It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly a decade since Art Regner was one of the must-listens on the sports-talk radio scene.
It was late in 2006 that WXYT 1270 cut just about everybody making six figures, including Regner.
And that, amazingly, was the last time Regner had a full-time job on Metro Detroit radio — even as 97.1 The Ticket has blossomed into ratings royalty, and even as Detroit Sports 105.1 joined the market in August 2013.
Regner’s phone has stayed mostly silent all these years.
And it’s rather hard to believe.
Welcome to the never-know-what-tomorrow-holds world of sports-talk radio.
“Most guys in radio, except for a few, drive into the station each day not knowing if that’ll be their last day,” Regner said.
“I’m still jonesing to do on-air stuff.”
Regner still keeps busy, and still has a voice in the market — it’s just that his die-hard fans now have to work a little harder to seek out his voice, particularly for his strength, his takes on the Red Wings.
He often fills in for Matt Shepard on WDFN 1130, he does an hour-long Red Wings podcast with USA Today’s Kevin Allen — they started during the playoffs, and episode No. 24 is due out this week — and he does a Michigan podcast with longtime Detroit sports-talk host Gregg Henson, who’s now working in Pittsburgh.
Also, recently, Regner was hired by WDET 101.9 to produce a pair of shows, including Detroit Today, hosted by the Free Press’ Stephen Henderson, while the regular producer is on maternity leave.
But while the regular paycheck, at least for the summer, has to be nice, there’s not much sports at all on WDET, which has to be a killer for a guy who made his name around here with his famous rants on the lowly Lions, plus his inside-info scoops on all things Red Wings.
After being let go from WXYT 1270 in 2006, Regner, 57, hopped over to WDFN to start doing some guest-hosting in spring 2007, and has bounced around the airwaves ever since, though never really under the umbrella of a contract.
He recently left his gig at FoxSportsDetroit.com, where Regner wrote Red Wings columns and did videos — albeit columns and videos that appeared to be toned down, as FSD is the TV partner of the Red Wings. If you know Regner, he doesn’t really pull off “toned down” all that well.
Regner enjoyed the time at FSD, but knew it was time to go. His heart, after all, remains in radio, even if radio isn’t calling too much these days.
“I’m still holding out hope,” said Regner, “because it beats working for a living.”
Credit to the Detroit News who originally published this article
Jason Barrett is the owner and operator of Barrett Sports Media. Prior to launching BSM he served as a sports radio programmer, launching brands such as 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and 101 ESPN in St. Louis. He has also produced national shows for ESPN Radio including GameNight and the Dan Patrick Show. You can find him on Twitter @SportsRadioPD or reach him by email at JBarrett@sportsradiopd.com.
Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated
“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”
The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.
“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.
“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”
Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.
Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP
WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.
A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.
He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.
The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.
Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open
“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”
Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.
In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”
The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.
“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”