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June 24, 2022

Radio Nightmare "The Phones Are Not Working" Sports Radio Host Anthony Gargano of 97.5 The Fanatic Calls Listeners Instead

Take a listen to 97.5 The Fanatic's solution to a potentially nightmarish situation facing a sports radio show that is built upon the interaction of callers.

It appears that many customers on the east coast of the United States were experiencing cellphone service outages on Thursday. Outages complaints showed affected customers across New York City, Northern New Jersey, Long Island, as well as Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Boston and Baltimore.

For some reason it also affected Beasley Philadelphia radio stations including sports radio station 97.5 The Fanatic. Listeners were unable to call the station to talk sports on the day of the 2022 NBA Draft.

So on-air producer and co-host Andrew Salciunas pitched the idea to host Anthony Gargano to call their regular listeners. All they had to do was to DM their phone number to the show's Twitter account.

Sounds like a great idea. What could go wrong?


A "friend" of the listener named Mike DM'ed Mike's number to the Twitter account of 97.5 The Fanatic. Mike received a call at work. (Sounds like Mike was delivering packages for UPS) That "friend" changed his Twitter handle to "Mike" and fooled everyone. We say great effort by the producer known as The Choonis. As the show goes on, they figured out that callers from outside of Pennsylvania (PA) area codes, including nearby New Jersey, Delaware, and even England could actually call into the show to talk sports.

By the way you can catch Anthony Gargano as the sports reporter in the new Adam Sandler basketball movie on Netflix, Hustle. 

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