CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A radio host and former preacher who made headlines last summer when his run-ins with law enforcement prompted his removal from the airwaves will be returning to WCHS radio.
Mike Agnello will return July 8 as co-host of Charleston's longest running local radio talk show, "58 Live," on WCHS 580 AM, according to a statement from the station.
He'll be rejoining Rick Johnson, who has been doing the show solo since Agnello left, in their old time slot from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
"We're glad to have him back," said Mike Buxser, vice president and market manager for West Virginia Radio Corp.
He was removed from the show last June after a series of "off-air incidents" including some that involved police action. Buxser said charges were dropped in the cases from last summer.
Agnello was arrested June 23, 2010, after a domestic situation with his girlfriend, Amy Dorsey. He was accused of grabbing the woman by the arms and throwing her to the ground several times. Police noticed reddish marks on the backs of her arms and fresh bruising on her hip and leg.
Dorsey was arrested the next day for driving under the influence and crashing into a Charleston city vehicle. She backed into a Charleston Fire Department SUV in the parking lot of the Bigley Avenue Go-Mart, not far from Agnello's home where the domestic incident was said to have occurred.
He was charged with domestic battery in the incident and removed from his talk show not long after.