Posts for Mike Missanelli

One Week From Today

Kevin Kinkead - April 9, 2018

If you turned on NBC Sports Philadelphia at 4:30 p.m. today, you got a program called “Inside Golf,” a “weekly magazine-style show that spotlights various public and private golf clubs.” I watched a few minutes of it before flipping over to channel 69 News at 4:00.

But if you turn on NBC Sports Philadelphia at the same time slot next week, you’ll get the debut simulcast of “The Mike Missanelli Show.” We learned about this when a press release went out in December, but didn’t have a start date. That date is April 16th.

The show will air from 2 to 5 p.m. weekdays on NBCSP and will stream online as well. Philly Sports Talk will continue to air at 5.p.m., followed by Quick Slants at 6.

The show is exactly what it sounds like – Mike’s afternoon show with a bunch of cameras installed in the 97.5 the Fanatic studios. He’ll be joined by update anchor Natalie Egenolf and producer Tyrone Johnson, whose roles, I assume, won’t change.

The other thing that won’t change is the 5 p.m. hour, so when NBC flips to Mike Barkann and his blue glasses, Missanelli’s show will continue on the radio until 6 p.m., which includes the “Sound Off” segment.


Solving Philadelphia’s Sports Talk Radio Problem

Coggin Toboggan - August 31, 2017

If you’re under the age of 50 and above the age of 15, it’s obvious that Philadelphia has a sports talk radio problem. This city is big enough for two separate stations to fill nearly 24-hours of original content every single day, so why do listeners have to restrain themselves from putting a boot through their radio after listening for an average of two minutes?

The answer isn’t an easy one, but I’d like to propose a potential four-step solution that I think will help improve sports talk radio in Philadelphia.

Step 1: Fill a room sky high in both the 97.5 Fanatic and 94 WIP studios with wheels of mozzarella, arms of salami, slabs of mortadella, Rocky Blu-rays, back issues of Playboy from 1984 and knock-off Chinese made Eagles jerseys.

Hang a sign from the door marked “Free.”

Step 2: Wait until room is filled. When at capacity, crack open door and throw in smoke bomb.

Step 3: Amidst confusion, send in army of interns with large burlap sacks. Stuff hosts into said sacks with notices of termination. Tag each host with tracking device to collect valuable data on the mating habits of the morbidly obese. Hire a forklift if interns alone cannot successfully remove hosts from their respective stations. Be prepared to widen doorways throughout each building. Unceremoniously dump fired, confused hosts in alleyway. Congratulate self on job well done.

Step 4: Hire new hosts.

Sure, it may seem harsh, but the unoriginality of the medium is so deeply entrenched in both stations that they need to be completely uprooted. They have such an incestuous relationship that it’s not a matter of “if” a fired host will find another job at the rival station, but only a matter of “when.” Rob Ellis. Anthony Gargano. Jon Marks. Tony Bruno. Mike Missanelli. All failed or otherwise flamed out at their respective stations…all found homes at the rival station. Continue Reading

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Mike Missanelli Will Reportedly Be out a Few More Weeks While Recovering from Back Surgery

Kyle Scott - February 22, 2017

Credit to Rob Tornoe– he beat on finding out the deal with Mike Missanelli:

According to sources at the station, Missanelli underwent major back surgery in December. Despite a recovery time of typically 6 to 8 weeks, Missanelli returned to the station in late January, but only made his back worse after about two weeks on the air.

Sources say they expect Missanelli to return to the station sometime in March. Until then, Jason Myrtetus will continue to fill in alongside midday co-host Harry Mayes.

I reached out to Mike to see how he’s doing, but didn’t hear back right away. I’ll update the post if I do.

According to my Twitter mentions and comments, people like what they hear from Myrtetus and Mayes. And it’s not like Missanelli’s absence in December hurt ratings at all– Chris Carlin and Ike Reese on WIP were still getting doubled by 97.5’s B team.

Mike Missanelli’s Interview with Lenny Dykstra is (Still) One of the Greatest Sports Interviews Ever

Kyle Scott - October 27, 2015

This is a re-post from last year because, today, Dykstra went on Colin Cowherd’s show and said basically the same stuff he told Missanelli last spring. Everyone is sending me the link to the Cowherd interview – here it is – but I’m not writing the same post twice.


