Russ Martin

  • News

    September 29, 2011

    Whitt's End

    After six great years at the Dallas Observer, they're dragging me out kicking, screaming and, yes, grateful.

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    My Final Top 10 Observer-ations

    Last week's cover. Irony is funny.​​10. As of this morning, the Dallas Observer is out of the sports business, at least on a full-time basis. Though I'm not technically being fired ("laid off" is supposedly less damning), the paper and its owner, Village Voice Media, have decided to el ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    Whitt's End: 9.23.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Doomsday scenario for Monday Night Football: Quarterback Jon Kitna. Running back DeMarco Murray. Receivers Kevin Ogletree, Jesse Holley and Dwayne Harris. Center Kevin Kowalski. Left guard ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    Whitt's End: 8.12.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Just stop it with the calls for Stephen McGee to get more playing time, or even be elevated to No. 2. Watch the game. He's horrible. He can overcome sloppy footwork, inaccuracy and a lack ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    Whitt's End: 11.19.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Next Tuesday Josh Hamilton wins AL MVP. Right? *The good news: Greggo's "pus pockets" are gone. The bad: He's been told not to talk for 10 days. Ten! Means a couple things. 1. Summon RoboGreggo fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    Whitt's End: 7.9.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Hope last night doesn't come back to haunt the Texas Rangers down the road. Despite leading 4-0 with undefeated pitcher Tommy Hunter on the mound in Arlington, the Rangers imploded late and lost t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    Clear Channel Makes It Official: Russ Martin to Return to The Eagle on July 12

    Mark Graham​'Bout one month ago today, over on Sportatorium, Richie called it: Russ Martin would be taking over as morning-show host on KEGL-FM (97.1) some time this month. J.D. Freeman, Clear Channel's market manager, just made it official: The one-time Observer cover boy begins July 12 at 6 a.m. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    Whitt's End: 6.25.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Don't understand why some folks around here can't stand Mark Cuban. And that includes you, Ross Perot Jr. In Thursday night's NBA Draft the Dallas Mavericks owner wrote a check for $3 million to m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    BREAKING NEWS: Russ Martin Returns to Radio?

    ​Two radio industry sources say that CBS Radio and Clear Channel Communications are in negotiations on a deal that could bring controversial and wildly popular radio host Russ Martin back to Dallas radio early this summer. The sources indicate that, should an agreement be reach ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2010

    Coming Tuesday: Mystery Radio Guest Host to Talk Sports ... And Stuff

    ​With Newy Scruggs on vacation this week, I'll have some new voices alongside me from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on 105.3 The Fan. Monday: NBC 5's Matt Barrie. Tuesday/Wednesday: You didn't think I'd give it away that easy didja? Some clues? Sure. This voice has been on the TV/radio in this market before ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2010

    Sportatorium: Happy Birthday To ... Us!

    ​I'm like you, I didn't know if this thing would make it two weeks. But, whatdya know, all the sudden it's been two years. Seems like just yesterday we launched this lil' corner of the blogosphere. After 730 days, 1,370 items and more than 20,500 comments we've survived to our second bir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2010

    Radio Rumor: Gavin Returns to 105.3. Well, Sorta.

    ​Actually, it's not a rumor. It's fact. But it's not that Gavin. As in Gavin Spittle, the guy who served for years as fodder for Russ Martin's shenanigans before moving to Houston. No, this time the new face at 105.3 The Fan is Gavin Dawson. He apparently will arrive from Portland on March 29 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2010

    The Weirdest Bathroom With a Cool View in Dallas

    A "room" with a view.​Praise Jehovah and Marconi, we finally moved offices at 105.3 The Fan. From the desolate, drab, dripping joint once soiled by Russ Martin at 183/Mockingbird, over to the plush penthouse at CBS headquarters at 75 and Fitzhugh. We're on the 12th floor, in the same office ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2009

    In My Own Words: The Top 10 Memories of 2009

    ​I could wax poetic about what a great year it was in 2009, or I could half-ass it on New Year's Eve and just remind you of the people and purposes I found intriguing over the last 12 months. Yeah, that's what I'm gonna do. 10. Dead Man Coaching. 9. Dirk Nowitzki. 8. The Mentalist. 7. Roger S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    Whitt's End: 8.7.09

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Sunday is the NFL's annual Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. More importantly, it's the induction of my first Dallas Cowboys hero - Bob Hayes. I'll be watching. For one thing, to see if Luci ... More >>

  • News

    July 30, 2009
  • Blogs

    July 30, 2009

    Russ Martin: Unmasked

    ​I only listened to Russ Martin's show on Live 105.3 sporadically. I've met the guy just once. Talked with him for all of 45 seconds. So how do you tell the story of a guy like that? You talk to everyone that knows him. That's worked for him. With him. Those that love him. And those that loat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2009

    Russ Martin Update: Shame on You, Janet. Shame.

