Mike Missanelli shocks Philly sports radio with departure news

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After more than 12 years talking all things Philadelphia sports with 97.5 FM, the Fanatic FM, Mike Missanelli — host of the midday show on the Fanatic — has announced that today’s show will be his last show with the Beasley Media Group affiliate. According to Missanelli, the station has decided to go in a different direction — though they will discuss the possibility of the longtime host remaining with the station in some role/capacity.

Back in December, Missanelli and Beasley Media Group agreed to a six-month extension, and while it seemed that change in some form may have been on the horizon, this news today is certainly considered “out of the blue.” Although his extension is technically not up for a few weeks, Missanelli explained that he will be partaking in some vacation and sick days as he continues to nurse a foot injury before parting ways, so today will be his final show hosting.

In his sports radio career that spans more than two decades, Mike Missanelli has been one of the most polarizing figures in Philadelphia sports radio. For better or worse, he has been one of the most well-known figures in Philadelphia sports media. Missanelli is known in part for his extremely confident approach to the art of argument; it certainly cannot be argued that Mike Missanelli, in that sense, was an accurate representation of the city of Philadelphia.

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