Radio hosts let go by 104.5 The Team in wake of Shane Spencer hoax
CAPITAL REGION Mike Lindsley and Brian Cady have been let go by ESPN Radio 104.5 The Team (WTMM-FM).
"Mike Lindsley and Brian Cady, effective immediately, are longer with the company," program director Stephen Giuttari said. "In the coming weeks, we’ll unveil our new local sportstalk lineup on WTMM."
Armen Williams, the new brand manager for WTMM, decline to comment, referring all questions to Giuttari.
Williams, who came to WTMM from 105.3 FM The Fan in Dallas, was on the air today in place of Lindsley, who hosted "Midday with Mike" from 1-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Williams, who joined the station Aug. 15, was supposed to start on the air Sept. 9. The original plan was to have him do the 1-4 p.m. slot, and Lindsley move to the 4-7 p.m. that is occupied by Bruce Jacobs.
Jacobs is leaving the station next Friday. His contract wasn't renewed.
Lindsley came to WTMM from Syracuse earlier this year and replaced Brian Noe in the midday slot. On Aug. 12, Lindsley and the station were duped by someone impersonating former New York Yankees outfielder Shane Spencer, who claimed there was rampant steroid use on the team when he played there. The real Spencer called in the next day to refute what the imposter had said. The interview was aired the next night, during a rain delay of the Yankees' game against the Los Angeles Angels, and re-aired at the start of Lindsley's show on Aug. 14.
At the time, there was no public discipline handed out. Asked if the incident played a role in Lindsley's firing, Giuttari said, "No comment."
Cady was executive producer for "Game On with Bruce Jacobs," "Midday With Mike" and "Inside Pro Football" He hosted "Cady's Corner" and was co-host of "Section 2 Showcase."
Last Sunday, former YNN sportscaster Joe Calderone was given a three-hour tryout. There is no word if he will get a chance to host his own show.