WDAE's Dan Sileo back on air
On Oct. 29, Sileo said the Glazers had lost $400-million in the Ponzie scheme of imprisoned Bernie Madoff and an impending debt payment likely would force the Glazers to sell the team. Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer denounced the report and Clear Channel Communications, which owns WDAE, retracted the story, issued an apology and suspended Sileo.
However, Sileo, 45, returned to his usual 6-9 a.m. time slot Friday morning, making a few passing references about his suspension, but not talking about it directly and never mentioning the story that landed him in trouble. In his opening comments, Sileo joked, "I have learned I have the fattest pictures of me on the internet.'' Later, he referred to his time away as a "sabbatical'' and asked, "How does my tan look?''
Apart from that, it was business as usual for Sileo, who used his opening segment to praise Gators linebacker Brandon Spikes, who is suspended for one game after attempting to gouge the eyes of a Georgia player last Saturday. Several callers told Sileo they were happy he was back on the air. Sileo thanked them and then continued with the sports conversation.
Bucs director of public relations Jeff Kamis said, "We appreciate Clear Channel taking swift action on this matter by issuing their retraction and apology.''
WDAE is the local AM flagship station for the Bucs, and it's unclear if Sileo's comments will affect Clear Channel's relationship with the Bucs. Clear Channel signed a 10-year deal with the Bucs in April of 2004.