When I was at UM, I interned at WTKA and thought sports radio would be the sweetest gig. But Doug Karsch was my boss and he was awesome to work for. But once I saw how much these guys make, I said I'll get a real job.
It seems like Detroit radio -- what's left of it -- is filled with
print guys and dudes whose athletic peak may have been a hat trick in intramural Broomball from '96. People that are possibly cheap, affordable radio hosts. Why no former ball players that can actually give you a real perspective on things? It's Detroit for goodness sake. We should be stocked with former Tigers, Lions, Pistons and Red Wings on the radio. Even Chicago has Tom Waddle. DC has Brian Mitchell and John Thompson on the radio at different times. And they don't rant. They give real insight into different sports, not just the ones they starred in.
Maybe these stations can't afford a high priced former athlete or coach. But maybe ratings go up and advertisers buy in if people are tuning in to listen to a former respected player on the air. Right now I would even take Lomas Brown and his damn smoothie shops.
Am I wrong in thinking that former pro athletes would add validity and viewership to what's left of sports radio in Detroit?