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HometownGal
05-27-2008, 09:55 PM
What a total DOUCHEBAG. I've never been a fan of Uncle Teddy, but saying something like this on the air is beyond inhumane and disgusting. What goes around comes around. Good riddance you big, fat turd. :wave:

http://postgazette.com/pg/08148/885212-100.stm

Shock jock Madden fired from station

Tuesday, May 27, 2008
By Bob Smizik, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Controversial talk-show host Mark Madden has been fired by ESPN. The decision was made at the network's corporate headquarters in Bristol, Conn.

It comes five days after Madden made an inflammatory statement about Sen. Edward Kennedy.

"We've taken Mark off the air pursuant to our contractual rights," said Josh Krulewitz, the network's vice president for public relations. On his radio show Wednesday, Madden said the following about Sen. Kennedy, who days earlier had been diagnosed with brain cancer:

"I'm very disappointed to hear Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts is near death because of a brain tumor. I always hoped Senator Kennedy would live long enough to be assassinated."

Madden was last heard on his show Thursday, the day before his comments appeared in the Post-Gazette.

The Duke
05-27-2008, 10:04 PM
great :tt:

I always hoped Senator Kennedy would live long enough to be assassinated."

:jawdrop: unbelievable, this guy doesn't even think in what he says

ShutDown24
05-27-2008, 10:05 PM
Finally. That took a while. He's been on the edge with so many statements I'm surprised it took them that long to give him the boot. I guess he did give them the ratings though.

NJarhead
05-27-2008, 10:07 PM
:hatsoff: :applaudit: :drink:
'bout time.

GBMelBlount
05-27-2008, 10:16 PM
Inexcusable.

Dodt
05-28-2008, 12:04 AM
any word on who will replace him?

BettisFan
05-28-2008, 12:17 AM
Yay this guy was unbeileveable!

KeiselPower99
05-28-2008, 01:18 AM
Athough Im not a Kennedy supporter the comments are harsh. Politics and sports dont mix.

Galax Steeler
05-28-2008, 05:01 AM
Glad to see him finally get the boot.

HometownGal
05-28-2008, 08:41 AM
More on the now unemployed Tub-O-Lard:

http://postgazette.com/pg/08149/885330-80.stm

Madden removed from air by ESPN

Wednesday, May 28, 2008
By Bob Smizik, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mark Madden, who made his reputation with bold, outlandish attacks on famous people, has been permanently removed from the air by ESPN.

His dismissal, which came down from ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn., came five days after he made a scurrilous remark about U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy on his 1250 ESPN talk show, which ran from 3 to 7 p.m. weekdays.

"We've taken Mark off the air pursuant to our contractual rights," said Josh Krulewitz, the vice president for public relations at ESPN.

The decision comes less than a year after Madden signed a long-term contract. No decision has been made on who will fill Madden's time slot.

At the opening of his show last Wednesday, Madden said this about Sen. Kennedy, who days earlier had been diagnosed with brain cancer:

"I'm very disappointed to hear that Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts is near death because of a brain tumor. I always hoped Senator Kennedy would live long enough to be assassinated."

At the urging of station general manager Mike Thompson, Madden apologized over the air for his remarks about two hours later.

After initially reviewing the situation on a local level, Madden was neither reprimanded nor suspended. When asked if there would be some form of punishment, Thompson said, `No. The fact is we took action right away. Frankly, it was a comment that was stupid. He admitted that. I don't think it requires any such thing as [discipline]."

ESPN had a change of heart, and it came from the corporate level in Bristol. Krulewitz explained the change of course

"We had a chance to regroup and review the situation and consider it more thoroughly from all perspectives," he said. "This is the decision we have made, and we feel it is the right one."

Madden was on the air Thursday but had not been heard on his show since his comments appeared in the Post-Gazette Friday.

He was replaced Friday by Jim Colony, who usually did the sports news on Madden's show, and weekend host Ken Laird. They referred to it as "The Mark Madden Show."

What happened Monday indicated something was amiss. The show was not called "The Mark Madden Show." Substituting for Madden were Eddy Crow, co-host of the "Junker and Crow Show," heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Chris Mack, a producer who also co-hosts Pittsburgh GameNight and does hockey hotline shows. That Crow would be moved from his regular assignment was unusual.

Station program director Jim Graci informed WTAE-TV yesterday that Madden had been suspended. The station reported that on its 5 p.m. newscast.

About two hours later, ESPN announced Madden had been removed permanently

Concerning a successor, Krulewitz said: "This is something we have to figure out immediately. We don't know our long-term plans."

