another portion from a call to Missanelli:
Dwayne’s shtick, as best as I can tell, is that of a white woman-crushing playa who fancies Mahogany Bath & Body Works 2-in-1 Hair and Body Shampoo. In fact, “Dwayne From Swedesboro” has reviewed that particular product on Amazon, writing, “I recently gifted some to my close friend Mikey Miss, and he’s now picking up women half his age and twice his energy level.” Dwayne’s other review came in 2008– for a Pulstar BE-1 Pulse Plug for his Mitsubishi Lancer. It seems the character of Dwayne has existed for some time.
Not surprisingly, Dwayne was unable to attend 97.5’s Fantasy Fest this weekend and offered up his tickets – in exchange for nudes – on his Twitter account, where his avatar is that of a bald black man carrying a hockey stick:
At this point, we decided to look into the claims that Dwayne was fake.
Here’s what we found out.
Several insiders confirmed that Dwayne was in fact a well-known fake caller amongst 97.5 staffers… except Missanelli. In fact, Dwayne (and potentially other callers) may exist solely to get a reaction out of Missanelli, some say.
This reporting on the matter of course would’ve been enough to garner a post, but we wanted to go a step further and confirm that Egan is indeed responsible for Dwayne’s existence, and potentially his voice.
The original tip – which originated with a former 97.5 intern – said that the photos of Dwayne on Twitter actually show one of Egan’s men’s league hockey teammates. This was difficult to pin down, but we were able to do it.
A picture on Egan’s Twitter feed showed a wedding gift from two of his teammates– a puck adorned with a “Storm” logo. From here, we were able to discover that Egan plays for the Storm of the ROHL in Exton. A roster is available online, but it doesn’t include any pictures. However, this being hockey, there was one name that stood out as being different from the assorted Pats and Peters, Tanners and Rileys: Nosike Onyemaobin. Google returns virtually no results for that name. But it does return results for “Nosike hockey,” which leads us to the LinkedIn page of Nosike Onyemaobim (the name was spelled wrong on the Storm’s roster), who happens to look exactly like “Dwayne From Swedesboro.”
For reference, here are photos of Dwyane, who says he buys and sells stocks, from his Twitter– with his favorite body wash…
… with D3 (Mighty Ducks is referenced in Egan’s Twitter bio, for what it’s worth)…
… and at the bar:
And here’s Nosike’s LinkedIn profile:
On Egan’s Facebook page, there are more photos of
Dwayne Nosike, whose likeness it’s now clear is being used – it seems knowingly – as “Dwayne From Swedesboro.” Egan is holding the cup, Nosike is… ah, you get it:
To what extent others at 97.5 know that Pat is connected to Dwayne is unclear. However, as best as we can tell this appears to be a poorly-kept secret at the station, and many believe that Egan is the voice for “Dwayne From Swedesboro.”
Many hosts and employees have tweeted about Dwayne in some manner, including promoting his Twitter account. There is also some belief amongst insiders that Dwayne isn’t the only fake caller.
For what it’s worth, in a Twitter exchange with our tipster’s girlfriend on Friday night, Egan denied he was Dwayne, citing the fact that Dwayne had a Twitter account as evidence that he was real:
I contacted Missanelli, Myrtetus (who also produces Mike’s show), and Egan himself to request comment. Mike and Jason discussed my email on the air, seemingly denying that Dwayne was fake, and said that a black man claiming to be Dwayne showed up to the studio and may have met front desk personnel. Here’s that exchange:
Mike Missanelli: “The only thing I can tell you is that Dwayne from Swedesboro showed up live here at the radio station.”
Jason Myrtetus: “He was not allowed back here we were told, right?”
MM: “He was not, but he was Dwayne from Swedesboro. Dwayne was a real person when he came here. We met Dwayne.”
JM: “Somebody was breathing.”
MM: “Yeah somebody named Dwayne, from Swedesboro, was here so they might not wanna put that post up yet and check into that.”
JM: “[Kyle] contacted me too, I’ll talk to him. I’m not gonna talk to him during the show. I’ll talk to him after.”
MM: “Dwayne from Swedesboro being accused of apparently not being a real person, so Dwayne from Swedesboro, if you’re out there and you can put this to rest, we’d love to hear from you right now because there’s a gossip stream that is gonna label you as a fraud. But our program director, he met him.”
JM: “I don’t think he did. I don’t know if it was the front desk or who it was. We were here.”
MM: “We were here, I believe the program director spoke with Dwayne and did not allow him back here because we were doing the show and didn’t want any disturbances during the show. We know an actual person named Dwayne from Swedesboro, who was black, who spoke like Dwayne from Swedesboro was here.”
JM: “That’s what we were told, yes.”
MM: “Somebody met him.”
JM: “I don’t know who it was, coulda been our front desk girl, coulda been anybody.”
MM: “We have to get the skinny on this, I think we need the program director’s input on this. See if we can dig him up.”
After the show, I spoke with Myrtetus and Egan, who were together, and was greeted by the voice of “Dwayne From Swedesboro.” They acknowledged that Dwayne was a character they created during a slow sports time around two years ago. They said his persona snowballed from one call to Missanelli where Dwayne was able to irritate Mike. Echoing what others said, they claim Mike had no idea that he was talking to one of his station’s producers. MY MUSIC: