The Battle of the Sexists
A couple of weeks ago Dan Sileo announced he would be leaving the Mighty 1090. In the following days Sileo would make it sound like he chose to leave 1090, but a spokesman from 1090 informed that his contract simply expired. Whether 1090 or Sileo decided not to renew wasn’t clarified, and neither I nor 1090 seemed interested in clarifying it.
They aren’t the only ones uninterested in anything Dan Sileo related. The majority of San Diego AM listeners have long despised the “shock jock” and his aggressive nature on the air. His lack of sports knowledge outside of football is enough to, well…fill up a football field.
One of his more masterful moments was during a broadcast in December. Sileo believed the Padres had a chance to trade for third baseman Eric Hosmer. The problem? Hosmer plays first base and is a free agent, and cannot be traded for. That’s the most recent example in a long line of miscues and misinformed segments from the former College and Professional football player turned radio lackey.
Sileo “revived” his career here in San Diego back in 2014 after being fired from three different sports stations in Florida from 2012-2013. He was fired from one station for calling black players “monkeys”, from another for placing a bounty on a players head, and another for telling female sportscaster Erin Andrews to “go bake him a cake.”
Sileo is a throwback to an era of sports radio that most of us would rather forget. The ‘Mad Men’ era of women knowing their place and guys being guys. An era that in 2018 feels like the Stone Age, and makes Sileo a caveman.
If one person in San Diego sports radio could rival Sileo’s offensive, arcane style of broadcast, it’s longtime San Diego personality Scott Kaplan. Kaplan, a colleague of Sileos at 1090, has also had several issues over his almost 20 years broadcasting in San Diego. In 2001 he was sued by a woman for calling her a “skank” on the air. In 2011 he was fired from The Mighty XX (now 1090) for calling a female Mountain West sportscaster a “monster” and a “Sasquatch”, and continued to berate her looks.
On paper Kaplan, a former professional football kicker, and Sileo should be the best of friends. Having a few brewskis and grabbing chicks butts on the way out of a TGI Friday’s. However, for some reason…and again no one cares enough to really find out why, Sileo and Kaplan now hate each other.
First Kaplan went on a little tirade on his radio show about not liking Sileo and being glad he was gone. Sileo then blocked Kaplan on twitter. Then Kaplan spent the next five days on his radio show reaming “Big Sils” and going as far as to say he may have mental health issues. Sileo didn’t help his case any by then going on twitter and losing his mind for about two days straight. He not only went after Kaplan, but defended a Buffalo Bills lineman for making a racist remark, and backed up Donald Trump’s “shithole” comment.
Kaplan kind of fired back with some tweets of his own, but essentially they both wondered why the other was so infatuated with one another, and hoped the other would just move on and get over it.
And, here’s the thing – no one cares. It’s two guys whose views are so outdated it’s laughable vastly overestimating their own stature in this community fighting over who is the most relevant, while simultaneously making each other more irrelevant. San Diego sports fans never gravitated towards Sileo to begin with, and most people put up with Kaplan because he’s just been around forever, and it’s fun to hear his on-air partner Billy Ray Smith giggle. The feud, or as I like to call it ‘your two drunk uncles fighting over Obama’s birthplace at Thanksgiving’, seems to be over for the time being. And, thank God.
To be honest, over the years it seems Kaplan has learned from his mistakes for the most part. Outside of a blatant comment on several woman’s racks and dress fit at 1090’s annual ‘Opening Day at Del Mar’ coverage, Kaplan appears to be trying to “update” his persona. Whether it’s conscience or not, I appreciate the effort.
When Sileo first announced his departure from 1090 it was quickly followed with a promise, which most listeners took as a threat, that he’d be staying in San Diego, however he has yet to announce what job or station he’ll be landing at next. Rumors floated around he’d be joining Padres Radio over at FM94/9. However, during the last week the Padres went out of their way to deny that Sileo would be a part of the Padres in-game broadcast or pre or post game shows, and Padres Radio declined to comment for this story.
This essentially means that either the Padres are lying, Sileo will be a part of Padres Radio in another capacity or he’ll be joining XTRA 1360 AM. The latter seems logical as Sileo has proved himself almost clueless when it comes to any sport other than football and 1360 is still very proud of their Chargers coverage.
One thing is for sure, wherever he goes, Sileo will stay on brand.