In a abrupt announcement, ESPN and Jared Max have ended their association. We don’t know much about Max leaving ESPN New York 98.7 FM/WEPN, but it can be inferred from his statement that this wasn’t choice.
“I am sorry that Maxed Out will not continue on ESPN New York. I treasure the experiences I had working with and learning from such good men and women — broadcasters, producers and interns,” Max says.
Robin Lundberg was added as co-host of Max’s Maxed Out from 4 to 6 a.m. Max also provided local updates during the national Mike and Mike show. Max left the company as of Wednesday. Reportedly, Lundberg will host the show solo for the foreseeable future.
“My ESPN experience elevated and prepared me for the next exciting chapter in my career in a way which I could not have foreseen,” Max adds. “In the past two and a half years at ESPN, I achieved seismic growth — professionally and personally.”
In March 2011, after 11 years as WCBS 880 morning sports anchor he joined ESPN Radio in New York. Just two months later, Max took to the airwaves and sent shockwaves through the industry when he told his ESPN listeners that he was gay.
“Conquering fears as a rookie talk show host, I found my critical freedom to speak honestly, and Maxed Out become a #1 rated Arbitron radio program in New York City,” Max continues in the statement. “Plus, I got to anchor SportsCenter updates on Mike and Mike for two and a half years as the show built unprecedented, lengthy ratings success.
“While I will greatly miss my listeners and friends who regularly called the show, I hope that our relationship will remain intact through my next venture. I have ultimate appreciation for you sharing your early mornings listening to and participating in Maxed Out. Great thanks and gratitude to Scott Shapiro, Scott Masteller, Traug Keller and Chris LaPlaca at ESPN. I am a wiser man and better broadcaster because of you. To my friends who I worked with in the trenches before and after dawn, I will see you down the road. And, don’t forget Rush: ‘Changes aren’t permanent, but, change is.’ Thank you, ESPN. I wish you well.”
As for ESPN, they provided a much more terse statement, “We thank Jared Max for his contributions to the overall success of 98.7 FM. He was a valued member of our team and we wish him well going forward.”