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Jared Max, ESPN Radio part ways
Jared Max, the ESPN New York Radio early morning host who made headlines in 2011 for announcing on the air that he is gay, no longer will appear on the station, Max and ESPN announced Wednesday.
Max, who had partnered with Robin Lundberg from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m., issued the following statement:
"I am sorry that 'Maxed Out' will not continue on ESPN New York. I treasure the experiences I had working with and learning from such good men and women -- broadcasters, producers and interns.
"My ESPN experience elevated and prepared me for the next exciting chapter in my career in a way which I could not have foreseen. In the past two and a half years at ESPN, I achieved seismic growth -- professionally and personally.
"Conquering fears as a rookie talk show host, I found my critical freedom to speak honestly, and 'Maxed Out' become a #1 rated Arbitron radio program in New York City. Plus, I got to anchor SportsCenter updates on "Mike and Mike" for two and a half years as the show built unprecedented, lengthy ratings success.
"While I will greatly miss my listeners and friends who regularly called the show, I hope that our relationship will remain intact through my next venture. I have ultimate appreciation for you sharing your early mornings listening to and participating in 'Maxed Out.'
"Great thanks and gratitude to Scott Shapiro, Scott Masteller, Traug Keller and Chris LaPlaca at ESPN. I am a wiser man and better broadcaster because of you. To my friends who I worked with in the trenches before and after dawn, I will see you down the road. And, don't forget Rush: 'Changes aren't permanent, but, change is.' Thank you, ESPN. I wish you well."
ESPN issued a statement of its own, saying: "We thank Jared Max for his contributions to the overall success of 98.7 FM. He was a valued member of our team and we wish him well going forward."