As Barry Horn mentioned about an hour ago, as of this afternoon Ben and Skin are no longer your drive-time hosts at 105.3 The Fan.
After almost a year of station name changes and philosophical tweaks, in the end their unconventional show - heavy on basketball and hip-hop and unique guests - didn't mesh with the direction of The Fan.
From everything I hear, the parting was mutual.
From Ben and Skin's Facebook:
Guys, guys, guys. We are no longer at 105.3 The Fan. We've parted ways on the best possible terms with nothing but love for all of our friends there. We're truly grateful that we were given the opportunity to connect with what has been an extremely attractive audience. More attractive than we could have ever imagined. In fact, you're so attractive it hurts. Especially you. No, not you. You. Love, Ben & Skin.
While Ben and Skin dabble with a screenplay, work on the re-launch of www.benandskin.com and publicly ponder their futures via Facebook and Twitter, The Fan's new 2-6 p.m. offering features Dan O'Malley and Sean Salisbury.
Newy Scruggs will continue to anchor the 10 a.m.-2 p.m. shift with Newy & Friends, a show featuring a smorgasbord of Metroplex sportswriters including, in part, the Dallas Morning News' Richard Durrett and a certain dork who pens a daily Dallas Observer sports blog called - whatd'ya know? - The Sportatorium.
This departure of Ben and Skin marks The Fan's second major shake-up, following last month's dismissal of Kevin Scott and Greg Hill.
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.