February 27, 2024


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Two layoffs, one new show amid another shake-up at 710 ESPN Seattle

For the 2nd time in 10 months, layoffs at 710 ESPN Seattle have prompted a important shake-up to the sports radio station’s communicate-demonstrate programming.

The station’s morning clearly show will have an entirely new lineup soon after co-hosts Danny O’Neil and Paul Gallant declared Tuesday afternoon that they had been enable go.

Mike Salk, the station’s former programming director, introduced later on Tuesday afternoon that he would be returning to the morning airwaves with The Mike Salk Demonstrate commencing next 7 days.

“They had educated us about three months in the past that they were likely to make some short of change to the lineup, so we have all form of been ready on pins and needles and performing our absolute very best to demonstrate we’re truly worth a thing in this marketplace in which folks are so interchangeable,” Gallant reported in a online video posted on Twitter.

Gallant was employed out of Houston in September 2019 and paired with O’Neil in the morning just after the disbandment of the well-liked “Brock and Salk” early morning present, showcasing Salk with former UW quarterback Brock Huard, who is now a Television set analyst for Fox Sporting activities.

“I requested them why,” Gallant claimed, “and they just mentioned they’re heading in a distinctive way. I do know that that various way is 1 with Mike Salk, who hired me, and was formally in cost of all programming in the creating. Not guaranteed why the improve arrived to be, but clearly they feel like he is going to save the (rankings) quantities. I really do not agree with that, because we however are living in a town that is not welcoming folks back again to do the job and folks are not commuting in the identical way, but whatever. That is their alternative.

“… I’m upset — I’m crushed,” Gallant extra, “but I know I’ll bounce back again.”

O’Neil, a former Seattle Situations staffer, experienced been hosting the morning demonstrate pretty much from his dwelling in New York the past two years, and he acknowledged that separation created factors tough for his co-host.

“Today’s show was my final as host at @710ESPNSeattle, a gig that has been the happiest incident in my experienced lifestyle. I’m really, actually grateful for all of it,” O’Neil tweeted. “The a single regret is that I wasn’t a better broadcast partner for @Gallantsays. He came to get the job done in a new current market and was paired with a co-host who was on a various coast. That was challenging, and I truly desire — for him — it was not ending like this.”

Tuesday’s adjustments occur after the station laid off 3 veteran hosts — John Clayton, Jim Moore and Tom Wassell — very last November in what Salk mentioned then was a reaction to a important reduction of marketing income through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Salk stepped down from his administration part before this 12 months.

His new present will air 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. every single day, starting up subsequent Tuesday. He will be joined by newcomer Justin Barnes and producer Maura Dooley, and Salk said Huard will make day-to-day appearances.

“When Brock and I stepped apart two several years back, I was not sure if I was completed on air permanently, only that I wasn’t in a place to start a new demonstrate appropriate then,” Salk wrote in a Twitter information. “ … Whilst I loved my knowledge in administration, I am 100% prepared to tackle this new job.”