Mike Missanelli Responds: Deadspin Is Journalistically Corrupt

roster-mike-missanelliThere is so much wrong with the Deadspin story “Philly Radio Host Gets All Homophobic In Email Fight With Listener,” I am not sure where to begin.

The story was leaked to them by an Internet troll who has reportedly been baiting and heckling Mike Missanelli, a radio talk show host on 97.5 the Fanatic, for years. In the Deadspin story the troll is allowed to remain anonymous. Yet before running the story, Deadspin never reached out to Missanelli to get his side of the story. I know because I did reach out to him. It was easy and he responded immediately. It is a basic tenet of journalism to attempt to get both sides of the story.

Or as Mike Missanelli puts it,“Deadspin doesn’t even know the IDENTITY of the guy and they ran it! Journalistically corrupt.” Missanelli went on to call the person who leaked the story “a lonely loser psycho, allowed to create drama in this day and age simply through social media.”

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Mike Missanelli’s Alleged Homophobic E-mail Taunts (Updated)

[Update]  Deadspin now has now posted the other half of some of the emails that were allegedly exchanged between 97.5 The Fanatic host Mike Missanelli and a listener. They put Missanelli’s comments in a slightly different light. Missanelli has neither confirmed nor denied that the emails are from him, though in the tweet below he suggests there is, indeed, more to the story:


Below is Deadspin’s updated to and fro:

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Mighty Writers Documentary
Going Black Airing on WXPN

WDAS disc jockey Georgie Woods.

WDAS disc jockey Georgie Woods.

On Feb. 3, WXPN will air the Mighty Writers-produced audio documentary Going Black: The Legacy of Philly Soul Radio.

The two-hour documentary — narrated by Sound of Philadelphia (TSOP) producer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Kenny Gamble — takes a look at the legacy of Philly Soul Radio, a medium that, according Mighty Writers Executive Director Tim Whitaker, broke ground by “playing records the white stations wouldn’t. … The stations [these disc jockeys] worked for — WDAS, in particular — routinely covered news and events the mainstream media ignored.”

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“In Bed With Butch” Star Butch Cordora Starts LGBT Radio Show

butch cordora straight and butchPhilly visual artist Butch Cordora is a few weeks into his latest project, a radio show on G-town Radio named after one of his recent — and most risqué — exhibitions, “Straight and Butch.” The hourlong show, co-anchored by gal pal and Philly real estate agent Desire, is basically the radio version of In Bed With Butch, his decade-long TV show that ran on Philly’s DUTV and WYBE. So expect catty gab, snappy commentary on LGBT issues and a colorful lineup of local guests.

So far he’s had on Jim Koury, owner, editor and publisher of Diversity Rules, and Philly-born star of Survivor: Borneo and Survivor: Blood vs. Water Gervase Peterson. Next up, on Thu., Dec. 26, he’ll welcome host of Philly’s longest running drag show, Miss Lisa Lisa. Then in the next few months he’ll speak with designer, stylist and performance artist ZONK, Pretty Poison lead singer Jade Starling and Nightlife Gay‘s Bruce Yelk, who will share details about his new bi-weekly, starts-at-sundown bash “Bi.”

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Jon Solomon’s Top 5 Hip-Hop Christmas Songs

Jon-Solomon-400x400For a quarter of a century now, WPRB DJ Jon Solomon has been staying up all night playing holiday music from Christmas Eve deep into Christmas evening. This year, to celebrate 25 years of 24-Hour Holiday Radio marathons, Solomon’s actually kicking things up a notch: He’s hosting a 25-Hour Holiday Radio Show.

Starting at 5 p.m. on 103.3 FM (and streaming on wprb.com) on December 24th and running through 6 p.m. on December 25th, Solomon will play unusual, off-beat and otherwise non-traditional Christmas, Hanukkah and other winter holiday music interspersed with listener-submitted radio stories. (As for what’s in store for that extra hour, Solomon says, “More show = more Christmas. I want to try and get to as many favorites as possible! This extra hour gives me some additional opportunities to do so!”)

We asked Solomon — who spun a set of Christmas-themed hip-hop at South Philly’s Boot and Saddle a couple of weeks back — to list his five favorite Christmas hip-hop cuts. He was happy to oblige.

“I love ‘Christmas In Hollis,’” says Solomon, “but there’s so much more to Xmas hip-hop than just Run-DMC.”

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Philly Needs an All-Chanukah Radio Station

What does Philadelphia radio have against the Jews?

For years, we Christ Killers have been subjected to non-stop Christmas music, beginning before Thanksgiving and continuing through December 25th. If that’s not tedious enough, it feels like it starts earlier every season. Hell, why not Labor Day?

“You can always switch stations, Shoshanna,” I can hear you thinking. Of course I can, Mary, but there is a larger issue in play: Where is the 24-hour-a-day Chanukah music? Read more »

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