As I told you back in June, Dale Hansen is a tip-toeing toward burnout these days. As of today, his work load is a little lighter.
A radio industry source told me over the weekend that the iconic voice of Dallas sports will not sign a new contract at 103.3 FM ESPN. The station will - for now - simply replace his nightly 6-7 p.m. "Hour of Hansen" with an elongated GameNight featuring Wally Lynn and RJ Choppy from 6-10 p.m.
"I'm not burned out," Hansen told me last month, "but I can see it from here."
Got a call into Dale to get the details, but the bottom line is his radio show is a casualty of personal downsizing. He's been at this in this market for 29 years, and admittedly he's lost some hair and some edge and some interest.
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But his contract at Channel 8 runs through January 2013 - when he'll be 65 - and until then I'll keep watching. Why?
Because in a real-time world where scores and highlights are instantly accessible on multi-media platforms, Hansen delivers unique content: Thought-provoking commentary.
Call him a dinosaur, and maybe you're right. Call him lots of other things too - smug, over-paid, etc. - and they'd probably also hit close to home. Honestly, I can live without his radio show.
But I still pay attention when it's time for Hansen: Unplugged.