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Friday, January 31, 2014

Dan Sileo to Host All New Morning Show on The Mighty 1090

By Joe Nelson



San Diego, California, February 3, 2014 - Radio station 1090 AM XEPRS, better known
as The Mighty 1090 - San Diego’s Sports Leader, has announced a major addition to
the weekday lineup. Dan Sileo has joined The Mighty 1090 as the new host of the
morning show from 6am to 9am Monday through Friday. San Diego residents can look
forward to a host that leverages his ability to bring inside information, expert analysis
and a tell-it-like-it-is outspoken approach and combine those talents with his humorous
and entertaining style.
The 20-year sports radio and television veteran began his new program this morning.
Sileo has an impressive history of talking sports on some of the country’s top sports
radio stations and networks. He began his sports media career in 1994 with the Oneon-
One Sports Network based in Las Vegas where he had recently retired from
professional football.
Only a year later, he was based in Northern California on legendary radio station KGO
in San Francisco where he anchored sports reports on the morning show. Dan quickly
drew the attention of television and soon added the responsibility of anchoring sports on
KPIX-TV, Channel 5 and KTVU, Channel 2. Within one year, he was lured away by the
top sports station in the bay area, KNBR, hosting the early evening time slot before
being promoted to sister station 1050, The Ticket hosting the morning show. While in
San Francisco, Dan was also anchoring pre and post-game shows for the San
Francisco Giants and the Oakland Raiders and was the sideline reporter for the
Stanford Cardinal Radio Network.
He later moved to Tampa to accept an offer from WDAE, The Sports Animal hosting the
morning show. In less than two years, he caught the ear of Fox Sports as they were
launching the Fox Sports Radio Network and moved back to California to join the
inaugural lineup on the Los Angeles based network.
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Eventually he decided to return to the Gulf Coast of Florida in 2002 where he resumed
hosting mornings on WDAE. Station owners Clear Channel loved Dan so much they
decided to also carry his Tampa based show on sports stations in Orlando, Jacksonville
and Tallahassee creating a regional sports network. He enjoyed an unprecedented run
until moving south to Miami in 2012 to host the afternoon show on the legendary 560
WQAM. The station quickly added him to the Miami Hurricanes Network anchoring pre
and post-game shows.
It wasn’t long before Sileo caught the attention of The Mighty 1090. The station offered
him the opportunity to return to the prestigious morning drive time slot.
Dan said, “Even though my college and professional football career was mostly in
Florida, I fell in love with California in the years I spent there. When the opportunity
arose to not only work at Southern California’s top rated sports radio station but to also
live in America’s Finest City it was a no-brainer so I quickly accepted The Mighty 1090’s
offer. Besides, who wouldn’t want to trade covering the Marlins and Dolphins for
covering superior organizations like the Padres and Chargers.” Dan went on to say, “I
realize I have big shoes to fill taking over for the legendary Lee ‘Hacksaw’ Hamilton.
Lee set the standard for sports talk radio in Southern California and I know I have a lot
to live up to.”
Sileo was a standout college player at the University of Miami and was drafted by the
Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the supplemental draft in 1987 as a junior. He was with the
Bucs 2 years and then went to the Dallas Cowboys where Tom Landry signed him.
Jimmy Johnson then became the head coach. Sileo started all pre-season games
including JJ's 1st start versus the San Diego Chargers in San Diego. Sileo had an
injury to his leg and was released after the pre-season. Dan played in the World
League of American Football (WLAF) for the Orlando Thunder which was the Detroit
Lions affiliate. He played all of the pre-season games and was released prior to the
start of the regular season. Sileo finished his career playing in the Arena Football
League with the Las Vegas Sting.
Dan makes no secret of the fact that controversy has occasionally been intertwined with
his rapid rise in the sports radio business. He was fired from his job in Tampa where he
left with the highest rated sports program in the State of Florida which was also one of
the highest rated in the country. He violated Clear Channel’s policy prohibiting
employees from speaking with media critics. In Miami, Dan was highly critical of his
beloved Hurricanes and their fall from the elite ranks which he openly blamed on
University of Miami President Donna Shalala. Because the station was the flagship for
Hurricane sports, pressure was applied to WQAM where they eventually let him go.
Dan said, “The past couple of years in radio has taught me a lot and I plan on applying
those lessons to my passionate and sometimes emotional approach to sports to create
a great experience for San Diego fans, both hard-core and casual.”
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Sileo is also a voting member of the Football Writers Association of America and has
served as a Heisman Trophy Award Elector. His wife and 12-year-old daughter have
already joined him in San Diego.
Mike Shepard, Programming-Operations Manager at The Mighty 1090 AM stated, “I am
thrilled to welcome Dan to San Diego’s Sports Leader, The Mighty 1090. Dan is a
passionate, outspoken, engaging and incredibly knowledgeable sports radio
personality. His track record of major market success is remarkable and Dan is a
perfect addition to the Mighty 1090’s top-rated, all-star lineup.”
“I’m very excited about the dynamic and successful Dan Sileo joining us and the best
sports talent line up in all of Southern California. We are sure he will make a dramatic
impact on the Mighty 1090,” Norm Feuer, Vice President–General Manager shared.
Sileo will replace long time sports radio veteran Lee ‘Hacksaw’ Hamilton who will remain
with The Mighty 1090 in a new capacity to be announced in the next few weeks.
Broadcast Company of the Americas (BCA) operates The Mighty 1090 AM, 105.7 The
Walrus, and ESPN 1700 AM and holds the radio broadcast rights for the San Diego
Padres. BCA also participates in Radio San Diego, a sales partnership with KPRI 102.1
FM.


CONTACT:
Mike Shepard – Programming-Operations Manager
The Mighty 1090, XEPRS-AM
(858) 535-2516
EMAIL: MShepard@bcaradio.com
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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sileo's "audition" last month was terrible. Dan Patrick on AM570 out of LA will get my ears in the morning from hereon. Bad decision.

Anonymous said...

xx 1090 has now become a laughingstock of anyone who ever actually had the misfortune to hear Sileo on the air. Incredible....

Anonymous said...

Perhaps the Hacksaw (who still has great radio talent) could replace Darren Smith during the 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. time slot. With producer Marty's talents, the Hacksaw could soar to new heights and bring a breath of fresh air to that time slot.