My latest Chicago Tribune column is on Dan McNeil and his uncertain future at WSCR.
You also can access the column via my Twitter feed at @Sherman_Report.
From the column:
Dan McNeil has been on the radio host sidelines since the end of June and might remain there for a long time.
That’s OK with him.
He says the time off would allow him to work on his short game in golf, and more importantly, pursue writing a book about his son Patrick’s struggle with autism.
“I’ve been thinking about this for five years,” McNeil said Thursday. “I want to write about how autism has affected the journey through life for a family in Northwest Indiana. I’d like to leave a greater footprint in my career than just talking about point spreads and pucks.”
McNeil should get a definitive answer on whether he can start writing in the next couple of weeks. He has been off the air as co-host of WSCR-AM 670’s midday show with Matt Spiegel since the end of June when his contract expired. Negotiations are at impasse with McNeil seeking a substantial raise over a reported salary in the $275,000 range.
McNeil said he wants to remain with the station. But this could be the end of that road for him.
“Everything has been amicable,” McNeil said. “It just has taken a bit longer than either side would want it to.”
WSCR officials declined to comment on the situation.
McNeil said it was his desire to be out for most of July for family trips while he was in between contracts. However, he regrets he didn’t inform listeners of his plans.
“In retrospect, it could have been handled better,” McNeil said. “I apologize to my many loyal fans who were left in the dark.”