97.5 the Fanatic’s annual “Fantasy Fest” is coming up next month, and if you’re wasting any of this sunny and beautiful weather on Twitter, you might have seen some rumors floating around that women aren’t allowed to go to the event.
That’s fake news according to personalities at the station. Women are more than welcome. There’s nothing on the actual ticket itself that says “no women allowed,” though children are barred from the event, which is for adults only:
Photo credit: “Travis Konecny” (@Bmer47)
Mike Missanelli addressed the rumors on Friday afternoon and then took a hard left turn, accusing 94 WIP and his former producer Jon Marks of using fake Twitter accounts to spread those “no women” rumors and criticize his show.
Here’s the audio, which includes some misinformation over the age policy before it gets into the Marks accusations around the one minute mark:
Here’s the transcription of the relevant stuff, with producer Tyrone Johnson and update anchor Natalie Egenolf:
Mike: “I guarantee you that was started by the other station and their insecurities, because I have seen fake Twitter accounts that rip this show and laud that other show, little Skippy over there that used to be my producer, I’ve been told is behind some fake accounts.”
Mike: “Yeah. So when you resort to creating fake accounts like Barbara Bottini, to rip the show, that shows a level of desperation. That means you’re a V.L.T.”
Natalie: “A what?”
Mike: “Very little talent.”
Tyrone: “That also means that have a PhD, which is a player hater’s degree.”
Mike: “Yeah. Listen, I know you’re desperate, because you are a V.L.T. But come on, fake twitter accounts? Come on.”
Marks used to produce Mike’s show I think 6-7 years ago before he was given the midday slot alongside Sean Brace. He later moved to the morning show – where Anthony Gargano never let him talk – before jumping ship to 94 WIP in 2016 and eventually assuming Chris Carlin’s afternoon drive gig with Ike Reese. Marks and Reese have done very well ratings-wise in recent months and have pulled even with Missanelli in a time slot that has historically belonged to 97.5.
Ironically, you might remember that Tony Bruno accused Missanelli of using fake Twitter accounts in the same way that Missanelli is now accusing Marks.
The burden is obviously on Mike to present some sort of evidence here. Otherwise, we could get Sixers Twitter on it. They’ll have it figured out by tomorrow.
We reached out to Entercom, who offered this comment via a spokesperson:
“The allegation that Jon Marks or anyone at WIP would create fake Twitter accounts to spread misinformation is false on every level and totally baseless.”