Meet Mark Madden, the the ESPN Radio sports shock jock for 1250 ESPN in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was fired yesterday after remarks he made regarding Senator Edward Kennedy and his bout with cancer. See photos, video and a biography of Mark below.
ESPN fired Mark Madden after a comment he made last week regarding Senator Edward Kennedy’s recent diagnosis of brain cancer. He said:
“I’m very disappointed to hear that Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts is near death because of a brain tumor. I always hoped Senator Kennedy would live long enough to be assassinated.”
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that 1250 station manager Mike Thompson urged Madden to apologize over the air for his highly insensitive remarks and Madden did so two hours later on air. His show ran during the 3 to 7 P.M. time slot Monday through Friday.
As a biography, Mark Madden was born on December 29, 1960 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended Duquesne University and graduated in 1982. He was a writer for Pro Wrestling Torch from 1992 to 1994 before working as color commentator for World Championship Wrestling (WCW). He had his own share of controversy with the WCW, when he called Dallas Page “Leatherface”. Before WCW crumbled in 2001, Madden was fired for making belittling remarks about the company.
Madden worked at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for 15 years, working mainly on high school sports stories. He was a featured guest on the half hour sports talk show Action Sports Sunday on WTAE-TV, the ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh, but, according to the Post-Gazette, was dropped by WTAE-TV because of foul language he used during a broadcast. That firing came just a day after Madden made comments regarding Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward. Ward was scheduled to appear at Rose Park Mall in Pittsburgh to sign autographs, and tickets for a Ward signature were going for $175. Ward was upset because Madden’s portrayal of him put him in a negative light. It was rumored that the Steelers threatened to bar WTAE from Steelers interviews if Madden was not taken off the Action Sports Sunday show, and thus was fired the next day. So there are conflicting stories behind his firing from WTAE.
More photos and video of Mark Madden are after the jump.