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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Monday, July 09, 2007

Dan Patrick Quitting ESPN

Dan Patrick announced on his ESPN Radio show today that he's leaving the network -- radio, TV, magazines and everything ESPN -- on Friday, Aug. 17.

The mutual agreement will allow Patrick -- known as Dan Pugh when he was an all-conference basketball star at Mason High School (Class of 1974) -- to pursue new interests outside ESPN.

He told listeners today: "If there was animosity, I wouldn't being doing any radio after today."

In a ESPN press release he said: "I’ve spent a third of my life at ESPN. All my children were born while I was employed here. I feel privileged to have had this opportunity and I have extremely mixed emotions about leaving. With that said, I told ESPN that I believe it's time for me to try something different, something that will also be challenging and rewarding. While I'm not sure what that will be, I am grateful to ESPN for its willingness to allow me to pursue new endeavors."

Read ESPN's story at

Patrick's resignation was not unexpected. A Los Angeles newspaper reported in late June he was on the short list to replace Bob Barker on CBS' "The Price Is Right."

Patrick was born in Zanesville and moved to Mason in about 1966. He graduated from the University of Dayton in 1979. He started in broadcasting at UD's WVUD-FM, then worked for WTUE-FM (and part-time at Dayton's Ch. 2). When he whiffed at getting a full-time TV job in Dayton, he landed a CNN Sports. Patrick joined ESPN in 1989, where he co-hosted SportsCenter until last year. His ESPN Radio show is broadcast 1-4 p.m. weekdays on WSAI-AM (1360) and Hamilton's WMOH-AM (1450).

As much as I liked him on SportsCenter, particularly back in the days with Keith Olbermann, I liked his radio show even better (particularly "The Big Show" 2 p.m. hour with Olbermann).

Will you miss him? Did you like Patrick better as a radio talk host or sports anchor?

And if anyone knew him as Dan Pugh in Mason in the late 1960s and early 1970s, I'm sure many would to read your posts here...


at 7/09/2007 4:03 PM Blogger RadioCarla said...

Noooooo! Say it isn't so!! His 2:00 pm "The Big Show" hour is the best hour of radio hands down.

at 7/09/2007 5:45 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does this affect 1360 at all? They just signed up ESPN and started airing Dan P. last week. I bet they weren't expecting this at Clear Channel!

at 7/10/2007 10:03 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Derek said he would.

at 7/10/2007 10:17 AM Blogger Brad said...

There is a rumor going around that he was fired.

at 7/10/2007 11:17 AM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

I don't believe he was fired. There have been reports for 2 weeks that he was going to resign, or leave to take another opportunity, such as "The Price Is Right" job. Chicago papers speculated on July 5th that he would resign that day. I think he's leaving on his own. My guess is that he has something lined up we'll hear about in next few weeks.

at 7/11/2007 12:21 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

He did not get fired, when someone is leaving a radio on air position on bad terms - they are gone that day! There is too much risk having someone on air making comments that would offend people or bash the station.

Dan is one of the best ever for sportstalk radio. I can guarantee that he will move on to something HUGE! Probably look for something within the next 12 months. He is driven by challenge. I am sure he will be spending a little time with his family before he does something else.

Good luck Dan! We miss you back in Mason!

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