The 20-year sports radio and television veteran began his new program in February. Sileo has an impressive history of talking sports on some of the country’s top sports radio stations and networks. He began his sports media career in 1994 with the One-on-One Sports Network based in Las Vegas where he had recently retired from professional football.
Only a year later, he was based in Northern California on legendary radio station KGO in San Francisco where he anchored sports reports on the morning show. Dan quickly drew the attention of television and soon added the responsibility of anchoring sports on KPIX-TV, Channel 5 and KTVU, Channel 2. Within one year, he was lured away by the top sports station in the bay area, KNBR, hosting the early evening time slot before being promoted to sister station 1050, The Ticket hosting the morning show. While in San Francisco, Dan was also anchoring pre and post-game shows for the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Raiders and was the sideline reporter for the Stanford Cardinal Radio Network.
He later moved to Tampa to accept an offer from WDAE, The Sports Animal hosting the morning show. In less than two years, he caught the ear of Fox Sports as they were launching the Fox Sports Radio Network and moved back to California to join the inaugural lineup on the Los Angeles based network.
Eventually he decided to return to the Gulf Coast of Florida in 2002 where he resumed hosting mornings on WDAE. Station owners Clear Channel loved Dan so much they decided to also carry his Tampa based show on sports stations in Orlando, Jacksonville and Tallahassee creating a regional sports network.
He enjoyed an unprecedented run until moving south to Miami in 2012 to host the afternoon show on the legendary 560 WQAM. The station quickly added him to the Miami Hurricanes Network anchoring pre and post-game shows.
It wasn’t long before Sileo caught the attention of The Mighty 1090. The station offered him the opportunity to return to the prestigious morning drive time slot.
Dan said, “Even though my college and professional football career was mostly in Florida, I fell in love with California in the years I spent there. When the opportunity arose to not only work at Southern California’s top rated sports radio station but to also live in America’s Finest City it was a no-brainer so I quickly accepted The Mighty 1090′s offer. Besides, who wouldn’t want to trade covering the Marlins and Dolphins for covering superior organizations like the Padres and Chargers.” Dan went on to say, “I realize I have big shoes to fill taking over for the legendary Lee ‘Hacksaw’ Hamilton. Lee set the standard for sports talk radio in Southern California and I know I have a lot to live up to.”
Sileo was a standout college player at the University of Miami and was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the supplemental draft in 1987 as a junior. He was with the Bucs 2 years and then went to the Dallas Cowboys where Tom Landry signed him. Jimmy Johnson then became the head coach. Sileo started all pre-season games including JJ’s 1st start versus the San Diego Chargers in San Diego. Sileo had an injury to his leg and was released after the pre-season. Dan played in the World League of American Football (WLAF) for the Orlando Thunder which was the Detroit Lions affiliate. He played all of the pre-season games and was released prior to the start of the regular season. Sileo finished his career playing in the Arena Football League with the Las Vegas Sting.
Dan makes no secret of the fact that controversy has occasionally been intertwined with his rapid rise in the sports radio business. He was fired from his job in Tampa where he left with the highest rated sports program in the State of Florida which was also one of the highest rated in the country. He violated Clear Channel’s policy prohibiting employees from speaking with media critics. In Miami, Dan was highly critical of his beloved Hurricanes and their fall from the elite ranks which he openly blamed on University of Miami President Donna Shalala. Because the station was the flagship for Hurricane sports, pressure was applied to WQAM where they eventually let him go. Dan said, “The past couple of years in radio has taught me a lot and I plan on applying those lessons to my passionate and sometimes emotional approach to sports to create a great experience for San Diego fans, both hard-core and casual.”
Sileo is also a voting member of the Football Writers Association of America and has served as a Heisman Trophy Award Elector. His wife and 12-year-old daughter have already joined him in San Diego.
Mike Shepard, Programming-Operations Manager at The Mighty 1090 AM stated, “I am thrilled to welcome Dan to San Diego’s Sports Leader, The Mighty 1090. Dan is a passionate, outspoken, engaging and incredibly knowledgeable sports radio personality. His track record of major market success is remarkable and Dan is a perfect addition to the Mighty 1090′s top-rated, all-star lineup.”
“I’m very excited about the dynamic and successful Dan Sileo joining us and the best sports talent line up in all of Southern California. We are sure he will make a dramatic impact on the Mighty 1090,” Norm Feuer, Vice President–General Manager shared. Sileo will replace long time sports radio veteran Lee ‘Hacksaw’ Hamilton who will remain with The Mighty 1090 in a new capacity to be announced in the next few weeks.