Suspended WDAE-AM sports radio jock Dan Sileo returned to the airwaves today
Dan Sileo, the Tampa sports radio jock suspended last week after Clear Channel Radio retracted statements he made about the possible sale of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, returned to the airwaves on WDAE-AM 620 this morning without speaking on the drama behind his departure.
Clear Channel executives appear to be hoping they can pretend the whole incident never happened, declining to comment in detail about their discussions with Sileo or how they decided the broadcaster would keep his job.
Sileo was suspended from the station's morning drive time program Oct. 29, after declaring on air that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers might be sold because the owners had lost more than $400-million with disgraced financier Bernard Madoff.
The report rocketed across the media world, including WFLA-AM, the St. Petersburg Times' Web site, the sports blog Deadspin and WTSP-Ch. 10.
Buccaneers co-chairman Joel Glazer responded with an uncharacteristically strong public statement on behalf of his family, saying ""The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are not, nor have they ever been for sale. In addition, our family or any of our related companies have never invested one penny with Bernie Madoff.
"The report is baseless, irresponsible and slanderous. This type of behavior by Mr. Sileo and his company Clear Channel will be dealt with in the appropriate manner.” The implication of legal action sent ripples through the local sports community; later that day, Clear Channel announced Sileo's suspension, posting a retraction on WDAE's Web site which apologized and called his report "factually incorrect."
Dan DiLoreto, Tampa market manager for Clear Channel Radio, said Monday Sileo was out-of-his depth in passing on information about the Glazers he said came from an unnamed friend working with the Securities and Exchange Commission. "It's out of our purview to try and be investigative reporters," DiLoreto said.
Still unresolved is the question of whether Sileo's statement will sour the station's relationship with the Buccaneers; WDAE airs the team's games on the radio as its flagship station.