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Sports radio yakker talks tough over daughter (Profane, threatening voicemail)
Boston Herald ^ | 09/07/05 | raccoonradio

Posted on 09/14/2005 4:09:34 PM PDT by raccoonradio

The big buzz burning up the sports wires isn't the Patriots' chances against the Carolina Panthers this weekend. It's WEEI sports yakker John Dennis' profane, inane but ever-so-entertaining ramblings left on the voice mail of radio rival Ryen Russillo of 1510 The Zone.

Which, we are pleased to announce, have finally made the Internet!

As we told you last month, the telephone contretemps arose between the broadcasters after Dennis' daughter, Emily, dished to her dad that the drunken ''Diehard'' tried to pick her up at a party.

Ryen told the Track Dino didn't have all the facts and wrote him off as a ''schmuck.''

Fast forward to the new football season. Russillo is chosen by WBCN – the Patriots' Rock Radio Network – to yak on the post-game show with Gary Tanguay & Company. A press release is sent out, and then, surprise, surprise, the gig is yanked.

Conspiracy theorists suggest that Russillo was bounced from his post-Pats perch after Dennis put a bug in the team's ear about Ry's allegedly boorish behavior.

The next thing you know, surprise, surprise again, Dennis' answering machine rap shows up on Which, BTW, is operated by one Dave Portnoy, who, BTW, buys radio time on The Zone. Do we need to draw you a map?

Words can't do justice to the delicious depravity of Dino's diatribe. So let's go to the tape. . . .

From the get-go, John wants to make it perfectly clear that, in his words, ''I don't know who the bleep you are or what it is you do. . . .''

So the message starts out, ''Hey is this Row-tillo, Row-tillo, Row-dillo, Row-sillo or whoever your name is? John Dennis calling, Row-tillo. Two points you need to understand. No. 1: I don't know who the (bleep) you are or what it is you do, I guess you're on The Zone and, I guess, you're a radio wannabe. Beyond that I've never heard a word outta your mouth and I don't know who the hell you are and I don't know what you do, but I guess you're going around telling people, including my producer and my daughter last night, that I (bleep) on you and I don't know what you do or that I don't know what you're talking about. You're quoting me by saying that.''

Are you still with us? Good. 'Cause it gets better:

''Hey brother, I don't know the first (bleepedy-bleep) thing about you, and No. 2 I'm wondering if you're still hung over or if you were so drunk and throwing up last night that you even remember any of these conversations. So let me tell you a couple things. I don't know who the hell you are, I don't give a (bleep) who you are. . . .''

Get the point? HE DOESN'T KNOW HIM!

''But I guess you're hitting on my daughter telling her stuff that your dad, meaning me, is criticizing what it is you do for a living. I don't know the first (bleepedy-bleep) thing about you. No. 2 you're a (bleeping) drunk who's hitting on my daughter saying, `I want to be with you and create a scandal.' I tell you what, you wanna create a scandal? Why don't you come and find me and I'll rip your (bleeping) ears off and nose off and shove 'em up your (bleep) and kick your (bleep) up around your head. That would create a scandal.''

But then, for us, comes the unkindest cut of all.

''You wannabe in the Eye column? You wanna create a scandal?''

The Eye column! It's been the Inside Track for 13 years!!!

''You wanna be something other than some jagoff on The Zone? Why don't you come see me face to face, give me 10 seconds, tell me `I'm Ryen Row-tillo' or whatever the (bleep) your name is, I'll kick your (bleep) up around your (bleep), you can go to the hospital and then you'll create us a scandal. Give me a call. Go ahead and give me a call. . . .''

If the phone didn't ring, you know it was Ryen.

For the record, Dino acknowledges he left the message but denies he sought revenge by ringing up the Patriots management and dragging them into the whole mess.

''I wish I had that clout,'' he told the Track. ''I didn't even know he was on the post-game show. Frankly, I have zero interest in what this guy is doing.''

So why did the voice mail mysteriously appear on the World Wide Web?

''Who knows? His whole thing was publicity and trying to get his name out there,'' Dennis said.

Tragically, Row-tillo didn't return our calls. Leaving us to wonder: What in God's name did we do before Al Gore invented the Internet?

File Under: In The Zone.

TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: boston; johndennis; ryenrussillo; talkradio; weei; wwzn
The voicemail in question can be found at

WARNING! Nasty language. UPDATE: WWZN has cancelled "Barstool Sports" (the radio version) because the show's host/website owner refused to take the voicemail off his site. Word has it that Ryen Russillo did NOT provide the voicemail to and, in fact, wanted to have them take the voicemail OFF the site.

Listen to the voicemail and judge for yourself, but it gets pretty threatening at one point.

Word has it that the voicemail has been aired on WEEI's sister station, WAAF, and that WEEI itself lampooned it on their _afternoon_ show.

Dennis was suspended in 2003 for a "racially insensitive" bit on his show.

1 posted on 09/14/2005 4:09:40 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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oops! Article by Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa

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3 posted on 09/14/2005 6:29:01 PM PDT by scott0347 (Commander of the 0347th Lancer Brigade, Operator of the Immaculate Steamroller)
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