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NEW: DePetro Accuses Martin and Dufault of Being Behind Threats

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


Embroiled radio station host John DePetro told East Providence police officers he believes that Maureen Martin and Brad Dufault "may be behind"  threats he has been receiving over comments he made on air regarding female teachers' union members.

Martin is the Secretary-Treasufer of the RI AFL-CIO, Dufault is a veteran political operative who is a partner with the public affairs group Checkmate Consulting.

DePetro gave a statement to East Providence Police on December 3 after he alleged he was approached by two men who threatened him in the parking lot outside of his work at WPRO. The incident report has been made public, which contained the allegations against Martin and Dufault.

See Patrol Officer Report HERE

"I haven't heard anything from the [East Providence] police," said Martin when asked about the report. "It seems like he's deflecting something here. There's nothing in my history that would indicate in any way that I would behind any violence or threats of violence."

Martin continued, "We do have a full-fledged campaign that is up-front and posted -- we've been asking people not to go on air, we've asked the general manger to see their files. [DePetro] could have named Santa Claus. It's bizarre that he can name someone like that, and put it in print like this." Martin adeded, "There's no credibility to his story at all. It all sounded so fishy." 

On Friday December 6, DePetro, radio talk show host at WPRO AM, apologized on air for comments he had made on his show in September. DePetro has come underfire from leading union leaders via a group asking advertisers to boycott advertisers and Cumulus radio.

Incident Report Made Public

In the incident report filed with the East Providence Police and taken by Patrol Officer Kris Ellinwood, DePetro claims he was accosted by two men a grey pick up truck on the morning of December 3 in the WPRO parking lot, who yelled "You're f--king with the wrong people and we are going to knock you off the radio. Then we are going to knock your f--king head off because you have a big f--king mouth."

DePetro said he looked in the truck and saw that the passenger had something in his hand, and ran back to his car. He then saw the truck with Rhode Island plates exit the lot, when DePetro called the police, who he told he had been getting threats vie e-mail and Twitter, and that Martin and Dufault may be behind them. 

Dufault told GoLocal that he had not been contacted by the East Providence Police, and that he deferred all comment to Martin.  "It's no surprise or secret we support the effort she's leading," said Dufault.  

Ellinwood requested the case be forwarded to the Detective Division for further investigation.  

EDITOR'S NOTE: In 2010, John DePetro was a MINDSETTER™ for GoLocalProv as part of a media partnership with Citadel Broadcasting - now part of Cumulus.

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Stephen DeNinno

I see a slander suit coming!

paul zecchino

Stephen DeNinno -

Took the words right out me mouth. Thank you. What next? Mother Teresa and Grover Cleveland are in on the plot?

Maybe Frank Booth as well. One can't be too sure about these sinister retirees.

Stephen DeNinno

Now for breaking news.............I have noticed a trend on Pro-jo. Everyone that defends him on the FB comments are members or supporters of the Tea Party. Just an observation. I have nothing against the tea party, but like the old saying goes. Judge a person by the company he/she keeps.

Redd Ratt

Stephen and what affiliations do the people leading this campaign have? The unions. Like you said judge a person by the company they keep. DePetro and the unions can have each other for all I care.

Stephen DeNinno

Redd, overall he is a despicable human being. One that pretends to be religious (the state house christmas tree and the banner in cranston west). On the other hand, he is a cheater, sexual harasser, home wrecker, someone that advocates violence against a child Atheist. I will take my union brothers any day of the week. I only speak for fire and police.

Redd Ratt

Stephen, I don't know anything about him and he doesn't seem like someone I would like. Definitely not somebody I want to defend. As far as all union members go, as individuals there like everybody else (the vast majority are good people). What I want is an end to the "us vs. them" between the unions and the taxpayers. We both deserve honesty. The workers deserve to know what they are going to make and the taxpayers need an honest accounting of the costs of services. Moving new hires into a defined contribution retirement plan and social security will offer the worker retirement security and politicians won't be able to put off paying for services for twenty years. That will heal the wounds between the unions and the private sector.

Wuggly Ump

If he's with a union, not with a union whatever, HIS COMMENTS CALLING FEMALES W-H-O-R-E-S, COCKROACHES and HAGS was wrong. To name call instead of making a your case with sound argument is weak at best.
This is as bad as calling those in the TEA Party racists 'cause they don't agree with a policy President Obama puts forward.

My personal opinion is Mr. DePetro is making fiction to play victim here.

paul zecchino

Redd Ratt -

You want an end to the us vs. them between unions and taxpayers?

Haven't you a gift for irony? If you mean what you say, then why do you and your fellow anonymous arrested development, 'odd job' attack everyone with whom you disagree yet cannot factually refute in order to perpetuate that idiot's game?