    Ok, where were we? ... Ah-ha! Right here. While I was out actually winning some money in Las Vega$, playing some horrible golf and getting some rest in advance of Dallas Cowboys' training camp in San Antonio, last week on vacation I did make time to catch Channel 8's "candid" and "exclusiv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    D/FW's Longest-Tenured Duo Finally Breaks Up

    I appeared on NBC5's Out of Bounds Sunday night with Matt Barrie and hosted Monday's mid-day slot on 105.3 The Fan with NBC5's Newy Scruggs, yet still was somehow clueless that we're in the midst of a monumental alteration to our TV landscape. Was watching Channel 5's newscast last night when ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2009

    Richie Whitt: Unplugged, Unmasked and Universally Apologetic

    This is by far the most difficult post I've ever written. But it's time. I can continue this charade no longer. Over the past 11 months on this blog I've spewed forth a plethora of radical opinions, most of which this morning I'd like to officially denounce. I admit, most of them didn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2009

    Re: FYI, Read This ASAP. OMG!

    The following is a prime example of my curse here on Earth. A fleeting thought sprouts into a mild observation, only to bloom into a thesis that eventually flourishes into a blog item with sports branches. My apologies ... Got a text the other day, the salutation of which was LOL. It ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2009

    BREAKING NEWS: Russ Martin's Fiancee Taken Into Custody

    The plot thickens.The attorney for Russ Martin's fiancee - Mandy - says this afternoon that his client was arrested via warrant and handcuffed at work Monday by Dallas County authorities, transfered to Irving and eventually taken by Tarrant County officers to Judge Jamie Cummings' County ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2009

    Russ Martin's Day in Court Finally Set

    The latest non-development in Russ Martin's assault case in Tarrant County is actually a development. After a couple of time-wasting, docket-management appearances in Fort Worth over the last three months, Martin showed up again this morning and got the word: His trial date ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2009

    Russ Martin Update: Nothing to Hear Here, Move Along

    Those of you bombarding me with emails and hints and rumors of former Live 105.3 FM talk-show host Russ Martin resurfacing on satellite radio, cool your engines. Not gonna happen. At least for a while. I was reminded by a radio industry source last night that Martin's split with CBS Radio& ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2009

    Not Breaking News on Russ Martin's Brief Day in Court

    This is why I'm sticking to sports. Because if I show up to, say, a Mavs game or the Super Bowl or a Green-White Scrimmage, the event actually occurs. Not so with Russ Martin's supposed trial in Fort Worth this morning. The media - myself, a reporter from Dallas' Only Daily and a Channel 8 cameraman ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2009

    Russ Martin Gives $30,000 to Fallen Officer's Wife

    Say what you will about Russ Martin - and, believe me, I've said a lot - the guy deserves credit for keeping his Listeners Foundation up and running even though his gig at Live 105.3 got axed. In keeping with a promise he made upon establishing the foundation after 9/11, Martin today will hand deliv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2008

    2008 in Memoriam: Your Top 10 Most Popular Sports Items of the Year

    In keeping with our "Best of ... " programming this week, I'll provide the most memorable Metroplex sports moments of 2008 on Wednesday. Until then, a look back at what you guys clicked on/commented on the most in the past year. The Sportatorium's version of The People's Choice Awards, if ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2008

    Whitt's End

     Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week - even the end of the year -  welcome to Whitt's End: *Hold your horses if you thought tonight's concert by Russ Martin and his band at Joe Avezzano's joint up in Frisco was going to A) turn into a bashfest of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2008

    "Big Dick" Still, um, Expanding

    Back to my real job (sports) after some quick tinkering with my hobby (radio). As I heard on Monday, management at Live 105.3 105.3 The Fan has not only fired controversial/comment-creating (350? You shittin' me?) Russ Martin but also agreed to pay him through 2011 just to keep his ass off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2008

    BREAKING NEWS: Live 105.3 Fires Russ Martin, Changes Name, Plays College Fight Songs

    If you're a fan of Ben & Skin and you, like me, are wondering WTF?, I've got some clues about Live 105.3 FM going all college fight song this afternoon. Apparently it's called "stunting", a traditional radio ploy used by stations in advance of a major programming change. In other words, as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2008

    Live 105.3 Now "105.3 The FAN."