I’m not even sure where to begin here, but this is one of the best sports interviews I’ve ever heard. Maybe the best. No joke. No fluff. No hyperbole.

Lenny Dykstra has the reputation of a world-class asshole and, by all accounts, it’s mostly deserved. But he’s always told the truth (or at least his version of it), and now, he’s doing it sober. Unlike his crazy rants while talking to Alex Jones and John Clark (show me another time when those two names are written together in the same sentence), Dykstra, with Mike Missanelli yesterday, was captivating to listen to. He gave his thoughts on taking steroids, walking around like he had a “10-inch you know what,” his hypothetical threatening of umpires, Ben Revere, the 1993 Phillies, baseball and life in general. It’s fantastic. You can’t stop listening.

Here are the audio links to the full two hours [hour 1] [hour 2]. The play button is hard to find and at the bottom of the image. It will play on mobile.

With permission from 97.5, here are just some of the audio highlights. There’s literally too many to choose from:

Drug situation— 0:01

“I got tested last night. It’s real testing. Real ones. He walks in and watches me… it’s not as impressive as probably watching Strawberry, but he watches me.”

Harry Kalas and getting traded to the  Phillies— 0:43 

“One of the greatest people ever, and talent by the way.” 

Taking steroids— 2:10

In 1990, Lenny went to a doctor in Mississippi that he described as a “hillbilly” and got a prescription for steroids, because he believed he was good enough to be a starter but was too small to hold up over a full season. He started working out and showed up to spring training “like a Greek statue,” walking around like he had “a 10-inch you know what.”

Ben Revere— 2:46

“What’s his on-base percentage? .317. Really? You’re supposed to hit .317. And he’s leading off. And he’s an average outfielder. And he doesn’t have any power. And I don’t know if a lot of people are saying, ‘Hey hunny hurry man let’s go see Ben Revere play tonight.'”

Accident— 4:12

“The [cops] let us go. These are big Phillies fans. They let us go. So halfway down the sidewalk, I look at [Darren Daulton] and, cause I didn’t care, I knew he was tougher than me, I say, ‘You know what, you can call me a wimp or a P-U or whatever, but I got to go to the hospital, dude, because I think I’m going to die.’ And he looked at me and he said, ‘Me too.'”

Bobby Cox— 5:14

Lenny recounts his home run in Game 5 of the 1993 NLCS when he screamed “DIDN’T I?” coming around the bases (he also used it in this interview). He called it the greatest home run of his career because Bobby Cox, the manager of the NL All-Star Team that year, snubbed him. He also mentioned that it was the night Cox went home and beat his wife.

He’s half right.

Cox was accused of beating his wife after a loss to the Phillies in which Lenny had two hits, but that was in May of 1995, not during the 1993 NLCS.

Threatening umpires— 7:13

This is one Lenny wouldn’t own up to (though he hardly denied it and was happy to speak in hypotheticals) since he’s on probation. But the story goes that Lenny spent $200k to hire private investigators so he could tell umpires he knew what they had done the night before – with a woman, gambling, etc. – when he walked into the box. The result? Ball one.

“Is that genius or what? Because guess what, the umpires control your livelihood.”

“That’s a great idea you just talked about… the bottom line is that after that, I led the league in walks a couple of years.”

He later recounted a story about breaking up a John Smoltz no-hitter in the ninth inning of a game in 1990. He said he got ahead in the count because he had the umpire in his pocket. And indeed he did go up 1-0:

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Sports talk radio needs to do more of these sorts of interviews instead of the often nonsensical 10-minute hits with [insert talking head]. You can hardly extract any good information or stories in that short of a time period (unless you’re talking to Jeremy Roenick). For that reason, I usually listen to podcasts when I take the dog on long walks over the weekend. But today I listened to Missanelli and Dykstra.

Also love the use of video:

RADIO WARS: Old Man Twitter Fight Edition

Jim Adair - May 8, 2015

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Eskin walked right into that dadjoke.

Audio: Mike Missanelli and I Debate the Media’s Whining over the Eagles

Kyle Scott - February 18, 2015

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Mike Missanelli had me on his show today to debate the whole Eagles not talking to the media thing. He took issue with this post (in which I basically called Reuben Frank a whiner) because he feels it’s the Eagles’ duty to communicate with fans.

