WDAE's Dan Sileo suspended after report about Buccaneers ownership
Morning drive-time host Dan Sileo of WDAE-620 AM has been suspended, according to Clear Channel Communications, after his report this morning citing the Glazer family's deep financial concerns and losses.
"Dan Sileo has been suspended pending further investigation into this matter," said Dan Diloreto, president and market manager of Clear Channel Tampa.
The station posted an apology on its Web site: “During a broadcast Thursday … morning host Dan Sileo made some statements about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Glazier (sic) family that were factually incorrect. We sincerely apologize … and hereby issue a full retraction.”
Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer responded this afternoon with a sternly-worded statement that said, among other things, "This type of behavior. . . will be dealt with in the appropriate manner."
An interesting subplot at work here is WDAE's status as the Buccaneers' flagship station. While the team doesn't have a history of interfering with the station's content, this report called into question the Glazer family's personal finances, something that could negatively impact their business dealings in other arenas. Sileo even alleged members of the Glazer family are considering filing for bankruptcy protection.
For that reason, the organization clearly flexed its muscle. It's not clear how long Sileo will be off the air as Clear Channel representatives would not elaborate beyond the statement.