Sports Zone's McFarland let go in budget cuts

Monday, November 23, 2009 at 2:18pm

Nashville’s longest-tenured sports talk broadcast team was broken up on Friday when WGFX-FM 104.5 The Zone announced that afternoon sportscaster Darren McFarland had been let go by the station’s parent company, Citadel Broadcasting.

McFarland had teamed with George Plaster and Willy Daunic, both of whom remain at the station, for the past six years on The Sports Zone, which has dominated its time slot since going on the air. All three had previously been at WWTN prior to coming to The Zone in 2003.

“Darren has been a valued member of the Sports Zone for many years and the decision to part ways was not an easy one,” WGFX general manager Hunter Rice said in a statement. “We appreciate everything Darren has done during his time on the Zone and we wish him well in his future endeavors.”

The move had nothing to do with performance or any issues with McFarland, the company said, but was strictly a monetary decision as the station has been making cutbacks of late.

5 Comments on this post:

By: knilob on 11/24/09 at 8:58

Guess someone had to get the axe now that WGFX is paying for the ESPN brand.

By: pastorscottd on 12/7/09 at 3:46

I think it is a shame that someone that has been a vital part of the success of the show, has to pay such a heavy price! Maybe the company should re-think their commiment to ESPN!

By: MarkTitans on 1/22/10 at 7:39

Too bad they didn't let Plaster go.

By: localboy on 3/16/10 at 4:48

Except for the Big Blue crush, McFarland was the best of the three...

By: localboy on 3/16/10 at 4:48

...where did he land?