Here’s the audio:

Courtesy of 97.5 The Fanatic

I have no issue with any of Mike’s points, even the misguided stuff about bloggers feeling the need to chop down mainstream reporters because we’re “jealous.” It’s his opinion. I think he’s wrong, but it’s his opinion. Reporters do deserve scrutiny, especially the ones who do little more than lazily transcribe press conferences and write vanilla stories based on canned quotes (which I’m not accusing Frank of, by the way). And while some bloggers absolutely would kill for some of those big boy jobs, or have used blogging to get into the mainstream, that’s not everyone. It’s not me. I’m as interested in the running a business thing as I am the writing about sports thing, and I’d take doing this – for many reasons – over being a beat writer or newspaper columnist 100 out of 100 times. That’s not to disrespect other bloggers or reporters– it’s just not me. So I think he’s generalizing when he says bloggers bash mainstream reporters out of jealousy. Often, when we bash them, it’s because they suck.

As for the Eagles not talking thing– I agree they should have to answer questions at some point. But bitching that they’re not doing it now, when we’re more than half a year away from football season (GAHHH!), is stupid. If older reporters put half the effort into actual reporting – like some of the newer-school guys – that they do into complaining about the curious absence of low-hanging fruit in the form of succinct soundbites, and used their access to cultivate some sources, God knows what we’d learn about the Eagles’ front office situation. Certainly, it would be stuff we won’t get from any press conference.

These are all points I could’ve made if the guest’s audio didn’t duck under the host’s and I was able to finish a goddamn thought with Mike.

Mike Missanelli and Charles Barkley Made a Bet Where they Lose and We Win as Long as the Sixers Lose

Jim Adair - November 25, 2014

Photo Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The Sixers, currently 0-14, actually played one of their better games this year against the Trailblazers last night. Yet, still a loss. This is bound to happen many more times this season, but how long will it be before the Sixers have a one in that win column? Mike Missanelli and Charles Barkley made a little bet about it.

Missanelli and Barkley both figure it’ll be a while before the Sixers win their first game, so they might as well get a little something out of it. Missanelli and Barkley agreed to a bet which states Missanelli will donate $200 to a charity of Barkley’s choice for each loss (thus losing money), and Barkley will join the Mike Missanelli Show the day after every Sixers loss (thus having to do stuff, which Charles hates). This will continue until they win that first game. The Sixers getting that first win so everyone can shut up about it would be nice, but money to charity is aways good and so is more Sir Charles on the radio.

But there is a technicality, according to the press release: “The 76ers are currently 0 and 14 and will play the San Antonio Spurs on Monday, Dec 1st the day the bet begins. If the 76ers win a game before that, the bet is off.” That leaves the Nets and Mavericks as the Sixers’ only possible bet-cancelling wins, so this thing will probably remain intact.

RADIO WARS: Mike Missanelli Calls Michael Barkann a “marginally talented circus barker”

Kyle Scott - October 15, 2014

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As anticipated, Mike Missanelli used his Philly Mag column this week to address the backlash over his Victor Cruz Tweet. He expands upon what he told me on Monday, whilst also working in a shot at sports blogs in general (linking to Deadspin, The Big Lead and Bleacher Report): “I have professed many times my distaste for sports blogs, which I see as Wal-Mart journalism, and this was a chance for them to get back at me.”

I haven’t rolled back prices yet, but I do enjoy a good grammatical haymaker. And if there was ever such a thing in this town, this is it. Here’s Missanelli’s response to Barkann’s on-air criticism of the Cruz Tweet* and Josh Innes’ continued shots. I have bolded the part that has left my jaw on the floor:

For the people who insist on attacking me, well, if it makes you feel better, then knock yourself out. People are going to think what they want. To the piling-on local radio yokels, like Michael Barkann, a marginally talented circus barker who couldn’t exist without a teleprompter, don’t think that I’m not on to you. But if I had to rely on bringing up a competitor’s name in order to generate attention for my own underperforming show, I’d be duly embarrassed.

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You can read the full column and explanation here.

*We don’t have audio of this and haven’t heard what was said. But it had people talking.