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Mike Missanelli Takes Vacation 1 Day After On-Air Fight

“Missanelli didn’t state whether or not the time off was scheduled, but it would seem odd to return from a three day weekend, host one show on Tuesday, and plan to take the rest of the week off. “

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The day after 97.5 The Fanatic host Mike Missanelli was seen launching his headphones and shouting at producer Tyrone Johnson, the Philadelphia sports radio personality was off-air. Instead, Johnson sat in the host chair on Wednesday, with update anchor Natalie Egenolf co-hosting and Andrew Salciunas stepping in as producer.

According to Kyle Scott of Crossing Broad, a text from Missanelli said he’ll be off the rest of the week, citing his five weeks of vacation time that he needs to put a dent in before sports begin making their comeback. 

As Scott notes, Missanelli didn’t state whether or not the time off was scheduled, but it would seem odd to return from a three day weekend, host one show on Tuesday, and plan to take the rest of the week off. 

Tuesday’s headphone throwing incident stemmed from an argument where Missanelli attempted to play devil’s advocate while discussing video of a white woman calling the police and falsely claiming an African American male was threatening her life. With Missanelli’s show being simulcast by NBC Sports Philadelphia, he could be seen throwing his headphones after the disagreement with Johnson and Egenolf as they went to commercial. Missanelli and Johnson were then seen yelling at each other when the show came back from break, but before the mics were flipped on. 

While the actions could certainly be categorized as immature, they didn’t appear suspension worthy, but it’s difficult to fairly judge the incident without knowing what was said off-mic. 

What we do know, is this was the second incident of the week that depicts Missanelli negatively. On Memorial Day, someone tweeted a screenshot of The Fanatic’s afternoon host challenging him to a fight through a DM. 

Missanelli even replied to the above tweet, saying “calling out all fake Twitter tough guys. That’s wrong?”

According to Crossing Broad, Missanelli’s contract with Beasley Media and The Fanatic is up at the end of the year. Beasley, like many media companies, imposed personnel changes and salary cutbacks in recent months as they endure the negative impacts of a global pandemic. 

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Jonathan Peterlin Takes Over Night Show On 92.3 The Fan

“”Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.””

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92.3 The Fan in Cleveland now has a permanent host for its nightly show in Jonathan Peterlin.

Peterlin wrote in a post for the Audacy station’s website on Tuesday that his show will be called Overtime with Jonathan Peterlin and will air each night starting at 7 p.m.

“This is a dream job,” he said. “Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.”

Peterlin had been the afternoon update anchor at 92.3 The Fan since 2016, even hosting on weekends and on a fill-in basis. Prior to that, he spent three years in a similar role at Yahoo Sports Radio.

He wrote that listeners in Cleveland will not need an introduction or reintroduction to who he is.

“You know me and I know you,” he said. “We’ve spent the past nearly 7 years getting to know each other on a daily basis…We were there for each other. Along the way I hope that I’ve earned your trust. Through the good times and the bad, the ups and the downs.”

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Layoffs Hit Pro Football Focus

“The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.”

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Pro Football Focus has laid off 16 employees, according to a report from Front Office Sports.

The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.

The company, which Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth owns a majority, still employs just over 200 people.

NFL reporter Doug Kyed was among the layoffs. Kyed had been at PFF since July 2021.

Additionally, 11 interns were also let go.

While PFF remains popular and profitable from a football analytics perspective, there had been a shift since the Silver Lake investment into attracting more sports betting and fantasy football customers. The FOS report indicated a chunk of the $50 million funding was used to develop an iPhone app.

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Laurence Holmes: Tim Jenkins Twitter Beef With Mike North Proves The Score Has Gotten Smarter

“Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

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Former NFL quarterback Tim Jenkins had an interesting back and forth on Twitter with former 670 The Score host Mike North over Bears quarterback Justin Fields. Jenkins broke down a piece of film from Chicago’s game against Green Bay on Sunday, saying he didn’t agree with the notion that Fields doesn’t go through his progressions and is more of a runner.

North disagreed, saying wide receiver Dante Pettis was wide open on that particular play, and that Fields missed him.

Jenkins responded, saying North’s take was “not intellectually honest.”

In his weekly appearance on Bernstein & Holmes on The Score, Jenkins talked about the exchange not knowing North’s connection to the station.

“There’s a radio guy up there, Mike North, he was real mad,” Jenkins said. “And I tried to handle it gently because like listen, the first thing in his bio was he was born in 1952. And if my grand-pappy is on Twitter roasting somebody, I hope to handle them gently. And I tried to.”

Host Laurence Holmes said it was truly a meta moment for their show and the station. He talked about how having access to a guy like Jenkins is a sign the station, like many others have done across the country, have grown with the game.

“It speaks to the evolution of this radio station,” Holmes said. “Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

The discussion turned to the evolution of the quarterback position in the NFL, and Holmes noted that there are some who just don’t recognize that the game has changed and called for a quarterback to be able to throw accurately but pick up yards and keep plays going with their legs.

“I’m here for the nuance, but people continue to ignore what is a trend,” Holmes said. “And I don’t mean that as a pejorative. The trend in the NFL is dual-threat quarterbacks. Look up and down the rosters.”

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