Today was Jody McDonald's last day at 950 ESPN, as the sports-talk veteran announced just moments ago.
"This is the last show I will be doing for this radio station. The radio station has decided to go in another direction and I am perfectly fine with that. They informed me this week that my services are no longer needed," said Jody Mac, who went on to thank a number of people who were instrumental in bringing him back such as Bob DeBlois and John Fullam.
"I saw it coming...I knew this job was going to end at some time, and it officially ends today. I will miss talking to Philadelphia sports fans, they're the best on the planet," McDonald says. "I'm not retired, I'm not going anywhere, I've got other gigs right now...This has been my home for 19 years...I truly hope I get to talk Philadelphia sports with you again down the road at another radio station," said McDonald, taking advantage of an opportunity rarely offered in radio for a host to say goodbye to listeners. Typically they're just heard one day, then gone the next.
McDonald, a former 610 WIP, had been at 950 for four years since the station started as Sports Talk 950 AM.
"Jody has been one of the keys to the station's success and we thank him for his many contributions," Program Director Matt Nahigian said in a statement. Jody Mac's co-host Harry Mayes will remain on the 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. time slot, now paired with Dan Schwartzman. As Schwartzman had previously hosted nights, there's now a vacancy. Nahigian says the station is "developing outstanding football-related shows and will annouce details very soon."
UPDATE: Jody Mac just posted a message to fans on his Facebook page. "Thanks for all the kind words here on my page. Don't sweat it much, I'm not. Knew it was coming and wasn't all that moved to stick around anymore anyway. Other than talking to the great fans of Philly and an occassional yuk with Harry, nothing I'm going to miss working there. I'll keep you updated here on if I add another gig in the future to the 2 I alredy have ("The Show" Sirius 210 XM 175 M-F 4p-6p) and 1050 or 1040 ESPn Sat & sun 10a-1p. Stay in touch here !! 'Preeeeeeciate it !!!!"