Madden was put on warning by ESPN for his on-air manner in December. According to multiple sources, a disgruntled listener sent a tape to Bristol on which Madden behaved in an especially rude manner. For a time, Madden thought he would be fired and confided as much to friends.

But in a meeting with network executives, he promised to change his ways and kept his job, which paid him a six-figure salary. He was let off with a warning, which, judging from his Kennedy comments, he did not heed.

The Kennedy comments were typical of Madden, who built his following partly by his willingness to take on popular and important people. Some of the people he regularly attacked were Jerome Bettis, Hines Ward, Franco Harris, Arnold Palmer, Jim Leyland and the late Myron Cope.

But his popularity was more than just due to name-calling. His willingness to take on most Pittsburgh teams, regardless of their success, also drew listeners, and the station liked the younger demographic he brought.

Madden drew a significantly larger listening audience than his only sports-talk competition on Fox Sports 970 and did well, sometimes extremely well, in the ratings. His numbers for the final book of 2007 were an 8.3, extraordinarily high for sports talk and the best of his career. Those numbers came down considerably in the first three months of this year, but that wasn't unusual for what is considered a slow sports period.

The one team Madden rarely criticized was the Penguins, and he routinely referred to himself as a fan of the team. He was an unabashed admirer of Mario Lemieux, the team's greatest player and current president.

If the station decides to keep Crow in the 3 to 7 p.m. slot, it would open a spot on the late-morning show for Stan Savran and would reunite Savran with longtime colleague Junker. Savran's television duties at FSN Pittsburgh would preclude him from filling Madden's time slot.

lilyoder6
05-28-2008, 08:54 AM
what a dumbass he is.. i never did like him

Dino 6 Rings
05-28-2008, 12:30 PM
Maybe he can go back to calling "wrastling" matches. Fat Fcking Loser.

Counselor
05-28-2008, 02:20 PM
OK, I'm going to throw in an opposing viewpoint here . . .

I, like all of you, often diagreed with MM---especially when it came to the Steelers. But
I give him credit for being---hands down in my opinion---- the most knowledgable "sports talk radio" guy on the hockey scene. That has become abundantly clear to me over the past couple of years, and he will be missed for that during the Stanley Cup finals.

What rubs me the wrong way with this situation, is that it was an ESPN bigwig, who doesn't know anything about MM, (who is undoubtedly a friend of Kennedy's) that made this decision. It smacks a bit of egalitarian censorship. ESPN is basically saying to these radio people . . ."say whatever tasteless crap you want (about most anyone you want) to raise ratings and give us money . . . oooohhh but don't touch Ted Kennedy (or any other of a list of unmentionable targets).

I just don't like how this all went down. And depite the fact that he was an a$$, I think he will be missed more than most people think.

HometownGal
05-28-2008, 02:54 PM
OK, I'm going to throw in an opposing viewpoint here . . .

I, like all of you, often diagreed with MM---especially when it came to the Steelers. But
I give him credit for being---hands down in my opinion---- the most knowledgable "sports talk radio" guy on the hockey scene. That has become abundantly clear to me over the past couple of years, and he will be missed for that during the Stanley Cup finals.

What rubs me the wrong way with this situation, is that it was an ESPN bigwig, who doesn't know anything about MM, (who is undoubtedly a friend of Kennedy's) that made this decision. It smacks a bit of egalitarian censorship. ESPN is basically saying to these radio people . . ."say whatever tasteless crap you want (about most anyone you want) to raise ratings and give us money . . . oooohhh but don't touch Ted Kennedy (or any other of a list of unmentionable targets).

I just don't like how this all went down. And depite the fact that he was an a$$, I think he will be missed more than most people think.

Counselor - I always respect your opinions but I have to disagree here. As I've said, I am not a fan of Ted Kennedy for a myriad of reasons, but what Madden said over the airwaves was tasteless, classless, inhumane and just plain vile. If this wasn't Madden and a member of the sports media I respect, I would feel the same way, as I would if Madden had said what he did about any other human being. Madden does say some pretty cruel and unfair things about some of our professional athletes, but I dont' think I've ever heard him stoop this low. Imho - the punishment fits the "crime" here.

Godfather
05-29-2008, 09:24 PM
I agree with HonetownGal...you just don't mock someone with a malignant brain tumor. Plus, what happened to Ted's two brothers was a traumatic event for America.

