A tough day at sports radio 950 KJR AM as two notable members of the staff were let go by the station.
According to a brief announcement made by Dave “Softy” Mahler, both Dick Fain and Brian “Freight Train” Lambert became casualties of the current economic state today after being laid off.
Fain has been the de facto sidekick of Mahler for a number of years, providing a calming voice alongside the boisterous midday host. He also hosted two other shows on his own, The Fourth Quarter with Dick Fain, and Varsity Hoops/Football Live. Fourth Quarter was a Saturday midday talk show, while Varsity was a Friday night prep report recapping the basketball or football highlights from around the state.
Lambert was the longtime producer of Softy Mahler’s show from 10-1, and Ian Furness’ show from 1-3. Dubbed “Freight Train” by his coworkers, Lambert would often lend his talents to the on-air conversation, in many cases as the voice of reason between dissenting opinions.
Now that both these guys are looking for jobs, it would be wise of KIRO 710 ESPN to bring them in for interviews, at the very least. Fain is capable of hosting a quality weekday show of his own, as we stated back in January, and Lambert is a likable personality that could contribute immediately to an on-air production. Both of these guys would help stabilize the awkward, stumbling broadcasts we’ve heard out of 710 ESPN in their early going.
Whether or not they return to the local broadcasting scene, Fain and Lambert will both be missed at KJR. Best of luck to both of them.