Pennsylvania Sports Anchor Punches Man Who Interrupts Live Shot

Service Electric TV2’s Mike Zambelli’s live shot was interrupted by a heckler in a Batman t-shirt. He slugged him out.

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Earlier this month, the annual Musikfest concert was held in Bethlehem. Headlined by Keith Urban, the 10-day event featured a variety of musical acts (and, sadly, a shooting).

It also featured a crowd The Morning Call described as “beer-swilling.” And, on Saturday night, a Musikfest patron — who, to be fair, we don’t know the inebriation status of — interrupted the live shot of Service Electric TV2’s Mike Zambelli. He appeared to curse. As you can see in the video above, Zambelli just went and punched him. Holy crap. Channel 69 News is no longer my favorite suburban Philadelphia newscast.

"He startled me, so I reacted," Zambelli told The Morning Call. "He ran off … It's not a big deal." Bethlehem police Chief Mark Diluzio called the incident "hilarious."

It's not a big deal, except that Zambelli is now the best suburban sports anchor ever! If all TV reporters started punching people who interrupted their live shots, the world would be a more fun place.

[The Morning Call]

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  • GT

    We were the first to lead the way, our pioneering spirit is
    still with us today, channel after channel, we bring you more…more of what you
    want to see…here on Service Electric, Cable TV!

  • Christopher Shookla

    Hate that dude, if it were me I would have floored his decrepit ass

    • Danielzinho

      no you wouldn’t have,

  • fake

    This is a horribly researched post, DAN MCQUADE.

    Service Electric is not Channel 69. Musikfest just ended on Monday. The shooting didn’t happen at Musikfest. And all you do is quote The Morning Call?

    • Radical Moderate

      This is a horribly researched comment, fake.

      He doesn’t say Sucky Electric is Channel 69. He says “Channel 69 News is no longer my favorite suburban Philadelphia newscast.” Meaning, that he’s not watching Ch 69 anymore, because Zambelli is now his favorite. Perhaps, some remedial reading courses would help.

      Drunkfest didn’t end on Monday, it ended on Sunday.

      The shooting was 1 block off of Drunkfest, right where most patrons walk to leave or enter the festival. Plus, it’s not the first time there’s been violence in or directly around Drunkfest.

  • Larry Fine

    He’s a sports anchor like Kyle Kendrick is a MLB starting pitcher.

  • Jim Tannery

    here is the actual footage…much funnier…

  • momatad

    Didn’t you clowns know that Channel 69 is THE premier news station in the NY/Phila. area? Just ask them? Philly is just a suburb of the MIGHTY LEHIGH VALLEY where (I love Moderate Radical’s term of: Drunkfest) everything that was everything was invented, started or happens. These clowns (their reporters) think the world revolves around them and waits for THEIR interpretation of the news before we know the truth…..their on air talents are their own biggest fans and get all upset if you don’t recognize their greatness out on the street. Hope they press charges on this ‘Sports Great’ as Zambelli is referred to in this area……but they’ll get a pass, after all, they are the Heroes of the Lehigh Valley. (vomits quietly in the trash can).

    • awfulwaffle

      why the sarcasm and vitriol? I’m just curious.

      • momatad

        having in my time in the Phila/Lehigh Valley area, run into and across various newsreaders from numerous channels, I have never run into people who are so ‘assured’ of their celebrity. I have been in stores with people from Channel 6, just regular shoppers and reply kindly if people recognize them, the same with those from 29. IF anyone from this little 69 happens to go shopping, they expect an ‘Elvis is in the building, or Elvis has left the building’ announcement, clerks approach and say ‘XYZ from Channel 69 wants to shop in this area, can you please move to another aisle, area’…….If you run into one of them at say the Allentown Fair, or “Drunkfest”. you are more than likely to be met with ‘no autographs, please’……Huh? Hell, I didn’t even recognize one once and their ‘assistant’ tells me they aren’t signing autographs now……really? I didn’t ask,

        • Mike Oneill

          Then you never met, Don “Con Man” Tollie from Philly Fox Sports (and other channels). Or John Bolaris. Or Alicia Lane.

          • momatad

            As a matter of fact, I HAVE crossed paths with Don Tollefson. He was very polite. Bolaris always has been sleezy and to cross paths with him you would have to be in the ‘seedier’ side of town……I stand by my original statement……the yahoos at 69 THINK they are celebrities, but they can’t hold a candle to even the worst Philly and NY have to offer, so they need to get over themselves.


    Just awesome. Glad to see a half-ass fan get his comeuppance.
    Ignorance is genetic.

  • Carl

    putting your hands on someone is not interrupting, i would of clocked him a lot harder

    • Shane Fromaggio

      Would HAVE, not would OF…

    • robtr3

      Putting your hands on someone is actually first degree assault in most states. #selfdefense

  • by the sea

    Good follow through with the punch

  • midddletownwatch

    this is typical white trash stuff…their either being disruptive, committing crimes or molesting kids…again, typical white trash stuff…hahahaha

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  • Dale Latimer

    Are you actually from the SECTV area, Dan?
    If not I don’t think you can watch the Sports Scene.
    And don’t say you can watch it on your tablet. That’s only for authenticated SE subscribers.
    And SECTV kills the video ‘cuz the guy uses the F-word in a phrase referring to a sexual act, making it technically NSFW.