David DeMarco has worked morning drive, afternoon drive, solo and with co-hosts over the course of his radio career in Lansing, Michigan. But that run is set to come to an end on Friday afternoon.
DeMarco, known to listeners as “Mad Dog” will head off into retirement after he signs off on WVFN 730 The Game.
“I wanted to do this. I knew I could do sports talk radio. I didn’t know how I was going to do it. But I just knew I was going to do it,” DeMarco told Graham Couch of the Lansing State Journal. “And then I was given a chance. And here we are 26 years later talking to you.”
DeMarco said the grind of prepping and doing a three-hour radio show and then going out and being a salesman for the station took its toll on him. And now the focus has evolved away from drawing in large audiences.
“It’s not even ratings anymore. It’s how much money that you can bring in,” he said. “It’s like the mafia — you’re an earner is what you are. And if you can’t earn, you’re not going to be around.”
DeMarco went on to say that with all that, the timing was right to step away. But he won’t be gone forever.
“I’m not saying that I’m never going to be on the radio again or never going to do a podcast,” he said. “It was just time to walk away from The Mad Dog Show.”
Brady Quinn: ‘Mike Florio Is Using Josh Lambo For Clickbait’
“Since the Jaguars fired Urban Meyer last year, Brady Quinn has been outspoken in his support for the coach and his belief that many of the stories that have been told about Meyer are untrue.”
Former Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo is suing his former team.
Lambo was allegedly kicked by former head coach Urban Meyer during warm-ups for a game last season. It was one of the more memorable tales of dysfunction out of Jacksonville during Meyer’s brief and controversial tenure as head coach.
Lambo has since filed a lawsuit against the team, trying to recoup his 2021 salary plus additional damages stemming from the incident.
Over on FOX Sports Radio, 2 Pros and a Cup of Joe host Brady Quinn is over it.
“Everyone has to resort to a lawsuit,” he told Lavar Arrington and Jonas Knox on Thursday. “Like you gotta sue someone to get something done, or to get attention or whatever else. It’s terrible, man.”
Quinn wondered if Lambo could just go away before taking a swipe at Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, who has covered the developments in Lambo’s case extensively.
“Mike Florio, stop putting him at the top of your website,” Quinn said. “No one cares and it’s just clickbait. Just move on. Good luck trying to prove that and get back any of that money whatsoever.”
Since the Jaguars fired Urban Meyer last year, Brady Quinn has been outspoken in his support for the coach and his belief that many of the stories that have been told about Meyer are untrue. He has even said that much of the reporting is due to the media’s dislike of the former coach.
Urban Meyer and Brady Quinn worked together for two years on FOX’s Big Noon Kickoff. It has been reported that will likely happen again with the former coach set to rejoin the network this college football season.
Eric Chiofalo & Zack Wolchuck Join GBag Nation
“Wolchuck and Chiofalo join the show on a permanent basis beginning on Friday.”
Jeff Cavanaugh exited 105.3 The Fan in March. It has taken a while, but on Thursday, GBag Nation introduced the men that will take his place on the station’s afternoon show.
Nighttime hosts Eric Chiofalo & Zack Wolchuck are moving from their show The Nosebleed Seats into the afternoon slot. They will join Gavin Dawson, Lucious Alexander, and Bryan Broaddus as the newest members of the GBag Nation cast.
Dawson said that the show heard from a lot of people that wanted a spot on the show. They went through months of auditions and conversations before making their decision.
“The Nosebleed Seats united inside the GBag Nation joining the three of us,” Dawson proclaimed. “We are once again five-wide, gentlemen. We couldn’t be more excited to add you. Thanks for coming aboard.”
Wolchuck began his sports radio days as an intern for the show while attending the University of North Texas.
“This is pretty big,” he said. “It really is a dream come true, growing up in the Metroplex to now be in afternoon drive with you here on the best station in the world. This is what it is all about boys.”
Eric Chiofalo joked that his mother sent out a group text to “about 100” family members and friends telling them to listen to the announcement on 105.3 The Fan. As a result, his leg was vibrating like crazy as people text in their congratulations to him.
Wolchuck and Chiofalo join the show on a permanent basis beginning on Friday.
John Skipper: ‘Charles Barkley Is The Only Broadcaster Fans Tune In To See’
“Dan Patrick asked Skipper if that meant ESPN ever tried to sign Barkley while Skipper was in charge.”
John Skipper has a very high opinion of Charles Barkley. He joined Dan Patrick on Thursday to talk about Tom Brady’s new deal with FOX. The Meadowlark Media boss made it clear that he thought Barkley was in rarified air amongst his broadcasting colleagues.
“I think there are only three or four people in the history of broadcasting that you can genuinely say people tune in to see them. The late, great John Madden, who just recently passed, was one of those guys. Barkley is the guy right now in all of sports that you can say people will tune in to see him.”
Dan Patrick asked Skipper if that meant ESPN ever tried to sign Barkley while Skipper was in charge.
“There’s almost nobody who’s really, really good that we didn’t try to get,” Skipper said adding that the problem was that ESPN asks its employees to work too much.
He said this same problem came up when he talked to Shaquille O’Neal about coming to Bristol. Skipper pitched Shaq on being the star of ESPN’s NBA coverage instead of “playing second fiddle to Barkley on TNT.”
Skipper says Shaq told him that he had already talked to Charles Barkley, who had said that at TNT there were no rehearsals, no First Take appearances and no SportsCenter hits. The Inside the NBA crew gets to just show up and talk basketball. That was all Shaq was looking for.
John Skipper acknowledged that the workload can be a disadvantage for ESPN in those situations. ESPN has a lot of programming to fill though and the model they use has worked for them. It wasn’t for Shaquillel O’Neal or Charles Barkley, and Skipper says that is okay. TNT created a show that stands out above other studio shows because it plays to its cast’s strengths.
“It’s because they look like they’re having fun,” Skipper said, explaining why Inside the NBA is his favorite sports studio show. “They know what they’re talking about. They’re willing to be provocative, they’re willing to mash it up, and it’s great.”