After making multiple changes to their lineup this past spring, the one show that remained unaffected on Sports Radio 610 in Houston was their afternoon program Triple Threat. That will change today, Friday August 3rd, after The Houston Chronicle’s David Barron reports it will be afternoon co-host Ted Johnson’s last day with the station.
On Thursday, KILT 610’s program director Ryan McCredden informed The Chronicle Johnson would be leaving the afternoon show and the city of Houston, returning to Boston to be near his children. A former NFL linebacker, Johnson played for the New England Patriots from 1995-2004.
“While we will miss Ted tremendously, as he has been a great part of SportsRadio 610 over the last six years, we definitely support family first and understand how he came to this decision,” McCredden said.
Triple Threat will continue with co-hosts Sean Pendergast and Rich Lord along with a rotation of former players and analysts joining the afternoon show as contributors.
Johnson took to Twitter to acknowledge all of his fans, listeners and well-wishers stating, “You guys are the best..thank you for your support and words of encouragement. Honestly, I’m blown away thank you….”
While Johnson prioritized his family, making that his ultimate reason for leaving KILT 610, David Barron of the Houston Chronicle pointed to a 2013 interview in which Johnson expressed the importance of sports radio in his life. Johnson suffered multiple concussions during his career, which continue to affect him today, leading the three-time Super Bowl Champion to donate his brain to the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Bedford, MA.
Johnson was diagnosed with having mild cognitive impairment, which represents an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. In a 2013 interview, Johnson called out sports radio as helping him deal with MCI.
“Sports talk radio is huge for me. It engages me cognitively all the time,” Johnson said. “And I have to stay engaged in life. Any type of sedentary life is not good. I work out every day. I eat right, sleep right and stay active professionally, which is the best thing I can do.”
Although Johnson won’t be heard on the airwaves in Houston anymore, don’t be surprised if he remains an active member of the sports media. Johnson joined Sports Radio 610 in 2013 and became co-host of their afternoon drive show a year later.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research
“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 billion for the Jay Fund.”
Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.
This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.
“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”
Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College. The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.
Parkins & Spiegel Wonder If Trent Dilfer Will Still Appear On Their Show After Taking UAB Job
“I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”
Former ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer has been hired as the new head coach at UAB. However, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel wondered if that meant Dilfer would no longer be making his weekly appearances on Parkins & Spiegel on 670 The Score.
“Our guy is no longer gonna do a radio show out of Chicago?” Parkins joked, referencing an incident last month where Dilfer failed to say “Parkins & Spiegel“ during an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.
“I don’t know that that’s the case,” Spiegel replied.
“We don’t know that yet,” producer Shane Riordan said. “We have only shared a couple of text message — Trent and I — this morning and I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”
Later in the show, Parkins and Spiegel jokingly wondered what jobs they could have on UAB’s staff, with Parkins balking at being a sports information director. He did say he would welcome being the offensive player caller, but believed that job might fall under the purview of Dilfer.
Mike Milbury: Jack Edwards Is ‘Awkward’ and ‘A Different Breed’
“Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”
Boston Bruins television play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards has come under fire for recent comments he made about Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon and his weight. In turn, Maroon donated money in Edwards’ name to a mental health organization. On The Greg Hill Show Thursday, former NHL on NBC analyst Mike Milbury both slammed and defended Edwards.
“Jack Edwards. Who’s Jack Edwards? He went through all of junior high school being picked on and bullied,” Milbury said. “Now he’s trying to get even. Wouldn’t you want to smack that guy, Wiggy? Skinny, scrawny, mouthy son of a bitch.”
“Jack is screaming at the TV all the time,” he continued. “I gotta turn it down half the time.”
When asked by Courtney Cox if it was appropriate for Edwards to make comments about Maroon’s weight, noting that the comments were “awkward”, Milbury said Edwards is a divisive presence.
“Jack is awkward. I think half of Boston hates him and half of Boston loves him. He certainly loves the Bruins and is passionate about it but he’s a different breed of cat. Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”
Milbury was “cancelled” after saying NHL players in the league’s playoff “bubble” weren’t being distracted by their wives and girlfriends being present. He was dropped by the NHL on NBC after the comments and has not resurfaced on a major network.
The comments and questions to Milbury came after Cox and co-host Jermaine Wiggins disagreed about whether Edwards’ comments were warranted.
Wiggins said he “thought hockey players were supposed to be tough”, adding “he’s got a few extra LBs. It’s a joke.”
Cox countered by saying “it’s not a joke. No one should be talking about it. Jack Edwards went on for like five minutes about it. It wasn’t funny.”
Hill said when Wiggins was in the NFL, nobody cared what television broadcasters said about them. Cox argued by saying “in your day, nobody talked to a therapist, either”.