By RODNEY HO/ firstname.lastname@example.org, originally filed Monday, October 5, 2015
With the recent departures of Marc James and Jamie Dukes, 92./The Game has mined its weekend staff for its new morning show: Hugh Douglas and John Fricke.
The pair starts tomorrow morning. Fricke has been a weekend host for three years since the Game came to be. Douglas joined last year. Their show used to air 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday nights.
“The Fricke and Hugh team are our highest rated weekend show,” said Terry Foxx, program director at the Game since its launch, in a press release. “Their chemistry clearly resonates with our listeners and we are excited to bring them on to a larger stage so more people can enjoy their insightful and entertaining take on sports.”
I reached out to Douglas via Twitter. He said he couldn’t comment but did joke on Twitter that he now has to act like an adult on Twitter because I’m following him. Fricke via Facebook referred me to Foxx, who hasn’t responded yet to my request to talk to the guys.
Randy Cross will take over for Dukes and join Rick Kamla in mid-days. Cross and Kamla worked together the first year on the Game in 2012-13 in the mornings.
Dukes left last week after three years, citing health reasons and a long commute. Former morning host James left without any official explanation but he allegedly had requested autographs in the New York Mets locker, a basic no-no in sports media etiquette.
Fricke is a media veteran, having started with CNN in the 1980s as a sports anchor, a broadcast sports anchor in different cities in the 1990s. He returned to work with CNN from 2011 to 2013 as well as time with Fox Sports. He also works in real estate at Keller Williams.
Douglas is a a former NFL defensive end who played for a total of 10 years with the New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars. He has been analyst for ESPN.