On August 1st, Urban One assumed control of The Team 980, two months after purchasing the station from Redskins’ owner Dan Gilbert, leading to multiple lineup changes. After more than two years co-hosting morning drive in Washington DC with former Redskins tight end Chris Cooley, Sheehan’s contract was not renewed.
With the start of the NFL season approaching and Sheehan still a free agent, the longtime DC sports radio host created his own opportunity with a podcast. The Kevin Sheehan Show is recorded daily in Tony Kornheiser’s studio at Chatter in Friendship Heights.
“It’s definitely a work in progress,” Sheehan told The Washington Post. “I put it together with the help of some good friends very quickly. I’m figuring it out. It’s like every day we fix something else. So far the reaction has been great.”
Each episode is approximately one hour long, a significant difference from the four hour show Sheehan co-hosted each day on WTEM. On his first podcast episode, Sheehan offered listeners some insight as to why he’s no longer hosting his four-hour morning show.
“The new owner preferred a different type of operation that was much more focused on low costs. Their prerogative,” he said. “It just didn’t work out for me and a few others, and there are no hard feelings at all.”
Sheehan’s podcast will have guests and segments that were familiar to his morning show on The Team 980 including former co-host of seven years, Thom Loverro. Loverro will join the program every Tuesday and Thursday.
As for his most recent co-host, Chris Cooley, Sheehan said, “I think both of us would prefer right now to be doing a morning drive radio show in this market. We would much prefer to be doing that, and if we weren’t doing that, we’d love to be doing a podcast together. But for now, for many reasons that I can’t go into, it’s not possible as of this moment.”
In addition to Sheehan and Cooley, Bram Weinstein and Scott Jackson were also removed from their daily hosting duties on The Team 980. The station’s new schedule currently consists of Al Galdi in the morning, Rick Doc Walker and Brian Mitchell in the midday, with Steve Czaban still anchoring the lineup in afternoon drive.