Those dreaded words in dice, are as inevitable as time and math. It was a great run for the Steve Czaban Show on Sporting News Radio, turned Yahoo Sports Radio, now SB Nation Radio. But alas, it’s over.
I was informed on Monday afternoon that SB Nation was going in a different direction in morning drive, and that my contract would not be renewed. It had run out at the end of August, and we were working on a new one.
The decision was theirs, and the reasons are their own. I don’t claim to know what those reasons are, or particularly care. I want to thank David Gow, Craig Larson, and the rest of the network for having me for 6 great years. They always treated me right, and let me do the kind of show that I wanted to do, a show that I was energized to do every morning.
It’s been a long year for me, as I’ve battled through the remnants of lyme disease, probable related co-infections and resultant auto-immune dysfunction. I am happy to say I have finally turned the corner, and look forward to getting back to full health.
That said, it’s probably for the best that I sleep for a while. Sleepy, sleep, sleep. I’ve done this morning/afternoon double-shift on national/local radio almost non-stop since 2004. Granted it’s not REAL work, like swinging a hot tar mop on a roof in the summer, but it’s still a grind.
The companionship of “Father of the Year” Scott Linn and the “Noted Indoorsman” Solly, has been nothing short of family. And I will miss them dearly on the radio. Sure, we’ll still be around locally here in DC, on ESPN980. But nothing will replace the on-air relationships. They have been loyal, hardworking members of my show, without whom, I would not have had the success I’ve enjoyed. The same goes for young Tim Murray, who is talented and tall. And as they say: “You can’t coach height.”
I regret the impact this will have on the many listeners and fans out there, who came to love this show like none other. Your emails to me, in such amazing detail, sharing how this silly little radio show impacted your lives positively, were an incredible inspiration.
While it’s not quite the same, you can still hear me yammering with Bob and Brian in the morning on 102.9 the Hog in Milwaukee from 9-9:45 every day. And then in afternoon drive with Andy Pollin on ESPN980. The easiest way to dial those in, if you live outside of those markets, is right here on Czabe.com. Just click the “on-air” lights on the upper right corner of this page.
It would be nice to offer a cheery “we’ll pop up somewhere else!” pep talk. But I know this business is changing, just like every business changes. While I believe the future holds great promise, it does not give promises. We’ll see.
In the end, I have no regrets. I can’t say our show was “the best” out there, but I can say it was a unique and necessary product. There was nothing else out there, quite like it – and I know, because I listen to everybody!
Our show was unapologetically bare knuckled to those people and things in sports that richly deserved a verbal beating. But it retained a mirthful joy in just being sports fans, in an age of digital plenty.
Speaking of digital, I have time to polish this site up just a bit. Please do drop by every now and then and say “hey.” I have a lot more time on my hands now, and a mower to sell.