Danny Mac is back on the air, and with the station he had taken so many shots at during his career. Dan McNeil, once part of WMVP's popular afternoon radio show, "Mac, Jurko and Harry," will now host a midday show at WSCR. McNeil left WMVP after a stormy run with the station and his co-hosts.
The Danny Mac Show will air on The Score every day from 9 a.m. -- 1 p.m. This throws off the station's line-up considerably, erasing the "Hamp and Holmes Show" that featured Bears legend Dan Hampton and Lawrence Holmes, and the "Mike Murphy Show," from noon -- 2 p.m. It also cuts into the "Mully and Hanley Show," which will now end at 9 a.m., and the "Boers and Bernstein Show" will now pick up an hour with McNeil pitching in. The displaced on-air personalities will be offered other spots within the station.
The shakeup in the schedule shows just how much confidence the Score's brass has in McNeil. He has proven to be a popular personality, despite his bumps in the road, to put it lightly. He and Harry Teinowitz -- Harry of Mac, Jurko and Harry -- fought physically off-air and verbally on-air. He was also suspended for calling a Comcast Sports Network producer a name that you would not want anyone to call your mother.
These incidents have served to make him almost more popular with young men, and the Score is banking on this. They are in a dogfight with the ESPN radio affiliate, WMVP, who pulled a 1.6 Arbiton rating in February. The Score pulled a 1.4. They also are fighting to keep the attention of a splintered radio audience that is turning to podcasts and the internet for their sports talk.
Maggie Hendricks is a lifelong Chicagoan who has loved sports since she fell in love with Jody Davis at age three. She also writes for Cagewriter, Yahoo! Sports' MMA blog, and Fourth-Place Medal, Yahoo! Sports' Olympic blog.