You love every minute of us vs. them Straw Man debates. You just did it again: us vs. them, 'unions vs. taxpayers'? See the problem there?

Unions are comprised of citizens, most if not all of whom pay taxes. That means union members are taxpayers. So what's your phony debate here? Taxpayers vs. taxpayers?

You know exactly what you're doing yet in half-clever manner you feebly try to obfuscate that by implying 'unions' pay no taxes, while taxpayers do, when in fact union members are taxpayers.

Clever. By half.

As you well know, and as you are most careful to omit, many retirees who've been unlawfully denied contractually owed COLAs which were diverted to hedge fund cronies now under investigation paid into their pensions as well as paid taxes. That means they're being doubly reduced by unlawful means.

You say you dislike the us vs. them paradigm? Then why perpetuate it by your every post?

Is it at all possible for you to present facts in logical, reasonable manner to refute the points made by persons with whom you disagree?

Or, as with your shadow, inadequate 'odd job', is it more comfortable for you to employ the ADIOS approach: Aggression, Dismissal, Insult, Obfuscation, and Silence?

Anyone who's dealt with third-world regimes well knows that old routine. Why would you expect it to fool anyone here?

OK, here's your opportunity to yet again call me or better yet, one of my family members a few of your tediously predictable names in feeble attempt to conceal your inability to mount a factual argument to truthfully defend what you say. Go for it. I could use a good laugh.

You don't like DePetro? They why listen to him? He's just a guy who does a dumb show on some radio station. There's millions more of him where he came from, as anyone who's been in the business will tell you. Why should it upset you so?

It's ironic, in a tiresome sort of way, that those who complain loudest about their dislike of confrontations do all in their power to instigate and perpetuate them.

Perhaps what you're trying to say is that with New York investigators looking at these hedge fund cronies, your old canard about things being a diabolical plot foisted by retirees is kaput, and those who recite it look increasingly stupid.

paul zecchino

Stephen DeNinno and Wuggly Ump -

DePetro's free to say what he wants and listeners are free to ignore him.

Agree, he seems to be trying to play the Victim Card with his conflicting, defective, incomplete, shifting allegations of union attacks.

While doing talk radio in RI and MA, I always received crank calls off the air along with threatening letters from crackpots. Even in our family business we'd get occasional letters from nutcases. Big deal.

A fellow talk hosts and kind friend, a lovely lady who was my on-air political opposite, laughed off the many the idiots who threatened her by phone and mail. She'd say, 'But they never send a present, never visit, boo hoo.'

When I left the RI station, I joined here on a station in MA. Same occasional idiot threats, same laughs. Big deal. Make 'em part of the show, if possible.

As supposed on-air opposites, we were good friends off air. When goofballs wrote and called in threats, we laughed at them.

The teachers union in RI has distinguished itself by peacefully expressing its concerns and by abstaining from anything remotely resembling anti-social behavior, so these allegations from this talk host just don't ring true. Time will tell.

Some years ago, I contacted him in writing regarding a newsworthy story to do with people dead before their time and millions diverted to a corrupt hospital. He replied with a cryptic, dismissive note saying, "I don't know what you're talking about."

Of course he didn't know, because my letter to him was the first he'd heard of it. All he had to do was ask me a few questions and I'd have gladly given him answers. But he didn't.

No matter. He's just a talk host, and the standards for such have fallen steadily over the years.

Wuggly Ump

@ paul zecchino

Yes he is allowed his right to say what he wants, and ours to say what we wish about it. I think he went too far with such name calling from his microphone. I don't listen to him so I heard it through the news outlets.

He obviously wouldn't say anything on the street face to face with the protesters, it would be similar to poking a tiger with a stick in the jungle. I wouldn't blame the tiger if it tears the stick holder apart, I would call it cleaning the gene pool.

I wouldn't let anyone say that about female family or friends without repercussion. WPRO should fire him, in my opinion.

Redd Ratt

Paul, get help.

paul zecchino

Wuggly Ump -

Haven't heard him meself, thanks for filling the details of his 'show'. Sounds as if the standards for talk hosts aren't quite what they once were.

A pleasure to read your comments. As you say, ignoring them makes us good consumers. And sooner than later, sponsors get the message. It talk radio, one lives and dies by the ratings book.

paul zecchino

Redd Ratt -

You make my point with elegant brevity, and never fail to disappoint. Thank you.

John Sundelin

Depetro is a bigoted hypocrite. He slams others for derogatory name calling and the next minute he is using even worse ones himself. he cries free speech for himself and then blocks people from voicing their opinion on him. I had noticed his tone and demeanor becoming more and more hateful and angry the last couple of months. I stopped listening to him and in turn it has stopped me from listening to Dan Yorke. Depetro is costing WPRO listeners.

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