Recently fired WTKA morning host Dave Shand addressed a few questions via email today. I’ll comment later but I wanted to get these out there:
MVictors: Did you have any indication at all (prior to last week) that there were a group of folks looking for you to be fired?
Shand: No indications anything was wrong. The show was going great.
MVictors: Any guess what comments struck the nerve? I heard you go hard at the deans of the U-M schools a week or so ago. And you called out one by name. Do you think this had anything to do with it?
Shand: Three things were brought up in the meeting with Ryan Curtis our special promotions director and Brian Cowen, our program director.
1. My ex wife in an associate athletic director at Michigan. Bill Martin thought talking about our divorce on the air was disrespectful.
2. I criticized [named omitted] the Dean of Kinesiology for being incompetent. I taught Sports Law there for 6 years. She never even knew who I was or what I taught. And there are only 12 people teaching. This [was said] was in the context of what makes Michigan great. It’s not the leadership or the deans but the great teachers and students.
3. The last thing was when I made fun of the fat police officer who pulled me over. He is the DARE officer in Saline and Bill [Martin] thought it was over the top.
MVictors: You personally have direct ties to the athletic department, you list Red and Lloyd on your resume. Have you spoke to any of the coaches or staffers?
Shand: I have not talked to Red or Lloyd. I have too much respect for them to put them in a difficult position. They did nothing wrong. Bill Martin did.
MVictors: As far a radio, you built a pretty good following – what’s next? Are you going to look for more radio work?
Shand: We’ll see about radio. This has left a very bad taste in my mouth. I am working with Chris Easthope and practicing law full-time. We’ll see what comes up in the future. The theme of the show always was do the right thing. I’ll continue to do the right thing.