Executives at Greater Media have suspended three 97.5 The Fanatic employees for their role in a fake caller scandal that has garnered national media attention, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
Sources say Pat Egan, the producer who created the “Dwayne from Swedesboro” character, and Mike Missanelli’s on-air partner Jason Myrtetus have been suspended for three days, effective Friday.
Matt Nahigian, the station’s program director, has also been suspended. All three will be able to return to the station Wednesday.
Nahigian was scheduled to meet with Black Lives Matter Pennsylvania organizer Asa Khalif at 10 a.m. Friday, but it’s unclear if the suspension will postpone or cancel the meeting.
Khalif was reportedly hoping to push for the suspension of Egan, a white producer who created the purportedly black caller who exhibited negative racial tropes during his many calls to Missanelli’s show.
All three maintain that Missanelli had no clue that “Dwayne from Swedesboro” was a character created and voiced by Egan. On his show Tuesday, Missanelli said he was “sensitive to the racial undertones involved” and thought the character’s racial stereotypes might have pushed “racial bounds.”
SportsRadio 94.1 WIP host Josh Innes was fired Wednesday after harshly criticizing Missanelli and his co-workers for perpetuating what he called a “fraud.” Innes had previously been suspended after using a racial epithet on air to describe Eagles center Jason Kelce, and in response to the "Dwayne from Swedesboro" controversy, he had shared a photo on Twitter of 1930s performer Al Jolson in blackface.