Saturday, January 13, 2018

San Diego Radio: Dan Sileo May Be Headed To Entercom

According to a MLB Padres spokesperson, the team has been “assured” that its radio content for the upcoming season will not involve controversial sports-talk host Dan Sileo, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Sileo recently left The Mighty 1090 and, according to people familiar with the situation, likely will join Entercom, the Padres’ radio partner. The possibility exists that Sileo, in a yet-to-be-announced capacity, and Padres games will be carried on the same station. Entercom operates several stations in San Diego. They include Alternative KBZT 94.9 FM, the Padres’ home last season, and KEGY Energy 97.3, a potential destination for 2018.

Both sides have considered a change in format. Bob Bolinger, vice president/market manager of Entercom San Diego, did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

The Padres do not have input on Entercom hires, and Sileo will not be a club employee. Per their agreement, Entercom also supplies the personnel and format for pre- and post-game shows. The Padres determine in-game staffing. Radio broadcasters Ted Leitner, Jesse Agler and Tony Gwynn Jr. are expected to return in 2018.

Speculation about Sileo’s next job has heightened, even as Sileo has increased his activity on social media. On Thursday, Sileo joined the masses reacting to reports that President Donald Trump slurred immigrants from certain countries, tweeting:

Sileo, who has a history of controversial statements, faced allegations of racism, sexism and anti-Semitism in prior workplaces. Between 2012 and 2013, he was fired by three Florida radio stations, once for remarks he made on air and twice for things he tweeted. He landed with The Mighty 1090, the Padres’ former flagship station, in early 2014.

Sileo hosted The Mighty 1090’s morning-drive show until last month.

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