NEW: WPRO Program Director Schwalb Out
Thursday, January 02, 2014
Schwalb has been named Program Director at parent company Cumulus' station WABC in New York; WABC's Tony Mascaro will take Schwalb's spot at WPRO.
Schwalb, who had been at WPRO since 2012 when he took over Paul Giammarco's seat, has been silent on the DePetro issue since it heated up last month.
DePetro's on-air comments in September about female union activists prompted the formation of the "For Our Daughters" campaign to get advertiser Alex and Ani to sever ties with the show; and DePetro apologized in early December.
However, things heated up when Governor Lincoln Chafee called for DePetro to be fired the following week, and growing number of elected officials signed the For Our Daugthers pledge that they would boycott WPRO as long as DePetro remained on air.
Former local talk show host Andrew Gobeil reached out to Schwalb for comment for an article for GoLocalProv on December 16th on the DePetro situation. Gobeil wrote, "A text from [Schwalb] about the issue today said simply, “Decline to comment.”
DePetro has not been on air since mid-December. According to a station receptionist, DePetro is scheduled to return on Monday.
See below for GoLocal's coverage of the DePetro controversy to date.
Infamous Talk Radio Controversies
Arbitron Ratings Scandal
In 2008, radio host John DePetro found himself in the midst of a ratings controversy. The Boston Herald reported,
The briefly stellar ratings of controversy-dogged-talkmeister John DePetro’s Providence radio show tanked yesterday after a whiff of scandal forced Arbitron to reissue its spring survey of listener-dial habits.
Sexual Harassment Claim
In 2012, DePetro was sued by a WPRO colleague for sexual harassment.
Producer Dee DeQuatro said DePetro invited her to lunch before driving to a house and making sexual advances.
DePetro denied the allegations.
Buddy's Return - to Radio
After five years in prison for racketeering conspiracy from 2002 to 2007, former Mayor of Providence Buddy Cianci returned to the public eye with a radio show on WPRO.
While controversial, Cianci's continued popularity has people wondering if Buddy might just make another run for Mayor in 2014.
Chafee's Talk Radio Ban
Upon taking office in 2011, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee announced that he would not appear on talk radio shows and barred state employees in agencies and departments that report to him from doing the same during work hours.
Governor Chafee is among the elected officials who have signed the "For Our Daughters" pledge.
Dennis and Callahan
WEEI sports radio hosts John Dennis and Gerry Callahan were suspended in 2003 when they referred to an escaped gorilla as a "Metco gorilla" waiting for a bus to Lexington -- with Metco being bus program that buses inner-city students to suburban schools.
Boston's WCVB reported that advertisers Dunkin' Donuts and Blue Cross pulled back station support in light of the incident.
WTKK's Jay Severin was fired for making comments about sleeping with female employees over the years.
Radio Ink reported on Greater Media's reaction to the incident.
"Greater Media today ended its relationship with Jay Severin. Our company has always encouraged a free and open dialogue on a variety of issues and topics, and we will continue to be guided by that principle. But we also demand that our on-air talent maintain an appropriate level of civility, and adhere to a standard that respects our listeners and the public at large.
Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh is no stranger to controversy; his latest remarks prompted the Democratic National Committee to call on Republican leaders to boycott the Daily Caller, which defended Limbaugh's remarks in an article entitled, "Liberals want to stop men from checking out women."
- BREAKING: Block, First GOP Candidate Comes Out for DePetro’s Firing
- NEW: RI Gov Chafee Calls for Talk Show Host DePetro to be Fired
- NEW: Rhode Island GOP Boycotts WPRO, Demand DePetro’s Termination
- NEW: DePetro Accuses Martin and Dufault of Being Behind Threats
- Arthur Schaper: DePetro Boycott and Exeter Recall (Oh Boy!)
- WPRO’s John DePetro Apologizes
- Who is More Polarizing? Chafee or DePetro
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