WPRO’s John DePetro Apologizes
Friday, December 06, 2013
GoLocalProv Business Team
John DePetro, radio talk show host at WPRO AM, apologized on air this morning for comments he had made on air in September. DePetro has come underfire from leading union leaders via a group asking advertisers to boycott advertisers and Cumulus radio.
DePetro read a prepared statement that said:
"I have been a radio professional for a long time and have a great passion for this medium. However, it is a live broadcast day in and day out, and sometimes, in the
heat of the moment, things can be said that have no place on my program.
Some people are upset over a comment I made in September. I regret not choosing my words more carefully that morning. The language I used was not in keeping with the family friendly atmosphere I try to maintain for the thousands of people who listen each day.The tone expressed was not consistent with the strong support I have shown women in our state and in my own life. Though I believe it is important for the public to hear both sides of issues, going forward I intend to approach debates on current topics in a more sensitive style. I know I am capable of this , and so I apologize to the individuals I offended.
In particular, I hope the recent efforts to impact a local Rhode Island company who has done so much for our economy, young people, charities, and women, will be let free from this debate as they are a beacon of hope for all of us in this state."
After his statement, former GOP legislator John Loughlin, said referred listeners back to a discussion of road rage.
The long time Providence Journal columnist Bob Kerr was sent packing by the new ownership group.
The unceremonious dismissal ended the tenure of the Projo's only true news columnist.
Kerr was talented and often controversial.
The long-time publisher was Belo's man in Providence. Howard Sutton was the man that implemented the changes that Dallas wanted to try and make the company more efficient and more profitable.
The results were dismal. Maybe no newspaper in the country lost a higher precentage of ad revenue than the Projo over the past decade.
He was the face of the paper in the community.
Andrew GobielAndrew Gobeil has been named campaign manager for Republican candidate for Attorney General Dawson Hodgson.Gobeil began his media career covering politics as a teenager for a Cape Cod radio station. He has served as one of the youngest NPR affiliate news directors in the country, Washington editor and national correspondent for a television station group, and managing editor and host of a statewide public affairs program.Gobeil was the morning co-anchor at Providence’s ABC-TV affiliate and co-host of a morning news program on WPRO radio. He is currently working on a non-fiction book about the journalism business.
Rick Daniels has joined GoLocal24 as Chief Operating Officer.
Daniels is the former President of the Boston Globe. He also served as CEO of Gatehouse Media for New England and led a consortium of investors who attempted to purchase the Boston Globe from the New York Times Company in 2013.
Daniels then went on to play a key role at Empirical Media Advisors based in New York, focused mainly on Tribune Publishing, where Emprical’s co-founder and CEO, Jack Griffin, recently took the role of CEO.
Fred Campagna has joined FOX25 in Boston.
Before Campagna began working at FOX25, he served as the Chief On-Air Meteorologist at ABC6 for fourteen years.
After leaving ABC6 in July 2012, Campagna launched his own digital weather platform, Right Weather.
WLNE-TV has fired anchor Karen Meyers. She had been with the station since 2011.
Meyers had anchored the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. news with John DeLuca. Sources say station management opted not to renew her contract and decided to go in another direction.
Before Meyers joined ABC6, she was a reporter/anchor with New England Cable News and was a reporter in Washington, DC.
According to RIPR reporter Ian Donnis, Providence Journal's Health Reporter is leaving. Felice Freyer has been the sole reporter covering Rhode Island's largest businss sector.
Freyer leaves for the Boston Globe.
Her departure follows Phil Marcelo who recently left the Projo for AP in Boston.
Editor's note: An earlier version incorrectly had RIPR reporter Scott MacKay as breaking the story.
Veteran radio reporter Flo Jonic recently was fired by RINPR after she filed complaints against the station for gender-based pay discrimination.
Jonic is a 30 year veteran of New England news radio.
In her charge filed in February, Jonic wrote, "I believe that I have been discriminated against based on my sex by my employer," and referred to the difference in her pay and that of RIPR reporter Ian Donnis.
"Currently, [reporter] Ian Donnis earns at least $75,000 a year, while I make $51,000 per year. We perform the same duties, and I have 32 more years experience than he does," wrote Jonic in her complaint.
After a seven year stint reporting for the Providence Journal's state house bureau, Phil Marcelo left the paper to take a reporting gig with the Boston office of the Associated Press.
Hailing from Long Island, New York, Marcelo came to ProJo in 2006, and covered everything from regional news, to Providence City Hall and the Statehouse. Marcelo's departure was first reported by WRNI's Ian Donnis.
