ESPN Radio Syracuse personality Brent Axe was fired after practically 10 years with the station over the weekend after the affiliate’s possession stated he had more and more turn out to be too essential in his protection of the college’s athletics program.
Ed Levine, president and CEO of Galaxy Media Companions, which owns the affiliate station, informed Syracuse.com on Sunday that Axe was fired as a result of he had “an issue with the content material of the present” he hosted.
“I’m an SU fan. I’m sorry, however I bleed Orange. I’m not going to apologize for that, and I believe a good studying of the Orange is suitable. I perceive (Galaxy has) a enterprise relationship (with Syracuse), that Coach (Jim) Boeheim and I are private pals and he’s an investor in my firm,” Levine informed the outlet.
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“I perceive and acknowledge all of that. We’ve known as it fairly truthful, and I might argue we’ve been powerful on SU when the on-field or off-field occasions warrant it. I simply assume over the previous six months it took a distinct tone and have become overly darkish and detrimental. I don’t assume that’s what Syracuse followers wish to hear.”
Axe, who additionally works full time for Syracuse.com, informed the outlet that he felt he was “truthful” throughout his broadcasts, seemingly disagreeing with Levin’s characterization.
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“I had a duty to present an trustworthy, truthful and thorough opinion to my viewers,” he stated. “I actually wasn’t good, however I don’t remorse something concerning the method of the present. We put listeners on the air, and we gave them the chance to say what they wanted to say. I don’t have any regrets.”
His firing got here simply in the future earlier than Levine introduced that former men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim, who seemingly retired after Syracuse obtained knocked out of the ACC Match by Wake Forest, would now be featured “commonly” on the radio station.
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In line with Syracuse.com, Boeheim has been essential of Axe prior to now, however Levine informed the outlet the 2 choices have been unrelated regardless of his ties to Boeheim.
“I put it on Fb for the timing of it,” Levine stated. “That settlement was achieved a full 12 months in the past. They’re unrelated. Two utterly separate objects altogether.”