ESPN 1000/Chicago Horse Race Stunt Injures Host
March 11, 2009 at 5:15 AM (PT)
A promotional stunt went awry for ESPN Sports WMVP-A (ESPN 1000)/CHICAGO on FRIDAY, and it left afternoon host HARRY TEINOWITZ spending the weekend in intensive care with bleeding on the brain. The CHICAGO SUN-TIMES' CAROL SLEZAK reports that TEINOWITZ and co-host JOHN JURKOVIC raced each other aboard thoroughbreds in a promotion at HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE, and TEINOWITZ won the race, but not without some problems.
"I'm banged up, bruised and dizzy," TEINOWITZ told SLEZAK. "My short-term memory is shot, and I have a crappy week ahead of me. But I consider myself lucky."
After crossing the finish line, TEINOWITZ could not get his horse to stop. "I kept yelling, 'Stop, stop, stop,'" TEINOWITZ said. "But he wasn't listening. Then he started going straight into a fence. I thought he was going to throw me onto Laramie Avenue, so I started to get off him. The next thing I remember, a medic was shining a light in my face. How dumb am I?"
TEINOWITZ spent the weekend in the hospital and is recovering, and he added, "I'm not mad at anyone. I'm the one who got on the horse. I said no 10 times, and at the end I did what was best for the station. I love CHICAGO and ESPN and the CAREY family. I love my wife and my family, and I put everything in peril for a radio stunt. It's nuts. What's next? SIEGFRIED and HARRY? Beehive tossing? Harry scales the SEARS TOWER?"