Formerly a nightly news reporter for WJAR, Tremmel was fired from the "Team You Trust" after two clips, one of her performing on-air handstands, and the other offering tips on what to do during a bear attack, went viral.
The video became an internet sensation, but long-time Channel 10 newsman Jim Taricani called Tremmel’s antics “a smudge on our station's reputation.”
A long-time staple of Channel 10’s news team, Taricani announced plans to retire after over three decades with the station.
Taricani has won 5 regional Emmy awards, an Edward R. Murrow award for investigative journalism and a Prestigious Yankee Quill Award from the New England Newspaper Association.
He was convicted to six months in prison in 2004 for refusing to reveal a source, and is the youngest person ever to be inducted into the Rhode Island Hall of Fame.
WPRO talk show host has come under fire for comments he made on air regarding women. Leading union organizations have called for DePetro to be fired.
Most recently, he has been on announced suspension.
DePetro apologized for his comments.
Helen GloverFormer star of the reality show Survivor, turned talk radio show host is out. Helen Glover departs and is replaced by radio Veteran Ron St. Pierre, who only months earlier was let go by 630 WPRO. St. Pierre is a radio Hall-of-Famer and former top sports anchor on WPRI-12.
Mike StantonMike Stanton, the remaining reporter from the Providence Journal's once storied investigative team, is leaving Fountain Street for a teaching job at the University of Connecticut.Stanton, who was part of the team that won the Providence Journal's last Pulitzer and is the author of the "Prince of Providence," the Buddy Cianci expose, departs leaving the Projo without an investigative reporter.
Dean StarkmanGoLocal named Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Dean Starkman as a contributor and editor-at-large."Dean Starkman has a tremendous track record in financial, media, and investigative reporting. His work at the Wall Street Journal as a reporter and as an editor and writer at Columbia Journalism Review (CJR), coupled with ground-breaking investigations of public corruption for The Providence Journal, is unsurpassed in the region," said Josh Fenton, Co-Founder and CEO at GoLocal24, the parent company to GoLocalWorcester.com.
Karen BordeleauKaren Bordeleau takes over for Tom Heslin as Executive Editor for the Providence Journal.Before joining the newspaper in 1996, she worked at the Kent County Times and the Woonsocket Call.She is a graduate of Northeastern University and a Rhode Island native.
Bob WhitcombBob Whitcomb has been the editor of the editorial page of the Providence Journal since 1992 and Vice President since 1997.His book, "Cape Wind" unveiled the business and political story behind Jim Gordon's effort to build a wind farm off of Cape Cod.Prior to being a powerful voice at the Providence Journal, Whitcomb served as Financial Editor at International Herald Tribune.He is slated to leave later this year according to RI NPR.
Tom HeslinManaging Editor of the Providence Journal, Tom Heslin, is retiring.Heslin who has been a journalistic leader of the Journal since the 1990's, led the paper's team the one their last Pulitzer Prize in the early 1990's and had to implement a series of staff cuts during the past decade.Widely respected by journalists, Heslin has recently suffered from health issues.
Tara GranahanThe former co-host to the morning drive show is now Buddy Cianci's sidekick and co-host on the 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm drive time show on WPRO AM.Granahan has had a host of assignments at WPRO and is the only woman on air at WPROAM.
Connie GroschShe was the star photographer for the Providence Journal for better than a decade.Her State House/Political photos made her one of the most influential members of the Providence Journal staff.In late 2012, the Providence Journal let her go as part of the latest cost cutting ordered by the home office in Dallas.In January, she was named press secretary to U.S. Congressman David Cicilline (D-1). She just announced she was leaving the Congressman's staff to return to photography.
Gene ValicentiThe co-host of Channel 10's 6:00 pm news is now doing double as the host for WPRO's 6:00 am to 10:00 am morning show.Previously, Valicenti lost his 11:00 pm slot on WJAR.
Jennifer JordanOne of the top Providence Journal reporters is leaving not only Fountain Street, but also journalism.She was one of the guild members with the least longevity - more than 10 years.She leaves for Boston-based Opportunity Nation - a not-for-profit.
Ron St. PierreThe new guy at WHJJ - he takes over the morning show from the departed Helen Glover.For decades, Ron St. Pierre has been a key player in the media industry in both local television and radio.St. Pierre handled sports at WPRI TV, hosted morning drive at WPRO AM, and most recently, was Buddy Cianci's co-host in the afternoon.(Photo: Alan Levine, Flickr)