    All day, whatever's left of Live 105.3 has been broadcasting college fight songs -- which, right, has to be better than what's usually on the FM station. (Just kidding, because, to be honest, I haven't heard more than 14 seconds of the station in the last, oh, ever.) Which means only one thing: Form ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    Russ Martin to Prosecutors: “No Deal!”

    Cavalier as ever. Live 105.3 talk-show host Russ Martin is so convinced the charges stemming from his July 18 arrest won’t stick that this week he turned down a slap-on-the-wrist plea bargain from Tarrant County prosecutors. According to a jurisprudence source, Martin snubbed an offer of a red ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2008

    Russ Martin: More Popular Than Ever

    See, there's no such thing as bad publicity. I’ve recently received several emails curious in Live 105.3 talk-show host Russ Martin. Not in his “situation” per se – we’ve already covered that from incident to indictment – but more so in the fallout, if any, from his July arrest and r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2008

    BREAKING NEWS: Russ Martin Charged With Three-Count Misdemeanor

    Charged with misdemeanors. But not indicted with a felony. Got it? Acting on an educated hunch, I made a call this afternoon to Tarrant County Assistant District Attorney David Hagerman. Sure enough, he confirms that a grand jury on Thursday returned a three-count, Class A misdemeanor complaint ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2008

    Russ Martin Update: No Update

    Innocent until proven guilty. Or at least indicted. I’m just a toy-box tinkering sportswriter whose never been indicted, so I’m learning how these jurisprudence things work. The answer: Slowly. I was wondering this morning what the heck is going on with LIVE 105.3 FM’s Russ Martin. S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2008

    Radio Daze Craze

    Obviously you guys get turned on by tuning in. I repeat, I’m not an Ed Bark starter kit attempting to become Dallas’ radio beat reporter. But, then again – in the essence of “the customer is always right” – here’s the latest news that filled my email and voice mail while I was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2008
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    July 28, 2008

    Russ Martin, Back on the Air

    Russ Martin, courtesy the Southlake PD Just got a e-mail from an elated Russ Martin fan: "He's back on the air." Sure enough. Says David Henry, general manager at KLLI-FM (Live 105.3), of the decision to put Martin back in the air, following his July 18 arrest, "Russ came on at 3:15 today. I mean, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2008

    Live 105.3 FM Will Let Russ Martin Talk On the Air Today -- OK, Maybe

    Russ Martin, courtesy the Southlake PD David Henry, general manager at KLLI-FM (Live 105.3), tells Unfair Park that Russ Martin will be on the air today. As scheduled. At 3 p.m. Like every other day. Except yesterday, when the station ran a best-of -- since, as you're no doubt aware, Martin was arre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2008

    The Alleged Events Leading Up to Russ Martin's Arrest Friday Morning

    As Richie's out of town, here's the latest on the Russ Martin arrest. The Dallas Morning News' Web site, in a story about a protective order issued against the Live 105.3 FM show host, offers only the Southlake Police Department's media advisory, which doesn't go into any detail at all. Meanwhile, J ... More >>

  • Music

    December 6, 2007
  • Calendar

    December 28, 2006

    Russ Riffs

    Call it the Rock Martin Show

  • Calendar

    December 30, 2004
  • Calendar

    December 16, 2004

    Park It

    Gay BINGO takes out the trash

  • Calendar

    February 19, 2004

    White Hot

    Don't be a hater; Russ Martin is a nice guy

  • Best of Dallas

    September 25, 2003

    Best Radio Talk Show

    The Glenn Mitchell Show

  • News

    December 21, 2000

    Spring Cleaning

    Kamb, Stern, ESPN--the new year braces for big battles in talk radio

  • Music

    August 12, 1999

    Scene, heard

    New New Bohemians, Tomorrowpeople part with manager, The Eagle does fashion, and more

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    June 8, 1995
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