Richie Whitt On the End of RAGE

A few years ago, Richie Whitt, then the sports columnist at the Dallas Observer, wrote an interesting story about how former Ticket host Greg “Greggo” Williams lost his dream radio gig. (Deadspin eventually took the story national.) About a year later, Whitt wrote an epic story about how “shock jock” Russ Martin lost his dream radio gig. (Martin has since been hired back at 97.1, where he was before 105.3.) As it turned out, Whitt eventually teamed up with Williams for a talk radio show called RAGE on the channel Martin was fired from.

Well, now Richie Whitt is writing about he and Williams were fired from that show. This sequel involves a few familiar characters, including FAN program director Gavin Spittle and Whitt’s fiancee, Sybil Summers. Whitt has apparently written this story in five parts. The first part went up yesterday. The second part, today. So far there’s a lot about Williams lying: about everything from his drug use to his dog escaping to his being invited to speak at Chris Kyle’s funeral.

Whitt could probably use an editor (true of us all), and as evidenced by the 300+ comments, the story’s mostly written for fans of their show (there’s a joke about how Watagua is “flatter than Kristen Stewart”), but it’s also an interesting look behind the scenes of local sports talk radio, and the people who deal with the people dealing with addiction.

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