Counselor
05-30-2008, 10:45 AM
This article below from the New York Post sums up at least part of the point I was trying to make. I was by no means defending what Madden said---of course it was a low blow and I don't condone it. My point was that ESPN's hands are dirty here too. These "shock jocks" are hired for the the BS they throw out onto the airwaves, and the ratings they get (ie the $$$$ they make for ESPN). They are encouraged to push the envelope to make the network more $. My point is, he -----and others like him---have said equal or worse things over the airwaves before----the networks like ESPN tell them to keep it coming---they wait for the reaction---if ratings increase the guy gets a raise, but he po's the wrong person then they just throw one guy away and get a new one. Don't think for one minute ESPN would have fired him for the remark if it hadn't made the post gazette.

http://www.nypost.com/seven/05302008/sports/when_to_take_out_the_trash_113111.htm

Again, I don't in anyway defend what MM said.

Dino 6 Rings
05-30-2008, 03:42 PM
See being a "shock jock" though doesn't give you the open ability to say whatever the heck you want. You can't say things like "go blow up their stadium" or "I wish that guy would get shot in the face". That's just not going to fly over our free airwaves. Now if he'd have taken this approach, "Well its tough for Teddy to have to deal with this, and I've always thought he was a toobag because of his policies, but I hope for the best for him and his family" you'd be alright. You're attacking the man's job and his policies but leaving out the tragedy of his name sakes. You don't wish assination on people over the airwaves, that's just ridiculous stuff right there and has no place in the world of Sports Talk.

Godfather
05-30-2008, 09:24 PM
See being a "shock jock" though doesn't give you the open ability to say whatever the heck you want. You can't say things like "go blow up their stadium" or "I wish that guy would get shot in the face". That's just not going to fly over our free airwaves. Now if he'd have taken this approach, "Well its tough for Teddy to have to deal with this, and I've always thought he was a toobag because of his policies, but I hope for the best for him and his family" you'd be alright. You're attacking the man's job and his policies but leaving out the tragedy of his name sakes. You don't wish assination on people over the airwaves, that's just ridiculous stuff right there and has no place in the world of Sports Talk.

Yep...if you wanna be a shock jock get on Sirius or XM and don't pretend to be a legitimate journalist.

TroysBadDawg
05-31-2008, 08:12 AM
I don't like either of them but I think it is pure censorship, nothing more.

I agree the shock jocks bring in the money and to heck with what they say...so long as the money is coming in.

He simply said something about the wrong person. Personally I thought as much gin as he drinks he would have bit the dust long ago from alcohol poisoning, or driving off a bridge ... wait Kennedy did that already.

I just want to know how he keeps getting re-elected, and not brought up on charges of murder, there is no Statute of Limitations on that.

lilyoder6
05-31-2008, 12:49 PM
if anything i would say about kennedy was that he would live long enough to tell what happened w/ the girl

Godfather
05-31-2008, 08:41 PM
I don't like either of them but I think it is pure censorship, nothing more.

I agree the shock jocks bring in the money and to heck with what they say...so long as the money is coming in.

He simply said something about the wrong person. Personally I thought as much gin as he drinks he would have bit the dust long ago from alcohol poisoning, or driving off a bridge ... wait Kennedy did that already.

I just want to know how he keeps getting re-elected, and not brought up on charges of murder, there is no Statute of Limitations on that.

I would assume that only applies to murder and not negligent homicide. Any lawyers in the house?

I'd still want to know why he wasn't charged when it happened.

HughC
06-03-2008, 11:00 AM
I don't like either of them but I think it is pure censorship, nothing more.

I agree the shock jocks bring in the money and to heck with what they say...so long as the money is coming in.

He simply said something about the wrong person. Personally I thought as much gin as he drinks he would have bit the dust long ago from alcohol poisoning, or driving off a bridge ... wait Kennedy did that already.

I just want to know how he keeps getting re-elected, and not brought up on charges of murder, there is no Statute of Limitations on that.

Respectfully, I disagree that this was censorship. Madden crossed the line when he called for an assassination. Doesn't matter if it was Kennedy, Hilary, or whomever, that's crossing the line. If he made a joke about his drinking or ability to cross a bridge, that would be different

As far as being re-elected, that's due to the way our government works. You get to be on powerful committees only after you have been there for a while. If Kennedy was voted out of office, he would not be replaced on those committees with the newly elected senator; those positions would go to somebody from another state. That is surely why he keeps getting re-elected; it is in their voter's best interest to keep him in office so they have a poweful voice in the senate.