I’ve been cut from The Drive radio show team- It was a good run!

I played sports for years and years. And I was lucky enough to never get cut from a team. Until last week. I was released. Put on waivers. Na na na na. Hey. hey. Hey. goodbye.

Four years ago I was recruited and signed to a free agent deal. I was a veteran with years of experience, some name recognition and a little star power if you will. I was immediately put into the starting lineup.

This is where I remained for 3 and a half years. But in recent months the coach started playing me less. And less. All the way up until this past month when I became a healthy scratch. Did not play. (DNP) Coaches decision.

I tried to talk to the head guy about it but I couldn’t really get any face time. Then last week, word came via e mail. He feels the team is better without me. They are going in a different direction. Best of luck in the future.

The team I was released from was of course The Drive radio show airing at 4pm daily on 92.9FM the Ticket in Bangor.

I did everything I could to help that team succeed and win the past four years. I generated revenue and ratings. They can’t say I was not a “team player.”

So this is what it feels like to be a free agent.

There have only been two years since 2004 that I have not been associated with a sports talk radio show in Bangor. I was the starter for The Shootaround with Jeff Solari on The Sports Zone, WZON from 2004-2010. Later I joined Downtown With Rich Kimball as a role player from 2013-2014. Then I signed, as mentioned above, with The Drive in January of 2015.

So what now?

Honestly, my plate is pretty full.

I crank out an edition or two of the Sports Chowdah e mail blast weekly. I share content on the BDN Maine website. I record a weekly segment on WABI TV5 News. I’m bringing Roger Clemens to Bangor. I’m about to start teaching a course at the New England School of Communications; Producing and hosting a Sports Talk Radio Show. Perhaps a little irony here.

I’m pondering a podcast. A Sports Chowdah internet stream. A weekly half hour TV/Web sports show. And even some stuff I can’t really talk about just yet.

2019 promises to be even more awesome then 2018. Will I add radio back into the mix for next year? Who knows. Until then I’ll spend more time with my family. Isn’t that what athletes an coaches always say? As I do I’ll use this experience to teach my kids how to handle adversity, and to be good teammates. Those are topics worth talking about. On the radio. Or off.

Jeff Solari

About Jeff Solari

Jeff Solari is the president and founder of the Sports Chowdah, Maine’s only free, weekly sports e mail newsletter. Recently, the Mount Desert Island native was the co-host of "The Drive" on 92.9 FM in Bangor.