John DePetro deserves his day in court before he is judged on the very serious accusations of workplace sexual harassment brought by his co-worker and sometimes producer Dee DeQuattro. That aside, WPRO and its advertisers would be better served without him. He should really leave the public spotlight before he does the station, his wife and children (most importantly) and even the causes he crusades for anymore harm.
He lectures us about morals, but he sure doesn’t seem to live by them when he’s not behind a microphone. He’s the state’s loudest opponent of marriage equality, but he seems to have a very hard time respecting his own nuptials. He blames the governor for not being able to control his teenage son when he can’t even seem to control himself.
This is at the very least the second time he is being publicly accused of cheating on his wife. (DeQuattro, it should be pointed out, said she resisted his unwanted sexual advances, but she also said he bragged about bringing women to sex parties in her complaint.) The previous instance was via another woman’s divorce
and neither instance is even the biggest public slap in the face he has given his bride. That honor would be held by the time he let her take the heat for some faked Nielsen ratings forms that came from the DePetro house in East Greenwich.
It’s a wonder Bishop Tobin himself isn’t writing penning one of his famous press releases calling for DePetro to step down. In fact, the Christian values crowd really ought to be embarrassed by letting this guy be their public face.
But, let’s face it, hate radio is a business and DePetro will likely be poisoning our local airwaves until either us listeners or station advertisers have decided they’ve had enough.
Postscript: I took no pleasure in writing that it’s high time for WPRO to severe it’s long and rocky relationship with John DePetro. We worked well together when I was at the station, and consider him a friend when he isn’t being a lying jerk on the radio. But my job is to advocate, via the blogged word, for what is best for Rhode Island; and it’s hard to argue that DePetro isn’t a big time bad guy for Rhode Island’s best interest – and I’ll bet advertisers start to realize this as well.
And, full disclosure, Dee DeQuattro and Barbara Haynes are both friends and former coworkers of mine as well.